After a popular Espresso machine that beat expensive competitors and a heater that CHOICE experts labeled a "dud", Kmart's hit-or-miss track record is on display again, with three vacuum cleaners performing abysmally in the latest CHOICE tests.
"Although it's tempting to buy a cheap vacuum cleaner at Kmart, our testing shows that Kmart have a set of duds on their hands this time," says CHOICE household expert Kim Gilmour.
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Kmart Anko 1200W Upright Vacuum - 57% overall
Kmart Anko 2000W Bagged Vacuum - 59% overall
Kmart Anko 2400W Bagless Vacuum - 60% overall
"Every year, CHOICE puts dozens of vacuum cleaners through rigorous testing to see how they'll perform in Australian homes," says Gilmour. "This year, Kmart sucks."
"Our experts put the Kmart Anko Vacuums to the test checking for dirt and pet hair removal on carpet, as well as ease of use. The CHOICE lab found Kmart's vacuums just weren't very good - they're dirt cheap, but leave you with more dirt than you bargained for."
So are Kmart's products worth purchasing? CHOICE Director of Reviews and Testing Matt Steen says the brand suffers from inconsistency.
"At CHOICE we go to a lot of effort to keep track of what's on store shelves and we find Kmart change their product range regularly," says Steen.
"Kmart suffers from inconsistently. Where one set of products can perform really well in our tests one year, the models they offer the next can be sucky. It's important not to rush to Kmart when a new product comes out. Wait for the products to be properly tested or you could end up with a dud."
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