A new generation of appliances is expected to emerge in the next few years that will enable the householder to make the most of the best of the modern environment, said a report by the Indian National Productivity Commission (INPC) in its first quarter 2017 report.
The first wave of appliances would be designed for use in kitchens and bathrooms, but also for other uses, such as home health care and home entertainment, it said.
The first appliances to make their debut in India are lightweight kitchen and bathroom appliances, which are meant to be used as a complement to conventional kitchen appliances.
The latter are already available in the market, and the first ones will have lower energy consumption.
“It will be possible to use the new appliances as a way to save energy and reduce the time spent in the kitchen and bathrooms.
The appliances will be more economical,” INPC chairman V.K. Nair said.
These appliances will have a range of functions.
They will help you cook, wash, dry, iron, paint, prepare meals and so on.
They are also meant to meet the needs of a changing world, the report said.
Some of these appliances are also expected to be fitted with water cooling technology, which will improve the efficiency of household heating.
In the past, most householders had to buy large kitchen appliances that cost up to Rs.20,000.
The average cost of a kitchen unit is around Rs.15,000, according to INPC.
These new appliances will also be more affordable, the INPC said, with the cost of the appliance expected to fall to around Rs 2,000 in the future.
However, some of the new household appliances are already in the marketplace.
The INPC expects to see an increase in the number of appliance models introduced by the companies in the year to March 2017, with a range ranging from two-litre water heaters to 12-litres.
The appliance makers have already been adding water cooling units to their products.
They include Ener-V, Mihai, Vivo, Inditex, Jio, JBL, Konda, Kwik-e-Pak, Sarpanch, Vistara and others.
The report said that a majority of the appliances will start with a base price of Rs.5,000 or less.
However, a new category of appliances will come up, which is expected not to be as affordable as the base price.
The category will include a variety of appliances with a price range of up to 50,000 rupees ($8,400).
This category will have several components.
Some of them will be water-cooled and will be installed with a central cooling unit, while the rest will be fitted by the customer with an internal water cooling unit.
These include a gas-cooling unit, a water-based air-conditioner and a water reservoir.
The cost of these components will range from Rs.1,500 to Rs 1,900.
The main difference between these two groups is the choice of the water-related components.
In this case, a single-wall, insulated water cooling module will cost Rs.2,000 to Rs 2 of Rs 4,000 ($3,100 to $4,000) whereas a single, gas-free water-reservoir will cost up $500 to $1,000 of Rs 1 to Rs 4 of $2,500 ($7,000).
These components will also include an air-condenser, which would be a feature that will be introduced in the coming years, the group said.
It will also introduce a range that will include the following types of appliances: a two-piece unit, which can be fitted on a single wall; a two and a half-piece units, which have two parts on the side and one on the top; a single two-barrelled unit; a six-barrel water tank, which has a capacity of 10 liters, or four metres; a one-barrell unit; and a one and a two two-tier units.