I had been eyeing up a red Morphy Richards traditional style kettle for months when I stumbled across this gem in BHS over Christmas. Reduced from £50 to £25, it looked almost the same so I bought it on impulse and couldn't wait to get it home.
The kettle itself while in a traditional kettle shape is very attractive and modern looking. It is a metallic red with a comfortable black handle, lid and metal spout. It sits on a black base and swivels 360 degrees on it so that it is easy to use for both left and right handed people. On the side the kettle has a transparent water gauge so that you can see how much water is in the kettle. The kettle has a 1.8 litre capacity (height 31cm, width 18cm, depth 20cm) and easily fills 6 large mugs of hot drinks. It has a removable lime scale filter on the spout which can be accessed by taking off the lid. The cord between the kettle and plug is a couple of feet long but it is possible to hide the cord inside the base of the kettle so that it doesn't look messy on the counter top.
To use, the kettle could not be simpler. The lid comes off, you fill it up and replace the lid before placing it back on the element. I sometimes (often) just fill it through the spout to save time but this really defeats the object of having a filter. The kettle has a 3kw rapid boil capacity but this means nothing to most users. Having timed a full kettle to boil it takes over a minute, but it's much quicker if you are just boiling enough water for one or two mugs. In fact I would say that in comparison with other kettles it is quick to boil.
So, it looks fantastic, it works well but there are a few negatives to mention. The water gauge steams up quite easily and the lid is a bit small for such a large kettle and with it being right under the handle, it isn't ideal. I live in London and I'm not sure if it's the water down here but I do have to descale the kettle every couple of months. Limescale builds up on the base and around the spout but this has been common with both of my previous kettles. This is never an issue though and any descaler will sort it out within 20 minutes. The filter on the spout however is a bit more stubborn and needs a bit of a scrub. It also shows up water stains on the spout and down the sides of the kettle so it does need cleaning quite regularly. It's a little noisy but no more than any other kettle.
The kettle can also be purchased in lime green, silver, cream and black. There is also a matching toaster which again can be bought in these colours. I bought the toaster and the two items together really do add a lovely bit of colour to my kitchen. As I mentioned previously, the kettle is very similar to the Morphy Richards kettle that I had spotted over a year ago. In comparison it's slightly bigger and I have to say, it's a bit more attractive too. I haven't used the Morphy Richards kettle but at £40 I imagine that it's very similar and that the extra £15 is for the brand name.
I've had this kettle over six months now and I've had no issues or causes for concern. I'm a big fan and would recommend to anyone, however much money they have to spend on kitchen appliances. It looks great in my kitchen, works like a dream and despite the few negatives I mentioned earlier, it's fantastic value for money. 5 out of 5 stars from me!
Moving into my own home for the first time I was so excited about buying my household appliances.. especially when I was this £25.00 purple BHS kettle.
The kettle is purple with a black lid and handle and fits on its own base. The lid is a 'lift off' lid rather than the flip lids I have had before on kettles so it makes it very easy to fill up with water and easier to pour without any spillages. The 'spout' it just the right length too. I have had kettle before with a tiny spout meaning the boiling water goes everywhere.
The kettle only takes a couple of minutes to boil, so not the fastest boiling kettle out there but by no means the slowest. It is also quite loud too, however this doesnt bother me very much.
Overall I think this kettle was a bargain, it looks great and very modern. It was a great bargain too compared to the prices of other modern kettles out there. I love my kettle and it looks great in my kitchen. Well done BHS.
=BHS Essentials Pyramid Kettle=
Purple just happens to be one of my favourite colours, and when I saw this kettle in BHS for £25, I had to have it, it was stylish and the features of the kettle made it value for money.
The kettle is cordless and fits neatly onto a round plastic base, which is black in colour, this contrasts well with the purple colour of the kettle.
I would say the main point that attracted me to the kettle was that is swivels 360 degrees, so you can put the kettle on without having to worry about getting it lined up perfectly.
I found the cord to be of sufficient length, so that there was no tight pull from the wall socket to the base of the kettle.
I was surprised how light the kettle was, as from first impression it looked like it would be heavy, to fill the kettle is simple, you just life the lid off, fill with how much water you want them replace the lid.
To pour the kettle was simple and elegant to use, there is a long spout so there is no chance of spilling any water. The handle is ergonomic in design and you have a good grip on the kettle without it feeling like your are holding on tightly.
I don't tend to fill the kettle up, just boil what I need as this is one of the biggest eaters of electricity boiling too much water, but for about 3 or 4 cups it takes about 3 minutes to boil.
=Lime scale Filter=
The lime scale filter is removable, and to clean this you just unclip the filter from the inside of the kettle and give it a quick rinse under the water, if you are in an area with hard water, and you find a build up of lime scale you can just give this a brush over and it soon comes up like new.
I would highly recommend this kettle, it is also available in other colours such as red and pale lilac.
Overall great value, easy to use, and works well for me.
My boyfriend is well aware of my love of everything purple so when we were sorting out stuff for our flat he went out and bought me this kettle and the matching toaster in metallic purple as a surprise gift. He got them for £25 each (from BHS obviously) which I thought was great, especially considering similar designs I'd been looking at were all over the £50 mark.
Looks wise the kettle is just like the picture above only it's purple not red. The purple is a lovely deep shade which is perfect for me, I'm not keen on lighter or more lilac-y shades. I think it looks really nice and just as good if not better than some of the more expensive brands we'd looked at. It looks high quality and it fits into our modern kitchen nicely.
The kettle is cordless and sits on a round black plastic base. It's easy to fit onto the base without any faffing trying to get into into the right position, and it swivels 360degrees so you are able to use it with either hand, and can position it just how you need it. The cord on the base is long enough that you don't need to sit it right next to the socket, which is great for us as our sockets are in awkward places.
The lid is a lift off one which makes it dead easy to use, and unlike the annoying flip up ones you can easily fill it from the tap as there's no lid there getting in the way. It's also easy to pour, with a long spout that makes it difficult to spill. I was also really surprised at how light the kettle is, it doesn't look like it would be light but it's really easy to lift and pour from. The handle is also very ergonomic and I find it gives a really controlled hold on the kettle, which makes it easier to control how much you pour out of it.
I find it boils pretty quickly, I haven't timed it but for a couple of cups worth it only take about 2 minutes if that. It is quite noisy though, which is a little irritating for us as we have an open plan kitchen/living area so it can be a case of having to turn the tv up when we boil the kettle.
It has a limescale filter which is removeable and I find this works really well as I don't end up with any floating bits on the top of my cuppa. When it comes to cleaning it is dead easy to just unclip the filter from the inside of the kettle and give it a quick brush to get rid of any deposits. Cleaning the outisde of the kettle is just as easy as you just need to give it quick wipe, but the inside is more difficult. Removing any limescale form the inside of the kettle is difficult as I find I can't fit a brush down inside it, and if I can get one in I can't manouver it into the right places and positions needed to clean the inside effectively. All I can really do is rinse it out rather than properly clean it.
Overall I really do like this kettle despite a couple of minor niggles, and I'm glad we ended up with this rather than the more expensive ones.
I've recently moved flat and as I'm sharing with two other people, we are selling everything that we bought together. Thereby leaving me with a lot of kitchen equipment to repurchase by myself. I didn't want to spend a lot of money but I wanted to buy something which would look lovely and hopefully last. I found this 'special' kettle in BHS and it's called the Essentials Pyramid Kettle.
Why did I choose this kettle?
The main reason I chose this kettle was the colour. It is absolutely beautiful! It has a pearlescent which actually shimmers on the light when you look close up. It is white but not harshly white and it looks really expensive as I think it is modelled on the Morphy Richards kettles which is the one I initially wanted. The other reason that I bought the kettle was that it was on sale for half price and was reduced from £50 to £25 which is a good deal. I bought mine last week so it should still be on offer now. And there is a matching toaster which I also bought.
About the product
The product has a capacity of 1.8 litres which is more than enough for me and some guests. It has a 3kw rapid boil feature which means that you won't have to wait around too long for your cup of tea when you get home from work. It has a removable and washable limescale filter which means that it can easily be washed and kept clean. It has a 360 degree base so it can swivelled around to how you want it to appear in your kitchen and it makes it easier for both left and right handed people to use. There is a water gauge on the back to let you know how full you have filled it and to ensure that you don't overfill the kettle. It is 31cm tall, 18cm wide and it has a depth of 20cm so it is quite a cute, little kettle.
The kettle looks really lovely and it is almost vintage in style. It is narrower at the top and wider at the bottom which is why it is called the pyramid kettle. The body of the kettle is a pearlescent white and the base is black. It has a silver metallic spout and half the handle is also a silver metallic while the other half is black and this follows on down the back of the kettle where the water gauge is displayed. It has a black switch which you push down on to turn the kettle on and a red light displays when the kettle is switched on. It has a small removable lid which is black and surrounded by a silver disk and it can either be filled this way or through the spout.
If you like the style but not the colour then the kettle is available in plenty of other shades. It also comes in royal purple, cream, champagne, lime, black, red, yellow and orange so there should be one to suit everyone's taste and they each come with a matching toaster.
The kettle looks absolutely beautiful on display in my kitchen and very expensive. It is usually the first thing that people comment on when they come to visit. At first I thought the cable was ridiculously short when I tried to plug it in but it is actually wound around the bottom inside the kettle so you can tidy away the length of the cable that you don't want to be seen. As the kettle comes away from the base, it is easy to fill the kettle even if your tap is nowhere near the plug. I remove the lid which is easy to do and the gauge makes it easy to control how much water you are putting in there.
The kettle is very quick to get to the boil, even when it is full, and it suprised me with its speed. It is also very quiet and you can still easily hear the tv or whoever you are talking to as it boils. The handle is non slip and easy to grip so you don't feel like you are going to drop it and the kettle is quite lightweight so it isn't heavy even when it is full. The kettle makes the nice cup of tea and doesn't alter the taste of the water. As I've only had the kettle for just over a week, I haven't had the need to clean it yet so I can't comment on this.
All in all, I can't fault this kettle. It looks beautiful, came at a reasonable price and it is really easy to use. The cable has a good length and it boils both quickly and quietly. The kettle is a bit small and may not hold enough water for larger households but it suits me perfectly and I have no complaints about it.
===Allan put the kettle on===
Not long before Christmas my partner was getting a little bit fed up of the grotty old appliances we had in the kitchen. We'd been looking for new ones for a while but nothing was coming in at a decent price so we just shut up and put up. One day out of the blue I started receiving pictures on my phone. Allan had gone out shopping with his friend and had decided to just buy something. As it stands he also came up against a sale in BHS. All of a sudden my phone was filled with pictures of kettles and I was being asked about shapes and colours. Allan had rightly assumed that I liked red kettles but they didn't really have a shape that I liked so I let him decide on that. He ended up buying a kettle from the BHS essentials range and brought it home quite ready to throw the old kettle out.
===Big Hobbit Shoes===
BHS is quite a well known store. Short for British Home Stores they have been around since 1928 going though various name and logo changes, though mostly just deciding to use capital letters and then lower case letters, then their full name, then the abbreviated version. Not just limited to Britain they have stores all over the world and they are still growing. They are owned by Arcadia Group who own quite a few big names like Top Shop and Burtons. BHS tend to sell a huge range of products from clothes to pillows, slippers to light shades... and apparently, kettles!
If you wish to get in touch with them they have a website (www.bhs.co.uk) which has a contact us section with a web form you can fill out or you can give them a ring on 0844 411 6000 which is a national rate number and is open 9am till 9pm weekdays and till 6pm at weekends.
The kettle Allan decided to go for was the metallic red pyramid kettle from the BHS essentials range. Basically its main body is conical and finished in a shiny and luxuriously deep red colour. Where the light hits it the red you will see a lovely bright red, the shadowy areas appear almost black. What I'm trying to say is that I am actually in love with the colour. It's beautiful. The lid of the kettle is silver with black plastic with a small ball on top for pulling the lid off. The handle is circular and curves over the top of the kettle, flowing down the side where the see through water gauge sits. The handle is black rubber though changes to a smaller bit of silver coloured metal about for the last four or five inches. I assume that this is less for style reasons and more due to the fact if it didn't have this small difference, it would be practically identical to kettles made by Russell Hobbs and Morphy Richards at the moment. As the metallic bit of the handle is directly above the spout where all the steam comes out, it can get quite hot so you do need to be careful not to touch it after the kettle has boiled. I see this as a bit of a design flaw. Your hand does get very close to it when you are picking the kettle up so if you are unlucky you may find it brushing off a very hot bit of kettle. Not good.
===Settling your kettle===
Possibly the most important thing you will need to know before using your kettle is that you need to boil it about a million times first of all. The kettle is made of metal and is brand new and shiny. As such, the first 6 or 7 boils will taste very, VERY metallic if you decide to drink it like we did. Men really should learn to read the instructions first. The instructions do advise filling the kettle with water, adding a lot of lemon juice and boiling it. You should then let it sit for a few minutes before throwing it all out rinsing and repeating this step. It didn't quite say that it would take THAT many tries before the metallic flavour would be gone and we went through a whole bottle of lemon juice before we could get a satisfactory cuppa out of it. This can be a little time consuming and I'm not really sure why it's not just done in the factory before it's boxed and sent. I'm not sure if it's just the cheaper brands that have this issue either. Just be aware or you will end up taking a sip of some very disgusting tea.
The base that the kettle sits on is circular and black and one of the handy 360 degree bases so you can plonk the kettle down on it any way you want (as long as it's upright) and it will still work. The chord isn't incredibly long but it is more than long enough for what we need it for. I would imagine most people sit their appliances next to plugs on the work top anyway so I can't see it being too short for anyone. There is a little bit of extra wire that could probably do with somewhere to be tucked away to, but again as the wire isn't incredibly long it's not a huge issue.
===Shine a light===
On the very bottom of the kettle there is a black strip that matches the base and there's a red light embedded in that strip to indicate when the kettle is on. I hadn't actually noticed this for a couple of weeks after getting our kettle. The part that the light sits on is the curve at the bottom. Our kitchen is a little bit odd in that it has a foldey-up breakfast bar/ worktop that is at about waist height and that is where the kettle sits, so a little bit lower than I imagine most people would be sitting their kettle. As such the angle for me to see the light was all wrong. When it's on the kitchen worktop you can see the light plain as day.
===Up the creek with a paddle===
The switch to turn the kettle on sticks out the back of it, just under the water gauge. It's a black plastic disk that you just push down to turn the kettle on. The switch, I have found, is incredibly light which would be good if you have any problems with pushing buttons. This has, however, caused a couple of mishaps. Being that I am clumsy as hell with terrible luck, a day after we got the kettle I had made a cup of tea, popped the kettle back on its base and went through to the living room to sit down. A few minutes later I started hearing a bubbling splashing noise. I knew I wasn't cooking anything so, utterly confused, I went to the kitchen to check. To my horror the kettle was boiling and spewing water from the spout which was pouring all over our new toaster, the work top and the kitchen floor.
Thankfully our kitchen in winter is like a giant icebox so the floor rapidly cooled the boiling water enough for me to dance precariously through it to get to the kettle. Rather panicked, I never even thought of turning it off at the wall. I searched for a reason why it was doing it and realised that the wire from the toaster had managed to sit on top of the paddle lightly but enough to push it down and keep it on. I felt a bit like an idiot as I cleaned the kitchen up.
One week later, after having made many successful cups of tea the same thing happened again. This time however it wasn't the toaster wire holding it down, it was our textured wallpaper!! Needless to say I'd prefer if the switch was a little bit stronger or at least had a stronger spring mechanism to turn it off as that may have saved me a lot of cleaning time. It really was just luck that I was in the house when it happened otherwise some real damage may have occurred. As far as I can tell there is no dry boil off switch either so it was probably just as well I tend to leave too much water in my kettle.
===Water world, water world===
The water gauge runs up the backside of the kettle and has 3 markings on it. The bottom marking is the minimum fill point which also states that this is 1 litre. That's usually enough for three or four cups of tea. At the middle of the gauge is the 1.5 litre mark and at the top of the gauge is the maximum fill point at 1.9 litres. Each point has a line under the writing so it's quite clear where you are supposed to be filling it to. Personally I would much prefer if rather than litres it was measured out in cups so I could more accurately tell how much I should be putting in the kettle each time. Apparently it saves a lot of energy when boiling the kettle if you only put in what you need.
The water gauge, if I'm being honest, is my biggest issue with the kettle. I know, however, it's not just this brand that has the issue as my friends have a Russell Hobbs version and it does the exact same thing. After you have emptied your kettle the water gauge fills with condensation making it look really messy. It's a small thing, but it really gets on my nerves. None of the kettles I've had before did that.
Even more annoying is that due to the shape of the kettle the water gauge fills up quicker the fuller it gets. It's quite difficult to get the water level to land where you want as even the slightest angle will skew the reading quite drastically till you put it on a flat surface. Mostly that's down to the shape of the kettle and not really the fault of the brand. What I'm saying is that if these things are likely to annoy you, you may wish to consider a differently shaped kettle.
===Boil with no toil or trouble===
The kettle tells me that it comes with a high speed 3kw boil built in. I assume that just means that it boils fairly quickly. So I decided to test how quick it boils. My first step was to download a stopwatch app for my smart-phone and then wait till I actually wanted a cup of tea. I then filled the kettle with cold water to the max 1.8 litre line and used a system of levers and pulleys to simultaneously push the switch on the kettle and the stopwatch start button on my phone at the same time. My hands probably would have worked just as well. The kettle took exactly 3 minutes and 39 seconds to boil from cold with a full load. Is that quick? I don't really know. It certainly didn't feel quick.
===Bubble and Squeak===
Some people are concerned about noisy appliances. I am not generally one of those people when it comes to kettles but I thought I'd touch on it anyway. The noise the kettle makes is pretty standard; a kind of constant low hissing rumbly noise. It's not incredibly loud and it's not incredibly quiet. You can't really hear it outside the kitchen unless you are really straining. I doubt you will disturb anyone by boiling this kettle late at night, you party animal you.
The price for this kettle was £25 when Allan bought it in store. Currently it's on sale at the same price on the BHS website. The Morphy Richards version retails at £38.99 while the Russell Hobbs version comes in at a whopping £49.99. Given that the essentials kettle from BHS is almost an exact replica of the both of them, I'd say it was definitely worth the £25 they are selling it for! Coincidentally we got a metallic red toaster from the Russell Hobbs range when we found it on sale and the colour matches it perfectly so you shouldn't need to worry too much if you really were wanting to mix and match your appliances.
Despite the water window driving me a little bit nuttier than I usually am and the slight safety issues with the incredibly light switch and the small bit of metal handle, the kettle functions as it should and looks very pretty while doing so. I would imagine you'll need to clean other metal kettles before getting a satisfactory cuppa too. I will take one star off for these issues but it's begrudgingly. The price is a bargain compared to other almost identical kettles by well known brands. It even matches the colours from those brands making it really easy to mix and match your kitchen appliances. Four stars out of five from me. Now to enjoy a cup of tea!
PS: I noticed that dooyoo have included Picture quality and sound quality as criteria for posting this review. As it doesn't take pictures I'd have to say the picture quality is terrible. The sound it makes while good quality is not exactly music so I've rated it down on that too.