I have always loved traditional kettles. My Nonna had one when I was a child and I always loved the sound that it makes when it's boiled. So when I had to get a new kettle I decided to go for one of the traditional kettles that you place on the cooker to boil the water. The reason why I chose the Asda one was because it was so cheap. I think I paid around £15 for it which I thought was quite reasonable and I didn't really think that there was much that could go wrong with a kettle that you just place on the cooker.
I am single and childfree so generally I'm just making tea for me and I never have more than one or two friends over at a time so I never really needed the kettle to boil a lot of water. The kettle is more than big enough to meet my needs. I only ever boil the amount of water that I need and even boiling enough water for one cup of tea did take a while. I never timed it but it was much longer than the electric kettle that I had before. I imagine that if you are boiling a lot of water it will take even longer.
Unfortunately when I used this kettle for the first time I noticed a huge flaw in its design. When the kettle boils the handle becomes really really hot and I couldn't pick it up. I had to use oven gloves everytime I used it and that is not what I want to do just to have a cup of tea.
It's a shame because I loved the way this kettle looked, it just felt so traditional and it made the whistling noise that I remembered from my childhood but this is all irrelevant because after a couple of months of using this kettle I have given up on it. It's just too much hassle and too awkward to pour tea using oven gloves.
Upon first sight, this kettle struck me as different from all the cheap-looking plastic ones; the metal of it makes it look classy, almost like one of those old stove kettles. The shine hasn't yet diminished, so I haven't had to get out my polish yet, but the cleaning instructions are nice and simple. Because it's metal, it has a really strong feel to it, and you know it's going to last for a long time: the switch doesn't feel flimsy at all, and it switches off when the water's boiled; the lead is firmly attached to the base, although it is rather short, which can mean some kitchen rearranging. The lid is quite a tight fit, which helps to increase the efficiency.
This kettle can hold 1.7 litres, which is standard, and boils at about the standard speed. It's not the fastest kettle (and it won't boil a cup of water in 0.3 seconds) but it's fast enough for my needs. It has a clear, easy-to-use water level gauge at the back by the switch which helps to make sure you don't damage your kettle by over-boiling. As an additional safety feature, the switch lights up when it's boiling, and goes off again once the water has boiled. A problem I've always had with kettles is their noise; this one is no noisier than any I've had.
Overall, an excellent kettle; slightly more expensive than I'd like to expect, but for its classic look, I was prepared to pay more.
(Installation, pic. quality and sound quality obviously do not apply.)
==Why I bought this Kettle==
Last year saw our first season as static caravan owners which effectively meant that we had a second home to buy everyday items for. Along with the usual plates, cups, cutlery plus bedding and towels we were also in need of electrical items and not having a huge budget to work with we were on a hunt for bargains to kit out our caravan with. Checking in store at Asda my eye was drawn to this stainless steel kettle (the S87K-B) for its design and price and it appeared to be great value at just under £15.00 - there were cheaper options available in the value range and from Tesco but we didn't want to be anything too basic figuring that anything too cheap wouldn't be overly reliable or robust enough to meet our demands. 16 months later this kettle from Asda is still going strong and has certainly been a great buy as far as we are concerned.
==Out of the Box==
Packaged in an Asda-Branded cardboard box the kettle itself reminds me of the old-style whistling ones that sat on an open flame on a gas cooker that my parents had when I was a child. Its rounded stainless steel body is chunky and retro-looking and features a comfortable handle which makes for an easy grip. The kettle is cordless and sits on a black circular base with a short, trailing wire (which can be stored underneath) and attached plug, at the front of the kettle is a short, stubby spout which easily allows water to be added directly from the tap and the on/off switch sits at the back just below the clear water gauge which is white-coloured and very easy to read. The gauge itself is set out in increments from the minimum amount of water needed to safely boil water up to a maximum capacity of 1.7l and once switched to the on position the rounded switch illuminates and automatically switches off once the water has been boiled. There is a removable lid which has its own black stubby handle which sits snugly and in position at all times and this can be easily removed if the kettle needs cleaning or de-scaling. Looks wise the kettles stainless steel and black finish certainly is appealing and overall the kettle has a nice weight to it which although isn't too heavy does feel robust and well made.
The whole point of owning a kettle is for boiling water, right? The Asda S87K-B does exactly what you would expect and successfully boils water, it isn't "rapid-boil" though so a full 1.7l capacity does take quite a few minutes to reach the optimum temperature so could be considered sluggish by some and especially if you are used to higher-priced more technologically advanced kettles. This isn't a concern to us as it isn't _that_ slow however I thought the point was worth making if you are looking for something to provide a quick and easy cuppa on a morning - you may have to put the kettle on and wander off for a few minutes before sitting down to your early drink of tea or coffee with this one I'm afraid, but for £15.00 you can't grumble too much can you? As far as any noise is concerned the only thing you hear with this kettle is the sound of the water itself boiling so it is no more or less noisy then other kettles that I owned in the past.
==Things to Bear in Mind==
We have now owned this kettle for 16 months and it is still as reliable today as it was new out of the box and has boiled water hundreds of times in its time with us. The stainless steel doesn't attract too many fingerprints although if you do move it around by the body (when it's cold obviously) you can expect the odd one or two however manoeuvrability it easy and you really shouldn't be shoving the kettle along a kitchen worktop by anything other than the handle anyway. The only downside for this kettle for me is the length of the wire which can be described as _very_ short, of course once the kettle is in position it shouldn't really matter how much wire you have left but do bear in mind that you will have to sit this very close to a plug socket. This ideal for caravans where space is a at a premium but I would imagine this could cause issues for regular home use if you have an ideal 'spot' for the kettle to sit and it doesn't quite fit where you want it to go. This is really just a minor grumble though and shouldn't take away from the look or reliability of the kettle itself and again mirrors its low price tag.
I have been very impressed with this kettle from Asda for all of the reasons mentioned in this review, the one year guarantee that comes as standard gives some reassurance that this is unlikely to pack in after a few months and my own personal experience proves this. I like the traditional/retro look of the appliance and have had no issues whatsoever with its performance and would certainly recommend it to anyone looking to buy a more budget range then paying out more for a feature-packed brand name.
All things considered I would have no hesitation in awarding 4 dooyoo stars, only losing one for the short wire and boiling time however these are minor points which shouldn't put anyone off from buying this. It is available to buy online or in store at Asda and retails at £14.97 but can often be found on promotion where you can expect to save a couple of pounds. Definitely recommended, thanks for reading my review.
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Short name: Asda S87K-B