It is that time of the year for which everyone waits with bated breath. Twinkling lights, hanging out with friends and family, lots of good food, plenty of chat and gossip.
Diwali is just over a month away. It is time that you decided about your shopping list. To shop smartly, you have to invest some time, and we are here to help you buy the most amazing appliances that make your life more comfortable in every conceivable manner.
Tips for the Best Diwali Shopping Experience
- Make a list from about a month before about what you need to buy. If you can afford to buy everything on the list, but most people would stagger the purchase over a couple of years.
- Find out your budget. There are lots of other expenses during Diwali. Many get their home painted. There are clothes to buy as well as gifts for everyone and maybe the cost of a vacation.
- Do your research. There are so many makes and models on the market when it comes to appliances. Research on the internet and read buying guides to understand what you need.
- Check everywhere – online and offline. If you are buying offline visit at least 2-3 different outlets. But it is best to buy online. It is not that goods are delivered from Delhi to Bangalore with e-commerce purchases. These platforms have a tie-up with the biggest retailers in your area. Many platforms also offer a hybrid ‘inspect offline and buy online’ model.
- Find the perfect mode of payment. Most online purchases come with an EMI option. These are provided by most of the larger banks and makes buying easier. There are also consumer finance companies that offer EMIs at 0% interest.
- Big online stores like Flipkart and Amazon launch their annual pre-Diwali sales called Flipkart Big Billion Days Sale and Amazon Great Indian Festival Sale, respectively. If you plan a little early then you can grab biggest discounts of the year during these two sales. Apart from the lowest prices, you can avail extra discounts on shopping with partner banks’ credit & debit cards.
Why buy Home Appliances during Diwali?
There is a wonderful aspect of Diwali. It rains discounts. Every manufacturer and dealer wants you to buy more, and they offer the fattest rebates to entice customers.
If you are looking to buy appliances, there is really no better time. All white goods brands introduce new models in late summer and look to sell it at Diwali.
Moreover, Diwali is the start of a brand new year in many parts of the country.
This is the best time to purchase since it fits in with your celebrations and makes the year ahead seem optimistic and more cheerful.
What do people buy during Diwali?
You can buy anything at a massive rebate at this time. From microwaves to washing machines customers buy all manner of products.
Let us discuss a few of these.
1. Air Conditioners
It makes sense to buy a new air conditioner at this time. The summer is over, and the retailers are looking for a way to offload the stock they have in hand. You can expect some crazy off-season discounts on air conditioners at this time of the year.
It is not that you will be buying old stock. New models are released in April and what you buy would be no more than 6-month-old design. Keep in mind that no matter what companies say, the design really changes once every 3-5 years.
You could pick up a 1.5-ton split air conditioner at a meagre price.
Do you know why you should never buy air conditioners in the summer? It is because the installation mechanics work from morning till night at that time and do a really shoddy job. But at Diwali, you could have it installed flawlessly.
With winter not more than 40 days away, Diwali is the best time to buy a geyser. It is the most soothing experience to be able to take a warm shower on cold mornings and then be off to work.
It is also very helpful in washing greasy dishes which are very hard to clean in cold weather. Gift your family a geyser this Diwali, and they will thank you.
From 3-litre instant geysers to 25-litre conventional geysers, there is a vast array to choose from.
With the coming of inverter compressor designs, it is easy to afford a large refrigerator. Previously it was quite impossible to buy models that were 300 litre and more due to the enormous amount of power they guzzled.
New 330 litre models consume less power than a 60-watt bulb.
From advanced temperature control settings through smart LED panels to microbe killing interiors, these beautiful machines with attractive decal paint jobs are a perfect buy for Diwali.
4. Washing Machines
Most families need one that can handle at least 7 kg load. The larger, the better in most cases. With a vast array of wash cycles, they can clean anything from woolen socks to linen bed sheets with just the touch of a button.
From world-famous MNC brands to reputed Indian ones, you literally have to wade through a hundred models before you find one that is perfect. There are a wide variety of features that you could opt for.
Many cost as little as INR 8,000 and some can go as high as INR 30,000.
5. Air Purifier
Bring health home. Buy an air purifier this Diwali.
Every city in the world is polluted. Indian cities are more polluted than most. It is impossible to breathe in Delhi for three months every year.
It is time that you buy an Air Purifier for Diwali. Do you know that air pollution causes severe lung problems and asthma?
But it does not mean you and your lovely family is facing doom. It is easy to fight pollution with the advanced HEPA air purifiers.
They not only draw out all the dust particles and trap suspended particulate matter but also pollen. This allows the air to be allergen-free. No more coughing in your home. Is that not a superb Diwali gifts idea for your family?
6. Room Heater
Winter is going to be here soon. Why shiver when you can just heat up your room with a room heater.
Even the most advanced room heaters are quite inexpensive. It makes your bedrooms a cozy place to camp in during the long winter nights. In fact, why just one? Buying two or more is not a serious drain on the wallet. You could even consider them as Diwali gifts ideas for friends.
7. Electric Kettle
The latest model of electric kettles are gorgeous to look at. In fact, most of them look like expensive thermos jugs with a plug point.
They don’t look out of place in the living room or dining area. To make a cup of coffee while pulling those all-nighters to meet a deadline, there is no need to visit the kitchen. Pour water, turn it on and pour hot water into the cup. Soup, coffee, or tea is ready in less than five minutes and with no hassle of turning on the gas hob.
8. Microwave Oven
From defrosting to heating, nothing quite beats the convenience of a microwave oven. Within a minute you can reheat your food no matter how late at night you have your dinner. This is an appliance that provides so much convenience that it is an indispensable part of the modern kitchen.
Many of these microwaves can also grill quite well. If you want to save space, buy a convection-grill-microwave so that you can use it for any purpose. They are priced less than INR 10,000 and work for years.
An OTG is a versatile appliance that can be used to make any food items from cakes to kebabs at the drop of a hat.
Having a cheese toast for breakfast or grilled chicken for dinner? An OTG oven can handle it all and more.
10. Roti Maker
A good roti maker will make your dinners taste more delicious. Wheat is very nutritious, and chapatis or rotis are an ideal staple for dinner at Indian homes. Why not make life easier for your wife by buying her a roti maker this Diwali?
What should you gift on Diwali to Others?
Diwali is not only about buying one’s own home. It is time to spread the cheer. The best way to do that is by giving meaningful gifts to those you love the most, be they your friends or family or employees.
A cute looking electric kettle or even an air purifier is perfect as corporate Diwali gifts. They will make your employees understand how much you appreciate the hard work they put in.
Is there a better way to tell your friends that you love them than gifting something as useful as an air purifier or an OTG?
The joy of Diwali is as much in sharing the wealth as hoping that more of it would be showered upon us.
Of course, there are plenty more items that you could buy as part of your Diwali shopping list – from music systems to cameras.
Buying something new brings hope. Shopping is also a stress buster. That is a proven fact. Shopping releases hormones that make us feel happy and lift the feeling of doom and gloom.
For buying appliances that will make your family happy and healthy, go on a huge Diwali shopping spree and surprise yourself.
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