It's difficult sometimes, isn't it? Do you choose the cheapest kettle of the lot, and wait for the day (quite soon) when it has a tantrum and quits on you? Do you choose a fancy, expensive affair, spend the children's/grandchildren's/goldfish's inheritance on it, and forever bemoan having spent so much money on a relatively rudimentary item? Or do you plump for the middle of the road option: not too cheap, not too expensive, in the hope that you've made a reasonable compromise on all fronts?
I have myself have wrestled the same dilemma previously; the result of which was the purchase of a Cookworks white kettle for £12.99 from Argos. Let's work through the specifications and do some analysis of the product.
Capacity 1.7 litres.
On the power and capacity front, this is quite standard fayre for a kettle. 2.2Kw won't leave you waiting an age for that precious first-thing-in-the-morning cuppa, but it is not going to set any water boiling world records either. Filling this kettle to its maximum capacity of almost 3 pints, you will need a good few minutes for the kettle to reach boiling point. It is satisfactory, nothing more, nothing less. Whilst boiling however, this kettle is loud, quite loud in fact. I am constantly amazed at how some kettles produce little noise, whilst some sound like Discovery Challenger rocketing into the stratosphere. In addition, this kettle is not quick to 'click off', and will boil and bubble away, rattling like some angry animal in a box desperate to get out, and simultaneously filling your kitchen with billows of steam. My modest brain has decided both of these issues may have something to do with the design of the kettle, which is next on our list...
Translucent front panel.
Illuminated power indicator.
Removable, washable limescale filter.
The kettle is very average in shape, if perhaps a little stout. It is of the cordless variety, and whilst the kettle appears to be fairly sturdy, including the lid which attached with two latch-like prongs, the base seems awfully cheap and lightweight. The kettle itself is light which I believe to be a bonus, kettles are much heavier when filled with water, and a high basic kettle weight will do nothing to save your wrists when shifting the kettle when full. You may have trouble discerning how full your kettle is as well. The deep blue translucent front, marked to show kettle capacity, is in my opinion very poor in doing its job. The deep colour of the plastic means the water level is sometimes difficult to spot, and this is not helped by bright light. This may of course be my experience alone, 'all kettles are not created equal', but I do find clear plastic much better than coloured. I also see little need to have the entire front of the kettle translucent, unless you are fascinated with watching water boil. May I also suggest paint drying?
The illuminated power button is a nice touch, as is the fact this kettle can be filled by the spout, with quite a lot of success. Many kettles are simply not designed to do this, and consequently water will end up everywhere which is not only a hazard to the functioning of the kettle and those cursed with cleaning OCD, but also a significant electrical danger. The connection point for the kettle to the base is fairly exposed, and it would not take much for water to penetrate it and potentially result landing you in 'hot water' *everyone sigh together*. The filter which comes with the kettle will hopefully prevent nasty bits of limescale from slipping into your coffee and again is a nice touch, but as I now realise is becoming pretty standard across all kettles. Argos comment that this kettle has a 'comfortable handle'. I wasn't expecting a kettle to come with razors embedded in the handle, that's for sure! *please take note of sarcasm* It is a fairly average handle and unless you're pouring endless cups of tea for endless hours, you're not really going to benefit or suffer from the design of this handle.
Boil dry protection - automatically switches off when the kettle is empty.
I had to mention these 'features' which Argos makes mentions of in their product description. I'd be shocked and terrified if my kettle didn't come with these features. I can understand why they've been added to the description, however I don't see them as any more than basic, bog standard features which should be on every kettle sold in the 21st century.
In conclusion, I was fairly disappointed with this purchase at the time, and I am today even more disappointed. I find this kettle, when retailing at £12.99, to be exceptionally poor value for money and offering very little in the way of extended features over a budget kettle, many of which you can pick up for less than £5. It is a workhorse of a kettle however, and after having it for a good year or two has caused no problems so far. Argos is currently selling this kettle at half price, and maybe at that price you might want to consider purchasing it. Otherwise, steer clear - there's many a hot cup of tea to be had from kettles at less than half the price!
My kettle is one of my most used and treasured possessions, growing up in a house where the kettle is permanently on well and truly rubbed off on me and I am now a bit of a tea freak.
I usually spend quite a lot on a kettle, my last one cost £50 because it was supposedly the best thing since sliced bread, sadly after just seven months of having the thing, it decided to stop working. In my search of a new one I had a look in Argos, I still had the intention of buying a mid-top of the range one, but when I saw this Cookworks one for just over £10, I thought I had nothing to loose. That was just under two years ago and our relationship has never been stronger ...............
The kettle comes in two parts, a round base which has the plug attached. This is where the jug sits to boil, it needs to be clicked down properly or it will not work. This doesn't require any effort though, it just slides into place.
You also get the jug kettle, it is made of a white plastic, it has a light blue semi transparent section with cup and litre measurements printed in white, the measurements go up to 1.2 litres, but the maximum water level is 1.7 litres. These measurement are still visible although very slightly starting to fade. Just at the base of the kettle it had 'cookworks' printed in a light green colour, this has now totally faded.
On the top of the handle is a red light, when the kettle is boiling it will glow to show it is working.
At the base of the handle is the flick switch to turn the kettle on, when this is pressed down, a little light on the top of it will also glow red.
On the top of the jug is a lid that can easily be removed for filling or cleaning. However the spout is big enough to fill the kettle without removing the lid. Inside the kettle at the base of the spout is a small mesh filter, this stops any limescale making its way into your cuppa. You easily can take this out and wash it, I find a quick rinse under the tap is enough to clean it.
At the base of the jug is the silver element, this is the bit just does all the work so it is worth looking after it and treating it for limescale, every so often. I found if I leave it too long the whole thing gets coated, although it came off a treat with a limescale remover.
I find the kettle really nice to hold, the handle is big enough to fit your whole hand through so you can get a nice grip, which is important when it is hot.
The outside is really easy to clean with a damp cloth, the colour hasn't faded or gone yellow at all, apart from the lettering slightly fading it looks as good as new.
I really can't find fault with this kettle, it isn't that pleasing to the eye and doesn't have any nifty features like glowing in the dark or playing rule Britannia when the water has boiled, but it makes a lovely cup of tea and after nearly two years of constant use it is still going strong.
You can buy this from Argos, instore or online. I just had a look and saw that it is currently on offer for £6.99, which is an absolute bargain.
This kettle had a very short life, it only lasted six months in my student flat. I bought it from Argos during their after-Christmas clearance sale, and if I'd paid full price, I'd've been even more unhappy...
The kettle is quite simple. There is a jug, attached to which is the handle. Under the handle is the on/off switch, which flips down to boil. The kettle is cordless, which is to say you can remove it from the base, which plugs into the wall. The lead to the plug is quite short, so it has to be kept quite near a socket.
Looks wise, it looks like a basic, value kettle except for the translucent blue at the front, which makes it look slightly less budget. By no means pretty, though.
Cookworks is Argos's own 'one-up-from-value' brand. For this reason, you pay a little more: this kettle's RRP is £12.99. I bought mine for a bargainous £3.49, but it is now on sale for £6.49 (half price).
This is a cheap kettle for which, for some reason I can't fathom, they think they can charge £12.99. It is not worth the extra money, for a kettle that is no quicker, not much prettier, takes up no less space and is generally about as good as the value one.
My final issue with this thing, before which I would be very pleased to pay £3.49, is with the 'dry boil protection'. Hmm. Mine managed to boil itself dry to the point that it was completely unusable within six months. This was not from just one occasion of it switching itself on somehow (slight knocks will do it!), but several. I'm not sure whether my flatmates are just careless, but the replacement for this has never dry boiled (this, ironically, is from the much cheaper Argos value range). I was very unhappy about this.
Not recommended. Either get a nice kettle that looks nice and works, or get a value kettle that costs little and works. Not this!
I bought this kettle when I moved into my new house for around £10 in a sale at Argos. My parents have had all kinds of expensive kettles yet I never saw the point - all any kettle I have ever used does is boil water!
So, when I unwrapped this kettle and filled it to do the first of two or three boils you are recommended to do before you use the kettle I was quite happy that... yep... it boiled the water! It didn't take very long to do - I filled it up to it's capacity of around 1.7 litres and whilst I didn't time it, it didn't seem to take any longer to boil than any other kettle I have used before - I would guess at around 2-3 minutes.
The kettle has a light indicator to tell you when it is on - this is handy as the switch is quite low and as such you can knock it on accidentally and it isn't very noisy.
The kettle is very easy to clean and as it is plastic it doesn't look as dirty as quickly as metal kettles which you can see water marks from the steam on. You just wipe this kettle down every now and again and it looks fine. It is easy to descale as well, just using a descaling powder from your supermarket.
Overall, people wont comment on your fantastic kettle, but their tea will be hot, and that's what matters!
A couple of months ago my kettle starting leaking, it cost us £40.00 and was just over 12 months old. I was pretty mad about this and decided to just buy a cheap one for the time being as we are due to completely redecorate the kitchen and was not sure of the colour scheme or anything and could pick up a decent one at a later date.
We opted for a basic kettle, Cookworks White Kettle from Argos for £12.99 and to be honest it has turned out to a pretty decent kettle.
It is a basic white colour, angled in shape with a blue see through panel so you can see how much water is in it. It also has a useful removable washable lime scale filter which is a must in our house as we live in a very hard water area. The kettle is cordless and has a power cord on the base that the kettle sits on; it can also be refilled from the spout for ease of use.
The kettle is 2200 watts, has a capacity of 1.7 litres, s safety cut out and automatic switch off, you can see if the kettle is on or off by a little illuminated power indicator.
What more could you want from a kettle it has all the usual features, its boils fairly quickly, and is not noisy, the only fault that I have found with it is sometimes you need to wriggle it around a little bit to get it off the base, and although it has non-slip feet it does tend to move a little around on the base as it comes to the boil.
This kettle does the job that you want it to quite efficiently, but it does look like a cheap kettle, so if you want something that people would admire then it would be better to spend a little more for something more attractive.
We have decorated the kitchen now but not got around to replacing the kettle yet as 3 months on from purchase it is still going strong, and looks as good as new. It is also very easy to clean just a quick wipe over with a damp cloth and it looks as good as new.
My kettle had been on its way out for a while on the run up to Christmas, so I had planned to look for a replacement in the January sales. I was expecting to pay around £20 - £25 for a brand name kettle on sale, until I saw this one on offer in the Argos January sales for only £3.24! At that price I decided it had to be worth a try, even if it didn't live for more than a few months. The normal RRP is around £12, though prices vary depending on which shop you purchase it from. Amazon are selling it for a massively inflated £24.99 so do shop around.
When I got this kettle unpacked, I was pleased with the size and design of it. The handle is smooth and well constructed, making this kettle very easy to hold and pour. This is a cordless kettle, though there is of course a power cord on the base. I found this a bit longer than really I needed it to be, but I think others will be really pleased to find a slightly longer-than-usual cord on the kettle base.
The kettle doesn't nestle onto the base as smoothly as perhaps it could, though I wouldn't say it's terribly awkward to manouevre either. I'd just suggest that buyers be warned that there are signs of cheapness about this bargain buy, and the way the kettle needs firmly plonking onto the base is one of them.
Operation is straightforwards and efficient. I can easily see how much I've put in the kettle through the translucent blue panel at the front, which has measuring markers running up it. And to operate, I just flick a little switch at the base of the handle, and the light above it comes on to let me know the kettle is working. This isn't the fastest kettle I've ever had, but it's a whole lot faster than the one I've just binned is!
Even for £12 I'd be happy with this. It's cheap, easy to use and well designed. The clunky way it goes onto the base takes a bit of getting use to, but it's certainly not something to be put off by. I've had this kettle for about a month now and so far it's still running smoothly.
I have been trying to save money so obviously this is the time that everything seems to break. My kettle was amongst the items that have broken this month so I decided that although I couldn't do without one it didn't matter what it looked like so long as it was functional so decided to have a look at Argos.
I found the Cookworks kettle in the sale reduced from £12.99 to only £3.24 and it was in stock at my local store so reserved one and picked it up without really taking much notice of anything except the price. Cookworks are usually only sold at Argos however this kettle is currently for sale on Amazon.
The kettle came boxed and once opened it revealed a white cordless jug kettle with scooped blue design that I have seen similar designs that light up on various models by different companies however this is more of a viewing window in which you can check how much water is in the kettle.
The base is white with a cable that is 60cm long. It has two slots for the wire so that it can be faced in two directions. It comes with a removable lime scale remover filet which slots in near the spout.
The kettle is 2200Wats and holds up to 1.7 litres of water this seems to be pretty average although there are more powerful kettles out there. It has a minimum of 0.5 mls. This is perfect for economising on power. Other features are: Dry boil protection and safety cut out.
I rinsed it out with warm soapy water and filled it to the minimum to make myself a cup of tea. When switched on I noticed it does have a red neon light to indicate it is heating up the water but what I did find surprising is how quiet it was. I actually was concerned that it wasn't working at first as it was so quiet.
I have been teaching my two year old son how to make my tea and he will out the teabag and sweetener in and so by the time he has got round to doing this and getting the milk out of the fridge the kettle has Obviously he is two he is too young to do this by himself but the safety features incorporated in this design will reduce the safety risk once he is old enough.
This kettle is currently for sale on £24.99 on Amazon which I do consider being overpriced but it is certainly worth checking out if Argos has some left at my bargain price.
Overall this is a cheap looking kettle but actually really functional. If I was purchasing another kettle my experience with this kettle I would look at purchasing Cookworks over other brands but would prefer to pay slightly more for a more aesthetically pleasing design.
For £3.24 I do feel that I do have a bargain kettle that makes a cup of tea perfectly well.