When I moved out of home and into my own flat one purchase that I deemed an absolute MUST was a kettle. I'm not exactly a caffeine-head, but I just can't seem to function properly on a morning until I've had that first cup of coffee and, of course, a mug of hot chocolate on a cold Cumbrian winter evening is one of life's little luxuries! Money was a bit tight when I got my first flat (obviously, isn't it for everyone in that position?!) so my parents kindly bought me this Frigidaire kettle (and a bed, wardrobe, sofa, dining suite...aren't parents amazing?) priced, at the time, at a reasonable £30.
This kettle is just a typical kettle really. It's electric, so plugs into the wall rather than sitting on the hob. There's nothing fancy about it particularly, but its obviously steps up from one of the basic range kettles. It is a stainless steel body, standing about a foot tall, with a black plastic handle shaped so that it is comfortable to hold, lid and base. The kettle itself is cordless, so it is the base part that connects to the plug socket and the main body of the kettle just sits snugly on top of this. It has a good capacity of 1.7 litres, which is usually more than enough for the two of us, although I could do with it being larger volume when I'm boiling water to make stock for a big batch of soup. The volume of water inside can clearly be seen in a transparent strip down the length of the handle section. There is a button on top which you push to slide it forward (or backward depending on which way you're looking at it!) to turn the kettle on to boil. There is also a light which glows red so you can tell when it's on.
On my kitchen worktop, duh! No, seriously, this kettle looks really good sitting on the counter. It's stainless steel and black so fairly unobtrusive and I can't imagine there are many kitchens that it wouldn't suit. The base part isn't very large so it doesn't take up too much space and just sits nicely in the corner.
-I have had this kettle now for about 6 years and it is still going strong (touchwood...obviously tonight I'm going to get home, try and make a coffee and it'll blow up on me!). It has never caused us any problems and does exactly what you'd expect and hope a kettle to do!
-It boils water quickly, which was never really an issue for me (I tend to "potter" whilst waiting for the kettle to boil, washing pots, hanging washing out etc, unlike my hubby who'll stand there and watch it waiting for it to boil!) until we stayed with my parents and their kettle took about 5 minutes to boil when full to the top. It drove me crazy, especially as it wasn't my house so I didn't have any washing to hang out! So I now appreciate a kettle that boils quickly.
-It doesn't make much of a noise at all, just a bubbling sound when it's boiling, but apart from that, nothing.
-It is compact and sleek looking and fits nicely in my kitchen. It doesn't have an element inside so there's never any of that horrid white scaley stuff that always seems to build up on kettle elements.
-The lid is very easy to open, by the simple means of pushing a button, and the whole of the lid comes up so that it is very easy to fill the kettle from the tap.
First, let me start this section by saying that I really do like this kettle and none of the following is enough to make me want rid of it or has me rushing to buy a new one (hence having had it for 6 years!). However, there are very few things that have no negative aspects and this is no exception.
-The base inside has turned a strange green colour. At first I thought this was mould, but it isn't. It's inexplicable really, it must just be a discolouration of the metal inside. We've tried allsorts of methods of getting rid of it, but it won't budge. It hasn't had any affects on the taste of the water or anything, but still, it's slightly disconcerting.
-The metal part of the kettle gets VERY hot when it has boiled and I frequently brush against it accidentally with my hand and burn myself.
-It doesn't beep or whistle or sing or dance when it's boiled, so if you're out of the room and don't hear the click of it turning off it is easy to forget that you'd set it to boil (the number of times my husband has done this and then had to boil it again beggars belief and drives me crazy!)
-The metal part of the main kettle is very difficult to keep clean. It seems to attract fingerprints, dust and just grime in general and no matter how many times I wipe it it hasn't looked sparkly and new since the first time I used it. If I were to start looking for a new kettle, it would probably be because of this. I'm not exactly Kim (or Aggie) for that matter, but I do like things in the kitchen to look and be clean.
-The cord isn't particularly long. I haven't measured it, but would guess it's around 50 cm or so. This isn't an issue for me as I have plenty of accessible sockets in the kitchen, but it you don't then you may struggle to find a suitable home for this kettle.
You would think from reading all that that I really don't like my kettle, but I do! I just wanted to be honest for the purpose of this review and point out things that aren't perfect with it and so may cause problems for other people. Whilst it isn't the cheapest kettle on the market, it has lasted for a very long time and shows no signs of stopping yet, despite being used at least 3 to 4 times a day, often more. It boils lots of water quickly and quietly, so as long as it keeps working, I'll be keeping hold of it. Although since starting reading so many reviews my head has been turned by several others recently, so I won't be heartbroken when I get to buy another!
PS Dooyoo has asked me to rate it for picture quality and sound quality! Not sure how I'm supposed to do that for a kettle, but I've taken sound quality to mean noise and picture quality to mean how good it looks!
I'm a huge tea lover. There's nothing like a good cuppa to get you ready for the day so having a good kettle is just as important. This is the kettle I am currently using and probably the best ive had so far.
How to use it
Like any kettle, there is an opening at the top which is where the water can be poured into (though most of the time I'm too lazy to do this and pour it into the nozzle instead). To start the kettle boiling, all you need to do it flick the blue switch at the top of the handle. Once it boiled the switch goes back to its original position making a clicking noise to let you know its done.
What is looks like
It has a metallic, silver coat on the majority of the kettle apart form the black plastic handle and cap and the window showing the water level. The window lights up blue when boiling which adds to its modern look. It's not a very chunky kettle and in my opinion is the perfect size as its enough for plenty of cups of teas without taking too much room.
The kettle can be brought from amazon for about £30 which seems to be a good price for decent kettle
The kettle not only looks good and has plenty of room inside for water, its boils fairly fast and I have never had a problem getting it to work. It rarely splashes water everywhere unless handled wrong so is safe. I would recommend this to anyone looking for an attractive, easy to use kettle that works well.
Rather than sticking to my energy saving ways with my eco kettle, I realised I missed this kettle too dearly to keep it. So I gave it away and plugged my precious, trusty, kettle back in. I've had it for a good few years now and it's never let me down when I needed a nice refreshing cup of tea after a long day.
***About The Kettle***
In my opinion, this kettle doesn't look to shabby. It's not the most beautiful kettle but compared to some of the monsters I've had I'm my kitchen top in the past, it looks pretty nice. The body of it is a shiny silver colour, with a black plastic top, bottom and handle. The small switch which is placed at the top on the handle is blue which matches my favourite part of the kettle. The small clear plastic window which shows you how much water is in the kettle is placed inside the handle area. When turned on, this part turns a nice light blue colour. Not only does it look nice, it lets you know when the water is boiled. This window, however, only gives you two measurements to first show you the minimum amount of water allowed in it which is 0.75L and the maximum which is 1.75L. I've noticed that many kettles show the measurements in cups which are far more handy so this is kind of disappointing.
*How to use it*
It's as simple as any other kettle with no problems with this process. To pour water in you lift the top using the grip or you be lazy like me and pour it into the nozzle. You then place it on the stand and switch the switch to start the boiling. To let you know it's finished, the switch will make an audible click and the light on the side will go off.
The kettle doesn't take to long to boil the water. It's not the fastest kettle I've had and I wouldn't recommend it to those who aren't very patient. However, it does what I need it to do without me having to stand around for to long.
I brought this kettle for £45 and now see that I should have ordered it online as they are being sold from as little as £30.
A great kettle for a great price. It's quite modern and stylish looking and doesn't take to long to boil. A definite recommended product.
Kettles are like light bulbs... you know they are going to need replacing one day.
When I do set out to buy a new one, I do no research the market like I would a new television or PC, but I guess I do require one to be cheap (but not too cheap) and 'sort of' cool looking. I found this with the Frigidaire FCL-G362.
When I got divorced I did not leave the marital home with much - I was glad to depart with my sanity intact, to be honest (I think I did anyway, keep my sanity). I won't go into the whole divorce thing too deeply here, but I left with a few bits and bobs and these included the kettle. You could say I got custody of that old white Philips. It came with me to the flat I now reside in alone (save for when the kids come and stay at weekend). It made many a cup of coffee and boiled many a nip of water for a hot toddy. I can't say I loved that kettle, that would be crazy and I would need to seek medical advice if I did. But I had grown accustomed to the little blighter.
Then several months ago said little blighter gave up the ghost. Well, he still worked did old Philips, but there was loads of lime-scale around his ring (yes, it is as unpleasant as it sounds). I tried to de-scale him a few times, but he kept spurting out bits of yucky stuff into cups of coffee etc and I knew it was time... time for Philips to head for the big kitchen in the sky (actually he is in the kitchen cupboard at the moment, but he will get there one day).
I headed off to Morrisons to see what they had on offer. I wanted to get one there and then, no point beating about the bush. There were a few cheap ones for a fiver or something, and some pretty expensive ones too, but for less than fifteen quid, the Frigidaire caught my eye. £14.99 (in fact) was not bad at all... what other features does it have...?
The Frigidaire FCL-G362 comes with a 360° Cordless Connection. Cordless, it has Concealed Heating Elements. Together with its Metal Housing Material, its Maximum Capacity in Litres is a fair 1.7. The Maximum Wattage was 3000.
I had always thought that Frigidaire made mostly fridges and freezers, but that not is entirely true. I remembered seeing their emblems on those whopping American style fridges. But nope, they did kettles as well. And cookers. And dryers...
The Frigidaire FCL-G362 kettle sounded like the one for me, so I put it in my trolley and off I went.
For the price it is quite reasonable. I like its metal housing, but it is a little bit heavy, so you don't know how much water you have in when you lift it.
The actual float which you can look at to judge the amount of water in is a bit hazy as well.
It seems to boil quicker than it predecessor and lets face it, it's a bit better looking that old Philips.
Short name: Frigidaire FCL-G362