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Asda Stainless Steel Jug Kettle
Member Name: Munchkin2009
Asda Stainless Steel Jug Kettle
Date: 21/12/11, updated on 21/12/11 (166 review reads)
Advantages: it boils water, looks good on the worktop, build quality
Disadvantages: takes forever to boil, heavy, water gauge hidden under the handle
I needed to buy a new kettle just over a year ago after suffering a minor electric shock from our old one. After looking at the range of kettles in my local Asda, I went for the supermarket giant's own brand stainless steel jug kettle as was on special offer at a price not much higher than the plastic ones.
I prefer stainless steel kettles because in my experience they generally last a lot longer than the all plastic counterparts, but they are more expensive, so this seemed like a good price. In my experience I find that after owning a plastic kettle for a while that my drinks start to take on a funny plastic like taste which ruins them, and this doesn't happen with stainless steel ones.
The kettle had been on my 'things to review list when I'm up to it' list for a while now, so I thought I would take the opportunity to review the kettle as I have been using exactly the same one while I was staying in one of the flats at the place I'm staying. The smoke alarm in my room at my temporary accomodation had sprung a leak and I had to go somewhere else while it was being fixed. Luckily nobody was hurt, and nothing was damaged.
I paid £9.97 for my kettle in late 2010 when it was on 'rollback' reduced from £12.97 if my memory serves me correctly. Currently the kettle is now on sale for £8.97 on Asda's website.
LET'S MAKE A CUPPA.... AT A SNAIL'S PACE!
1.7 Litre capacity (minimum capacity 1 litre)
Boil dry safety cut out
360 degree swivel base
2200 watt power
6 month guarantee
Upon opening the box I'm presented with the kettle (well, it would look a bit silly without it wouldn't it?!!) the base unit, the instruction booklet and blurb about the manufacturer's guarantee.
The main body of the kettle is in a brushed stainless steel, while the lid, the piece which connects the kettle to the base unit (and houses the power indicator which lights up as the kettle boils), and the handle are in black plastic. The water gauge is situated under the handle. Finally the on/off switch sticks out under the handle, which makes turning the kettle on and off easy. The kettle looks modern and stylish on the worktop, but it does look like something out of Dr Who in my opinion.
There's not much to report about inside the kettle other than it's stainless steel, and it has an element (or rather the housing of it as it's a concealed element) which sticks up with, sorry I'm not being very technical with my description here, a black thingie on the end of it. Finally there is a filter fitted into the spout which is removable.
The base unit is black and has a chord that pulls out which I'd say is a decent length. It's neither so short that it's difficult to place the kettle on the work surface, or too long that it poses a safety risk. The base is nice and sturdy, and lies flat as Asda have thoughtfully incorporated what I would describe as a mouse-hole doorway type notch to ensure the cable lies flat on the work surface even when the kettle isn't on it. That's a good thing as some kettle bases we've had ended up being on a jaunty angle as the chord doesn't stay where it should do whenever the kettle isn't on the base.
~The instruction book~
The instruction book may be thin, but it contains all the vital information I need to be able to use the kettle safely and look after it, and it is very well written.
~Initial set up~
Setting up this kettle is pretty much the same a other kettles on the market. Give the kettle a wipe with a damp cloth or sponge, taking care to avoid the electrical contact. Filling it with water to the full capacity and boiling it to get rid of any dust and residue from the manufacturing process. Then the kettle is ready to use.
The kettle feels like it is well made, and that the lid and on/off switch is made out of high quality plastic and isn't going to break off easily, or that the lid is going to warp or buckle, as was the case on my previous kettle. I think it was the issue with the lid caused my mild electric shock as it didn't fit properly in the end and it would sometimes pop open while boiling, so I am pleased that on this kettle, that the lid is secure at all times.
There are two choices when it comes to filling the kettle, I can either flip up the lid by pressing the 2 buttons on the top and lifting it up, or I can just use the spout. I usually opt for the latter where that option is available, then it's a matter of placing the kettle on the base unit, flipping up the switch and letting the kettle boil. It's also worth mentioning the kettle features boil dry protection.
It seems inevitable, that whatever kettle that my family had, that we've somehow managed to lose the spout filter, this one is no exception. Usually, though, this normally happens after a few months of ownership, this one however lasted a year before it fell out never to be seen again so that is a record. The filter is user replaceable, though this is something I've never done. I imagine I would need to contact Asda to buy a new one.
There are some shortcomings though.
The kettle does get very heavy when there is water in it, even when it's at the bare minimum capacity. I don't boil large amounts of water except where I need to, such as boiling water for cooking pasta, or making up stock cubes. My arm can ache afterwards, I think it's more noticeable for me, as I have lost some physical strength as a result of my health problems, so it is something to take into consideration you have similar health issues.
I'm not keen on the positioning of the water gauge under the handle as it's not easy to see it when filling the kettle with water. It would have been better to have located this where it was more prominent. My guess is that Asda wanted to keep the stainless steel element of the design plain, but I think being able to see the water gauge clearly is more important from a safety point of view so I don't underfill or overfill the kettle.
Finally, there's the issue of how long it takes for this kettle to boil. It takes what feels like forever! It takes a few minutes to boil just a litre of water from a cold kettle, and several minutes to boil a full 1.7 litres! As I'd been staying in one of the flats, I put the kettle on to boil (to give it a clean as it hadn't been used for a few weeks) while I walked down to the kitchen in the main building to get some of my fruit and herbal tea bags, which takes me a few minutes to reach, and the kettle had only just boiled the minute I walked into the kitchen in the flat! It's at a snail's pace!! For me though, what is really puzzling is that Asda didn't make this kettle a fast boil model, but the cheaper plastic ones are.
As I live in soft water area, that doesn't have major problems with limescale, I find I don't need to clean my kettle as often as people in hard water areas. When I do, I boil the kettle at full capacity with some water and a little bit of white malt vinegar to clean the inside. Just to ensure that I don't end up with vinegar flavoured hot drinks (which I would imagine would be worse than plastic), I boil the kettle again to be on the safe side. To clean the outside of the kettle is a matter of wiping it every so often with a damp cloth or sponge just as I did when I set up the kettle in the first place.
Well, what can I say? It's a kettle and it's more than capable of performing the task of boiling water whether it's for hot drinks, culinary use or anything else that requires boiled water. It's reasonably priced and boasts an excellent built quality. The weight of the kettle is an issue for me, especially when I am not feeling too good due to my health issues, but I put up with it at home because of the secure fitting lid and sturdiness, as I don't fancy another electric shock.
When I'm in a position to move into my own flat or bungalow, I won't be purchasing another kettle like this. I'll go for something else that isn't as heavy but economical to run. With this in mind, along with the water gauge issue and the fact it isn't a fast boil model, and Asda's cheaper kettles are, that I award this kettle a 3 star rating.
Summary: It's a kettle that boils so slowly!
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