Electric appliances can be found in nearly every corner of the Connecticut state capital, but the price tag on the latest crop of high-tech appliances could surprise some consumers.
“You can have the latest thing at $3,000, $4,000,” said John Vail, a homeowner and former electrician who has been selling his home’s electric appliances.
“It’s really about the quality of it.”
Vail, who owns a company that sells electric-powered homes, said he’s seen a rise in interest in high-end electric appliances over the past few years, but it’s not a sudden phenomenon.
“When I first moved here and was looking to buy an electric, it was just something that was very rare and expensive,” he said.
“People were looking for the latest, most powerful and most expensive electric appliances.”
Electric appliances are often considered to be the latest and most sophisticated, and most often, their price tags can top $7,000.
But that may not be the case in Norwood, where Vail’s company sells a range of electric appliances ranging from a refrigerator to a washing machine.
Some of those appliances have seen higher prices than they were in the past, but not for a variety of reasons.
Vail said the current prices are on par with those in places like the U.K. and Germany.
“There’s been a little bit of a shift to the more affordable products,” he added.
“And I think that’s really the reason for it.
You know, if you were going to buy a washing detergent or an electric appliance, it would be going to an American company, and I think there’s a lot more of that.”
Electricians like John Vails experience the same problem.
“I think it’s a good thing to be able to compare the prices to the places you live in,” he explained.
“If you’re going to live in a place like the UK, it’s probably cheaper there than it is here.
But in the U of C, it probably costs less, and it’s going to be much cheaper there.”
For many homeowners, that means it’s cheaper to buy from a U.S. company.
“The thing is, in the US, we’ve really priced our homes out of it,” Vail added.
“We’ve really been priced out of that, and now we’re trying to bring the prices down.”
Vails, who lives in a two-bedroom house in the Norwood area of Norwalk, said the high prices of the new electric appliances are also a problem.
“It’s like, are we going to get these new appliances for free?” he said, “or is there some sort of financial benefit to us for owning an electric?”
“People are going to go to electric utilities for the money they’re going for them,” he continued.
“And then when you go into an electric company, they don’t want you because they think you might be paying for the service.”
For homeowners like Vail and his wife, they’re not happy with the high price tag.
“They’re a great price,” she said.
“But when you look at it, we want the best for our kids, we don’t even want them to have an electric.”