Product Type: Bosch kettles
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Bosch kettle - fast boiling, multi-featured and robust
Member Name: julwhite
Advantages: Boils quickly, energy efficient and has numerous features
Disadvantages: Quite an expensive kettle compared to some others
This review is of the Bosch TWK8633GB jug kettle, which retails at a recommended price of 69.99 pounds.
At the time of writing Dooyoo don't have a product image for this kettle, just an image which says the manufacturer doesn't allow a picture to be displayed, which I'm not sure that I understand. But to describe the kettle, it is primarily made of black plastic, although the top section is silver. There is quite a robust look to the kettle, which I find looks quite stylish.
The kettle has a capacity of 1,500ml, which is nearly always more than I need, and so it is useful that there is a minimum capacity of 300ml, which makes one cup of coffee or tea nicely. I found that the kettle boils quickly compared to other kettles, and it doesn't seem to make an excessive amount of noise when boiling.
Although I'm not sure how to measure this, it did come in a box which noted that it was a low energy kettle and thus saved on electricity and helped the environment just a little bit more than other kettles. However if you're keen to save a little by getting an energy efficient kettle, this seems to be a good option.
The feature that I like, and haven't had on my previous cheaper kettles, is that you can choose which temperature to boil the kettle to. Instead therefore of having to boil the kettle to 100 degrees you can heat the water to lower levels, which are 70, 80 or 90 degrees. I don't use boiling water in coffee, which is probably not the correct way to make it, but this feature is therefore useful for me in this regard.
Another very useful feature is the "keep warm" option, which lets you boil the kettle and then allows it to keep the water warm if someone else needs to use the water a few minutes after. Although I don't use this feature very often, I can see how it would be useful for some.
In terms of the reliability I have been using this kettle for around three months, replacing a different earlier cheaper model where the plastic started to crack. This kettle seems much more robust, I've had no problems with leaks, cracks, jams or anything else, and I feel that on balance it appears to be a well made kettle.
I haven't really noticed any negatives about this kettle, although it does make quite a shrill beep when the water is boiled, and although this doesn't particularly bother me, I haven't found a way of turning this off. For those that aren't keen on the colour, there is also a white model available, and Bosch also make some matching kitchen appliances in the same colours, although this is the only product that I have from this manufacturer.
This kettle was acquired at Comet's before the retailer closed down, so it was purchased for a cheaper price, of under 40 pounds. However, looking at some web-sites of retailers, you would expect to pay between 50 and 60 pounds for this kettle at the moment, although there are probably some cheaper options around.
Overall I would recommend this kettle, although some may not like its look. It is more expensive than other kettles, but it boils quickly and efficiently. I feel that the kettle itself is robust, and it has some features such as variable temperature options and a keep warm function which are quite useful.
Summary: A robust kettle which looks stylish and appears to be of a good quality
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