How to choose smart yet affordable appliances
New kitchen appliances can eat into a household budget dramatically – being a little bit savvy about their purchase can save you money that could be better spent treating the family to a day out or putting towards the next holiday.
A fridge freezer or washing machine found at Appliances Direct will cost far less than one bought in a store as they offer trade prices to the public.
For example, a fridge freezer from appliancesdirect.co.uk can be purchased for as much as one third less than buying the same model on the high street.
Spending time shopping around and comparing prices may seem like a chore, but in terms of the amount of cash you can save it is well worth it.
Before rushing out to buy your new appliance, think long and hard about whether or not you really need it.
Just because everyone else on the street has a dishwasher doesn’t mean you need one – after all, what are children for? If you are replacing an old appliance such as a cooker or refrigerator, check first to see if the old one can be repaired at a fraction of the cost.
Once you have decided that your purchase is a necessary one there are many other factors to consider.
Energy saving in our green-conscious times is a must.
Items such as washing machines and tumble dryers eat up electricity, so look around for those with the ENERGY STAR badge of approval. Not only will you be doing your bit for the environment, but your utility bills will be smaller too.
Available space in your kitchen is something else to consider – bigger isn’t always better, and saving space makes your whole kitchen seem larger and airier.
The good news about many branded kitchen appliances is that they are designed to last a lifetime, so try to see your purchase as an investment.
Create a checklist
It can be a good idea to prepare a checklist of all the features you are looking for – durability, energy-saving, easy to maintain, affordable etc. – before you begin shopping.