Product Type: Sainsbury's in Homeware
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Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Member Name: 2012Saver
Sainsburys Basics Tealights
Advantages: Last a reasonable amount of time, cheap
Disadvantages: Foil is very flimsy, wick stuck to wax
I recently bought myself a Yankee Candle wax tart burner and some wax tarts and needed to buy some unscented tealights to use with this. The Yankee Candle shop was selling them at the ridiculously expensive price of £4.99 for a small packet and I knew I could get them cheaper elsewhere, so I popped into Sainsburys.
I purchased these Sainsburys basic range tealights in a pack of 25 and I can't remember the exact cost - but I think it was somewhere around £1. They now are more commonly available in packs of 100 which cost about £2 and can also be bought in packs of 200. The packaging is fairly simple - a clear plastic bag which holds the tealights and has the product information on the front. I found that when I opened the bag, a few of the candles had come loose from their foil base, but this didn't bother me much as I simply set them back into the foil.
The tealights themselves look like any other tealights, circular white discs inside a foil base with a little white wick on top. The wicks themselves are stuck down on the wax in most of the tealights in my pack, meaning I have to use my fingernail to lift them up before lighting them. The tealights are easy to light using matches or a lighter. They are then easy to set inside my Yankee wax tart burner. If I extinguish the candle, it is easy to relight, again using either a match or a lighter. The tealights do stay warm for quite a while after being extinguished so I always let them cool down before handling.
I have found that the average burning time of each of these tealights is around 3-4 hours which I feel is reasonable for such a cheap product. Once the candle has fully burnt down leaving the foil base it is noticeable that the foil is very weak and flimsy, which I suppose might explain why some of the candles had come loose from the foil inside the packaging. In my opinion for such a cheap product this is to be expected and doesn't bother me much.
All in all I think these tealights are of reasonably good quality for such a cheap price. I would buy them again but will perhaps try some of the other supermarket own brands first to see if they are any better quality. I give these a 4* rating taking 1 star off because of the flimsiness of the foil and because most of the wicks are stuck to the wax. Thanks for reading/rating.
Summary: Cheaper than Yankee!
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