Reviews and ratings of quality, hand-picked, UK websites
Headers: Air Quality, Anemometers, Barometers, Cameras, Clocks, Desktop Weather, Full Weather Stations, Handheld Devices, Hygrometers, Lightning Detection, Rain Gauges, Software, Sunshine Detectors, Thermometers, Traditional Instruments, Watches, Weather Forecasts, Website Hosting, Gift Vouchers
One of the best places for weather related products, with every conceivable type of weather station device from ones you put on your wrist to full weather stations. All the leading brands are represented. Meteorologica Ltd is based in Morecambe, Lancs.
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.
Field and Trek
Headers: Clothing, Equipment, Footwear, Technical Guide, Gift Vouchers
Outdoor clothing and equipment, supplying everything you would need for walking trips, camping holidays, backpacking and trekking expeditions, mountaineering & climbing, adventure racing and travel. There are also substantial discounts available for organisations buying in bulk. Founded in 1973, Field and Trek is an established mail order retailer based in Laindon, Essex, with 11 stores throughout England. Buy online or request a catalogue.
• • International Deliveries Available. Contact for delivery details.
Headers: Blank Media, Cables, Components, Computers, Home & Office, In Car, Outdoor Leisure, Sound & vision, Tools & Service, Toys & Kits
Audio, video, electronic and computer products, components and accessories, all available online. Especially good for components and more obscure electronic bits and bobs. Plenty of gadgets and gizmos also. You can order the famous Maplin catalogue online, either in paper form or on cd. Maplin currently has 75 retail stores throughout the UK and Ireland.
• Free Delivery on orders >£35
• www prezzybox.com
Headers: Little Gems, Gadgets, Fun Things, Home & Living, Garden & Outdoors, Experience Days, Personalised Gifts
Zappy site with 1000's of gifts and gadgets at very competitive prices. There is also a useful Gift Wizard if you are struglling on what to buy. Member of the Which Web Trader's Association. rezzybox is based in Austrey, Warwickshire.
• Special Offers: Prezzybox has offered us a £5 discount off every order over £20 for our readers. Just enter the code EASYTORECALL at the checkout.
Science Museum Store
Headers: Handy Gadgets, For the Home, Discovery, Fun & Games, Engineer, Take Off
Who doesn't love the Science Museum? (Especially now that its free to get in!) For those of us who don't live in London, we can use the website to browse all the latest gadgets and toys in the Science Museum store or order a catalogue. Better still, join the mailing list and get the latest special offers and bargains. You can also buy prints from the collections of the Science Museum, The National Railway Museum and the National Museum of Photography, Film and Television.
Westfalia Mail Order
Headers: Tools, Technica, Household, Health, Textiles, Farm Shop, Gardening, Batteries & Rechargeables, Car Accessories, Treasure Trove
Established in the 1920s, Westfalia is a mail order specialist with over 6,000 products for DIY tools, electronics and hardware plus car accessories and homeware not to mention garden tools, accessories and machinery! Everything from metal detectors to porcelain china! Buy online or request a catalogue. Westfalia is based in Ivybridge, Devon.
• Special Features: 30 day returns policy. For every article carrying the Westfalia Quality label, you get a 10 year guarantee!
• Free Delivery on orders >£50
Headers: Big Boys Toys, Games and Puzzles, Cool and Collectable, Spy and Security, Gifts and Experiences, Clocks and Watches, Around the House, Kitchen and Bar, Lighting and Torches, Discover and Learn, Outdoor and Travel, Funky Novelties, Sound and Vision, Office, Desk and USB
Excellent range of unusual gadgets for all tastes, from electronic chess to hover football, and laserpods to Mp3 players. Based in Watford Business Park, Gadgets.co.uk is part of the Mobiles Group which has been trading on the internet since 1995.
Delivery Costs: UK P&P Free over £50, otherwise £3.95. Surcharges apply to areas that involve a sea crossing.
• Delivery Times: Normally within 3 working days in the UK.
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