When the government began easing lockdown restrictions and reopened the malls, the most crowded places besides the supermarket were the home and appliances stores.
It seemed after being locked down for a couple of months, people realized the need to upgrade, or buy new appliances to help them with their newfound passions. TVs were lining up the cashiers, as well as ovens, refrigerators, electric fans, and of course, the appliance of the year–air fryers.
Its been almost a year since the enhanced community quarantine was implemented and with everyone still staying mostly at home, our appliances had to work double time and some probably are already calling in for replacements–or reinforcements.
If you’re the average household picking out a new appliance can be intimidating since it may have been 5 or 10 years since the last time you needed a replacement for your ref, tv or aircon. Since then there have been major technology and efficiency breakthroughs – not to mention all the new cosmetic trends – so there’s a world of new options to consider before making your purchases.
So before you go rushing to the appliance store, here are 7 things to keep in mind:
1. Set a budget
Obvious as it may seem, many consumers still find themselves magnetically drawn to the most beautiful and expensive products once they see them, no thanks to the overly helpful staff. Prepare yourself against temptation by setting a firm budget ahead of time.
2. Measure, measure, measure
When getting a new TV for example, just like in our interview in the video, you have to measure the room you are going to place it in. You might want that 55-inch but will it fit and still have enough space for your other furniture?
Identifying the right size for your next appliance is absolutely critical. This is also important when getting kitchen appliances. While dishwashers and ranges are mostly standardized in their dimensions, refrigerator and laundry units vary wildly. Make sure you know how much space you need to fill, and keep in mind how much space you need to leave open for airflow, electrical cables or other factors.
Also remember that before you can even install these appliances, they first have to get through every door, up ever staircase, and every corner. The delivery people may be experienced, but they’re wont be able to magically resize it to your liking. Measure every passageway between the delivery truck and its final location before paying for it.
3. Read reviews
There are hundreds of reviews for every appliance, and while its your responsibility to figure out which ones are fake, checking out the reviews of a product from a legit website or publication will give you an idea if it lives up to its spec sheet.
Also consider user reviews, but don’t just focus on the negative comments, unless you find everyone is complaining about the same aspect of a product.
4. Visit an appliance store
You might have gotten used to doing most of your shopping online, but when it comes to appliances, its best to visit a brick-and-mortar store first.
As wonderful as reviews are, seeing a large appliance in person is just as important. Seeing it in real life will give you a better idea of its size, the materials used and even color.
Robinsons Appliances, for example, carries almost every brand so you’ll have a lot of choices and be able to touch and if possible try the appliance you are planning to buy.
If you are buying kitchen appliances you’d also want to get your own hands and try opening the doors, the space of the crisper drawers and racks on the refrigerator and even the freezer size.
Robinsons Appliances also offer big discounts and freebies, so you can be sure to get the best deals and value for money. Ask about their promos and payment options. Paying using your Mastercard, can earn you entries for their Tap to Top Prizes promo, which we will talk more about later.
5. Buy from reputable stores
A low price may be tempting but you should always ask for the warranties and return policies. Everyone will tell you some sort of warranty but you should also ask for what is covered under the manufacturer and retailer warranty. Typically you get one year for parts and labor or longer if it’s the compressor of an aircon. Ask about the locations of their service centers, and if parts are readily available.
6. Consider your lifestyle
Unless you are just buying an electric kettle or oven toaster, appliances are usually a costly purchase. Its something you intend to use daily and expect to last for a long time, so it’s important to pick appliances that also fit into your lifestyle.
Here’s where those specifications and features come in. Should you get a SMART TV? Or should you get an ANDROID TV? If you are planning on using it for your small business ask about the capacity of the oven and maybe its electrical consumption as well. Why get a 10Kg load washing machine if there are only 2 of you in the house?
This also goes for those high-tech features of some modern appliances. Do you really need that feature, and can you actually operate all those buttons and configurations? If you only need simpler options, there’s no need to pay extra for settings you won’t use.
7. Avoid Impulse Buys:
Did you really need an air fryer just because all of your friends bought them? It’s easy to fall into the trap of buying something because of a trend or because it looks good.
To avoid disappointment, it’s best to make an informed decision instead. Go into appliance shopping with a list of features that are a priority for you. This could include qualities such as, “energy efficient,” “quiet,” or “lifetime warranty.” Compare different models, and consider waiting until you find what you want on sale. Better yet bring a friend, or family member along and ask them to stop you from impulse buying!
EXTRA TIP! BUY when you can and not when you urgently need it.
If that Washing machine of yours is just one spin cycle away from retiring or if that refrigerator door requires some extra push to close, its best to buy a replacement now instead of waiting for it to stop working.
This will give you more time to compare prices, study the features and read reviews instead of being forced to buy a replacement in a rush.
Another thing is that you can actually look for promos and get even more value. Robinsons Appliances has an ongoing Tap to Top Prizes promo.
Over P5 million worth of prizes will be given away when you shop at Robinsons Appliances until February 14, 2021.
Robinsons shoppers can join the Tap to Top Prizes promo by simply shopping for a minimum single-receipt P3,000 worth of appliances using contactless-enabled Mastercard credit cards in select participating Robinsons Appliances stores in NCR.
Participating branches: Galleria, Magnolia, Cherry Shaw, Pioneer, Las Pinas, BF Ruins, Ermita, Otis, Cainta, Sta. Lucia, Metroeast, Marikina, Riverbanks, Regalado, Novaliches, Malabon, Montalban, Valenzuela, Antipolo, Tanay, Binangonan, Dasmarinas, Imus, Arvo Dasmarinas, Silang, Agimat, Tagaytay, General Trias, Cabuyao, Canlubang, Pagsanjan, Galleria South, Meycauayan, Malolos, Balagtas and Pulilan.
1. Promo is open to all Robinsons Appliances’ customers with valid Mastercard credit card issued in the Philippines with contactless capability.
2. Customers must have a minimum single-receipt purchase of P3,000 using their Mastercard credit card contactless-enabled, and is applicable only on regular straight transactions.
4. Upon registration, a One Time Password will be sent to their mobile number to confirm their registration in the Tap to Top Prizes promo. They may submit multiple promo codes for more chances of winning. But only one (1) registration per mobile number is allowed.
5. Promo offer is not applicable in conjunction with other existing tie-ups and/or promotions.