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There are great deals to be found in sales, but there are also plenty of duds. Follow our expert tips and check our product reviews to make sure you're getting the best value for money.
Advice from our experts
Top 10 tips for sales season
Avoid sales fails with our top tips for the sales season.
Buying a mattress? We bust 5 shopping myths
We cut through the sales spin to help you shop (and sleep) better.
Is it worth buying a home espresso coffee machine?
We compare the cost and convenience of caffeinating at home versus a cafe.
Buying a fridge? We bust 7 common myths
Our expert sorts fact from fiction to help you buy better.
Should you buy a Dyson vac, fan or dryer? Our verdict
Is the cult brand worth the hype and higher price? Our expert reveals how they compare against other brands in our tests.
Smeg appliances: best buys and what to avoid
Should you buy something just because it's from Smeg? It's complicated.
Give these a miss
3 robot vacuum cleaners to avoid
Need some help around the house? Don't count on these poorly performing robot vacs.
Grounded! The coffee machines that failed
Don't make a bad coffee mistake – these models rated lowest in our product tests.
Stick vacuum cleaners to avoid buying
If you want clean floors and carpets, steer clear of these suckers.
Noise-cancelling headphones to avoid
Looking for headphones that deliver both great sound and silence? Listen to our experts and give these a miss.
Mattresses to miss if you want a good sleep
Don't wake up on the wrong side of the bed – give these low-scoring mattresses a miss.
Worst electric heaters to avoid
Don't count on these to keep you warm this winter.
3 barbecues to avoid buying
Set yourself up for a summer of brilliant barbecues by avoiding these duds.
The worst-rated TVs to watch out for
Don't make a costly mistake – our lab tests reveal the mediocre models to miss in the sales.
Soundbars to avoid buying
Check 1, 2? These models set the bar lowest in our lab tests.
Three fridges to avoid buying
Beware these subpar shockers that rated lowest in our lab tests.
Reverse-cycle air conditioners to avoid
These models rated lowest for cooling and heating efficiency in our review.
Worst washing machines
We reveal the models that rated lowest in our lab test.
Dishwashers to avoid buying
We dish the dirt on the poorest performers in our latest lab test.
Ceiling fans to avoid
Don't lose your cool this summer with these poor performers.
'Worst fridge ever': Smeg model rates lowest in CHOICE test history
Smeg's new $3990 retro fridge flunks our lab test with dismal 22% rating. Here's why.
Should you buy a Kmart Anko vacuum cleaner?
You may be enticed by the low price, but some of the worst-performing vacuums in our tests come from Kmart.
Inkjet and laser printers to avoid
These six printers were the worst scorers in our lab tests.
Products to avoid in the EOFY sales
CHOICE experts name the products you should avoid, regardless of how cheap they are.
The baby monitors that rated lowest in our tests
If you want peace of mind, we suggest you give these a miss.
Samsung shocker: The washing machine that scored 0% for water efficiency
This top-loader is one of the least water-efficient washing machines we've ever tested.
What to buy
We compare over 200 air conditioners, including models from Daikin, Fujitsu, Mitsubishi, LG and more.
CHOICE rigorously tests the latest TV models from LG, Sony, Samsung, Hisense and more top brands to show you which ones deliver the best picture and value for money.
We test both front and top loading washing machines in the CHOICE labs, including models from Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Miele, Samsung and Simpson.
How do the online bed-in-a-box mattresses from Sleeping Duck, Ecosa, Emma and more compare to brands from bricks-and-mortar retailers?
We test manual, semi-automatic and pod coffee machines in the CHOICE labs, including Sunbeam, Breville, Kmart, DeLonghi and Nespresso.
We test the coolest new fridges in the CHOICE labs to help you find the best one for your home, including models from Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Samsung and more.
We dish the dirt on the most popular dishwashers from Bosch, Fisher & Paykel, Miele and more.
Clothes dryer reviews
See which dryers are high flyers – we test top models from Bosch, Electrolux, Fisher & Paykel, LG, Simpson, Miele and more.
We review inkjet and laser multifunction and basic printers from Canon, Brother, Epson, HP and more.
Our test lab tells you which electric ovens cook best and are easiest to use.
Where to shop
Best and worst electronics stores
Our survey results reveal the best shops and online stores for electrical appliances.
Kmart Anko: Best buys and what to avoid
We reveal the products that impressed in our tests – and the duds that disappointed.
Shopping at Aldi: best buys and what to avoid
Should you just buy everything at Aldi? Well, no. We look at ski gear, TVs, coffee machines, nappies and more.
Big W Contempo best appliance buys
We reveal the products that impressed, and those you might want to think twice about before adding to your cart.
The Kogan brand products to avoid
Beware these Kogan buys that rated low in our lab tests.
Ikea: Best buys and what to avoid
From mattresses and ovens, to one of the dodgiest fridges we've seen.
More tips for bargain hunters
5 times cheap products outperformed expensive brands
That awkward moment when a $700 no-name fridge outperforms a $2700 Miele.
Is it worth signing up for Amazon Prime or eBay Plus?
We compare Amazon Prime and eBay Plus to see which has the best deals.
Know your consumer rights
Faulty product? Buyer's regret? Your right to a refund.
Expert tips for TV shopping in-store
What to look out for when faced with a wall of screens.
Freight-forwarders compared: ShopMate, Shipito, US to Oz and more
What are your postage options when US retailers won't ship your purchases to Australia?
Five products to think twice about before buying from overseas
Shopping for these products on foreign shores could end in disappointment, injury and even arrest.
What's the problem with buying cheap appliances?
A great bargain or just suspiciously cheap? Here’s what you need to consider before buying a budget appliance.
Click Frenzy online sale: deal or dud?
Here's how to shop smart when the sale kicks off this Tuesday 18 May.