Who doesn’t love a good bargain? And the EOFY sales are usually packed with some deep-discounted goodies. But there are lots of duds around that you absolutely need to avoid!
The great news is the experts at CHOICE have our back…and have done their bit to prevent us from wasting our cash. (Aw, we love CHOICE!) They’ve done some rigorous testing and have named-and-shamed those items that you definitely do NOT want to buy in the EOFY sales.
“End of Financial Year – EOFY Sales – are marketed to us as one of the big opportunities to pick up a bargain,” says CHOICE writer Alice Richard.
“But it’s worth remembering that this is the time of year that retailers try to fob off the dud products collecting dust on the shelves. CHOICE is releasing some of our exclusive lab results to help you avoid End of Financial Year Sale duds. No matter how cheap these products may get, they’re just not worth it.”
So without further blabbering, here is the list of the big duds to stay away from in the EOFY sales.
1. Beko Fridge BBM450W
Hoping to pick up a chill-priced fridge in the EOFY sales? Whatever you do, stay well clear from this Beko one. This fridge performed really badly in performance tests.
“Not only did it fail the energy check, it also scored 0% on our temperature stability test (how much the fridge and freezer temperature fluctuates),” CHOICE said.
“You might think you’re saving money now, but a poorly performing fridge means your food won’t last as long, costing you a motza in replacing perishables prematurely for the entire life of the fridge, which can be more than ten years, CHOICE whitegoods expert Ashley Iredale said.
2. Ffalcon TV 40F1
Even if this is not marked down in the EOFY sales, this seems like a bargain. But in this case, you most definitely get what you pay for.
It scored a less-than-sharp 51% for standard definition picture quality, and just 56% for high definition picture quality.
“Our expert TV testers weren’t impressed with its sound quality either, giving it just 45% on this test. It did score well for energy use, but even that couldn’t save it from receiving an underwhelming overall score of 58%,” said CHOICE.
3. Speed Queen AWNA62 Washing Machine
This is a costly dud that is going not going to leave your clothes sparkly and clean.
According to CHOICE tests, this machine scored just 44% for dirt removal, 47% for spin efficiency and 11% for water efficiency.
The general consensus was this model offered “very poor water efficiency, poor dirt removal, no auto-sensing water level, no selectable spin speed, no time remaining display, no woollens wash and no fast program.”
Dud deluxe for sure!
4. Haier HWX8040DW1 Washing Machine
Yet another pricey washing machine to give the flick during the EOFY sales.
“With a dirt removal score of just 55% and spin efficiency score of 63%, this machine isn’t exactly one to get excited about,” said CHOICE.
5. Kogan EasyClean R10 Robot Vacuum KACOMROBVCA
This is one appliance that you actually want it to suck. But unfortunately, this robo-vac doesn’t suck…and because of that it just sucks (confusing….but you get the message!).
The CHOICE expert testers were thoroughly unimpressed by its overall cleaning performance.
“Not only that, but it bumped into objects all the time in our test, and can get stuck moving from a hard floor to carpet and vice versa. The only thing it could manage to navigate was tassels on rugs, which is all well and good if you’re after clean floor rug tassels, but not much help if you actually want clean floors,” said CHOICE.
6. Omega ODW101W Dishwasher
The only good thing going for this dishwasher was that it is very economical to run.
“But that’s where the praise ends for this disappointing product: it scored a lukewarm 35% for drying, 63% for washing, and it’s very light on features,” said the CHOICE testing team.
Not Worth Your Money!
“Cheaper brands promote themselves as offering alternatives that perform just as well as more premium products, but when we get these appliances in our labs for testing they’re often really inconsistent,” says Richard.
“Sometimes we do indeed see budget buys that can outperform more expensive ones, however sometimes, like with some of these Kogan products, they’re just not worth your money and will likely just end up in landfill before too long.”
What are you planning to buy in the EOFY sales? Tell us in the comments below.