The weeks around the end of financial year – which falls on June 30 – are a time for businesses to meet some last minute financial targets and for Aussie consumers to cash in on some absolute bargains.
Some of the best deals will be available to those on the lookout for new major household appliances. So based on our customer satisfaction reviews over the last 12 months, Canstar Blue has compiled a guide to some of the best-rated brands and potential biggest bargains available this EOFY 2018. We’ll look at:
- Clothes dryers
- Front load washing machines
- Top load washing machines
- Air Conditioners
So without further ado, let’s dive into the detail and see what great deals you can get this end of financial year sales time. We have endeavoured to keep the following prices up to date, but be sure to follow the prompts to be transferred to Appliances Online for further details.
Simpson topped our customer review of dryers, with Fisher & Paykel rated five stars on value for money. While Simpson is generally thought of as one of the cheapest appliance brands, Fisher & Paykel could be considered more high-end – so this is a good mix to get us started. What do these two brands offer this EOFY sales time? Let’s find out:
Simpson 4kg Vented Dryer – $324
This Simpson SDV401 dryer is one of the cheapest clothes dryers you’re likely to find in Australia, but it should still get the job done just like any other would. As it has a small capacity of only four kilograms, this dryer is probably best suited to smaller households, or those who don’t expect to use their dryer much. This could also make it a good option for people living in apartments as it’s wall mountable, meaning it can be placed above a washing machine.
Most of the features this dryer possesses are based around convenience. It has easy to use rotary controls which give you exact control over the time and temperature, and also comes with front and rear venting, to help get rid of the moisture and steam build up more easily. It also has a lint filter to eliminate allergens and bacteria as well as a child safety lock to keep out curious hands.
It does admittedly have a poor energy efficiency rating of just 1.5 out of 6 stars, but this is to be expected from models as cheap as this, as you’re paying for savings up front rather than over time. It might not be very flash or aesthetically pleasing, but this Simpson clothes dryer seems to represent an absolute steal at less than $400.
Fisher & Paykel 4.5kg Vented Dryer – $434
Designed to match its QuickSmart top load washers, the Fisher & Paykel DE4560M1 dryer – with a wall mounting kit included if required – can be hung on the wall. It might only have a two star energy rating, but there is still plenty to like about it. It has additional drying capacity, totalling 4.5kg kilogram, which should be suitable for households of one or two people. It also comes with four dry cycles, including one for delicate items and one for every day.
The auto-sensing is claimed to detect moisture levels and automatically shut off to prevent under or over drying. This is stated to help reduce energy consumption, and despite the two star energy rating, you can expect to pay only around $57 annually (based on 28.7 c/kWh) on your electricity bill for this appliance.
The dryer door opens to a full 180°, making it convenient to access and load your clothes. Additionally, you’ll find a keylock so the curious fingers don’t fiddle with the settings – and easy access lint filter with a lint filter indicator. At less than $500, it does pack a few handy features and it also looks quite neat!
Front Load Washing Machines
Miele was the star brand in our latest review of front load washing machines, while Bosch also impressed in the key areas of performance, quietness and value for money. What do these two brands have to offer this EOFY sales time?
Miele Classic Front Load Washer – $1,499
Near the upper end of the price scale for washing machines, Miele’s classic model WDA110 is an extremely powerful and seemingly reliable machine. It appears fairly basic in terms of extra features, with washing programs covering wool, shirts and cottons. It does have an Express 20 program if you’re on the go, or only have a small load to do. Furthermore, the Automatic Plus wash program is designed for mixed loads, so cottons and polycottons can be washed together for convenience. There are some other key advantages besides this.
Its patented Miele honeycomb drum ensures the gentlest of care is given to your garments inside the machine, resulting in perfectly smooth cleaning results, Miele says. It also has an extremely precise flow meter to control the amount of water that is used – down to the very millimetre. This is one of the main contributors to its superb four star energy efficiency rating.
At $1,499, there are definitely cheaper models available. But what you get from Miele is the promise of quality results and performance over time. But only you can decide if that’s a price worth paying.
Bosch 8kg Front Load Washer – $1,068
This Bosch washing machine (WAW28460AU) is one of the highest rated on Appliances Online, with an average consumer score of 4.8 stars after more than 350 reviews! A four star energy rating combined with the EcoSilence feature means that it runs efficiently and quietly, as well as powerfully with 1400 rotations per minute.
It comes complete with a number of interesting features, including anti-vibration (for greater stability and quietness), delayed start, auto load sensing and 10 automatic programs. With all this in mind, as well as its 8kg capacity, this Bosch washer looks a good bet for a large family.
It’s a fairly expensive model, but like with Miele, you are likely paying for quality, reliability, and overall solid performance for a number of years.
Top Loader Washing Machines
Fisher & Paykel and LG have been the standout brands in our review of top loader washing machines in recent years. The two brands have both topped the ratings and consistently rate highly on factors such as performance, ease of use, and value for money. In terms of deals this EOFY, this is what they have on offer.
Fisher & Paykel 8.5kg FabricSmart Top Load Washer – $869
Fisher & Paykel’s huge 8.5kg top loader comes highly recommended on Appliances Online with a 4.7 score after 101 reviews. It’s fairly energy efficient with its four stars and that’s enough to save you a fair bit on your bills over time. As well as having an above average load capacity, it also has a decent power output of 1100 RPM.
A good reason to consider this Fisher & Paykel model is the huge range of features it has. Without even taking into account the 12 different programs, there are a total of 24 features to make your laundry life just a little easier, such as auto water level, eco-active wash, a stainless steel bowl, lid lock, delayed start, and much more. It might cost slightly more than what you’d normally expect to pay, but for such an advanced model the price seems a bit of a bargain.
LG 7.5kg Top Load Washer – $779
Consuming 515kWh of energy a year, this LG top loader (WTG7532W) does have a low energy efficiency rating, totalling 2.5 stars out of six. However, those who have already purchased this LG washing machine have given it a consumer score of a 4.5 stars from 25 reviews. What is it that consumers enjoy about using this particular appliance?
The LG 7.5kg Top Load Washing Machine is boasted for its ‘Six-way Motion Direct Drive’ technology – stepping, tumbling, scrubbing, filtration, rolling and swing – all apparently based on hand-washing. The ‘Smart Diagnosis’ system means you can use your smartphone for easy troubleshooting via the LG App. It’s equipped with 10 wash programs including a quick wash, heavy duty, cold wash and delicate. Other features include a time delay for convenience, pause button to add missed items and a soft closing lid with a child lock for safety. Overall, you could definitely do a lot worse than this cheap LG top loader. Get further details with the video below.
Miele and Bosch consistently rank among the top brands in our annual ratings for dishwashers, scoring well in the areas of performance, internal layout and design in particular. They may be two of the most expensive brands, but you’re likely going to find good value for money. Is there a great deal to be had this EOFY sales time?
Miele Freestanding G4203 Active Dishwasher – $1,299
At about $1,300, this freestanding dishwasher from Miele (G4203) is designed with efficiency, convenience and appearance all in mind. In terms of convenience, it does a lot to make your dishwashing life just a little easier. It comes with a delayed start feature with which you can program the machine to start up to 24 hours ahead of time, and a countdown indicator tells you how long it has to go. Delayed start is a good solution for households on a time of use electricity tariff as you’ll save plenty of money by running your appliances during off-peak hours.
What it really excels at, however, is interior design. It’s equipped with a cutlery tray for maximum convenience and is also claimed to be ideal at holding larger items such as pots and pans, featuring a specific pots and pans wash cycle. Other wash programs include Automatic, Intensive 75°C wash and ECO mode. The long-term savings you could make will help to offset the initial purchase price somewhat but it’s still a big investment.
Bosch SMS68M32AU Serie 6 Freestanding Dishwasher – $819
With an elegant aesthetic design and four-star energy efficiency rating, this Bosch dishwasher is proving popular in customer reviews. It is said to be incredibly quiet when operating thanks to its low decibel level of 42, meaning you can have it running in the same room without providing a distraction. It has a large interior capacity that can hold up to 15 place settings (suitable for 4 or so people) and it has a variety of cool features, mainly:
- Six wash programs
- An eco-mode to save even more energy
- Anti-flood protection and a child lock
- Auto-load sensing with the ‘ActiveWater’ system
- Delayed start
- An advanced filtration system featuring three stages
- A 70°C pots and pans cycle for heavy dishes
- Heat Exchanger for hygienic drying with energy and water efficiency
It can do more than this, but we’d be here all day if we were to describe everything. The bottom line is Bosch knows dishwashers, and you could do a lot worse than this model.
Moving onto refrigerators and we’ll review the two leading brands from our customer ratings, Kelvinator and Hisense. There are likely plenty of bargains to choose from and we’ve picked out two of them.
Kelvinator KBM5302WA 528L Bottom Mount Fridge – $855
Most Australian consumers are happy to spend just over $1,100 on a new fridge, our research has shown, so the price of this Kelvinator fridge seems extremely good value when you consider its capacity.
It’s a bottom mount fridge that places your most frequently-used chilled items at eye level. This design helps to limit strain on your back caused by constant bending down, while also being energy efficient with a 3.5 star rating. It features sturdy wire baskets in the freezer section to keep your food organised along with a flat section at the top for holding boxes of frozen meals or pizza boxes.
There is a separate temperature control for the fridge and the freezer, plus a full-width humidity controlled crisper which keeps vegetables fresh for longer. Its ‘Spillsafe’ glass shelves, easy to clean liner and fewer nooks are aimed to make it an easy appliance to clean.
Hisense HR6TFF350 350L Top Mount Fridge – $595
Hisense offers fridges that are both cheap and expensive, so it has options for you at both ends of the price spectrum. This top mounted fridge costs about $600 – roughly half of the average price that Aussies pay for their new fridges, but this hasn’t stopped it from attracting some solid reviews.
So why do people like this fridge so much? Besides from its cheap price, the best thing about it seems to be the internal layout, which Hisense is well known for. Is the internal layout so good that you won’t notice the rather small capacity of 350 litres?
Another selling point for this fridge is the easy access hinge, which allows you to open the fridge in either direction to better suit your kitchen’s layout. A few other features worth noting are a bright LED interior light and a twist ice maker in the freezer compartment. Add all of this information to a decent three star energy rating, and it seems you’ve got a real bargain on your hands.
If you’re looking to snap up a cheap air conditioner, then you might want to consider looking into Panasonic and Fujitsu. As well as being world leaders in air conditioning, they also tend to be two of the best performing brands in our annual customer reviews. What do they have on offer this EOFY?
Panasonic Reverse Cycle Inverter Air Conditioner – $1,239
The Panasonic 2.5kW reverse cycle air conditioner (CSCU-Z25TKR) is claimed to be powerful, quiet, energy efficient, easy to use, and thanks to its hugely reduced price, is also fairly cheap. It’s boasted for its Aerowings system that features twin motorised blades to deliver precise control of air flow direction – providing both shower cooling and fast cooling. It can also automatically increase fan speed depending on the temperature difference between rooms.
To boost its energy efficiency, it’s designed with a system called Econavi, which features two sensors – a human activity sensor and sunlight sensor – monitoring human location and movement as well as sunlight intensity. Other design features include a 24 hour dual on/off real setting timer, air purifier and mild dry cooling function as well as an odour removing function.
Fujitsu Reverse Cycle Split System Air Conditioner – $1,080
This 3.5kW Fujitsu air conditioner (ASTG12KMCA) is the perfect size for living rooms and bed rooms. If you want to keep your homes cool, but also want to save on your power bills, then perhaps you should look at this model, since it a solid four star energy rating and 3.5 KW of power. It also has an amazing 42 decibel indoor sound level, so you can barely even hear it running.
The LCD remote lets you choose from a decent range of modes to suit whatever conditions you’re in, including a timer mode that allows you to set your air con to start heating or cooling half an hour before you get home, and the timed sleep setting slowly adjusts the temperature at night to help you comfortably fall asleep. The night saver mode could also help you save a fair bit of energy. Finally, this model comes with air filters that deodorise your air to help with pollens and allergies. Like most of Fujitsu’s air conditioners, this model is of a high standard and at this price it seems to represent solid value for money.
End of Financial Year Shopping Tips
As with every major sale time, there is always the possibility that you could end up spending way too much on products you don’t actually need or want. To make the most of the end of financial year sales, prepare a list of things to buy and a potential budget at least a few weeks in advance. You can then do some research on various retailers to find out who exactly is offering the best discounts closer to the date.
Some other useful tips are as follows:
- Consider if you actually need the product: An easy pitfall to fall into during the end of financial year sales time is impulse shopping. Do you really need that 4K TV when your current one already gives excellent picture quality? As the majority of appliances will be reduced to an extent, you’ll need to think long and hard about what you need and what you don’t need.
- What is the initial recommended retail price (RRP): Almost everything will be under its RRP during the end of financial year sales, but you should make sure you research prices properly to get an idea of just how good that bargain really is.
- Do your research to find it cheaper! Price matching is a great way to save money on new appliances. If you spot a good price online, consider asking about it in store.
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