Need to know
- Aldi is selling the DeLonghi Argento kettle for $59.99 and the Argento 4-slice toaster for $79.99 as part of its Special Buy deals on Saturday 29 May
- We've tested the DeLonghi toaster, and it didn't perform particularly well
- These are great prices for DeLonghi products more generally, and cheaper than what other retailers are charging for exactly the same products
The DeLonghi Argento kettle and 4-slice toaster are available in black and white as part of Aldi's Special Buys on Saturday 29 May.
People go crazy for Aldi's weekly Special Buys, and sometimes you can pick up some great deals: think cheap Dyson vacuums, refurbished iPhones, a budget mattress-in-a-box and robot vacuums for bargain prices. But while the prices are good, sometimes the deals aren't quite as good as they appear.
If you're looking to spruce up your kitchen, you might be tempted by Aldi's Special Buys deal for Saturday 29 May: DeLonghi Argento kettles for $59.99 and 4-slice toasters for $79.99. They're available in white, dark grey and an unusual yellow colour.
But while this deal is hot, will you get burnt if you take it up? We take a look at the pros and cons.
- $59.99 for a DeLonghi kettle and $79.99 for a DeLonghi 4-slice toaster is a good price: before they were discontinued, the RRP for the toaster was $109 and the kettle was $99. (For context, other DeLonghi kettles retail for anything from $89 to $119, and DeLonghi 4-slice toasters retail for $139 to $229).
- Other retailers like Kogan and Target are selling these products for upwards of $99 each, so Aldi looks like the cheapest place to buy these specific products.
- If you can nab both the toaster and kettle at the same time, you'll have a matching pair which can help tie your kitchen aesthetic together. Aldi appears to be one of the only retailers to stock the yellow colour.
- The Argento model is an older/discontinued model.
- You'll need to go in-store to buy. If you buy from another retailer you may be able to have it delivered.
- The DeLonghi Argento toaster didn't score particularly well in CHOICE's expert tests.
- Aldi Special Buys often sell out quickly, and it's hard to tell whether your local store will have much stock. (But see our hack below.)
- With end-of-financial-year sales approaching, you may be able to pick up a good deal on a similar product online. We've tested kettles ranging from $20 to $349 RRP and toasters ranging from $20 to $379 RRP so you can check our reviews before you bag yourself a bargain in the sales.
Things to consider before you buy
When we tested the Argento Flora 4-slice toaster, we gave it a score of just 52% for performance. It wasn't great at toasting frozen or multigrain bread, and didn't do a particularly good job of producing the same toast colour cycle after cycle.
While the Argento range has been discontinued, you can still pick up the kettle and toaster from a handful of other retailers. At the time of writing, Kogan is selling the toaster for $103 to $122 (depending on colour) and the kettle for $94, and Target and Catch.com.au are both selling the kettle and toaster for $99 each.
We haven't tested DeLonghi's Argento kettle, but other DeLonghi kettles we have tested received reasonable scores. The Argento kettle doesn't have many bells and whistles, but if all you're looking for is something to boil water for your cuppa, then it should do the trick.
Aldi has created a chatbot that checks Special Buys stock availability.
Aldi stock level hack
If you're worried about missing out on Aldi's Special Buys stock, here's a hack for you.
Go to the Aldi Australia Facebook page, open up a message to the page and type 'Get started'. The chat box will automatically bring up several weeks' worth of Special Buys products. You can then select the product, type in your postcode and it will tell you which stores within a 20km radius had the item in stock as of the night before.