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You can not beat a cup of tea, not with anything. My kettle was on the way out so I bought one of these kettles before I moved house last year. I decided to get this one as it's available in a lovely deep red colour which matched my colour scheme in my old kitchen. I wasn't sure at first as it was a £79.99 but it was reduced to about £50 when I bought it which I still thought was quite expensive for a kettle. De'Longhi is a well known brand which is normally good quality though so I bit the bullet and bought it from Argos.
The kettle is really nice to look at. It's got a black base and handle with a little black ball ontop which you can take the lid off with. The kettle body is metal and red and the lid is silver with a silver ring around the body of the kettle. It's very stylish and looked great in my kitchen with black and red tiles and other matching red items. The button to make the kettle boil is beneath the handle at the bottom and simply flicks downwards to start it.
I like the location of the handle on this kettle. Since I've moved house (About August) I've bought a new kettle and had to get rid of this. The handle on the new kettle is ontop rather than on the side which makes it more awkward to use. Having the handle on the side of the kettle makes it easier to pour the water out which I miss about this kettle.
I normally fill the kettle about half way up and it does boil fairly quickly. It's not really a rapid boiling kettle as it is advertised as and it isn't paticularly quiet either. It's pretty standard, not too slow or loud but not really superb either.
The kettle is metal so it's easy to keep clean though the silver metal on the top gets on my nerves as it gets dirty and marked really easily and little water droplets make it look a bit filthy. I like the 360 base as I'm quite ambidextrous and often put the kettle down facing the other way with my left hand then I'll turn it round later to pick it up with the right hand. It's a basic feature of the kettle but one that I use quite often.
The lead of the kettle is quite long, long enough so you're able to put the kettle where you want it. The excess wire can be wrapped under the base where there's little plastic clips to hide it. I thought this was a great idea as you don't really want a long wire on your kitchen counter. The base is non-slip too so doesn't fall off the counter or slide around when you try to put the kettle back which is helpful.
I've looked on Argos to make sure I give an accurate price for my review and have found they do this kettle in eight different colours now including black, baby blue, white and an unusal green colour. I really like the baby blue but I wouldn't spend £79.99 on it and it wouldn't match my kitchen now anyway.
I only had this kettle for about 6 months when it started to rust at the top, just beneath the silver lid. I tried to make sure it was dry as much as possibly but it was quite prominent on the kettle which I thought was really bad for such an expensive item. It didn't affect the function of the kettle but it didn't look very nice either. The rust spread a little to near the spout just before I got rid of the kettle after I moved house. I didn't want to throw it out but I wasn't going to give away a kettle that's rusty so I had to bin it. I thought it was a terrible shame and a bit of a waste of money but it was rusty and no longer matched my new kitchen anyway.
Overall, this isn't a really bad kettle. It's also not a kettle worth £79.99. There are other red kettles available from Electrical shops and Argos at much lower prices that will do the exact same job. I think you're just paying for the name with this kettle which didn't really offer any better quality. I wouldn't really recommend it, I'd recommend you save your money and buy one for half the price that'll do a similar job.
We bought this in the cream version, with matching toaster and coffee maker. It is a pretty standard kettle when you look at it's features - Rapid boil jug kettle, 360 degree swivel base ( I.e. There is no specific position at which you must place the kettle onto the base), 1.7 L water capacity.
I definitely purchased this kettle for it's style!!! It is absolutely stunning, at at the time of choosing, was by far the nicest choice. We were a newly married couple and so I wanted to buy matching appliances - this range stole my heart!!
I would not rate this good value for money. It's expensive, but if like me, you want style, then it's necessary to pay more money to branch out from the 'plastic' models.
It has worked well until now. It does boil quickly, and is definitely an improvement on my previous £5 kettle which I joked took so long to boil I could shower and dress in the same time it took to boil the water for my morning cuppa!! however, there is quite a price gap between £5 and £60, and i am quite confident that there are many kettles within this price range that are equally as 'rapid boil' as my expensive model. The main disappointment has come recently - it has started to leak!!!!! An issue I never had with my £5 version!!!
**Why I bought it**
This kettle was bought for us for our wedding 2 years ago and was purchased in black rather than in red. If you read some of my other reviews, you will know for making tea and coffee we use our Breville Hotcup regularly, so I was concerned that the kettle may be redundant. I do find myself using the kettle a lot for cooking or rinsing starch through rice, so the kettle is still very much needed in the kitchen.
I notice the best price on Amazon is £49. Our guests paid around £60 for it several years ago, and lets face it, a £5 kettle from Argos would have done the same job as this one. You are literally paying for the style and design of the kettle. In my opinion if you want your kettle to boil hot water, go for a cheaper version. If you want a pretty looking kettle, stick with this baby!
The item itself is made by DeLonghi, it surprised me just how hard it was to find a nice stylish black and silver kettle for the kitchen, a lot are old fashioned or look very 1980's and plasticy. I think that the stylish look of this kettle definitely set it apart from any of the other black kettles I had seen. In saying that, I completely regret buying anything chrome and even though there are only a few bits of chrome on this kettle, they drive me mad as the slightest drop of water, they need shining so that they sparkle. Perhaps if you aren't a perfectionist, this won't annoy you but it drives me scatty.
The item is made from quality materials. I was a little concerned that the handle would be flimsy as it is not fully attached to the kettle (see picture) in the way that a handle is fully attached to a mug/cup. At no point, even with a full kettle do I feel as though the handle will break under the weight of the water.
What can I say...it makes cold water hot in a few minutes! I feel it takes quite a while to boil, but perhaps I'm used to our Breville Hotcup which takes about 20-30 seconds to boil. If there had been a rapid boil option I would have gone for that as I am mostly quite impatient and think there are more important things in life than waiting for kettles to boil. That said, I think this is a pretty average boil time for a standard kettle. Nothing special about that. It has a 360 rotating base, I'm not sure why that is a feature to boast about? but if you need a kettle that rotates 360 degrees on its base, then this is the kettle for you. When you flick the switch, a light comes on to tell you it is boiling which is a nice touch, but again fairly standard for a kettle in the 21st century.
It's an expensive kettle for very few, sexy features. However, the kettle itself is pretty sweet to look at and definitely one of the nicest electric kettles I have seen in black. For that reason alone, I was in, I purchased it (well our wedding guest kindly did).
You can get far cheaper kettles with the same features, so for that reason it only gets a 4 star. It does everything it says on the tin though.
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We bought this in black in fact, with the matching toaster, as we had a new kitchen. They certainly looked the business on the floor of Comet.
But positioning the toaster it on the worktop it just looks so big. It is a dominating piece of equipment, but it's only a toaster. There are other drawbacks with the toaster too, and as a result I would not recommend getting this with the toaster.
On it's own, it has great qualities:
Speed - the speed to boil is the fastest kettle we have had, 60 seconds perhaps, maybe 120. Definitely rapid boil.
Build - very solid, and after 16 months no wear or loosening anywhere, including the handle
Inside scale - this just depends on the softness of your own water supply, but with no element, you can clean with descaler as often as you like and it comes up perfectly each time.
The kettle itself is of course cordless, as it sits on the black circular plug base .
One disadvantage is the noise. It is noiser than any previous kettle we have had, and yet you get used to it. I think it is because it sounds tinny, but then that is what it is made out of - thin metal, but they need to work on the noise if they update it.
Overall, a great build, but let down by the toaster - see my other review of that - if you want a set.
This lovely red kettle comes from Delonghi a rather expensive brand when it comes to most of their appliances. But for this it wasn't too bad.
My family have an all cream kitchen yet their toaster and kettle are red. This sounds strange but it works.
So that is way my parents opted to buy this particular model. It can be used as a feature in any colour kitchen.
Firstly it looks good, with it's curved, red, steel body, designer jug like handle, teapot style lid, stunted pouring spout and 360 degree swivel base.
Attractive looks aside, this kettle boils incredibly fast, so much faster than a cheap kettle, of which we have had plenty. I like the fact that the handle is far out away from the body if the unit, as there is no chance of you burning your knuckles. Pulse it's not the absolute lightest of kettles. Don't get me wrong it's not overly heavy, it just has a quality feel to it, and then when you add water it can be a bit on the heavy side.
The fact that it's made of metal rather than plastic like most kettles may be the reason for the only faults I can find with it. The noise when boiling is different to a standard kettle. Not loud just noticeable. Then there's the strange shot of steam that comes flying at you once it does boil just as you try and lift it. If you leave it for a minute or two this won't happen but that takes away from the fact that it boils so fast in the first place.
I feel it is worth the extra few pounds for it's looks and fast boil, and if you can learn to get use to the sound and steam issues, then it's a very nice, fast kettle.
This is available at Amazon.co.uk for £49.00 + shipping
Personally I love this kettle, and didn't mind over paying for the style. 18 Months ago we purchased this and the matching toaster, and they are a great feature of our kitchen.
As mentioned in other reviews, it is just a kettle, and the only stand out feature is that you can replace it on the base any way round, rather than a set configuration.
Another problem mentioned in other reviews has been the danger of scalding yourself on the steam if you're too eager.
We live in a hard water area, so we do find that this kettle has a tendancy to get a lot of limescale on the inside, but have managed to keep this at a minimum by emptying the kettle after use and keeing the filter clean.
If it suits your kitchen and you place importance on style over substance I would highly recommend this and the matching toaster, otherwise you might want to go for a cheaper model.
I don't know what I was thinking when I decided to purchase a £60 kettle instead of the normal plastic one that most people buy. Unfortunately the advantages weren't all that grand, and I'm not sure that it was completely worth it.
This kettle is just a kettle, it doesn't have any special features except it's good looks (be aware, it's bright red and therefore may clash drastically with your kitchen) however the major difference between this and cheaper kettles I that it's made out of metal, rather than plastic. That leads to higher noise but a quicker boil, and when I say quicker I really mean it.
The speed of this kettle shocked me, it doesn't take long at all to boil the water and make a good cuppa, however, the kettle has a tendency to blow a line of steam at the user which is unavoidable but after a while you learn to dodge it.
I have to say that I don't like the noise, it's louder than what I am used to but to be honest it doesn't cause that much of a problem and it is to be expected with a kettle that works this fast.
Now, all of my points so far have been beneficial for this product and you would be forgiven for thinking that I am a fan. However, in reality this kettle only has a few advantages over it's considerably cheaper plastic counterparts. Yeah, it boils quickly but that isn't worth the extra £55 that you are paying compared with a cheap Argos plastic kettle that does the job slower, but with the same results.
Therefore I advise that you only consider purchasing this as a luxury item as you by no means need to rush out and get it for all the advantages you will get, if you can cope with waiting a few extra minutes for a full kettle of water then you are better off finding an attractive plastic kettle that will be considerably cheaper.
Most of my life, my parents never really invested into a decent kettle. We'd usually buy one every four years from Argos, or somewhere that was holding a sale. These kettles worked, but they were noisy, heavy and annoying to refill - to refill with water, you'd have to click a switch on the top of the kettle to open it only for it to spray drops of it back at you.
I found this on Amazon with a matching toaster. I paid upwards of £50. So was it worth it?
Well, first off I'll discuss the appearance. Depending on the kitchen you have, the colour scheme of this kettle will either compliment it perfectly or stand out like a sore thumb. I found it suited ours and it looked pretty stylish as a result - well, as stylish as kettles can be anyway.
Still, don't let the above fool you. Some say the colour red is symbolic of danger, and if you're not careful, this could end up applying here with this kettle. The design has a fatal flaw - once it has boiled and you pick it up or put it down, then it will shoot, rather concerningly, a thin jet of stream towards your direction. After observing some other amazon reviews, I believe that this has affected a few other customers, however I can suggest one solution at the cost of a 100% piping hot cup of tea. Why not just wait a few minutes before pouring the water? That's what we've done and there wasn't really too much of a problem in that line of thought thereafter.
How fast does this kettle boil? Very fast, compared to some other kettles. Faster than cheap standard kettles which you might typically find in a workplace, at least. However, as previously discussed, that waiting period that you might want to choose will cancel this out, so if you're worried about being unpleasantly surprised by a burst of steam then that cancels that out, sadly - though if you're tough-skinned, you should be fine! It's just not a problem that I anticipated before I purchased it.
Is it heavy? Well, yes, it is when it's full of water. Of course it would be, a kettle full of water is not supposed to be too light! In all seriousness, it's not the heaviest of kettles. If you're over a certain age or have been told not to do any heavy lifting recently, then perhaps you would be comfortable with this kettle.
One interesting factor is its general ease of use. Unlike any other kettle I'd previously owned, it's got a swivel base which means that you can place it back down in any position you like - there's no set placement for it, which makes it comfortable in that respect. On an unrelated note, if you're used to plastic kettles then you may find that your tea/coffee has a slightly more chemical taste to it at first. Ways in which you can combat this is to either clean it regularly, or empty the water after each boil in order to avoid said situation. Alternatively, you could get used to it, as it really is only a minor factor - and if you're an avid tea/coffee drinker, I'm sure you will get used to it. This also may only effect a small percentage of users.
Finally, what does it sound like? Compared to a plastic kettle, it's a little loud, but for the average metal-type kettle it's not that bad. It's not going to drown out any kitchen conversations and it's not going to wake anyone up in the middle of the night unless they are woken up by the drop of a pin!
So in summary, for the price I paid for this kettle, I feel content with it and am sure it's going to last me a long time; a good few years in it yet. Maybe De'Longhi sacrificed a little substance for style in the steam-related issue, but I can't imagine any of the flaws that this kettle may have having a life-changing impact upon the user. If you're willing to pay the price and enjoy the appearance of this kettle, you are likely to be satisfied with it!
DeLonghi KBO3001-R Icona Jug Kettle in Scarlet Red / Short name: DeLonghi KBO3001.R