Newest Review: ... 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 k... more
My shiny red kettle!
BHS Essentials Pyramid Kettle
Member Name: Wickedinrock
BHS Essentials Pyramid Kettle
Advantages: Quick to boil, looks lovely, great value!
Disadvantages: Needs a bit of cleaning!
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!
Summary: A fantastic kettle for a great price!
|Ease of use:|