5 Key Appliances That Are Worth Every Peso

Find out why you need to splurge on these must-haves

Photography: Miguel Nacianceno and Jilson Tiu (Main Photos)

While some homeowners spend on furniture, there are those who put their money on appliances. I've seen clients settle for cofa (original Monobloc) chairs in the dining area, but are willing to purchase top-of-the-line appliances. It's just a matter of deciding on what is important to you.

Generally, people invest in energy-efficient appliances by reputable brands (for after sales services and warranties), even if these are more expensive than the regular kind. Given the promise of lower electricity consumption (by 20% to 30%), inverter-type appliances are widely popular. While not all types of appliances are available in this variant, take note of their energy-efficiency ratio instead—the higher the number, the better. Here are some appliances you may consider investing in:


Investing in a good refrigerator is important as it's one of the most energy-hungry appliances in the home. Pick one that uses the least power and performs well. Of course, you also need to choose one that guarantees to keep your food fresh. Look for a ref with energy-saving features and has enough storage space that fits your needs. Extras like Smart features and Wi-Fi connection are just cherries on top.

Air Conditioner

While split-type inverter units are widely available in the market, there are less options for window-type units of this kind. Being able to keep areas in the house cool is very important, but other things to keep in check when purchasing this appliance are its—air purifying capabilities, being able to maintain a set temperature efficiently, and durability.

Washing Machine

Some people opt to go to the laundromat and others prefer to do their own laundry at home. Investing in a good washing machine is crucial as you get to cut down on your electricity bill, as well as reduce water consumption, too. You will find Digital Inverter units available, but do take note of other qualities that include saving energy and water, smart sensors that manage load versus the water level, the availability of wash cycle presets (for versatility in washing clothes, delicates, blankets, and what not) and automatic features as well.


Ranges and cooktops are appliances that you probably wouldn’t change until it gives up on you. Since you can bring this appliance with you when you move into a new home, it's advisable to purchase a good kind early on. Freestanding ranges are easier to replace, but built-in cooktops come in various shapes and sizes. Both kinds will have gas, electric, conduction, and ceramic variants or a combination of two. Choose what works best for you and remember that special cookware is required for specific types.

Range Hood

This appliance goes hand in hand with the cooker. In smaller homes and condos, it is very important to have a good exhaust system. Go for a double motor range hood to help keep your kitchen cool as it directs the hot air from your cooker to the outside of your home/condo. Aside from eliminating smoke, steam, and grease—this appliance also helps with your kitchen lighting. Look for the following features— high power or air movement (at 350 cubic feet per minute), filters, lighting, and low sound levels.

Interior designer Vera Villarosa-Orila is an alumna of the University of the Philippines and is one of the go-to designers for the Real Living Makeovers. You can get in touch with her through e-mail: vera.villarosa[at]



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PHOTOS (in order): Miguel Nacianceno (main, left) | Jilson Tiu (1 and 4) | Dairy Darilag | Erwin Lim

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