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There are a few things to ask yourself when considering your next electronics or whitegoods purchase. Here we help you to choose the right product or appliance by answering a few quick questions.
Plasma or LED?
Both types have their relative pros and cons. Plasma TV's are generally suitable for watching movies such as DVD & Blu Ray and fast moving pictures such as sports. This is due to plasma TV's having faster response times and a stronger contrast ratio. Contrast ratio refers to the white to black seperation difference. For example, a 1000:1 contrast ratio means that the bright white is 1000 times brighter than the darkest black. You'll find that the contrast ratio is generally higher in plasma screens than LED types.
Whilst LED screens are best viewed in well-lit rooms and deliver exceptional picture quality when watching free-to-air TV, plasma screens are best viewed in darker settings where there is no direct sunlight affecting the viewing angle of the TV. Computer graphics are also best viewed in LED due to the strong brightness and colours although it lacks in response time compared to a plasma.
Furthermore, plasma TV's are known to consume more power than LED TV's. However the plasma TV's of late offer up to a 4.5 star energy rating which consumes considerably less power than previous models. In comparing the power consumption of plasma and LED TV's in dollar terms we can consider the following:
Plasma TV - Average 650 kWh per year @ $0.22 per kWh = $143
LED TV - Average 250 kWh per year @ $0.22 per kWh = $55
A plasma TV costs approximately $88 more to run than an LED TV. On the other hand, a plasma TV will generally cost almost half that of a LED TV in the same size. For example:
Samsung Series 8 60" 3D Smart Plasma TV (PS60E8000) - $2,899 RRP
Samsung Series 8 60" 3D Smart LED TV (UA60ES8000) - $5,399 RRP
Ultimately it's best to decide what you'll mostly be using your TV for and where it'll be viewed. If you're still not sure, talk to one of our helpful team member's who will be more than happy to guide you through. After all, buying a new TV can be a tough decision and we're here to help!
Front Loader or Top Loader?
It is always best to consider the amount of space you have available before considering a washing machine. The standard size for front load washing machines are generally 850(high) x 600(wide) x 600(deep) whilst there are no set standard sizes for top load washers.
Front loaders are known to use less water than Top loaders which means lower water bills if you're living in a house, townhouse or a villa.
Top Loaders can be more user-friendly for elderly persons or those who have back-problems as it's easier to access via the top lid.
In general, when considering a washing machine you should consider the following factors:
Capacity - sizes vary from 4kg to 10kg. For a family of 3 to 4 persons, a 7,5kg dryer would be most suitable but this all depends on the average wash load. It is ideal to have a larger washing machine of 8kg to 10kg if you have a family of 4 or more persons and plan to wash thicker clothes and blankets especially during winter.
Spin Speed - generally speaking, the faster the spin speed, the dryer the clothes come out of the washing machine. This will reduce the amount of time needed to run if using a dryer which ultimately leads to energy savings and thus money savings. Spin speeds can vary from 800rpm to 1800rpm depending on the type and model of the washer. You will find that washing machines offering faster spin speeds will usually be more expensive.
Programme Settings - it is always best to check the various features before purchasing a washer to ensure it has all the special types of washes you may require. These can include sensitive washes for woollen garments, quick wash, sensor wash, etc.
Water & Energy Efficiency Ratings - Always check the water and energy efficiency ratings which are mostly displayed on the washer itself in the form of stars. The more stars the better. On average, a kWh costs approximately $0.22 so simply times the number it estimates per year and times it by 0.22. This will give you the approximate operating cost of your new washing machine.
Condenser or Tumble Dryer?
Tumble dryers are ideal as the hot air is extracted externally from the dryer whilst the venting is done internally with condenser models. Both types come in sizes ranging from 3.5kg to 7kg. Do bear in mind, a dryer can be considerably smaller than the size of your washing machine as your garments will be soaked in water prior to entering the dryer thus requiring less volume than dry clothes entering a washing machine. Where possible, try and stick to a tumble dryer if external venting is not going to be of concern.
Dryers are usually mounted on brackets above a washing machine. However they can also be stacked on top of a front load washing machine if space does not permit you to place it elsewhere.