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So a while back we redecorated the kitchen and went for the cream look. Obviously we had to find new things that would fit the new colour scheme, and came across this stylish looking kettle.
Firstly, the main thing, the kettle works really well, and has since we bought it (around 18 months ago) which is good. For the low price (we got it for £25, but it's now around £20) it is a really great kettle. We have encountered one problem with the kettle so far, but it wasn't such a major issue. We found that the lid of the kettle was extremely annoying to keep removing, as it didn't easily flick up or anything like most do, but you had to pull it off; it required some force. We found this rather annoying and so to get around it, we just fill it up by putting the water directly into where we pour it out. Saves a lot of hassle with the lid and nothing really different about filling time or anything.
The capacity of the kettle I do not know for certain, but I think its something like 1.7 litres, which is quite a lot! Plenty in there to make multiple cups of tea/coffee in one boiling, so ideal for when the family are over.
the kettle boils really quickly. It's not one of those "boil in three second" things, but we did notice it was a lot quicker than our previous kettle, even when it is full, however, it does take significantly longer when it's full (obviously) but also because it holds a lot of water without having the 'max fill' mark about half way like most other silly kettles do.
On to the colour. The cream, black and silver mix went perfect in our cream kitchen. Whilst i'm no designer or anything, I can say that the kettle does look very stylish and suites the kitchen well. Would efinitely recommend.
We don't seem to have a lot of luck with kettles in our house and go through them at a rate of a couple a years. I was getting fed up by the last purchase so looked around for something in a reasonable price bracket, but also something I was hoping would last longer than six months.
We eventually settled on the Swan 1.7 litre jug kettle in cream because it was on offer at half price, which meant we paid £17 instead of the £36 it currently retails for. We also chose this model because of the colour as it matches my kitchen, but you can buy this kettle in a range of other colours including a new vibrant purple which I think looks fun.
The main reason we chose this kettle was because of the jug design. My husband doesn't like using traditional style kettles so back to a jug we went.
This model comes with a two year guarantee, so this time the receipt is attached to the kitchen notice board should anything go wrong with it in the near future.
The kettle itself looks quite stylish sitting on my kitchen worktop. It has a removable base which also acts as a 360 degree turn for versatility. The lead isn't very long, but to be honest a kettle tends to be placed near a plug socket in my opinion so this didn't worry me.
Whilst the kettle is predominately cream, there are a couple of area of stainless steel on the outer body which includes the spout and the lid. In my opinion the lid is quite small for the kettle and can be tricky to remove. The base and handle areas are black plastic which ties in the overall co-ordination of the design.
Instead of a flip lid, this kettle comes with a removable lid, much like you would find on the top of a fancy sweet jar. If you were less abled in mobility I think you would find this kettle difficult to use, as the fitting is quite rightly very tight.
To hold the kettle, the handle goes from the top of the unit right to the base and provides a well gripped handle area. I find it comfortable to lift a full kettle without too much trouble. I think a lot of this is down to the design of the unit.
The capacity at 1.7litres is ample for a family of four, and we rarely need to fill the kettle to the brim. There is a clear water level indicator on the side of the kettle around the handle area, and I find this a useful function to have on the kettle.
When boiling the kettle, I find the time scale to be average compared to other kettles I have used in the past. It certainly isn't famous for its speed, but at the same time it's quite quiet when boiling which I find nice. We have owned kettles in the past which have been very noisy and I have worried that I'll wake the family up first thing in the morning.
Overall, I think this kettle is well worth the money we paid for it. I would suggest the RRP of £36 is slightly on the high side for what you actually get which is essentially a basic kettle in a pretty colour.
On sale you could do worse.