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Old 4th May 2013, 08:52   #3631
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An impromptu purchase couple of days ago. Bought our 2nd fridge as current one (Samsung 350L, bought a year ago) was not enough for storing food items.

We bought a smaller fridge, 215L (LG) for Rs.15,300

Also bought a stabilizer (Monitor) for Rs.1200 even though I was insisting to my better half its not required.

Exchanged our old 165L BPL non-working fridge for Rs.500

Stabilizers is no longer mandatory for fridges these days as they come with in-built one. Is my assumption correct?
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Stabilizers is no longer mandatory for fridges these days as they come with in-built one. Is my assumption correct?
All modern drive motors of domestic appliances are capable of working safely with in the Voltage range a Stabilizer cuts off itself. There is a trip relay which will facilitate switching off of the compressor on low voltage and overload. Hence it is absolutely safe to operate a fridge without a stabilizer. I am operating in this manner for the past two and a half years.

I need an advice on buying a Microwave oven as my more than a decade old IFB make micro wave conked off. Service guy says the repair cost would be Rs 3500 plus as the transformer and a PCB is to be replaced. Which make is trouble free from members' experience and which one to go in for; Grill or Convection type?

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Stabilizers is no longer mandatory for fridges these days as they come with in-built one. Is my assumption correct?
8 years back when I was buying a fridge, I had asked this question to a friend who works in the electrical field. Even then he said that I did not need one.

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which one to go in for; Grill or Convection type?
Just search through this thread - this has been discussed many times. Last time probably a few weeks back.
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8 years back when I was buying a fridge, I had asked this question to a friend who works in the electrical field. Even then he said that I did not need one.
Thanks. Well, this has re-emphasized my belief that you can never win an argument with your better half as they know better (or atleast think they know better )
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@mobike008; Two Golden rules for happiness

1. The boss is always right.
2. If the boss is wrong see Rule 1.
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Any recommendation for a food processor? Heavy usage of the juicer and grater is not expected. The chutney jar would be used almost every alternate days though.
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Any recommendation for a food processor? Heavy usage of the juicer and grater is not expected. The chutney jar would be used almost every alternate days though.
Though expensive get a Kenwood. My previous one (Chef) lasted from 1989 till 2010, with daily usage
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Any recommendation for a food processor? Heavy usage of the juicer and grater is not expected. The chutney jar would be used almost every alternate days though.
Please avoid Kenstar. I have one and its plastic quality is pathetic.

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How's Bajaj when it comes to service and support?
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Stabilizers is no longer mandatory for fridges these days as they come with in-built one. Is my assumption correct?
I don't really know but I used to think the same until the Panasonic service guy knocked our doors last year to install the new refrigerator. I was like wanting to run it without the stabilizer, but he told me that people 'assume' its safe but a stabilizer should be used. Out of fear, I reached out to my old stabilizer which we used for our old Kelvinator 165L and its doing duty for the 300 lts Panasonic too. Better safe than sorry theory applied.

Also a quick search on internet suggests the same as the inbuilt 'stabilizers' of the refrigerators are not capable enough to handle wide fluctuations.

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@mobike008; Two Golden rules for happiness

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Btw, boss wants to buy a microwave. We saw last weekend an IFB Microwave which was priced at Rs.9500.

It was sleek, silver front and black backside with many preset options for heating and cooking

Since they only had display piece, we didnt pick it up

How is IFB in Microwaves? According to sales guy, IFB makes only Washing Machines and Microwave? True?

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How's Bajaj when it comes to service and support?
We bought a Bajaj Pop-Toaster last weekend along with Panasonic Rice Cooker

Bajaj gives good support and service as per the sales guys that we spoke with. Hope not to experience them for a few year down the line
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How is IFB in Microwaves? According to sales guy, IFB makes only Washing Machines and Microwave? True?

We bought a Bajaj Pop-Toaster last weekend along with Panasonic Rice Cooker
IFB has a range of home appliances like washing machines, microwaves, dishwashers, kitchen chimneys, hobs, dryers and some washing detergents and other additives. Recently they have also come up with modular kitchen set ups, so what the sales guy told you is not true.

Regarding the toaster, I went for a Philips toaster. Somehow, I have not been able to put my trust in Bajaj, at least for electricals. I remember their poor quality bulbs in early days, that impression is still to fade. So, I stay away from Bajaj.

BTW, just a suggestion, if you had completed the microwave purchase earlier, then you might have saved some money on the separate rice cooker. What do you think?
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IFB has a range of home appliances like washing machines, microwaves, dishwashers, kitchen chimneys, hobs, dryers and some washing detergents and other additives. Recently they have also come up with modular kitchen set ups, so what the sales guy told you is not true.
Well, I take all sales talk with a pinch of salt ( especially since Iam also in same profession)

Never saw IFB chimneys, hobs etc..So in a way what he says is true then. They arent so popular in other segments of Home Appliances


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BTW, just a suggestion, if you had completed the microwave purchase earlier, then you might have saved some money on the separate rice cooker. What do you think?
You mean because we could have cooked rice in a Microwave? No way

For us, Microwave is a separate appliance than a rice cooker and will always be.
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You mean because we could have cooked rice in a Microwave? No way

For us, Microwave is a separate appliance than a rice cooker and will always be.
Any particular reasons? We cook rice quite often in the microwave but willing to change this if there is some reason (esp. health related) as I am very finicky about cleanliness and general healthy living.

Talking about the sales guys, I was told by them only that IFB microwaves are not that good as much as their Washing machines and dishwashers. This was some 5 years ago. I was tempted to go with IFB microwave as it looked really good. But then later went with Electrolux. Its running fine since then.

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We bought a Bajaj Pop-Toaster last weekend along with Panasonic Rice Cooker
I got a Panasonic cooker too. I wanted the steaming basket and went for the bigger capacity model, but now it seems too big. We hardly make 2 cups of rice a day.
Price - 2860 with the steaming basket.
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