How Much Do The Most Efficient Home Appliances Cost?

A mom tests each one and comes up with a winning list of appliances that are worth your every peso

Photography: JP Meneses (photo collages)

Home appliances can cost a pretty penny, but with all the varieties and brands out there, what should you choose? Should you always pick the cheapest one? Not necessarily.

In our second installment of the RL Awards 2017 series, American-born and Manila-based blogger Amber Smith Folkman trawled the halls of Abenson to test these appliances. This mom-of-three, DIY maven, and homemaker picked these appliances based on function, ease of use, warranty, and value for money for the homeowner who's on a budget (no six-digit-price-tag vacuum cleaners here). Read on for her honest opinion of each one.


1. Cooking range/oven: La Germania FS6040, P32,898

“If you are outfitting your home for the first time and you have the funds, do it right and invest in an oven with a stove top. Ideally, you want a gas stove top with an electric oven. La Germania FS6040  is a fantastic choice with its European design, but the best thing is that it’s got local support right here in Manila.”

2. Rice Cooker: Tiger JBV-B18 F 10c, P4,395

“Only in Asia is there an appliance awards for rice cookers but for good reason, because rice is life! The Tiger JBV-B18 F 10c is a fantastic choice with it’s modern design and multi functions. In one device, you can steam rice and cook a separate dish right on top—in the same cooker! Plus, it has a slow cook function to act like a crock pot and a ‘brown rice’ setting.”

3. Editor’s pick: Electrolux Microwave, P9,626 on Lazada

The Electrolux EMS2348X may come at a slightly higher price than its competitors, but it’s worth every centavo. This two-in-one microwave oven has the convenience of a microwave, but you also grill in it, too. It has various cooking modes and Auto Cook programs, plus its sleek design is easy on the eyes. —RFM

4. Refrigerator: Panasonic NR, P28,999

“Refrigerators keep food fresh, thus sustaining our lives! So, when it comes to a refrigerator, look for the right size for your kitchen space, an inverter-compressor to help cut back on energy use, and a lengthy warranty. The choice was easy for the Panasonic NR. The ref itself is thin and tall, has a bottom freezer, inverter compressor, is pleasing to the eye, but has an added 12-year warranty in comparison to the regular 10-year warranty.”


5. Coffeemaker: Kenwood CMM490, P5,595

“Coming in piping hot is the Kenwood CMM490 Coffeemaker. A coffeemaker is the appliance that cannot be hidden away, and most commonly lives on the kitchen counter. Thus, it is more visible and should be attractive. The Kenwood takes care of the practicality of a good cuppa but allows you to do so in style.”


1. Air conditioner: Panasonic CW-XC125VPH, P22,798

“Aircons aren’t a necessity, but are definitely a luxury that can make a huge improvement to overall home living quality. You needn’t get the most expensive aircon to still indulge. The choice of the Panasonic CW-XC125VPH came down to the price, but again, the final tipping point was the labor and parts 1 year warranty PLUS a 5 year compressor warranty—you can’t beat that.”

2. Electric Fan: Westinghouse WH72715, P5,000

“This category was the easiest for me. We all know fans can be an eyesore, but a decent looking fan shouldn’t cost the tuition of a college semester. The Westinghouse WH72715 Standfan is the obvious choice with it’s simple yet appealing design and low price tag in comparison.”

3.  TV: LG 49UJ6320, P42,297

“Buying a TV depends solely on who you talk to, and the house member who has the strongest opinion will surely have a say in which TV is purchased. Since I don’t have strong opinions my research has led me to the conclusion that LG 49UJ6320 is the top choice. The LG 49UJ6320 is all about 4k panel, active HDR, streaming platforms, rich sound PLUS a two year warranty on labor and parts. It also has high reviews from the tech community. I may even know enough to buy this as a gift for my husband!”

4. Iron: Panasonic NI-E510T, P2,950

“Irons are a funny thing. While they are a small appliance, they are actually the appliance you want to buy on the higher end because even if these are on the higher end, they are still affordable. The Panasonic NI-E510T is a heavy duty iron that should surely last a lifetime. Think of it as a one-time investment.”

5. Vacuum Cleaners: Tefal City Space Cyclonic, P6,995

“City living requires compact appliances, and Tefal’s City Space Cyclonic is perfect for that. Bagless and compact with positive reviews, this affordable vacuum cleaner is the way to go.”


6. Water Heater: Panasonic DH 10BMM1P, P11,000 on Lazada

“When it comes to water heaters, buy one that has few parts so you don’t have to replace them, and another one that can be installed under the counter or out of sight. One less thing in the shower creates more space and openness. The Panasonic DH 10BM1P is a great starter model for the reasons mentioned above.”

7.  Washing Machine: LG T2105DSAW, P27,995

“Appliances can be a deep investment, so make sure you buy a high-quality product within your budget. The LG T2105DSAW was the top contender for washing machines as it has the inverter direct drive motor, cutting down on costs by boosting wash performance. Don’t fret—it is still gentle on your clothing. One of the greatest advantages the LG has is the already affordable price tag but with the bonus of a 10-year warranty.”

All these appliances (except for the microwave and water heater) are available at Abenson, 5th Ave. cor. 26th St., Bonifacio Global City, Taguig City

*NOTE: Prices are as of October, 2017. Production by Dagny Madamba & Kamila Garcia. 

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