We purchased this kettle six months ago, after out £40 kettle blew up on us i was determined never to pay more then £10 for a kettle ever again! It came well packaged, boxed with instructions and gaurantee.
Ok, the good points:
* Easy to clean
* Doesnt gather waterstains like stainless steel kettles
* Looks great, very contemporary
* Lare water capacity
* Cool to touch, a lot safer than mettle kettles which conduct the heat on the outside
* Quiet when boiling
* Makes like a ping noise when water is boiled
Now for the bad points:
* Takes a while to boil
* Short lead
* Had an awful plastic smell when we first baught it, which took a while to fade
* Stopped working after six months
Yes thats right, after six months it packed in and gave up on us! I was gutted, tried changing the fuse just to be sure but with no luck. For £10 i was kind of hoping to get roughly a years use out of it, but to be fair if i hadn't of been so stupid to throw away the receipt anf gaurantee then i could of returned it to Argos for a brand new one (kicks myself).
Overall i thought this kettle was very cheap, yet very stylish. It didn't last us too long, however my sisters had the same kettle for nearly two years with no problems- so maybe ours was just a one off. Infact im so confident in this i'm debating going out and buying the same kettle again as its now £6 instead of £10 and at that price i may aswell (note to self: retain gaurantee and receipt!)
I have had this kettle for about a year now and I think it is excellent value for money. I paid about £10 for it as I would rather buy a cheap kettle every year rather than having to descale it.
This kettle works perfectly and still looks as good as when I bought it. It is very easy to clean and looks quite stylish considering it is so inexpensive.
The water gauge is clear so you can easily see how much water is left in the kettle and once filled I find it makes about 5 average sized cups which is more than plenty for me. It is also very quick to boil so you don't spend ages waiting for it.
One of the things I really like about it is that it is cordless so very easy to use and fill up. It sits on the base easily as well which makes it quick to use.
One thing that you do need to be aware of is that the power cord that connects the base to the plug is quite short so you do need to keep it right next to a plug socket but that has never been an issue for me and it does keep it looking neat and tidy.
An excellent value for money kettle that does its job.
I bought this kettle just over two years ago when my old one gave up the ghost. I was looking for an inexpensive kettle that would make all my cups of tea and coffee while I pondered on writing reviews. My household is small but the demands for hot drinks are high so I needed something I could quickly buy that would not let me down.
At the time I had just had my hours at work halved so my budget was very limited. I first port of call was Argos because I knew with them there would be a kettle for most price ranges. In the end I plumbed for this one it was on special offer at just £9.99 reduced from £12.99 and I was very happy to pay so little for what appeared a perfectly ordinary kettle. I was amazed as although this was one of the cheapest you could pay as much as £70 for a kettle. My kettle came with an optional warranty of three years for an additional for £3.99, which I decided not to take up.
==About the product:==
I had never really paid much attention to kettles before I needed to buy this one. Yes I was amazed at the price variation but from what I could see Argos had quite a variety of CookWorks kettles all with quite similar designs but in a variety of colours and based by the competition they seemed very reasonably priced too. As well as being available at Argos I believe the CookWorks name is well known and I have seen these kettles also at Tesco and with a variety of on line business too. I selected the white model but it was also available in black and silver colours.
What attracted me to this kettle other than the price of course was it still looked like a kettle, I know it sounds strange but I like a kettle to look like a kettle and this more than fitted the bill. And although I do not have a clue about having things match and look right in my kitchen, I still thought this would definitely not be out of place and as long as it worked I would be a happy chappy.
This product looked attractive and I liked the idea that because it is in part see-through you can see how much water is left in the kettle and while it would be useful to have cups along the various levels so you know instantly if you need to refill it and by how much when friends and family are visiting.
==My opinion of the product:==
Over two years on I think this is an excellent kettle it still works as good as it did the day I bought it and I have had no complaints about. I have been very impressed by it as I thought by paying so little for it it would only last a year or so but it has certainly exceeded my expectations.
It has always been very easy to use and I have never had any scale problems with it. I clear it out every so often and rarely do I find any bits at the bottom of it. In fact when I go into my kitchen it looks as good now as it did the day I bought it. The colour is still white and you would not know how much I have used it. Even inside it is clean and there is little evidence of corrosion of the metal pipes inside it. I have said already it is easy to work all you have to do if press the red button and it lights up to show it is in operation.
I have found that with a capacity of 1.7 litres this more than meets my requirements as I can get a good six mugs of boiling hot water from this. It is very easy to fill with a lid that you just push to lift up and unlike a lot of kettles it does not remove so that you never have the problem of fitting it back on afterwards.
When I fill the kettle up I must admit I have never waited around for it to boil so I cannot tell you accurately how long it takes all I can tell you is it is not long and certainly within five minutes it has boiled. When it reaches boiling point it automatically turns itself so that it cannot boil dry. I suppose it would be useful if it whistled when it boiled but even in another room I could usually hear it turn itself off.
It comes connected to a base, which has a short lead of about 50 cm long. So that you need to be close to a wall electrical socket to make use of the kettle. In my view this lead is a little short but I do think it's about the standard that is supplied with all products of this kind today.
From a safety perspective I think this is a very safe piece of kit. I like the idea that it cannot boil dry and that create a potential fire hazard. I also think the advice of the kettle is very sensible with its maximum fill level so that boiling water doesn't scald you when the kettle is boiling.
This is certainly a kettle I would recommend, it is excellent value for money, reliable and looks good as well. I find it hard to fault and when mine finally packs up I will definitely be purchasing a similar type again. It is easy to clean and the level of scale build up seems very low. Definitely one of my better purchasing decisions!!
Thanks for reading!!
@CPT DANIELS September 2010
This Cookworks kettle is a good, functional kettle. It boils water more quickly than the average kettle and is probably close the average in terms of noise. It looks pretty good, actually I like the way it looks, although the angular thing probably doesn't appeal to everybody's taste.
It is good value for money, you can also pick one up in the high street for a cheap price (got mine from Argos) or online.
It is cumbersome, it isn't the type of kettle workmen would carry around with them but the flip side is that it holds 4 decent sized cups of tea with some to spare.
The only issue with this kettle is if you overfill it. I knew about this problem having read something about it on the net and warned my sister's boyfriend not to overfill it, but he did anyway and it boiled over and leaked out. Nothing serious but if you do this often the kettle might break. What this means is you can't really be lazy and just fill the kettle up and boil it, rather you have to check the level metre. Other than that no problems and I've had this kettle for 8 months or so.
If you are in the market for a budget kettle, its worth a look.