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Cookworks Jug Kettle
Member Name: Ainat
Cookworks Jug Kettle
Date: 08/04/12, updated on 13/01/14 (83 review reads)
Advantages: Cheap but looks stylish, does the job, boil dry protection
Disadvantages: The lid, impossible to tell when it's hot, takes a while to boil
The other half and I are traditionally British in that we are big tea drinkers. This does mean that we do require a device that can boil water for this purpose. When our old kettle got to the point that it needed replacing we set out to get a new kettle. Of course we could always have resorted to boiling water in a pan on the hob, but instead we opted to get a cheap kettle for the time being.
*So why the Cookworks jug kettle?*
The short answer to that question - price and appearance.
The longer answer - we were in Argos looking at the range of kettles in the catalogue, specifically looking at the cheaper end of the scale. We didn't want to go for the cheap £5 kettle, this was taking the cheapness a little too far and was the white plastic type. Our old kettle was a white plastic one and it didn't keep the bright whiteness. The Cookworks kettle is stainless steel. More attractive than the white plastic, and easier (in theory) to keep clean. In general you can't go wrong with silver and black. It matches pretty much anything. In fact, this kettle in general does have an appearance than suggests it costs more than it's £9.99 price tag.
*So we picked our kettle... Now what?*
The kettle came packaged in a cardboard box. Not overly packaged, which is always good. It also came with a leaflet type information sheet. The kettle itself came in two 'parts' - the kettle and the black plastic stand with cord attached. The cord isn't overly long - personally I think this is a good thing for a kitchen. The cord is plenty long enough to reach the plug socket that I wanted it plugged in to without cords trailing all over the place, which could be a hazard.
The kettle sites nicely on the kitchen side, and we were right. The silver/black combination looked good sat there - especially next to our silver toaster.
Now, I can't remember if I just did this, or I read it on the leaflet that came with the kettle (I think I've lost the leaflet so can't go and check) but I did fill the kettle to the maximum point - a nice generous 1.7 litres - and boiled it and tipped this first lot of water away. I then put more water in to the kettle and made the first round of brews. I'm glad I did this since I have read reviews since that said the first couple of boils the water has had a metallic taste to it. Doing this full kettle boil seems to have combated this as we didn't have this problem when we made that first brew.
*6 months later...*
So 6 months later we still have this kettle. We have come across both pro's and con's when it comes to using the kettle.
- Pro's -
- The cost is still a big plus point. A tenner for a kettle that is used several times a day and still works as good as the day we got it - that's got to be good.
- The boil dry protection - on the occasions that I've stupidly forgotten to put water in the kettle before switching it on the kettle automatically switches itself off so it doesn't boil dry.
- The little orange/yellow light on the kettle lets you know when it's boiling away (before the sound gives it away of course). It's definitely not one of those all singing and dancing colour changing lights that some kettles have, but it's enough for its purpose.
- Is very easy to pour, even when full.
- The way the round base is designed means the kettle does not have to be put on it a specific way round. The base also has non-slip feet.
- The kettle is very easy to keep clean and shiny - a wipe with a damp cloth every so often keeps it spick and span.
- Stylish. Looks more expensive than it actually is.
- The kettle does have a removable filter so you can wash it, but I haven't needed to do that yet.
- Con's -
- The lid annoys me. It is a flip lid that is easy enough to flip open, but also has a tendency to close by itself when I'm trying to fill it at the tap. This means it isn't as easy to fill as it should be. A slight design change here could make this so much easier to use.
- This is probably just me being a klutz, but once the kettle is boiled and the light has gone off its impossible to tell whether that stainless steel is hot or not. More than once I have accidentally brushed my hand up against it. Thank goodness for automatic reflexes!
- Takes a little too long to boil in my opinion, but then I do use this time effectively. It is a good time to give the kitchen sides a wipe down or do that little bit of washing up that needs to be done whilst am waiting for it to boil.
Not really a pro or a con, but the noise level is acceptable for a kettle. It obviously makes noise as it boils away, but not overly so. Pretty much just what you would expect from a kettle.
So for the money this is actually a pretty good kettle. The main cons though of filling it and me often burning myself on it are enough for me to have to drop two stars as these are major annoyances of mine. I'm not so worried about the boiling time, but I don't like the tutting I end up doing when the lid flips shut when I'm trying to fill it up and end up spraying water everywhere. Or the 'ouchy' moments. To be fair I guess I could attribute both of these points to me being a bit clumsy, but I feel small changes in design could make this kettle far better.
However if a cheap stylish boiling device is what you are after, this could be the kettle for you!
Summary: A good kettle for the money, but could be improved.
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