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It must be almost three years to the day since I bought this kettle and I think it is now at the end of it's life span. I love a cup of tea so it has been much loved however since it feels like me and my husband live at work I can't say it has been overworked. What you need to consider when buying this item is whether a three year life span is reasonable for a £50 kettle.
When I first saw the metropolis range in, to quote Bill Bailey "The Laminated Book of Dreams", or to the rest of us, in Argos I thought it looked great. It seemed expensive but I thought the style was worth paying a little bit extra for. I wasn't disappointed. It does look great although on closer inspection the base is rather flimsy and the chrome handle feels more like plastic to me. However since my home is completely open plan and although the visitors don't get that close to the kettle they can see it. I was very pleased with how it looked.
I think one of the best parts of this kettle is the fact that the kettle itself is cordless since it sits on a base that allows you to turn the kettle around on it. This is ideal if you have both left and right handed people at home since you can more the kettle easily to meet both your needs without the cord getting in the way.
There's the usual clear part of the kettle that shows you how much water you have put in the kettle however this tends to steam up quite a lot so isn't that easy to read. It also glows orange when the kettle is on which does cheapen the item slightly.
The kettle also boasts a rapid boil feature however I've timed how long it takes if the kettle is full to the max and it is just over four minutes. This doesn't seem very rapid to me, especially where you can now get the instant ones.
I may seem quite negative in my review but I have justification. The main issue with this kettle is the lid. It looks great and different from the standard kettle however it just isn't practical. The handle is a rather small, weak, plastic article that sits on one side. The position of the handle makes it extremely difficult to get the lid off. You need to lift the lid off in a straight up motion otherwise it doesn't budge. However since the handle is on one side this is really difficult to do. The fact that the lid also gets extremely hot makes it an even more difficult task. You will be fine providing you don't need to make many cups of tea since unless you leave it to completely cool before refilling you do get a bit of a burn. To add even further to my frustrations the handle has now come completely off, it can't be fixed and hence my reason for the 3 year lifespan.
This kettle looks great however it isn't really great quality when you consider the price. It's probably better suited for a show home rather than for a family who still believe a cup of team solves everything
I have had my Delonghi Gun Metal Grey Metropolish kettle for about 5 months now. The main reason behind the purchase was so we could have a stylish, modern looking kettle and toaster in our kitchen. This was important to us due to having a open plan kitchen and living room layout in our flat. Both my girlfriend and I were delighted with our purchase, sadly the excitement was short lived.
In terms of functionality, yes the kettle boils water and I believe that it fits it's rapid boil description. When unboxing the kettle, it was very easy to assemble. There was the base, the jug and the lid. It doesn't take a rocket scientist to figure out how all those parts fit together.
So, on unboxing the kettle, we both agreed that the kettle looked great. However, I have found that the quality of materials used in the product as not up to expectations. I have found that the paint work on the kettle jug scratches very easily. I have also found problems with the lid in particular. I have found the lid quite hard to take on and off and have found myself on quite a few occassion thinking to myself that the small plastic ring used to remove the lid will come off in my hand. Thankfully it hasn't yet, but it just feels very flimsy to me.
For the amount we paid for the kettle, I really did expect a more robost, high quality feel to go with the high end looks of this kettle.
To cut a long story short this isn't the kettle I own, but Dooyoo is insiting that it is, so this is where they say I must write my review but it is actually about the De'Longhi KBM3011 Kettle (Metropolis Finish).
Basically the difference between the picture shown here and the kettle I own is that mine is silver in a brushed stainless steel look and it doesn't curve inwards towards the base of the kettle. It is much more of a rounded triangular shape - perhaps I should call it a cone then with a complete silver handle going from top to bottom. As the body is of brushed metal it doesn't pick up finger prints easily and looks very flash sat in my kitchen.
The kettle holds 1.7L and is 'rapid boil'. I'm not quite sure what that means but to boil enough water for a cup of tea takes about 20/30 seconds and the box says it is 3kW. There is a watre gauge down the side behind the handle, I find this easy to read and the handle doesn't get in the way. To fill kettles I have always just poured the water down the spout however this is not possible with this kettle as it is a much narrower spout and it just gets water every where when you try. On the plus side a narrower spout makes pouring the boiling water out much more percise and much less likely to spill. Although since you can fill through the spout you have to fill through the lid every time. This is not ideal as the lid is made of metal and so gets very very hot, so obviously using the kettle numberous times in a row gets difficults. The metal lid is also very tight fitting, this hasn't loosened up in time either, so you really do have to give it a pull to open and then forcibly push it back in. I have lost count of how many times I have burnt my fingers doing this. Certainly this isn't a user friendly kettle!
The kettle itself is wireless and you need to replace it every time you use it onto its base. It can be swung round 360' on this base which I find handy to create just that little bit extra space whilst I'm working in the kitchne by pushing the handle out of the way.
The main reason for me buying this kettle is becuase it was anti fingerprint and I wanted a metal kettle rather than a white plastic one. ALso I wanted one with a matching toaster which this one has. But over all I regret my decison to buy this kettle as I find the lid very unsafe to use once it is hot as it is so difficult to open and close. For this reason I cannot reccomend this kettle unless you just want it to sit there and look good but has no function.
DeLonghi is a brand name that is often associated with quality build, design and looks. This kettle certainly has the looks, but how do the design and quality hold up?
The main function of a kettle, of course, is to boil water. As long as it does this, then it's boxes ticked, really. This kettle does this job very well, and it doesn't take too long to do it either. Nicely done. It also does it whilst looking good. The sleek design and metal grey colour give it an almost bullet like feel to it, and with a chrome (I believe) handle that is very comfortable in the hand, it has the looks and holding boxes ticked quite nicely.
In terms of being of practical use, what I find bugs me about things such as this often relates to how easy or hard it is to fill up and empty the kettle. This is down to the spout in a lot of ways, whether the top is removeable or not. For this DeLonghi kettle, while the base is quite broad, the tip is very narrow indeed. The lid is a very small metal dome with a plastic handle on it. The drawback of this is that the handle gets very hot once the kettle has boiled, so if you're looking to boil the kettle twice in quick succession, you'd either need a cloth to remove it or to be able to pour the water in via the spout.
The spout enables the water to come out through a sort of mesh filter that prevents any bits that may be present in your water coming out. It's a decent size, and means that you can put the water in it without necessarily having to worry about burning your fingers by removing the lid. The water needs to go in slowish, but it's easier to do this if you just want a cuppa, as it won't take you long. To boil the whole kettle, though, it's quicker to remove the lid.
The kettle holds a decent amount of water, around 1.7 litres, so plenty for a few cups of tea or coffee, or a pan of boiling water if you're cooking. It's wireless, which means you can take it off its stand and carry it to the other side of the kitchen if that helps. The base unit is sturdy, as is the kettle itself, and the wire will actually go into the base like a retractable extension lead would, which I find a nice and tidy feature.
With prolonged use, you start to see a couple of minor things happening. The handle on the top weakens somewhat, and it seems like it could come off any moment, and the lid, where it has been removed and put back over and over again, gets a bit more fiddly each time we do it. I think this is definitely the weakest feature of the kettle, as it boils well and is an attractive kitchen addition. Decent spout and handle, can hold a decent amount of water and doesn't take very long. Be careful of the handle, and you'll be alright with this one.
The price tag, though, for me, far exceeds what this should be worth. It appears amazon has this at around the £40 mark at the moment. I have seen it as low as about £25, but even at this price, for me, it would have to be pretty much singing and dancing, which this does not. Way overpriced for what is essentially a good kettle with a couple of minor faults. It's nothing special, and the price there spoils it somewhat. We were lucky enough to receive ours as a gift. If we had to choose and go and spend money on a kettle, I wouldn't choose this, as value for money has to come into it.
If you want a kettle that really looks the business in your kitchen, you can't do much better than this one. However when I bought it, the sales person suggested that you pay for the looks rather than the performance or the quality. Six months down the line, I have discovered that he was absolutely right. It didn't really concern me at the time of purchase because it matched my kitchen perfectly and a white plastic version wouldn't have had quite the same effect. However, it would have been a lot cheaper because as far as kettles go, this is one of the most expensive you can buy. The plastic ring pull on the lid has fallen off which means you risk burnt fingers if you want to fill it with water within 20 minutes of boiling. Also, the fancy switch to turn it on doesn't work any more. £54.99 is a lot of money to pay for a kettle but if you want it for display purposes, it is perfect. Just don't expect it to last for long if you want to use it every day.
What can you say about a kettle, well not much really, does it boil water, yes, ok great, it's done its job.
I picked the Delonghi kettle purely for its sleek and sexy design. The kettle comes in a lovely gun metal grey colour and is metal not like theses regular plastic types kettles you can pick up for a fiver in most shops. Ok, so it is a bit more expensive, you can buy it for about £20 in most home stores, such as Debenhams but I have a lovely new kitchen so I wanted something a bit stylish and this fitted the bill.
The kettle is almost a dome type shape such as a jug and is bigger at the bottom than the top. It has avery cool arched handle all the way up the kettle which is quite sturdy and holds the kettle well. It's comfortalbe to hold as you can get you hand allt he way around it unlike some kettles where you can only hold a portion of it. THis makes pouring fromt he kettle very easy and leads to little or no spill.As the top the lid is metal and has a little plastic round hook for taking the lid off. Now, my one and only complaint with this is that when the kettle has just boiled but you need to fill it up again if you are making tea for lots of people then this top metal lid is very hot and very hard to get off and you will burn your fingers on it. You need to hold the top of the lid when pulling the plastic hood so beware, let it cool down for a bit.
The kettle has a filter on it, a metal mesh filter at the top of the spout to ensure fresh and clean water. This is quite easy to remove and clean and is reusable. I don't think we've replaced it yet and we have had the kettle for about a year and a half. The kettle is very eay to clean. The outside just wipes clean with a damp cloth and we have no problems with the inside either.
The kettle sits in a round plastic base which has the plug attached to it. The lovely thing about this is that the extension lead can actually be coiled into the plastic base to whatever length you would like it so no need for unsightly cord on display in your kitchen. When boiling the kettle does make a bit of noise but is not amazingly loud.
The kettle holds quite a bit of water, enough for one big pot of tea.
All in all a fab kettle to go with a lovely new kitchen and toaster!
Combining shapes of the 40's and 50's with classic Italian style / 3kw cordless kettle Maximum capacity 1.7 litre Exclusive matt gun-metal paint finish / will not show finger prints Water level indicator 360 Degree base with cord storage Concealed element for fast boiling and easy cleaning Removable washable lime scale filter Non-slip feet / Short name: DeLonghi KBM3011