Product Type: Asda kettles
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A "smartprice" but without the tag!
Asda Smartprice Plastic Kettle
Member Name: kaitlinsmummy
Asda Smartprice Plastic Kettle
Advantages: Has a cut off no boil dry system.
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.
Summary: A fantastic kettle at a fantasic price.
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