I am not a tea or coffee drinker but now I own my own home I feel it necessary to have a kettle in the house for people that come to visit. I didn't want to splash out on anything fancy since it is only to be used a couple of times per week so this was the perfect choice for me. I bought it for £9.99 from Argos around a year ago and it is still available in Argos currently. *Looks* It is available in black, white and grey. It is made of a lightweight plastic so it is not very heavy even when filled to the maximum with water. It has a water limit of 1.7 litres which is displayed on the side of the kettle on the see through level guide. The switch to turn it on is positioned on the handle and it glows orange whilst the kettle is boiling. *To use* It could not be simpler to use. You lift the lid up via the indent on the top of the kettle to pour the water in. The kettle sits on the base unit with a little jiggle to fit it in to position. Then you push the 'on' button down so it glows orange to let you know it is boiling. It makes a click when it is finished and the orange light goes out. Boiling time is between 2 minutes and 3 minutes for a full kettle and can be under 1 minute for a cup full of water. *Durability* As I said, I have owned this for around a year and I haven't had any faults with it. It is getting used more now it is winter and I like to have a hot water bottle in the evening but I haven't found that it is getting any worse for wear. The plastic looks as good as it did when I bought it and the components inside still look nice and shiny (probably due to the good quality water that come from our taps). I would happily repurchase this again should it ever break. It is cheap but does the job I need it to do. For minimal usage I don't need anything fancy and this looks fine sat on my work top. However, I have taken a star off for it looking a little 'cheap' for some people.
After my kettle suddenly broke, I was on urgently in need of a new kettle. However, as I didn't have that much money, I bought the nearest and cheapest kettle available. If I had had more money then I would not have bought this kettle as it is very basic and I would have preferred a more expensive looking kettle rather than this plastic kettle. This kettle is currently available to buy from Argos for £9.99. The kettle is blue in colour and made from plastic. The water 'level' bit is see through, so you can easily see how much water is in the kettle. The minimum amount to boil is 0.5 litres and the maximum is 1.7 litres. Do not go over as the water will spill over the kettle. When I first bought the kettle, the water I boiled tasted very plastic-y and this really put me off using the kettle as it tasted as though it was full of chemicals. It does say on the instructions that it may taste slightly plastic-y at first but it will soon go away. It did go away in the end, although I wasn't very happy about using it. The kettle is very easy to use; simply fill the kettle with the required amount of water, and push the switch 'down' to boil. When the kettle is boiling, the switch will be orange, and when it has finished boiling the orange light will go off. This is useful as you can easily see when the kettle has finished boiling. The kettle is fairly quick. It takes less than a minute to boil the minimum amount of water, and around 2-3 minutes to boil a full kettle (1.7 litres). It's not super fast, but it does boil within a reasonable amount of time. The kettle is very basic; made from plastic and extremely light (when it's empty). As it is so basic I keep expecting it to stop working. I've had this kettle for around 6 months now, so it has lasted longer than I expected it to. The kettle has a pull back lid which makes pouring water into the kettle easy. The kettle isn't very noisy and makes a 'click' noise when it has finished boiling. This is a very basic and cheap kettle. It's ok if you are on a low budget, however, I would prefer a more expensive, better looking and 'better-made' kettle. Thanks for reading! April 2012 Xdonzx / xd-o-n-z-x