6 products you shouldn't buy in the EOFY sales

Save yourself sale regret: CHOICE experts name the products that just aren't worth the cash.

Overpriced and overrated

Planning to buy a washing machine, vacuum, dishwasher or fridge in the end of financial year sales? There are some products you should avoid, even if they're massively discounted. It's hard to pass up a bargain, but these products just aren't worth it, no matter how tempting the sale price may be.

CHOICE has done the hard work for you to ensure you don't end up with a dud in the sales. Our expert testers put household appliances through their paces in our labs so we know which ones are the good buys, and which ones to avoid.

Washing machines – top loaders

speed queen

Speed Queen AWNA62

  • Cost: $2495
  • Score: 59%

Costing a whopping $2495, the Speed Queen might be speedy but it won't clean your clothes well. It scored just 54% for dirt removal, 57% for spin efficiency and 16% for water efficiency. And it costs a bomb to run: $1469 for 10 years.

Its bad points far outnumber its good points: very poor water efficiency, only scores 54% for dirt removal, no auto-sensing water level, no selectable spin speed, no time remaining display, no woollens wash, no fast program… you get the idea.

Save your dosh and buy a washing machine that'll get your clothes clean and won't burn a hole in your pockets: check our washing machine reviews first. 

Washing machines – front loaders

haier hwx8040dw1

Haier HWX8040DW1

  • Cost: $2499
  • Score: 67%

With a dirt removal score of just 55%, this machine isn't exactly one to get excited about. On the upside, it does have good water efficiency and is relatively quiet.

Robot vacuums

neato botvac d series

Neato Botvac D series

  • Cost: $1199
  • Score: 52%

While the Botvac is very good at cleaning hard floors, it sucks – or rather doesn't – when it comes to carpet, pet hair, corners and edges. It scored a sad 30% on each of these tests, but 85% on hard floors.

Several robot vacuum models that are considerably cheaper performed considerably better than the Botvac. Take a look at our robot vacuum reviews to find out which robot outperformed all the others.


As we say all the time at CHOICE, price is no predictor of performance. And that's particularly true in the case of two Smeg dishwashers. At the upper end of the price scale, you'd expect that these two would deliver the goods, but unfortunately they both failed to impress.

smeg dwafi6314

Smeg DWAFI6314

  • Cost: $2090
  • Score: 60%

smeg dwa6214s

Smeg DWA6214S

  • Cost: $1550
  • Score: 60%

Two of the more expensive models we tested, we found these Smeg dishwashers to be relatively noisy with a long cycle time and very poor drying performance. One positive is that they're cheap to run and have very good energy efficiency, which is just as well: when you're paying this much for a dishwasher you may not have much left over for power bills.

If you're in the market for a quality dishwasher at a good price, check our dishwasher reviews to see which ones came out well in the wash.

Stick vacuums

hoover cordless stick vac sd101

Hoover Cordless Stick Vac SD101

  • Cost: $199
  • Score: 63%

It's not the most expensive stick vac on the market, but then again, it's not the most effective, either. This model earned a dismal score of 48% on our quick clean test, and just 55% on our thorough carpet clean test. It also doesn't have a hand-held mode, which means you may not be able to use it for small, hard-to-reach areas.

For this price (or even less), there are plenty of other stick vacuums that will give you a better clean. Check out which ones performed well in our stick vacuum reviews.


beko bfd629dx

Beko BFD629DX

  • Cost: $2749
  • Score: 37%

This Beko fridge might look the business, but its beauty is only skin deep. It's not great at keeping the temperature stable in both the fridge and freezer, and it doesn't deal well with external temperature changes. For this price, you can easily pick up a fridge that'll give great temperature stability while still looking good. Check our fridge reviews here.

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