Buying electrical appliances is a real headache nowadays. Just not too long ago, there were trusted brands like National or Philips or Sony etc. When the name National was mentioned, I associated it with refrigerator or cassette/radio. For Philips, I associated it with general household appliances and for Sony, I immediately associated it with high quality audio/video equipment.
However, to remain competitive, the once trusted brands have diversify their businesses and at the same time, lower the quality. The local variant of Japanese brands have to fight the Korean.
I bought this National fridge in Singapore back in 1981. After 28 years of service, it is still in perfect condition. The magnetic seals on the doors work perfectly and strong as ever. I serviced it twice - both to change the blower fan and to clean the discharge tubing.
Then in 2001, thinking that the brand is still as good, I bought another National fridge...
... to my disappointment, the quality is so poor that I just couldn't believe it. In just about two years, all the shelves broke because they were made of plastic. Then the magnetic seals on the door lost their strength! I must be extra careful when closing the doors or I would find the door opened by itself!
Another interesting fact I notice nowadays is the way they measure fridge capacity. Last time, they talked about net capacity, ie, that is the volume you expect. Now, only the clever engineers who did the calculation knew how they arrive at the figure.
So, my old trusted Sanyo fan broke down after some 20 years of service. Looking around, we tried National fan. After about 3 years of usage, the plastic base disintegrated!
Oh... forgot to mention, my vacuum cleaner from a supposedly trusted brand make a pooosh sound last weekend and I saw smoke everywhere. I bought it in 2001 also. I also got a Hoover vacuum cleaner bought in 1980 and it is still going strong! Any recommendation?
So, what is your trusted brand now? What do you generally buy for fridge or fan or whatever.
I think I will try Korean brands next!