Smeg appliances: are they worth the money?


If you’re in the market for a new kitchen appliance, chances are you’ve come across the very well-known Italian brand, Smeg. Smeg is an acronym for Smalterie Metallurgiche Emiliane Guastalla (how about that for a tongue twister?). They are known for their bold pieces inspired by 1950s designs. Two words come to mind when thinking of the Smeg brand: unique and expensive. 

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So, are they worth the price? 

No matter how much research you do, how many articles you read or YouTube review videos you watch, you can’t escape the fact that Smeg appliances are definitely some of the most expensive on the market. Ultimately, you’re paying for the brand and look of the item.

If a Smeg appliance is something you have been saving for, or have always aspired to have in your dream kitchen, then it’s worth every cent. If you are in the market for a new appliance, big or small, and the Smeg brand has caught your eye, then come on a retro-cool journey with us. 

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The Smeg Retro Kettle

Smeg makes two kinds of kettle: the Smeg Retro Kettle for R3 600 (with a 360-degree swivel base, removable stainless steel limescale filter and soft opening lid) and the slightly more expensive Variable Temperature Smeg Kettle, for when boiling water is too mundane a task and you want to be able to choose one of seven temperature settings. Perhaps the most desirable feature of Smeg kettles are the unique colours they come in: swoon over mint, pink, white, cream, black, silver, red and rose gold, then redecorate your kitchen to match. 

The Smeg Retro Toaster

A cup of tea is nothing without a piece of toast, so don’t let your Smeg Retro Kettle languish alone on your kitchen counter: buy a matching Smeg toaster to complete the set! There are three options in this range. The Smeg 2 Slice Toaster and 4 Slice Toaster are available in the original sleek design, and features include extra-wide toasting slots with three pre-set programmes including reheat, defrost and bagel mode. Smeg’s newest model is the Smeg 4 Slot Square Toaster. With a more boxy look to it, it boasts two independent controls with ​​two separate stainless steel removable crumb trays.

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The Smeg Retro Stand Mixer

Currently, there is only one option in this range. The Smeg Retro Stand Mixer features a ten- step variable speed with soft start function and comes with accessories including an aluminium flat beater, stainless steel wire whisk, aluminium dough hook and pouring shield. 

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Besides the popular items mentioned above, Smeg also sells the following small appliances: coffee machines, coffee grinders, jug blenders, citrus juicers and hand blenders. They also make  a wide range of larger appliances such as fridges, ovens, dishwashers and washing machines. If form is just as important to you as function, and you’re a dedicated follower of foodie fashion, now is the time to find the Smeg appliance you’ve always wanted on bidorbuy. You know it’s worth it!