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.
Are Smeg worth it in 2023?
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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.
This can do the job of a whisk, immersion blender, normal blender, food chopper, and electric masher. It's the best value Smeg appliance when you consider all the functions.
A brilliant option for small kitchens and those who are always on the go, this compact blender comes with two bottles, saving you on washing up. It's expensive, but beautiful.
Smeg's iconic, retro design works particularly well on toasters. This is easy to use and the four-slice capacity means that it's also roomy enough for long slices of artisanal sourdough.
Smeg's drip coffee maker is the most stylish model on the market. It's not even the most expensive in our buying guide, but does still retail over $200. It's worth waiting for a sale, but this is a Smeg essential.
It was love at first sight with this stunning stand mixer and when we started using it, we knew that it was brilliant. It's powerful and easy to use. However, it costs more than a KitchenAid.
Available in a range of colors and styles, Smeg's juicer is a true style statement. It's not the most expensive model on the market, but it's also not the most versatile: this is only useful with citrus fruits.
Petite and perfect for small spaces, this is an adorable kettle. It looks just like the bigger counterpart, but takes up less room. At around $150, it's expensive, but it's nice to have compact, top-quality products.
Even though this is the most expensive hand mixer on the market, it's second in our buying guide. Ergonomic, powerful, and beautiful, it's almost faultless. Whether you're right or left handed, you'll love this.
If you want to know which milk frother our experts come home to, it's this one. We all love it, because it can froth hot and cold milk. For $230 it's too expensive, but if you can shave at least 10% off, it's a good treat.
An easy bean to cup machine which makes delicious coffee. It looks and feels premium (and it should be for $850). There are better machines for $600, so wait until this is discounted.
Smeg fridges are iconic. They're not the most technically advanced or energy efficient, but they're a brilliant basic. If you like the retro style and need a specific color, this is perfect.
This is expensive for a kettle, but it's designed with left and right-handed users in mind. Available in a range of colors with a range of temperature settings, there's a lot to love.
The best Smeg appliances that we've tested
Smeg's immersion blender
Smeg Hand Immersion Blender with Accessories
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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.