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Smeg launches Dolce & Gabbana kettles and toasters

Smeg has launched the first wave of products from its Dolce & Gabbana-designed ‘Sicily Is My Love’ collection, including brightly painted kettles and toasters. The kettle, toaster and citrus juicer will be available in Harrods from today. They cost nearly ?400 each though, so if you want to get your hands on one you’ll need to dig deep.

This is the second time Smeg has teamed up with fashion brand Dolce & Gabbana for its ‘Made in Italy’ collections. The products celebrate the Italian heritage of both brands using traditional Sicilian motifs and the landscapes of Southern Italy as decoration. Find out more about the collection below, and check our reviews of Smeg kettles[1] and Smeg toasters[2] to see how they fare in our tough tests against cheaper rivals.

New Smeg Dolce & Gabbana products

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Smeg D&G TSF01 toaster, ?399.95

There are both two and four-slice toasters in the Smeg Dolce & Gabbana range, but you can only buy the two-slice version for now.

It features whimsical images of birds and sailing boats on a vibrant red background. The four-slice toaster, which has a different design, won’t be released until 2018.

Both toasters have six browning levels and cancel, defrost, reheat and bagel functions. They are also available in a range of plain colours, as part of Smeg’s Classic range, with prices starting from ?100.

We’ve tested both options, so check our toaster reviews[3] to see how these models compare, and whether you’ll get perfect toast with your ?400 toaster.

Smeg D&G KLF11 Kettle, ?399.95

This designer kettle is decorated with an intricate floral design with additional citrus fruit motifs. Like the toaster, it’s available to buy today for just under ?400 from Harrods. Of course, you’re paying for the design, rather than any fancy features, so don’t expect any extra such as multiple temperature options here.

If you like the look of the Smeg kettle, but can’t stomach the price – the older Smeg KLF01 kettle[4] costs around ?100 and is available in cream, mint, steel, black, light blue, pink and red. We’re testing the Classic version of KLF11 kettle at the moment, and will have results up in the next week, so it’s worth holding out and checking on our kettle reviews[5] to make sure this kettle is up to scratch before you splash out.

Smeg D&G Citrus Juicer, ?399.95

If you want your freshly-squeezed orange juice delivered in the most extravagant way possible, this is the juicer for you. It’s adorned with Sicilian landscapes and, appropriately, citrus fruits, on a bright red background.

We don’t currently test citrus presses, but we’ve found Best Buy fruit and veg juicers, some of which include citrus press attachments, from as little as ?40. If you’re just looking to get good juice fast, check out our juicer reviews[6].

The full range of Smeg Dolce & Gabbana gadgets

There’s no word yet on how much the rest of the D&G appliances will cost when they eventually hit shelves in 2018, but they are likely to be more expensive than the kettle, toaster and citrus juicer as the plain colour versions are. Find out more about the rest of the range below to see if it’s time to start saving up for your dream gadget.

Smeg D&G ECF01 coffee machine

Decorated with a traditional Sicilian symbol – the cart of Catania – and surrounded by a Baroque floral print, the D&G coffee machine is certainly a stylish route to your morning pick-me-up.

The original version of this machine, available in the classic Smeg range of colours, is available now. So, if you can’t bear to wait until next year then you can get brewing today, with prices starting from ?280. Check our review of the Smeg ECF01 coffee machine[7] to get our expert verdict on its coffee-making skills.

Smeg D&G SMF01 Stand Mixer

A brightly coloured stand mixer can be a real statement piece in your kitchen, and this Smeg D&G version is probably the boldest statement of all.

It’s covered in bold multi-coloured patterns and floral details, and has a generous 4.8-litre capacity which should be plenty for everyday baking tasks. It’s likely to be pricey, though not necessarily significantly more than the latest KitchenAid mixers. Check our stand mixer reviews[8] to find the most stylish options for your budget that also guarantee a good bake.

Smeg D&G BLF01 Blender

The designs on the Dolce & Gabbana edition of Smeg’s jug blender are an ode to the history of Italy, featuring images of temples, archaeological sites and landscapes.

The 800W blender has four speed settings and a 1.5-litre plastic jug. You can buy it now in the standard Smeg colours, including cream, mint, steel, black, light blue, pink and red. Prices start from ?149.

If you’d rather leave the art to your walls and just want a blender that makes brilliant smoothies, check our list of Best Buy blenders[9] to see which ones made the cut.

Smeg D&G SJF01 Slow Juicer

In 2018 you’ll also be able to get your hands on the D&G version of Smeg’s slow juicer. Its a masticating model, which means that it crushes fruit and veg gradually, squashing the juice out, rather than blitzing ingredients with a fast-spinning blade that flings the juice out, as centrifugal juicers do. This method is claimed to result in better quality juice, and more of it, although we haven’t always found that to be the case in our juicing tests.

For more advice see our guide to slow vs fast juicers[10]. The original version costs around ?449, so we’d expect the D&G version to cost significantly more. We’re currently testing this juicer, but for now you can get our first impressions in our Smeg SJF01 slow juicer first look review[11] and watch a video of this juicer in action.

Which? verdict on Smeg D&G appliances

There is no denying the unique style of this collection as well as the care and attention that has gone into creating the designs, but with a price tag of upwards of ?400 you’d be wise to check that the function and specifications are up to scratch before you buy.

If you want to jazz up your kitchen with some stylish gadgets, but don’t want to spend a small fortune, we’ve uncovered some brilliant cheap Best Buy kettles[12] and Best Buy toasters[13] in our tests, in a variety of patterns, styles and colours that will ensure your home looks great and your breakfast is cooked perfectly.

More designer appliances: Smeg D&G fridges

Smeg and Dolce and Gabbana first collaborated on a collection of 100 hand-painted fridges in 2016, which went on sale for an eye-watering ?30,000 each. Dolce & Gabbana worked with Sicilian artists including Salvatore Sapienza to create the detailed designs that, like the ‘Sicily Is My Love’ collection, were inspired by Italian traditions, colours and landscapes. Few people are willing to spend ?30,000 on a fridge, but you might be tempted by Smeg’s trademark retro-look fridges.

We’ve put these models through our rigorous lab tests to bring you impartial advice on whether they are a good buy.

Check our Smeg fridge reviews[14] to get our verdict.

References

  1. ^ Smeg kettles (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Smeg toasters (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ toaster reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Smeg KLF01 kettle (www.which.co.uk)
  5. ^ kettle reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  6. ^ juicer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  7. ^ Smeg ECF01 coffee machine (www.which.co.uk)
  8. ^ stand mixer reviews (www.which.co.uk)
  9. ^ Best Buy blenders (www.which.co.uk)
  10. ^ guide to slow vs fast juicers (www.which.co.uk)
  11. ^ Smeg SJF01 slow juicer first look review (www.which.co.uk)
  12. ^ Best Buy kettles (preview.internal.which.co.uk)
  13. ^ Best Buy toasters (preview.internal.which.co.uk)
  14. ^ Smeg fridge reviews (www.which.co.uk)

Move over Kenwood and KitchenAid? Aldi launches Premium stand mixer for £150

With its vast array of attachments for making sausages, pasta and more, this mixer is desperate to meet all your baking needs. But is it a dream come true or as disappointing as a deflated souffl?? Available in stores and online on Sunday 29 October 2017, the Ambiano Premium is the second stand mixer that Aldi has sold as part of its regular ‘Special buy’ offers during the 2017 Bake Off.

As with all Aldi appliance offers, it will only be available for a limited time while stocks last. Whether you’re a keen baker yourself or planning ahead for Christmas gifts, you’ll want to find out whether to set your alarm early on Sunday morning and get yourself to Aldi to snap one up. Watch the video below and read on for more on what this mixer offers versus its rivals, or skip straight to the full Aldi Ambiano Premium first look review[1] to get our verdict.

Video preview: Ambiano Premium stand mixer

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What you’ll get with the Aldi stand mixer

The Ambiano Premium stand mixer has eight speed settings, a pulse function and a 4.6-litre mixing bowl that’s more than big enough for everyday baking.

The stainless steel bowl has a large handle, which makes jobs like scooping out your cake mix into the tin much easier. As well as the usual features – dough hook, flat beater and balloon whisk – this mixer comes with extra accessories for making things like pasta, sausages, cookies and kebabs. While plenty of premium mixers have accessories available for these sorts of jobs, you’ll usually have to pay extra for them.

There’s a bowl splashguard that’s designed to keep kitchen walls and worktops clean. And for the really houseproud, there’s a mini splash guard that clips onto the attachments, too – although we found this fiddly to use. You can choose between three colours: red, white and metallic grey.

Is the Ambiano Premium mixer a good deal?

There are some nice extras with this mixer that you wouldn’t normally see on a budget model.

The flat beater has a flexible silicon edge, which can help to incorporate ingredients stuck on the side of the bowl. This is more often included with pricier branded mixers such as the Kenwood kMix. The extra sausage and pasta-making accessories are a bonus, particularly if you’re keen to get more out of your mixer, but don’t want to spend a huge amount.

However, it’s not worth buying if it can’t tackle the key jobs of mixing, kneading and whisking effectively, so make sure you check our full Aldi Ambiano first look review[2] for our first impressions. We’ve tested many a mixer at Which?, and we’ve found that cheaper models can prove to be a false economy. Some cheap mixers we’ve tested are slow to mix, make lots of noise or need constant scraping down to make sure no ingredients are missed.

There’s no need to despair though, we’ve also found some brilliant budget mixers that tackle core jobs effectively, and some even include extra accessories. We’ve got Best Buys starting from ?165, so head to our round-up of the best stand mixers[3] to compare models and find the best option for your budget.

Black Friday stand mixers

If you’re keen to get your hands on a stand mixer, another option is to hang on until Black Friday, which falls on 24 November this year. Many major retailers will be offering discounts on kitchen appliances, so you could well bag a branded mixer at a bargain price.

Be aware, though, that some store deals may sound better than they actually are, so it’s worth doing your research beforehand, and having a shortlist of high-scoring models that you want to look out for.

For more advice and some of our top picks of products to look out for, keep an eye on our Black Friday shopping guide[4].

References

  1. ^ Aldi Ambiano Premium first look review (www.which.co.uk)
  2. ^ Aldi Ambiano first look review (www.which.co.uk)
  3. ^ best stand mixers (www.which.co.uk)
  4. ^ Black Friday shopping guide (www.which.co.uk)

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