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Compact, but inconvenient
Cookworks Travel Kettle
Member Name: herumi
Cookworks Travel Kettle
Advantages: Small size, durable
Disadvantages: Taste, no off switch, no filter to speak of, short lead...the list goes on
I bought this kettle for around £10 about a year ago. I was after a handy little kettle that I could take on holiday and keep in my bedroom in between times for when I'm upstairs and too lazy to go down to the kitchen for a hot drink! Which is quite often, so it's seen quite a lot of use in the year I've had it.
This kettle really is very basic, to the point of inconvenience sometimes. The power cord, which is attached, is only about 2 foot long, so there really isn't a lot of room between kettle and socket. This makes it a bit difficult to manouvre, particularly if it's on a normal sized table. I've resorted to keeping mine on a very low table right next to the plug socket in my bedroom. Another disadvantage to this is that it only has an on switch (situated on top of the handle), so once it's turned on, you can't stop it unless you turn it off at the mains.
The plastic lid of the kettle lifts off completely, rather than being hinged, but it's fairly easy to pull off when you want to fill up the kettle. It's got a little slotted lip which fits inside the spout- I'm not really sure what the purpose of this is, but I'm guessing it might be some sort of filter. The slots are so large, however, than only massive chunks of limescale would be stopped by this! But it's the only filter-like part of the kettle. This would be a problem if the kettle produced a lot of limescale, but fortunately the grey bottom of the kettle seems to prevent too much limescale escaping into your tea.
True to its name, the kettle really is travel sized, holding just 400 ml (enough for a large mug or 2 cups). But despite its small size, it takes quite a while to boil- maybe 4 mins at full capacity. And the water that comes out of it has a distinct flavour- not particularly strong or disgusting, but just a chemically tang that's a bit unpleasant. I thought at first it was just because it was new, but a year on and I can still taste it, though it's definitely become less obvious.
It's a bit unfortunate for me that the kettle seems to be pretty durable- to be honest, I've been hoping it'll break so I can go and get a different one without being wasteful! It seems really odd that such a small, basic kettle costs more than a lot of normal sized, spruced up ones. The only thing this has got going for it is its size, which certainly makes it convenient for travel, but having used it for a while now, I think I'd rather have the slight hassle of packing a normal sized kettle, simply for the ease of use. Functionally, this really is the least convenient kettle I've ever had the misfortune to come across, and I can't recommend it. 2 stars for compactness and reliability though!
Summary: The only selling point of this kettle is its size
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