Kettles never seem to last that long in my house so its not something i would spend a lot of money on. I didn't like the smart price one as i think it gave water a bit of a plastic taste. I didn't want a chrome one as i think some of them get too dirty looking with finger marks. I decided to go for a black one as i have other kitchen items that are black and i picked the asda one because it was on offer at £9- similar ones seem to cost around the £15-£20 mark.
It does boil rather quickly which is always a good thing..plenty of time to make a cuppa in a tea break .I have to say that i am actually on my third one. The first 2 broke really quickly (tripped the electric) but this one seems to be okay and from what i can see it is a different batch. The power specification is 220-240 v which im going to be honest and say doesn't really mean anything to me
**Ease of use**
One thing that is annoying about this is that it is difficult to fit under the tap and fill up. I tend to use a jug to fill it up.
This does feel quite sturdy for a cheap kettle. The base rotates which is nice as you can have the kettle sit any way.The cables sit nicely under which looks nice and tidy. There are easy to read markings on the side which tell you how many litres of water is in the kettle(also shows cups)
This has a concealed heating element which stops limescale build up . I think this works well as i have never noticed limescale on the product.
The product doesn't come with a user manual which isn't important, its a kettle i don't think anyone would need instructions on how to use it.
**Cleaning and maintenance**
With it being plastic its really easy to wipe down.
**Value for money**
Its reasonable value for the price with similar kettles costing a lot more.
Apart from the early problems which i think was a different batch this kettle works fine,its cheap and goes with most of my kitchen
I'm English, therefore I drink a lot of tea. My kettle is going pretty much all the time, especially in the mornings. Get up, visit bathroom, go downstairs, click - the kettle's on. That's my morning routine. So you can imagine that it was a bit of a disaster when my kettle started to leak. Electricity and water was never my favourite combination so I went to my local Asda to see what they had in the water-boiling line. I know, a big supermarket might not be everyone's first choice when it comes to electrical appliances but I was going anyway.
They had this decent-looking item on sale for nine pounds so I thought I'd give it a go. I was gasping for a drink by this time and it looked pretty. The words 'quick boiling' on the packaging sold it to me really. And it was less than a tenner, it had to be worth a try.
It came in a big cardboard box (very easily unpacked) and, after giving it a quick wash out, I plugged it in. It's a shiny black stand-up kettle with a clear panel on the side so that you can tell how full or empty it is. It holds up to 1.7 litres and there are markings on the clear panel telling you that it's got enough water for four, six or eight cups in it. That would of course depend on the size of your cups so it also tells you the volume of water in litres as well from a minimum of 0.8 L to a maximum of 1.7 L. There's a button on the handle which lifts the lid but it doesn't lift it far enough to fit under my tap so I have to give it a tug to open the lid fully. Now my taps are normal sized and I would have thought that you should be able to fit a kettle under them. That's not the best design in the world. Why wouldn't it just open properly when you press the button?
The kettle feels quite heavy and solidly built though. For a 'supermarket's own brand' product it feels really well made. Honestly, for the price I expected it to feel much cheaper. It sits on a rotating base so that when you lift the kettle you aren't trailing a cable around like my old kettles used to do. The cable stays attached to the round section which sits on the worksurface. That bit is black too. The kettle can spin around to sit on this base facing any direction, which is a nice touch.
There is just one lever at the bottom of the handle which presses down with a satisfying click. When it's powered up the clear panel in the side of the kettle glows a nice neon blue colour so that you can always see when it's powered up. It boils really quickly (around ninety seconds) but very vigorously. It bubbles very loudly and powerfully, so much so that the entire think shakes towards the end. The first time I used it I manually knocked the switch off as I thought that there was something wrong but it seems to be quite normal. It's just a very powerful boiling element. It clicks off eventually but I think I'd like it to stop a few seconds earlier.
There's apparently a safety mechanism where it turns itself off if you've not put enough water in and it's going to boil dry. I have yet to test that (thankfully) but it's good to know. I'd recommend this kettle to most people but probably not if you're likely to get alarmed at how forcefully it wobbles about.
On a side note Dooyoo required that I rate this for Installation, Picture and Sound Quality. Sorry about that. It's a kettle, not a television though I'm sure that if it were it'd do just as good a job at that too. But it'd probably need turning down.
I recently moved flat and my kettle was damaged in the process so needing a cup of tea after a long days graft, moving is always the worst thing, I nipped to the local Asda to see the kettles on offer. As my new kitchen was black I ended up buying this Illuminating kettle for £18 and its been very well performing this far and I am very impressed with it.
I know a lot of people are sometimes hesitant when it comes to purchasing supermarket-brand electrical goods as they tend to be poor quality and have a short life span but I have always found the goods I have purchased from Asda to be the opposite.
As you can see from the picture this kettle comes in a cool jet black colouring which fitted nicely with my new kitchen. The illuminating blue light heads down the middle of the kettle and lights up very strongly. It looks rather nifty I would say and certainly doesn't look out of place in my modern, expensive kitchen.
When you get it out of the box one of the first things you will probably notice is how robust it feels. I tend to find some kettles feel too light and flimsy but this has a good weight to it, when empty of course, and gives me the impression it is solidly constructed and will last a long time.
What about the performance? Well one major down side, and living in a flat with a kitchen/living area this is a difference maker, is that fact that its very very noisy. Its very distracting and sounds like it is going to take off. On the plus side however the noise must be doing some good as this is also one of the fastest boiling kettles I have had.
All in all I would say this is well worth the price and other than the noise there are no downsides to it. Well made, looks nice and modern and boils quickly.
A definite step up from your average kettle, the unique selling point of this Asda offering is obvious - it is illuminated. Now admittedly it is arguable how much use an illuminated kettle is, but it is more attractive than similarly priced kettle (around £13) and will undoubtedly, partially, light up the kitchen-based darkness in your life.
Just to get over the functionality bits of the review, this product has been quick and reliable in heating water, which is really the least you'd expect from any kettle. It's an average size, fits averagely into most kitchen set-ups, and is lightweight for easy handling.
And on a serious aesthetic note, the blue illumination is pleasant, but on the whole this isn't a particularly attractive kettle. If you're looking to add some chic appeal to your kitchen, you'll have to look elsewhere. And to be honest, if you're just looking for a kettle that works, regardless of its looks, you can get one for a bit cheaper that works about as well. That said, this kettle does seem to collect less limescale than Asda's Smart Price offering.
I was shopping with my girlfriend in ASDA, for household bits and bobs for our new house, (we needed a lot of things as it was our first place together) and scoured ASDA's aisles for bargains.
This kettle caught my other half's eye straight away when our shopping list came to "kettle" mainly because of the blue glow that was shown of the kettle on the packaging.
At £9 we didn't hesitate in putting this stylish and elegant looking kettle into our trolley straight away.
We arrived home and unpacked all the new purchases.
Gasping for a drink, I suggested we try out our new purchase, so rinsed it out and started to fill the kettle.
Along the side shows helpful measurements in cup sizes so you know how much to pour into your cup.
I filled to just past 2 cups and switched on.
The attractive, blue light started to glow as soon as I pressed the boil button, and took no longer than 90 seconds to boil.
Does its job, water temperature plenty hot enough, and stays hot for a good 20 minutes.
All in all, this is a great looking kettle at a great price and would definately buy more brands from ASDA, wether it may be a kettle or toaster etc.
I was in need of a new kettle a while back as my trusty illuminating Breville which had served me well over the last three years was starting to look the worse for wear and had begun to leak.
I was shopping in Asda when I spotted this black illuminating kettle on offer priced at just £11.96 instead of its usual price of £16.97 and stopped to take a look.
Whilst I have never bought a 'cheap' kettle before, I must admit I was taken with how this kettle looks, which is why I stopped to examine it further and was surprised that despite its low price it isn't flimsy or really cheap-looking. After a minute's consideration I decided to buy one, as I figured that even if I wasn't all that impressed with it after all, I had only paid just under £12 and it had a year's guarantee anyway if anything went wrong with it.
~~ ASDA Black Illuminating Kettle ~~
This plastic kettle is a shiny black colour with a grey operating switch under the handle and a grey button at the top of the handle which when pressed, flips open the lid.
Whilst it may be plastic I was surprised by the quality, as the plastic is quite thick and the kettle looks sturdy and feels solid when you pick it up or handle it even though it is lightweight.
It is easily detached from its 360 degrees swivel base for filling and pouring and the base looks and feels as solid as the kettle.
The kettle holds a maximum of 1.7 litres of water and there are markings indicating how much water is in the kettle on the clear plastic planel on the side of the kettle.
It is the clear plastic planel which is illuminated a lovely blue colour when you switch the kettle on to boil and this is actually one of the main reasons I bought the kettle, as I must confess I loved my last kettle because it illuminated (sad I know!)
In my defence, I do think the coloured glow from illuminating kettles is nice to look at on your kitchen work surface...
The kettle also has a boil dry safety cut out.
Cleaning the kettle is easy by using a damp cloth for the outside and then the filter inside is also easily removed to rinse under warm water to remove any impurities, then it easily clicks back into place.
To descale the kettle, simply half fill with tap water and add the juice of a lemon to the water and boil. After boiling allow it to stand for 15 minutes before re-boiling and allowing to stand a further 15 minutes. Finally, re-boil a third time and then rinse the kettle well. I have carried out this procedure and it does do the trick of getting rid of the build up of limescale, which is quite a problem for me due to the water supply where I live.
~~ So... is this kettle a bargain? ~~
Well I certainly think so!
I have been using my kettle a number of weeks now with no problems at all. It doesn't leak, is very easy to handle and is a sturdy, quality plastic kettle despite the low price. It is lightweight and the lid opens easily when pressing down the button, making this kettle easy to use for those with arthritis in their hands. It also boils quickly.
It is so easy to keep clean too and fingermarks and water marks are easily wiped away.
You couldn't ask for anything more from a kettle in my opinion and the fact it illuminates is a feature that I personally am pleased with. I possibly would not have bought this kettle otherwise!
I also think the quality of this kettle is actually superior to my previous Breville kettle which I paid a lot more money for.
Whilst I wasn't looking to buy a kettle the day I purchased this, it caught my eye due to its looks and the price and I am very pleased with my purchase. It also carries a 12 month guarantee if anything should go wrong with it.
The ASDA black illuminating kettle is still available to purchase at the bargain price of £11.96 from ASDA stores and also is available to purchase online direct from www.ASDA.co.uk although there is a delivery charge of £2.95.