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I acquired this under the illusion that it would be more sophisticated than it was. Being keen on saving the planet, the thought of buying an eco-kettle was very appealing. However, rather than having some advanced energy saving features, basically this device just enables you to easily boil exactly the right amount of water. It does this by having two chambers; the inner one fills up when you add water from the tap. When you want a cup of tea, you press down a large knob on the kettle's top which allows water from this inner chamber to flow into an outer compartment. It is this water which then boils. You can easily see how much water you're going to boil through a see-through section, with graduations marked on it.
This is a clever idea insofar as it compels the user to think about how much water they actually needed on each occasion. For me though it was a flawed concept as even with a conventional kettle I only ever put in the right amount anyway. I've always been averse to paying higher electricity bills than I have to!
The consequence then is that the kettle is always quite heavy - being full of water that you won't be boiling. This makes it hard for children to use, even if they are otherwise old enough, though they can use it safely if it contains water in the inner section. However, presumably because the wall between the compartments has to be insulated, and thus takes up room, it still needs filling up quite often. So it seems like the worst of both worlds.
The kettle itself looks pretty much like every other kettle, there is not much to distinguish it apart from the logo. It pours ok, without being brilliant; the balance is sometimes upset when it is full. So whilst is isn't awful, I never felt that I had really got my money's worth (about £30).
The final straw came when it caused a fuse to blow, for no obvious reason - a short somewhere inside, which wasn't fixable. One of the few occasions when I've been glad that a household appliance has gone wrong as it meant I could get a new model which suited me better. I now have an ordinary kettle, which pouts well, is easy to pick up, and still only boils what I'm going to use!
This model might be useful in some situations - in an office perhaps, where people make hot drinks at intervals but are in too much of a hurry to fill it a little bit each time; or somewhere which is too far from a tap to make filling a small amount each time feasible. But for me it was rather disappointing and didn't do anything new.
Edit: one other issue is that the water in the kettle cools down rather quickly, and doesn't stay hot for anywhere near as long as other kettles. This is all right as long as you are using it straightaway, but if you leave it even a couple of minutes you have to reboil it, thus rather reversing any energy savings. I presume this is due to the extra surface area it is exposed to due to the inner chamber and is therefore intrinsic to the design.
NB I'm not sure why I have to rate this for sound and picture quality below as I rarely watch a kettle boil (it is well known that they never do).
With tea and coffee being essential to get me out of bed every morning, a decent kettle is a must! I've only had a few in the past, this being one of them and can say that I'm very pleased with this purchase.
The kettle saves energy by ensuring you do not boil more water than you need. There are two compartments for the water. The bottom one where the water is boiled and the top one where water is stored ready to be transferred into the bottom. There is a button that does this and a measurement down the side which measures in cups. So there's no real technical eco science behind it but it sure does save energy. I'm one of those people that shove the tap on and guesses how much water ill need, always guessing to much so must have wasted so much energy in the past. Because of this measurement it also takes less time to boil which is a great bonus.
The kettle isn't the most attractive kettle out there and having a fancy kitchen myself, this chunky thing does stand out a bit awkwardly. Because of the two compartments, this makes the kettle very large in comparison to others I have had. It's white with blue windows to show where the water level is.
This water saving eco kettle can be brought online for £30. A good price for a decent product in my opinion. I have had this kettle for a year now and have never had any problems getting it to work. I would definitely recommend this kettle to anyone.
When my kettle broke, my mum went out and bought me a new one, which I was so grateful for. However, she bought me the ugliest looking machine you could ever imagine! It looks like something left over from the 90's, but it was supposed to environmentally friendly and help cut down on your carbon footprint. This sounds fantastic as I am trying to be greener these days.
*Price and availability*
The eco kettle costs an extortionate £29.99 at full price but my mum picked mine up for half that in Argos.
The kettle is made from chunky white plastic and stands on a little plastic power base which makes the main body of the kettle cordless. There are two sections to the internal kettle; a large 1.5 L reservoir and another chamber that actually heats the water. At the side of the kettle is a large cumbersome, unsightly handle and below this is the power switch. At the top of the kettle is a lid so you can fill the kettle easily from the tap and an indicator light, letting you know that the kettle is switched on. Once the kettle is boiled the power switch flicks to off and this tells you the water is boiled. There is a valve button at the top, I will now explain what to do with miraculous button....
*How it saves energy*
The kettle is filled up like any other household kettle and holds 1.5 L of water. To make the kettle eco friendly, the designers have put an extra container into the kettle and it is only the water in this container that heats up. As you push the valve button, the water slowly filters into this container. There are markers on the side labelling it 1 cup, 2 cups all the way to 8 cups. As soon as the water line reaches the designated marker, you need to release the pressure on the valve button.
The designers estimate that on average everyone heats up double the amount of water they really need and this way, the kettle only heats up what you need. This makes the kettle boil quicker and use less energy....
As soon as I clocked eyes on the kettle, I knew I was going to hate it. I'm going to try and say some positive things about the kettle, such as I think it is a great concept, however, would a normal kettle achieve the same thing if you just filled a cup of water and threw it in? Waiting for the water to filter through from the reservoir to the heating chamber, takes so long and who on earth designed the measurements? I have normal sized mugs love a big mug of tea. The measurements on the cup do not suit me at all, they are for dainty little tea cups.
The valve button is also quite hard to push and takes a decent amount of effort to keep plunging the water down.
On a positive note, the kettle heats up really quickly and I hardly have time to get the tea bag and mug ready before it has boiled. This is definitely a good point and I can see why they call it an eco kettle.
My main dislike over the kettle is the design. Why is it so ugly? Surely people who want to look after the planet like design and flair too? It is bulky and boring and looks out of place in my kitchen. I like the fact you can see into both chambers so you know how much water is in there, but the whole design of the kettle is dated and dull.
I have tried to keep this as balanced as I could but I really do not like this kettle. I think it sounds great in theory but it quite an effort now to make a cup of tea! I'm all for saving the planet but I think this kettle could do with being revamped and have an easier to use valve switch.
Extremely dangerous appliance ! Spurts out boiling water no matter how hard you tru to prevent this. I ended up dropping the entire kettle the other day when I had boiling water splashed onto my arm. The result was the the reamining boiling water poured down my legs as the kettle fell. Avoid at all costs. !!!it is frightening to think what could happen with this kettle. It should be banned and withdrawn !
All the reviews I read for the Eco Kettle when considering what to buy a few months back were positive, so I would like to add a few caveats:
1. The main feature is the dual-chamber system: you add cold water to the storage chamber and then press the knob on top to fill the second chamber with the amount of water you actually want to boil. It's meant to ensure you save energy, but there are lots of kettles out there that allow you to measure how much water you've put in, so why bother with a storage chamber? It makes for a bulky, heavy kettle, and also means you've got limited capacity for actually boiling water. If you like your tea in mugs, you won't get more than 2 at a time out of the Eco Kettle. If you've got guests, you have to refill and boil the kettle several times -- is that the best way to save energy?
2. The three different temperature settings are also supposed to save energy, because you don't actually need *boiling* water for most drinks, but the 80 and 90 degree settings switch on and off several times before they're done, so the temperature can be checked, and as such they surely use just as much energy as it would to just boil the water. The result? I now only use the 'boil' setting.
I've had this kettle approx. 3 months and haven't yet had any problems as such, but the all-important plastic knob, which you press to fill the second chamber, seems flimsy, and I've noticed steam and condensation underneath the kettle -- not a good sign. Although I don't like chucking things out unecessarily (the worst thing possible for the enviroment), I may end up looking for another home for this kettle...
Let's start with the facts
***How does the eco kettle save energy?***
There is no complicated technical way that this kettle saves energy. The only energy saving ability that this kettle has is to allow people to choose the necessary amount of water. Because of this, less water will have to be boiled leading to less energy needed to be sucked out the plug sockets.
***How does it work?***
Like any kettle, the lid at the top is opened to allow water to be poured inside. However, in this kettle there are two containers. The first container is like a temporary place for the water to slosh around in until a button is pushed at the top of the kettle allowing some of that water to go into the main container. As you push the button, the water slowly goes in, allowing you to measure how much you need by the markers on the side labelling, 1 cup, 2 cup....
Then the eco kettle works like any other kettle does. You push the small lever near the bottom and wait for the bubbles. Once it's boiled, the lever will go up, letting out an audible pang and voila! Ready to pour.
***How much does it cost?***
I recall getting this kettle second hand for about £20 and after searching online looking for the average price I realize how much of a good deal I got. Eco kettles seem to range from £30-£60 depending on how new the product is however, this particular kettle is £44 from the brands website.
Although some eco kettle can look quite modern, this particular model looks pretty shabby sitting on my counter. It has a white plastic exterior with a chunky handle to go with its chunky body. As it has 2 containers, it's rather large for a kettle so takes up a lot of my kitchen counter and frankly, in my opinion, I wish it was smaller so I could hide is behind the microwave.
Although it was irritating at first to not be able to just splash down water in a stick the lever down, now that I am in the habit to count just how much water I need, it does save me time. Instead of waiting for a long time for the half filled kettle to boil, I only have to wait a short period of time for the necessary amount of water to boil.
I'm not really a save the planet fanatic so I wasn't really desperate to get my hands on this but now that I am using it, my conscience does feel slightly better. Although it is a small part, I'm sure those who are more aware and involved with saving the environment will appreciate it a lot more than I do.
Well, other than it bad appearance, there isn't a whole load to complain about at all. The only problems I have experiences with this kettle is the button does occasionally get stuck inside of itself and is a bit of a mish to squeeze it out.
The most pressing problem that I have with the eco kettle is the measurements. Maybe every single one of my differently shaped mugs are made wrong or maybe it is the kettle but whenever I measure out 1 cup, it never seems to fill up enough and have to refill and reboil again. However, filling it up a tad more than it says is all I have to do so I won't stress this problem to much.
I think that an eco kettle is the way to go but I think anyone interested to look around for a different, more attractive model as if does look pretty horrible. It's a good energy and time saving kettle which I won't be replacing for a while.
Since I am a customer of EDF energy, I was given a £30 voucher to spend on one of their energy saving devices. After careful consideration, I decided that I would opt for the eco kettle for £39.99 (costing me £9.99 after voucher). The main reason for my choice was at times there is only me who fancies a mug of tea and I believed this might save me some money. Not only that, I wouldn't have to keep filling the kettle for just one cup every time as there is a reservoir all ready for my next mug.
The basic idea of the kettle is to only boil enough water to make however many cups you plan to make. There are 2 reservoirs to the kettle, the main part of the kettle holds up to 7 cups maximum and the boiling chamber holds enough for 5 cups. Each cup is 200ml, which is quite a small cup of tea. If you are like me and quite like your mugs, I suggest you need to measure one and a half cups in order to fill your mug. The scale is very easy to read with tiny picture of cups with numbers inside.
The kettle is quite quick to boil, perfect for those mornings when you are in a rush to get to work (mainly because you decide to spend an extra ten minutes in bed). It's not the quietest kettle I have purchased but it's not unbearable. When the kettle is full I don't find it too heavy to pour.
My only problems with the kettle is the plunger button at the top of the kettle sometimes sticks for me and lets too much water into the boiling chamber, hence defeating the whole point of saving energy. Also, you need to make sure the lid of the kettle is firmly closed, otherwise you end up pouring some cold water from your reservoir into your tea and who wants cold tea, Yuk!
Overall I am relatively happy with my kettle, but whether it has saved energy and more importantly money, only time will tell.
Being very keen on doing our best for our pockets and the environment, we decided to purchase this kettle when our last on packed in. It is an eco kettle as the design of it encourages you to only use enough water for the drinks you want. It has 2 tanks. The storage tank is filled by lifting the blue lid at the top, and then the lid has a plunger that fills the main part of the kettle. The plunger is quite stiff to push down particularly if you want to boil a full kettle for a larger number of drinks.
The storage tank holds 7 cups of water, while the main section only holds five. I find this is only enough for 4 mugs worth of drink. This can leave someone short changed and lead you to reboil it to top it up. Not a major problem though as it boils quite quickly.
I like the fact that it is cordless, but the lead to the stand is very short compared to other kettles so it is quite restricted where we can place it. I also find that if I try to pour from the kettle when it has just boiled then the water seems to shoot out and splash everywhere which can be messy and dangerous.
My mother in law hates using our kettle when she visits our house. She forgets to push the plunger down and tries to boil it with no water in. This has never damaged it though as it cuts out and won't do it. She also likes her drink to be really hot and she complains that the water is not hot enough. Because it switches off as soon as it boils then the drink is cooler quicker. I don't mind it, but to each their own.
Energy efficiency wise, we have recently purchased an OWL monitor and it seems to use about 25 pence per hour while it is boiling for less than a minute, so that suits me fine.
The Eco Friendly Kettle
Living in a fairly environmentally conscious household, recycling as much as possible, turning off plugs and so on, it was decided to up the ante on our electricity consumption. Hence the reason for purchasing an Eco-Kettle
In my eyes, this has got to be one of the ugliest household appliances on the market. Before this was purchased all the appliance on the worktop were matching, chrome silver. Nothing spectacular, but matching nonetheless. Now we have a giant white monster sat in the middle of them all, it reminds me of an Elephant Seal. The kettle is mainly white, with the switch and filter button light blue. There are two clear panels showing the water levels in the boiling part and storage part. In my opinion all of these points make the kettle look very cheap and tacky. It sits on a white base, nothing more to be said there. The handle, is just a white plastic handle, curving from top to bottom. Again, nothing extravogant or special.
The spout is the main part of the kettle that makes it as ugly as it is. Its curved, with a lip around the outside edge, and just protrudes from the top of the unit. It reminds me of the nose on an elephant seal, just an unsightly piece of apparatus. Another thing that annoys me about its looks is where the spout and filter button "meet". There is a huge gap in between the two where the lid is lifted to fill the storage part. Now in my mind this could have been avoided by simply placing it elsewhere to at least keep a solid line. Obviously appearance was not a high priority in the design.
The kettle is also quite large in size, I assume this is to store two sets of water. Howver it holds 1.5 litres of water. Which is less than our old kettle, that seemed to be much smaller.
Why do you have to sacrifice style to be eco-friendly? Also, the manufacturing of the plastic itself can't be that good for the environment can it? Unless it is made from recycled plastic - I couldn't find anything to say that it was or wasn't.
The main feature of the kettle is the two chamber system, meaning that you only boil the water you need. This is good, because it means you are using less energy, therefore, being kinder to the environment.
It also has a 3000 watt quick boil element. This makes the water boil quickly, meaning less waiting time, for that all important cuppa!
Ease of Use
I don't find this product easy to use. When you are filling the kettle, the lid is easy to open and there is a wide area so the water flows in easily. This however, is the only feature of the kettle that is easy for the user. Once the storage unit of the kettle is full, it seems remarkably heavy compared to other kettles I have used. This makes it relatively hard to get back over to the stand. The boil chamber has a maximum level of 1.5l and then you have roughly the same again in the storage chamber. Three litres of water and the kettle make for heavy lifting.
Once the kettle is full, and ready to boil, you simply push down the button on the top, this lets the water into the boiling unit. The button is quite stiff and hard to push down, then, once you have the desired amount of water the button sticks a little. It doesn't come back up straight away. Another problem in the usage of the kettle.
The kettle boils quite quickly, and once it has boiled it is quite hard to pour into the cup. The fact that it is quite heavy doesn't help it. Also, because of the fact that there are two water chambers, I am always wary of leaks. (I have not encountered any yet). The spout lets the water out easily, however, if you have only boiled enough water for one cup, then you have to tilt it a lot for the water to come out. If there was a leak from the storage chamber at least you won't get scolded, as the water has not been boiled.
Overall these factors make the kettle quite hard to use. It is not just a simple case of picking it up, filling it, boiling it, pouring it and drinking it. There seems to be a lot of other things you have to do, just for a morning coffee or relaxing tea in the evening. We have not had the kettle for long, so hopefully the lengthy process will come as second nature to me soon. There is a leaflet that says it will take a while to get familiar with.
The price for this particular kettle is £39.99 from Argos. This was the best price that I could find for it online. The cheapest kettle on the Argos website is £4.78, meaning the MAW-894 is over 8 times the price (and is on a par as far as looks are concerned). This could create an issue for the less environmentally concerned/conscious among us. There is a wide range of other eco-kettles available, ranging from £24.99 - £39.99
However, ours was purchased at half price through a promotion with our electricity supplier E-ON. There may also be other promotions available, however I am not aware of any.
Other Points To Note
* The kettle boils cold water very quickly, this is partly down to the fact that you are only boiling the water you need. However, when it is full, the boil still comes quickly.
* The cup size measurements on the side of the kettle, these are for cups, not mugs. You need about 1.5 cups to fill a mug to a reasonable volume. One cup measurement on the side of the kettle is 200ml.
* If you do boil the kettle with no water in, there is an automatic cut-off feature, which means the element will not overheat. This is useful, as it is very easy to forget to filter the water through.
* As long as the storage unit is full, or has enough water in for the desired amount of drinks, it is quicker than a normal kettle. However if you have to go through the filling process, it seems a lot longer.
* The lid of the kettle should clip into place when it has been lifted to be filled. It is hard to tell by looking at it, as it seems to be raised slightly. I always make sure it is clipped down, otherwise water will go everywhere. This could have been resolved in the design process I feel, by simply chaning it so the lid didn't seem raised. We have had a few incidents with water over the kitchen side.
* The most dangerous point about the kettle is that for some reason, when the water level is low, after you have poured your drink, boiling water can spit from the spout of the kettle. This is probably where it hits the element at the bottom. This is dangerous and scary, luckily, nobody has been burnt yet.
* They say that to make a cup of tea, you should only boil the water once, the fact that you only boil the water you use means that you can do this.
Hard to use
Conclusion and Recommendation
My overall conclusion is that this product has its positive and negative points. I would not recommend this kettle to those people who are looking to buy it. Although it has a quick boil, and is environmentally friendly, I find it ugly, hard to use and slightly dangerous in some cases.
Its about 18 months since I bought the eco kettle. I have to say first of all that I think it might be a bit of a con. The idea behind it is that you fill a reservoir with water and then from that you drain as much water as you need into a second compartment. The second compartment is labelled with how many cups the water will fill so you only ever boil as much water as you need hence saving energy.
Well, the same result could be had with a much cheaper kettle by simply filling the cup you want to use from the tap and then pouring it into the kettle!
Anyway, the eco kettle does have its merits in that it stops you getting lazy about the above method I suppose. It boils fairly quickly and isn't noisy, its easy to fill and easy to pour from. It isn't all that different from a normal kettle in most of its functions.
One problem I've had with it is when visitors try to use it who aren't used to it, they will often fill the central reservoir, not drain any water into the second compartment and then turn the kettle on. I'm not sure what damage this does exactly, but it can't be good! If this happens the kettle doesn't 'pop' when boiled and just keeps heating till someone notices, often the whole thing is very hot to the touch and smelling slightly of burning.
I wouldn't waste my money on another eco kettle, I think its playing up on people's desire to be green but doesn't do anything all that special that you couldn't do by using common sense anyway.
I would like to say that there was something very dodgy about the first eco kettle we were sent. It has a problem when you pushed down the start button and seemed to be getting stuck. Then one day I pushed down the start button and all the electric in the house fused! After a lot of fuss we got the electric running again and I rang the shop I bought the kettle from who gave me the number of the manufacturers to ring. They were very helpful and agreed to send me a new kettle free of charge. They didn't want me to send the broken one back either. Since then the replacement kettle does not have any problem with the on off switch and has not fused the electrics.
You might think the episode with the fused electrics would put me off the eco kettle but I am happy enough with it really. I do think it is rather heavy to lift when the internal tank and the water to be boiled are both filled but I suppose that is the price to be paid for trying to be more eco friendly.
The kettle is eco because you fill up a central tank with water but then only push to fill another tank which just boils the water you need at the time. The tank which boils the water is measured up to 4 and 2 will give you enough for 2 mugs of tea or coffee for example. So it saves boiling too much water you don't need.
It is easy enough to pour given the problem I mentioned which is that it can be heavy to lift when full. And I'd say it is fast to boil and average in the kettle noise stakes. I tend to fill up a seperate jug at the sink and use that to fill the central tank which saves lifting the whole kettle. You do have to lift a lid to fill it up.
The price I paid at the Ethical Superstore was around the £30 mark with the discounts I got. I guess that is quite high for a kettle but the customer service with the faulty one was excellent.
Poorly designed for functionality, dangerous pressure splash if poured just after boiling when the kettle is returned to vertical, safest to leave until off the boil before pouring or put it back to vertical very slowly, when using with low water level has to be turned almost horizontal, handle gets very hot if you re-boil water that is already hot (as & when boiling water is required for an infusion) (okay for instant coffee), heavy compared to most other kettles of similar style/shape. I would not think this to be a good kettle to purchase for the elderly, as with weak wrists & because of the kettles weight (if you are going to take advantage of the resevoir feature) & the amount of wrist rotation required to pour, it has a poor spout design that allows water to dribble down the base. For those in hard water areas, the lime scale filter in our kettle had a poor fit & let scale through. The cup size measurement gauge is of little value for most british tea drinkers unless you are using the "best" tea service. This could be used by someone on the "go" for one quick cup, but you can get the same result with a similar "un-eco" kettle with just the normal heating chamber & put a one cup mark on the outside with a felt tip pen! The only positive in my opinion is that it looks well built & is aesthetically pleasing, & would look nice as a kitchen ornament & to hide the tatty old kettle that you really use. We paid £15 for it through an EON deal & I still do not think it was worth it.
Summary: Try someone else's before you buy
I bought this Kettle recently after seeing someone on televsion using one. I thought it would be good to do my bit for the environment and stop wasting water and using excess electricity when making a brew throughout the day. I paid 39.99. Kettle arrived and to be fair it was quite exciting, looked funky (ish) and straight away you could see the benefit by using the centre resevoir to store the water and just let out as much as you would need for a cup or two of tea rather than boil a full kettle each time. The kettle lasted four months and then stopped working?!?! Sent it back and got a new one and after only two months this time it happened again. These things do happen and maybe I was unlucky but my experience of this product is poor. Tried to do my bit but much more hassle than its worse if this is the standard of product there knocking out for 40 quid. And to be fair its only out of lazyness that we dont all watch how full we boil the kettle in the first place, do we need a resevoir release eco kettle to judge how much water a cup or two needs?!!??
I bought this kettle when it first came out, i had already bought one from an online green site and i thought it was faulty so i sent it back and got a refund. Turns out it wasn't faulty but a design flaw and a dangerous one at that.
Bit of background we drink a heck of a lot of tea and coffee, we already used eco and energy efficient products and this was the next step on the ladder. My partner and i thought great spend the extra money and get this model. As soon as bought it tested out filled the main tank up pressed the button at the top to only boil the amount we wanted. All going fine (or so we thought), swtiched the kettle on, a good few minutes later it was finally started to boil. As it did we noticed cold water started to leak form it , not good. Then as were pouring the boiling hot water out it sprayed everywhere luckily we didn't burn ourselves.
The same thing happened with second we bought after that we gave up and converted back to old kettle we had. So not only did it try to burn it took four times as long to boil the water, thus using more electric. Crazy.
It was a good concept to make an eco kettle but just very badly designed. It has not stopped me or my partner buying eco products were just waiting for a better design to come about.
This is a product that is extremely unsafe. Since we purchased this product it has been getting worse each day. Once the kettle boils it has to be poured straight away, and for goodness sake keep your second hand well away from the kettle as you tilt back - the kettle will spit out boiling water and will scald you badly. If you wish to make a second cup of tea only a minute or so after you last boiled the water, be very careful as the handle gets extremely hot and you have to put it down smartish. The kettle also dribbles boiling water when pouring. Altogether a very dangerous kettle - do not buy this product - it is highly dangerous to use.Charwallah