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British Made Small Electrical Items – Kettles, Toasters, Kitchen Items, Vacuum Cleaners (Hoovers), etc + kitchen tools and kitchenware and workwear

Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years.  Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time.

British made kettles

Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008.

Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005.

Vintage Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005. Photograph by author.

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads "Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w"

Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads “Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w”

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Large Electrical Items (White Goods) Made in Britain – Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Freezers, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Gas and Electric Fires, Hostess Trolleys, Cookers, Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves

British Made Large Electrical Items (White Goods)  – Water Coolers, Dehumidifiers, Freezers, Refrigerators, Washing Machines, Tumble Dryers, Gas and Electric Fires, Hostess Trolleys, Cookers, Wood Burning and Multi-Fuel Stoves, etc.

New World cookers (part of Glen Dimplex) manufacture their built-in ovens, built-in hobs, range cookers, splashbacks, and some of their freestanding cookers in the UK. Their range hoods, refrigerators, freezers, and dishwashers are now foreign made. You can see which items are British made in their brochure – http://www.newworld.co.uk

New World NW-50HLGE freestanding cooker. Made in Britain.

New World NW-50HLGE freestanding cooker. Made in Britain.

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