CHOICE Awards 2011: winners announced

Read which products and services were voted best of the best in our second annual CHOICE Awards.
 
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  • Updated:31 Mar 2011
 

01.And the winners are...

CHOICE Awards 2011
The ten winners of the 2011 CHOICE Awards were announced at a gala dinner at Sydney's Australian Museum last night. They were selected from a shortlist of hopefuls drawn from hundreds of product tests and research projects conducted by CHOICE during 2010. As with our inaugural CHOICE Awards in 2010, the winner in each category was determined by a panel of CHOICE experts from that specialist field.

The consumer’s voice is heard via the People's CHOICE Award for Best Retailers and Best Value Mobile Phone Service, categories that were opened up to our 200,000 members to be determined by popular vote.

So, without further ado, let’s get down to business. The winners of this year's awards are:

 

 
bunnings1. People’s CHOICE: Best Bricks & Mortar Retailer - Bunnings

"Despite some stiff competition, 2180 survey respondents gave their stamp of approval to Bunnings. Was it their product range, extended trading hours, friendly service or the ample parking that won over our members?" 
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ebay2. People’s CHOICE: Best Online Retailer - eBay

"A groundswell of popular support gave the online auction site almost 29% of the vote - a whopping 22% ahead of next place-getters, Apple and Amazon." Read more... 

 
 
 
 
TPG3. People's CHOICE: Best Value Mobile Phone Service - TPG

"TPG was the top performer in a number of categories including customer support, overall quality of service and likelihood of staying." Read more...

 
 
 
Miele4. Best Washing Machine Brand - Miele

 "Miele has performed towards the top of our washing machine tests over the past couple of years so we felt it was time to recognise they consistently deliver a good product". Read more... 

 
 
 
Samsung5. Best TV Brand - Samsung

"Samsung has been the standout, releasing a series of quality models catering for the buyer wanting a small TV in the study, right up to 150cm-plus panels providing the full home cinema experience." Read more...  

 
 
 
 
 
NAB-logo6. Best Low-Fee Bank Account - NAB Classic Banking

"This account charges no penalty fees and offers unlimited, unconditional transactions of all types. You can withdraw any amount at a branch or through NAB's robust ATM network, which includes rediATM." Read more... 

 
 
 
 
 
ubank-usaver-logo7. Best Online Savings Account - UBank's USaver (from NAB)

"This account offered the most return over 12 months (using our carefully plotted savings calculator). It comes with plenty of handy tools to help you set savings goals, an easily accessible special rate that is not limited to an introductory offer and, at the time of writing, 6.01% for deposits up to $1 million." Read more... 

 
 
 
 
Canada Bay8. Best Restaurant Hygiene Rating Scheme - Canada Bay Council

"Canada Bay Council has a great consumer awareness program; they encourage and reward best practice and generally run it in a way that could provide the template for a national scheme". Read more...  

 
 
 
 
Adam Brino Consumer Champion - Adam Brimo

"This 23-year-old software graduate set up his Vodafail website in response to problems he and others were experiencing with Vodafone's mobile network and customer service." Read more...

 
 
  
 
Denis Nelthorpe Consumer Champion: Lifetime Achievement Award - Denis Nelthorpe

"A lawyer, Denis could have pursued a lucrative legal career in private practice. Instead he chose to stay in the not for profit sector working with the most disadvantaged consumers in the community." Read more... 

On the blog...

Looking for a little behind the scenes insight into the night? See our blog by Linda Magee, Manager, Awards & Partnerships. 

2011 Choice Awards proudly supported by

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Lawler Chartered Accountants is the Official Auditor of the 2011 CHOICE Awards. A group of national, award-winning accounting and business advisory firms, Lawler Chartered Accountants tailor advice and solutions that focus on your needs. Their expert auditing service ensures that every shortlisted CHOICE Awards candidate is rigorously analysed under our strict criteria, to determine the winners of this year's highly anticipated consumer categories. CHOICE appreciates the invaluable advice of the team at Lawler Partners Chartered Accountants.

 
 

 

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