Product Type: Argos kettles
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Argos Value Kettle
Argos Value Cordless Kettle
Member Name: rji0907
Argos Value Cordless Kettle
Advantages: Cheap, does the job
Disadvantages: Little on the noisy side
I work in a hard water area which in turn means that we get through a lot of kettles in our office. As we only have 7 people in our office, it isn't very economical to have a water boiler so we just stick to kettles. We get through a lot of kettles as our boss won't let us spend a fortune on kettles that are likely to break anyway due to the quality of the water so we tend to purchase either Tesco Value kettles or Argos Value kettles.
Our current one is the Argos Value Kettle and the company paid just £5.69 for it which is a great price for a kettle, though obviously for this price the kettle you get is very basic and doesn't do anything fancy, but what does a kettle actually need to do other than boil water?
The kettle is white plastic with a clear water indicator down the side of the kettle. To fill the kettle you simply pull the lid up, fill the kettle with water and close the lid down firmly. To start boiling, you simply flick the grey switch down which is located at the bottom of the white plastic handle. This is a cordless kettle which makes life easy and you simply plug the stand in and place the kettle in the correct position on the non-slip stand. The kettle illuminates when boiling which is a good indicator as to whether the kettle is still boiling or if the process has finished.
This kettle does have a couple of quite handy features such as it automatically cuts off if the kettle is empty which is a good safety feature and it has a removable limescale filter which is especially handy when the water quality is as bad as it is on our estate.
As this is a cheap and cheerful kettle, it is quite lightweight which I personally find quite handy as I am not particularly strong so I find it quite easy to use this kettle safely, even when full as I don't find it too big and heavy to handle. It doesn't have a non slip handle as such as the handle is purely plastic but it is nice and thick and easy to grip so I have never had any problems with it.
The kettle has a nice tapered spout which means I find it very easy to control where the water is going and I don't get any spillages which is imperative really when dealing with boiling water and so far (touch wood!), I have never had any accidents or mishaps when using this kettle.
If you are interested in a bit of technical information, this kettle has a capacity of 1.7 litres and is 2200W. As said, we have 7 in our office and when full to the maximum, we can just about get 7 cups out of it, though these are standard sized mugs and not oversized mugs. This kettle is a little on the noisy side but for a couple of minutes you can cope with that but it does boil water quite quickly.
At this price, if the kettle does break we will just go out and replace it, but for those of you who like to have a guarantee, this does come with a manufacturers guarantee of 1 year.
We have had this kettle now since just before Christmas and so far it has proven to be reliable. It is still going strong and is showing no sign of wear and tear, nor does it leak. Even though it has a filter inside, we have had to manually de-scale the kettle a couple of times, but then we find we have to do this with most kettles however this has more to do with the quality of the water in this area than with the kettle itself.
Overall, this kettle so far has proven to be a good purchase. You won't get a cheaper kettle than this and it does the job it needs to. It boils water effectively and efficiently which is all it needs to do. For the price we paid for this, you can't expect much from this kettle but so far it has proven to be reliable and therefore it comes with a recommendation from me.
Summary: A good, cheap, basic kettle from Argos
|Ease of use:|