At the beginning of last year, we moved premises at work and we now had the luxury of our own kitchen! I was tasked with the job of kitting this out with appliances and one of the first items on my shopping list was a kettle. Having a limited budget, I choose a really cheap supermarket own brand model but after a few months this broke, and not having the original receipt meant we had to purchase a new one. This time I was given a budget of £20!
The kettle is part of the Cookworks range which is exclusive to Argos. You can purchase both on line (with a standard delivery charge of £5.95) or in store, what I like most about Argos is you can check and reserve stock on line and then collect (the item is reserved until close of play the following working day) meaning you don't have a wasted journey. The kettle can also be purchased from Homebase as they are part of the same group as Argos.
At the time of writing this review, the kettle retails at £17.99, I think this has reduced slightly from when I purchased as I am sure I paid £19.99 last year. As well as the polished silver, Cookworks also have this model available in black which is slightly cheaper at £16.99.
Using the kettle is really easy and there is no special trick to using it, the kettle can lift completely from the base (I like this feature as you do not have to un plug it every time you need to fill it up) you then need to 'pop' the lid open on the top of the kettle by pressing the button on the top and then pour the water inside. Close the lid and then replace the kettle onto the base unit (you do not have to worry about placing it any specific position on the base as it will fit any way onto it) and press the switch down at the side.
The base of the kettle has non slip feet which are great, the base has never slipped when I have placed the kettle back on, nor has it fallen when it has been knocked accidentally.
The handle on the kettle runs from the top to about an inch from the bottom meaning it is really easy to pick up, even when full of water. The water window is quite a nice sleek shape and runs down the side of the kettle. One of the things that first attracted me to and what I like about this water window is that it illuminates to quite a nice bright neon blue colour when the water is being boiled - I know this feature doesn't have any impact on the performance of the kettle but I just think it looks nice.
We have been using the kettle for over a year now and it is still going strong, I drink at least 5 cups of tea a day at work, and there are around 40 of us in our office so it really does get used a lot. One of the great features about this kettle is that you can also remove the water filter, due to the amount of times we use it, we do get a good build up of lime scale in there.
The kettle has a great boil dry safety feature, should the kettle every boil dry or be turned on without any water in, it will automatically turn off (although I must admit I have never tested this feature).
It can hold up to 1.7 litres of water, something you have to be careful of is not to overfill the kettle, I have done so a couple of times which has caused either boiling water to spill onto the worktop whilst the kettle is boiling and another when the kettle has boiled and I have picked it up to pour, water has leaked when pouring. I wouldn't say this issue is specific to this kettle however so I would not knock any stars off the product. I found that 1.7 is quite a considerable amount, if I ever make tea for the team, I can comfortably get around 8 cups from this amount. If I ever have to make tea for more than 8 people, the kettle is quite quick at boiling so I am not stood around ages waiting.
Overall, I would recommend this kettle; it is very durable and long lasting and would give 5 out of 5 stars.
Thanks for reading.
Cookworks Signature Illuminating Stainless Steel Kettle - £15.99 at Argos
This kettle is a lovely shape, and design. I personally like the fact that it has a viewing pane at the side of the kettle so you can see how much water there is in it. (This was a real bug bear with my old kettle). The viewing pane is a turquoise blue in colour, and when it is 'on' it glows a blue colour making it easy to know when it is working.
The kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity - it can easily make four cups of tea in one go (obviously this would depend on the size of you cups though).
The lid puss back, and remains attached to the kettle while you fill it, meaning no fiddling around with it after you have done, as it just 'flaps' back. The kettle boils nice and quickly - it may take a minute - I did try to time this but kept getting distracted - but hey my dishes are now done!! As part of the spout it has a removable 'catcher' although to be honest it has never caught much for me as we have such soft water here.
One of the features that I love is that the kettle will turn 360 degrees on the base as my boyfriend is left handed and the last kettle would end up facing the wrong way if he had made tea.
All in all it's a great product for the price, and I would buy one again.
(I'd like to say that in the technical specs bit I've only rated it as very poor for picture and sound quality as it's a kettle)...
I only ever buy a new kitchen appliance when the previous one breaks. My last kettle burnt out so I found myself needing a new one and quick!!! I couldn't be without my coffee and was having to boil a pan of water on the stove which was waaaaay to much hassle and wasn't quick enough in the mornings.
I buy most of my appliances from Argos. For me it's a convent store close to where I live and it usually has what I'm looking for. I always check the stock online and reserve it to be picked up later. I had a quick look online and settle on the Cookworks Illuminating Jug Kettle. It's item number 423/3701 and currently on offer at 20% off. £15.99 instead of the usual price of £19.99. I paid £19.99 for mine.
I must admit I did pick this kettle largely based on looks and the illuminating feature. I'm a sucker for anything like that. Plus it's a nice chrome colour which fits in perfectly with my toaster and microwave. You've gotta be matching lol.
It has the capacity to hold 1.7 litres of water and on the window shows these masurements rather than cups. My old kettle showed the measurement of water by how many cups it would fill and I much preferred this to be honest. It has a nice big window so you can see how far the kettle is filled up and when it's boiling it lights up with a lovely blue colour. It is a lovely chrome colour with a contrasting grey handle and lid, it does look really stylish. It's a rapid boil kettle and I do find it faster than my old one. Great in the mornings when you need that coffee fix as soon as possible. The lid pulls back so it's easily filled and it's very comfortable to hold and easy to pour. It has no slip feet so there's no sliding about on the work surface. The cable is quite short compared to my old kettle but it's not a problem for me as my plug is right by the kettle. It does have a boil dry protection feature but I've never tested this. It's supposed to switch off if there's not enough water to cover the element.
All in all this is a great kettle, it's not too noisy when boiling, the blue illumination looks really nice and it oils very quickly. It can however feel a bit too heavy when filled right up but then that's to be expected.
My lovely brushed stainless steel and wood Breville kettle recently stopped working after 7 long years of good service. I have become acutely aware of how expensive good kettles are becoming these days (even the plastic ones!), so set about looking for a decent replacement that wasn't going to break the bank.
Like many people - or perhaps that should be women - I want things that look good. My husband was happy to get a value brand £5 white plastic kettle, but I wanted brushed stainless steel to "match" the rest of my kitchen! I also wanted it to be rapid boil, have a concealed element and a good sized viewing window - preferably illuminating.
I bought this Cookworks kettle from Argos as it was in the sale for only £17, and as it seemed to have all the features I wanted - except it's a polished finish rather than chrome (brushed is easier to keep clean I find), and I'd have preferred a pop up button for the lid as apposed to the handle you have to pull it up with - but those are fairly minor quibbles. I got it with the thought that I wouldn't have wasted too much money if I only keep it until I can afford a "better" one.
I've been reasonably happy with this budget brand. I won't deny I'm a bit of a brand snob, and wouldn't ordinarily choose Cookworks over more popular brands for example, Breville or Russell Hobbs. But as those branded equivalents cost in the region of £50+ and I needed a quick replacement, it seemed like a no brainer.
The Cookworks illuminating kettle looks fairly smart, if a little too plasticky on the handle and lid area. The aspects I don't like are as follows -
On close inspection the plastic isn't particularly well finished, and the limescale filter is not a good fit. My previous kettle's limescale filter slotted in and out easily and fitted neatly with no gaps - but on the Cookworks it has flimsy plastic clip attachments, it's very stiff to remove (and even harder to refit) and it has gaps at the edge, making it rather pointless. The lid also doesn't seal completely shut and when boiling, releases quite a lot of steam from the lid and onto the handle. Also the base is very lightweight and moves around when you remove/replace the kettle. When boiling, the kettle shakes quite violently on the base. I can't see it lasting (and still looking perfect) for 7+ years like my last one - even if the element still works after that time I doubt the plastic parts will still be intact.
However, aesthetically it looks a good kettle for the price, and it boils water quickly which is the main thing! It is a perfectly adequate kettle for the job, but it's by no means perfect and certainly not in the same class quality-wise as branded, more expensive options. It's exactly right for the purpose I bought it - as a good temporary solution until I can afford something better.
~Why I bought it~
I'm not one for going out and buying things for the sake of it, something has to really need replacing before I'll buy new, it's not because I'm a miser, it's because I can't see the point in replacing something just because something new and better is on the market. That's probably why you'll notice some of my reviews are indeed about somewhat dated products. So to get to the product in hand here, I'm going to review the "Cook works Stainless Steel Kettle". The filter in my old kettle disintegrated plus the actual kettle was looking rather old and battered, I'd had it for a good number of years and was saddened to have to throw it out, I get very attached to things you see.
It's not very often I get a new appliance for the kitchen so when the time comes to choose something that will be replacing an appliance that I have used for some time and so therefore extremely familiar with, it's difficult for me to know if I'm making the right choice in purchasing it's replacement. I know it's only a kettle and they can be picked up pretty cheap, but I still need to be sure I'm making the right choice, it's just the way I am.
~A little tall maybe~
The Cook works stainless steel kettle is what I decided to go for. From the bottom of the actual base it stands on, to the highest point of the kettle itself, it stands about 11 inches high. I mention the height because there is no mention of it's actual height and where as to most people this may not be an issue, to me it was because where I stand my kettle, it is situated under a rather low to the worktop cupboard where I push the kettle under, when I'm not using it to make more space on the worktop, only pulling it out when I need to use it. As it happens it turned out to be to tall to fit under the cupboard and so I have to leave it pulled out.
~What it looks like~
It is quite a nice looking kettle though, a sort of metallic silver handle and lid with a stainless steel body and spout which is very shiny. Another thing I like about it is the fact there is a transparent plastic water level indicator each side which illuminates blue whilst the water inside is boiling, I can see inside the kettle through either side. The handle is quite chunky and shaped in a way that feels very secure when I lift the kettle off the base unit to pour. The switch to turn on the kettle is situated under the handle, it is quite easy to get to and to switch it downwards, the handle doesn't get in the way of the switch at all. The spout is quite small as is the filter, well I say they're small because my previous kettle was a lot bigger so therefore everything on this kettle seems small, it's probably in actual fact about normal size. Again I think the lid is small, this has to be opened in order to fill the kettle, but it opens very easily by pressing the safety catch, which allows the lid to spring open, the lid cannot be removed from the kettle completely as it is hinged, once I have filled the kettle with the required amount of water, I just have to click the lid shut which also locks it. Around the bottom of the kettle is a metallic cover that matches the rest of the kettle, this is the part that sits on the base unit.
~The base unit~
The base unit is round, metallic silver with an extremely short power cord. I was annoyed by this because the house in which I live in, is quite an old property and the plug sockets in the kitchen are situated quite high up the wall, not neatly placed around the worktop like newer properties. So the power cord did not reach from the base unit to my plug socket, my husband has had to make a very small extension cable so the plug will reach, this really annoyed me because when you buy a new kettle you don't want to have to sit around making extension cables for it, you just want to use it! The cable from the bottom of the plug which was already fixed to the appliance, measures about 26 inches, now I know that sounds plenty long enough and would most probably suffice for most people, but it was to short for me, so you can imagine just how high up my plug sockets are situated. However once sorted it was fine. The kettle sits very neat and snug on the base unit and does in actual fact look very nice sitting in my kitchen.
~Operating it, water capacity and the weight of it~
Switching the kettle on and off is simple, it's just a case of flicking down the switch to turn on, which also turns on the blue illumination inside the kettle, when the water has boiled the kettle will automatically switch itself off, turning out the blue illumination at the same time. If for some reason you wish to turn the kettle off before boiling, then the switch is just simply flicked back up again.
The water capacity for this kettle is 1.7L which brings me to one of the first things I noticed about it, the weight of it, the kettle is very light whilst empty, but even when filled to the maximum, it is very easy for me to lift and pour, I can notice a big difference from my old kettle, I really don't know how I coped for so long with the other kettle, with having arthritis which affects my hands and wrists, I struggled all that time with a really heavy kettle and didn't think anything of it. But since using this new kettle I can really appreciate the difference.
~Instructions, where I got it and overall~
Along with the kettle came an instruction booklet, pretty basic but then a kettle is a pretty basic appliance when alls said and done. The booklet gives information about caring for and cleaning the kettle, descaling etc. It also shows a very long list of safety warnings, what to do and what not to do with the kettle. It also explains that before the kettle is used for making drinks, it should be boiled a few times first, to take away any taste of plastic that could be experienced. I never experienced any plastic taste but when I first starting using the kettle it did smell a bit like burning plastic when it boiled, but this apparently is normal and it did wear off after a while, I guess it was just because the kettle was new. I've been using the kettle for a good few months now and overall I'm pleased with it's performance.
I purchased my Cook works stainless steel kettle from Argos for £19.49 it comes with a one year guarantee against manufacturing defects.
So now I've got over my little niggles about the power cord, I guess I am quite happy with my new kettle. I really do like the way it looks, it works well maybe a bit noisy as it reaches boiling point, but it is quite quick to boil which pleases me, I hate standing around waiting for the water in the kettle to boil and so in my opinion the water boiling quickly is a big plus for this kettle.
I'm giving this kettle 4 stars as I am pleased with it's overall performance and looks, I just wanted a longer power cord.
Thank you for reading my review which is also posted on other sites. I have marked both picture and sound quality down as average as these attributes don't really apply to a kettle.