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Consumers were advised to be careful when purchasing appliances as the cheapest option could end up costing more in the long run.

Researchers at Which? tested a number of cheaply priced applicators and found that many had low energy efficiency, including a kettle which cost £7 to buy but costs over £50 a year to run, more than double the average costs.

Natalie Hitchins, head of Home Products and Services at Which?, said: “When buying a new home appliance, don’t be fooled by a low price as this could hide bigger costs in the long run.

“Which one of them?

“When looking to buy a new appliance you can check out Which? website for our recommended EcoBuys and tips on how to reduce your energy costs in general.”


The group tested the Cookworks Plastic Kettle 825/6344 (in white) and 874/2119 (in black), priced at £7, but the cheap Argos kettle costs £50.74 a year to run.

This is more than double the current average cost of a kettle, at £23. The most energy efficient kettle costs just £7 a year to run.

Refrigerator freezer

The Hisense RB327N4WW1 fridge freezer may look cheap at £399 but it costs £113.12 a year in energy bills, over £30 more than the current average costs for a freestanding machine.

The team tested similar models and found that the most cost effective to run was just £40 a year.


The Samsung NV7B41307AS built-in oven retails for £439 but the annual costs were highest for a built-in oven, at £79.47.

The current average cost of this type of oven is £64 and the most efficient device only costs £53 a year.


The Beko DIN15X20 dishwasher is also poor for energy efficiency, despite the attractive £279 price tag.

This costs £88.89 a year to run and the average running cost is £78. The most efficient model costs around £55 a year to run.

Washing machine

The Hotpoint H8 W946WB retails for £499 but has running costs of £86.22 a year, using 35 per cent more energy on a 40C cotton main wash compared to most 9kg machines.

The current average cost was £65 a year, with the most efficient device costing £46 a year.

Tumble dryer

The Hoover-HLEV10LG vented dryer costs £279 but costs more than five times the most efficient heat pump dryer, costing over £200.

Average current costs for ventilated dryers were £147 and condenser machines cost £140 per year. The most energy efficient heat pump device costs £57 a year to run.


The Samsung UE43CU8000 has a cheap price tag at £369 but costs £29.57 a year to run.

This compares with average annual costs for a 43 inch TV at £24.82 and the cheapest TVs cost less than £12 a year to run.


The Dimplex 3kW Fan Heater costs just £79 to buy but would be prohibitively expensive to use regularly during the colder months.

It would cost £464.80 to use the device at maximum power for four hours a day every day for 20 weeks.

More effective options

Eco Buys shows, Which?

  • Bosch SPS4HMW53G dishwasher – purchase price £578 – £55.39 a year running costs
  • Samsung WW80T554DAW/S1 washing machine – purchase price £449 – £54.33 a year running costs
  • Asda George Home GDK101B-22 kettle £30 purchase price – £11.17 a year running costs.

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