Summer is clearly here – three sun creams have made it into our list of the most popular products on which.co.uk in June, with the Aldi Lacura Sunscare Spray SPF30 taking first place. Coming in third and seventh place are sun creams from Garnier and Nivea. They may be popular, but do any of them offer great protection?
We’ve found sun creams that have failed our SPF tests, as well as Best Buys that we think offer you good protection and are nice to apply – so it’s well worth reading our sun cream reviews before you head to the beach. Also popular on our website last month were two mattresses, two Dyson air purifiers, a fridge freezer and television from LG, and a Bosch washing machine. However, popularity isn’t intrinsically linked to quality.
Keep reading to find out whether any of these products are worthy of your hard-earned cash.
1. Aldi Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 sun cream
Beach holidays can be wonderfully rejuvenating and restorative. But they can also be painful and dangerous if you don’t protect your skin properly.
A 200ml bottle of the Aldi Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 is certainly affordable, giving you change from ?3. But how well does it protect you from ultraviolet radiation from the sun, and is it pleasant to apply? Find out in our full Aldi Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 review.
LG GBF59PZKZB fridge freezer
The LG GBF59PZKZB certainly looks the part with its stylish silver finish. It also has a few nifty features, such as a water dispenser. The freezer is frost-free, which means you won’t need to put yourself through the arduous task of manually defrosting it when ice builds up.
But does this fridge freezer rapidly cool and freeze food to help maximise freshness? We sent it to our lab to put it through our rigorous assessments – head to our expert LG GBF59PZKZB review to discover how it stacks up against its rivals.
3. Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist Spray SPF30 sun cream
If you like to use a spray-on sunscreen, this one could be for you.
It produces a light, white mist that absorbs fairly quickly into your skin. But does it protect as well as other, heavier creams? Head to our full Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist Spray SPF30 review to see whether it’s the best holiday companion.
The Casper mattress
The Casper mattress can only be bought directly from the Casper website, and it comes delivered to you vacuum-packed in a box. You get a 100-night trial period, after which you can return it for a full refund if you don’t like it. But why go through that bother when you can read our review based on extensive lab tests?
5. Ikea H?v?g mattress
Considering how cheap this mattress is (just ?180), it’s no wonder that it has remained as one of our most popular reviews for the past couple of months. On top of the pocket-sprung core are two thin layers and soft fillings, designed to improve comfort.
However, most mattresses inevitably come with claims of comfort. That’s why we go further than anyone else to truly separate the wheat from the chaff. Head to our Ikea H?v?g review to see whether it actually offers good value for money – or whether you should spend a bit more.
Bosch WAN28201GB washing machine
The Bosch WAN28201GB has a spacious 8kg drum, a 1,400rpm spin and 15 wash programs to choose from. It’s not ludicrously expensive, either – just ?426. So could it be the perfect washing machine for you?
7. Nivea Sun Protect Moisture Sun Spray sun cream
This is the third sunscreen to make our top 10, which really hammers home that summer has well and truly arrived. If you are going on holiday, or planning on sunbathing in your local park, you don’t want to burn your skin.
8. Dyson Pure Cool Link TP02 air purifier
Dyson’s tower air purifier looks striking, and you can control it from an app on your smartphone or tablet. This all makes for an expensive air purifier, at ?395.
So is the Pure Cool Link TP02 worth the high price tag? And is it actually any good at removing smoke, dust and pollen particles? We’ve found no direct link between price and quality in our air purifier tests, so it’s well worth reading our Dyson Pure Cool Link TP02 review to discover whether it’s one to add to your shortlist.
LG 49UH850V television
This LG TV has a whopping 49-inch screen, with 4K Ultra-HD resolution, which means the picture should be crisp and clear. But will it bring your favourite shows to life, or will you be let down by disappointing sound and picture quality? With hundreds of televisions to choose from, it can be tricky to know where to spend your cash.
Fortunately, we’ve tested a lot of them in our lab – and our test scores will help you pick the best for your budget. Read our full review of the popular LG 49UH850V television to find out whether it’s worthy of a spot in your lounge.
10. Dyson Pure Cool Link DP01 air purifier
It’s clear that a lot of you are interested in Dyson’s air purifiers – this is the second to make the list.
This model is designed to sit on a desk, unlike the TP02, which is meant for the floor. This purifier has 10 speed settings and can also be controlled from your smartphone. But how thoroughly does it clean the air, and is it simple to use?
- ^ sun cream reviews (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Aldi Lacura Suncare Spray SPF30 review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ LG GBF59PZKZB review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Garnier Ambre Solaire Dry Mist Spray SPF30 review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Casper mattress (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Ikea H?v?g review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Bosch WAN28201GB review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Nivea Sun Protect Moisture Sun Spray review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Dyson Pure Cool Link TP02 review (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ LG 49UH850V television (www.which.co.uk)
- ^ Dyson Pure Cool Link DP01 air purifier review (www.which.co.uk)
L-rl: Cai Hua, CEO Always, Jess Kwan, MD, ePromode, Lee Tse Liang, regional MD Always, Patrick Goh, COO ePromode
JWT-owned China marketing agency Always has acquired Malaysian brand activation agency ePromode, a 16 year-old company with clients including Nestle, Johnson & Johnson, Sony Mobile and Yeo s. The acquisition comes some months after Always set up a regional HQ in Singapore. The announcement from WPP:
KUALA LUMPUR, June 6, 2016_ Always Marketing Services has agreed to acquire ePromode Sdn Bhd., one of Malaysia s largest brand activation agencies.
ePromode specializes in on-the- ground brand activations, both in and out of store, as well as events and product roadshows. The company, which was founded in 2000 by industry veteran Jess Kwan, has 14 offices nationwide and works with over 2,000 in-store promoters. Clients include Nestle, Permanis (ETIKA), Johnson & Johnson, Sony Mobile, Campbell, Reckitt Benckiser and Yeo s. Always, which is majority-owned by J. Walter Thompson and headquartered in Shanghai, offers strategy and execution expertise in the Shopper, Retail, Field and Channel Marketing space. Services include merchandiser management and retail audit; retail marketing, including promoter management, in-store activation and retail environment designs; as well as shopper marketing, including point of sale design, events and road shows. Always, which acquired Shanghai e-Gift in 2014, also offers gift and premium design and production.
I am very pleased to have Malaysia s leading field activation agency, ePromode, joining the Always Group.
We will continue to expand our field marketing and activation solutions to our clients across Asia, said Cai Hua, Founder and Chairman of Always Group. Always set up a regional hub in Singapore in 2015. The acquisition of ePromode will establish Always presence in Malaysia, and mark a new milestone in the company s Southeast Asia expansion plan.
With ePromode joining the Always family, we are now able to offer our global clients best-in- class activation and execution capabilities in Malaysia, said Lee Tse Liang, Always Regional Managing Director, Southeast Asia. Kwan, together with ePromode partner and shareholder Patrick Goh, will stay on as co-Managing Directors of the company, which will be renamed Always ePromode.
ePromode does more than getting consumers to notice product we turn shoppers into consumers. Our company combines the latest retail technologies with in-store marketing services that help the brands and business partners we work with make truly personal contact with consumers, said Ms.
Kwan. We look forward to bringing our services to the next level in partnership with Always and the J. Walter Thompson network.
As Always spreads its footprint across Southeast Asia, the synergies between JWT and ePromode are fundamental in a market like Malaysia. This is a market where companies really value integration of ideas and on-the- ground execution. We are thrilled to have ePromode join the J. Walter Thompson group, said J. Walter Thompson Asia Pacific CEO Tom Doctoroff.
June 6th, 2016 at 5:17 pm
27 May 2016
Regularly reapply sun cream to stay protected in the sun
Which? has tested the claims of leading high-street brands of once-a-day sunscreens and found that they may not offer the long-lasting protection that they claim.
We tested the SPF of four products and saw an average 74% decrease in SPF protection after six to eight hours. This means that over the course of a day, a SPF30 once-a-day product could drop down to just SPF8. We don’t think you should rely on any sun cream to stay protected for a full day in the sun. We also tested 11 standard sunscreens, checking whether they meet their SPF30 claim. One sun cream failed our tests, so has been branded a Don’t Buy product to avoid.
The sun cream that failed our SPF tests
We used strict British Standard tests to check whether all of the sun creams tested offer the SPF30 they claim. The majority passed, with just one exception in our tests, Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Ultra Radiance Lotion SPF30 (180ml) offered significantly less than its claimed SPF, meaning it could expose you to risk in the sun.
Hawaiian Tropic Satin Protection Lotion SPF30 (180ml) failed our SPF test
When we contacted Hawaiian Tropic about our results it told us that it had conducted its own testing and was confident in its own results which indicate the lotion exceeds its claimed SPF. Alex Neill, Which? director of policy and campaigns, said ‘With more than 100,000 people diagnosed with skin cancer in the UK each year, some manufacturers need to do more to ensure their sunscreens live up to the claims on the packaging.’
Best Buy sun creams
Looking to pick a sun cream to keep your family protected over the bank holiday weekend? We know that some sun creams make skin feel sticky and greasy and are just a hassle to use. To help you find the best, we assembled a panel of triallists to assess how each sun cream felt, looked and smelled on the skin, as well as testing the SPF and UVA protection of each.
Four sun creams were rated so highly by our panel that we ve named them sun cream Best Buys4. These sun creams not only offer the protection they claim, they ll feel great on your skin, too. Our tests show that the best products don t have to be pricey some of our Best Buys are amongst the cheapest sun creams we tested.