Price could be the key to longer-lasting appliances

Consumers may be able to find more reliable home appliances by using price as a strong indicator of quality, it has been suggested.

Fisher & Paykel national marketing manager Peter Russell claimed that most major appliances should last for ten years and in many cases a lot longer.

“Price is generally a good indication of the quality of the product,” he told News Limited.

“The ‘feel’ of a product is also a useful tool. Consumers should look for quality fit and finishes to ensure that they will get an appliance that will last.”

Aussies looking to get the best deals on their purchases may also choose to compare credit cards for the best interest rates and reward schemes. Mr Russell argued that by reading the user manual, using gentle cleaning products and getting the appliance serviced at the first sign of any problem, consumers can make their purchases last longer.

Meanwhile, Choice spokesman Brad Schmitt told News Limited that in the consumer advocate group’s last reliability survey, Miele consistently rated the most reliable brand for washing machines, dishwashers, ovens and vacuum cleaners.

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