We bought this kettle about 6 months ago now in John Lewis, initially being captured by its stylish yet clean look. We have been used to kettles failing after just a few months or even weeks so we didnt have much hope!
However, we were wrong. This Dualit kettle has proven its worth and has turned out to be a great addition to our kitchen and to a house hold of tea lovers!
The kettle has a very accurate water level reading unlike others so when filling up your pot you know just how much is being used. It also has a base that does not easily get affected by wet as many of our other kettles have failed when coming into contact with the slightest amount of water. The cable can be easily tucked away also which is a good space saver in the smaller kitchen.
The look of the kettle is one that could fit into any style of kitchen and the feel is perfect. The plastic handle is robust and comfortable to grip and pur when full of water. The lid knob, made out of the same plastic, is also good to use and the lid fits easily and well as not to cause any leaks. The power leaver is sadly great fun to click down and lights up to let you know the kettle is doing it's thing.
All in all, a very well made and designed kettle from Dualit and I completely recomend it to any household.
When my husband insisted on buying this kettle I thought it might be a little 'style over substance.' However when it arrived I was very pleased, it really is a lovely piece of kitchen equipment. It looks stylish and is a lovely simple design.
You can tell just by looking at it, and picking it up, that it is a quality kettle. The kettle feels sturdy and well made, it has a lovely shine to it, the stainless steel is thick, and the plastic on the handle, the switch, and the knob at the top feels good, and gives a satisfying pull when opening the lid. The kettle pours really nicely, not too fast, so I always feel in control - very important with a toddler around!
There are several things that I find really good about this kettle compared to my previous one:
* The kettle spins 360 degrees on the base (really useful when my left handed mum is making tea!)
* The water level indicator goes almost to the bottom so I can use just the right amount of water
* Any excess cord stores neatly away underneath the bottom of the base
All in all I would really recommend this kettle.
Dualit's products come in a shiny chrome finish with looks clean and professional in any kitchen. They are available in other colours but I recommend the original. Dualit appear to try and use as few materials as possible, and from the outside you can only see shiny metal and hard black plastic, which go together well and maintain a reliable feel.
How it works
The base unit is solid black plastic on the outside and is plugged into a socket at all times. The kettle slots into this base unit. When you press the red switch on the kettle down it lights up, showing you it is heating up. It can only do this when on the bas unit as it works electrically, but you can remove the kettle from the base at any time and it automatically switches of. When full, it takes around two minutes to boil, and only 30 seconds if there is only a cups worth of water in there, which by anyone's standard is pretty quick. All that is left is pouring. When it is fully boiled the switch goes up with a 'ping' to alert you, and the light goes of. There is a filter inside the spout so that if any lime scale is created, it isn't poured into your drink. At all times the handle stays cool.
This is where dualit excels. Because they keep it as simple as possible, and they use the best materials, there is less than can go wrong. Dualit used to make industrial products that were used up to hundreds of times a day, and they have brought this reliability with them into the home appliance market. It feels solid and reliable, and I think if bought from places like John Lewis comes with a 3 year warranty. Overall a top product.
I got tired of buying kettles. In the last two years there had been about four in the house. One went back to the shop after a day because as much steam escaped from around the lid as from the spout. Another waited until just after the guarantee period was over and then decided that it wanted to go part-time whilst another started to shed pieces of metal from the element. Only the earliest died of old age and, of course, that model was no longer made. Spending money on kettles is not so much fun that I want to do it on a regular basis, so I looked for a kettle that I felt would last. And last. Seven years ago we invested in a Dualit toaster (you do 'invest' in Dualit, rather than buy) so I went in search of a Dualit kettle. I'll tell you the price straight away so that you've got chance to get over the shock. It was £84. Take a deep breath. You'll feel alright in a minute. No, before you ask, it isn't gold-plated. It's made from the best quality polished stainless steel and, boy, does it shine. Have a look at the picture at the top of the page. Even in a darkish corner of my kitchen it really does shine like that. I've been trying to think of a word to describe the design and the best I can come up with is 'perky'. It looks cheerful: I feel as though it's grinning at me. Dualit recommend that the outside is cleaned with a steel cleaner, but so far a rub over with a dry tea towel has sufficed. It's an axis kettle: it sits on a base with non-slip rubber feet with the electrical contact point placed centrally so that the kettle can be put on the base at any angle and using either hand. The contact point and its socket are relatively small so your aim does have to be quite accurate. The kettle doesn't always sit on the base easily. There's about 75cm of black flex with a black, moulded plug. Any flex that isn't required coils away into the base, wh
ich does feel just a little flimsy compared to the very robust kettle which weighs in at about 1kg. Having said that, it hasn't caused any problems. The kettle itself is beautifully rounded with the spout towards the top. The spout is quite wide and doesn't drip, but you can't fill the kettle through the spout - you have to remove the lid. This can cause a bit of a problem if, having boiled the kettle you want to refill it immediately. Until the kettle has cooled a little it's difficult to remove the lid without getting steam on your fingers. It's not the design of the lid that's at fault - there's a good-sized heatproof knob on the kettle with a finger guard - it's just that any kettle which has to be filled through the lid is not designed to be refilled immediately it has boiled. Don't try to pour the kettle immediately it boils either - it splutters like an aged colonel confronted by a belly dancer. You only need to wait until the kettle has switched itself off, but wait you must. As to the question in your mind, the answer is 'only once'. The capacity is 1.7l and this boils in about 4 minutes (timed when the water was extremely cold as it was freezing outside!). With no visible element there's no problem if you want to boil a very small amount of water, which I do on a regular basis. There's an automatic cut-off once the kettle boils and it's impossible for it to boil dry provided that you don't attempt to use it without the lid on. The handle is heatproof and easy to grip - there's plenty of clearance between the handle and the kettle. Because the handle is set slightly to the back of the kettle pouring is easier, although I long for the day when someone designs a kettle of this type with the handle placed as it would be on a tea pot. The kettle is operated by a simple red 'pedal' at the back. Having recently had jug kettles I
was used to having a light to indicate if the kettle was on, but I've quickly come to the conclusion that it isn't necessary. The kettle is quiet in operation (certainly quieter than the jug kettles that I've had), but there is a hum as the water heats which does instead of a light. Equally the lack of a water level indicator doesn't cause any problems. So, do I like it? Yes, I do and very much. It has a feeling of solidity and permanence which the jug kettles didn't have; it works well and it's pleasing to the eye.