Official! Best and Worst Kmart Buys are revealed by consumer experts

A consumer organisation has revealed the best and worst budget buys you can get from Kmart after trialling dozens of their best-selling products.

CHOICE examined a range of popular household items from the retail giant's own brand, Anko.

Fans of Kmart will know that their cult kitchen gadgets from the Sausage Roll Maker to the Pie Maker all carry the Anko branding. Kmart are famous for their cheap products which are hugely popular with cost-conscious families. 

But in their latest findings, CHOICE experts found a real mix in the quality of their products, after testing buys like a microwave, heater, air fryer and pie maker.

Best Kmart Bargain Buys

Anko Microwave, $48

Anko microwave from Kmart

Anko microwave from Kmart

CHOICE recommend the 20L microwave priced at $48, revealing the cheap model  'certainly delivers bang for your buck'.

The experts described it as having an 'excellent' cooking performance and it received perfect scores for defrosting mince and heating vegetables.

'If you are looking for a basic compact microwave that reheats well and is great for cooking and defrosting, then the Anko 20-litre model is all you need,' CHOICE kitchen expert Fiona Mair said.

Anko Food Processor, $69

Anko food processor from Kmart

Anko food processor from Kmart

For smoothies, chopping and prepping for meals, the experts said the $69 food processor was great at its job.

'The Kmart food processor is a very good performer that's great for chopping, slicing, mixing and emulsifying,' Fiona from CHOICE revealed. 

However, she did note that the gadget can be 'relatively noisy in operation'.

Anko Coffee Machine, $89

CHOICE found the Kmart $89 coffee machine outperforms some of the expensive $950 high-end coffee makers for flavour and heat.

Anko Pie Maker, $29

The Aussie favourite, $29 pie maker, is famous for taking just minutes to create four pies (and plenty of other foods) easily and quickly - and CHOICE agree!

'It's easy to use and gives good results, cooking four pies fairly evenly to lightly golden in eight minutes,' say CHOICE.

'It takes five minutes to preheat, which is quicker than an oven, and once the pies are cooked you can simply pop them out with a spatula.'

Related story: The surprising ways you can use your Pie Maker!

Kmart buys to avoid

So, CHOICE have also revealed which products they don't rate as successfully and it makes very interesting reading! Especially if you've just bought yourself an Air Fryer!

Anko Air Fryer, $69

Anko Air Fryer from Kmart

Despite the thousands of fans who swear by the versatility and ease of the $69 Anko air fryer, the experts weren't impressed with the popular gadget.

Of the 18 air fryers tested, Kmart's product scored the lowest rating of 64 per cent.

The experts said while it wins on cost, it didn't impress on overall features.

"Not only did it receive a low score in our testing, but the Kmart air fryer is also fairly large and heavy, and not very easy to use,' sais Fiona from CHOICE.

But a Kmart spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia: "Our $69 Air Fryer is also one of our most popular appliances. It has a five-star customer rating and a dedicated fan page on Facebook.

"We love seeing the clever and creative recipes our Kmart communities share on Facebook and are so pleased that our customers love our $69 Air Fryer as much as we do," she added.

Related story: Make the perfect roast potatoes in your Air Fryer

Anko Convection Heater, $59

Director of Reviews and Testing Matthew Steen pointed out that the $59 convection heater with timer recieved a low score of 45 per cent. 

He suggested the retailer 'could have at least added a fan to help distribute the heat'.

But a Kmart spokeswoman revealed, 'Our Convection Heaters provide instant heat to smaller spaces, while our radiant heaters are better suited to larger rooms.

"We would not expect the same results for these two heater types, as they are essentially designed for different areas of the home.

"So while we are disappointed with Choice's findings - our product ranging decisions are actually largely based on customer feedback and sentiment."

Baby Bassinet, $99

More seriously, CHOICE also found the $99 bassinet scored the lowest rating of just 44 per cent due to its 'lack of continuous breathable zones around the edge of the bassinet, which could be a suffocation risk'.

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