Homeowners can get matching retro-style kitchen appliances at a lower price as Aldi are stocking a dupe of a much loved brand. It’s no secret that the German retailer takes fairly heavy inspiration from other brands, and this kettle and toaster are a dead ringer for Smeg.
Smeg are one of the leading retailers for white goods and kitchen appliances, with their vintage style fridges, toasters, microwaves and more costing a pretty penny.
But now, there are a couple of Aldi Specialbuys that could see shoppers achieve the look for a lot less. Like, more than £100 less.
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Aldi’s Cream De’Longhi Argento Toaster eats in at £44.99 and can toast four pieces of bread at a time. It’s most similar to the SMEG 50’s Retro Style four-Slice Toaster, which retails at £189 in Currys.
The newly launched Specialbuy is available to pre-order, expected to be dispatched at the end of May. Aldi said: “Create crisp, clean and delicious toast with the Cream De’Longhi Argento Toaster. Enjoy the feeling of an al fresco breakfast in a summer garden from your very own kitchen.”
The four-slice toaster has electronic controls and six progressive browning levels so that you can enjoy your toast exactly how you like it. It also offers a reheat and defrosting function, too.
Shopper Tim Dorset rated the toaster four stars, and wrote: “Good toaster and ideal for my family at breakfast. Looks great and I thought it was good value for money. Everyone at home is happy with it.”
Maximus added: “I bought the De’Longhi Argenti toaster from Aldi after doing a price comparison and they came out on top. I am highly delighted with the product. With a multiple heating range it toasts perfectly every time.”
the £190 Smeg version also offers six different browning levels and has self-centering racks for even toasting, with extra-wide slots for chunky bread. It also has a handy high-lift eject function so you can avoid burning your fingers.
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Also in the Aldi range is the online exclusive Cream De’Longhi Argento Kettle , also £44.99. The retro style kettle has a built-in anti-scale filter, easy read water level indicator and rotating swivel base for easy handling.
Aldi said: “Get set for a delicious brew with the Cream De’Longhi Argento Kettle. With this electric kettle’s cord-free convenience, enjoy a perfect hot beverage and the feeling of an al fresco breakfast in a beautiful garden. The built-in anti-scale filter reduces water impurities to help keep the drinks scale free, plus the filter is completely removable for easy cleaning and maintenance.”
It’s around £105 cheaper than the similar SMEG Jug Kettle , which boils up to six cups of water. Currys added: “Quality Italian design with a retro look gives you a kettle that works effectively whilst also adding aesthetic charm to your kitchen counter. A stainless steel body means it’s sturdy and durable too.”
the aldi dupe has received mixed reviews online though, with a 50/50 mix of one and five star reviews. LH 22 said: “Looks lovely but so unbearably loud.” while Giri added: “It heats the water ok but is very noisy and it rattles as if it’s boiling a kettle full of nuts and bolts.”
But ‘bumblebee’ loved theirs, writing: “Love my new Delongi kettle feel like I’ve got a really great deal.”
You can shop all of Aldi’s latest Special buys here.
George Holan is chief editor at Plainsmen Post and has articles published in many notable publications in the last decade.