A floor model
is a piece of equipment placed in a retail shop
's sales area
for display purposes. Floor models are taken out of their packaging
, and (if possible) plugged in to an electric outlet
or satellite television
feed, or local area network
--especially when the floor model is demonstrating an item classified as consumer electronics
. This allows consumers to test the quality of the displayed merchandise, or compare between different models of a certain type of consumer electronics.
The term "floor model" may also apply to items which do not fall under the category of consumer electronics. Examples might include microwaves, refrigerators, washing machines (so-called "white goods"), vacuum cleaners, furniture, lawn tractors, etc.
Because floor models see considerably more use and are subject to more wear and tear than they would if they were not used for display, stores often discount them when selling them.