Product Type: Alessi kettles
Newest Review: ... than it is worth - £40-£50 would be more reasonable, and that is still taking into account the premium you pay for Alessi brand.... more
This kettle's greatest features are also its biggest problems...
Alessi 9093 Bird Stove
Member Name: Klima
Alessi 9093 Bird Stove
Date: 28/08/11, updated on 29/08/11 (63 review reads)
Disadvantages: Difficult to clean and caution is required during use
This is a great looking kettle. It's sleek, shiny, sparkling metal. This is also it's biggest drawback. The kettle is cast metal with a reinforced plastic handle and a plastic whistle. However, on the gas hod, the kettle takes a very, very long time to boil. This means that the plastic 'safety' handle often gets very hot - especially if you haven't rammed the lid into the main chamber firmly into place, as small jets of steam can escape from the lid. I have to cover the handle with a tea towel before I remove it from the hob to prevent burning. The kettle has a large wide base which also becomes extremely hot and you do have to be careful not to burn yourself when shifting it around. Of course one has to be careful using any kettle, but I find I've burnt myself on this one particularly often. The small bird-shaped whistle in the spout, though delightful to look at, is difficult to remove - I'm frightened of breaking the springs so I usually boil me kettle without it. The shine finish is extremely difficult to maintain - the last time I gave it a good clean I left scratches in the surface - and you will need to find somewhere to store it while you're using the hob for other things - it's not something you can leave to one side while you're stir-frying, for instance, because it will become splattered with grease and it shows every mark. It is a beautiful piece but not practical for everyday use and I would not use it at all if there were children in the house, because a cute designe, hot metal, and boiling water would make a very bad combination with little hands around. Not recommended.
Update: I received this kettle as a gift, though I've seen it seeling for £85 on Amazon. This is far more than it is worth - £40-£50 would be more reasonable, and that is still taking into account the premium you pay for Alessi brand.
Summary: Not recommended for everyday use.
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