Would you pay hundreds of pounds for a hairdryer, or thousands for a pushchair? As our roundup of 10 eye-wateringly expensive appliances shows, there are plenty of companies out there who clearly think there’s a market for products that cost an arm and a leg.
Some of these products give premium performance to go with the premium price tag but some are just average and one is genuinely poor, even when compared to alternatives which cost a tenth of the price. Have a look at our reviews to find out which of these products are Best Buys and which are duds.
1. The £299 hair dryer
Dyson made its first foray into beauty products with the launch of the Dyson Supersonic hair dryer this week. Dyson says that its motor is eight times faster and twice as light as other hair dryer motors.
At this price, it’ll need to be truly exceptional to tempt prospective buyers, especially as you can buy a good hair dryer for less than £40.
2. The £270 Kindle
Amazon has poured on the superlatives for its newly-launched Kindle Oasis – it promises to be the thinnest and lightest Kindle ever, along with having the longest battery life and the highest resolution. You’d want it to, given that you can buy four standard Kindles for the price of the Oasis and still have £30 left over to spend on e-books.
We haven’t yet had the chance to test and review the Kindle Oasis – which is available to buy from 1st June – so take a look at our existing reviews of the Amazon Kindle and other ebook readers.
3. The £189 kettle
With multiple temperatures, a digital display, and a clock so you can program it to boil when you want, it looks like the designers of the Bugatti Vera kettle have thought of everything.
But given that it’s mainly just going to be used for making simple cups of tea – something most £10 supermarket kettles can do perfectly well – is there any justification for spending this much on a kettle? Our Bugatti Vera kettle review has the answer.
4. The £24,999 TV
The LG 77EC980V comes with a whopping 77″ screen to match its whopping price tag. That makes it almost as big as Michael Jordan, but unless you’re sitting miles away from the screen, you aren’t likely to see the benefit, as our guide to TV screen sizes explains.
5. The £3,000 pushchair
The Silver Cross Surf Aston Martin is a bargain at £3k – if you compare it to the cost of an actual Aston Martin. But even James Bond might wonder if the famous name makes it worth paying more than double the cost of other high-end pushchairs.
We haven’t tested this pushchair itself, but we have tested the Silver Cross Surf 2, which it’s based on (and which costs a slightly less eye-watering £550).
6. The £270 shredder
The Fellowes Powershred 450Ms is more than twice as expensive as any other shredder we’ve tested. On the surface, it’s difficult to see why, as it doesn’t have any features that can’t be found on shredders around the £100 mark.
So is it down to performance? Take a look at our shredder reviews to find out how the Powershred compares with its rivals.
7. The £499 cordless vacuum cleaner
Dyson cordless vacs tend to be among the most expensive you can buy, but the British firm has outdone itself with the new Dyson V8, which comes in £449 and £499 versions.
Check out our list of the best cordless vacuum cleaners – some of which cost under £200.
8. The £400 juicer
The Green Star GS2000 twin-gear masticating juicer says it will juice hard roots, fibrous stalks and even the toughest leafy greens, and when it comes to fruit will give a high juice yield. Find out if it really excels by checking out our juicer reviews.
Amazingly, this isn’t even the most expensive juicer out there – the Juicero, currently only available in California, costs a cool £490.
9. The £1,669 fridge freezer
The Smeg FAB50PS looks pretty stylish and holds a lot of food – it’s got a hefty 342 litre storage capacity across its fridge and freezer sections – but it doesn’t have any features that you can’t find on other fridge freezers.
So is it exceptional performance that you’re shelling out all that cash for? Check out our fridge freezer reviews to find out.
10. The £700 robot vacuum cleaner
Robot vacuum cleaners tend to be on the pricey side, but the Samsung Powerbot VR900 has taken things to a new level. This Roomba rival seems to be appealing to your inner Homer Simpson, as it includes a light beam pointer on the remote, so you can highlight where you want the robot to go without having to get up from your comfy sofa.
Find out what our researcher thought of the Samsung Powerbot VR900 when they took this robot vac home.