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Which? Awards 2020: winning brands announced

See which brands, including Apple, Dyson and Waitrose, took home a Which? award for their excellent products and customer service

The 14th annual Which? awards announces its winners today.

It recognises the brands that went above and beyond for consumers in a challenging year.

The impact of COVID-19 is reflected in this year's awards, from the first ever virtual ceremony, to the new Supermarket of the Year award to recognise the particular challenge supermarkets faced during lockdown.

Watch the video below to see some of our shortlisted brands

Our full list of winners

Which? Banking Brand of the Year: Nationwide Building Society

Shortlisted brands: First Direct, Starling

Which? Insurance Brand of the Year: NFU Mutual

Shortlisted brands: Direct Line, LV, Saga

Which? Holiday Provider of the Year: Trailfinders

Shortlisted brands: Explore, Inntravel, Kuoni

Which? Supermarket of the Year: Waitrose

Shortlisted brands: Asda, Iceland, Sainsbury's, Tesco

Which? Utilities Brand of the Year: Utility Warehouse

Shortlisted brands: Asda Mobile, GiffGaff, Octopus Energy

Which? Car Brand of the Year: Toyota

Shortlisted brands: Honda, Kia, Mazda

Which? Floorcare Brand of the Year: Dyson

Shortlisted brands: Miele, Samsung, Tineco

Which? Home Technology Brand of the Year: Apple

Shortlisted brands: Dell, Microsoft, Samsung

Which? Home Entertainment Brand of the Year: LG

Shortlisted brands: Samsung, Senheiser, Sonos

Which? Kitchen & Household Brand of the Year: Kenwood

Shortlisted brands: Asda, DeLonghi, Sage

Which? Large Kitchen Appliance Brand of the Year: Miele

Shortlisted brands: AEG, Bosch, Samsung

Which? Trusted Trader of the Year: Splash of Colour

Shortlisted brands: Furlonger Tree Services, JR Roofing Lancs, Inspiration Computers

Splash of Colour, a smaller painter and decorator family business based in Glasgow is this year's Trusted Trader of the year.

It beat a competitive shortlist, including last year's winners Furlonger Tree Services, due to its commitment to consumers and the community.

Its consistently excellent customer feedback and involvement in community projects and charities has also previously won it the Trader of the Month award in December 2018 and January 2020.

Raj Kakar-Clayton, Managing Director of Which? Trusted Traders, said:

u201cThe Which? Awards are here to help people make better choices by shining a light on those businesses that are putting consumers first. This has been especially pertinent this year given the significant impact COVID-19 has had on consumers.

u201cSplash of Colour always goes above and beyond for their customers at every opportunity, and the consistent consumer feedback about their outstanding customer service and work ethic demonstrates why this trader is such a worthy winner.u201d

Your Consumer Chamption: James Williscroft, Complaints Specialist, Coventry Building Society

Shortlist: Sue Martin, Guest Services Manager, Viking UK; Kathryn Townsend, Senior Propositions Manager, Barclays UK

James was shortlisted for going above and beyond in his role to help a vulnerable customer who was suffering severe financial difficulty following an online error that saw a rent payment sent to their son's junior ISA instead.

The ISA rules meant the customer was unable to simply send the money back to her main account.

James heard the distress of this single parent who had recently lost their job and felt strongly that, even though it was not a Coventry Building Society error and the customer's main account was not with them, he had to try and find a solution.

James liaised with several teams and managers in Coventry Building Society to set up a new account and develop a payment plan for the customer so they could still pay their rent on time. He demonstrated true problem-solving, putting the customer first.

A word from our CEO

Anabel Hoult, Which? Chief Executive, said:

'The Which? Awards are here to help people make smarter choices by shining a light on those businesses that are putting consumers first. This has been especially pertinent this year given the significant impact COVID-19 has had on consumers.

'Supermarkets in particular have experienced incredibly turbulent times, first with a surge in demand for key items and then followed by a greater demand for delivery slots, especially for elderly and vulnerable customers, or those required to self-isolate.

'The way in which Waitrose has risen to the challenge, resulting in overwhelmingly positive feedback from consumers, is why we're pleased to name them Which? Best Supermarket 2020.

'I'd like to congratulate all of the winners and thank them for their commitment to delivering great services and products for UK consumers.'

How we select Which? award winners

Like our product testing and investigations, the Which? Awards are completely independent. Brands can't nominate themselves for an award or influence our choice of winners.

To select the winning brands, an expert panel of judges takes into account everything from customer service and value for money to innovation and breadth of offering. This includes the results of our product tests, investigations and satisfaction surveys.