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The Asda Smart Price Kettle does exactly what it's supposed to, for a fraction of the cost of the alternatives. Whilst not the greatest looking, it is cheap and reliable.

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      28.07.2014 16:29
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      4years later still works amazing!

      I bought a smart price kettle 4 years ago when i moved into my flat and i can say that after 3 moves of home & many many times of making hot chocolate its still plodding along. I thought that for the price that after a few months it would have ended up in the bin broken somehow, But its perfect! It may not be the best looking kettle, Just plain white but it will fit into any kitchen in the world no matter what colour your kitchen is so its ideal for anyone and everyone as a starter kettle. Theres not a whole lot to say about the kettle, it boils water fast, ive never had a problem with it at all and touch wood wont do for a long time.

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      13.02.2014 16:31
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      A no frills kettle that does everything you need it to do!

      I have recently moved in with 3 new housemates and none of us had a kettle so I was tasked with acquiring one. I went to ASDA and picked up this kettle for approximately £5 and it has been a great use of £5!

      Ergonomically and aesthetically, it is relatively pleasing for its cost. While you don't look at its plain white shell and think "wow", you don't think it's the worst thing you've ever seen! The handle isn't the most comfortable thing in the world, but how long do you spend holding the kettle? I must also mention that this kettle is exceptionally light and can hold 1.7 litres of water.

      When you fill the kettle to the brim and attempt to boil it, it can take a long time to do so, longer than my parent's more expensive kettle, but how often do you fill it full? To boil 0.5 litres, enough for a couple of cups of tea, doesn't take long at all.

      It is worth pointing out that I've had this kettle for 5 months and it may well not last as long as more expensive kettles but as long as it lasts a year or so, it's a great little purchase.

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      06.01.2014 12:55

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      i have just discovered that the mesh in the spout fiter has been slowly falling apart leaving very small thread like pieces in my kettle, this has me very concerned now as i have been using this kettle to make my babies bottles.

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      12.09.2013 13:14
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      Would recommend 5/5

      My other half was making me a cup of tea (makes a change) when he realised that the kettle had boiled much quicker than he thought it would of. As he hardly ever makes a cuppa, I just thought that he was talking nonsense as usual. However, later that day I was feeling the cold so I filled the kettle and waited on it boiling. I hadn't noticed any unusual noises but true enough the kettles switch had flicked much quicker than usual. Never the less I filled the hot water bottle and while the water was still hot, it is clear by my observation, that the water wasn't boiling like it should be. Unfortunately for me I realised that my trusted Smart Price kettle (like the one in this picture) had given up hope and it's life had come to an end. As I carefully went to put it out for the rubbish men, I had noticed that part of the plastic on the unit had melted. I am very lucky that house hadn't been set on fire or that any one using it had been electrocuted. I'm not sure if the kettle had a built in safety cut out or not, but cant help but wonder if this is why the kettle stopped taking as long to boil. So off I went to find myself a new kettle. Years ago I used to like fancy kettles that light up different colours when you flicked the switch, but as you get older you tend to realise that as long as it does the job it doesn't really matter what it looks like. As my last kettle lasted for roughly 4 years, I decided to head back to ASDA for another Smart Price kettle. 

      When I picked up the box, I had noticed that the design had changed slightly compared to my last Smart Price Kettle. The design is much more basic but still pleasantly appealing. The kettle only comes in one colour, white, which seemed to me much more smaller than my last but when I checked how much water it held, it was exactly the same, holding 1.7 litres. I had also noticed that it is much lighter to hold when filled than most kettles and while the handle is non slip, there are no easy hold grips on the handle like the last Smart Price kettle. I like the fact that next to the water level indicator, like all kettles there are marks telling you how many litres your filling the kettle up to. But this one also tells you how many cups of tea you will get out of the kettle depending on where you fill the water. The water is put into the kettle with great ease by removing the plastic handle of the kettle. This slots back into place with great efficiency. And like any other kettle the switch lights up red when you press it down to let you know that it is working. This Smart Price kettle is easy to fill, pour and clean, it boils the water to the right temperature and maintains the hot temperature of the water for quite a while after boiling. 

      I would recommend this Smart Price kettle for all ages of the public who wish to buy a white goods kettle. Not only is it easy to fill, use, clean and hold, it is also a bargain. The last kettle I paid about £3 but like everything this day and age and the economy being the way it is, I was pleasantly surprised that this fantastic kettle was only £5. Not only was the price good but it was also easy to set up. Simply take out kettle from the cardboard box, open the kettle, as inside you will find the base. Plug it in, fill the kettle with water and flick the switch and wait for it to boil. The only bad point that I need to make, is not actually about the kettle itself, its more to do with purchasing it. I was unable to buy this Smart Price kettle online with my shopping, I had to go into the store to buy it. I order my shopping online every week so was disappointed to see that the only kettles online that was available to me was ASDAs own, just under £12 and a few more expensive ones. I would give this kettle full marks of five our of five. I hope that this kettle has a much longer life that my old Smart Price kettle of 4 years but for £5 I really cant complain. 

      Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it was of some use to you in helping you decided if this kettle is for you. Now where's Polly to put the kettle on?

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        04.09.2013 08:47
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        An excellent value no frills kettle.

        During the summer months we were expecting around 40 + people to visit us one afternoon and being concerned that our kettle would not be able to cope with providing enough hot water fast enough for cups of tea I nipped into Asda to buy a cheap kettle. Having read quite a few reviews about the Asda Smart price kettle I thought five pounds is not too much to pay for a spare kettle which would help keep the hot water coming. I did not want a kettle that was all bells and whistles but something that would work and was fit for purpose. It does not light up in neon colours it does not whistle or play a tune when it boils what it does do though is boil water and is a basic fit for purpose kettle.

        The kettle comes in a flimsy white box which is printed with the Smart price logo. There is nothing else inside the box apart from a small leaflet on how to use and clean the kettle. The kettle is white and made of plastic. It has a clear plastic viewing window on the side to indicate the water level in the kettle is. It is ergonomically designed in the shape of a jug which helps prevent you from scalding yourself when pouring boiling water from the kettle. The kettle sits firmly on the base unit which has a moulded electrical plug already attached. It can boil up to 1.7 litres of water at a time.

        In use?
        Prior to using the kettle all you need to do is rinse the kettle out and boil it once and you are ready for the off. It is quite as simple as that. The kettle did exactly what it was intended to do that being able to boil water. It certainly is not a rapid boil kettle but then for £5 it is hardly top of the range but it is really good value for money. Happily the afternoon went off quite well with us being able to keep hot water coming fast enough to keep the tea cups topped up.

        Having the patience of a flea I would not use this kettle as a day to day kettle. I have the patience span of a flea when it comes to waiting for the rapid boil kettle to work in the mornings for my morning coffee but instead of using our rapid boil kettle I use my Breville rapid boil kettle which takes about 10 seconds to boil one cup of hot water for my coffee. This kettle does seem to take an eternity to boil the water and I would be irritated beyond belief to have to use this every day. I would guess that it takes approximately twice as long for a full jug full of water to boil as opposed the rapid boil kettle. That being said I think it is an excellent value for money kettle and would just have to get used to waiting slightly longer for the kettle to boil.

        At the end of the afternoon the kettle went back in its box so that it is ready on standby for the next time we have too many people visiting plus it would be always useful should our day to day kettle brake down. Personally I would not use this kettle as an everyday kettle but that is because of my lack of patience waiting for it to boil.

        Would I recommend it?

        Absolutely yes. It is functional albeit rather slow to boil and a complete and absolute bargain for £5. Can you believe that you can buy this kettle for such a low price it certainly is a bargain in my opinion compared to the £30 odd quid for rapid boil kettles. I can hardly imagine much of a profit being made on these kettles I guess the consumer wins with this basic design no frills kettle. This would be ideal for students away at university, someone on a low budget but to be honest without spending lots of money there is nothing wrong with this kettle apart from needing a little more patience waiting for it to boil which is something I do not have in abundance which is no fault of the kettle rather a flaw in me.


        The quick rating at the bottom of the review really is not applicable because it does not play music nor does it provide any picture quality but in order to complete this review it has to be rated!

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          12.07.2013 16:01
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          An affordable and simple kettle

          I bought this kettle when I started University, to keep in my room and make life a bit more comfortable. It was the cheapest I could find at the time, costing me around £5 and since I would probably not need it once I finished University, I was keen to pay as little as possible.

          Appearance and Aesthetics

          This is an economy kettle, and as such it is not exactly designed to look pretty. However, it is also not too unsightly, and whilst it is not eye-catching, at least it fits well in most kitchens and rooms. It has a base and the main jug of the kettle. The base connection is big and often I have to hover the kettle over for a second before placing it on the base correctly, but I notice it is very secure and not easily knocked. Again when picking up the kettle it has to be lifted first before I can pull it towards myself or pour water, which my weak wrists are not always comfortable with.

          The kettle is a clinical white with a clear blue panel along the centre to indicate water level and a bright red switch that lights up when on. The handle looks nice with a smooth curve, but it can be a bit awkward for me to carry when the kettle is filled with water. Fortunately the kettle is very light and and the grip is reasonably good. The lid has a nice big grip to open it, but takes a little more effort than I would like to release. It is best to keep it on a surface if opening when there is even just a little bit of water left inside. This is because the whole thing shakes when I use enough force to pull the lid up and the water inside could end up flying everywhere.

          Connection

          The base is separate from the kettle, making the kettle itself conveniently cordless. The power cord for the base, however, is far too short and this means that you need to either use an extension or connect it very close to your power sockets, which may prove inconvenient. For me I had to park my kettle at the back of a table, so although wireless, this was not ideal because it meant lifting it off the base while leaning over a table. Not good for the back. Buying the extension at least enables me to place it on a table! Bear in mind if using multiple plugs on an extension that when using the kettle it takes a surge of power so it is best not to share the extension with too many other appliances simultaneously, especially if they require a lot of power themselves.

          Before Use

          I think I only boiled one lot of water before I started using this kettle, but actually the instructions state that you should fill it completely and boil twice before using. I guess this is a matter of being on the safe side, as if any bugs did not get killed off the first time ASDA might fear a lawsuit from its customers for getting ill after using it. I don't blame them, but I personally didn't bother, it wastes energy to me.

          Capacity

          The kettle states a capacity of 1.5 litres. For me this means two large mugs of coffee and a flask for the road, with a bit extra I use to rinse and warm my coffee flask. I often keep extra hot water in my insulating flask to make this last, because otherwise I have to go up and down the stairs to fill my kettle each time. Otherwise I can see how filling the kettle would not be energy efficient. The minimum fill level and maximum are clearly marked. I have accidentally broken both of these rules. With the former, you soon know by the hissing steam, but fortunately the kettle switches off quickly. For the later, this is advised as water can spill over, which is dangerous however, I find that being slightly over the level is not normally a problem.

          Boiling Point

          When full, the kettle takes a while to boil, maybe a couple of minutes, and this is reduced dramatically if the water is already hot or half filled. The sound is more of a rumbling than a hissing of traditional kettles, so although noisy, I find the noise much less uncomfortable. It is much quicker than some other kettles I have used, but I usually busy myself with other things while it is boiling so do not notice the time so much. I also tend not to use the kettle water immediately, unless making tea for my partner, because I have black coffee, for which it is better to use cooler water.

          The water does not stay hot for very long in the kettle. Even a full kettle will start to cool down after a few minutes, which is why I use my flask. For me this is not much of a problem, except that I have had to re-boil the kettle a few times when I have boiled it too early before my partner was ready for his drink.

          Maintenance

          So far I have found this kettle very easy to keep clean and look after. I wipe it down quite often because dust settles on the lid and I forget to wash my hands before handling it sometimes. It cleans really easily just with a slightly damp cloth. Inside, for a kettle I have used for 2 years now, I am impressed with how little limescale has built up. This is especially the case where I live in a very hard water area and have yet to give the inside a thorough clean. At the moment I just rinse it out every so often, but I have not had any problems. Also any limescale does get filtered through the spout, which on mine probably needs cleaning at some point, but has been fine so far.

          Small Safety Note

          This is probably my fault entirely, but I did have one strange occasion where the cut out function of the kettle (which stops the kettle heating once the water is boiled) did not work. I think this had to do with how I had positioned the kettle. It has fortunately done no damage, but I was alarmed one morning to wake up and discover that the strange clicking noise I had been hearing all night was my kettling repeatedly attempting to boil and then cutting out. The area around the kettle was warm the next day, and I do worry what could have happened if left like that. It looked like the kettle had not been placed back properly and this must have caused the problem - I noticed some mention of this in the instructions. I think its probably the case with all kettles that we should use with care - but it is worth mentioning that the kettle should be regularly checked.

          Manual

          As mentioned, there is a basic information leaflet on how to use this kettle, and not much information is really required. It takes a minute just to scan through and then I have kept it for reference, but I do not think I have ever had to look at it again.

          Conclusion

          Apart from the last mentioned issue, which fortunately occurred only once and never again, I have had no problems with this kettle. It is not the most comfortable or style of kettles around but it is certainly fit for purpose and will suit anyone requiring a cheap solution or maybe a shared office kettle. At just £5 this is not a bad price and even if mine packed in now I would still have thought it a worthwhile purchase.

          PS ignore picture and audio quality as not relevant to a kettle!

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            24.05.2013 14:12
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            Wonderful little kettle.

            Our swanky and expensive metal kettle had inexplicably sprung a leak and was leaving puddles all over my worktops. As you can imagine, I was not best pleased, particulaly considering how much I had paid for said kettle and the fact that it had only lasted a few years. I can't really live without my tea and coffee, so during my grocery shop at Asda, we decided to grab a new kettle before our kitchen flooded....

            My husband picked up the Smartprice kettle, which was selling at just under a fiver.

            I sneered condiscendingly.

            Then, after having a closer look, I threw it in the trolley, reasoning: "What have I got to lose? Its a fiver for goodness sake!"

            When I got it home, I was pleasantly surprised. The kettle is shiny white plastic, which would go pretty well with most kitchens. The kettle felt a bit lightweight compared to my previous one, but so long as it was stable, I didn't mind.

            There are no real frills on this kettle, as you may guess, although it was nice to see that it could be removed from the base, usually a feature reserved for more expensive kettles. Another nice design feature was the clear panel at the side, where I could gauge how much water I was putting in. It also contains a limescale filter, which took me ages to slot in, as I was stubborn and refused to look at the instruction manual. I did in the end and it was really simple and I felt like a moron.

            The kettle actually sat quite sturdily on my worktop, and didn't rock or move about. I was really surprised with how quickly it boiled the water/ It was very fast indeed. Although this kettle is cheap, it is clearly very powerful.

            I have had the kettle for a few months now, with no problems at all. I use it a lot throughout the day, for hot drinks, cooking and other uses. It really is very handy.The only slight point I would mention is the fact that it is important to press the lid down firmly after filling, as sometimes I didn't press it down quite hard enough and it left a little gap by the spout.

            It looks great, boils quickly and is easy to clean and maintain. What more could you want for five quid?

            If, at some point, the kettle breaks down, I would not hesitate to buy another one the same. But I have a felling that this little beauty is going to last me many years to come....

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            18.05.2013 19:46
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            A great kettle for the price

            When my old flat mates moved out of the house I shared with them, they took (stole) the kettle leaving me in need of a new one. I didn't want to spend a lot of money on a new kettle as I am a student and simply don't have £50 to spend on a fancy, colourful kettle than does the same job as a £5 one. Therefore I decided to give the Asda Smart Price kettle a go.

            I have been using the kettle for about 4 months now.

            The kettle is priced at £5.00. It comes with a 1 year guarantee from Asda, meaning if it is faulty when you buy it, or develops problems within a year of purchasing it, you can have either a replacement or a full refund. You just have to remember to keep your receipt safe.

            The kettle itself hasn't got a fancy or quirky design to it, but personally I like this. I wanted a kettle that was plain in style and a neutral colour so that it wouldn't stand out like a sore thumb. As I am moving into a new place with my other half soon and we don't know what colour the kitchen will be, this kettle will fit in perfectly.

            The kettle has a 1.7L capacity, meaning if you have quite a few guests round, you can make tea all round with only one fill of the kettle. I have found that when full, the kettle provides 6-7 mugs of water which is more than enough in my opinion. It takes approximately 3 minutes for the kettle to boil completely when full. However, I normally only fill it with enough water for 2 mugs therefore it takes just over a minute to boil.

            The on-off switch has a light indicator that automatically flicks itself off when the kettle has boiled. The kettle also has a water level window allowing you to see how much water you have filled the kettle with. This is quite handy if you only want to boil 1-2 mugs of water. The kettle has a detachable filter on the spout to catch any limescale that may have accumulated. It is very easy to clean and isn't showing any signs of wear yet. The lid opens reasonably widely, making filling the kettle effortless.

            The power unit for the kettle is in the base which is detachable from the rest of the kettle. This makes the kettle cordless once it has boiled which can be handy if you have lots of people round and want them to help themselves to hot water for their drinks. The kettle has an automatic shut off when the water has boiled giving you peace of mind safety-wise. However, as far as I am aware, all modern kettles have this feature. The smart price kettle also has boil dry protection, which again is reassuring safety-wise. My only criticism of the kettle would be that I would have liked the cord that is attached to the base to be slightly longer.

            Overall, the kettle is great quality for the price and has not let me down so far. I will be keeping an eye on how long this kettle lasts so I can update my review in the future. The design is plain and simple which I like and the large capacity of this kettle means that you can provide drinks for a larger group of people with minimal effort.

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            10.09.2012 12:52
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            My other half was making me a cup of tea (makes a change) when he realised that the kettle had boiled much quicker than he thought it would of. As he hardly ever makes a cuppa, I just thought that he was talking nonsense as usual. However, later that day I was feeling the cold so I filled the kettle and waited on it boiling. I hadn't noticed any unusual noises but true enough the kettles switch had flicked much quicker than usual. Never the less I filled the hot water bottle and while the water was still hot, it is clear by my observation, that the water wasn't boiling like it should be.


            Unfortunately for me I realised that my trusted Smart Price kettle (like the one in this picture) had given up hope and it's life had come to an end. As I carefully went to put it out for the rubbish men, I had noticed that part of the plastic on the unit had melted. I am very lucky that house hadn't been set on fire or that any one using it had been electrocuted. I'm not sure if the kettle had a built in safety cut out or not, but cant help but wonder if this is why the kettle stopped taking as long to boil. So off I went to find myself a new kettle.


            Years ago I used to like fancy kettles that light up different colours when you flicked the switch, but as you get older you tend to realise that as long as it does the job it doesn't really matter what it looks like. As my last kettle lasted for roughly 4 years, I decided to head back to ASDA for another Smart Price kettle.


            Asda Smart Price is a make that has been designed for smart shoppers. Asda have tried to reduce the cost as much as they possibly can to give their customers the best product for the best price. Don't turn you nose up and assume that low cost means low quality, they identify the simple, clear and no-frills packaging as a means of reducing the price of their shopping basket and they also know they are not sacrificing quality.


            QUOTE FROM THE ASDA WEBSITE- www.asda.co.uk

            **5 reasons to buy Smart Price**
            Price
            Our Smart Price range has over 600 products costing £1 or less, helping you cut the costs of your family meals. Try out our recipe ideas at asda magazine which all include Smart Price ingredients.

            Quality
            Never judge a book by its cover! Smart Price products are no less superior than alternative products, look out for quality assurance symbols, such as the red tractor!

            Wide range of products
            There are over 400 Smart Price food products, ranging from store-cupboard ingredients, such as baked beans and tinned tomatoes, to fresh fruit, vegetables, meat, fish and dairy. So a healthy diet is achievable, whatever your budget. There are even household essentials like toasters and washing-up gloves!

            Convenience
            If you're in a hurry Smart Price can cater for your needs. With over 30 choices of ready meals, ranging from single portions to family-sized packs, you can still be assured a nutritious meal at low cost. All our products are free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colours and preservatives.

            Healthy Choice
            You should not have to compromise your health when eating on a budget, which is why all Smart Price food products are free from hydrogenated fats and artificial colours and preservatives. Our Smart Price products also display their nutritional information - just as you would expect with any other brand. This means the product is always nutritionally comparable, see for yourself in store!


            When I picked up the box, I had noticed that the design had changed slightly compared to my last Smart Price Kettle. The design is much more basic but still pleasantly appealing. The kettle only comes in one colour, white, which seemed to me much more smaller than my last but when I checked how much water it held, it was exactly the same, holding 1.7 litres. I had also noticed that it is much lighter to hold when filled than most kettles and while the handle is non slip, there are no easy hold grips on the handle like the last Smart Price kettle. I like the fact that next to the water level indicator, like all kettles there are marks telling you how many litres your filling the kettle up to. But this one also tells you how many cups of tea you will get out of the kettle depending on where you fill the water. The water is put into the kettle with great ease by removing the plastic handle of the kettle. This slots back into place with great efficiency. And like any other kettle the switch lights up red when you press it down to let you know that it is working. This Smart Price kettle is easy to fill, pour and clean, it boils the water to the right temperature and maintains the hot temperature of the water for quite a while after boiling.


            I would recommend this Smart Price kettle for all ages of the public who wish to buy a white goods kettle. Not only is it easy to fill, use, clean and hold, it is also a bargain. The last kettle I paid about £3 but like everything this day and age and the economy being the way it is, I was pleasantly surprised that this fantastic kettle was only £4.95. Not only was the price good but it was also easy to set up. Simply take out kettle from the cardboard box, open the kettle, as inside you will find the base. Plug it in, fill the kettle with water and flick the switch and wait for it to boil. The only bad point that I need to make, is not actually about the kettle itself, its more to do with purchasing it. I was unable to buy this Smart Price kettle online with my shopping, I had to go into the store to buy it. I order my shopping online every week so was disappointed to see that the only kettles online that was available to me was ASDAs own, just under £12 and a few more expensive ones. I would give this kettle full marks of five our of five. I hope that this kettle has a much longer life that my old Smart Price kettle of 4 years but for under £5 I really cant complain.


            Thank you for taking the time to read my review. I hope that it was of some use to you in helping you decided if this kettle is for you. Now lets get the kettle on. Would you like a cup of tea?

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              28.05.2012 12:56

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              Pleasantly surprised - great quality and cheap for a simple appliance!

              I bought my Asda Smart Price kettle just under a year ago when I moved into a student house. It is very cheap at around £5 and at first I was dubious about its quality due to this price. I have been pleasantly surprised though - ours is still going strong and we have yet to see any problems with it. It is a very simple product but great as a start up or budget purchase. I am impressed with the lack of problems as ours gets very frequent use in a house of seven tea addicts! It looks nice on the side as a plain white appliance and is easy to see the water level as you fill it up. It is a good size and holds enough water for a good few cups at a time (or in our house three bucket size mugs!) The only downside I have found with it so far is that you have to clean it often as the white colour does show up any marks on it - a problem for lazy students! I am very impressed with this kettle and would happily buy one again - why pay more when this does such a good job?

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              18.03.2012 19:35

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              Not nearly the prettiest, but as effective as most.

              Everyone must have encountered this beauty at some point in their life. For me, as with most, it was as a student. It's hard to criticise a kettle that heats up water with such dedication and consistency, and there really isn't much more you can demand from your kettle.

              Indeed, this came in at a student-friendly sub-£10 in my day. Though I'm pretty sure it costs a bit more now, a few years down the line. Still it can't be much of an expense, and if you're looking for a kettle that just works, why spend more? Honestly what more could you possibly want from your water heating device?

              It is not without fault though. Aside from its modest aesthetics, that would look out-of-place anywhere other than a student kitchen, this kettle does tend to accumulate more limescale and faster than others that I've used. Thankfully it also manages to filter it out well, and I've never had any creep into my tea.

              It's a bit disturbing that I'm being asked to rate the picture and sound quality of this kettle, but for what it's worth, it has a natural and pleasant bubbling tone. Picture quality varies depending on state of water.

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              Good All Round Basic Kettle

              Introduction:-

              When moving into our new house just over a year ago one of the very first purchases made before we even moved in was this Asda Smart Price kettle. We were as you could probably tell not interested in the style and look of the kettle merely the functionality, price, and something that would just see us over for a while whilst we got more important items sorted.


              Price and Features:-

              We figured at just £4.99 at the time of purchase we couldn't really go wrong with the Asda Smart Price range for a basic cheap kettle.

              The kettle has a 1.5 litre fill capcacity which equates to around 7 cups or 5 mugs worth of water. I have found this to be plenty for our requirements. Rated at 2200W this isn't the most efficent of kettles but will heat a full 1.5 litres in around 2½ minutes so dosen't keep you hanging around for your cuppa. Usually we heat around 2 mugs so around a third of the kettles capacity and it takes under 1 minute to completely boil.

              The jug part of the kettle detaches from the base which is also the power unit so the jug once removed is in effect is cordless. The lid of the kettle opens to a wide enough angle from the top to enable easy filling although is a bit of a pain to fill right to the top as the kettle is quite tall and our sink not huge so has to be held at an angle under the tap unless the washing bowl is removed first. The kettle is also fitted with a filter on the spout which does a good job of catching the odd bits of scale that do come loose from the element. I have not looked for replacement filters as the one supplied is easy to remove and I just clean it by running under hot water.

              The handle for the kettle feels sturdy even when full to the brim giving confidence you are not going to end up with boiling water down your front when pouring. The switch to turn the kettle just below the handle does however seem quite flimsy although we haven't managed to break it yet. This switch is also the only indication that the kettle is actually in use with a red light glowing until the kettle has boiled and switched itself off.

              The kettle uses a normal element to boil the water, rather than a fancier flat element used in more expensive kettles. The only disadvantage to this means the minimum fill level is slightly more than a more expensive economical kettle however the minimum we tend to boil is 2 mugs so is not a problem to us. The element seems to resist the build up of limescale quiet well, and is only now a year later looking like it could do with descaling however is only covered on the hottest part of the element that comes out of the kettle itself.

              The automatic cut-out feature that all electric kettles come equipped with as far I know, to stop the kettle once up to temperature has always worked and never let us down which sets my mind at rest where safety is concerned. The kettle however has no dry boil censor which means it can be switched on with no water in, although I have never tried this on purpose the one time I did it by accident I caught it after 20 seconds or so and no damage was done. I would like to think the kettle would cut out or the fuse would blow before anything more serious happens, if we ever end up replacing this kettle I may well try it out and update my review with the results.

              The only real bug bear with this kettle as with most value products is that the power cable is quite short which only allows for limited placement around the kitchen however I do consider this a small disadvantage for the price paid for the kettle.


              In My Opinion:-

              I feel that for a smart price kettle this does look decent enough in white which is good as it's the only colour available, and will blend in nicely sat in the corner of most kitchens, however not something you could really be proud of and show off unless telling somebody the price you paid for it and the fact that it is still working a full year after purchase.

              Build wise the kettle is of good enough quality, the lid feels sturdy when open and closed, and the actual jug is thick and strong enough to withstand a fair bit of abuse. To say the least this appliance hasn't been the most well looked after being used with dirty car oil covered hands, and being put quite harshly on the base at times when rushing about the kitchen, and has always cleaned up to look like new, and is still heating water the same as it did a year ago and is not showing much if any signs of wear and tear.

              For the price that we paid for this kettle I feel it is as aesthetically pleasing as you could expect, and enough thought has gone into the ergonomic side of things. With a chunky handle making the 1.7 litres of water easy to pick up, and more importantly pour out. We have not had any problems with water pouring out from all round the spout and anywhere but the cup you are aiming for like other cheap kettles and even more upmarket ones I have tried in the past so top marks on the second most important thing a kettle can do other than boil water which is to dispense it once done so.


              In Summary:-

              As previously mentioned this kettle was only brought as a temporary measure, with the expectation that it would be condemened as not being good enough within six months of purchase. We have however been proved wrong and I am reluctant to get rid of this kettle as it is still as good as the day we brought it, still boils water in reasonable time and therfore in my opinion as functional as anything more expensive. Ok it cannot keep water at a specific temperature allowing for quick re-boiling or drinks to be made some time after boiled, and it dosen't have a one cup special function, but most importantly it does boil water. In my eyes what more could you ask from a kettle?

              This Smart Price product definitely comes with a recommendation from me but does loose just one star for the stingy length power cable.

              Thanks for reading and hope this has been of help.

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                18.08.2011 16:36
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                Good budget kettle

                Intro
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                Having lived in student properties for the last 3 years, i have not really got used to any kind of mass gadgetry or style. Basically, whilst there you just find what you can for the cheapest possible price. However, i have now finished, moved into a new flat, and needed a kettle. The ones in my student properties had done what i required - to boil water, so i did not see the point in splashing out on something which claimed to boil quickly or was hugely stylish. I just wanted something which would take my water and make it hot - this does exactly that.


                The Kettle
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                For a budget effort, this is quite nice to look at, certainly more so than other budget kettles that i have had in the past. It is sleek and has a nice clear filler, which allows you to check how much water you have placed in there. It has a good grip on the handle and is operated by a little flick switch on the handle which allows you obviously to turn it on and off. The capacity is over 1.5L, which is easily enough for you and all your mates to divulge in a nice cuppa!

                The water takes about the average time to boil for a kettle, and obviously depends on how much you have put in it. The water is however, boiling, when it comes out, and that is all you can ask for from a product of this type.

                In terms of durability, i have obviously only just bought it. It doesn't seem overly long lasting, and is a bit cheap and plasticcy, it certainly is not going to win any great style awards, but i'm sure it will last you a good time for the price of the kettle, and having to buy another in a year or so probably would not concern me anyway.


                Pricewise
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                I bought this kettle from my local ASDA for just a fiver, which i do not think is a price that you can really go wrong at. Great value, and it does a job.


                Summary
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                A good budget effort.

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                  25.07.2011 19:53
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                  Ideal for anyone and everyone!

                  Just over two years ago I moved into my first home. I think most people who have moved into their first homes realise how much it can cost buying everything from scratch. I was also pregnant at the time so had to think about buying things for the home and for my first baby. It was a very expensive time so I tried to find most things as cheap as I possibly could. This brings me to my purchase of my Asda Smartprice kettle.

                  I don't drink hot drinks so didn't see a reason to go out and buy an all singing all dancing kettle. All I wanted was something to boil water with if I had visitors that wanted tea or coffee etc. I popped into my local Asda on a bargain hunting mission and came across this Smartprice kettle.

                  The kettle was well packaged in the trademark green and white coloured box with a picture of the kettle. Inside the box are the kettle and the base. The base is white in colour and has a white cord around 70 cm long. There is space on the under side of the base to wind the wire around if a shorter cord is required. The kettle itself is also white in colour with a green section showing how much water it is currently carrying and a measuring guide. There is an orange light above the handle indicating whether the kettle is currently on or not. The handle has blue rubber grips which aid handling when the kettle is full. The on/off switch can be found below the handle. There is a maximum capacity of 1.7L.

                  Filling the kettle is simple, simply put the spout under the tap and fill, the spout is quite wide so opening the lid isn't required. But if you wish to open the lid beware as it is quite stiff. Flick the on/off switch and the water will begin to boil. The kettle doesn't make a lot of noise and will make a clicking noise once the boil has finished. I'm not an expert but boiling times, but if I fill it with the minimum 0.5L of water and begin to prepare everything to make a cup of tea it usually boils as I finish, so quite quick by my standards. This was also great for boiling the water to heat my daughter's bottles, when she wanted a bottle she wanted it there and then.

                  I purchased this kettle for £4.99 and haven't needed to replace it yet. It hasn't got a fancy design or fancy light up bits, but it does do what a kettle is designed to do... boil! So if you are looking for a cheap, basic, reliable kettle this is definitely the one for you!

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                    03.07.2011 17:55
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                    great for price

                    This is one of asda's budget products under the smart price branding. Whilst this does mean the products are cheap in price it doesn't mean the performance and build quality is cheap. When un-boxing the kettle you first notice how bulky the kettle is which is fair enough but it feels a bit clunky to the touch. The plastic feels a bit light but the build quality is very high, there are no sharp corners and there is even a led to signify its in use status.

                    The capacity is 1.7 litres which is a fair few cups and more than most peoples needs. The handles have rubber grips which is amazing on a budget model. The sides have measurements to indicate the amount in the kettle. When boiling the kettle is pretty loud and takes a bit longer to boil than you would expect.

                    The kettle separates from the bottom so is chord-less when pouring and the base has a descent chord length so finding a plug shouldn't be a problem. The kettle costs under £5 so is a bargain and worth getting even if its just temporary or to take on holiday etc.

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