Kettles. We have all used one. Most of us have owned at least one in our lives, with some people, including myself, owning more kettle than they've got teeth in their mouths. So when it comes to kettles I tend to find that no matter how much I have paid for one they always end up in the same place at the end of the day... the old scarp heap in the sky. This has led me to the conclusion that it's sometimes better to buy a cheaper kettle with the knowledge that it will have to be replaced with in no time at all.
One such kettle that I remember having, which ended up like all the others, was a not so well known one from a company that I had never heard of, but managed to last quire some time, is the kettle called the Cloer 4111 kettle, although there was a bit more to the name which I think was in German.
*What does this Cloer kettle look like..?
It's your standard white plastic kettle, standing at about 250mm high, 150mm wide and 220mm deep, including the handle, and offering 1800watts of power. On the rear there is the handle, which in itself, is a sort of horseshoe shape, and there's the on/off switch just below it. Then there's a thin measuring window on the side, a spout on the top at the front and a lid that swings up on a single hinge. Although the lid has a rather fine little locking system which seems to make this kettle that bit different than others.
The little clear plastic window has a few numbers going up it, this lets you know how much water is inside the kettle. These measurements are in litres, or 'L' as the letter states, going up from the minimum of 0.5L to the full 1.7L, with the word 'MAX' above this number to let you know that you should put no more water inside.
I know it looks like there's plenty of room left in the kettle above the 'MAX' mark but you do have to leave space for when the water begins to thrash about inside the kettle when it comes to the boil. An over filled Kettle will spit water out of the spout and the pressure may in fact lift spit and hiss through the rim of the lid.
And that's the kettle itself, which sits on the standard circular disc which gives this 'cordless' kettle the power it needs to boil.
What I mean by cordless is, as with all kettles of this kind, the kettle is not directly wired into the plug socket, which means that you can take the kettle to the tap without fear of dropping the plug into the sink full of pots, pans and dirty plates. It is the circular disc that stays on your worktop that is wired to the mains and this has a little knobble in the centre of it which slots into a little port that is on the underside of the kettle.
When you pop the lid of the kettle open you'll see that there is a small white filter that goes across the spout area. This is the 'limescale' filter and is there to stop not just limescale from dropping into your fresh cup of hot chocolate.
This filter can be removed and cleaned, which makes it last longer at the end of the day.
It's nothing like the other Cloer kettle that I have used, the rather attractive and quite fashionable looking silver model with a lovely sea blue clear window so you can see the water bubbling away. But it's not the blue model I'm talking about here, it is the more duller Cloer that I am talking about, the Cloer 4111 kettle.
* So how do you use it..?
As any other kettle really. You just fill it up with tap water, either through the spout, which can be a bit tricky as the spout isn't the widest, or via popping open the lid and pouring the water in that way.
To lift the lid you just press the middle section of the lid and it should all pop up on its hinge.
Once the water is inside the kettle, either the minimum amount or the full 1.7 litres, you just pop the kettle back on the stand, making sure that it sits properly on the little round knob in the middle of the stand.
Once it's on the stand you just press the power button that is below the handle. Press down for on, which shows a '1', and up for off, which shows a '0'. once you've pressed the switch down it's just a matter of waiting for the water to boil.
* Are there any safety features..?
It has your usual kettle safety stuff, such as anti-boil dry feature, a safety locking lid, and the very important automatic shut off.
* Where's the element...?
I can hear you asking as you look inside the kettle.
The element is one of those hidden ones which means that it is underneath the metal plate on the bottom of the inside of the kettle.
This helps protect the element and it might even be the reason why these type of kettle manage to boil water quicker these days.
* Does it take long to boil..?
This depends entirely on how much water is inside.
If you boil the minimum amount then, from cold to boil, it takes about a minute and 20 seconds. If you fill the kettle with cold water you're talking more like just short of four minutes. But either way, a minute or four minutes, it does manage to boil water quicker than most kettles I have used.
* Is it strong..?
Even though it's made of plastic it is still remarkably strong and can easily take the weight of the 1.7 litres of water without it splitting into pieces when you're pouring it into a cup. The handle was a bit of a worry for me as it is a horseshoe sort of shape, the 'u' shape, rather than the more sturdy looking 'C' shape handle. But the handle surprised me really as it doesn't even flinch when I pick up the full kettle once its contents have boiled.
* What about cleaning..?
All it takes is a bit of a wipe with a very damp cloth over the plastic body of the kettle. This should remove any fingerprints and the like.
As I mentioned earlier, the filter is washable and simply slide out of the two little plastic 'tags' that it sits on near the spout. When you take this filter out you just then give it a bit of a wash, either a soak or a run under the tap. Then you replace it back into the kettle.
Job done. You're nice and clean and ready to boil.
* My two pence worth...?!!
This was a fine little kettle when I was using it. It managed to boil enough water for a few cups at a time, which kept the family and in-laws happy when it was time for a cup of tea.
It looks quite nice, in a kettle looking sort of manner, with the lid having a lovely pressing action in the centre and a fetching grey rim around the edge. Then there's the handle itself, even if it is not the standard kettle handle, being more a 'U' shape, with the bit missing at the bottom. But this shape does seem to make is easier to grab hold of.
The body may be made of plastic but it can handles a lot of stress and a large amount of boiling water. Even the spout handles the boiling water with no hassles at all, although it is a bit small and can make the water spill over the sides if you tip the kettle to far at once. But once I got the hang of how far to tilt it there was no real issues with spillage after that, but there was some once in a while.
The window is nice and clear so that you know exactly how much water is inside it, although when I say exactly, I do actually mean as close to ½ litre measurements, which is close enough in the kettle boiling sort of world.
When the kettle is sat on the base it all seems to look like one unit, in a way, with the only clue to there being two separate parts is the thin black line which is where the little feet on the kettle are.
The base has a few groove like sections on the underside which the cable can be wrapped around, which means that you only have to have the amount of cable sticking out that you need. The cable itself is only about 300mm in length so you do have to have it near a socket to start with.
* What more can I say about this kettle?
Well, it does exactly what it's supposed to do. It boils water, and does it in quite a quick time too, whilst looking quite nice sat on the worktop when it's not being used.
* Now for the price..?
This kettle sells for a heavy weight £30, or more in fact, although if I remember correctly, when I bought mine it was around the £20 mark... maybe it was on sale?.
But a bit of a search for a price these days shows that the price is in the £30 table, with some place selling for nearer the £40.
* Would I recommend this then..?
I would definitely give this five stars if it was still on sale for the price I paid for it, £20, roughly, but as it is on the market for a lot more than that then I'd have to show caution if I was buying it now. I mean, there's many kettle of this size that are selling for less than the £30 - £40 tag that this one is selling for and, if I was buying this know, I'd hold onto my wallet whilst I searched around the shops a bit longer.
I'm slightly confused as to why dooyoo have asked about the picture and sound quality of this kettle, and even the installation... but hey, mistakes are there to be made??? that's why they invented tippex...