REVEALED: Australia’s ‘shonkiest’ products of 2019 named and shamed

Australia’s shonkiest products of 2019 have been revealed in the 14th annual CHOICE Shonky Awards… and some of the products that made the list may or may not surprise you…

A sugar-loaded breakfast cereal which claims to be really healthy, an expensive fridge that fails to do it’s one job… keep food cold, and pet insurance are just three of six products and services that have earned themselves a lemon gong this year.

Consumer group Choice holds the mock awards every year to oust the products and companies taking advantage of Aussie consumers.


“Yes, it’s that time again – when we honour the companies and products from all over Australia that dazzled us with their awfulness.”

“From super funds that rot your savings to fridges that rot your food, here are the bitterest lemons of the year, handpicked by CHOICE.”

If you’ve taken out pet insurance for your pooch, bad news… because according to CHOICE, you’ve been conned.

“Riddled with exclusions and technicalities, pet insurance is one of this country’s worst value insurance products,” Choice warned.

“It relies on emotionally manipulating your love of your pet to sell you worthless insurance.”

An IKEA fridge dubbed “one of the worst fridges we’ve ever tested” was also shamed in the awards for being “terrible at keeping food cold”.

Below is a full list of the six products/services dubbed the shonkiest of 2019:

AMP Superannuation – For putting profit before customer returns

Kogan – For creating the returns system from hell

Freedom Foods XO Crunch – For gaming the Health Stars system to sell a kids’ cereal

Ikea – For spoiling your food, expensively

Medibank – For selling ‘cover’ that leaves you exposed

Pet Insurance – For catch-22 pet insurance whose conditions make it worthless