If you have just moved into a property and need to buy several home appliances, you might find the tips below to be quite helpful.
Think about the cost per use when deciding how much to spend on a specific appliance
Top-of-the-line large home appliances, like washing machines and tumble dryers, can be quite expensive.
If you can't afford to splurge on high-end versions of every appliance you need and are unsure about how much to spend on each specific item, it's best to think of each one in terms of its cost per use.
For example, if you buy a washing machine and then do one or two loads of laundry every single day, and the machine lasts for five years, then you will probably end up using that appliance almost 2,000 times before it breaks down and needs to be replaced.
When you look at it from this perspective, it seems sensible to spend a little more on this particular appliance, as even if you purchase a high-end model, the cost per use will still be quite low, and a high-end model is likely to be more efficient and reliable than its cheaper counterpart.
Conversely, if you only need to use a tumble dryer occasionally during the colder, wetter months of the year, then there is little point in spending an excessive amount on this appliance; if you do, the cost-per-use will be quite high.
Take your day-to-day needs into consideration
Before buying a particular appliance, it's important to ensure that it will meet your day-to-day needs.
For example, if you are a meal-prepping enthusiast and often batch cook and freeze large portions of food, it might be better to top for an American-style fridge-freezer, which comes with a very spacious, full-size freezer compartment; this will ensure that you never run out of space for your prepped meals.
Similarly, if you have several children and need to do large amounts of laundry every day, it's important to ensure that the washing machine you pick has a drum with a generous capacity so that you can wash plenty of garments in a single wash; this will reduce the time you have to devote to this chore on a daily basis.
Likewise, if you are rushed off your feet on a daily basis and don't have time to wait around for a dishwasher's hour-long wash cycle, then it's best to choose a dishwasher with a speed-wash cycle, that will allow you to finish cleaning up after your meals quickly and easily.