Consumer organization CHOICE has revealed Kmart’s best and worst budget purchases after testing dozens of popular items.
The Australian experts examined a range of popular departmental home-brand Anko household items.
In their latest findings, the experts found a mix of ‘duds’ and ‘high performers’ after testing products such as a microwave, heater, hot air fryer and cake maker.
Consumer organization CHOICE has revealed Kmart’s best and worst budget purchases after testing dozens of popular items (photo of the microwave, heater, food processor, deep fryer, pie maker and a crib)
BEST BARGAIN BUYS
If you are looking for a new microwave, CHOICE has recommended it $ 48 20L microwave, saying that the cheap model is ‘definitely value for money’.
The experts rated the device as ‘excellent’ for cooking performance and received perfect scores for ground meat thawing and vegetable heating.
“If you’re looking for a simple compact microwave that heats up well and is great for cooking and defrosting, the Anko 20-liter model is all you need,” said Fiona Mair, kitchen expert at CHOICE.
However, she pointed out that the model is only 700W, so the warm-up times may be a bit ‘slower’ than with a 900W or 1000W microwave.
For smoothies or meal preparation, the experts said $ 69 food processor can do the job in no time.
“The Kmart food processor performs very well and is great for chopping, cutting, mixing and emulsifying,” said Ms. Mair.
However, she noted that the device can be ‘relatively noisy to use’.
To make your own brew at home, CHOICE has the Coffee maker from $ 89 outperformed a $ 949 high-end coffee machine on flavor and consistently pumped out hot coffee.
If you’re looking for a new microwave, CHOICE recommended the $ 48 20L microwave (left), while experts found the $ 69 food processor (right) can get any job done in no time
Tick: The experts recommended the $ 89 coffee machine and the $ 29 pie maker
The $ 29 pie maker has taken the cooking world by storm in just minutes to make four gold pies with your filling of choice, no oven required.
“It is easy to use and gives good results, cooking four cakes fairly evenly to slightly golden brown in eight minutes,” said Ms. Mair.
“It takes five minutes to preheat, which is faster than an oven, and once the pies are cooked, you can just punch them out with a spatula.”
PRODUCTS TO AVOID
What to Avoid to Buy: Surprisingly, the experts listed the $ 69 air fryer (right) and the $ 59 convection heater with timer (left) as one of the ‘worst’ products at Kmart
For those looking to heat their space during the colder nights, the experts have bought the $ 59 convection heater with timer after getting the lowest score of 45 percent.
CHOICE Director of Assessment and Testing Matthew Steen suggested that the retailer “could have added at least a fan to distribute the heat.”
A Kmart spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia: “Our convection heaters provide direct heat to smaller spaces, while our radiant heaters are better suited to larger spaces. We wouldn’t expect the same results for these two types of stoves as they are essentially designed for different parts of the house.
“So while we’re disappointed with Choice’s findings, our product range decisions are actually largely based on customer feedback and sentiment.”
Despite the affordable price tag, the experts said the $ 99 crib scored the lowest rating of just 44 percent
Despite its legion of fans who swear by the $ 69 air fryerthe experts were not impressed by the popular device.
Of the 18 fryers tested, Kmart’s product scored the lowest, at 64 percent.
The experts said that while the hot air fryer is significantly cheaper than most brands on the market, the model had similar features to a traditional oven.
“Not only did it get a low score in our tests, but the Kmart air fryer is also quite large and heavy and not very easy to use,” said Ms. Mair.
However, Kmart’s spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia, “Our $ 69 Air Fryer is also one of our most popular appliances. It has a five-star customer rating and a dedicated fan page on Facebook.
“We love seeing the smart and creative recipes our Kmart communities share on Facebook and are so happy that our customers love our $ 69 Air Fryer just as much,” she added.
The experts claimed that another product to avoid is the Cradle of $ 99 after scoring the lowest score of just 44 percent because of the “lack of continuously breathing zones around the edge of the crib, which could pose a choking hazard.”