You can now make more informed choices when shopping for household items such as washing machines, fridges, coffee machines and microwaves with our guide to appliances.
The hidden story behind our appliances can reveal unethical labour practices, the use of conflict materials and unsustainable design features such as ‘planned obsolescence’ and energy inefficiency. Not to mention that the appliances market is largely dominated by just a handful of foreign-owned multinationals!
Our guide to appliances rates companies according to these and other criteria so you can see at-a-glance how the major players fare according to the issues that are most important to you. The guide includes all the big brands such as Breville, DeLonghi, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele, Panasonic and Whirlpool.
Our ratings are based on key assessment sources including Baptist World Aid’s Behind the Barcode report, Australian Packaging Covenant, Climate Counts, Conflict Minerals Report and Rank-a-brand.
|Major Appliances||Small Appliances|
- Electrolux factory rolls out last fridge as production moves overseas –
- ast Australian fridge maker Electrolux closes today – L
- Foxconn acquires Sharp –
- China’s Haier buys GE’s appliance unit for $5.4 billion –
- China’s Haier buys Fisher Paykel –
|Delonghi||coffee machines||Switzerland, China, Italy, Hungry|
|Kitchen aid||coffee machines||China|
|La Pavoni||coffee machines||Italy|
|LG||washing machines||Sth Korea|
|LG||dvd players||Sth Korea|
|Sony||stereos||Malaysia, Vietnam, China|
* From CHOICE magazine July 2014, Aug 2014, Dec 2014, Feb 2015, Aug 2015