A week ago, my housemate and I were buzzing around the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil, when, well it stopped working. With a bit of a bang! Not having the facility to make tea in our house is unimaginable, so it was with great relief that we remembered our old Cookworks Signature Kettle was still in the cupboard, waiting for just such an emergency. Thus I was prompted to write this review.
The Cookworks Signature Kettle is a cordless jug kettle, which holds a maximum of 1.7L, and has such features as a removable limescale filter which you can then clean, dry boil protection so the kettle will turn itself off if there's nothing in it, and safety cut off. So far so good. There's a window at the front of the kettle so you can see how much water you've put in, and the on/off switch has a little red light in it, so you know when it's on and heating the water and when it's not. Interestingly, you flick the switch up to turn it on, as opposed to down, which is a bit counter intuitive, but you get used to it. Once the water is boiled the switch flicks itself off automatically. Incidentally. the kettle can be quite noisy whilst boiling the water.
Aesthetically, I wouldn't exactly call the kettle good looking. It's mostly white (which gets dirty easily) with a silver/grey area near the switch, and it's chunky in design as opposed to sleek. This is a cheap kettle, and it looks it, but I expect most people will be more interested in it's functionality. Which brings me to the bad news.
This kettle only lasted about 6 months in our house before a problem developed. The water came out of the lid, as well as the spout when you were tying to pour a cuppa, dousing the mug, the kitchen surface, and sometimes the floor, in boiling water. Not good. Hence, it was relegated to the cupboard for something a bit better. Currently, when pouring water from it, we have to do so over the sink! It's certainly not a long term solution.
So, even though this kettle costs under a tenner, it has a very short lifespan. After all, if you had to replace the kettle every six months with a similar model, it would soon prove cheaper to buy a better (more reliable and hard wearing kettle) in the first place. Now I'll admit, with four of us using it, our kettles definitely get a heavy workout. If there's one or two of you the Cookworks Signature Kettle might last longer, but based on my own experiences, I wouldn't recommend this kettle to anyone. It's false economy.
We used to have a chrome kettle which illuminated. It was very pretty but ultimately, just as we got a new kitchen it packed up. I was leafing through the Argos catalogue and came across this Cookworks one and found it was only £9.99. Bargain.
Don't be put off by the price of Cookworks items. They may be cheap on the wallet but they are definately not cheap for the kitchen. In fact, I have found Cookworks items so well made that I have acquired a few more items from the Cookworks range. I paid £9.99 for this kettle and have not had a days problem with it yet my illuminating, chrome Brevile kettle cost £45 and packed up 2 days after the warrenty was up.
The kettle is a 1.7 litre which is perfect for my family of 3. I think it works out as about 6 mugs per boiling which is more than enough. It does take a little while boiling but if you're pottering about, doing things then it doesn't really make much difference.
This kettle is just a basic kettle. It doesn't illuminate like some of the kettles on the market. It simply boils your water for you. The piping inside doesn't look too coomplicated and it is easy to clean.
My kettle is the silver option and it has the newer push down button to open the lid to fill the kettle. The kettle has clear measurements down the side so that you know how much you are filling it up. It is also cordless so that you can move it about your kitchen to where you have your mugs. This is great not only for being able to move the kettle to your mugs but also to be able to move it from the base to clean it.
The kettle is easy to clean inside and out. The outside you simply just wipe down and any marks or stains it has picked up from use just wipe away.
I have had my kettle for about a year now so it is going strong and is highly recommended!
This kettle has a capacity of 1.7 litres which when filled to capacity can comfortably fill around 6-7 "mugs". So its probably not the best kettle to choose if you have a big family but is great for smaller families and for couples.
Mine is white, made from easily wipe down material which is good for keeping clean. It has a water window with volume markers on so you can only fill it to what you need. This is excellent for only boiling the right amnount of water as it helps save money (damn this credit crunch) and is also better for the environment.
It features dry boil protection which is excellent if your are prone to accidentally switchoing your kettle on thinking theres water in when there isn't (i put my hand up, i am!) so this feature just stops this happening, it wont switch on until you have water in there!!!
Only slight gripe is that is is qquite loud when it boils but htats not much of a complaint really.
Details and spec
1.7 litre capacity.
Dry boil protection.
Safety cut out.
Removable, washable filter.
Easy pour spout.
360 degree base.
Non slip feet.
Those of you who have read my review for the cookworks 2-slice toaster will know im already a bit of a cookworks fan, and this lovely little kettle has done nothing but solidify this view.
I moved out into the big wide world on my own at the young age of 16. Sitting in my first flat it was incredibly daunting all the things you realise you need that you take for granted whilst still living at home. Suddenly, the cost of life really begins to hit home and when you see prices like £25 for the simplest of the household accessory, the kettle, you begin to panic.
So, barely out of romper suits and making my way around argos, the cookworks signature seemed a godsend! £6.66 for the beginning of my little kitchen. Really, you cannot fault the price for the quality of this item. I am still yet to see the benefit of paying a fortune for these simple kitchen items.
So, with a maximum capacity of 1.7 litres (or approximately 6 good sized mugs?) this kettle is fine for the small to medium family. As with as all, it can take a little while to get going in the morning, but if you flick it on before you go for a morning wee, pop the tele on and get your slippers it will be well ready before you sit down again.
This kettle doesnt flash different colours or filter or anything special, it just boils water! As with most things though, the more complicated the pipes - the harder it is to clear the blockage.
The kettle is white, with wipe down surfaces. The kettle has a clear area with measurements so you can see how much water you need (only boiling what you need saves power!) On my version, it has a flip down button, but I think on the newer versions it is a push in. Removable from the base so you can move the kettle to your cups rather than the other way round.
nearly six years on, my good old cookworks is still going strong!
at just over a £1 a year, you cant fault that economy!
I got up one morning to find my kettle had packed in, I was like a bear with a sore head as I love my tea in the morning, so of I went to Argos to get a new kettle, expecting to pay about £15 to £20, but I was well impressed when I found a Cookwork one for £7. While I was there I noticed other items in the Cookswork range are also very cheap.
So I decided to buy the Cookworks kettle, white in colour and cordless, the max capacity is 1.7 litres. So I was pleased at the idea of saving myself a few quid, and so far so good its still going, although I did only buy it about four months ago.
This kettle is really easy to keep clean, both inside and out
The only bad point so far is that it is noisy when it boils, but who cares I am still able to have my tea, so the noise is bearable. Highly recommended!!!!
Thanks for reading
Cookworks MK17P06A Signature Cordless Kettle.
Yesterday morning whilst venturing into the land of the living, I decided it was time to wake myself fully with a second cup of coffee of the day. Sadly, my attempts failed as my old kettle decided it was going to retire after 6 years of dedicated service. I was then reduced to the saucepan on the cooker routine to boil water and eventually got that second coffee.
Whilst finally enjoying my coffee I decided to browse through the Argos Catalogue for a replacement kettle. After a few minutes browsing through the variety of kettle on offer, I was drawn to the Cookworks MK17P06A Signature Cordless Kettle for only £7.99. I immediately sent my husband packing to purchase the kettle.
The Cookworks MK17P06A Signature Cordless Kettle offers a 2200W output and has a 1.7 Litre water capacity. There are water window features on the kettle, which allow you to clearly see the water level in the kettle. The kettle also clearly shows that maximum and minimum water levels to prevent over-filling or under-filling of the kettle for added safety. The Kettle boasts a Boil Dry Protection feature as well as a Safety Cut Out feature. The kettle offers an Automatic Switch Off system as well as an Illuminated Switch to clearly see when the kettle is switched on. The base of the kettle boasts Non-slip Feet as well as easy cord storage.
The base of the kettle is all white and has a white cord, which can be stored in the base allowing you to store any excess cable out of the way for extra safety. The base has a small groove in either side of the base as well for the cable to be put through after the extra is stored which not only allows the base to stand flat on a surface but also as there is one on both sides this allows you to change the direction your kettle is facing with great ease. The base also has two Non-Slip circular feet on the base, which in my opinion are a bit small to give the kettle full non-slip features, but on saying that it does not slip when boiling.
The Jug of the kettle easily lifts on and off the base of the kettle to allow the cordless pouring and filling of the kettle and has a three prong socket system from base to kettle to supply power to the element. The Jug of the Kettle is mostly white but the section containing the electrics is silver as is half of the handle. The handle is just right for easy hand access but sadly, I feel lacks any sort of grip features, which is a shame.
A great feature of the kettle is that it has water windows on both sides of the kettle to allow you to choose the direction you want your kettle to face. These windows have clear level markings on the side, but sadly, they only show the Maximum 1.7 L, Medium 1.0L and Minimum 0.5 L markings rather than a more detailed measuring system.
The switch of the Kettle is like a white round lever, which has to be pushed up to switch on. I find this great for me as it is easy to switch on with my arthritis and prevents the kettle switch from being pushed down and switched on by mistake. The switch also lights up with a small orange glow when switched on to clearly show you that it is on and has power.
The Lid of the Kettle Jug is on a hinge system and is not removable to prevent it from falling off during filling but at the same time allowing easy access to the Removable Limescale filters system to allow you to wash and clean it. The Filter simply clicks in and out of the sliding grooves on the inside of the Jug Pouring Spout.
The Safety Cut-Out system and Boil Dry Protection features are provided by the fact that the element of the Kettle is raised so that water can easily flow under the kettle without touching the element and the element itself has a water sensor feature at the base of it, I can only go by the instructions on this though as I have never had it occur on me.
The Kettle Jug is extremely lightweight when empty which allows me to be able to carry it easily when full and not finding it to heavy to carry. I am a little disappointed by the fact that the kettle handle doesn't have any gripping facility on the handles but I suppose for the price paid all in all it is a very good Kettle which does offer good features. I have has no major problems with the kettle or any faults, but on saying that there is room for improvement.
To be honest, to me kettle boiling time in my own opinion is not exactly a super fast boiling kettle, but about average compared to most kettles. On saying that though it is not a long slow boiling kettle and I hope that doesn't change either.
The level of noise the kettle makes when boiling, I am pleased to say, I was shocked by this as you can hear it boil, but it is in no way noisy in an unpleasant way. It starts with hardly a sound and leads up to a medium range bubbling sound, when it reaches boiling point and make a medium click to switch itself off. So all in all for price it is good as it is quieter than my old kettle which cost me over £14.00 when new years ago.
Therefore, I am happy to give the Signature Electric Cordless Kettle from Cookworks 8.5/10 for quality and value for money and highly recommend it.
Short name: Cookworks MK17P06A