Smeg appliance reviews - is it worth buying them in the sales?

Premium and chic, Smeg appliances are iconic, but which are worth buying and should you wait for the sales? We've tested them all - here are our thoughts.

Cream Smeg appliances (a blender, stand mixer, and refrigerator) in a kitchen
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In a single syllable, the name 'Smeg' can tell you a lot about an appliance. The iconic brand has a reputation for chic, premium, and stylish appliances. At the same time, they're also associated with high price tags. It's rare that 'Smeg' and 'bargain' are in the same sentence.

I've been lucky enough to test just about every appliance Smeg has on the market. Lots of these have made it into our buying guides for the best drip coffee makers to kettles and toasters. I've seen and used the lot. I've also tested many competing models, so I know when Smeg sits at the top of the market and when they're not quite delivering on what you need.

As Black Friday deals roll in, there's no better time to invest in Smeg. If you can grab some of these appliances at a discount, they'll be the talk of the dinner table. Not every single one is worth chasing, but these are the ones worth looking for.

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The short answer is that they're worth it for looks, but they're not always the best appliances. Don't get me wrong, they do a great job, but there are often better appliances out there that cost hundreds of dollars less. However, the competitors are almost always pretty ugly hunks of boring black and gray metal and plastic. 

If you want an appliance to uplift your kitchen design, Smeg are the way to go. If you're a utilitarian who just wants an appliance to make good food and drink, there could be other choices to consider. 

The quick list

Smeg makes a lot of appliances and you might be wondering just how far to take a Smeg obsession in your home. Here are some of my favorite tried-and-tested appliances from the iconic brand. I'll go into more detail about them further down.

The best Smeg appliances that we've tested

Smeg's immersion blender

Smeg Hand Immersion Blender with Accessories

Best budget cordless immersion blender

Specifications

Attachments: Blending wand, whisk, blender jug, masher, guard, food chopper
Power: 350 w
Weight: 4 lbs
Settings: Two speeds
Dimensions: 2.56"D x 2.56"W x 16.31"H
RRP: $189.95

Reasons to buy

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Lots of useful attachments
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Looks beautiful
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Easy to hold
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Two speeds

Reasons to avoid

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Lots of accessories to store
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High price tag
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Not cordless

This is number five on our list of best immersion blenders on the market. It's actually the one I use at home and, judging by how frequently I reach for it, I think we need to move it higher up in our guide. 

At $134.95 from QVC, this isn't a bad price, especially if you're cultivating that 'Smeg kitchen' aesthetic. It can do the job of an immersion blender, normal blender, masher, whisk, and food chopper, so divide the price by three and ask yourself, would you pay $27 for each appliance? I probably would, so this is a pretty good deal.

It's an excellent option if you're short on space and is close to faultless. Of course, a hand mixer will probably be better at whisking, but if you're not a perfectionist, this is brilliant at covering the basics. Smeg offer cable storage and some pieces slot together, but I still had to devote some considerable cupboard space to storing mine.

The fairest comparison with this immersion blender is the KitchenAid Cordless Variable Speed Hand Blender. This has similar attachments and performance, but usually retails for $30 more. 

Laura has a review for this blender coming soon

Smeg's personal blender

A Smeg Personal Blender in baby blue on a white background

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The best looking personal blender

Specifications

Capacity : 20oz
Dimensions: 5.5 x 5.5 x 13 inches
Power: Corded

Reasons to buy

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Looks stylish
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Available in a range of colors
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Useful, portable bottles
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Small footprint
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Easy to store

Reasons to avoid

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Only two speed settings
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Expensive
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Ice crushing is fiddly

Sitting at number six in our best portable blenders buying guide, you might be forgiven for thinking that this puts style over substance: it's certainly beautiful, but it also has lots of well considered features designed in too. Number six doesn't sound impressive until you consider how many personal blenders that Smeg knocked off our list to earn its spot.

We made everything from soups to smoothies in this blender and found that it could tackle even the toughest ingredients, such as spinach. It also made an exceptionally good hummus and looked elegant whilst doing so. However, when it came to ice crushing, this struggled quite a lot.

The Smeg blender retails around $170, which is triple the price of our top pick, so when it comes to value, this is expensive. It's not cordless either, so you're paying top price and it might not even be the most convenient option on the market. If you can find this on sale, snap it up, but if you can't stretch to it, I'd grab a Ninja Blast or a BlendJet 2, which are more portable and around the $50 mark. 

There's more information in our Smeg Personal Blender review.

Smeg's drip coffee maker

A black smeg drip coffee maker on a white background

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Smeg Drip Coffee Maker

Best retro drip coffee maker

Specifications

Model: DFC02
Dimensions: 9.75 x 10 x 14.25 inches
Capacity: 1.5 qt (1.4 liter)
Weight: 7lb 8 oz
Filter type: permanent

Reasons to buy

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Looks stylish
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Can make multiple cups at once
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Programmable timer
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Quiet
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Adjustable coffee intensity

Reasons to avoid

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Quite large
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Expensive
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Cup measure is small

In spite of this sitting at number seven in our best drip coffee makers buying guide, this is the one that I think about the most. I tested it in bright red and absolutely loved it. The retro style looked so cool on the countertop and it had lots of brilliant, albeit basic, functions. 

If you need a coffee maker to get you out of bed in the morning, this is a good option. You can programme an auto-start function and brew up to ten cups of coffee totally noiselessly. The keep warm function doesn't diminish any lovely rich and bold flavors in coffee, so it's actually an excellent appliance. When you get really into coffee, Smeg sells a matching grinder (which is also brilliant), so you can have complete coffee co-ordination.

Take a deep breath because this retails around $230. It's expensive and actually sits quite tall, so might not squeeze under low wall cabinets. However, it's worth noting some of our favorite premium drip coffee makers cost around $350, so if you like drip coffee, this isn't the most expensive option. I've seen this with $70 knocked off the price before, so if you spot a deal like that, grab it. 

Our full Smeg Drip Coffee Maker review has more details.

Smeg's stand mixer

Retro style, versatile, and compact, this is made for admiration

Specifications

Dimensions: 8.86 x 15.94 x 14.88 inches
Power: 600W
Capacity: 5qt.
Colors: 7
Attachments: whisk, flat beater, dough hook, pouring shield
RRP: $539.95

Reasons to buy

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Compact
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Sleek look
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Has an express setting
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Matching appliances available 

Reasons to avoid

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Only neutral colors available 
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A noisy mixer

You probably think of KitchenAid when you look at stand mixers and you're not wrong. They make our favorite stand mixer (the Artisan). However, we've tested and enjoyed Smeg's retro challenge to the KitchenAid classic design and think it puts up a good fight.

One of the best things about the Smeg is that it has lots of attachments, including a pouring shield and ice cream maker (this is available at QVC). The whole appliance remarkably powerful and really intuitive; you can place it on either side of the countertop, so left and right handed bakers will find using it equally useful.

At full price, this is more expensive than the KitchenAid Artisan (our top pick), so I wouldn't ever recommend investing in this when it's not on sale. In a head-to-head of KitchenAid vs Smeg, we found that the Artisan is better by pretty much any metric. It's even more authentically 50s than the Smeg, because the silhouette of the Artisan is largely unchanged from the 50s, where the Smeg is deisgned as a nod to the 50s.

Perhaps you could justify it if you want an all-Smeg kitchen, but I'm unconvinced. However, if you can find this with at least $100 off the price, it could be worth buying. My only other word of caution would be that this is noisy, so if you're using it to make dough or ice cream (i.e. for tasks that take more time than quick mixes) you'll want to leave the room.

There's more detail in our Smeg 1950s Retro Stand Mixer review.

Smeg's juicer

SmegH&G gold badge

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For fresh, zesty juices

Specifications

Juicer type: Citrus
Power: 80W
Capacity: N/A
Chute size: N/A

Reasons to buy

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Easy to operate
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Excellent extraction
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Dishwasher-safe components

Reasons to avoid

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Only works with citrus fruit

This might be at the bottom of our best juicers buying guide, but if I re-phrase it, this sits amongst the ten best juicers on the market in the US. It knocked plenty of big brands, including Ninja out of our guide. 

We loved this for it's obvious style, but also for how effortlessly it squeezed citrus juices. It didn't leave a single drop behind and oozed retro charm the whole time it was on display. 

It's slower than competitors and limited to citrus juices; you can't blend up a smoothie like some other options. However, if you enjoy a glass of grapefruit juice in the morning, you won't find a more stylish option.

It tends to retail at around $150, which is a lot to spend on a single-function appliance. Other juicers are more expensive, but they can do a lot more too. If you can get some discount on this and know you'll use it every day, this will serve you the most luxurious lemonade on the market.

You can find more detail in our Smeg Citrus Juicer review.

Smeg's toaster

Retro, roomy, and incredibly capable

Specifications

Dimensions: 13 x 11.77 x 7.72 inches
Slots: 4
Settings: Defrost, Reheat, Bagel
RRP: $279.95

Reasons to buy

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Classic retro style
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So many color options
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Tactile levers with added lift
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Press-touch crumb trays
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Wide slots
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Also available in a 2-slot

Reasons to avoid

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Heavy
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Quite expensive

Smeg makes toasters in two sizes and this 4 slice option is their biggest. At full price, it sits around $250, but is currently reduced at QVC. $250 feels like a lot for a toaster, but this caters to very specific needs and I have to say, when I was testing it, I loved having it on my countertop. Even though my kitchen is pretty petite, I cleared the surfaces to keep this on display (for reference, all the other toasters got hidden in the cupboards when not in use). 

Aside from the classic finish and surprisingly lightweight feel of this toaster, the reason that I love it is because the slots are so long. They can comfortably fit four slices of bread in and if you like making your own sourdough, these are more than long enough for even the middle piece.

I tested the range of settings, spanning from 1 to 6 and they're incredibly versatile. One really only warmed my bread and six took it to the most toasted that I would tolerate. The de-frost setting was thorough and on everything from bagels to brioche, I was pleased. 

This lacks specific settings for bread types, which you might find on toasters such as KitchenAid's Artisan (retailing for a similar price), but the unique dimensions are worth considering. I would aim to buy this when it's under $200, because $250 feels excessive for a toaster, but this often drops below that price and I have a feeling you'll be able to grab a good deal on one of these this Black Friday.

Read more: Smeg 4 Slice Toaster TSF03 review 

Smeg's mini kettle

White smeg kettle

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Smeg Mini Kettle

The perfect pick for petite kitchens

Specifications

Capacity: 27 fl oz
Finish: Colored Plastic
Dimensions: 6"L x 7.79"W x 7.8"H
RRP: $149.95

Reasons to buy

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Removable filter
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360˚ swivel base
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Has matching small appliances 
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Tiny footprint

Reasons to avoid

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Takes a little longer to boil than some
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Expensive

I'll cover Smeg's temperature variable kettle further down in this article (headline: it's pretty, but expensive). Out of the three kettles that Smeg makes, this is the best. It's still $150 which is steep for a small appliance, but this is a brilliant option for small kitchens.

Often, when brands make 'compact' versions, they compromise on quality, so for small space dwellers seeking to cultivate a premium kitchen, it can be really hard to find nice appliances. This kettle is one of a few of my favorites. It looks beautiful, comes in a brilliant range of colors and boils water quickly and quietly. The swivel base is 360 degrees, suitable for left and right hand users too. 

The temperature isn't variable, which can be tricky if you like herbal teas and matcha. The mini kettle doesn't often get reduced by much, but if you can knock even 20% off the price, it makes the kettle seem more reasonable. I've tested full-size, temperature variable kettles for the same price as the mini Smeg, so if you're all-about value, be patient and wait for a deal to come through.

Smeg's automatic coffee maker

smeg coffee machine being tested

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Small and stylish bean-to-cup machine

Specifications

Dimensions: 13 1/4" X 7" X 17"
Weight: 11 lb./ 8.4kg
Colors: Black, Red, White, Taupe, Emerald Green, All black
Water tank capacity: 47 oz
Pressure: 19

Reasons to buy

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Easy to use
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Self-cleaning
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Compact
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Professional results

Reasons to avoid

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A little noisy
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No frothing jug
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Limited coffee range

Total disclaimer: at full price this is eye-wateringly expensive. Compared to other bean-to-cup coffee machines, this is a basic model with a high price tag. It has a wonderfully premium finish and is available in a range of colors, but if you're spending close to $1,000 on a coffee maker, you can get a lot more for your money (De'Longhi's Eletta Explore: I'm looking in your direction).

However, if you can find this discounted by a hundred plus dollars, there's a lot to love about this machine. Not only is Smeg's modern, stainless steel style beautiful to look at, it can make a delicious cup of coffee too. I extracted a flavorful espresso and frothed some delicious oat and dairy milk with the steam wand. In terms of build-quality, it's faultless.

Read more: Smeg BCC02 review

Smeg's hand mixer

Image of Smeg Retro 50's style hand mixer cutout imageH&G gold badge

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A super-stylish hand mixer

Specifications

Weight : 3.94lbs
Speeds: 9
Power: 220W
Attachments: 2 dough hooks, 2 wire whisks, 2 Optimus whisks
RRP: $179.95

Reasons to buy

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Standout option for aesthetic quality 
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Great performance 
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Range of attachments
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Nine speeds to work with

Reasons to avoid

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One of the heaviest mixers 
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The most expensive option on the market
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Not great at standing upright on its own

This took second place in our buying guide for best hand mixers, bested by only the iconic KitchenAid. Our experts agreed that this is the best choice for those looking to spruce up their kitchen style.

Across our tests, this was powerful and use-friendly. Not only is it super speedy, it also comes with lots of attachments: two dough hooks, beaters, and whisks. Our experts also wanted us to mention that this has a 'seamless digital control panel, which features a very handy timer'. When you're finished, this packs neatly into a dust case, so if you're looking for luxury, this more than delivers.

At $180, it's an expensive option, but if you shop around, you can take at least $15 off the price (it's the cheapest at Amazon at the moment). Patience is key and if you're savvy, buying this in a sale, you could get it for much less money. It might never quite reach the extraordinarily exceptional value of KitchenAid's (currently $70 at QVC), but if you're determined to have a Smeg hand whisk, you won't be disappointed with the performance of this Smeg.

Read moreSmeg Retro 50s Hand Mixer