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      Electrical appliances from the UK in the US

      Hello!

      I am wondering if I have to really get rid of all my appliances when moving to the US. We are happy to replace TV and DVD player but I would rather not go an buy all new kitchen appliances.
      Is there a way? Are there transformers that could take care of that?
      Are there appliances that just don't work? (I think washing machine might be one of them...)

      Thanks for any advise.

      Christine

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      Hi Christine
      I am not an electrician so please bear with me.
      I know that fridges etc, not only work on different voltages but also on different hertz, so although you may be able to get away with using a transformer for the voltage you will still have the problem of the motors burning out quicker because of the hertz, also you would need to check if having a UK appliance would void your house insurance. I know in Australia that if we use anything with a UK plug we are voiding our insurance should anything happen.
      In regards to an oven, I wouldn't bother as most properties have them built in, or it may be a gas oven.
      Your washer would work with a transformer, BUT, again you would probably void your house insurance. Personally I would start again, if you have no intentions of going back to the UK, I would sell everything on ebay and then buy again when you arrive.
      Good luck
      Kate
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      Thank you Kate.

      I was more thinking in the line of smaller kitchen appliances such as food processor, toaster, juicer, etc.

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      Likewise, I'm not an electrician, but even without the international voltage issue, the items you've mentioned usually come with warnings like "don't use with an extension cord." If I were you, I would definitely err on the side of caution and plan to buy new, American versions. The good news is small electronics and gadgets are extremely cheap in the USA :)
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      Have to agree with LondonJack appliances like that are next to nothing to buy over there so would probably wait until you arrive.