Your home is your castle, and your kitchen is one of many integral parts of that castle, so naturally, you’ll want to have the very best in terms of appliances. When one appliance fails, it has the capacity to ruin a week, or even a month. From washing machines to dishwashers to fridge-freezers, we want these appliances to continue making our lives more convenient rather than less.
Perhaps unsurprisingly in the current climate, going greener with your appliances could save thousands of pounds. Even if the appliance in question is initially more expensive, the savings that can be made over the machine’s lifetime can be great. Of course, this comes down to what kind of investment you are willing to make.
As quoted in the above article, a £260 tumble dryer costs £135 a year to run, whereas an £800 one costs just £29 a year. But let’s say you’ve moved into a new place and don’t really know how much a good fridge-freezer or tumble dryer costs – well this guide is on hand to help.
A good fridge is perhaps the most important, yet underappreciated aspect of any kitchen. It will last you for years after all, which means it’s something you can’t really afford to scrimp on to cut corners. Fridges can vary in price, from those under £500 to those around the £1,000 mark. It also depends on whether you want a fridge-freezer or just a fridge – combining the two can probably save you more in the long run.
The Washing Appliances
First of all, a good washing machine is another appliance that most of us couldn’t live without – after all, no one wants to return to analogue washing once we’ve experienced the convenience of quickly chucking some clothes in the washer and drier. Of course, they can break, but a well-chosen pair of washing and drying appliances can prevent any such situation.
Washing machines vary in price significantly, from the lower-end basic £229 washing machine to the higher-end Wi-Fi enabled £2,149. Naturally the more you pay, the more reliability you can expect. The same goes for a tumble dryer, which can set you back anything from £189 to £2,449.
Then we come to the dishwasher, which is another appliance we probably take for granted, yet would struggle without. These will generally range from around £209 to £1,529, again depending on how much priority you give a quality dishwasher.
The Cooking Appliances
The world of ovens is even more plentiful in terms of options alone, from built-in ovens to smart ovens, to anything in between. But it goes without saying that it’s one of the many centerpieces of any good kitchen and will generally set you back anything from a surprisingly cheap £108.97 to a higher-end price of £1,609.
You can generally find the smaller appliances – kettles (around £30-£50), toasters (around £20-£40) and microwaves (around £50-£100) – for a very reasonable price too. If you want to push the boat out on a coffee machine, then that won’t set you back too much either, though prices vary considerably. That said, think how much you’ll save on Starbucks if you’ve got the tools to make your own coffee!