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.


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“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

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Had pet ins with Woolworths for my 4 year old Rottie rescue dog, premiums were $30 per month for “full cover” after 2.5 years premiums had jumped to $74 per month, I could not afford this so got accidental cover only, back to $30 per month, was warned if she got bitten by a snake or tick she was not covered, around a year later she was playing in the off lead dog park when her right rear leg went down a concealed sink hole, end result ACL damaged, an accident right! Wrong, because she had done her left ACL before I got her Woolworths claimed an ongoing injury, and refused to cover her accident, I asked if she gets an infection in her right ear, and a year or so later gets an infection in her left ear is this an ongoing issue, Yes was the firm reply, so I cancelled this useless money pit insurance, and warned everyone at the dog park not to get Woolworths pet insurance as it was a rip off, cheers John