I purchased this item over 6 months ago, via asda, who delivered it to my door with my grocery shopping. Mine had gotten old, so I looked and purchased this item which was £5. Bargain! I didn't really expect anything much, being it so cheap, I honestly thought it would blow up within 2 uses, but its just as good as any other kettle.
After I received it, I hooked it up immediately, Its an excellent item, although, I found after filling it up to the maximum mark, it took around 5 minutes to start making a noise, I wasn't actually sure it was actually doing anything at all. It does continue to take a time to start up. Also I noticed that sometimes it does fail to reconnect to the base after a fill, so you have to make sure its fully on the base, I only noticed this after a few times after clicking the switch down and the light not appearing, I only had to slightly knock it for it to fully connect, but sometimes, even if its fully connected and half way through heating, it switches itself off.
Unlike many other kettles, there is no light up in the kettle itself, although there is a light on the switch, which makes it difficult to tell if the kettle needs filling or not without removing it from the base.
Although I have these problems, It may turn out to be just a problem with mine, a bad egg so to speak, but in my opinion, its a very good product, I would recommend it to a friend, value for money, does the job very well, and very useful to be sent out with an Asda grocery shopping delivery too! why spend out £90 on a kettle when you can get one for a fiver that does the exact same job, and better in my opinion!
A white plastic kettle with a 1.7 litre capacity. It features all the very basics that you would require from a kettle like shutting off when the water boils (I know of a few and older kettles that do not do this!). It has a corded base and you can wrap the cord up in it too. It has a hinged lid and easy to read water level indicator.
Its made of white plastic, and that to me will always make it look cheap and not stylish. But i do like the curved shape of this kettle, its makes it look modern and not as dated as if it were straight and more bulky looking.
This kettle does what it is meant to do, boil water! I have been using this kettle for the last 7 months once a day with no problems at all. The lid is a little fiddly to open, not as smooth as some other kettles i have used, but i mostly just fill it up through the spout so this is no trouble. Although the base is not a 360 swivel base, i have no found this to be a problem. The length of the cord however is on the short side so i have to keep it very close to the power plug. It does take a while for the water to boil and is quite noisy, but only to the extent that would be expected from a cheap kettle.
I paid £5 for this kettle in store at Asda, at the start of 2013. It still retails at this price. Its great value for money if you can not afford to pay more or do not wish to pay more, after all its only a kettle to boil water at the end of the day.
***Why did i buy this product***
I bought this kettle to use as a second kettle for when my baby was born. I boil it at full capacity once a day, and let the water cool down so that i have a fresh supply of cool boiled water throughout the day, which i use to part make up my baby's bottle and also for top and tailing him etc. Compared to our more expensive kettle it doesn't look as good, it takes longer to boil and is noisier, but it suits our need just find and it was good to only spend a fiver on it.
***Would i buy this again?***
Yes i would buy this product again as its suited our need very well. However if it were to be used as our main long term kettle i would want to spend more money on a nicer looking, more efficient, quieter and quicker kettle. I would only recommend this kettle if you couldn't afford to spend a little more or if it is to be used as a secondary kettle or used somewhere not very often
This kettle was always just a stopgap - I needed a new kettle about 5 years ago when mine broke, and only had about a tenner to my name. I figured I'd buy a cheap one, and put the pennies aside to replace this one when it broke. It's a nice enough kettle, a white base (with built in cord storage to keep the worktop tidy) a white jug with a clearly marked water level indicator, a comfortable handle that is easy to grip, and a simple push down on/off switch, with an orange light indicator to let you know there is power to the appliance, and of course, like most kettles nowadays, it turns itself off with a decisive click once it's reached the boil.
The kettle has a 1.7 litre max capacity, which according to the water level indicator, is 7 cups. My household all use mugs, but I'd say I can comfortably get four mugs out of a full kettle, which is enough for me (as the only hot-drink drinker at home) and up to three visitors, so it's a good size for me. Its a quick boiler, but a fairly noisy one, although with kettles I actually like a little noise, as I know then that the silence means it's finished.
I find this kettle easy to fill under the tap- the lid stays back with no trouble, and easy to keep clean and maintain - a simple wipe clean on the outside, and the occasional boil with an added teaspoon of vinegar on the inside, followed by a few rinses, and it's lovely and clean. I've not had any problems with scale at all (it's also worth noting there is a small removable limescale filter in the pouring spout, so if it ever does scale up, at least you won't end up drinking it.) I also find it very comfortable to pour from, the handle is just the right size, and the kettle (which weighs 0.9kg when empty) isn't too heavy. I've never had any issues with it leaking, and none with steam coming back on my hand during the pour, both issues I've had in the past with kettles.
Are there any disadvantages to this kettle? Well, it sort of looks cheap, in that white finish, with it's very basic design. The plastic, particularly on the base, does scratch easily, so although mine still works, it actually looks a bit scruffy now. Which is the reason I no longer use it - I've now upgraded the kettle to a shiny chrome one to match my other kitchen appliances, though I did feel a little bad replacing something that continued to work perfectly. Overall, 4 stars. One off for the rather plain appearance, but I can't say it didn't do the job.
I bought this 1.7 Litre 220W Asda Value Kettle for my grandma very recently. (I bought it because the off switch on her kettle had stopped working, so if you put the kettle on to boil and left the room, the water would reach boiling point, but the kettle wouldn't turn off, so the kettle would boil itself dry, and steam anything in the surrounding area!) I bought this kettle for a very reasonable £5.49. The kettle is used on a daily basis by an elderly couple ( my grandparents) myself and for the occasional visitor.
The kettle is a plain white plastic design, which comes with a flip lid, and comes on a separate stand. Is a simple, smart design, certainly no flashy chrome here, but it is quite a modern design and does match the other appliances in my grandma's kitchen. There is a panel on the side, with a gauge so you can see how much water is in the kettle. This is a plus as my grandma is quite environmentally conscious and only likes to boil as much as she needs, but also as other value kettles I have bought in the past haven't had a gauge on the side. Being plastic it is also easy to clean off any splashes / spillages from other kitchen activities. (Kettle is kept quite near the hob)
The kettle is meant to hold around 7 cups of water, but I would say more like 6 (It would be 7 small cups) Fully filled it boils very quickly, in less than 2 minutes, and with just a couple of cups less than one. It is not the quietest of kettles but not overly loud either, definitely not the loudest I have heard, and because it boils quickly, I wouldn't say this is a problem, especially when you take the price into consideration.
The packaging does slightly let the product down which is a cheap white cardboard box with the Asda value logos on, as the kettle looks more expensive once it's out of the box than the packaging would lead you to believe, but at the end of the day this is thrown away / kept in a cupboard anyway, and I would rather they kept this style of packaging / design of packaging and pass the savings onto the consumer, which they are doing!
The kettle comes with a year's warranty with Asda, under their Asda price guarantee if you keep hold of your receipt (although I have found in the past that even without a receipt, Asda are usually happy to refund / exchange within reason) , which is an added bonus.
I would recommend this kettle, it has more than surpassed the needs required for my grandparents for the price I paid. Especially recommended to those with an smaller household, or a smaller office for moderate daily use.
I bought this kettle for uni, as I needed something cheap that I could stow under my desk (and save me from those perilous trips down to the kitchen in the middle of the night). For the price, I wasn't expecting much, and thought it would take forever to boil.
It doesn't. I've found it to be really quick, especially when you're boiling just enough water for one or two cups. It's a little noisy, and the power chord's quite short, but for the price I couldn't recommend it enough. The kettle's easy to wipe clean and there aren't really any crevices for dirt to gather in, so it seems pretty hygienic. With the handle on the side, it's really easy to fill up as you're not obstructing yourself with your hand (as I've found with plenty of handle-on-top kettles).
If you're looking for a cheap, efficient kettle that does the job, then this one's really worth considering. I've had it for six months now and am yet to have any complaints. If it broke, I'd buy another the same.
I have to admit that when it comes to kettles I never spend very much on them because I find that the cost really doesn't tend to reflect on how long the kettle lasts. At the end of the day, all the kettle needs to be able to do is to boil water - and that really is it - and so I refuse spend more than is absolutely necessary. I do tend to need to replace my kettle every year or so anyway - and cost does not seem to be an influencing factor! This kettle, however, lasted just 3 weeks in my house before I gave up and took it back!
My latest purchase, which I've had for approximately three weeks is the Smart Price Plastic Kettle which cost me just £5.49 direct from the Asda store (and so there were no delivery charges). It is a very basic looking kettle that is manufactured almost entirely from white plastic. There is nothing which particularly stands out about the look of the kettle....it's definitely designed to look functional rather than stylish - but it's a kettle and I don't particularly care what it looks like! The kettle is cordless in as much as it has a base which the kettle is place on when it boils, but then the kettle is removed when it's ready to pour. The kettle has a rudimentary gauge on the side of the kettle which tells you how much water is inside - it has a capacity of 1.5L which is adequate.
My concern with the kettle is related to its function. When I boil it, which is done by flicking down the switch at the back of the kettle, I find that it frequently turns off before the kettle is boiled.....which is really annoying considering this is it's one and only job! I would say this happens about 50% of the time and it seems to be really hit and miss when it happens. On the occasions where the kettle does boil the water adequately, it takes about 3 minutes to reach the boiling point, which is fine for my needs - but it's simply it's tempremental nature that makes this not good enough for my kitchen.
On a positive note, when I took this back to Asda (without the receipt) they did give me a full refund with no quibbles - and so I don't know if this is a product they've had a lot of complaints about. I cannot recommend this product.
I am pleased to announce that we have finally got a Lifeboat shop here in Llandudno (in St George's Place to be exact) - hurrah! We are currently in the process of getting everything set up to open on Thursday afternoon 27th October 2011. We will then open for a few hours a day until we all get up to speed with the scanner till, credit card machine etc. and then we will have a grand opening in December once any problems are ironed out.
As part of setting up the shop we have all the items such as a counter, shelves, till etc but we also needed a kettle, mugs, tea, coffee and such like. We'll each be doing four hour shifts so we'll need a cuppa at some point.
To be as economical as possible we have purchased an Asda Smart Price White Kettle KE 7519 which cost the staggeringly high (?) sum of £4.99!
The kettle comes in a basic green and white cardboard box with the green Asda logo and black Smart Price logo on it. There are two little boxes on the front giving the following information: 'boil dry safety cut off' and '1.5 litre capacity'.
Inside the box is the kettle complete with the base upon which it stands - this has the plug already attached. There are also a set of instructions.
The kettle itself is white (being a 'White Kettle' it would be wouldn't it?) and has a simple, clean looking design with a curved, easy to grip handle.
Before using the kettle you are advised to fill it with water, boil it and empty it a couple of times to remove any residue for the manufacturing process and make sure that it is nice and clean.
The kettle itself has a lift up lid through which you fill it with water and spout through which you pour it back out again! There is a red tab type switch on the bottom of the handle and you just push this down to start the kettle heating the water within. When the kettle is on you will be able to see a light where the water gauge is.
There is a water gauge on the side so that you can see how much water is in the kettle and thus you won't need to boil any more than you need. You can even boil just one cup if that is all you need. The gauge is graduated in cups and litres with the maximum 1.5 litres equating to 7 cups.
The kettle sits on the base to boil and when lifted off it is cordless so there is less risk of accidents especially if there are children about! In fact any spare cord can be wound and stored underneath the base out of the way. Boiling water, trailing wires and young children have never been a good mix!
We have given the kettle a good trial and it boils very quickly and makes our tea and coffee just when we want it. There is a boil dry safety cut off so that we can't forget it and let it boil dry and cause any problems.
OK this kettle isn't the most beautiful one that I have ever seen and it certainly isn't posh but then you get what you pay for. In our situation where it was paid for by the charity as part of the set up costs of the shop we wanted the cheapest kettle that would do the job properly and that is exactly what we have got.
I would definitely recommend this kettle for somewhere where aesthetics aren't important such as the caravan, student digs, shop kitchen etc. It is smart enough, don't get me wrong, but I would want something a bit better quality in my kitchen at home.
So there you are a kettle which does exactly what it says on the box - a Smart Price White Kettle! It will keep us volunteers happy with our cups of tea and coffee anyway!
PS I have had to fill in the picture and sound quality to submit this review but do please ignore them as we do not receive TV on this kettle! LOL!
OK- So this kettle is not the quickest to boil, and it's not the quietest either. But it's from asda- so it's cheap- so who cares? When limescale and wear and tear break even the most expensive of kettles, it's worth getting cheap kettles that can easily be replaced. This one is easily kept clean, very simple and basic and worth the little money that you need to hand over for it. The only real downside is the fact that it is quite loud and it goes on for quite a long time, so if anyone's going to be boiling it at crazy hours, the rest of the house may not be pleased! However if you use the kettle a lot, and know how often it breaks, it is clear to see that, as there is absolutely nothing wrong with this kettle, it's worth buying this cheaper model instead of a similar expensive one.
After putting up a good fight, my kettle finally gave in last week and went to that big kettle heaven in the sky......well, that big black bin outside really, but you know what I mean!
After getting a garbled message from my husband that the kettle had died, and he had nothing to make himself his first official coffee of the day after work (I know, isn't life hard!), I popped back in from the car park of my local Asda to fetch one, luckily I had just finished a big shop and was still in the car park!
After an extensive perusal (which actually equates to me swearing under my breath, that I had had to go back in again!), I grabbed the cheapest offering in front of me, and bombed it back home (where upon I thrust said kettle under hubby's nose, and tell him where he can stick his first official coffee of the day!).
The kettle I actually ended up with was a step up from the Smart price variety, though only because there were no Smart priced one's left on the shelf, with this being the cheapest available.
This is simply described as a "white plastic kettle - cordless" with the model number being P75W.
The kettle is a very basic looking thing, though nice and clean looking being in white, though how long it will stay like that is anyone's guess, especially since my daughter has just discovered her penchant for tea!
Along with the cordless kettle there is also a 360 degree corded base, that the cord can actually be wound around on the under side to keep work surfaces clear, though I have never really bothered with this.
The final part is the stainless steel filter, which fits snuggly in over the opening to the water spout to stop any limescale getting into your drink, and I do live in a water area that leaves your equipment a bit limey after a while, so this is a useful addition.
Before use it is recommended that you fill and boil the kettle twice to get rid of any debris left from the packaging, then away you go!
The kettle boiled nice and quickly, due to the base of the kettle being the element rather than an element sticking out from the side of the kettle, though I have found this a little noisier than my last kettle, but not so I can't hear the telly, so not unduly concerned!
The water level marks are easy to see, with there being instructions on the kettle itself not to overfill, but at full capacity is more than enough for 4-5 cups of coffee, and there is never going to be a time where I will be making anymore than that in a sitting (I can't fit that many people in to have coffee!).
Once boiled the kettle was still nice and cool enough to handle, with this particular kettle having a much better spout than my last one, actually being more like an actual funnel, making pouring the scolding water much easier, with less splash back and much more accurate, especially if pouring into a narrower device like a flask.
The lid of this kettle is nice and secure, and easy to open, with it being secured by a simple push in mechanism that is clearly locked and secured when you hear the click, though be careful when you try and fill up with more water if the kettle has recently been boiled as there is plenty of steam trapped beneath and it will scold you, I speak from experience (my daughter almost dry boiled it!).
My favourite tricks of this particular kettle is the fact it is classed as a "360 degree" kettle, as it is a simple pick up place back on type affair, with the electrical element being situated on the centre of the corded base, so is ideal for the "lefties" as well as the "righties", making no odds which way it can be placed back for whatever hand you wish to use.
My second favourite, and one that has already saved my recently purchased kitchen item is the "boil-dry protection" which simply means that if the kettle is turned without any water (like mine was by an over zealous 9 year old wanting a cup of tea!) it will simply cut out before any of the element burns through, and as long as you give it a few minutes cooling time, will be perfectly ok once re-filled ready to be re-boiled.
This also has a "one cup" facility, where you can simply boil one cup's worth of water, saving on energy used, though this is due to the type of element in the kettle, with my last kettle being able to do this too, though it has been a long time since I got to make a lone cup of coffee, my husband knows I have put the kettle onto boil even when out of the house, whereas he appears like magic once boiled!
Price wise this is normally sold for £15.00 in Asda, but I was lucky to come across it after being reduced down to £9.00, which even to me is a more than reasonable price.
This is a nice kettle that has so far done me proud, and dare I say has been even better than the last, recommended!
Supply voltage - 240v 50/60 Hz
Power consumption - 3000W
Max boil time for 1.7L from 20 degree C 230s
Max water capacity 1.5L
Thanks for reading x
As an afternote this kettle has been used at least ten times a day, every day for the last couple of months with no obvious signs of wear and tear.