The best of small electrical appliances

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This month, the GHI rounds up four of their top scoring small electrical appliances and share the results with the readers of IER. The appliances are given an overall score out of 100 for performance, ease of use, design and instructions.

Kenwood Kmix Boutique TOASTER, 92/100

This toaster scored the highest for performance of the six two-slice toasters recently tested. Despite a compact design, it comfortably fits varying thicknesses of bread whilst providing even browning on all items toasted. Comes with useful warming rack that doubles as toast rack.

How we test: We compare speed and evenness of browning when toasting batches of bread in succession. We assess their ability to cope with different thicknesses of bread, from thick farmhouse to teacakes, toasting bread from frozen and compare consistency using one slot versus two. 

Bosch Styline Kettle TWK8633GB, 78/100

For a speedy boiler, we recommend this jug kettle. It took just 2 m 12s to boil 1 litre and has a choice of four temperatures to suit all your brewing needs. Front controls are easy to use but it is noisy at full boil.

How we test: We judge each kettle’s accuracy of filling and pouring, speed at boiling the minimum and maximum quantities of water. Weight and handle design are other important considerations together with external casing temperatures.

Panasonic Sd-2501breadmaker, 87/100

Panasonic know what they’re doing when it comes to breadmakers and have performed consistently well in our tests. With loaves costing less than a third of the price of their shop-bought equivalent, we think they are well worth the investment. Panasonic were the only models tested to produce well risen, white loaves in under 2 hours. They offer a wide range of recipes and programmes. However, some of the programme times are quite long (4 hours for basic white, 5 hours for wholemeal and rapid programme is nearly 2 hours).

How we test: We bake white, wholemeal and gluten-free recipes to test for speed, size and overall sensory value. We also look at other programmes they may offer, such as rapid bake.

Dualit The Blender DB44, 82/100

This table-top blender scored the highest for performance of all seven models recently tested. It pureed soup effortlessly, chopped bread and crushed nuts and ice evenly and quickly. We like its large, clear controls and useful auto pulse option. The lightweight goblet sits securely on the main body. The drawback is that the blades are quite high so food can fall beneath and not get processed.

How we test: We put blenders to the test by chopping, crushing and blending a variety of foods using their minimum and maximum suggested quantities.


The Good Housekeeping Institute Approved endorsement scheme gives manufacturers and retailers the opportunity to nominate their products to be tested to the same exacting standards. If a product passes the team’s strict criteria, it is awarded the familiar red oval GHI Approved logo which can be used in trade and consumer marketing communications, PoS material, in advertising and on packaging.

The logo is currently being used on a wide range of electrical appliances and FMCG goods – it provides consumers with reassurance of quality. It indicates that the product can be trusted as it has been tested by experts in a domestic environment and is one of the best they can buy in that category. It gives you, the retailer, an invaluable selling tool when competition on the high street is fierce and purchasing decisions are far more considered.

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