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My overall opinion about this DeLonghi Kettle is that although it performs its function adequately, it does nothing exceptional to justify the exceptionally high price tag. This doesn't make it a bad kettle only that it has nothing special to warrant the standard retail price. This review aims to explain how I have come to this conclusion.
I opted for the cream colour to match my retro-mod kitchen and when I took the kettle out of the box I was most excited as it really does look as good as does in the picture. However, maintaining this high standard has not been easy. The stainless steel lid is extremely easy to clean and shines up nicely, yet the rest of the kettle is very difficult to keep in its original condition. I have used virtually every kind of scratchy clothe imaginable and sometimes the stains fade, but they do not go completely; the only thing that does any good is bleach. If you choose to buy this kettle be aware that it will require some elbow grease, particularly if you choose a light colour.
Another downside is that the kettle is fairly heavy to pick up especially when it is full with water. I wouldn't recommend this product to children making their first cups of real tea and anyone with a frail grip (or for the clumsy among us- a.k.a- Me!) as it really is not a light weight kettle even before the water goes in.
The cone shaped design will also work against you in this respect as it means that the handle is bent upwards making it difficult to pour and obtain a secure grip, this and the weight makes the kettle fairly cumbersome.
Cleaning the inside of the kettle is also a problem. If you live in a hard water area (like me) you will probably want to clean the inside out once a week (once a day would be ideal but what a waste of water). However, because the lid is so small in comparison to the base it is difficult to get a long brush to the bottom of it and you won't be able to see where you're poking around??? If that makes any sense! The small opening at the top also makes it more difficult to empty out all the lime scale and it will take repeated rinses to empty it all out (again we are wasting water here).
The filter and the lid however, are easy to remove. Both fit snugly and securely into their positions. The lid will never fall off unexpectedly (like the value kettles). The heaviness of the kettle is made up for in its sturdiness. I dropped the kettle on the floor once (not full of boiling water and no children were around- breathe out!) and it sustained not even a hairline fracture, scratch or scuff. This kettle would be difficult to damage.
The dial on the side is fairly easy to read, but there is no ball bobbing around to highlight this- frankly, it could have been clearer. The measurements consist only of min, 0.7, 1.0, 1.5 and Max. So I have an A in GCSE maths and I should know this shouldn't I? (Rolls eyes; show off!) but that was sometime ago...how many cups is 1.7? I would prefer the good old 1 cup 2 sup system really.
An excellent feature of the kettle is the adjustable cord. You can wind up the cord under the kettle neatly and easily under the base. This is a great safety feature which also makes the kettle look tidy on the kitchen counter. Therefore the kettle is willing to adjust to suit your kitchen design. (However do not feel that the lead is super long as it isn't.)
Turning the kettle on it simple enough he switch has one setting so you just push it down. It is well camouflaged and I had to read the instructions to work it out (duh!) When the kettle is on the tiny red light will light up, however in a brightly lit kitchen it is difficult to tell whether it is on or not.
The kettle is fairly quiet while it is brewing, you will experience no annoying whistling sounds. I remember one value kettle which when I switched on I had to stop my conversation. How long it takes to boil depends on the amount of water but it brews quickly- around two minutes. There is no set position for the kettle on the base; it doesn't need to click into place so removal and replacement is virtually a thoughtless process.
The kettle does look fantastic and works very well. In regards to function I really have no complaints; this is a decent kettle and has fulfilled all my expectations. It is quite high maintenance though as explained above and does need time and attention to keep it looking chic. It is fashion over function and it is not ergonomically designed. This kettle does not aim to be the most technologically advanced piece of kitchen equipment. All in all I would recommend this kettle to someone for its style. But value for money is debatable. In my opinion it is very expensive for what it is. But it gives a full cuppa style.
I bought the DeLonghi Cordless Cream Jug Kettle in a dual purchase with its toasting counterpart mainly due to its retro appearance and colour match. It does add a subtle touch of warmth to the kitchen with its inoffensive guise and old school charm.
Standing at approximately 11" tall on a 7 ½" diameter circular base it has a capacity of 1.7 litres. The fill level is indicated by a transparent tube that runs parallel with the handle. The ON switch is situated at the bottom of the handle and is very easy to flick down, 2 red lights on either side of the kettle will snap on when the switch is activated.
The kettle also has a cool wall facility and a filtered spout but you have to fill it through the top and this leads me to perhaps the only fault I can find with the product because frankly, some days, Geoff Capes would struggle to get the lid off. It is an incredibly tight fit and you only have a little bud-like handle on top to get hold of. When you do finally manage to prise the thing off you will invariably get a small but slightly annoying sprinkled shower from the droplets that have taken residence on the underside of the lid from the previous boil.
If you like your kettle lid stereotypically rattling around gleefully while it boils like in some cartoon cottage, then this won't be for you, when the lid's on, it stays on.
Donning white overalls and sporting a clipboard, stopwatch and furrowed brow, I timed a full tank boil at exactly 4 minutes long. A passable time I thought, while also privately dispelling the notion that a watched pot never boils. It will stay quite warm for a short time after but should you accidently brush against it I don't think you'll get branded.
It never ceases to amaze me that some people are actually concerned with noise levels for kettles but for the sake of the review here goes. It does make a hissing noise, similar to that of a distant train, before going on to its inevitable mild bubbling eruption. I've no doubt this would be ear shattering for The Borrowers should the thieving little sods be dwelling in your kitchen, but for the human ear it shouldn't be at all threatening - in fact I'd feel more intimidated if Pingu performed a haka on my kitchen worktop.
Pricewise I paid just under £50 for this but I've seen them for as little as £30 since and no doubt somewhere to the sides of these pages they will be advertised for a lot less.
On the whole a great looking functional item let down only by the tight lid.
I bought this kettle mainly because it matches the decor in my kitchen, many other "cream" kettles that I found seemed more yellow, but this one is a perfect shade of cream in my fussy and somewhat fickle opinion!
On a practical level, this kettle really is not that user friendly. Firstly you have to take the lid off to fill every time as the spout simply isn't big enough, and you have to have the tap on really slowly otherwise it splashes everywhere. If the kettle has recently boiled and you are refilling, it is quite hot and dangerous as the plastic handle on the lid is barely big enough to hold without touching the metal.
Secondly, you have to put a lot of water in the kettle just to get to the minimum line (0.7l), and because of the shape the maximum level is quite far from the top (1.65l capacity), however, after doing a bit of research I found out that this shape is a lot more efficient than normal shaped kettles. It is not particularly easy to see the guage when filling, as it is behind the handle, and it fills up alot slower than the kettle, so I always end up boiling more water than I had intended which probably counteracts the efficient shape!
This kettle does boil very quickly (however it is very loud), and it pours nicely without any drips. It is a bit slow at pouring if you are emptying it into a pan, but for a cup of coffee it pors at the perfect speed. The 360 degree base makes it easy to put the kettle onto, as you do not have to line it up at all, and excess cord can be stored in the base to keep it from cluttering the work surface.
At £45, this kettle is a bit pricey, but I cannot deny that it looks great if it is style that you are looking for, but I am sure that there are plenty of kettles on the market which are a lot more user friendly.
I got this kettle as a wedding gift and so far I do not have any complaints. There are two of us in our house and the volume is more than adequate for our uses, which are mainly cooking (water for rice, pasta or vegetables) and making cups of tea!
This kettle has a good enough boil time. It does not take an age to come to the boil like some older kettles would.
It is easy to lift off the 'charging' bit that gives it the electricity, it does not need to clip in or anything, simply sits on top.
The lid can sometimes stick a little bit which can be frustrating - in fact it may have been easier to have one of those lids that just flips up rather than one that comes totally off. However this may make it look worse and the kettle does look quite well.
Overall though this is a good kettle - it boils water quickly, easily, safely and without a mess.
The DeLonghi Argento Crema KBE3014 has an exclusive matt Cream premium finish / It offers a 360? detachable base for cord-free convenience / It also includes a removable washable anti-scale filter and non-slip feet. / Short name: DeLonghi KBE3014-2