A reliable appliance means it will break fewer times and last long. Here are some ways you can find how reliable an appliance is.
- Consumer reports: You can find the reliability information in hard copies of consumer reports or online versions.
- Asking honest repair person: If you know an honest appliance repair person, ask him which models he fixes most of the times. This information will give you credible information that you can use.
- CNET: Study articles in CNET, this will give you an idea about the reliability of a particular appliance.
- Internet Search: Do Google or other search engine searches using relevant key words such as “reliability for [your model number goes here]”, “[your model number goes here]”, “repair history [your model number goes here]” or similar key words.
After you complete your study on reliability, you should have a clear idea which make and model appliance will be the most reliable.
You may have to pay a little bit more for a reliable appliance. It is OK. You may know that repair cost of appliances is very high. Depending on your appliance, a single repair instance may cost you at least 100 to 500 dollars.
If you buy a reliable appliance, you will have no or fewer repair instances. Over the long run, it will save you money.