ONLINE VS. IN-STORE
One of the more significant factors when shopping is price. This is particularly true for bigger purchases like washer dryers. This part of our guide will help you tell what’s top of the range, what’s a budget model, and what you can expect from different price points.
BUYING A WASHER DRYER IN-STORE VS. ONLINE
When you’re looking for a washer dryer, online shopping offers plenty of choices, reviews and shipping options. However, there are also benefits of researching in-store.
BENEFITS OF BUYING ONLINE
Unlike shops, websites are not constrained by physical premises, so going online gives you the widest choice. This is especially important when looking at large items like washer dryers. Most websites allow you to filter appliances by many aspects, such as size, capacity, colour and type, which helps you find what you’re after more quickly.
Most websites provide reviews from customers that have already purchased a product, which can be extremely useful. There are also sites dedicated to reviewing products, such as Which? that offer a wealth of information.
When it comes to washer dryers, reviews can give you more information about cycle times, noise levels and features.
Product descriptions are often featured online. These are normally written in a way that is easy to understand, and can be helpful in explaining key features – especially ones that brands have named themselves, such as Samsung Bubble Soak or Zanussi AutoSense.
You can sometimes find cheaper products online. Also, you’ll get a clear idea of shipping, delivery and installation costs before making a purchase.
Websites are not constrained by physical premises, so going online gives you the widest choice.
BENEFITS OF SHOPPING IN-STORE
One of the main downsides to shopping online is that you can’t see the washer dryer in person, so it’s worth popping into your local store to take a look. Some key things to check are:
While measurements are given frequently online, seeing a washer dryer in the shop is a better way of telling whether it’s big enough to suit your needs.
Colour and Styling
If your appliance’s appearance is important to you, seeing it in-person is a must. Colours can be altered on computer monitors, and they don’t give you the full impact of the design. To really see whether your prospective washer dryer appeals to you, find it in a local showroom.
Using the Appliance
Seeing a washer dryer in-store lets you interact with it. Open the door, turn the dials and get an idea of how easy the appliance would be to use every day.
BEST OF BOTH
You could always combine both approaches. Why not browse online, form a shortlist of products from the descriptions and reviews, then pop in-store to have a good look at them? You can choose to order online or in-store based on the prices and benefits.