Product Type: Frigidaire kettles
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Member Name: redhead78
Advantages: Large capacity, boils quickly and quietly, looks good
Disadvantages: Short cord, metal discoloured internally, difficult to keep clean, main body gets very hot
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!
Summary: A good, functional and long lasting kettle that wouldn't look out of place in any kitchen
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