There are countless variables that make each electrical appliance different. But one of the most important when it comes to choosing the right model for you is efficiency. That's why, in addition to its impact on the wellbeing of the planet, we think it's important that you gain a better understanding of the energy labels on electrical appliances before considering any other questions.
In 1995, the European Union started requiring manufacturers to use these labels, which are now obligatory on most electrical appliances. The information that they provide is absolutely essential.
Once you understand the importance of the energy label, you are ready to ask direct questions. And we can give you clear answers.
1. What are you going to use it for?
Just like the crucial matter of the label, a lot of people forget about this all-important question. In fact, before you buy anything, the question you should ask yourself is not what it is for, but what you are going to use it for. A fridge is for storing food at a low temperature, but what are you going to use it for? Is it going to be your household's main fridge or is it just going to be an extra fridge for storing drinks and things that won't fit elsewhere?
The answer to this question will quickly rule out a large number of models and determine many of the features that you’re looking for. We recommend making a list of your specific needs. If you're planning to buy a microwave but you already have an oven, you probably don't need a microwave with a grill. If the washing machine is going to be in an isolated, separate room, perhaps noise level isn't such an important factor. If you have limited space, 2 in 1 combinations (e.g. washer + dryer) are a good option.
This is also a prime question to ask when choosing the capacity of the model. A washing machine's drum capacity and an oven's output are factored into the price: the more you want, the more expensive it will be. That's why we recommend choosing a capacity that meets your needs: neither too big nor too small.
The importance of other aspects, like whether it’s a smart device (one that connects to the Internet) or the design and ergonomics of the device will also vary greatly depending on how you answer this question.