Kmart drops new budget white goods range from $249

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Kmart is definitely a one-stop-shop when it comes to home decorating and even furniture items.

But just when you thought it couldn't get any better, it looks like the budget retailer has now moved into new territory.

Kmart shop entrance
Shoppers were surprised to see white goods added to the ever-growing list of household items now available at Kmart. Source: Getty Images.

Kmart introduces white goods

Kmart now stocks a range of white goods starting at the budget price of $249 and includes everything from fridges to dryers.

Currently, the new items are available as an ‘online exclusive’ and are available to customers in New South Wales, Queensland, Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia.

The budget range is expected to be popular with Kmart fans with all of the products stating they are "subject to availability".

Needless to say, the new move has delighted fans with dozens already eagerly jumping online to purchase a product from the Anko range.

"I need a washing machine asap, been looking for a cheap alternative," one excited shopper said, while another added "That’s awesome!! I really need a dryer!"

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But those who have been avid Kmart fans for some time pointed out that this isn’t actually a new offering.

Dozens of customers said they remembered when Kmart used to sell Homemaker branded white goods in store 15 to 20 years ago.

“They sold them years ago too,” one shopper said. “I brought a washing machine for my parents from Kmart 15 years ago and besides a broken belt it's still going strong.”

Another added: “I got my freezer from Kmart probably over 15 years ago and was so cheap and still is fantastic.”

A third said that her 15-year-old Kmart dishwasher was still going strong too, although she was “ready for an upgrade”.

Kmart white goods range
While most shoppers were excited to try out the new range, others questioned whether the budget price tag was too good to be true. Source: Kmart

Does cheaper mean better?

Despite the old Kmart white goods seemingly going the distance, opinions were divided on whether the Anko branded range would be as good.

While the price tag may seem appealing, there are a few issues customers are already calling out on the new range.

Customers shared their concerns on Facebook saying that while you may save money at the checkout, chances are you’ll spend more actually using them due to the poor energy rating.

“Don’t get sucked in. Cheap now and a massive bill later. The energy rating is atrocious. You’re better off investing in a better quality appliance front up.

“If you care about your energy bill or the environment they aren’t the best purchases!” one shopper pointed out after looking into the budget range.

Some savvy customers have also pointed out that delivery would be expensive, especially for those in regional areas.

“Honestly, people need to look around before buying these. Those energy ratings are terrible for one, and I've seen that delivery is $52 in Metro areas,” said another.

What’s on offer?

For those who are keen to test out the new budget line, there is a full range of kitchen and laundry white goods to choose from. All are available for delivery only and come with a 24-month warranty and in-home repair.

203L Top Mount Fridge - White, $429

This temperature-controlled fridge features a reversible door, recessed handles, and flexible storage options.

All three glass drawers inside are adjustable, along with the freezer shelf as well. The frost-free fridge also has fruit and veg crisper drawer.

A silver version of this model is also available for $449.

Kmart Anko Fridge
203L Top Mount Fridge. Source: Kmart

60cm Freestanding Dishwasher, $399

For the price tag, this dishwasher has quite a few features. It offers a half load option along with a delayed start and extra dry options.

It also runs a number of different cycles including Intensive, Heavy, ECO, 90 mins, Glass and Rapid washing program settings.

Kmart dishwasher

5.5kg Top Load Washing Machine, $349

This washing machine features eight pre-set washing cycles and features including an LED display and a clear glass lid.

Featuring a stainless steel drum, the machine offers a ‘memory’ feature allowing the machine to continue washing following an electrical power outage.

It also has a variable water level, fast mode function and fuzzy logic which checks the extent of dirt and grease on clothes and the amount of soap and water to add.

Kmart top loader washing machine

4.5kg Vented Dryer, $249

This compact dryer is perfect for small loads of washing and small spaces. It comes with three drying options and a variable heating selector.

It’s also super functional for small spaces offering adjustable legs for easy bench placement or it can be wall-mounted.

A 7kg Vented Dryer version of this model, with additional features is also available for $349.

Kmart 4.5kg Vented Dryer.
4.5kg Vented Dryer. Source: Kmart

6kg Front Load Washing Machine, $399

This compact front loader offers 15 pre-set washing functions as well as an extra rinse function and pre-wash function.

The LED screen displays alerts about the progress of each wash and offers safety features including a child lock and overheat protection.

A 7.5kg model Front Load Washing Machine is also available for $439.

Kmart 6kg Front Load Washing Machine

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