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Bunnings best buys

We look at popular Bunnings buys to help you with your next hardware purchase.

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Last updated: 16 December 2021

Love it or loathe it, Bunnings has become an instantly-recognised part of the Australian landscape. Whether you're after a hardcore power tool, some pretty flowers for the garden, or just the much-loved sausage sandwich, most of us have set foot in the DIY giant's warehouses – some of us more frequently than others. (For many of us it's a twice-weekly habit!)

Our CHOICE experts have put dozens of products from Bunnings through their paces in our labs. Some performed better than others. Here's what you need to know before your next trip to the temple of DIY. 

BBQs

One to buy? – Maybe

While you're no doubt dazzled by the vast array of products and brands on sale, you may not know that several brands the hardware giant stocks are exclusive to Bunnings. 

For instance, Jumbuck and Matador barbecues are only available through Bunnings – so how do they stand up in our testing, and should you buy a barbecue from Bunnings Warehouse?

There are four Jumbuck barbecues in our current review and while they're not terrible, they're also not going to set your world on fire – their scores range from 60% to 72%, which is 'OK' or 'Good' according to our experts. 

Jumbuck and Matador barbecues are only available through Bunnings

And while there currently aren't any Matador BBQs in our review, when we've tested them in the past they've performed adequately – again, scores ranged from 67% through to 80%. Bunnings also stocks barbecues from brands like Beefeater, Everdure, Gasmate and Pit Boss. 

We put each barbecue we test through its paces, cooking steak, sausages, whole roast chicken and marinated chicken wings. Plus, we assess how easy each model is to use. Check our expert barbecue reviews before you buy to get the best barbie for your buck. 

some seedlings and herbs in pots

Bunnings has one of the most generous returns policies when it comes to pot plants.

Plants

One to buy? – Yes

When we compared plant return policies from several hardware and nursery businesses, Bunnings had one of the most generous returns policies. 

As long as you have your receipt, the home improvement giant will let you return your plant (in or out of a pot) to any branch for a refund or exchange for up to 12 months. 

The exceptions to this are plants like vegetables, flowers and potted colour, which "are short-lived plants that are not expected to live for more than 3–5 months in the garden," Bunnings says. 

Bunnings has one of the most generous plant returns policies

And the quality of the plants?

CHOICE staffer Stacy was pleasantly surprised. "I underestimated the quality of pots and plants from Bunnings," she says. "It is actually excellent!"

Another CHOICE gardener Uta was similarly impressed: "I bought a box to grow mushrooms and the fresh mushrooms were delicious," she says. 

"My second best buy was a Bokashi bucket which takes care of all our food and vegetable scraps and makes great compost for our vegie patch."

What's a Bokashi? Learn more in our compost system buying guide

lawnmower

Garden tools

One to buy? – Maybe (but buy carefully)

If you've ever set foot in a Bunnings store, you'll be familiar with Ozito – another brand that's exclusive to Bunnings. We've tested a range of Ozito products, including electric mowers, line trimmers, lawn edgers, blower vacs and hedge trimmers. Click through to see how the Ozito PXCLMK-418 battery lawn mower performs, and the Ozito PXCLTK-218 cordless line trimmer and the Ozito BLV-2401 blower vac

While a few of them impressed our experts, unfortunately the rest of them were among the lowest-scoring in their categories. But they're also the cheapest in each category, so make of that what you will. 

If you're keen to save money without sacrificing performance, check our lawnmowers and trimmers reviews and our garden tools reviews

Fume-free mowing

One CHOICE.Community member says an Ozito cordless lawnmower changed their life. 

"I have some respiratory issues so the lack of exhaust fumes made the purchase worthwhile," they said. 

"I also have a lower back complaint which was aggravated by pulling the cord starter on my petrol mower. The cordless unit negates that problem. 

"I also purchased an Ozito cordless line trimmer for the above reasons."

Flat-pack kitchens

One to buy? – Maybe (but you might need some help)

If you're planning to DIY your kitchen reno, a flat-pack kitchen is one way to save some serious coin. Bunnings supplies Kaboodle Kitchen, which has many styles and modular size options, plus a 'cut-to-measure' service that costs extra. 

You can use an in-store or online 3D planning tool to design your kitchen, or if you need some help, Bunnings has an in-store service for $49 or a home visit for $99. These charges are redeemable off the kitchen purchase. 

When we priced a small kitchen from Bunnings, it came in at just under $4300. (By comparison, an Ikea flat-pack kitchen of similar size was priced at $3160.)

Installing a flat-pack kitchen is not for the faint-hearted, however, so if you feel your skills aren't quite up to the challenge, you can opt to have a professional install it. It'll obviously add to the bottom line, but could save you time and help you avoid wobbly doors and off-kilter benchtops. 

Learn more about buying a flat-pack kitchen.

sausage sanga from a sausage sizzle

Some go to Bunnings just for the sausages.

The sausage sizzle

One to buy? – Yes

Ah, the Bunnings sausage sizzle. It's quite possibly the peak of the Anglo-Australian culinary experience. 

When I asked around for Bunnings best buys in a meeting, Managing Editor Marg quipped "the sausage sandwiches". 

Many of our respondents waxed lyrical about the joys of the mystery-meat sausage, the soft (if nutritionally-devoid) white bread, and the onion vs no-onion debate. 

It seems it's reached legendary status in the Australian consciousness, with many people admitting to fabricating an excuse to go to Bunnings in order to savour this culinary icon. 

Many people fabricate an excuse to go to Bunnings in order to savour this culinary icon

"A friend of mine arrived back into Sydney from overseas and her first stop, straight from her international flight, was to the nearest Bunnings for a sausage sanga," says CHOICE staffer Helen.

Apparently they're held for community groups to raise money, but people would happily line up to buy from the local chapter of the Comancheros as long as they were serving up the usual Bunnings fare. 

Cleaning appliances

One to buy? – Maybe

If you're after cleaning appliances like steam cleaners, Bunnings stocks a range of steam mops and cleaners from brands like Karcher, Vax, and Black & Decker. Some of these performed better than others in our tests, and our experts recommend some products from these brands. 

But with prices for steam cleaners running as high as $1299, you'll want to do your homework before you buy. Check our steam mop reviews to see which ones will get the job done, and which ones are better ditched in favour of an old-fashioned mop and bucket. 

Bunnings may not be the first place you'd think to go to buy a vacuum cleaner, but the DIY titan does stock a range of stick, handheld, barrel and robot vacuums from brands like Vax, Karcher, Black & Decker, Ryobi and Makita. They range in price from $29.98 for a basic handheld vac through to $1095 for a professional carpet vac. 

So how do their products perform? While we haven't tested all the products sold at Bunnings, there's one stick vac in particular that our experts recommend. Check our stick vacuum reviews to make sure you're picking up a winner. 

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