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The Delonghi Vintage Icona Storica KBOV3001.BK Jug Kettle is expensive but over the last year I've been really glad I went for quality rather than a cheap substitute. Priced around £74 the price hasn't changed much over the last year but I can honestly say it is worth it.
My kettle rather than being fully black with stainless steel also incorporates brown. I wasn't actually that keen on it as I would have preferred it just to be black/silver but it has really grown on me. There's a brown knob to lid, brown handle and base while the main body of the kettle is in a matte black. The only downside to the colour is actually the matte black and stainless steel show up marks (so not advisable to keep it near the cooker) but is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth.
The kettle itself is functional but there are a few things I would change about it. Starting from the top the lid is difficult to pull off and even after continuous use hasn't loosened any. This isn't bad if the water is cool but after having to fill/refill numerous times to get hot water to wash the dishes after the dishwasher broke, I found that the condensation on the lid produced large and hot water droplets which fly off with the force of removing the lid. Occasionally this can fly onto the skin so I am glad I don't have kids nearby and will always try and remove the lid over the sink.
The big handle is comfortable to hold although the kettle can get very heavy when filled to its 1.7 litre capacity. The slightly textured design probably doesn't add an awful lot of grip but it's never slipped out my hand. The handle is only attached at the top of the kettle and it's never felt of cheap quality so I'm always very confident it will hold the weight if the kettle is full. The only problem I have with it is it obscures the water level so I will lift it to gauge how much water is in it. The water level actually only registers 1 litre plus so for one to two cups it won't register the level with its wider base design.
A huge plus point to this kettle is the hidden element so you don't have to put a lot of water in it - there's less chance of it over heating. A lot of kettles I've used end up with brown staining inside but this one is still the stainless steel it was when it was bought. I also like that this kettle has a sharper spout to it (rather than round) as you can be more precise with your pouring. There is also a filter in spout (hence why it should always be filled from the top rather than spot).
In terms of heating up water I couldn't actually say it is any quicker than cheaper kettles. Boiling a full kettle can take around 3 minutes with one to two cups taking about a minute. This kettle will hold its heat quite well though which was very handy when having hand wash dishes as it meant I didn't have to keep reheating the water.
The base is probably the cheapest part of the kettle. Just a brown plastic disk which allows the kettle to swivel 360 degrees (actually very handy as we have both left and right handed people in the house). The base isn't flimsy though so it has taken quite a battering from my uncoordinated placement. There isn't a huge amount of flexibility in the cord though so it will choose to move of its own accord where I'd rather have the cord to the wall. It should in theory wrap around the inside of the base but it's only about 1 metre long so depends where you're placing it.
Even with all it's downsides I'd still have to give it 4 stars as I know this is a good quality item that is going to last. It does it's basic function well and it looks stylish.
I previously reviewed the Delonghi Toaster CTO4003, giving it 4 stars (not 5 due to the hefty price), therefore i am now going to review the matching kettle!
The Delonghi cordless kettle KBO3001 was bought in the same colour as the toaster (white) for £58.49- that is £2 more than the toaster...
The kettle includes many features such as: a removable lid, a filter in the spout, max water level indicator of 1.7 litres, an on/off switch; a 360 degree base with chord storage; and a plug connecting to the base.
To fill the kettle, you are supposed to take off the lid rather than filling it by the spout- not too time consuming, just quite annoying when in desperate need of a hot drink.
The level of water in the kettle should not be less than 0.3 litres due to the fact that the kettle would run dry and burn itself out; the level of water should also not be more than the maximum of 1.7 litres in case the boiling water overflows and burns someone.
It is a very quick kettle to boil; quicker than previous ones we have had.
However, 2 problems we have had is that: the lid itself was rather difficult to get off, requiring quite a bit of force; and the knob on the lid split (for the price we paid this should not have happened, so we got a replacement).
The replacement lid is fine now, and it is also a lot looser to take off- so perhaps the first lid was just a faulty one.
I would say that this kettle was basically only bought to match the toaster- not really a justified reason to buy it- lesson learnt.
I purchased the kettle in the off-white colour to match my new Delonghi toaster (and my kitchen of course!) just over a year ago. The kettle and toaster together are very stylish and look great on my kitchen worktop. The kettle is fairly quick to boil, however, it is quite noisy but you get used to it and it doesn't bother me at all, in fact it means I can hear from upstairs when it's finished. The lid can be quite sticky to remove to fill up and it's maybe a little on the heavy side, however, this is the charm of the retro design and so any downsides for me are outweighed by how stylish the kettle looks. At the end of the day, a kettle performs only one key function and so there must be other ways to distinguish them from one another - and for me this is how good it looks in your kitchen!
I purchased the red model and I have to say it looks stunning on my kitchen surface. However, I found it quite noisy to begin with but you get used to it fairly quickly. It boils quicker to other kettles I have had. You do need to put quite a lot of water in it to make the water level indicator rise but once filled to the top you can easily get a good few cups of tea or coffee out of it before having to refill again. I bought this model as it looks sleeks, stylish and funky but you do pay the price. I think it is quite expensive for a kettle but it is worth the money as it looks so retro and different from your normal kettle. It comes in a range of lovely colours including a gorgeous blue and has toasters to match. A good buy if you care about style!
Avid readers among you will by now be glued to the reviews page, desperately searching for the sequel to the earth shattering toaster review I posted yesterday. Search no more - for I have come up with a suitable amount of waffle, prose and guesswork to enable the production of said sequel.
Ok - it was a toaster, and this is a kettle. Hardly the same scope for spellbinding descriptions that you can find in the Travel Section, or the same intellectual jousting of the Speakers Corner (well...alright, whining and complaining), but someone has to review these appliances!
If you are mean enough not to have read the previous review - I will briefly elucidate. I've had some wedding vouchers taking up valuable space in my ribbons and assorted wool drawer for months, and the Wife and I finally got round to visiting the upmarket department store that would swop the aforementioned tokens for shiny consumerist products. Deciding on a swish new kettle and toaster combo (eventually), we aimed to make our kitchen look decidedly 'with it' and trendy (and other associated adjectives to denote your willingness to spend money wildly).
Having already snaffled the toaster on account of it's shiny red paintjob, retro dials and profundity of toasting slots, I was convinced (nagged) into purchasing the accompanying kettle in the matching red colour. Delonghi certainly saw me coming - and everyone else in fact, as there are matching sets in Red, Cream, Blue and Silver - as well as a similarly retro Espresso Machine. Luckily for my wallet (the vouchers only covered most of the first two items' value) I already have a fully functioning coffee machine and felt no need to chuck a fine example of German Engineering to satisfy the colour scheme requirements of my fairer half.
The kettle cost £54 - which is a lot of money for a device that makes water hot, when you can quite easily get a budget brand for a third of that price. However - detractors would do well to remember that plenty of people are silly enough to spend thousands more on say a Volkswagen when they can have exactly the same thing by buying a Seat....for instance.
Anyway - economic theory over - back to the kettle. Bulging at its base, and curving gradually to an old fashioned conical teapot lid, the design takes similar cues as the toaster - with a sharp paint colour contrasting against the plain black plastic of the base, the shiny black of the single ended handle, and the brushed steel of the lid and spout.
My only real complaint with the design is that the spout is rather titchy, and the removable lid implies filling of the kettle directly into the top. The drawback here is that removing the lid, which sits inside 3 metal clips inside the top of the kettle, causes a metallic scraping sound, and is more time consuming than simply holding the spout under the tap and turning the tap on. Still - things could be worse, the kettle is quicker to boil than my old one and looks far nicer on the kitchen worktop.
In operation the kettle is rapid (but not one of these trendy super fast kettles that don't actually boil the water and are bought by people who pride themselves on having no spare time to do anything of value, let alone make a proper cup of tea in the morning). The walls of the kettle obviously get quite hot, but the maximum fill line is far enough from the spout that you would have to literally knock the kettle over to express any boiling water. The capacity is a fairly standard 1.7 litres, which is probably 5 or 6 cups of hot loveliness at a time. The base unit features the cord winding lugs that it shares with the toaster design, and is a totally unremarkable round plastic base (I'm not getting into the dynamics of circular bases and their depths this time you'll be pleased to know).
The box was fairly cumbersome, packaged as it was with the offcuts of a dozen egg boxes or so, and with the usual free plastc bag to throw away, the guarantee forms, the multilingual instructions (Fill with water, turn on, wait...pour!) and the little ties that make the cord look all neat and tidy, takes a good few minutes to get ready for first use, but being cuboid at least made packing it in the boot simple.
So there you have it - a kettle, well designed, pleasing on the eye, simple to use, and thoroughly pleasing in every way. Vouchers well spent!
NB. Picture and sound quality? What is wrong with these Dooyoo functions!!
Inspired by 1950's glamour of Italy the Icona range from De'Longhi brings style to any kitchen / The KBO3001 comes in a unique high gloss Onyx Black with Chrome detailing and a fingerprint resistance finish / The KBO3001 Kettle offers a 360? swivel base for both left and right handed use and cord free convenience / It also features a water capacity of 1.7 litres twin neon power lights cord storage and a 3kW concealed rapid-boil element ensures fast boiling. / Short name: DeLonghi KBO3001