The new Dyson V10 cordless vacuum was by far the most popular product on which.co.uk for the month of March, with more than three times the number of views as the runner-up – the Samsung UE40MU6120 television.
For those getting ready to do a spot of DIY or gardening, the Aldi WorkZone 20V Li-ion Cordless Hammer Drill and Lidl Florabest FMB 450B2 mower were must-reads. Our mattress reviews proved popular, too, with two mattresses making their way in to the top 10 list.
The products below may have been the most popular with our readers throughout March, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re the best choice. You’ll need to click through to the full reviews to find out whether these popular products are worth buying.
Cordless vacuum reviews – find out which models cleaned up in our tough tests
Dyson V10 cordless vacuum
Dyson says its new Cyclone V10 cordless vacuum, which has superseded the V8 range, is so good that you won’t need a corded vacuum any more. It has a new small but power-dense motor, which can spin at speeds of up to 125,000rpm. To put that into context, if you could pedal your bike that quickly, you’d finish this year’s Tour de France (3,329km) in less than four minutes. According to Dyson, the V10 has a 40% larger dust capacity and an impressive 60-minute battery life in handheld mode, too, so you should find yourself charging and emptying it less frequently. There are three power settings to choose from, up from two in previous models, plus two floorheads.
There are three variants of the V10 to choose from. The main difference between models is the accessories you get:
- Cyclone V10 Animal (£400) The entry-level model includes a combi floor tool, mini tools for crevices, dusting and upholstery and a mini turbo tool.
- Cyclone V10 Absolute (£450) Includes an additional soft-roller hard-floor tool.
- Cyclone V10 Total Clean (£500) Includes an additional mattress tool, extension hose and ‘up-top’ tool.
So how does this popular, and pricey, cordless vacuum compare with other models? And can it live up to Dyson’s impressive claims? Check out our Dyson V10 cordless vacuum cleaner first look review to find out.
This 40-inch TV from Samsung costs less than £400 and, while it’s on the smaller side, it’s packed with features. It has a 4K Ultra HD screen, which is unusual in a TV this size, and it also supports high-dynamic range (HDR) content. This is said to give brighter whites, darker blacks and more subtlety of tone in between. HDR is a separate technology from 4K, but the two are usually found hand in hand. It also has three HDMI ports and two USB ports, one less of each than you will find on top-end TVs.
But what’s the picture quality like, and how does it sound? We reveal all in our full expert Samsung UE40MU6120 review.
Ikea Hövåg mattress
At £180, this is one of the cheapest pocket-sprung mattresses we’ve ever tested. It’s a medium-firm, no-turn mattress. On top of the pocket-sprung core are two thin layers of foam, as well as other layers of soft filling, which are designed to improve comfort. It comes roll-packed, so you can drive home with it in the boot of your car (if it isn’t already stuffed to the brim with flat-packed furniture), and at 24kg it’s relatively lightweight too.
So is it worth picking up, and can it compete with mattresses that cost five times as much? You can find out what our expert testers thought of it, including the level of support on offer, by reading our full Ikea Hövåg review.
Dyson V7 Motorhead
The second Dyson cordless vacuum in our top 10 list for March is the V7 Motorhead launched in 2017. It weighs in at 2.4kg, which is about average for a cordless vacuum, and we found that it lasted for 28 minutes per charge. It has two power settings – standard and turbo – and has a crevice and upholstery tool, plus a fluffy floorhead for using on wooden floors.
Did this Dyson cordless vacuum clean up in our tough testing? You can find out by reading our full Dyson V7 Motorhead review.
Lidl Florabest FMB 450B2
This petrol rotary motor from Lidl has a 42cm cutting width and a 125cc, four-stroke Briggs & Stratton 450E engine. It has five centrally adjustable cutting heights between 25-75mm, a hybrid (fabric and plastic) grass box and an adjustable handle.
It will only appear at Lidl occasionally in the central aisle, so is it worth keeping an eye out for? You can find out whether this mower was a great grass groomer or disastrous dud by reading our full Lidl Florabest FMB 450B2 first look review.
The Emma Mattress
The latest in an ever-growing list of UK bed-in-a-box mattress brands, Emma (the brand) says it will give you the ‘comfiest sleep possible’ and backs up its claim with a 100-day refund policy. Weighing just 27kg, this mattress is designed to save you the chore of flipping it over periodically.
Our mattress tests check each mattress to see the level of body support it offers and whether it will sag after a couple of years of daily use. Check out our review of Emma The Emma Mattress to see whether it’s a good mattress that will lead to a restful nights sleep, or if it will leave you tossing and turning instead.
This oven hasn’t got the snappiest model number, but don’t let that put you off. It’s a single electric multi-function oven with a digital display, and delayed start and end timer for fully automatic cooking. The SteamBake setting could help keen bakers achieve the perfect combination of a crispy, golden crust and soft, light centre on cakes or bread, and there’s a small well in the base on the oven that you can fill with the required amount of water.
Fan, conventional and bottom-only heat options mean there shouldn’t be any soggy bottoms, but did this built-in oven impress our experts in the test lab? You can find out how it performed by reading our full AEG BEK351010M review.
Motorola Moto G5 Plus
It’s not the latest Motorola smartphone – we’ve reviewed five other Motorola mobiles since it was released, including the Moto G5S Plus – but at less than £200 is it a great bargain buy?
There’s a 5.2-inch Full HD touchscreen, 32GB claimed storage, plus a micro-SD card slot, a 12Mp rear camera and 5Mp front camera. If you’re in the market for a new smartphone, should this be a contender? You can find out in our full Motorola Moto G5 Plus review.
The final 2017 QLED set from Samsung, the QE55Q6F, was also the only one in the range for less than £1,000. It’s a 55-inch model, with 4K and HDR support. In an effort to minimise the number of wires sticking out the back of the TV, Samsung has put all the HDMI and USB ports (four and three of each, respectively) into a separate box that is connected to the TV by one thin, clear wire – useful for those wanting to wall mount their TV. It has a tuner for Freeview HD and a separate tuner for Freesat HD.
But is this 2017 model worth picking up? The Samsung, LG, Panasonic and Sony TV line-ups for 2018 have been revealed, so to find out if this TV can match up then head to the full Samsung QE55Q6F review.
Aldi WorkZone 20V Li-ion Cordless Hammer Drill
The WorkZone is a 20V cordless hammer drill designed to drill into wood, steel and masonry. It has a chuck size of 13mm, 18 torque settings and a hammer drill function to provide the power you’ll need to drive through masonry and concrete. Two-speed gear control gives additional low and high speed drilling options, plus it comes with a set of eight drill bits and an assortment of eight flat, phillips and pozidrive screwdriver bits. There’s also a handy carry case for easy storage or transport.
As with all Aldi products, it will only be available in store for a short time. It’s available online too – so is it a good option for mopping up those DIY jobs you missed over the bank holiday weekend? To get our first impressions of whether this ‘special buy’ is worth it, head over to our full Aldi WorkZone 20V Li-ion Cordless Hammer Drill first look review.