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Would you buy a second-hand appliance?

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My old washing machine recently decided to shuffle off this mortal coil. And rather than sitting in a growing pile of dirty laundry, I went out to replace it. Should I buy a new or second-hand machine?

This rather inconvenient turn of events naturally led to mounting panic as my pile of unwashed laundry was already both formidable and still gathering size.

In the end, because my old Hoover washer had thoughtfully stopped working during the January sales, I was able to get a decent deal on a Bosch. I was soon back to my washing routine, without too much disruption.

And though I got a fairly good deal on my washing machine, at no point did I stop and think to investigate the current refurbished/second-hand market. Perhaps I might have found a superior model for a smaller, or similar, amount of money?

Paying for peace of mind?

Still, although I only thought of a second-hand washing machine in hindsight, I am still glad I bought a brand spanking new model that came with a two-year guarantee. For me, it’s all about peace of mind, as I know a good washer from a reliable brand reduces the risk of breakdowns.

But even if a second-hand or reconditioned washing machine was supplied with a warranty, I’d still not place as much trust in this compared to an off-the-shelf model. Perhaps that’s just me?

There’s also the issue of cost. These days you can replace your washing machine for under £400 with a fairly decent model, including some Best Buy washing machines (most Which? members said they’d be happy to pay around the £370 mark) so the amount of money you might save by going second hand is getting smaller compared to what it was in the past.

However, when I replaced my TV years ago – I had absolutely no qualms about buying a Samsung that had been used as a display model on the shop floor. I got a decent amount of money off the original price and, I’m pleased to report, it’s still working today.

What would you buy second hand?

When I really think about it, there are appliances I’d happily buy second hand or refurbished – fridges, TVs and tumble dryers, while others I would have to buy brand new such as washing machines and dishwashers. I’ll reveal why this is in the comments…

My question is, what appliances would you buy second hand and which must be brand new? Do you have any conditions that must be met when purchasing different appliances?

Would you buy a second-hand appliance?

Maybe, it really depends on the type of appliance (51%, 213 Votes)

No, I have to buy new appliances every time (35%, 146 Votes)

Yes, I’m happy buying second-hand appliances (13%, 56 Votes)

Total Voters: 418

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It’s always a gamble.

I bought a used original dyson which we had for the best part of a decade before we lost it in a fire. Bought a second one which worked perfectly for years before the motor burned out and it became irrepairable.

But yes, if it has been refurbished and the price is right then it’s a gamble worth taking in my opinion

Diana says:
1 September 2013

After my brother split from his wife he needed white goods for his unfurnished flat. Recommendations from Housing Association and CAB for a charity who supply white goods .mainly for people receiving benefits and tax/pension credits. The cooker lasted for less than 3 months, the fridge/freezer for less than 12 months (bags of food had to ‘binned’) and the washer though not working properly is just hanging on in there. £340 wasted – NEVER AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Kenneth says:
12 September 2015

I saw a bosch dishwasher model is SGV46M13 5years old from private seller on ebay for £60, do you think it worth the money? And what is your advice.