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      29.06.2009 22:05
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      A bit disappointing.

      We bought this kettle and the matching toaster 2 years ago when we had our kitchen redone. Not cheap at £50 from John Lewis, but I thought it would be worth it for a good brand name like Delonghi. This model/range is also called Argento.

      **The Look
      The kettle is a lovely matt cream colour with a silver spout and silver lid with a black sphere knob on top. The handle is black with a cream insert and the water gauge is behind this handle. The kettle is cordless and sits on top of a circular black charging plate.

      **The features
      There is a built in filter that sits behind the spout. This is a really handy feature if you have hard water as it is quite a fine mesh so it will stop the little bits going into your tea. The water gauge is a fairly standard feature but gives you the min and max fill and between 0.7 and 1.5 litre marks. The maximum capacity of this kettle is 1.7 itres.

      It is quite a powerful kettle, the element is within the base (so you cannot see it if you look in the kettle) maybe this speeds up the boil time??. A full boil takes under 2 minutes which I think is pretty quick.

      **The durability
      This is my disappointment with this kettle, bearing in mind we have had for 2 years and have used several times daily, but even so a £50 kettle should last a bit longer in my opinion.

      The kettle looks at first to be very durable but 3 thing in particular have happened to ours.
      1. We live in a hard water area and I have to descale the kettle every two-three weeks to keep in tip top condition. This has not been a problem but what has happened is that limescale collects around the rim where the lid fits on. The only way to remove this is to gently scrub with a cloth but even being very gentle has worn away the cream enamel leaving an uneven line around the rim.
      2. The limescale filter is a very fine mesh which makes it very efficient, however it also makes it a bit fragile and I had to replace the first one after a year.
      3. The lid is a very tight fit, mine has given in to being pulled and has cracked on the base of the black knob. Still works just looks tatty.

      So, overall, it's a stylish kettle with a fast boil but I've been a bit disappointed with it's durability. Maybe I'm asking too much for a kettle to last longer than a couple of years???

      PS please ignore the installation, picture and sound ratings below - it wouldn't let me not rate them although they're clearly not relevant.

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    • Product Details

      Bringing colour back to the kitchen, the gorgeous Classic collection in lush smooth cream and dreamy retro, yet bang up to date blue / Rapid boil 3Kw cordless kettle Maximum capacity 1.7 litre 360º base with cord storage Concealed element for fast boiling and easy cleaning Removable, washable lime scale filter Neon power indicator on both sides Non-slip feet / Short name: DeLonghi KBE3014-1