Shopping for big ticket items such as household appliances can be tricky for today’s consumer; with so much choice in the market, it can be hard to know where to start. For first time buyers in particular, selecting a few key requirements can be helpful in narrowing the search. In doing so, customers can identify the appliance that will fit most beneficially into their lives.
Trends in Choosing Appliances
We’ll take a look at some of the trends that are likely to affect consumer’s buying choices in the future, and how these choices can create a better life for the end user.
Focusing on the energy efficiency of the product is a main factor that consumers will take into consideration when making a purchase of this nature. Choosing energy efficient appliances will appeal to the majority of buyers, appealing to the money saving aspect that will essentially cut costs of utility bills, and even such small appliance as an iron will matter. It also equals a smaller ecological footprint and lesser impact on the environment, a consideration that is becoming increasingly important, particularly with the younger generation who are buying appliances for their first homes.
In buying an energy efficient appliance, one must consider both the cost of the machine, and the amount of energy it will save, the more expensive model will potentially save the most money over time by being more energy efficient than a cheaper version. For example, some washing machines will save not only on the electricity or gas required to heat the water, but also on the amount of water used.
As technology advances, the demand to control more of our lives from our smartphones increases. Many utilities companies are now offering applications that offer the ability to regulate home lighting, heating and water heating, enabling the customer to control these mechanisms without the need to be standing in front of the switch or thermostat, making smart home management possible. Being able to offer this function within the world of appliances will almost certainly influences buyer’s decisions, and research is continually being carried out to invent new ways of making appliances more efficient. Moreover, with our increasingly busy schedules, the desire to own an appliance that is smart enough to save you time, is a consideration that many will reflect on when making this purchase.
With a growing demand for multi-functional products, appliances such as washing machines and tumble dryers can be combined to create a machine that serves two purposes, whilst only requiring the space of one. With many of us living in smaller houses or apartments, the space saved through multifunctional appliances is valuable, and selecting a size and a style that will fit your home will be a defining requirement for many.
Buyers are also likely to make this kind of purchase when they are having a built in kitchen installed. They want to have integrated appliances, and in many cases, homes are now coming with built in fridges and freezers, as oppose to the stand alone variety. With compact living spaces, having appliances that take up little space are preferable, and this is also where multi-functional products become very popular. Ovens that are built in at wall height are now much more common, and this is beneficial for an older age group, or those who suffer from back problems, as it reduces the need for bending down to knee height, where the traditional oven is normally placed. These built in appliances are making life easier for the consumer, who will have much more choice than before when it comes to buying an appliance for better living.
Tips on Buying Specific Appliances
In most homes, refrigerators are the appliance that consumes the most energy. By choosing a fridge that has the relevant features to be able to regulate itself rather than being done manually, this will save on running costs. Buying a combined fridge-freezer unit will also save money, as it is cheaper to run one large appliance than two smaller ones. Additionally, this type of appliance will use less energy the fewer accessories it contains, such as ice or water dispensers.
Some vendors offer incentives in an attempt to increase the use of energy efficient appliances. By offering low interest rates and other initiatives, buyers are encouraged to purchase those machines that are more ecologically friendly. Utilities companies can also offer some savings potential, by encouraging customers to use their appliances in off peak hours, reducing household bills. They may also offer a service to have your old appliances taken away when replacing them with a new one, and in some case will offer a rebate or programme that will contribute towards the cost of the new purchase.
Small appliances are now doing more than ever before, and taking up much less space. Aesthetically, buyers need to consider the colour and finish, the amount of counter or storage space required, the ease of maintaining or cleaning the appliance. LED lighting is becoming more and more popular, as they are smaller and more efficient than fluorescent light bulbs, and can come in a variety of colours, some even with colour changing bulbs, all of which produce a clear and bright light.
Overall, when choosing your appliance, it is essential to consider the energy efficiency of the machine, price of purchase and running costs; convenience of use to the buyer’s particular needs, e.g. smart features, app connectivity, etc.; and multifunctional appliances that are useful for saving space and energy, therefore contributing to a better life.