How to Save Money when Replacing Kitchen Appliances!

10 May 2019

My all-time favourite appliance ;)

I love appliances, that must mean I'm officially an adult! My dishwasher has reached the end of its life now and all I've been doing is hand washing everything. But I will be looking to replace it as soon as I have some spare cash.

Kitchen appliances can be expensive to buy and they can have added costs in the long run. In order to make the best investment, here are some tips to help you save money when shopping for these appliances.

Shop second-hand

For those on a tight budget, second hand appliances can be the best option. You can pick up used appliances for a fraction of the cost of new appliances online on sites like Gumtree. In fact, you may even find people giving away appliances like refrigerators for free on Facebook.

There are conditions to be aware of – used appliances may be more likely to fail in the future and may use up more energy to run. If you’re buying a used appliance on Gumtree, you may also need to find a way of picking it up yourself – wish a fridge or dishwasher this may require hiring a van.

Use coupons

If you’d prefer a sparkly new appliance, looking for coupons online could be the best way to save money. By using these in combination with an appliance that’s on sale, you could make some great savings.

Coupons often have short expiry dates so make sure to use them quick. Always read the terms and conditions in case they can only be used on certain products or in select stores.

Consider energy-efficiency

Energy-efficiency is something to look into when buying an appliance. Appliances with a high energy rating will consume less energy and therefore cost you less in bills. Considering appliances like ovens, refrigerators and dishwashers can be some of the biggest energy guzzlers, it’s worth prioritising energy-efficiency.

Greener models can sometimes be a little more expensive, however, you’re likely to make your money back in the long run. As a general rule, new appliances are much more energy-efficient than older ones.

Know when to repair and when to replace

You’ll often need to pay for appliance repair – especially on older appliances. Determine whether its worth paying for repairs or investing in a new appliance. Most appliances have a lifespan of 10 to 15 years after which you’ll notice recurring faults. After this period, you could be better off getting a replacement. However, if you’ve only had the appliance a couple years, repairs could be worth paying for. Appliances that are less than two years old may even be in their warranty.

Only buy appliances you actually need

There are lots of appliances out there that could be a waste of money if you don’t regularly use them. Juicers can be great if you love your fruit juice, but if you rarely drink juice these appliances could be a waste. Similarly, a waffle grill could be a waste if you rarely eat waffles. Be realistic about your wants and needs.

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