Which? shopper survey ranks ​Richer Sounds and Toolstation as best UK shops

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Richer Sounds and Toolstation have been named the highest ranking shops in the UK in 2017, according to the annual Which? survey of shoppers. 

Which? asked more than 10,000 consumers about their shopping experience at 100 major retailers. The customer scores given are based on satisfaction and the likelihood of recommending each shop.

DIY store Toolstation is joint-top for the second year running (having shared first place with John Lewis in 2016), while Richer Sounds is in the number one spot after coming joint-third last year. The electrical chain last topped the Which? survey in 2011.

Harvey Nichols has jumped from 21st place last year to third place this time around, with customers citing a love of its products as well as the stores themselves.

Waterstones returns to the top five for the first time since 2014. The book retailer is welcomed back into the top bracket of the Which? shopping survey on the back of recent news that book sales reached a record £3.5 billion last year

Richard Headland, editor of Which? magazine, said: “The best retailers, Richer Sounds and Toolstation, continue to strike the right balance by selling quality products at reasonable prices. It’s a simple formula, but that’s why they consistently score well with shoppers in the Which? survey.”

Top ​rated shops:

  • (1) Richer Sounds – 80% (128)
  • = Toolstation – 80% (132)
  • (3) Harvey Nichols – 79% (118)
  • = John Lewis – 79% (542)
  • = Waterstones – 79% (266)
  • (6) Apple – 78% (129)
  • = Bodycare – 78% (213)
  • (8) The Perfume Shop – 77% (209)
  • (9) Card Factory – 76% (218)
  • = Cotswold Outdoor – 76% (125)
  • = Go Outdoors – 76% (192)
  • = Screwfix – 76% (186)

Bottom ​rated shops:

  • (88) Clinton Cards – 62% (128)
  • = JD Sports – 62% (191)
  • = Robert Dyas – 62% (232)
  • = Sainsbury’s – 62% (278)
  • = Tesco – 62% (264)
  • = Topshop/Topman – 62% (181)
  • (94) EE – 61% (146)
  • = Peacocks – 61% (224)
  • = Vodafone – 61% (134)
  • (97) Poundstretcher – 60% (263)
  • (98) Poundland – 59% (103)
  • (99) WH Smith – 56% (225)
  • (100) Morrisons – 55% (153)

*The number in brackets represents the number of responses for that retailer