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Yesterday I finally said farewell to my "EasyBowl" kettle,I returned it to the shop and asked for my money back : I had tried hard ,the was the second one in 18months and both had leaked from the base. I was sad because it was a happy orange colour that turned purple as it boiled the water but we had to part company.
So I am on the hunt for a new kettle. Now it is winter we are working more indoors and when I saw this Bosch kettle in my bosses kitchen I thought this might be good ,maybe I will buy one of these. It looks the part, a black jug kettle on a black stand,the on off switch at the top of the handle near the lid. !.7litre capacity with a double side water level indicator ,cool touch ,fast boil with cable storage in the base. I checked the inside ,removable limescale filter what could be better!
Well they could have tried using it a few times! after two weeks of cuppas I am not impressed . The lid doesn´t press open with your thumb unless helped and the spout is too small to fill from the tap. When it boils steam escapes from the lid and when you pour the boiling water it comes out of the lid as well as the spout.
Yesterday in the kettle shop my husband pointd out the Bosch as a replacement for our old "Easy Bowl" and I said "No thanks,you try it tomorrow", well he did, and he agreed with me ! that must be twice in 30years!
We did hunt around the kitchen and discovered ,yes, another Bosch jug kettle,this time in white!
I purchased this kettle about 14 months ago for our office - it was the second kettle we had bought that month. It's immediate predecessor had died a brutal death! It had to boil water and couldn't, being that it only cost us a fiver. The kettle before that had been a Morphy Richards that finally disappeared under a blanket of lime scale.
The decision to buy this kettle was simple - it was the only one in the shop. In fairness to the shop it is a furniture and larger appliances type store - Hayes of Bath. They are really quite proper and very old fashioned, although I was surprised there was no other choice. However, i was confident this kettle would do a good job as Bosch is a well respected name and brand. Petty cash forked out the £39.99 it cost us. I think this is expensive for a kettle, but I certainly wasn't gonna make another trip somewhere else - I'm a busy lady.
The kettle is plastic, and stands fairly high - about 30cms. The plastic is a pleasant combination of gloss and matt finish. This is attractive and in my experience easy to wipe clean. The lid had a quick release button, which I personally like, although if you had a small sink it would be hard to fill as the kettle is tall and the lid just adds to this - we pour in the water from a filter as our office water is foul, so the lid isn't in the way and since it is attached to the kettle we haven't lost it! The capacity is a large 1.7L. However, when filled to capacity the kettle does rock n roll around the surfaces a little scarily, and it may switch itself off early (this has happened to me only once). Filled to 1.5L it is perfectly well behaved. The kettle is cordless and so sits on its own little island, with a fill 360 degree spin. Don't spin it when it has water in, especially hot water. The element is concealed under a metal plate.
This concealed element along with the plastic finish of the kettle had ensured that it is very easy to clean, and looks just as good as the day it was purchased. And, if I'm honest we aren't very tidy in our office, but the kettle has survived.
I think the best feature of this kettle is its reliability. We have about 15 people in the office who probably have 4 hot drinks each every day - that is a lot of boiling this baby has completed!
I would recommend this kettle if you want a sleek black design, don't mind having plastic, if you want something easy to clean and very reliable.
Also, it has a ridiculous name that I am quite taken with.
Cordless Jug Kettle 1.7litre 3.1kW Cool Touch Black