Today we went to buy our electrical appliances. This has been a very difficult task selecting the suitable appliances for the house within one's budget. i must have spent zillion hours researching, reading reviews in blogs and talking to countless sales people. So here's my finall call:
- Ariston Hob PH741, 75cm, $750
My key criteria was cast iron. The nearest competitor is Bosch but it was 60cm, and I like the idea of an ceramic plate too, so i chose ariston.
- Brandt Hood AD990, 90cm, $630
My key criteria is perfromance and design. Fujioh score on performance but failed in design. This one can go up to 1050sqm/hr and looks q sleek.
- Brandt Oven FE811, 52l, $815
This has been the most dificult decision. The choice was between the Brandt, Bosch and Ariston (all the basic models as I don't need the catalytic blah blah self cleaning functions). I rank my frequent usages - baking and roasting. The Brandt has a top and bottom plus fan which the others don't have. So I went with this one.
- Brandt Steam oven. $1,524
As i chose Brandt oven so I got the same brand steam oven. I have simple requirement for this so didn't care about the brand - i would have gone for Bosch (but its more exp $2k) or Ariston ($1.5k) if i have chosen their ovens.
- Bosch integrated dishwasher, 45cm, $1230
There is really no much competition in this category. I chose the small one as I intend to use this often. Its hard to fill up the 60cm dishwasher at one go unless you have a party. And i don't fancy keeping dirty dishes over a few days :|
- Bosch Maxx7 Front load Washer, WAE2436, 1200rpm, $1060
I have considered Electrolux and other Jap brands, but decided to go with Bosch. There are many different opinions on this depending on which sales person you speak to - the country of production, fake water consumption data etc (??). I just decided based on the brand as i feel that Bosch in general is more energy efficient.
- Bosch Maxx7 Sensor Dryer, $790
Some salemen told me sensor dryer will shrink your clothes, other deny that. As i don't think i wll use the dryer often except on rainy days and with towels and bedsheet, I am ok with it. plus i intend to place the dryer next to the window, so can save some money here vs the condenser dryer which is much more exp
- Samsung 2-door Fridge with water and ice dispenser, $1599 (without free gift - LED TV)
This was a tough competition between the LG and Samsun. In the end the dual separate cooler whicn Samsung offer won the deal.
- KitchenAid mixer, $680
I sneak it in as I reallllllly desired one. But I think Tangs offer the same price but with addititional 12% discount - I need to check. If its true i will complain to ParisSilk and get more discount!!!
Finally... the pressure seems to get lesser once the appliances and the toilet/kitchen wares have been bought!
It was a fun journey but no less painful. i find Renotalk forum very useful in providing reviews for the different products.