Product Type: Argos kettles
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Argos Value Cordless Kettle
Member Name: alexandjef
Argos Value Cordless Kettle
Advantages: Works fine
Disadvantages: Cheap looking
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 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.
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.
Summary: A cheap looking kettle that has no problem boiling water
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