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“Wasted 2 hours of our lives”

Written on: 25/03/2022 by Nashkq75 (1 review written)

As other have said, more of a market on the upper floor, on the exhibit floor large area selling pictures. Only decent stand quooker taps. More choice in your local flagship store in a shopping center… Read Full Review

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“Awful - don't go”

Written on: 22/03/2022 by leelee66 (1 review written)

We've been going to the Ideal Home Show for years and always, without fail, come away with ideas and purchases. Last time was average and not as good as it usually is but we picked up some gardening stuff and some spices. This year we had free weekday tickets so decided to go and were so disappointed. Not so much Ideal Home as a complete mishmash of rubbish. There were probably 10 or so stalls selling the same handbags with the same detachable straps. Loads of mobile phone accessory stalls… Read Full Review

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“What ideal home!! ”

Written on: 21/03/2022 by Makhi69 (1 review written)

I was so looking forward to going to the ideal home exhibition as we are renovating and extending our home. Very poor display of anything really. I would of liked to see bathrooms, tiles, lighting home furnishings. All there was there was clothes, makeup it’s was like a market. Not much to do with gardens and furniture very very poor show. Will not ever go again what a waste of money and time… Read Full Review

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“Very poor set up compared with pre Covid shows!”

Written on: 21/03/2022 by pjCooke119 (1 review written)

We visited on 20th March 2022. there was a very evident lack of variety. A number of quality companies we're not present at this show. In early afternoon the Food Court set up was just totally unsuitable - it was so crowded, packed with people, every seat, nook and cranny taking by people eating and others looking around for somewhere to stop and eat!!! People were sat on the floor eating next to waste bins. The air was heavy wth concentrated smell of cooked food. We left the exhibition centre… Read Full Review

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“Disappointing”

Written on: 18/03/2022 by Niggled (1 review written)

I went wanting information on induction hobs and heat pumps - "not a scooby." Even Bosch, apparently the sole electrical company there, are only displaying small electricals. In my opinion, this is a big mistake bearing in mind the energy crisis we are now living through. Seating for the consumption of overpriced food and drink is limited and as a very senior citizen I was obliged to sit on the floor. Most of the stalls were selling handbags or jewellery or recruiting people for charitable… Read Full Review

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“Rubbish goods”

Written on: 15/12/2021 by Barbledove (1 review written)

I bought 3 jars of Spa salt scrub. They smell absolutely disgusting and the thin oil seeped out of the jar before i got it home. I asked a couple of friends to smell it & they said it was vile & should. Im it. I also bought some rubber toys from Chinese sellers. When i got home and unpacked them one of them had leaked out. I immediately put it inbtge bin as i have no way of knowing what the liwuid contained & you cant be too careful with childrens toys. THE SHOW WAS VERY TACKY ABD… Read Full Review

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“Cheap nasty...money grabbing event.”

Written on: 25/11/2019 by Aannee (1 review written)

I was hoping the ideal home Christmas show would show me some lovely home furnishings and room sets for inspirational ideas. What I got was like a cheap tacky Sunday market. Ridiculously priced tat that I could buy in B & M. What is christmas about veg peelers?...teeth whitening?..super mop?...massage chairs. Cheap decorations, expensive food and drinks....sausage rolls for £5 each! Thank God I got a Groupon deal two for 17...which included a ideal magazine...the only decent thing I got. Oh… Read Full Review

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“Target of Health Risk Cheat”

Written on: 09/04/2019 by EX-BECKETT (1 review written)

Please stay clear of a company called ChilFlex, which I believe does not even exist as they cannot be tracked down! Two foot massagers were purchased. Foolishly I paid with cash, which I never do at the show especially for the amount spent - £160 - . It was near the end of the show and me and more so my elderly disabled mother who has limited mobility was happy to purchase a product to ease her poor circulation after trialling the product on the infrared setting and I purchased one for my… Read Full Review

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“Doesn't feel genuine ....”

Written on: 08/04/2019 by BrentonSimmons119 (1 review written)

I went to The Ideal Home Exhibition yesterday. Was looking forward to getting lots of ideas for our new extension. Not only did I not achieve that, I also came away feeling unconvinced that some of the products on sale were genuine and also poor quality. I was especially annoyed at the staff members on Le Jardin France. Arrogant, rude and inappropriate. I don't think I will go again… Read Full Review

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“Dated”

Written on: 26/03/2019 by MacLeod413 (1 review written)

Been going on and off for a while now each time hoping for some surprise. But it's the same old stalls which do not appeal to me and I am sure a lot of the others. The show management needs new blood. They need to excite to make people wants to go. In other words they need new exciting products you know 'this is the era of new technology but it's not reflected of 21st century so far. The other excitement goers look forward to is genuine offers from the exhibitors not getting the impression that… Read Full Review

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“Uninspiring ”

Written on: 02/04/2018 by Brombeere (1 review written)

Went to so-called ideal home show yesterday as planning to build an extension, had hoped to get some ideas. Could not see anything that was helpful, interesting or inspiring. Just a muddle of a market, with pricey products. Not a good atmosphere either. Mystified as to who would want to buy there. Does anyone actually pay money to visit this show? Overall, seemed pointless to us, and would not go back… Read Full Review

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“ (NOT so Ideal) Home Show ”

Written on: 31/03/2018 by Maeve473 (1 review written)

I have been going to the ideal home show on and off since I was 16, so nearly 50 years, starting at Olympia the Earls Court and now back at Olympia, but I have never been so let down as this year. We are having a new kitchen soon so wanted to look at wall panels....no, we also wanted to look at fitted wardrobes...no, bathroom mirrors...no, water beds....no. If you wanted a sofa with a drop down headrest in leather, there were lots, automatic beds, double glazing, bi fold doors or stand on… Read Full Review

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“Disappointing”

Written on: 28/03/2018 by 88Lawson (1 review written)

Very disappointed this year. Only one show home (you can’t count a beach hut as a home). Where are all the inspirational homes and decor of past years? No gardens either. Not enough variety of exhibitors either, just a lot of hard selling… Read Full Review

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“Epitomy of Rip Off Britain”

Written on: 21/03/2018 by Smugnot (1 review written)

The people who promote this absolute rubbish of a so call show should be ashamed of themselves. Got my tickets free from Martin Lewis website recommendation. If I had paid, then I would have been even more upset. We used to love going to the show but had not been for 15 years. It was going down hill then, but its now in freefall. Really nasty feel to it, and having since read the reviews, I would endorse all of the other one star ratings. Avoid like the plague!… Read Full Review

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“Disappointing”

Written on: 31/05/2017 by Lib77 (1 review written)

We have been to the ideal home show in Glasgow many times and usually enjoy a day out, this year my husband and I were both left disappointed . We are currently renovating a house so were looking for ideas for doors, windows and a staircase but felt there were more stalls selling nik naks than to do with homes - it was more like an indoor market. Many of the stall holders were on their mobiles or just handed you a leaflet without even bothering to engage with us The food court was overcrowded… Read Full Review

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“Dissappointing customer service”

Written on: 10/04/2017 by Braydong60 (1 review written)

I was disappointed to be honest. There wasn't very much to see. I expected more. I was disappointed with the customer service of one particuler stall (Alexander James on Saturday 7th April). The saleman was very rude. I was sitting on one of the chairs to try it out as you would if you were looking to purchase it and also checking my phone to see if they had a website as i was genuinely interested to see if they did the same design in a different fabric and the salesman approached me in such an… Read Full Review

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“A waste of a day ”

Written on: 06/04/2017

This was my first trip since the show moved to Olympia. A waste of a day as very little there this year, and everything was so expensive. I paid £2.70 for a coffee in a small paper cup, and was pleased I took a packed lunch with me, as most of the food stalls seemed to stop selling hot food quite early and I wouldn't have paid their prices for a sandwich. The only two good things in my opinion were a performance by the Southampton branch of Rock Choir and the wonderful Troubadour, a… Read Full Review

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“Ideal marketing, but rubbish show”

Written on: 30/03/2017 by Mayra53 (1 review written)

I received a ticket for free and was really looking forward to visiting the show as marketing creates a very good impression and I have never been there before, however I was very disappointed. Organisation- shambles. Tickets advised to use numbered entrances, but only letter entrances were shown outside the building, there was no one even to ask. No plans for the whole show provided except for the food hall, which was overcrowded, low level and way too loud live entertainment. No air… Read Full Review

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“Such a let down!”

Written on: 27/03/2017 by Morris273 (1 review written)

I went to the Ideal Home Show a very long time ago and it was brilliant, so I was expecting the same kind of experience again. What a let down! The ground floor I found very uninspiring. Upstairs we felt harassed by some of the cosmetic stall sellers trying to get us to try their products, one seller stood in front of me and I had to walk around her to escape the pressure she was trying to put on me to try her product. I also saw a lot of cheap "tat", in places it felt more like a market. The… Read Full Review

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“Ideally stay at home!”

Written on: 13/11/2016 by Kenny265 (1 review written)

What a waste of time! Went to Trafford Manchester & wish I hadn't bothered. It was far, far too busy, - people were sat on the floor eating & it was almost impossible to see the stands, huge queues for food so we didn't bother and snaking queues for toilets. Badly lit & terrible floor planning meant we missed most of it as it was like a maze. It's not worth the entrance fee, from what we did see there were some stalls selling over-priced tat. The worst was the so-called Bake-off area which… Read Full Review

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