Shopping for big ticket appliances like fridges, washing machines and vacuum cleaners can be a harrowing experience.
How can you tell if the appliance in front of you will do the job it says it does, when it's sitting on a showroom floor and can't be tested for you to make an informed decision.
This is why we have CHOICE to lead us out of the purchasing wilderness, directing us to where the best bang for our buck lies. They do all the hard work of testing performance so you can buy with confidence and save large chunks of money and time in the process.
The latest from the consumer advocacy group is a revealing look at elite appliance brands and how they compare to budget brands.
There are certainly some instances when an expensive appliance outperforms a cheaper one, but here are three instances where you're better off saving your hard-earned dollars and going for the budget buy.
Check out CHOICE's full report for extra details about these models and two extra products to check out - mattresses and ovens.
Photo: Left, Miele KFN 12823 SD-1 ($2699); Right, Changhong FTM419A01W ($699)
The cheaper Changhong comes in at a whopping $1000 cheaper than the Miele, but keeps your food much fresher for longer.
Miele KFN 12823 SD-1
Temperature stability score: 40 per cent
Keeping food fresh for longer score: 52 per cent
Temperature stability score: 90 per cent
Keeping food fresh for longer score: 75 per cent
2. Washing machines
Photo: Left, Speed Queen AWNA62 ($2495); Right, LG WTG1032WF ($1199)
It's double the price, but the Speed Queen can't match up to LG's high standard of dirt removal.
Speed Queen AWNA62
Dirt removal score: 54 per cent
Water efficiency score: 16 per cent
Spin efficiency score: 78 per cent
Dirt removal score: 75 per cent
3. Vacuum cleaners
Photo: Left, Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animalpro ($999); Right, Vax Ultra Pro Powerhead VX59 ($269)
You could buy nearly four of the Vax models with the same amount as the Dyson costs. And yet the expensive model far underperforms on actual cleaning; you know, what you're actually needing it to do.
Dyson Cinetic Big Ball Animalpro
Quick carpet clean score: 47 per cent
Cleaning performance score: 50 per cent
Vax Ultra Pro Powerhead VX59
Complete carpet clean score: 83 per cent
Cleaning performance score: 76 per cent