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    • lackingwedge
    • By lackingwedge 26th Mar 15, 12:17 PM
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    To be blunt...

    In that sector of the market, Lamona, CDA, Electrolux Group, Bosch, Whirlpool... etc.

    It matters not a jot for the most part, there's little difference in many ways.

    They're all equally as bad as one another in one way or another. Made to fit a price point, pretty much, that's it in a nutshell.

    If they last, you win. If they don't, you lose.

    Originally posted by kwatt
    Dude, you cannot compare Bosch and Lamona.

    Bosch white goods are Identical to Siemens and Neff and are made by the same company in the same factory (BSH).
    • hcb42
    • By hcb42 26th Mar 15, 12:39 PM
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    We fitted a Howden's Kitchen about nine months ago, using a local builder, and my neighbour to fit.

    I was very impressed with the service from Howdens, who came out and did the drawings and my neighbour obviously used his trade account to purchase the goods.

    I opted for the Glendevon Cream Gloss and bought my appliances from (Beko Integrated Fridge Freezer/Zanussi five ring induction hob/ stainless steel/glass cooker hood/ Zanussi Dishwasher and Zanussi double oven for 1600 all in, and seem to remember I got some cashback on that too.

    I didnt want to spend 14K on a kitchen and have "Lamona" appliances, so it was a brand thing for me Equally the budget didnt run to top end brands. Delighted with the finished effect.
    • kwatt
    • By kwatt 26th Mar 15, 12:42 PM
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    I can.

    Bosch are a German company of course but little is actually made there and, like all, they play the cost cutting game as all do so as to remain competitive.

    They make products in former Soviet block countries, Spain, the USA, China and I believe Turkey now as well (the same as Beko).... there is no guarantee that two different products, such as a hob and an oven were even made on the same continent let alone country never mind actual production facility.

    And, from what you said yourself, you can pay more for *exactly* the same internals under Neff or Siemens as you'd get for less with a Bosch badge on it.

    The joys of globalisation.

    "It ain't what you don't know that gets you into trouble. Its what you know for sure that just ain't so." Mark Twain
    • rockandglitter
    • By rockandglitter 19th Feb 16, 6:51 AM
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    We have moved in to a newly refurbished property where a Lamona Ceramic Hob has been newly installed. After the first use you could see stains on the hob where water drops touched the ceramic surface which could not be washed away.

    I have to say that we were very careful when using it. It has been three weeks since we have been using the hob and despite our best efforts to keep it tidy the hob looks as if it has been used for a year.

    If I had to rate the hob I would give it 2 out of 10. It is not 1 out of 10 just because you actually can prepare a meal on it. I do not expect it to last long though.
    Originally posted by krulis
    I would say the same thing with the Lamona hob. I'm extremely careful with mine and I still have a stain on a ring I just can't get off. I'd never had that problem previously!
    • rockandglitter
    • By rockandglitter 19th Feb 16, 6:53 AM
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    Reading this is all really interesting for me. I have a Lamona touch ceramic hob in my kitchen and one of the rings has started to rub off which I was told can "never happen" and they won't do anything with it - I've tried cleaning it myself as I am always careful with it. Not overly happy as I've never had this happen in my previous kitchen
    • Berriew
    • By Berriew 3rd Mar 16, 11:34 AM
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    Lamona white goods
    Lamona products
    NO NO NO
    But what is more important is that once your guarantee has expired, you are unable to use your statutory rights directly with Howdens because you have purchased from your installer and not Howdens (Very tricky behaviour). You can take your installer to court but he will have to take Howdens to court if they demur. Maybe you can "Join" them in a court action but it all gets very messy. I have found Howdens kitchens OK but don't buy the LAMONA range and seriously consider buying the electrical goods elsewhere.
    • RobbyJ
    • By RobbyJ 8th May 16, 5:55 PM
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    So, who does make Lamona?
    Any consesus on this? We have had a recent house fire started by a BEKO fridge freezer bursting into flames. The insurance is using Howdens to give us a new kitchen. I'm not very keen on buying Lamona if they are BEKO. Many of the entry level appliances from "quality" brands are badge engineered by BEKO
    • Chief Marc
    • By Chief Marc 13th Apr 17, 4:07 PM
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    Chief Marc
    Lamona ovens
    I would never buy a lamona appliance again I have a kitchen sink that has such a bouncy draining board it's a joke! I have an oven which I have been told firstly by an engineer to not cook at the top and now another engineer tells me not to cook at bottom . I was in my 28 days when I complained but Howdens won't do anything. Never ever will I buy Lamona again !!!!
    • mariecc
    • By mariecc 1st Aug 17, 5:23 PM
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    I have just got a quote from howdens and nearly fell off the chairs when I saw the price of oven, hob, and extractor.. 250.. I thought itwas a beko... and this thread hasconfirmed that.... but at that price can't be good...or reliable... will look on which, john lewis and currys I think
    also couldn't look at door he quoted on as customer in way but its a greenwich gls

    anyone got any info on them..
    • Runatmirth
    • By Runatmirth 9th May 18, 7:18 AM
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    Hi we have recently had a Howdens kitchen supplied and would say do not touch the Lamona brand. We are having endless issues with the dishwasher that was supplied. Problems started a week after installation was finished. Howdens blame the fitter the fitter blames Howdens. All I know is that the dishwasher is leaking from underneath with water gushing out and pooling on the floor and steam is escaping from the top which has damaged the worktop above. The service number I was given doesn't work so each time I follow up I have to contact the Howdens branch directly for them to touch base with the engineer. Still an ongoing issue now.
    • Aylesbury Duck
    • By Aylesbury Duck 9th May 18, 8:36 AM
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    Aylesbury Duck
    I will speak in defence of Lamona appliances based upon my experience. The house I bought in 2012 has Lamona appliances throughout which were fitted in 2010:

    Washing machine: still going strong despite being used 6 times a week (8 years) in a hard water area.
    Dishwasher: broke in 2015, so lasted five years being used daily.
    Tumble dryer: still going strong (8 years)
    Range cooker: replaced this year after the grill stopped working, the thermostat played up and the fan seized (8 years)
    Cooker hood: still going strong (8 years)
    Integrated fridge: still fine after 8 years but needed a new door hinge last year
    Integrated fridge-freezer: ditto.

    They may not be the best quality appliances I've owned and are fairly basic in functionality but considering their lifespan in a house where they are used a lot, they've done well. I've been pleasantly surprised because when I moved in and discovered they were all Lamona and two years old, I expected to have to replace them all long before now.
    • SparklesJD
    • By SparklesJD 14th Oct 18, 1:22 PM
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    My main issue with Howdens' appliances was that they wouldn't tell me how much I would be paying for them, so I couldn't tell if they were VFM.

    I still couldn't work it out when I had a new quote without them, as they'd also given me a 'discount', taken off the worktops, which we were buying elsewhere (bamboo - they look great) and changed a couple of other bits.

    We got our range cooker from Ideal Kit and our extractor from Mark's Electrical. Looking for a dishwasher now...
    Last edited by SparklesJD; 14-10-2018 at 1:23 PM. Reason: I keep getting 2 spaces between paragraphs.
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