Using US household appliances in Australia?
September 4, 2010 11:39 PM Subscribe
My mom is moving to Australia. Which major appliances can/should she bring with her?
posted by obiwanwasabi to Travel & Transportation around Australia (21 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
She has a McMansion full of stuff, most of it top of the line. She's not too fussed about small stuff, but is reluctant to part with big appliances - fridges, freezers, washers, dryers, televisions. And lamps. Lots of lamps.
We understand that, at a minimum, she'll need plug adaptors. Are there any general rules about what will work with a transformer and what won't? Is this even worth trying or will they just fry over time? I've heard appliances with motors (Kitchenaid, sewing machine, washer/dryer) wont work with transformers anyway - something about 50hz vs 60hz power cycles. Power issues aside, I have no idea if a US TV will even work down under. We're fine with multiregion DVD players - what's the deal with Blu-ray and the PS3?
There seems to be a lot of 'well, I guess you could...' or 'my aunt's second cousin's brother's girlfriend moved to Vienna - I think that's in Australia' stuff online. I guess I'm looking for authoritative advice about what's worth the effort and what isn't. I'm starting to suspect she's going to have to hold the yard sale to end all yard sales.