Three new kitchen appliance offers are due to land in Lidl’s middle aisle this week, including some big-brand gadgets.
The Dolce Gusto coffee machine (£35), Russell Hobbs bread maker (£50) and the Lidl Silvercrest slow cooker (£25) all feature in the ‘kitchen essentials’ round-up. Available in stores from Thursday 19 September, all for less than £50.
Lidl’s special buys can sell out fast, but before you hotfoot it to your nearest store it’s worth checking the gadgets on offer are a genuinely good deal and won’t leave you disappointed when you try them out.
Read on for our verdict on each deal, including how each product compares with rivals and whether the price is as good as it looks, to help you decide.
DeLonghi Dolce Gusto Piccolo (£35): is it a good deal?
Ideal for coffee lovers that are short on space, the dinky Dolce Gusto Piccolo pod coffee machine won’t dominate your kitchen worktop.
It uses Dolce Gusto coffee pods, meaning you can quickly and easily make a range of fancy brews – including options such as Caramel Macchiatos as well as standard espresso and latte coffee.
It’s about as cheap you’ll find a Nescafé Dolce Gusto coffee machine, but it’s not your only option at this price point. We’ve spotted the Dolce Gusto Oblo coffee machine for £34 at Currys and the Jovia for £35. All three machines are quite old and use simple manual controls.
See our Krups Dolce Gusto coffee machine reviews to compare models and find out if this one is a good option, and check our coffee machine buying guide for more advice on choosing the best type of machine for you.
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Russell Hobbs Compact 23620 bread maker (£50): is it a good deal?
This bread maker from Russell Hobbs can do all the basics – batches of bread, cakes, gluten-free loaves and even jam. It also has three crust options and a delayed bake timer which you can set so you wake up to freshly baked bread.
It’s black, compact casing looks sleek and understated, and the small viewing window on the top lets you check on your bake as you go.
At just under £50, Lidl is the cheapest place to buy it at the moment, but only just – it’s £52 at AO.com and Amazon, and often hovers around this price point.
We’ve seen it drop as low as £40 in other stores during the past two years, so if you don’t get your hands on one this week, don’t panic. You’re likely to find it at a similar price later in the year.
Can it make a decent loaf? Check our full Russell Hobbs Compact 23620 Bread Maker review to find out.
Should you buy the Lidl Silvercrest 6L Slow Cooker (£25)?
With a generous stated capacity of six litres, Lidl’s own-brand slow cooker could be a good option for a large household, or if you like to prepare batches of food for the week.
It has three settings; low, high and keep warm, and has a removable ceramic pot which should make cleaning easier. That’s about it, but such a simple setup isn’t uncommon for most budget slow cookers. Pricier models may have extras such as countdown timers, pots you can use on the hob and hinged lids.
It’s pretty cheap for a slow cooker this size, although we have seen similar, or larger, options for the same price, some of which have done well in our tests, producing tasty stews.
Check our slow cooker reviews and search by slow cooker size for the best tried-and-tested cheap slow cookers with large capacities.
Aldi and Lidl offers – see our guide to Aldi and Lidl deals, including our verdict on previous special buys, and owners’ views