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      08.12.2013 18:01
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      A brillaint buy!

      We like to have a kettle in our bedroom so that we can make a cup of tea first thing in the morning and then sit in bed and drink it before we get up. Sadly the one that we had up there died a while ago - I tried replacing the fuse in the plug to no avail - it was terminal!

      Now I needed to get a decent, not too large, inexpensive kettle so I began doing some research. I like to take a look around online and then have a look at the reviews on the products that I am interested in to make sure that I make the right decision.

      Initially I looked at a slightly more expensive kettle only to find that the £5 one had better reviews so that was the one that I purchased.

      The kettle in question is the Argos Value Cordless Kettle at just £5 and, since I have some points on my Nectar Card, mine was actually free so that was even better. At the checkout I was offered 3 years replacement product care for £1.99 but I refused as it isn't really worth it! It is guaranteed for one year anyway.

      When we got out of Argos and back to the car we opened the box to check the contents and initially thought that the base unit was missing until we realised that it was stored, along with the flex and plug, inside the kettle. The other thing in the box was a set of simple instructions - there isn't really much you can say about a kettle is there - which were just written in English. I like this as I hate having to sort through a small book to find the one language I want amongst the many.

      The kettle itself is plain white with a clear gauge on one side so that you can see how much water is in the kettle. The maximum capacity is 1.7 litres so it was plenty big enough for an early morning cuppa! The lid pulls back and you can either open the lid to fill the kettle or just put the open spout under the tap and fill it that way.

      The first thing that I noticed was how quiet the kettle is in operation. I don't think I have even known a kettle so quiet! When it boils and automatically switches off the steam stops immediately which, in my experience, is unusual as well. So that's two big ticks straight away. The kettle also has boil dry protection and will automatically switch off if the kettle is empty.

      Before use you need to fill the kettle to capacity and boil it, then throw away the water. This should be done three times in order to clear any residue from the manufacturing process. To boil the kettle you just have to plug in the base unit, place the kettle on the unit and press the switch down on the handle. A light will come on to show that the kettle is in operation and this will go out when the kettle switches itself off. You can boil just the amount of water that you need which saves energy so that's good too.

      I have to say that I agree with all the people who had written the great reviews that we read before making the purchase. This kettle is brilliant! It was a great price, it is quiet when boiling the water, it looks smart and it does the job!

      I would definitely recommend this product and would be happy to buy another one if it was needed.

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        03.11.2012 15:28

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        Worth the money, I would definaly buy again

        Along with the Argos range toaster, I also bought a kettle (when my ex husband left me and took 99% of all my worldly belongings). Having to kit out a flat with no money was not going to be an easy task but thanks to the Argos range it wasn't as bad as I thought.

        The kettle (along with the toaster) was little under £5 and quite basic in design. The one in the picture look a bit more modern than the product I got. Anyway, it comes with kettle and separate base, the lead was a little short for my liking so I had to have it very close to the plug socket, but it seemed quite sturdy on it base. The kettle itself has a see-through slit where you can see the water level quite plainly. The lid lifted up quite easily as well, making filling it a simple task.

        The noise level of the kettle was ok, not too noisy, takes a little while to boil but that may just be because I have recently bought a quick boil kettle and have now become extremely impatient. The only two problems I found were, in order to remove the kettle from the base, you had to lift it directly upwards, if you pulled it at even a slight angle, it would lift the whole base with it which did become a little annoying, also towards the end of use, it did start to leak a little when pouring.

        Overall though for the price paid, it lasted 3 years use and I cant really complain. If needed I would defiantly purchase another one.

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        21.07.2012 16:15
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        A great value range kettle

        When we first bought our twins home from hospital they were having top up formula bottles which we were using ready made carton formula for. When we started making formula up we needed cooled boiled water and by this point we were also having to make up infant gaviscon which also required cooled boiled water. Lots of kettle boiling with the kettle then not available to boil to make a cup of tea. My husband wasn't keen on the number of times I was saying 'don't boil the kettle for the next half hour' as he likes his cup of tea (not that he often got a chance to drink it before it got cold!) We decided it would be worthwhile to buy a cheap second kettle just for the twins requirements and our original kettle could go back to it's normal purpose.

        The Kettle
        How does it look?
        It is of very plain design as you would expect from a value range product, but it looks smart enough in the kitchen. There is a water guage on the front so you can ensure you have put the minimum amount of 0.50 litres water in. As we were only boiling small amounts sometimes this was useful to us. The water guage then has measurements every 0.25 litres up to the maximum 1.7 litres. This is a reasonable capacity and was more than sufficient for what we wanted.

        Filling it up
        This is simple to do, you pull back the sliding panel on the lid which releases it and allows you access to the inside of the kettle for filling. The lid easily clicks back into place when you press it down. As this is a cordless kettle you just stand it back onto it's base and you're ready to boil.

        Boiling
        The on/off is on the side of the kettle and lights up when you turn it on, it automatically switches itself off when it has boiled. I find it takes quite a while to boil even quite small volumes, it's much slower than our other kettle and I wouldn't want to be waiting for this one to boil when I wanted a drink. As we wanted this kettle for cooled boiled water we just turned it on half an hour before we wanted to use it and left it.

        Pouring it out
        The kettle has an easy to pour from spout, it is a decent size and I find it pours really well. There is a filter over the spout to stop any limescale being poured out.

        Cleaning
        The outside of the kettle is easily wiped clean and none of the water guage markings have faded. The filter in the spout is easily cleaned and I haven't needed to descale it which I think is good as we live in a fairly hard water area and have had it nearly 2 years.

        Price and availability
        As an Argos product it is only available from their shops or www.Argos.co.uk It is currently priced at £5.48 which is great value for money.

        Would I recommend?
        Yes, this is a great value kettle but if you don't mind waiting a while for it to boil.

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          13.07.2012 17:31
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          A good kettle for the price, but better quality on the market

          A decent kettle. Nothing fancy about it either in appearance or design.

          Our household went for this simply because it's the cheapest out there, after disappointing experiences with other, more expensive kettles. I would not say this kettle is better than the others we tried (morphy richards, george foreman) as a whole, but provides better value for money.

          Argos promote this as an energy saving kettle, but cannot say i have noticed any difference in money saved from the electricity bill. Like most standard kettles, this one can handle up to 1.7 litres of water, which is plenty if making rounds of hot drinks, or making a head start on any cooking involving boiling water.

          The most positive thing about the kettle is the lack of noise it emits when boiling. It's hardly silent, but my previous kettles have been louder, in fact loud enough to block out conversations or the TV, which this one does not.

          It's design will certainly not draw any compliments from any guests, but with its neutral colour will fit in with the décor of almost any kitchen.

          I am in a hard water area and limescale does build up readily, but this was the same for the other more expensive kettles. Obviously, if this is a major concern for you then you should purchase a kettle with added filter or alternatively buy a filter separately.

          It is not the easiest kettle to fill. There is no easy to use button to open the top of the kettle and thus allow for the water to be poured in. Instead, you must manually open it yourself and click it into place to allow for water filling.

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            21.04.2012 21:13

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            A kettle that is worth it's low price! Definitely reccommend.

            Living in a student house with all of us loving a good old cuppa, we needed a kettle but didn't want to waste money on anything expensive. For around £6, this was perfect. I have never understood why people spend loads of money on a fancy kettle when it will still do exactly the same thing - boil water.

            This kettle is a plain white, no frills product. Unless you're looking for something very particular, this will fit into most peoples kitchens. Yes, it does look a little cheap, but why show off with a kettle?! The most important thing is that it works, and will continue to work for a long time. I have had this kettle for almost two years now and I have never had a problem with it! It still works just as well as it did on day one.

            If you fill the kettle to the maximum fill level, it takes around 4 minutes to fully boil. A half full kettle will take 2 and a half to 3 minutes. Honestly though, you won't often find a kettle that boils much quicker than this unless it is one of those 'rapid boils', which in my opinion rarely actually boil the water.

            I think this is excellent value for money, and even if it broke now, after almost 2 years, I wouldn't hesitate to buy another one at this price. Brilliant!

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            18.04.2012 23:44
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            A nice and simple kettle, only disadvantage is its slow to boil.

            Last year we purchased a new static caravan at the seaside and amongst the long list of things we needed to kit is out was a kettle.

            Not wanting to spend a lot of money for something that was only going to be used for 6 months of the year and at weekends, I decided to buy a cheap one from Argos.


            *Price and availability:*

            The RRP for this is £5.69 and is available in store only at the moment. You can check the stock of your local store and reserve it for collection if you wanted to make sure you didn't have a wasted journey.

            *How to use:*

            Simply pour the water inside, replace the kettle onto the base unit and press the sqitch down at the side.

            *The technical info:*

            * 2200 kW .
            * Capacity 1.7 litres.
            * Boil dry protection - automatically switches off when the kettle is empty.
            * Removable, washable limescale filter.
            * Yellow illumination on boiling.
            * Pull back lid.
            * Easy fill and easy pour.
            * Plastic handle.
            * Non-slip feet.

            *My thoughts:*

            The kettle doesn't look very stylish however nor does it look to cheap and nasty. It is plain white so blends in quite well on the worktop.

            When the water is boiling, the panel on the side which shows how much water is in the kettle illuminates blue and there is an orange light around the power switch which also illuminates.

            The kettle can hold up to 1.7 litres of water (we can comfortably get 5 cups of tea from).

            The only downside to the kettle is that it seems to take a little longer to boil that other kettles I have had (and if you are like me, I want my cup of tea as soon as I wake up in a morning, especially when its cold in the caravan!).

            As with all electrical products from Argos, it also comes with a 1 year warranty for that extra piece of mind should you experience any problems.

            This is ideal for what I needed it for and would recommend.

            I would give 4 out of 5 stars just for the fact it takes its time to boil when full.

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            Product specifics taken from argos.co.uk

            Thanks for reading.

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              21.03.2012 15:37
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              A fantastic product for under £5

              We have had this kettle for around 8 months now we did have a Tesco value kettle before this and we were very happy with it so when they were out of stock in our nearest Tesco we popped into Argos and got this.

              The kettle

              You do receive a user manual with this kettle but to be honest it is pretty self explanatory and we did not need to use it.

              The kettle is plain white and comes in 2 parts as it is a cordless kettle you get the base itself and the kettle. It does not look very appealing but at the same time does not look to cheap and so fits in with our kitchen appliances well. There is a transparent part on the front of the kettle so that you can see the water level and this does not show how many cups you can get out of the amount in there so it is a case of hoping and guessing.

              Using the kettle

              To fill the kettle you lift the lid which is non detachable but it does open wide enough to allow plenty of room to fill it. This lifts up and clicks back down into place very easily so no fuss and mess for quick filling. Lifting and replacing the kettle on its base is very easy to do it sits well and is very stable both the base on the side and the kettle on the base.

              Then you just push down the button and it illuminates letting you know that the kettle is working and then it is a case of waiting the kettle turns itself off once the water is boiled so you can leave it and get on with other things without having to sit and wait around.

              The spout of the kettle is a little wide which if your rushing around can end up with water spilling out but once you get used to the kettle it is very easy to pour you just have to accommodate for how fast the water pours out.

              With a full kettle you can get around 5 to 6 cups of tea from it which is not too bad in my opinion especially for the price.The kettle has a boil dry mechanism meaning if there is not enough water in it the kettle will automatically switch itself off for safety reasons.

              Results

              Well as you would hope once the kettle has finished what you receive is boiling hot water perfect for making a nice cup of tea, coffee or of course hot chocolate. The kettle itself is warm to touch but not so much so you would scald yourself although I do not recommend touching it straight after boil.

              It does take a while to boil not extremely long but a few minutes when full although this is not too much of a problem this is maybe a downfall compared to more expensive products. The kettle is also quite noisy it starts off rather quiet but the fuller the kettle is and the nearer it is to boil the more noise it produces.

              Cleaning

              The main body is easy enough to clean it's just requires a wipe and it comes up as good as new most of the inside is also easy to clean but the coil at the bottom of the kettle can be a little hard going with a little elbow grease you can get there in the end.

              Negatives

              My only downside is that the cord of the base of the kettle that plugs in to the wall is rather short which means it sits underneath my cupboards and the steam rises underneath them. Although there is no visible harm on my cabinets it does worry me that the steam will be rising up into them.

              Summary

              This kettle only costs around £5 so is perfect for anyone on a budget and it is actually a great functional kettle that works fine and does everything we need it for. If it can survive a family of 5 with a tea obsessed mum I am sure it would do fine for anyone.

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                08.03.2012 14:21
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                cheap and cheerful

                I bought this little kettle because it is basic and cheap, and we keep it in our caravan. We like to go to our caravan quite a lot over Easter and throughout the summer holidays so it is useful to have a cheap little kettle on hand to make tea and boil water for cooking.

                This kettle is quite simple looking, though it doesn't look out of place in our caravan, it holds a maximum of 1.7 litres of water, which makes up to 8 cups of tea or coffee, this is a good size of kettle for us to take on holidays, as we normally have lots of family with us on our little breaks.

                This kettle has a safety feature that switches it off when the kettle is empty, meaning the kettle won't be wasting energy.

                This kettle takes a little over the average time to boil up water, though it is very cheap, so I did expect that it would not be as quick as more expensive models.

                There is a one year guarantee on this kettle, I have owned mine for about a year now and I have had no problems with is so far, however I do not use it every day, only when I am up in the caravan, though I am sure it will last us for a long time as it is a very good quality little kettle.

                The main reason I bought this kettle was the price, you can buy this kettle for just of £5, and because I am only using this kettle in the caravan. It works just great and is great value for money.

                Overall I am very pleased with this kettle, it was the perfect buy for me to take with me to the caravan and I think it would also be well suited to students as well if they are looking for a little bargain. I would recommend this kettle to anyone who is looking for a cheap, no frills kettle, as it is in my opinion, the definition of cheap and cheerful. Overall I would give this kettle 4 out of 5 stars.

                *also on ciao under lorrainek90

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                  25.02.2012 04:58
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                  A cheap looking kettle that has no problem boiling water

                  I love tea. I love fancy tea, normal tea, weird tea, tea in tea pots. You name the tea, chances are I'll love it. I also like coffee.


                  So, it goes without saying the kettle in our kitchen is one of the most used appliances in the house. It gets used 5-6 times a day if its lucky, and so far in the past 2ish years of having this its worked perfectly.

                  Now, for me there are a few broad categories when tossing up whether a kettle is half decent or not; looks, boil time, does it boil and value for money. So, here goes.

                  ------LOOKS-----


                  Looks wise this is a plain white kettle. Its a very no frills looking kettle with a simple plastic base, a simple plastic handle and a simple plastic jug. No chrome or metal in sight on this - to be honest, its very cheap looking. If I'm going to be even more honest, I don't really care what a kettle looks like - its more important for it to work. I'm sure one day the look of a kettle will matter to me very much, but until then I will forgive the very basic design and build of this kettle.

                  A standard of the design of a kettle is some kind way of indicating the water level and this kettle is no exception, with a small clear indicator running up the side of the kettle - letting you know it can handle upto 1.7lt (about 10-12 cups of tea, easily fill a cafetiere or enough for 2 giant, pint sized mugs of Sunday morning coffee) Size, when it comes to kettles, doesn't really matter to me. I'm usually making a drink just for me, unless my girlfriend has played her cards right then she might get one - even then its rarely at capacity. The one time we needed to repeatedly fill the kettle was last year when the boiler died and we had to use the kettle to fill the bath (NIGHTMARE) but that wasn't the kettles fault. It did its best.


                  ------BOIL TIME------

                  Despite being a hot drink addict, I've rarely paid much attention to the boil time of a kettle - I usually put it on and get busy doing something else while its heating up. Only once have I noted the boil time, when a slightly gullible ex-housemate got us all to chip in for a 'instant' boil kettle that boasted a 30 second heat up time. I'm not sure how 30 seconds constituted 'instant', it took closer to a minute - but still that wasn't the biggest problem, it never actually boiled the kettle just heated water to 'quite hot'. Anyway, more on that in a second.

                  Assuming you have just have a couple of cups in the kettle, it takes 2-3 minutes. A full kettle is closer to 5. When the kettle is done it just pings itself off right away - loud enough you can hear it from another room. This kettle has a 'auto boil function' meaning if you switch it on with no or not enough water it won't boil - handy.

                  I'll interjet with a bit about pouring here. Kettles I've had in the past have been up and down pouring wise. Some have dribbled, some have been fine - and this one falls on the fine side of the fence. So far, not dribbles or leaks with this kettle.


                  ------DOES IT BOIL------


                  So far, just by being a kettle and my lax views on what a kettle needs to do, this kettle is doing well. But now comes the crunch question; does it boil. You might be asking yourselves, 'its a kettle, surely it boils?' Well, rewind a few paragraphs and you'll see I mentioned the 'instant' boil kettle that didn't boil instantly and, didn't boil! Not to mention this kettle was £50, it was stopped being used within a week while the trust value kettle took back over.

                  As you might have guessed, the incident with the rubbish kettle left me weary of weather all kettles boiled correctly. Luckily, for this value kettle its a yes. If gets to boiling point no problem - super important when making decent tea.


                  --------VALUE FOR MONEY--------


                  This is the only other area of a kettle I am bothered by, is it a good price and is it worth that price. As far as this kettle goes its yes and yes. Well done on both counts. When I got this a couple of years ago, to fill the gap in the kitchen where the kettle should be in my new house, it was just over £5 from Argos. If I need cheap bits for the kitchen such as this, Argos is my go-to place. So far, in my experience everything I bought that has been 'Argos value' has worked great, been cheap and lasted. This kettle being the prime example of this positive customer experience.

                  This kettle still goes for about £5 in Argos and if you need a kettle, you can do no wrong with this. Its lasted in our house for getting on to 2 years, used multiple times daily makes great tea.

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                    Five stars as you can't argue at that price!

                    This kettle was bought from Argos for I think around £5. Four months down the line this kettle is still functioning fine despite being used by seven students in a flat kitchen. I did not expect this kettle to still be working by now but at £5 I would be willing to buy another just to tide the year over. Yet it is still working so it was £5 very well spent!


                    ---Features---
                    The kettle is basically two parts, a base with a power cord and then the kettle itself. The power cord is actually very short (half a meter roughly) but I do not find this a problem as the plug is right next to the kettle spot on the worktop. Unlike some cordless kettles this base does have an orientation to it and the back of the kettle must line up with the power insert but this is no real problem. The kettle itself has a small power switch on the bottom back of the kettle which illuminates in red when in use. There is also an easy to read water level on the side of the kettle and the volume is a quite reasonable 1.7 litres. There is a removable filter in the spout of the kettle and the top of the kettle hinges back when a small catch is pulled on the top of the lid.


                    ---Performance---
                    After using this kettle for months now I have no complain with the design. I have found that the spout pours very well just not very fast but hey it is a cheap kettle so can you really be so picky? While filling I have found that the lid is easy to open and close and does not drip water down the body of the kettle like other cheap kettles I have had have done. Also even on a wet, slippery work surface the rubber feet on the base unit have proved to be very sturdy and gripping. Heating of the kettle may not be as fast as some more expensive models but it does get there and doesn't take an age about it.


                    ---Aesthetics---
                    This kettle only comes in white but hey that's fine when you're looking for a cheap kettle that does the job. Looks wise the kettle is quite basic shaped and has little style and flair so really it doesn't score great here but you get what you pay for I suppose.


                    ---Overall---
                    This kettle does exactly what it says with no frills or hassle. Admittedly the kettle looks basic but it actually feels very sturdy and is easy to use and performs very well. If you're looking for a cheap kettle for yourself then look no further!


                    ---Technical Data---
                    * 2.2 kW.
                    * Capacity 1.7 litres.
                    * Boil dry protection - automatically switches off when the kettle is empty.
                    * Removable, washable lime scale filter.
                    * Water gauge.
                    * Water window.
                    * Illuminated power indicator.
                    * Easy fill and easy pour.
                    * Ergonomic handle.
                    * Non-slip feet.

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                      14.12.2011 18:14
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                      Great little kettle which got chucked out well before its time

                      I really personally quite like Argos value range of household electrical equipment you can buy, they are very basic but a good decent price and I never feel I am being overcharged. One of the better things I have had from this range was their basic white electric kettle which only cost us £5.00. It looked decent enough, nothing special but just a good basic solid jug type kettle to boil my water for my hot drinks. perfect. Added to that was the fact that it was also cordless, which was just what I had been looking for.

                      The kettle has a little flip type swicth which is based at the bottom and I also personally really loved the handle as it was so curved and enabled me to get a good grip on it. There was also a measuring gauge on the side with pointers so you could see either how full or how empty the water level was inside..

                      This paticular kettle had a decent enough water holding capacity at 1.7 litres and as there was only the two of us at the time this was just perfect. The wattage was 2.2W I also personally really liked the safety feature of the cut out action as I have let previous kettles become ruined in the past as they have boiled dry. This will not happen with this kettle as it always used to cut out for me before it became ruined.

                      The kettle also used to be incredibly quiet as it was boiling. I have had other far more expensive kettles which have made a right old racket as they have reached boiling point and this has annoyed me when I have paid a lot of money for a so-called quiet boil. This one is as quiet as a mouse.

                      All in all I was very pleased with my basic Argos kettle until I became married and the wife got rid of it for a more excpensive model (but nowhere near as good in my opinion).

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                        08.12.2011 23:51
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                        A kettle that boils every time.

                        I am not the type to go for the cheap or value option. But when my kettle decided to blow up I thought I would get a cheap temporary replacement. Ten months down the line and that temporary replacement has become permanent.

                        The kettle holds 1.7 liters and I can get 5 cups out of it per boil. It boils up with in a couple of minutes just like any other kettle. I have had no problems with it in the time i have had it and there is only minimal build up of limescale. Even though it is cheap the kettle is not flimsy and is durable. The kettle is nit particularly loud but you can hear it when at boiling point.

                        It comes I'm a plain white with a spirit level on the side. The white design is ok. It's not a thing of beauty but it certainly does not stick out like a sore thumb. The spirit level is handy to measure how much is in the kettle.

                        I got this for around a tenner and it boils like any other kettle. It does the job and has no faults.

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                          07.10.2011 00:33
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                          Argos cordless kettle


                          Our family is not one to turn down a bargain and in this instance it was a kettle that was purchased from Argos, our old one packed in and we needed a cheap alternative fast. Usually we would wait til something is dying and pick a cheap one up when they popped up at Netto or Aldi but this deal at Argos for shy of £6 for a kettle seemed delightful.

                          The design of the kettle is actually quite nice, it's white In colour with a very rounded cylinder shape, often kettles seem to have obscure shapes more recently and I just think they look out of place in kitchens. It also has an easy read measure on the side allowing you to see how much water you have put in and how many cups of tea/coffee can be produced from it. It also has a very easy but slightly backwards, push down to turn on button, the button emits a slight orange coloured glow indicating that it is in the process of heating the water up.

                          The kettle has a one point seven litre capacity, more than enough I would say for the average tea drinker, unless you're using this for a office or other group activity then I think there is enough to suffice. The kettle also has a removable and washable lime scale filter which is useful for eradicating lime scale build up, also the fact it's washable saves on money. The down side to this kettle is the boil time, it is not incredibly fast, in fact it's pretty slow, slower than expected actually however when you take into account the other features and the cost of the device it is actually fairly priced and good value for money in my opinion.

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                          30.09.2011 14:15
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                          Pay a little more for a better brand, and save yourself a lot of hassle!

                          I don't normally go in for 'cheap buys' as I prefer to invest in good quality products that last a long time. But when my own long-lived kettle finally packed it in recently, I decided to buy the Argos Value kettle based on all the positive reviews of it on dooyoo. This turned out to be a bad decision!

                          The kettle cost £4.99 new from Argos and it came with minimum packaging. It is available only in white and it consists of two parts: the kettle itself, and the base it sits on. The cord is quite short but I don't have any criticisms of that.

                          The Argos Value kettle is very basic looking, but this wouldn't bother me at all if it did its basic job! When I unpacked the kettle it boiled fine right away, but the following morning when I put water in it to boil for tea, the 'on' lever would not stay down. It kept jolting back up into an 'off' position. The kettle would only boil if I held the lever down with my hand. This proved to be a continuous problem.. Basically the lever was very temperamental. I figured that it was a product problem which would easily be solved by an exchange, so I got a replacement Value kettle from Argos, and again it worked fine for the first day or so and then it stopped boiling. Although the lever worked fine, the kettle would sometimes stop boiling water mid-boil. I have a 3 month old baby so I often left the kettle to boil water to use a few minutes later, but I kept returning to the kitchen only to unwittingly use half-boiled or tepid water in my tea/porridge etc. I can't really tell you how frustrating this was!

                          I didn't have time to return the kettle right away again but my husband figured out that the kettle did not sit quite right on the base, and this was causing the problem. So whenever I put it on to boil after that, if I put a heavy mug on top of the kettle to press it down onto its base, the water boiled fine. But essentially the kettle was too much work - even for under a fiver I expect the product to be able to perform its basic function!

                          Anyone who is inclined to disagree with my review because the kettle was clearly faulty again, there are other frustrating basic faults with the Argos Value kettle. Although the kettle has a big spout for pouring water into, the lid cannot be opened all the way, so I'm not sure how you're meant to clean the inside of the kettle. My guess is that you're expected to throw it away when it gets dirty, since it can easily be replaced for under £5. (Which is very wasteful but means the Value kettle won't lose sales any time soon.) The other annoying thing about it is that it can't just be plonked down on its base in a hurry- this has to be done carefully, as the bit that it plugs into the base is hard and bulky, unlike with my last kettle. Perhaps I just got used to the ease of using my Tefal Delfina, but again it seems to me that this is a basic requirement of a kettle- that you can put it down with ease without worrying about dropping it or spilling boiled water everywhere..

                          The kettle does have a removable filter and also 'boil dry protection', which means that it won't switch on when it's empty, so perhaps this is why it didn't work for me twice. Personally I wouldn't trust this to always work, based on my previous experiences with this model!

                          When I returned the kettle to Argos (again) I went for a Cookworks kettle that was two models up, and so far it has been working fantastically.

                          Verdict: If you buy the Argos Value model, then anticipate that you may well hit boiling point before the kettle ever does.. it gets a pithy 1 star from me.

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                            06.09.2011 23:30
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                            Great value

                            I love the argue value range, being unemployed sometimes can really take its toll on you and you just have to opt for the cheap essentials in life.

                            Whilst living in the flat below the one we are in now most of our belongings were destroyed/seriously damaged by mould and damp, so when we moved up to our new flat we had to buy lots of new things, bed sheets, duvets, pillows, toaster..kettle ect..and Argos and Wilkinson's were our first thought.

                            Argos value range cordless kettle was perfect, it may have been cheap but it didn't look ugly or bad quality, it looked like a decent kettle so we decided to pick this one and forked out around £5.00! not bad at all.

                            As you can see by the picture above the kettle is extremely basic, its white in colour, has a flip switch at the bottom, an easy grip curved handle, a flip top lid and a gauge in the front to see how much water you have put into it.

                            Incase your interested I went onto the Argos website and picked up a few little details for you to have a gander at.

                            2.2 kW.
                            Capacity 1.7 litres.
                            Boil dry protection - automatically switches off when the kettle is empty.
                            Removable, washable limescale filter.
                            Water gauge.
                            Water window.
                            Illuminated power indicator.
                            Easy fill and easy pour.
                            Ergonomic handle.
                            Non-slip feet.

                            So as you can see it does everything which an £50 pound kettle would do, and the price really is great value.

                            I have had good experiences with this kettle, its extremely easy to fill, just pop up the lid and fill up to what ever you like, the kettle makes around 5/6 cups of tea depending on how big cups you use.

                            Once its back onto its base flick the switch at the side, which glows up to show you that its on and working.
                            The water doesn't take that long to boil, a few minutes depending on how many cups you are making, still isn't as good as my parents kettle but who cares, I only payed 5 pound! its not very noisy too which is surprising as most kettles I have come across get all excited when they are ready!
                            The water pours out easily and the lid is quite tight so there is no spillages!

                            Because there is a boil dry feature the kettle turns off when there is nothing in it so you can be happy that for the price your also getting a good safety feature.

                            Another great thing is the kettle is cordless, so there is no awkwardness when pouring, as sometimes having a lead can really get in the way and knock over cups..( those were not the days! )

                            I have had it for a few months now and no problems with it at all, not a scratch, hasn't gone down hill in anyway..looks like it did, boils like it did.

                            Great kettle.

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