This review is going to be really short as there's not really much you can say about a kettle! In the past I've had problems with kettles, they seem to break or be unreliable, and as I write this I do remember there being one fault (read about in the cons)
One of the main pros with this kettle is how quite it is when it boils. It's easy to see how much your filling up the kettle too which saves time waiting for water to boil that isn't needed, plus it saves on electricity!
It boils water really fast (at least faster than my previous kettles)
So far i've had no rusting at the bottom of the kettle, is it rust or limescale? Whatever it is with this kettle I am yet to see this as a problem!
Nice and light but also sturdy
It looks great in the kitchen and the almost matte surface looks great without it looking cheap
Easy to clean: It's as simple as a wipe clean!
A great brand: Bosch customer service has always been very helpful!
The small hole which you can see in the image is where the lead exists the kettle which looks really clean. I really don't like it when you see alot of lead sticking out and this kettle allows you to wind some of that wire underneath the base!
The metal ring at the bottom that connects to the mains did bend slightly backwards. I'm not sure how this happened but for a time I was unable to fully put the kettle on the stand. I did however force it which broke off the little bit which had bent back - and it works fine!!
Another con is the fact that this may not suit every kitchen. It does have the danger of looking cheap but it doesn't in our kitchen. For more modern kitchens then, well maybe this will be an issue.
Maybe I should invest in a new one as that does sound dangerous.. but so far no issues! We actually previously had a toaster to match this kettle, however the toaster developed a fault which then lead us to replacing it with a M&S one!
Overall: A great kettle by a great make with a great price tag to match! It's super reliant and the customer service is always easy to grab hold of so any issues you may have will be answered swiftly!
This bosch kettle is very unusual in terms of its shape. It is however reasonably priced (approx £30), very reliable and the shape? well ive grown to love it!
It is a cordless kettle which gives you the ease of use and ultimate portibility. it's plastic base is the same diameter as the kettle itself which means that it takes up a minimum amount of work surface. It has a 1.7 litre capacity which equates to about 9 of my Denby mugs!
It is easlly operated. The cord is hidden away in the base which means that you only need to have the required length exposed, again ensuring a neat and tidy work surface. The power on/off button is situated on the large, ergonomically pleasing handle. When switched on this is signified by a red operational LED.
For the most part, the kettle is constructed from stainless steel. However the handle is black matt plastic. This ensures that there is no heat transfer and the handle never gets hot. Also, because the handle is an unusually large distance from the kettle itself, there is no chance of the residual steam scaldng you hands as is ofteh the case when you pour from an upright kettle.
The heating element is concealed under a stainless stel base so if you live in a hard water area where lime scale is an issue then you can easilly clean it and performance is not reduced. With this in mind, there is also a filter at the neck of the spout which catches and loose lime scale.
Running parallel to the handle is the fill gauge. this is split into both litres and cups which means that you never need overfill or underfill the kettle, saving valuable electricity.
As with all stainless steall appliances it is prone to marking but is easy enough to wipe and polish clean so long as this is done on a fairly regular basis.
In terms of performance it heats the water to a very high temperature and is capable of boling a full load of water in about 3 minutes. Obvioslly for smaller amounts the time is quicker.
We originally bought a Breville Kettle, that went wrong in just 3 months!! Sadly we couldn't get our money back and we didn't want to wait for the three weeks to get it repaired, which would have meant we were without a kettle...
We went to John Lewis for a new one and spotted the Bosch Kettle on the shelves (our one is black) John Lewis told us that we could bring it back, anytime, within two years, if it didn't work and they would supply a loan kettle for free, whilst it was being repaired - excellent. Thankfully, we have not had to use that service.
The kettle is robust, reliable, fast and user friendly. It can be filled to 1.7 litres. It has a good handle to grip and is a reasonable weight and it pours extremely well. The on/off button illuminates orange when on. It also looks pleasing. Two niggly things that I find, is that it's somewhat noisy and the lid falls down a bit when filling. But otherwise, this is a good solid reliable buy and worth the money. It's not got the eye candy that some have, but heck we bought it for one reason - to boil water reliably!!
When our reliable Morphy Richards Opera kettle suddenly gave up before I returned home for Christmas, I thought the best option was to buy the same design again and was dismayed to find that MR have ceased production of the older model replacing it with something that is cheaper feeling with an awful feeling handle. With a couple of pre-Christmas John Lewis vouchers at my disposal and a plea from my mum to change the kitchen kettle, using my old Kenwood jug kettle as the back up, the Bosch "Private Collection," of small cooking appliances took my fancy because it was one of few brands that make different colours for their small appliances - and my mother as per usual wanted black to match the black dishwasher and the black Bosch fridge freezer. When I saw the white one at John Lewis I was pleased to be told it was also available in black; hence the black one came home with me!
For a start this kettle isn't exactly the best thing since sliced bread even though it is shaped like a Penguin in terms of its tall and wide body and elevated handle. Infact online it seems to have hit a snag with quite a few buyers on Amazon who have slated the particular model for its design and build quality. Yet I can't say that this is the case with the one I purchased from John Lewis and at a cost of £34-95 it isn't the cheapest kettle either despite the Bosch pretence of Germanic quality and design. Unlike other kettles we've had in the past the Bosch Solitaire gleams and shines very easily thanks to its metallic like matt black paintwork and often where function is replaced by form, those who have dropped in for Christmas treats have commented on how cool this kettle looks.
Despite its cool penguin like profile, the Bosch Solitaire houses a large 1.7 litre water capacity and powered by a fast and efficient 3100 watt/3.1kw element that is hidden from view to help out with cleaning when it needs it. The spout is very small and thin with the usual pick out, slide out/in water mesh filter, too big for a flowing water tap to fill the spout, help comes calling in the form of a push button pop up lid that usually sits recessed at the top making for a very classy looking kettle. The lid opens to quite a distance too which allows for most sizes of taps to be accomodated for filling procedures.
The lid however compromises cleaning, as you'll need a long brush to get inside because the top does have a fairly small diameter on the opening. Thankfully though the mesh filter is made of stainless steel, so much more appreciated here than plastic mesh that comes away in a short time. The on button on the sloping handle is easy to activate, shines on with a pleasing orange LED and like usual kettles the handle is completely touch cool when lifting the kettle. When it comes to boiling the Bosch does it quickly and efficiently without complaint and with its higher-powered element on board keeping water hot, boiled water on a full tank can be achieved in less than a single minute; the click off moves with Germanic precision and does it without sounding too cheap too.
In terms of pouring, the Bosch somewhat justifies the price; I love the fact that no spilling or water sloshing emerges from the kettle when it is poured and that elevated handle at the back makes the kettle feel a lot lighter to pour than it is when fully filled with water. The handle (a black speckled affair that is surprisingly tactile to hold) is also comfortable to grip onto, something I was initially worried about if my mum's arthritic fingers couldn't grip easily particularly as she's always using hot water bottles.
The black matt paint on this kettle however is very easy to keep clean and it will need it if finger marks get on it. That said, the body of the kettle is surprisingly not heat insulated despite Bosch's claims to state that it has a double insulated body and since the beginning of December 2009 (I refuse to give anyone a toaster or a kettle as a Christmas gift to anyone, let alone my mum) it has been fairly quiet and doesn't wobble much on its recessed cable stand when reaching optimum boil. What I do appreciate about the Bosch is that it has a sufficiently long power cable (just under 0.5 metre) and again just like the whole kettle including its cordless base, it's all in black and the cable can be hidden from view depending on travel or reach from the mains power socket. There are also double water gauges on both sides of the kettle, which makes it suitable for left or right-handed owners. It is a pity though that thanks to its black interior, it is impossible to judge the water level from a distance even though it does show marked litres (thankfully no "cup" measurements) all the way to 1.7 litres in small white lettering. This is also a problem that is inflicted on the white and black model, pictured here on Dooyoo.
In terms of design the Bosch Solitaire is a little different to standard jug kettles on the market, sloping here and there and with very few sharp edges in sight and a shiny matt black and silver named/white lettering appearance that blends in well with similarly painted kitchen appliances. For the price and Germanic name it should have better body heat insulation and a better spout for filling straight from a tap even though it comes with a 2 year guarantee. The fact that it looks like a penguin is merely a bonus and every time we use it, the shape raises a little smile in us. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2010
Bosch TWK6031GB Cordless Jug Kettle A designer kettle at a great price from a trusted name says it all / 1.7 Litre capacity Rapid boil Cordless Concealed element Removeable stainless steel filter Double sided water level indicator 3100 watt power White finish with grey trim 1 Year gurantee / Short name: Bosch TWK6031GB