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My Beautiful Purple Kettle
BHS Essentials Pyramid Kettle
Member Name: stickyangel
BHS Essentials Pyramid Kettle
Advantages: Looks great, light, easy to fill, pour, lift etc, limescale filter, cordless
Disadvantages: Difficult to clean the inside properly, noisy
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.
Summary: A lovely kettle with just a couple of minor issues
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