“ Brand: DeLonghi „
Sleek round-based jug-shape kettle ( H27 x Dia.23cm) available in a range of colours (see below) with a stainless steel finish. With it's retro styling, John Lewis replaced our malfunctioning Breville with this kettle (we weren't given any choice....) presumably for it's 1950s ish looks (it's mounted by a traditional tea-pot shaped lid, but is more contemporary than the equivalent Breville offerings).
Circular black base conceals a 50cm long power cable - quite sufficient for most kitchens - and allows 360 degree rotation for ease of placement. A limescale filter is concealed within the 'spout' and can be removed and cleaned in the dishwasher when necessary. Fast boiling - less than 1 minute for the water for two mugs of tea (3000W; it's capacity is for 1.7L - around 6 mugs).
One of the bemusing things about this kettle is the variability in price between what essentially appear just to be different coloured kettles (although they all seem to have slightly different model numbers - the functionality is identical). At one department store the following prices apply: Aubergine (£69.95), Pearl White (£68.45), Red (£63), Black (£63), Azure Blue (£58.95) and Silver (£59.95). White and Red variations can also be purchased in a package with a four slice toaster for £136.40 and £122.95 respectively (toasters are available separately in the other colours). A coffee maker is also available in these colourways.
Fantastic, efficient quick-boil kettle. Several very useful features - including a 'maximum' line inside the kettle which you can see whilst fitting (though admittedly this might not be necessary had the external numbers been slightly more visible. The 'easy grip' handle feels very secure and is positioned in such a way as to avoid steam-related scalding when pouring (unlike my Breville kettle) however the lid does get very hot: less than ideal if you need to refill shortly after boiling.
Its designed shape is very good, smooth lines not your standard boring tub shape one of the things at appealed to us it stood out from the standard and was quite cheap.
Sadly the cheapness was paid for the kettle has been replaced once and the second appears to have the same issue. Basically it has a tiny leak around the on switch so when it boils steam pours out and as you tilt to pour you get steam near your hand, haven't burnt yet but still doesn't fill you with confidence. You can move your hand down but then it gets warmer toward the bottom, I initially thought this was a leak but on closer inspection its just warm.
Its pretty quiet and boils at normal fast pace, nothing like a jet engine but pretty quick, its not the most secure on its base, if you doing a full fill it does bounce around and look generally scary. The movement seems to be more on our replacement than the original, which makes me wonder if they have changed things between batches?
There is a filter on the pour to stop chunks of lime scale coming out and with our water needed cleaning regularly.
The fill line gauge on the outside is just about usable the internal ones are unusable with a small opening, The power button is is nice and bright so you know you've turned it on.
It hasn't worn well so well the first one did have some wear and tear quite soon but the second seems to be made even worse, quality control, fit and finish is very much lacking.
The cord is about a foot or so long, its sufficient for most kitchens and is flexible enough to keep it out of the way, likewise the base it heavy and had nice feet to make sure it didn't move.
We sadly paid around 40 pounds for this thing, thinking it was going to last well, the first one went back with the thinking it was just a Friday afternoon machine but now the second one seems worse we gave up. Its now been put in loft as an emergency use only device, we lost the receipt some time ago.
Overall its a very mediocre kettle buy something else at half the price.
Sadly our old beloved Breville kettle started leaking all over the kitchen worktop so we thought it would be really easy to find a non too expensive replacement. Our requirements were simple; a cordless jug style kettle with a 360 degree base for ease of use. Oh and of course we didnt really want to spend a fortune after all it is only a kettle!
So off we went to Currys and to their credit they had a decent selection in and after a little thought we went for this Delonghi model primarily because it was on offer, reduced from £40 to £18. Also, I really liked the look of it it looks a little different to all those other jug kettles on the market. It is fairly tall (27cm) and slim, not like a big bubble which some jug kettles are like. This gives the impression of being streamlined. It is quite an angular design, which I like, the handle being very straight and slim and vertical, contrasting to the rounded jug and fitted my hand nicely. The mains cord is a couple of feet long and any excess not required can be wound around the inside of the base out of the way.
Colourwise, it is white and silver grey, which compliments and accentuates the angular style very well. The main part of the jug is white with a good viewing window, which is well marked in litres, so you can see how much water is in the kettle. The lid, handle and base are silver grey. The kettle spout has a filter in it so that you dont get bits of limescale in your cuppa too, it has a fancy hinge which allows it to swing out of the way at certain times a bit fussy if you ask me.
The kettle itself holds a maximum of 2L of water and will boil a minimum of 0.5L. The on off switch is a big red translucent button on top of the handle not ugly, just there really. However it seems to work backwards you press it down away from yourself to turn the kettle on rather than pressing towards you odd at first but I have now got used to it. A good plus point is that the kettle fits very easily and positively onto its base and doesnt seem to wobble around at all.
It boils water really quickly and is described as a fastboil kettle (3000 watts apparently, for those of you who know about these things) well I can vouch for that and I have been quite impressed at its speed compared to my old Breville. However, when it has nearly reached the end of its boil the kettle does seem to resemble something ready for take of at Cape Canaveral rather than a humble kettle! Im sure the vibrations can be felt upstairs, talk about getting the shakes!!
The only thing I really found odd was that the centre of gravity when the kettle was full felt a bit odd. You always felt as though it was a struggle to lift up once you had it in your hands though it was OK.
So we have had this kettle now for around 3 months and I must say I quite like it.
Now for the bad news I know it only actually cost £18 but boy am I glad I didnt pay full whack! The silver grey plastic is wearing and marking very badly. The 360-degree base now has a worn circle where the kettle sits on it. The handle is marked and badly scratched where it is picked up and held and believe it or not the silver grey paint (?) on the plastic lid is peeling and blebbing. I would have thought it fairly obvious that a kettle would need to stand a temperature of around now let me see, ooooo 100 degrees centigrade this point seems to have been missed by the manufacturers!!! We have hardly used the lid as the kettle can be filled from the spout! I wouldnt call our house heavy kettle users in fact I dont think we use it that much at all. I am very disappointed and am really considering taking it back to Currys if I can find the receipt that is.
The thing is I dont know if I can really be bothered. I would have rather paid £40 and had the thing last properly for a few years! So maybe I just will think twice about buying DeLonghi products in the future.
This is such a shame because style wise this looks nice and different and it boils water really quickly and quietly. The product just isnt made to last any length of time, after all we have only had this kettle for 3 months and it looks like it has been a fixture in our kitchen for years.
My closing thoughts are that this is a stylish looking product badly let down by shabby quality control.
Short name: DeLonghi KBP234