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Tiny Coffee Anyone?
Cookworks Travel Kettle
Member Name: DavyMichelle
Cookworks Travel Kettle
Advantages: Compact, Well Designed, Affordable
Disadvantages: None that aren't an advantage to others!
As a fan of miniature things in general, I loved this kettle the first time I saw it. It cost me just over £6 from Argos a few weeks ago, and has a full retail price of just under £10. I think that's very reasonable for something so compact and efficient and I feel I got good value for money. I've had other Cookworks products in the past from Argos, and in my experience, most of them are quite good value for money in the long run. They don't live forever, but they do their job well for a few years usually.
When I first got handed this at the Argos counter, I was surprised by just how small the box was! I could carry it easily with just one hand. The small box was a bit of a tardis really, and the cups are tucked away inside the kettle which also helps to cut down on the box size. The point is, don't be put off when you first see this. Consider the fact that the kettle can hold 400ml, as indicated by the measuring guide on the side of the kettle, which is two reasonable or one large mug of tea or coffee. Plenty for a travel kettle. If you want more - buy a proper kettle!
As instructed, I boiled the kettle full a few times before I used it for my coffee for the first time. This got rid of any chemicals left over from the manufacturing process. When I had my first cup, I was really pleased with the results. The kettle takes almost exactly five minutes to boil, which is only one minute more than my regular kettle. As I said before, there's a measuring guide running up the side of the kettle, and this includes a see-through strip like you often see on standard kettles - so you can see how much is in there at a glance. I don't think much to the tiny cups so I haven't used those, but they're a nice addition and might be useful to others.
The cord is a bit on the short side, but then this will be with the travel function in mind I expect. What's the point in having a tiny kettle if you're just going to attach a great, long cord to it? The base is surprisingly thin considering all the work it has to get done, and I was rather impressed with how slender the design is as a whole. I also like the easy on switch, and the way it glows yellowy-orange when compressed so you can be sure it's started to work. There is some noise as it begins to boil, but not a lot, and nothing you wouldn't expect from kettles in general.
The only thing I'm not keen on myself is that the lid comes right off when you open it up. I've dropped it inside the kettle a couple of times now! But hey, that's down to my clumsiness I guess. I suspect this design has been made with travel in mind, and again, it'll probably be useful to others. If you can take the lid off, it makes it easier to pack I guess. You can put a few bits and pieces inside your kettle as you pack it in your bag.
All in all this deserves five stars from me. It's surprisingly slender, streamlined and compact for such an effective little gadget. It boils in good time and it's as easy to use as it could possibly be. I'm particularly impressed with the attention to detail that the designers have paid with this. Well worth the money - and handy for travelling (as well as keeping by your bed to make first-thing tea or coffee with...).
Summary: Highly Recommended
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