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I've had this kettle for nearly 3 years now, it was given to me as a Christmas gift along with the matching toaster. It looks very striking in the deep red, especially with the matching red toaster and other red items i have dotted around the kitchen, I've had many admiring comments from friends about how good it looks.
The kettle itself is good all round kettle, holds plenty of water, boils quickly and isn't too loud. The best thing about the kettle is actually the way that it looks, its got a nice retro feel to it whilst looking super modern at the same time. The deep red shiny part of the kettle is complemented by chrome and black accents.
One disadvantage to the kettle would be the lid, if you have boiled the kettle and need to refill and boil it again the metal lid is quite stiff to remove and of course gets very hot when the kettle has boiled so can result in burnt fingers if you aren't careful.
Only recently did I learn how much these kettle cost purchase, not sure if I would of personally paid that much for a kettle (especially with the cost of the matching toaster!) but it's still going strong after 3 years of being used numerous every single day in those 3 years. After 3 years of use it still cleans up well and still looks as good as it did on the day I got it.
I had my eye on this kettle for a few weeks before I bought it and only did so because I had some gift vouchers for Christmas and thought i should invest in this lovely looking kettle! Its cream colour with brown leather look handle was really impressive and it was a heavy, solid kettle and I figured this would mean good quality.
I already have a Delonghi toaster which is still going strong after 11 years so I have no problem with the brand, in fact I think Delonghi are brilliant. I paid £80 for my Icona kettle and even the husband was impressed with its looks, sat well on my worktop and with the cord stored underneath the black base, it was tidy. Its tall and elegant with the lid rather small but functional, i tend to fill from the spout anyway so no issues with that.
I picked the kettle up for first use and my immediate thought was that it felt heavy without the water in it....a little confusing really when you need to make a brew for a couple of people as i tend to fill to weight and then boil. The indicator on the side is too dark to read properly and hidden by the handle somewhat, unless you stand by the window and squint at it.......no guessing with this kettle then
A simple little lever on the base of the kettle switches it on and away it goes, very noisily! When I did switch it on my hubby ran from the lounge to check I had put water in it as it sounded like an empty kettle boiling and ready to explode.....we are used to this now but for such an expensive kettle I would have expected less noise. The base is plastic and again, doesn't sit with the kettle as the rest is cream and brown, a little more thought should have gone into it really. Also, the base is very light, even with the cord stored on it.
The spout has a filter which can be placed into the dishwasher or rinsed regularly and this prevents any sediment if you are in a hard water area like me.
This kettle is quick to boil, I get a few cups within 2 minutes sometimes less if I manage to put the correct amount of water in it.
Downside is that the side of the kettle and especially the lid, get very hot so no refilling quickly unless you do as I do, go in through the spout.
A lovely kettle but a few 'cheap' looking bits to it.
Our beloved old kettle blew up about 9 months ago so it was time to choose a new one. Had a look around and for the DeLonghi Icona kettle which stood out and screamed 'PLEASE BUY ME! I'LL LOOK GREAT IN YOUR KITCHEN!" - even tho it was well over what I wanted to pay for a new kettle. A few days later it was sat in the kitchen looking very hansome indeed. It's design is funky yet kind of vintage retro, and best of all it matches our blue quartz worktops.
It's a really beautiful blue cordless model that includes a handy limescale filter and boasts a 3 layer gloss paint finish, and is generously detailed with chrome. The top lid is completely removable and it can manage up to 1.7 liters of water, it uses 3kW of power and boils in an instant. The beauty sits on a great 360 degree base. You can tell it's a quality product.
When it's in action it is quite noisy, but this is only for a few minutes - no big deal. It's quite heavey to handle to becareful when lifting if you have weak wrists. I wouldn't recommend to an elderly person, as they could be in danger of scalding themselves. Always remember to hold the handle at the bottom as Ive now scalded myself with the steam on a couple of occasions.
I also believe that you can buy a toaster that will match this particular kettle. But I wouldn't want to buy another one of these due to the design issues, and re-filling can be a pain as you cannot refill from the spout, you have to take the entire lid off to fill.
Purchased from Comet for £74.99
This kettle was purchased along with the matching toaster, over a year ago when we first moved into our house and had some loyalty card vouchers to spend in Tesco. We exchanged our vouchers during one of their events, so they quadrupled in value to £120. We decided not to be sensible for once, as we rarely treat ourselves, and we bought the matching kettle and toaster, costing around £60 each. I would never have paid this if we'd been paying for it, but as it was technically at no cost to ourselves, I was happy to add a little class to our (still unfinished!) kitchen. The cheapest I've seen these online is around £54 from Amazon, so worth considering if you have any vouchers to use....
The kettle comes in different colours, including red, black, stainless steel, grey, white, and the very striking blue in the picture. This means it should be fairly easy to find a colour to match whatever look you are trying to achieve in your kitchen. Ours is a pearly cream colour to blend in with our country style kitchen. Although the body of the kettle is quite shiny due to the glossy finish, it doesn't really attract fingerprints which is a bonus. It tapers towards the top in a cone shape, and has a chrome lid and spout. You can see what it looks like from the picture, and it does have a certain retro feel about it but it looks really stylish. There are matching items available, including toaster and coffee machine.
The kettle has a maximum capacity of 1.7 litres. This is perfectly adequate for our household's needs. The most I would ever need to fill the kettle for is for pouring down the sink to clear it, or filling my cat's litter tray when I'm leaving it to soak before cleaning it. When the kettle is full, I'm always pleasantly surprised at how much water it holds. It has a strip along the side (underneath the handle) with a window which shows you how full the kettle is, and this is labelled from 1 to 1.7 litres. Although you might think this isn't as useful as being labelled by number of cups, I always find the cup guides inaccurate anyway, so it's just a general idea for example, being half full or a third full, rather than the exact measurement. This makes it easier to judge how much water you need if there's only two of you, and so is good for efficiency.
Filling the kettle is made very easy by the lid, which is detachable. You can fill the kettle really quickly rather than messing round with the spout. It boils very quickly, although I can't say this is a major concern of mine because I never stand and watch a boiling kettle, I tend to get involved doing other household tasks and sometimes even forget I've put it on at all! It has a 3Kw concealed element which is responsible for the speedy boiling.
One of the best features of this kettle is that it hardly makes any noise as it's boiling, although this does mean sometimes I don't notice when I forget to flick the switch! If you're in the room making a brew, for example when you have visitors, and want to continue your conversation, you'll hardly notice the kettle is there. There's also no indication that the kettle has finished boiling, although if I don't have guests I usually leave the room once I've put the kettle on so it wouldn't really help me unless it was some kind of siren to get my attention.
The kettle has a lovely chunky handle, making it easy to pick up and it's positioned well away from the body of the kettle so that you won't risk burning by touching the sides of the kettle when picking it up. This is one of the safety features. Other safety features are non-slip feet on the base, automatic shut-off when it boils (although I would imagine most kettles have this nowadays), and also boil dry safety cut out, meaning if you've accidentally forgotten to put water in the kettle, it doesn't try to boil it. This just protects the element from damage, which you'd be fairly gutted about if you'd paid full price for the kettle!
The cord on this kettle isn't very long, 1.2 metres to be exact. It sounds like a lot, but unless your socket is right next to the kettle at exactly the same height, it'll be a bit of a stretch. We're lucky in that we designed the electrics for our kitchen as part of our renovation project, so we put them in sensible places. Unfortunately though this still just about reaches from where we planned for the kettle to go, to the socket. I know from experience that not all kitchens have the luxury of sensible sockets, and if that's the case you might find this cord a bit too short to be able to position the kettle where you'd like. I think the reason for the short cord might be because you can store it in the base, but I've no idea who would use this feature as surely most people just leave their kettle plugged in rather than unplugging it and storing the cord away each time?
The base is one of those swivel bases which allows the kettle to be rotated on it. This makes it convenient when you have a kettle full of water as you don't have to worry about positioning it in a certain way, you can just plonk it down. That is my one minor criticism of this kettle, because it is so sturdy, it can get quite heavy when full, so I wouldn't recommend it if you struggle with arthritis or anything similar as it weighs a lot more than a plastic kettle.
I'm not sure what the average lifespan of a kettle is, but we've had this for over a year and it performs as well as it did on day one (not wishing to tempt fate!). The kettle has a filter by the spout which comes out to allow you to clean it. We do this regularly, and we've also used a descaler once or twice to avoid limescale build up. Limescale doesn't seem to be as big an issue with this kettle as it is for previous kettles I've owned, although to some extent I think we do look after this one more due to the hefty price tag. The exterior of the kettle is in good condition, and the colour of the kettle is still fresh with no chips. All in all, this is a lovely kettle, and although I wouldn't pay full price for it, I would recommend it for a touch of luxury in your kitchen.
I have this kettle and it looks great - it is incredibly smart and adds a great splash of colour to my kitchen.
It is very easy to use, water can be poured into the kettke via the main lid and there is a simply switch to flick to make the kettle start boiling. However, although it looks great, there are a couple of glitches which mean I would not buy it again. Firstly, the measure on the side is rather small, meaning it is difficult to see how full the kettle is - I often have to go by weight rather than the measure on the side of the kettle. The other problemm is that when the kettle is boiled, the kettle body gets extremely hot which is not ideal. In terms of speed of boiling water, it seems to be the same as most kettles.
I have found there is quite alot of limestone so now use only filtered water in the kettle which has improved the problem. I have had the kettle for over a year though and it hasn't broken or been unreliable so overall has done it's job, but seems like quite a hefty price tag.
Retro good looks and a sophisticated azure exterior make this jug kettle a modern classic. It features a 360° swivel base with cord storage - so you don't have the inconvenience of a trailing cable. A good-sized water capacity of 1.7L.