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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 and your kitchen equipment would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years.  Chances are if you buy a kettle or whatever today it will be made in China and break within a short time. Listed here are some British made kettles, toasters, kitchen items, vacuum cleaners (Hoovers), etc + kitchen tools and kitchenware and workwear that’s British made.

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. Phillips used to make many other products in the UK such as razors, televisions, television components, military equipment, light bulbs, and CDs too but has now closed all its UK factories. They also own Mullards and Pye. Philips is a Dutch multinational technology company. Philips were once a big manufacturing presence in the UK. At the start of 2018 Phlips did actually have one factory still operating in the UK in Glemsford in Suffolk making Avent baby bottles but sadly in January 2018 Philips have announced even that is to close by 2020 and production moved to Philips home country, the Netherlands, because of the uncertainty surrounding Brexit, the UK’s proposal to leave the European Union.

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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Ironwork | Ironmongery | Metalwork | Door and Window Furniture | Doors and Windows | Architectural Ironmongery | Doors and Windows | Fireplaces and Accessories | Lofts

The Blacksmiths Shop in Langley, near Slough manufacture hand forged Gates, Railings and Bespoke Metalwork, as well as selling fire grates (fire dogs), fire guards and fire accessories, often made in Britain, and are a stockist of Aarrow Stoves wood burning stoves and Kirkpatrick ironmongery – http://www.theblacksmithshop.co.uk

The Woodee produce “Handcrafted fire pits and artisan tools and stylish accessories for wood burners, open fires and fire pits designed and made in Herefordshire, England.” Freestanding fire pits/ground level BBQs, BBQ tools, fire irons and tools, log log baskets, and bellows – http://www.thewoodee.com

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British Made Plastic Storage Boxes / British Made Plastic Storage Containers / British Made Laundry Baskets and Laundry Bags / British Made Brushware / British Made Ironing Boards and Laundry Products / Domestic and Commercial Plastics

Curver – some of Curver’s products (including the Union Jack plastic box in the picture below) are made in the UK, but many of their products are made abroad. You’ll need to check whether the products from this company you are interested in are made in the UK or not, as no country of origin information is given on their website. Curver have a range of products made in the UK, in Redruth in Cornwall, but most are foreign made. It will be best to check the packaging itself as the company’s staff are not very knowledgeable about where their products are made. For example, they told me that they manufacture all the 5, 20 and 40 litre Deco bins in the UK, whereas currently the 50 litre Deco and the Duo Deco recycling bins are manufactured in Europe. I ordered a 5L Deco bin and when it arrived it was made in Luxembourg so I had to return it – http://www.curver.com

Union Jack plastic box by Curver. Made in the UK.

Union Jack plastic box by Curver. Made in the UK.

Curver Deco Bin 20L and 40L, both made in the UK. Photograph by author 14 April 2018.

Curver Deco Slim 40L – this bin is foriegn made. Photograph by author 14 April 2018.

Curver kitchen bowl. Made in Great Britain. Photograph by author 14 April 2018

Curver wicker style baskets, small and large, Made in UK. Photograph by author 27 January 2019.

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