The need to replace home appliance can happen at any moment. Refrigerators, washers, dryers, ovens, and other home appliance will eventually wear out without much warning. Sometimes, they would just conk out unexpectedly and prematurely and you discover that it actually costs more to fix them than their worth.
During these times to consider upgrading to a higher quality set of home appliance. Quality almost always means higher priced. But in the long run, you will realize that you get more than what you pay for because with good quality appliances, they won’t need a lot of repairs or you won’t have to replace them so soon.
So we can safely say that good quality appliances are an investment.
Your refrigerator will experience quite a bit of daily use over the years. And here in the Philippines with so many power interruptions happening every week, the refrigerator’s gets prematurely shortened.
So much so that the refrigerator could be the appliance you want to spend the most money for top quality. First and foremost, find one that has a fluctuation protector to protect it from damages due to power fluctuations and interruptions.
Also, find one that offers a little more room than you might need currently. Your entire living situation can change in an instant, and the need for more extensive storage capacity in the freezer or chiller compartments may arise. Plan for a growing family, or having frequent guests.
Cooktop and Stove Combinations
One single unit proves the more economical way to go with this appliance. Most brands and models have gone to electronic board control functions. If one part of the stove quits working for electronic reasons, it can render the entire unit non-working. It costs slightly more to purchase a cook top and wall-mount oven, but separating the jobs to different appliances will mean at least one remains operational even if the other breaks down. You also save a great deal of space by using two separate units.
Washer and Dryer Basics
A family should purchase the largest capacity washer and dryer combination affordable in the budget. Most high-quality appliances have a built-in energy efficient operation, but the more you can pack in each load, the better. Avoid bells and whistles — they are not needed — in order to keep the cost down.
Dishwasher and Frequent Use
Reliability and performance are the qualities to look for in a great dishwasher. Going to an expensive model may not be the smartest move if you rarely use this appliance. This is actually true if you are single and live alone. But a family does need one, so as the free up the mom from another mundane housework and be able to do other things.
Dishwashing can be so trivial but necessary. Find one that suits your needs and has a good track record for lasting use.
Choosing a high-quality water heater will help guarantee that you will have a consistent flow of hot water with fewer maintenance difficulties as the years go by. Saving energy will ultimately depend on the size (capacity) purchased. Try and find the size that will provide enough hot water for daily use for the whole family, without using too much power.
Some people prefer to have water heaters that only heat one shower, like the one we have in our bathroom. We do not have a universal water heater because we don’t need hot water to wash dishes or brush our teeth (we live in a tropical country). Having a universal water heater will mean that we have to heat big volumes of water that will be distributed throughout the house every day. That would waste us a lot of money for the electricity used in the heating process.
So what we do is, we have individual water heaters per bathroom and if we need more hot water, we just boil water on the stove or in an electric kettle. We only do it when the need arises and which is not usually everyday.
Sigrid - Bacolod Blogger
Sigrid is a work at home mom and Bacolod blogger who tries to juggle taking care of the kids, homeschooling in Bacolod, covering events, designing, writing, and blogging. After finishing her degree in Mass Communications from the University of St. La Salle, she went on to become a news reporter/writer for a local daily and eventually pursued a career in advertising as a copywriter and graphics designer. After her stint in the corporate world, she became a freelance writer, contributing to national and international publications covering a variety of topics. She was a contributing food writer to COOK Magazine before she became a food and mommy blogger. She blogs at: