The Ultimate Guide To Buying A TV

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Last 5-7 years have been the most dynamic and eventful phase in the history of Television as a product category in India. After the transition from CRT TV to flat panel screens, TV has been on constant evolution from Plasma to LCD to LED to its more sophisticated versions coming up every year. Brands are fighting each other on technology, viewing experience and pricing in this fiercely competitive category.

Whereas a customer is confronted with a plethora of choices. From TV types like regular HD TV to ultra modern 4K HD TVs to an insane amount of smart features. It’s enough to send any ones’ head for a spin to decide on which one to buy. This Ultimate Guide to buying the right Television by Homeyantra makes the process of buying right product simpler.

Know what Television best suits your home and family. To begin with, some key features that should be considered while buying a TV.

Screen Size

In the case of TVs, big is almost always better. You need to consider the below parameters to zero in on the ideal screen size for you.

  • Budget – Refer to the below table to get an idea of TV costing
Screen Size (in Inches) Standard HD LED TV (in INR)
30 & Below 10,000 to 20,000
31 to 40 20,000 to 40,000
41 to 49 30,000 to 55,000
50 & Above 40,000 to 12 Lacs
  • Viewing Distance – There is an optimum viewing distance for every TV. If you are too close the images appear pixelated, and if you are too far you won’t get optimum details. You have to be at a distance of 1.6 times the diagonal length of the TV.

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Type of Resolution

  • 4K Ultra HD
    • Also known as UHD TVs, this is at present the newest and best resolution available in the marketplace. They provide about 4 times the resolution of HD TVs and produce stunningly clear, crisp and detailed images. Another advantage of UHD TVs is HDR (High Dynamic Range). This enhances the contrast and colour of the existing pixels of the TV to create more lifelike images.
  • HD Resolution
    • 1080p – This supports a resolution of up to 1080 (typical resolution 1920 x 1080). This is by far the highest selling HDTV at the moment. This would allow you to watch full HD content and all TV programs at the highest resolution.
    • 720p – This is for budget buyers. You would get quality resolution for your DVDs and TV shows. This is the most economical of the 3.

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Image showing clarity of picture at various resolutions

Type of Screen

  • Plasma – Plasma TV by far has the best contrast and gives the best picture quality in a dark room. However, now LED technology is catching up and gives the same picture at a lesser price. We don’t see much of Plasma TVs in the market now.
  • LCD – These TV set use Liquid Crystal Display (LCD) to produce images. These TVs were successful in replacing the CRT televisions, however, they are neither power efficient nor the picture quality is as rich as LED TVs.
  • LED – The most widely used TV at the moment are LED TVs. They are energy efficient, thin and light weight. These TVs make for very bright images. They come in 2 types, namely
    • Backlit LED
    • Edge LED
  • OLED – OLED or Organic LEDs is the latest and the best display technology at the moment. Unlike other technologies, OLEDs produces the true blacks with bright highlights. OLED displays are extremely thin and super light weight. The only draw back they are still new in the market and very expensive.

Features

  • Smart TV – A TV that could connect to various devices (laptop/phone) through technologies like Miracast are know termed as Smart TVs. Smart TVs can connect to the internet as well and supports Apps like YouTube, Netflix, Hotstar etc.
  • 3D TV – TVs which can play 3D content, which is quite prevalent nowadays, are known as 3D TV.
    • Passive 3D – Shows 2 different images simultaneously. The design of the glass is such that each eye can see only 1 image. Passive 3D glasses do not require a battery.
    • Active 3D – Active 3D alternates images between both eyes. These glasses are expensive and require a battery change.

Difference between 3D glasses

Connectivity

  • HDMI – HDMI (High Definition Multimedia Interface) is by far the best and the most efficient connection available for HD TVs. It can stream media players, Blu-Ray players, A/V receivers, gaming consoles and much more. HDMI carries both picture and sound in one cable which makes setting up a simple task and it is much cleaner.
  • USB – There are countless devices that can be connected to the TV like pen drives, digital camera, internet dongles etc. However, not all file formats are supported by the TV. Please check the catalogue to get an idea about the supported files.
  • Optical – This is a little old school option for connecting CD/DVD players. The TV is connected with an optical cable. This type of connection is used for audio equipment only. Although this technology exists, HDMI is a better option.
  • VGA – This option is used for connecting computers/laptops to the TV. This is an old technology and hardly seen in modern TVs.
  • Ethernet – Ethernet cable helps the TV to connect to the home internet so that the smart features could be used.
  • WiFi – This helps the TV to connect to the home network without any wirelessly. Once WiFi is connected you could use streaming technology like Miracast to view content from other devices which are connected to the same network.

With this ultimate guide, one can take an informed buying decision, with the right choice of the television that suits ones need the best. For quicker product discovery, Homeyantra‘s Smart Decision Tool helps you choose the right TV from a wide range of products.

The Ultimate Guide To Buying A Washing Machine

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Washing Machines play a pivotal role in our ever-evolving, day to day needs. The current range of washing machines ranges from time-tested workhorses to energy efficient products with latest in technology and innovation. Customer’s being spoiled for choices with too many different types and different sizes of washing machines flooded in the Indian market. This Homeyantra’s Ultimate Guide to buying the right washing machine makes the first step of your buying journey much simpler, that is knowing what suits your needs the best. Here we go.

Types of Washing Machine – There are 3 types of washing machines that are available in India at the moment.

  • Semi-Automatic – These washing machines are entry level washing machines with 2 tubs. These machines are cheaper and don’t need a constant supply of water. They are not feature rich, however, gets the basic job of washing clothes, done.
      • 2 separate tubs for washing and drying
      • Needs manual intervention
  • Fully Automatic Top Loading – These machines are the most widely used washing machines at the moment. These have only 1 tub hence doesn’t require any manual intervention. They have preset washing programs which can make washing done by touching a button.
      • Single Tub
      • Integrated washer and dryer
      • Better wash than Semi-Automatic
      • Some have built-in heaters
      • Energy efficient
  • Fully Automatic Front Loading – These have the best washing quality among all the washing machines. Most of the machines have built-in heaters which are required for a hot wash. These are also the most water efficient machines.
    • Best wash quality
    • Most have built-in heaters
    • Wash programs for a better wash
    • Variable spin speeds for quicker drying

Below table would give a few differences in the type of washing machines-Types of washing machines

Capacity

It is advisable to fill the tub of the machine up to 75% of the total load capacity. This ensures optimum level of washing with efficient use of water. Refer to the below chart to get an idea about which capacity you should purchase.Washing Machine Capacity Guide

Key features to look out for

Below are some key features, which we think would reduce the pain points in your laundry routine.

  • Wash Cycles – Most top loader and front loader have wash cycles. Some advanced machines provide a plethora of wash cycles but come at a premium. These settings adjust water temperature and spin speeds to suit a wide range of fabric types
  • Water Heater – Most front loader and some top loader fully automatic machines have a hot water wash functionality. They have an inbuilt heater which controls the temperature of the water.
  • Quick Wash – This feature helps in quickly was a small load of clothes. This is very important when you have that last minute meeting and your clothes are in the laundry basket.
  • Pause Washing Cycle – More often than not you forget to put the last sock or handkerchief in the machine, this feature is exactly for that kind of a situation. Most washing machines lock the doors once the washing cycle starts, a pause option would definitely let you put that in the machine.
  • Steam – This feature is available in most mid-range to high-end washing machines these days. Steam passes through fibre better and hence, is used for removing tough stains which lead to odour free wash.

Homeyantra has simplified the process of choosing the right washing machine for Indian homes. With its smart decision tool, one can precisely know the right product that suits his needs.

The Ultimate Guide To Buying a Fridge

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These days refrigerators are as smart as any device in your household. Today, fridges come with a plethora of features and different level of energy efficiencies. With every product claiming superiority over others, choosing the right fridge for your home could be a difficult task. This Homeyantra’s Ultimate Guide to buying the right Refrigerator makes buying process simpler. Know which fridge best suits your home and family.

Below are the 5 absolutely important things to consider while buying the perfect fridge for your home.

  • Size of the fridge
  • Design of the fridge
  • Energy Rating
  • Cool Features

Size of the Fridge

The size of the fridge is the most important consideration that needs to be made before buying it. Bigger is better, no that is not always true especially when it comes to a fridge. Things to look for while checking the size

  • Size of the family
  • Food habits – Non-Vegetarian or Vegetarian
  • Available space in Room or Kitchen

Apart from the above parameters, please ensure that the fridge can pass through the passages, elevators and all points of entry to avoid physical damage to the product. Please ensure to have enough space to allow the fridge door to open properly.

Types of Fridge

Once you have zeroed in on the size of the fridge, you need to look into the design tat will suit you best.

  • Mini Fridge
    • Good for one Room
      • Capacity 40 to 100 lit
      • Direct Cool
      • Small or no Freezer Space
      • Economical
  • Single Door
    • Good for Couples and small family
      • Capacity 150 to 300
      • Direct Cool
      • Economical
      • Sufficient Freezer Space
  • Double Door
    • Good for families of 3 to 4
      • Capacity 230 to 500 Ltr.
      • Frost Free
      • Large freezer space
      • Energy Savings Chart
      • Energy efficient
      • Shelves are made of toughened glass
  • Multi-Door
    • Good for families of 4 to 5
      • Capacity 240 to 400 Ltr.
      • Frost free
      • Large separate vegetable drawers
      • Freezer on top
      • Toughened glass shelves
  • Side by Side
    • Good for a family size of more than 6
      • Capacity 500 to 700 Ltr.
      • Frost Free
      • Large sections
      • Ample space for vegetables
      • Toughened glass shelves
      • Some models have water/ice dispenser
  • French Door
    • Good for a large family
      • Capacity 650 to 800 Ltr.
      • Stylish and elegant
      • Bottom mounted freezer
      • Ice/Water dispensers are offered in many models

Energy Rating

The fridge is hardest working home appliance at home since it is always on. So, evidently, you need to purchase a fridge with a better energy rating. The higher the energy stars the more money you would save in the long run.

  • Energy Star – This is the standard for electronics coined by the Bureau of Energy Efficiency. The below star ratings would give you an idea on the savings you would make per year.
  • Inverter Compressor – In an inverter compressor, the compressor doesn’t stop but runs at a slow speed to maintain the required temperature in the fridge. This leads to 30% – 40% more energy efficiency.Inverter Compressor

Type of Defrosting

  • Direct Cool – Direct Cool uses natural convection to keep and are considered to keep food fresh for lesser. They also have to be manually defrosted periodically.
  • Frost Free – Frost Free refrigerators use fans to keep the stored food fresh. They don’t need to be manually defrosted.Types Of Frosting

Features we love

    • Cool Pack – Cool packs keeps cold food cold for up to 12 hours. This is helpful during power outages.
    • Adjustable Racks – Adjustable racks are a nice way to make more room for more important item in the fridge.
    • Deodorizer – Deodorizer keeps the fridge from smelling foul. This removes the odour particles to keep the air fresh.
    • Convertible Refrigerator/Fridge – Based on your needs, you can change the cooling zone. For instance, if more space is required for refrigerator due to extra bottles or food then using the adjustable divider you can reduce the space taken by freezer effectively increasing the refrigerator space.
    • Water & Ice Dispenser Choose a fridge with Ice/Water dispenser. They dispense fresh, filtered cold water in an instant.
  • Built-In Stabiliser – Fridges are generally equipped with in-built voltage stabilisers which protect it from voltage fluctuations.  

With this guide, you can take an informed buying decision, with the right choice of the product that suits your need the best. For a quicker product discovery, Smart Decision Tool by Homeyantra helps you choose the right fridge from a wide range of products.

The Ultimate Guide To Buying An Air Conditioner

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No matter where you are, you have to be prepared for the hottest days of the year with a good air conditioner. Whether you are replacing your old AC or simply installing a new one, the process of buying and installing an air conditioner can be a very tiresome, and most of it goes in deciding which is the right AC for your room. This Homeyantra’s Ultimate guide to buying the right Air Conditioner makes that process simpler. Know what Air conditioner best suits your room size for the hot city you live in.

  • Things to Consider – When deciding which type of AC you need, consider the following pointers
    • Room Size
    • Frequency of Use
    • Exposure to Sun or Heat

Also, consider the below significant features which would help for your convenience-

  • Remote control
  • Noise Dampening Technology
  • Other Smart Features

Types of AC:

  • Split AC
  • Window AC

Split AC

Split AC
Split AC – Indoor and Outdoor Units

Split ACs are more energy efficient than window ACs. They come in 2 parts, one is an indoor unit and the other one is an outdoor unit which is the compressor. Tubing is required which connects the outdoor system with the indoor system.

Types of Split ACs

  • Inverter – The motor of the inverter AC runs at variable speed. The motor runs as per the temperature of the room thus by increasing the energy efficiency and reduce cost.
  • Non-Inverter – The motor of the non-inverter AC runs at a fixed speed. No matter what the temperature of the room is the speed of the motor remains fixed, hence it does not help is save much of energy and reduce cost.

Advantage of Split AC

  • Energy efficient
  • Quiet Operation
  • Slim Profile
  • Aesthetically designed

Disadvantages

  • More expensive than window AC
  • Requires high skill professional installation
  • Tubing is required through either copper tube or aluminium tube

Window AC

Window AC
Window AC

Window ACs are a more classic form of ACs that we have seen. These are one complete unit which fits on the window.

Advantages of Window AC

  • Fits properly on the window/wall
  • Takes up less space on the floor
  • Easy to install and uninstall

Disadvantages

  • Noisier than a split AC
  • Takes up window space
  • Not very aesthetically designed

Considering BTU (British Thermal Unit)

BTU measures the amount of heat an AC can remove from the air over a given period of time. The higher the number the better the cooling, however bigger doesn’t necessarily mean better. For a proper cooling of the room, we need to match the area of the room with the BTU capacity of the air conditioner. An underpowered AC won’t cool a large room properly, on the other hand, a very high BTU rating would cool the room so fast that it won’t have the time to dehumidify the air which may lead to the space feeling clammy and cold.

Area to be Cooled (Square Feet) AC Ton BTU (British Thermal Unit)
100 to 150 0.5 5000
150 to 250 0.5 6000
250 to 300 0.5 7000
300 to 350 0.75 8000
350 to 400 0.75 9000
400 to 450 0.75 10000
450 to 550 1 12000
550 to 700 1.2 14000
700 to 1000 1.5 18000
1000 to 1200 2 21000
1200 to 1400 2 23000
1400 to 1500 2 24000

Energy Rating

Energy rating is the number that shows the amount of energy that is required to do the required amount of cooling. The higher the energy rating number the lower the relative energy used.

ACs with a higher star rating are usually more expensive but in the long run, they help save a lot of money by reducing monthly energy cost.

Refer to the below table to get an idea on how much energy you could save based on a 1.5-ton window or split AC at different star rating.

Star Rating Energy Efficiency Chart

Important Features

  • Anti-Bacterial Filter
    • Removes harmful substances from the air like dust, pollens, hair and other microscopic substances that are present in the air
  • Cooling and Heating
    • These units act both as a heater for winters and cooler during summers
  • Dehumidification
    • Reduces the humidity in the air
  • Dust Filter
    • Removes dust from the air
  • Auto Clean
    • AC automatically cleans itself from bacteria and other elements thus increasing the lifespan
  • Sleep Mode
    • You can set a pre-requisite temperature and the AC automatically turns off to give you a peaceful sleep.

With this guide, you can take an informed buying decision, with the right choice of the product that suits your need the best. For a quicker product discovery, Smart Decision Tool at Homeyantra helps you choose the right AC from a wide range of products.