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I recently had the misfortune of heading for my pre-bed cup of tea and finding a Kettle that was on the blink. So four weeks ago I had to head out into town on a wet Sunday morning to find a new Kettle. I headed straight to a local Argos and (although I did use some vouchers) picked this up for £14.99. I have used the Cookworks range on many occasions before and never had a problem with it so, parched and with a throat like a desert, I bought my Kettle and headed home.
The reasons why I bought this were three fold...a) the price was good and I don't like paying too cheap or you just end up replacing b) the brand name and previous success and c) the colour matches my kitchen. It also looks very stylish, very modern and looks more expensive than it actually is which always helps proceedings. Its very easy to look at and doesn't stick out like a sore thumb in my otherwise expensive kitchen.
Its all also made from very sturdy and solid material, feels very secure and compact. It gets heavy with heavy as expected but is otherwise light, easy to handle and very easy to open and clean. The base sticks well to the bench without leaving marks, its solid and the connector is large so its easy to set down and put up. It's a nice girth as well so its easy to pour...............did I mentioned this was easy to use? :)
However, its not very quick. And by not very quick what I actually mean is slow. By the time this has boiled my thirst has gone and there is no such thing as a quick cuppa in my flat anymore...it's a long painstaking wait. Even my dirt cheap kettle of old is better than this, heck even the ring on my oven would boil a pan of water faster. Looks clearly have been given preference over quality.
One other downside I guess it's the noise. I live in a flat and the kitchen is next to the sitting room and even with the door shut this sounds like a rocket taking off. Its loud and when I say loud, I mean LOUD. When I first turned it on I though I was under attack. You will get used to it but the midnight cuppa will soon start waking neighbours.
Needless to say I am in no way impressed with the performance of this kettle. Sure enough it looks good and if looks could kill, this would make one hell of a cuppa but sadly the only think being killed here is patience as this is a slow loud kettle that is far best avoided!
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My kettle packed in a few months ago, so I purchased this from Argos for £21.99. What made my buy this one was the attractive deep metallic red colour of it. It was very different from ones I'd had before. Also I've had Cookworks products before that I've been very happy.
When I used it for the first time I was a bit surprised by the loudness of it. Also it takes quite a time before it reaches boiling point. My previous kettle was a rapid boil but this one is not so I did notice a difference with the boiling time.
However it does the job intended.
It sits well on the base and the flex is of a fine length. A problem I have noticed about it is that I can't see the indicator light is on, but this isn't a big issue really.
Overall I'm pleased with this product. I think it looks very stylish and was good value for money.
==Cookworks Red Stainless Steel Kettle==
Hello, My Name is Newby2 and I am a Tea-a-holic!
It has to be said that I drink far too many cups of tea per day and I literally cannot get enough of the stuff. Throw in a few hot chocolates a day and using the kettle for hot water bottles and pouring over vegetables before boiling equals one very over worked kettle. That said my last kettle was giving up the ghost and I was worried it would give up completely without me having a replacement. I wasn't too upset seeing as it had done a good few years service with a lot of hours put in (and I had the fairly recent idea about changing from a silver kettle to a red one!)
So with the thought of a red kettle in mind, I had a quick search online and popped to my local Tesco Extra store to check out what I could get for my money. The cheapest and nicest red kettle I could find was one from the Cookworks range at Argos so of course I reserved it online and went over the very same day to pick it up.
At £21.99p this kettle was a lot cheap than some of the other red kettle I came across and there were very few that were lower than the £40 price range. Seeing as I was buying it from Argos I knew that if I didn't like it or it wasn't up to scratch that it wouldn't be too difficult to take it back to the store and exchange it for another one so this kettle did seem like the best option.
The kettle itself is a stainless steel one which has a capacity of 1.7 litres and works on a 2.2 kw of power. The element is concealed but the kettle is not a rapid boil model. The kettle jug itself is cordless as when boiling the jug sits on the plugged in base plate. The red colour of the kettle is very nice as it is a deep red tone and the stainless steel metal of the jug gives it a nice shine finish. The spout is not overly large and to fill the kettle you really need to open the top lid rather than fill through the spout but this is easily done. Inside there is a small mesh filter over the spout which will catch any nasty bits of lime scale (if it gets bad) being poured in to your cup.
The edges of the kettle I.e the base, the handle and the lid are made of a tough type of black plastic and the same goes for the push down switch which is on the bottom of the jug. The switch itself does feel rather flimsy and although I have only had it a couple of months now I can see that this is probably the part of the kettle which will break first! Unlike my last kettle you can't flip the switch down before the jug is sitting on the base plate. This is no real bother but again it is something to get used to and I didn't realise how attached I had become to my previous kettle model.
The kettle has a small LED light which indicates when the kettle is boiling but to be honest this aspect was fairly disappointing for me mainly because it is such a small little light that appears on just one side of the kettle. At first I thought the kettle didn't work when I first used it and this was because I had the kettle facing the wrong side to show the illuminated light and it took a while to start making any boiling noise. I have had to change the position of my kettle and coffee pots in order to be able to see the small and rather dim light. Of course you can pretty much guess when it is boiling as after 30 seconds or so it does start to make a fair bit of noise.
Compared to my previous kettle this one does seem to take a good few minutes to boil up just over a mugs worth of tea and this is a little annoying. Plus the noise that this kettle makes when it is in full boiling mode can be rather loud again in comparison to my last one. The noise of the kettle boiling does make it rather hard to hear the TV so I now have to make sure I have a cuppa ready before Eastenders or otherwise I will have to wait to get a cup once the programme has finished otherwise I am sure to miss what people are saying!
On the whole I really like the look of the kettle. It is easy to wipe clean and seeing as the element is concealed it is easy to keep clean inside too. It de scales nicely with a descaling tablet and I have only just had to do this after a couple of months use. It is probably not the best kettle you could get in a red colour but for the price I shan't be complaining too much. It is loud when boiling and I can't say it is the quickest kettle I have owned but it isn't the slowest boiling kettle either.
My real concern is the flimsiness of the boil switch but I do hope this holds out for a good couple of years but that is something really only time and use will tell. I have to award this kettle a fair 3 out of 5 stars and give it a slight recommendation. I think if you are after a nice looking shiny red kettle then this one is a cheap alternative to a lot of the over priced ones that seem to be on the market. However if you like to have a kettle which illuminates well, boils fast or is quite when in use, this probably isn't the kettle for you.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.