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Kitchen appliances, white goods and American fridge freezers - a UK buyer's guide

Kitchen Appliances (White Goods) - Recycling, Refurbishment and Reuse

White goods appear in virtually every home across the country. The term "white goods" applies to kitchen appliances that were traditionally white, such as washing machines, dishwashers, fridges, freezers and fridge freezers, but now often come in other colours also.

However, this has lead to a problem. Each year in the UK, nearly a million tonnes of used electrical products are discarded - and about a third of this figure is made up from kitchen appliances and white goods. About three quarters of all white goods discarded are currently recycled. However, studies have shown that this figure can be increased by replacing broken appliance parts, and this would be a step to providing more affordable domestic appliances to those who are less well off.

- Kitchen appliances and white goods are now available at B&Q with free home delivery! Brands sold include AEG, Ariston, Belling , Hotpoint, Indesit, New World, Tricity Bendix, Whirlpool and Zanussi. Both built in and free standing are available.
Appliance Direct
- Discount prices on electrical and kitchen appliances from a wide range of manufactures, with free UK delivery.
Trade Appliances
- Save £400 - £600 on quality built-in domestic goods from leading brands. From Cooker hoods and ovens to American fridge freezers and range cookers, there are over 3000 products to browse through.

- Top brands at low prices with free UK delivery.
Tribal UK
- A wide range of household electricals from top manufacturers. They keep prices low by delivering direct from the manufacturer. Payment by credit card and also a Buy Now Pay Later scheme.

FREE Delivery on ALL orders.

Already, charities and local authorities have started to work together to recycle these appliances, either by:

  • Persuading retailers to take away old appliances when delivering new ones,
  • Encouraging donations of old equipment.
Boots Kitchen Appliances
- Delivery within 2 days on selected appliances, plus removal of your old one to be recycled.
Pots and Pans
- Over 1000 cookshop items available to buy on-line at discount prices, including pots, pans, small electrical items and tableware.

american fridge freezerThis American fridge freezer is computer controlled, with an electronic calendar and built in nutritional fact file. It also keeps track of how long your food has been stored to prevent it going out of date and provides recipe advice and even the weather forecast. At a price tag of £7500 it will clearly only be bought by footballers' wives, but there are plenty of cheaper models of American style fridge freezers on the Comet website. They start at about £600.

Typically, warranty returns and nearly new kitchen appliances require little work to return them to a safe and saleable condition, although considerably more work needs to be spent on old and "worn-out" appliances. The safety of such refurbishments is regulated by the Electrical Equipment Safety Regulations, 1994, and suppliers of refurbished white goods must ensure that the appliances meet the safety requirements of this act.

washing machineSadly, more than half of old appliances are deemed to be not worth repairing due to the prohibitive cost. This figure could perhaps be reduced if more care were taken when the goods are transported to the refurbisher. However, spare parts can be taken if appropriate, and metal casings and parts which are not retained are sent to metal recyclers.

For further information on recycling, visit the Department of Trade and Industry website.


Discount Appliances
- Family run business, selling gas and electric cookers, hobs, ovens and range cookers, together with dishwashers, washing machines and tumble dryers. All the top brands are represented including Hotpoint, Parkinson and Zanussi.
One Fit Appliances
- Built in kitchen appliances and fittings including luxury work surfaces, taps, cooker hoods and waster disposal units.
Four Corners
- Quality catering equipment including cookware and utensils, tableware, barware, storage, trolleys, refrigeration and cooking equipment. Items sold include water boilers, coffee machines, chafing dishes, ovens, toasters and more.
Yor-Appliances Ltd
- Electrical and kitchen appliances at wholesale prices with free UK delivery. Items for sale include ovens, sinks and taps, integrated kitchen television, extractors, hoods and waste disposal units.

Homecare Appliances
- A wide selection of Cookers, Ovens, Hobs, Hoods and Splashbacks, Fridges and Freezers, Washing machines and Dryers, Dishwashers, Sinks and Taps and Microwaves. Also fires and fireplaces.

Fit My Kitchen
- Everything for a kitchen including sinks, taps, ovens, dishwashers, laundry and refridgeration, hobs and worktops.
- One of the UK's leading online retailers with competitive pricing over the entire range of products.
Appliances UK
- Specialist online retailer offering customers savings of up to 40% off typical high street prices without making compromises to a high quality service.
Cooks Knives
- A wide range of knife sets with prices from £20 to over £400! Get a free 15 piece knife block set with any order over £100.

Guarantees and Warranties

Companies supplying refurbished appliances do not always supply warranties, which can be worrying for purchasers. However, your basic rights are assured under the Sale of Goods Act, 1979, ie the goods:

  • Must be of merchantable quality ( they must last a "reasonable time" and not be defective),
  • As described, and
  • Fit for the purpose the supplier has sold them for.


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Kitchens 2 Buy
- High quality DIY units, doors and appliances from the William Ball ultimate collection.
Cookware Online
- Branded cookware online at tremendous savings.
- Cookware online including knives, coffee machines, toasters, trolleys, cooking utensils, pots and pans, jam making equipment and much more.
Blue Shoots Ltd
- Appliances and kitchen products including cutlery, toasters, kettles, blenders, food processors, aprons and more.

Appliance Plaza
- Discount prices on kitchen appliances with savings of up to 40% on washing machines, dryers, cookers, fridges and more.

Cooks Knives Shop
- Kitchen knives online from top brands including Global, Sabatier and Kasumi, many at discounted prices.
- Professional kitchen cookware, bakeware and utensils including kettles, toasters and more by Dualit, Le Creuset, Kenwood, Breville and Magimix.