Product Type: Morphy Richards coffee machines
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My lovely new kettle!
Morphy Richards 43772 Pyramid Accents
Member Name: chrisandmark
Morphy Richards 43772 Pyramid Accents
Advantages: A great design, fast boiling, makes a deliciously fresh hot drink
Disadvantages: Very noisy while in use
With their usual impressive delivery speed, Amazon had my new kettle to me within 72 hours and I was ready to start brewing up again. It arrived in a huge box, I wouldn't normally spend time discussing the cardboard box but I liked it due to the fact that it's bright and classy looking so you could easily give this kettle as a wedding present or even a Christmas gift without feeling embarrassed that you've bought someone a kettle!
Before use you need to boil it up a few times and discard the water, this removes any manufacturing gunk and ensures you're drinking the freshest water possible. I'm quite cautious about this and filled and emptied the kettle five times before using the water to make a cuppa - Morphy Richards state it's only necessary to do this three times but I don't like to live dangerously when it comes to things I'm ingesting! There is a small light towards the base of the kettle which glows orange when it's switched on and goes off once the water has boiled and the kettle has switched off. This level of illumination Mark was fine with, although the light is honestly so small and located in the shadows of the kettle that I doubt he even noticed it was there for weeks!
The capacity of this kettle is 1.5 litres, which equates to around 8 cups worth of water. If you're a coffee drinking heathen like myself and use a mug, you'll get just under six mug-sized portions of water from each fill of the kettle. The triangular design makes it look like it holds far less water than my previous jug style kettle, but as that had a 1.7 litre capacity the difference in the amount of water boiled at one time is negligible (well to me anyway as I use an oversized coffee mug!).
It's a fast but extremely loud kettle, making such a racket I've run to it several times after switching it on convinced there's no water in it and I'm boiling the kettle dry! When the water actually starts getting warm the noise becomes more bearable, but it sounds incredibly laboured and grating as it works to start heating the water in the first place. One thing I've noticed recently is that because the kettle is pyramid shaped it has a very wide base; my daughter has taken a recent interest in fuel economising and has drilled it into me that I should only boil the water I need rather than filling the kettle completely each time - the problem is that a single cup/mug of water doesn't cover the bottom of the kettle deeply enough for it to be safe to switch the kettle on in my opinion. I'm sure Morphy Richards have tested their kettle into oblivion, but it just doesn't seem comfortable to me to be boiling a mere centimetre of water.
It's an easy kettle to keep clean both inside and out - in fact, during the few months I've used it I haven't had to clean the inside at all due to the concealed element and give the exterior just a cursory wipe over when I'm wiping the kitchen down. Like the matching toaster the glossy red finish of the body of the kettle smears quite badly if you try to clean it with a less than spotless cloth, I find it's easier to wipe it with a damp cloth when still warm and the buff out all the smears once the kettle has gone completely cold. The silvered spout and lid are absolute dust magnets so I try to remember to wipe those sections at least on a regular basis, ours isn't a dusty house so I'm always surprised by how much has re-gathered twenty four hours later!
I like the way the handle curves over the kettle, giving it a traditional yet very funky look. When the kettle first arrived I was a little concerned about scalds as it loops straight over the lid and comes closer than I feel comfortable with to the actual spout - I needn't have worried however as the shaping and positioning of the handle ensures your hands are kept away from steam, the soft covering of the handle also means it doesn't even get warm after repeated boilings. The lid fits extremely tightly (too tightly sometimes as I struggle to pop it back into place after filling the kettle), but this prevents any loss of steam from this area which would obviously be a problem considering the location of the handle. It fits straight onto the base with no effort at all, the base is as wide as the bottom of the kettle so as long as you pop it down in roughly the correct position you won't find yourself having to move and wiggle the kettle down into place.
Surely the most important thing about any kettle is the deliciousness of the hot drinks it produces - and here the Accents kettle is absolutely perfect. I can definitely taste the difference in my coffee since replacing my kettle, although there was no furring or anything untoward even in my old kettle, and more noticeably when I make black tea I can see how clear the finished drink is with absolutely no cloudiness whatsoever. My daughter has recently started drinking fruit tea to ward off her anxiety at starting college next month and even she mentioned how much more rounded the flavour was since we changed kettles, although to be honest at that point she hadn't even noticed the brand new (bright red) kettle so she thought Twinings had changed their recipe! So full marks for creating drinks (and packet soups, not that I admit to using those...) that are full of flavour and wonderfully fresh.
One last thing to mention is the power cord, which is a good length and easily twisted around the base of the base (!) for safe storage. I keep my kettle very close to the socket anyway because of having so many kids running around the house, but if I were to decide to move it to the other side of the coffee and sugar canisters I'm positive there's enough length in the cord to allow some versatility in kettle placing - although obviously, the more cord you leave exposed the more chance of someone accidentally pulling it so I'd definitely recommend keeping it as short as possible.
I paid £39.99 for this gorgeous kettle and am extremely happy with my purchase; noisy boiling aside I have absolutely no issues with it and even that is becoming less irritating as I get used to it. The water level gauge steams up occasionally but I don't really rely on that anyway as I use as much water as I need and don't worry about passing the 'MAX' line as it seems strangely low anyway.
Summary: A fabulous kettle that looks great and works a treat (apart from the noise)
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