Kettles. We all need them, we all have used one, be that something you put on top of the cooker in order to heat up the water from the heat of the hob, or the more modern ones where that great invention called elastic-trickery helps bring the water to the boil.
And it is the latter of the two that I am thinking about not. The type of kettles that are plugged into the wall sockets and use the power of the boffins to boil water.
I have owned, used and tossed away more kettles than I can ever remember, of all different shapes and sizes, with all of them having one thing in common, and that is that they have all broken after what I consider to be a short time, which leads me to the conclusion that they don't make things to last like the used to do in the olden days.
Anyway, one particular kettle that I used a while back, until it took a tumble off the worktops and ended up scattering along the floor with, luckily, cold water all over the place. And that killed this kettle as it just wouldn't hold water after that.
The kettle that I am writing about is a more advanced model of another kettle that I had used in the past, with this one being a lot better looking, in the kettle glamour award ceremonial shows that is.
The kettle that I am talking about is one from a company called Cloer, with this kettle being the Cloer 4019 1.7litre kettle.
* What does it look like..?
It offers 1800watts of power, standing about 250mm high by about 145mm in circumference, although the handle does stick out another 50mm at the rear end with the spout giving it another 25mm. And an empty kettle weighs no more than a kilo in itself.... But this does get heavier when filled with water of course.
When I first looked at it the main thing that I noticed was the nice colouring of this one, a shade of grey-slash-brown surrounded by the dull but nice looking stainless steel. This may sound a dull sort of colouring but there's a lovely surprise with this one when things start to happen, but I will go into this later.
Most of the kettle is made of a stainless steel, giving it a good strength whilst keeping it lightweight. Ringing around the central section of the steel there is a rather nice sized window which starts as a brown-grey colour but changes to a lovely sea blue colouring right before your very eyes.
The only other colour on the kettle is black, which is the handle itself that is attached to the side above the black on/off switch. And there's the black colour of the lid that sits inside the rim at the top.
On the blue window section there are three black marking. These are not pieces of dirt, nor are they marks that the makers accidentally left on when they put it into the box. These marks are the water measuring marks, going up the window, starting a little up from the bottom at 0.5l, then half way up there is the litre mark, with the 1.7l almost at the top of the window.
They're the only markings on the kettle which leaves the rest of the window as clear as the proverbial what-sits.
On the back there is the black plastic handle which starts from the top, almost all the way down to the bottom, near the top pf the handle there is a small black button that, when pressed, releases the lid, popping it open in an instant. Then, underneath the handle, there is the on/off button. Opposite the handle side there is the spout which is part of the metal of the kettle and has not been stuck on as an after thought.
On the top of the entire kettle there is the lid itself, which is made of the same black plastic as the handle.
I mentioned the little surprise about the dull colouring of the plastic window. This dull colouring magically turns a lovely shade of sea blue when the kettle is plugged in and switch on, beginning the boiling process. Although, I'm guessing that this magical colouring really only is a light inside the unit the makes the window glow so that you can clearly see the water inside the kettle do a lovely little dance that boiling water tends to do.
* Is there anything else to mention..?
Yes there is, a couple of things really, such as the fact that it sits on a circular base making it, what is known in the trade as a cordless kettle, which means that the kettle can spin a full 360° on the base
Then there's the hidden element which means that there's no element showing inside the kettle.
And finally, there are a couple of safety features, such as auto shut off when boiling and anti-Marge from Swindon... no, I mean, anti-boil dry so that you don't accidentally try and boil water that's not in the kettle.
* Is it quick..?
A good question and one that I will give you an answer too... the speed of this water boiling action really does depends on a few factors, such as the amount of water and whether the water inside the kettle has been previously boiled. But for a simple example of a freshly filled kettle from the cold tap this kettle comes to the boil in less than 4 minutes.
* And what do I think..?
As I mentioned, the main things about this kettle is the fetching colouring of it, a lovely sea blue surrounded by a dull metallic look. The sky blue of the kettle really coming into play when the water inside begins to boil, you can see it bouncing away through the blue tinted window that surround the housing, all the way around, not just a small section of it. This really does give this kettle that edge when it comes to style and a little more interesting when it comes to that old saying "a watched kettle never boils", with this one worth watching, if you really wanted to.
The lid is a bit of a monster in itself, thicker than any other lid I have come across on a kettle before, yet it still glides open as gracefully as Jane Torvill on ice. To lift the lid you simply press the button on the top edge of the handle, on the vertical part near the top. Press this and the lid pops open so you can fill the kettle with water from the tap without spilling it all over the spout and housing.
To get the lid back in place you simply push it down, back into the top, clicking it securely into place. And when the lids sat in place there's no really hassles of the steam coming out of the rim at all, which results in the steam only coming out of the spout, which again result in the auto switch off when it has come to the boil clicking off a lot quicker than some kettle I've used that seem to lose more steam through the rim of the lids than anywhere else. Not with this one though, this ones lid sits in place like a washer in a tap, leaving no gaps for anything to escape around.
The on/off switch looks a bit chunkier than the other Cloer kettle I have used, that one being a slim looking one that slotted into the kettle in one slot. This one joins into the kettle housing using a two slot system which allows the switch to be made wider and still as secure in it's constant up and down job that it has to do.
In fact, the entire build of the kettle makes many other kettles look like they are made out of the stuff that you find separating your chocolates in a box of milk tray.
This kettle was well though out and well built, which is a rarity these days when it comes to making anything really.
It's not the quickest of boilers. It's not your Lamborghini modal, it's more your Ford Focus, which is better than some kettle I've used, which comes across as more like your Nissan Micra with a flat tyre.
But it is this lovely blue colouring that is the main thing I like about this one is the lovely blue colouring that glows happily away on the worktop as the boiling water inside dances about like Eminem on tour with Rihanna.
* And the price..?
This is a pricey kettle, in the kettle world that is, selling for about the £50 mark, which, as I said, is quite dear for something that boils water.
* Would I recommend this kettle..?
I would have to say yes, without a doubt. This is one kettle that, if you're not as clumsy as my family and I, should last you a long time without any trouble at all.
It is strong yet lightweight, quick boiling yet quiet and above all, it's a rather soothing colour of blue that brings the eye towards it when it's doing the water dance.