Reviews and ratings of quality, hand-picked, UK websites
Advanced MP3 Players
Headers: MP3 Players, Portable Media Players, Headphones, Accessories, DAB Radios, Gadgets, Wireless Music, DVD Players, Home Audio, Plasma / LCD TVs, Dshirt, GPS Navigation, USB Pen Drives, MP3 HIFI Systems, Napster Compatible, Sony PlayStation 3, Sony PSP
This company originally began trading in 2001 as a supplier of MP3 players. They have since expanded, and now sell additional digital audio devices, including a good range of accessories and headphones. However, their great strength is in their wide range of the latest MP3 Players. Advanced MP3 Players is based in Musselburgh, Scotland and has recently opened a dedicated MP3 Player retail store in Edinburgh.
• Special Features: They have a "price beat" policy - if you find the same item cheaper elsewhere in the UK they will do their best to beat the price. Also available is a forum and a guide to MP3 players.
• Free Delivery
AJ Electronics Limited
Headers: Televisions, LCD and Plasma, Projection TV & Projectors, DVD, VCR, Home Theatre, Camcorders, Digital Still Cameras, Home Audio, Personal Audio, Portable Audio
Good range of audio visual equipment plus an excellent range of camcorders and digital cameras from Canon, Nikon and Sony. Launched in 1983, AJ Electronics Ltd is based in the Edgeware Road in London and is an official agent of most major brands.
Headers: Books, Electronics & Photo, Music, DVD, Video, Software, PC & Video Games, Home & Garden, Toys & Games
Although associated mostly with books of which they have a huge stock, covering nearly all subjects, Amazon now sells virtually everything. And their prices are surprisingly good. The electrical goods, for example, are very competitively priced. The site is very easy to navigate and there are also a huge selection of useful, and usually well written reviews for products. You can also search for goods available in the auction department plus you can get good deals from the many used items sold at Amazon.
• Special Features: 30 returns policy.
• Free Delivery on most orders >£15
Headers: Hi-Fi Systems, Portable Audio, Hi-Fi Separates, Home Laundry, Dishwashers, Cleaners, Cleaner Accessories, Refrigeration, Televisions, VCR/DVD, Digital Cameras, Camcorders, Cookers, Microwaves, Gas Fires, TV & Audio Furniture, Digital Boxes, Digital Radios, Home Telephones
Established as an electrical retailer for over 35 years, Appliance Direct has an extensive range and competitive pricing on all leading brands. This site is easy to navigate with full specifications for each item. Appliance Direct is operated by Reliance Electrical which is based in Babington Lane, Derby.
Headers: Furniture, Homewares, Household Appliances, Sound & Vision, Office PC & Phone, Photography, Sports & Leisure, DIY Garden & Pets, Toys & Games, Baby, Personal Care, Jewellery & Watches
The retail giant Argos sells an enormous range of (mostly) household goods and usually at very competitive prices. Also, they very often have sales on, so its always worth while checking out the website if you can't get down to your nearest store - I know we've managed to get some good bargains in the past! The site is fast loading and easy to navigate. Argos was founded in 1973 and now has over 500 stores throughout the UK and Ireland. Argos is headquartered in Stafford.
• Special Features: Free 16 returns days policy for non faulty items. Either return to your nearest store or they will collect free of charge. You can also set up gift lists with Argos for weddings, anniversaries etc.
Headers: Groceries, Financial Services, Books, CDs, DVDs, Games, Electricals, Furniture, Gifts, Mobile Phones, Opticians, Photo, Travel
Not just groceries, but speaking of which, if you order your groceries online with an Asda credit card you get free delivery! Check the website to see if they deliver in your area.
Very large range of electrical equipment:
TVs & DVDs, Home & Kitchen, Audio & Hi Fi, Satellite Navigation, Cameras & Camcorders, Computing & Gaming, Health & Beauty, Electrical Accessories
Delivery charges vary according to item but are clearly shown on each product page.
Headers: Audio, Camcorders, Cleaners, Cooking, Digital Cameras, Dishwashers, DVD Players (~60), Heating Appliances, Laundry, Massage Chairs, Refrigeration, Small Kitchen Goods, Televisions, VCR's, Fitness & Game Equipment
Be-direct have been trading online since 1998. They have a large range of products in all categories (over 4000 items ) and sell most major brands of electrical goods such as Sony, Panasonic, Zanussi, Samsung, Magimix, Dualit, Toshiba and many more. Extended warranty available. Be Direct is based in St Clears, Carmarthenshire.
• Connection Service: Can be arranged if required - please contact for a quote.
• Free Delivery - Free UK delivery except Isle of Wight, Scottish Islands and Highlands, Scilly Isles, Isle of Man, and Northern Ireland.
Headers: Televisions, Audio & HiFi, DVD & Video, Camcorders & Cameras, Communications, Accessories, Wireless Media Centre, Satellite Navigation, Laundry, Dishwashers, Refrigeration, Cooking, Vacuum Cleaners, Personal Care, Heating & Cooling, Small Appliances, Fitness Machines
Huge range of electrical products featuring most of the major brand names. Based in Norwich, Bennets currently has 11 stores in England and Wales.
• Connection Service: Gas/electric cookers, washing machines and cinema surround sound installation can be arranged for certain areas. Please telephone for details.
• Special Features: Warranties available
Headers:Kitchen & Home, Home Entertainment, Computing, Portable Technology
As you would expect from one of the largest retailers in the UK, Comet have a very wide range of products for sale online in all categories. In addition, Comet provides comprehensive product guides for the whole of their range. Additional features are a repair service backed up by over 600 engineers across the UK, old fridges removed for £15, connection and installation available where neccessary plus extended warranties.
• Special Features: Monthly payment plans on selected products. Returns policy: 28 days for unopened items, 7 days for opened items. Comet now offers "Click and Collect" - order online and collect from your nearest Comet branch.
• Connection Service: Comet offers a connection service for washing machines, dryers, dishwashers, electric cookers, ovens & hobs, TVs.
• Special Offers:Comet Current Discount Codes
• Free Delivery on all kitchen appliances >£399
Co-op Electrical Shop
Headers: Laundry & Dishwashers, Refrigeration, Cooking, Built in Appliances, Kitchen Sinks & Taps, Televisions, DVD & Video, Audio & Hi Fi, Small Appliances, Vacuum Cleaners, Heating
• Connection Service: is not available but for a small fee they will remove old kitchen appliances if they are disconnected.
• Special Features: 14 day returns policy. Many items, including large appliances, can be delivered within 2 days. Look out for the "Rapid Delivery" symbol.
Delivery is for mainland UK only
Headers: Audio & HiFi, Cameras & Camcorders, Computing, Cooking, Dishwashers, DIY and Garden Tools, DVD & Video, Fitness Sport & Health, Gadgets & Gifts, Gaming, GPS Satellite Navigation, Home Security, In Car Entertainment, iPod & MP3, Lighting, Phones, Refrigeration, Small Appliances, Small Kitchen Appliances, Televisions, Vacuum Cleaners, Washers & Dryers
Currys offers a range of many thousands of products online including a constantly updated range of Web exclusives. 24 Hr Helpline, delivery 7 days a week (usually within 4 working days of order) and expert installation, backed by a nation-wide network of over 380 stores. Comparison capability allows you to compare similar products.
• Special Features: Detailed buyers guides. As well as buying online you can now reserve certain items online and collect and pay at your nearest store.
Connection Service: Available for Large Kitchen Appliances and TVs. Removal service also available.
Special Offers: For the latest Curry Promo Codes: Direct to Offer Page
Headers: TV + DVD, Kitchen, Phot, Sat Nav, Games, Audio, Computing, Fitness, Household, Gadgets
Although the Dixons High Street stores have been re-branded as Curry's Digital, the Dixons brand continues to trade online. (Currys, Dixons and PC World amongst others are part of the same electrical retail group, DSG Retail Limited). Thousands of products from binoculars to mp3 players, from global positioning systems to recordable DVD players, not to mention a huge range of kitchen appliances. Fast, no fuss, secure online shopping.
• Special Features: Price Match promise. Finance options available.
• Installation Service: Available for large kitchen appliances and TVs. Removal service also available.
Electrical Discount UK
Headers: Vision, Imaging, Hi-Fi / Audio, Home Laundry, Dishwashers, Cooling, Cooking, Microwave Ovens, Cleaning, Household, In-Car, Accessories, New Technology
Electrical products as well as domestic appliances all by leading manufacturers. Very competitive pricing. Electrical Discount UK is based in Northgate, Blackburn, Lancashire.
• Special Features: Finance available. All products supplied by Electrical Discount UK are inclusive of 1 year parts & labour guarantee, unless stated otherwise. Extension Guarantees are available.
Headers: Womens, Mens, Kids, Interiors, Electrical, DIY & Outdoor, Extras
Clothes for all the family plus home accessories and furniture, audio visual and computer equipment, garden and outdoor equipment - in short all the things you would expect to see in the Grattan catalogue! Buy online or request a catalogue. Grattan belongs to the same group of companies as Freemans and Kaleidoscope.
• Special Features: Interest free credit terms available plus there is a free 14 day returns policy on unwanted items.
• Free Delivery
• Special Offers: - 20% off first order (excluding electrical and sale items)
Headers: Womens, Mens, Babies & Kids, Electrical, Home & Garden, Leisure
The website is operated by the catalogue people, Great Universal. This means that you can either pay immediately by credit or debit card, or you can open an account with them. Account holders get 20 weeks interest free credit and 40 weeks for some items such as computers and mobile phones. There is a large choice of clothing, electrical and home and garden goods - just what you would expect from a catalogue.
• Special Features: Free 14 day returns policy
• Free Delivery
• Special Offers: 10% discount is available for first time visitors and up to 20% off Great Universal catalogue prices when you buy online.
Headers: Gadgets, Gift Ideas, Games, Radio Controlled, Wow
A little bit of everything on this site. Check out the bike that folds away into a bag at £169. This is an easy to use website with categories, search by price and search very clearly laid out top left. Below that you have "grab a bargain" which displays a new discounted item every time you refresh the page. LoadsMore Stuff is based in Wakefield, with the warehouse in Cardiff.
• Special Features: Real, live, personal shopper service.
• Free Delivery on orders >£50
• International Deliveries Available
Headers: Womens, Mens, Babies & Kids, Electronics, Appliances, Home & Garden, Sports & Leisure, Toys & Games, Jewellery & Gifts
Isme is the online arm of Marshall Ward - many of you may be familiar with the Marshall Ward catalogue. Like most catalogues, they sell a wide range of clothing for all the family, plus household and leisure items. If you don't want to pay for goods immediately, you can set up an Assist account with them and pay monthly. No credit charge is made if you pay by the due date. If you prefer, you can order a catalogue online. Marshall Ward also offers a range of financial services including loans and insurance.
• Special Features: Free 14 day returns policy - goods will be collected. Sign up for the newsletter and be entered in a monthly draw to win £1000 to spend online at Marshal Ward.
• Special Offers: 10% discount with your first order.
Headers: Fashion, Lingerie, Nightwear, Footwear, Men, Home & Leisure, Electricals
Part of the JD Williams home shopping group, Oxendales offers value for money clothing in wide ranging fittings (12 – 34, with selected styles in 10 – 36) plus furniture, home accessories, audio visual equipment, small electricals, PAYG mobiles and kitchen appliances. Buy online or request a catalogue. Oxendales is based in Manchester.
• Special Features: You can add up to 12 different delivery addresses in your Oxendales address book.
Headers: DVD, Music, Games, Books, Electronics, Gadgets, Ringtones
Huge selection of DVDs, CDs, books and games for PC, PS2, PSP, Xbox, DS, GBA, Game Cube and N-Gage. And if thats not enough, the elctronics department carries a wide range of audio visual equipment, PC consumables and peripherals plus digital cameras and camcorders. You can also get sim free mobiles here and a good selection of gadgets. Play.com is based in Jersey, which means that all items are VAT free, which is good news for items less than £18. Please note, however, that goods over the value of £18 bought from the Channel Islands will be subject to VAT (not import duty). Play.com do not pay this, so you may be liable to pay extra when these goods are delivered. Having said this, Play.com do have some very good deals which sometimes more than offset this extra charge.
• Free Delivery
Headers: Computing & Phones, Home Electrical, Sound & Vision, Furniture, House & HOme, DIY & Car, Sports & Leisure, Baby & Toddler, Toys & Games
Tesco.com is the world's biggest online grocery retailer, but there is also a massive range of other non-grocery products available on the Tesco website, form electrical items to toys and games. Plus Tesco runs regular price checks to ensure that prices are highly competive.
• Special Features: Free returns within 28 days. Clubcard points on all purchases.
• Connection Service: Connection service on cookers, washing machines, refrigeration equipment, washer/dryers and dishwashers - charges may apply. Removal and disposal service also available.
Headers: Vision, Audio, Audio Separates, Gaming, Communication, Laundry, Dishwashers, Refrigeration, Vacuum Cleaners, Cooking, Small Appliances, Fires, Fitness Equipment
Tribal UK offers a wide range of household electrical appliances from major manufacturers. They also offer real stone fireplaces plus a very good range of fitness equipment including exercise bikes, cross trainers, air walkers, rowing machines and treadmills. Goods are delivered directly from the manufacturer. Tribal UK is based in Norwich.
• Special Features: Warranties available.
• Free Delivery - deliveries to mainland UK only