Which? has been scouring the web this week to track down some bargain back-to-university kettles, toasters and irons.
If you’re heading off to university soon, or you know someone who is, take a look at some of the cheap but sturdy household appliance basics the Which? Home team has come across.
They might not be the most stylish or gadget-packed products around, but they’re cheap and cheerful and can help you make your student budget go further.
The Proline PK380 is a simple white plastic jug kettle which, when we fully tested it in the Which? lab, we found to be good at boiling water quickly and efficiently. It’s currently £9.99 at Comet.
Even cheaper is the £4.78 Argos Value kettle (model number WK8261A 421/9639) – but you’ll have to wait a lot longer for the water for your cuppa to boil.
Read the full lab test reviews of both the and Argos Value kettle in our full kettles review, plus find out how to make the perfect cup of tea.
The matching Proline toaster is another budget option that’s been through the Which? test labs, and is currently £7.99 at Comet – that’s more than we’ve seen it priced in the past, but still a cheap buy at under £10.
If you’re looking for a good value option with a little more style, this Breville VTT001 two-slice toaster – with a slimline silver finish and simple-to-use controls – is another model to consider. It’s currently £19.99 from Amazon, including free Super Saver delivery.
We’ve fully lab tested both these models – read our reviews of the Breville VTT001 toaster and the in our toasters review.
Ironing might not be top of your priority list – but investing in a good steam iron will help you whizz through a pile of ironing in no time. Buying cheap isn’t always worth it – some of the Don’t Buy steam irons that performed poorly in our tests were at the budget end of the market.
One low cost option is this no-frills basic steam iron from Sainsbury’s for £7.45. It is lacking some of the useful extras – such as vertical steaming and ceramic soleplate – you’ll find on more expensive models – you can find out how it performed in our test lab in the full review.
Alternatively, the Russell Hobbs 14995 steam glide professional iron is good value at just under £20 at Tesco and Amazon.
If you’re getting to grips with ironing for the first time, our practical ironing video has got lots of useful tips and pointers.
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All prices correct as of 11am, 15 September 2010.