It’s natural to look for a bargain, but when it comes to appliances you should always be willing to spend.
State-of-the-art appliances positioned with efficiency and ease in mind will ensure professional performance for years to come, so it is imperative that you do your research and invest wisely in the best on the market.
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Here, Prominence Support (opens in new tab) – who offer cover for electrical breakdowns as well as accidental damage cover on appliances – share their expertise with Homes & Garden about the five appliances you should never buy cheaply.
1. Washing machines
Washing machines are a vital appliance for any home.
When buying one, you may want to consider how durable they are, how easy they might be to fix should anything go wrong, and if they are environmentally friendly. A cheap washing machine is more likely to score poorly on each of these points.
They are more likely to break down sooner and are not easy to service, so saving on the initial purchase may mean you are paying out for a replacement before long.
Buying a good-quality fridge is so important, as a broken fridge can also mean a lot of food wastage if a quick repair is not possible.
Buying a cheap fridge may also mean running the risk of higher food shopping costs, as it may not keep your produce as fresh as a high quality product.
If you’re a family that likes to cook every day, buying a cheap oven could add a lot of unnecessary stress and additional hours onto mealtimes in your kitchen.
In addition, a cheap oven with a higher propensity for faults and breakdowns could leave you without the ability to cook for a substantial period, disrupting your daily routine and racking up expense.
Your boiler is your principal source of heat and comfort at home, making it vital to invest in a good-quality product.
Cheap boilers are often not very efficient, meaning you could be faced with expensive energy bills.
They often come with shorter warranty periods and can be a noisier and bulkier presence in the home than pricier models.
If you buy a cheap dishwasher you are likely to sacrifice many of the handy options and programs offered by more expensive products, such as lower temperature washes for delicate glassware, child locks, and silent modes.
What’s more, as with any cheap appliance you run the risk of being saddled with an unreliable product needing frequent repairs or replacement parts, which can be difficult to source in older models.
Jennifer is the Digital Editor at Homes & Gardens. Having worked in the interiors industry for a number of years, spanning many publications, she now hones her digital prowess on the 'best interiors website' in the world. Multi-skilled, Jennifer has worked in PR and marketing, and the occasional dabble in the social media, commercial and e-commerce space. Over the years, she has written about every area of the home, from compiling design houses from some of the best interior designers in the world to sourcing celebrity homes, reviewing appliances and even the odd news story or two.
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