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Shipping Appliances to / from Australia

In the US electricity operates at 110 volts while in Australia at 240 volts. Despite the differences in electricity usage, does it pay to ship appliances in from the US or should they just be bought in Australia?

That's a tough question. Making an educated decision before you ship you belongings to Australia can save you a lot of money and hassle.
Shipping appliances to / from AustraliaMany people moving to Australia bring in their appliances, and they have good reasons. They already own the appliance, and they probably have spare room in the container which is already shipping all their other belongings to Australia.

Still, operating these appliances will require a transformer to convert the 240 volt electricity which is used in Australia to the 110 volts your appliances are wired to work with in the US. In addition, if you are talking about a big appliance such as a washer, oven, or refrigerator, you can expect to spend about $60 or more for a transformer, per appliance.
Of course there are disadvantages to shipping in your appliances from the US:
  • Using a transformer can cut the life expectancy of your appliance by as much as %30.

  • Operating an appliance with a transformer uses more electricity, which in the long run can really add up.
How about shipping a 240 volt appliance purchased in the US?

Although this may seem like a good alternative, you must make sure you will have enough room in your new home for the appliance. Although, homes in Australia are very spacious, shipping an appliance over to find out it doesn?t fit into the corner you had in mind can be very upsetting.

In general it is recommended to purchase appliances in Australia for some of the following reasons:
  • You know the appliance will fit in the space you have for it.

  • An appliance purchased in Australia will come with a warranty.

  • Who will service your US appliance? Can you even get someone to service it?

  • You may not find parts for your appliance from the states.
Should you decide to use a transformer for any of your appliances, you should choose one that is rated 20% above the maximum wattage you intend to use.

Please do not hesitate to contact us with any other questions you may have.
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