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The first time we had this kettle I thought 'hey, it's just a nice lil kettle' but now it has fest become the appliance I had the most after my laptop i just have to express my hatred for this li machine.
The good points about this kettle are that it has quite a few. Firstly it will do it's job every time you want it to and has never not worked. The design is also very nice and also goes well with the matching toaster which is a great deal better than the kettle. It is very simple to use with just one simple button. It will also boil water in what I consider a good time.
Well the spout design is not the greatest as I find it makes the water drip down the whole kettle like the little pots of tea you get in coffee shops. The little light on it went within a short time of having it not much of a problem but still a defect. I find it is quite hard to tell how much water is in there at times as the amount of water that will fill up a cup is below what you can see down the side. The lid I find is quite hard to pull off so have restorted to filling it up from the spout. Also I find that if I look inside the amount of limescale is clearly visable with nothing can be down about it.
OK so those problems I could deal with no problem but the main reason I hate this is because of the noise. The noise is almost as loud as the vaccum cleaner. I am able to hear it in every room of my house and also at the BOTTOM of my garden. I now refuse to be in the same room as it when it's on and stay in another room until it has finished.
So if you want a cheap kettle to do the job fair enough buy this one just be prepared for the racket that follows.
I got a Hinari kettle recently from Amazon and am really impressed with it so far. I've had it for a couple of months now and it's going strong, which is pretty impressive for a kettle I paid less than a tenner for! The model I've got is the Hinari Kettle in black with scripts, and it costs £8.99 from Amazon at present.
This kettle is a basic little number that sits neatly on the side in the kitchen on top of a base that's plugged into the wall. The electricity all comes through the base, as this is a cordless kettle even at this low price. The only grumble I've got with this kettle is in relation to getting it to sit neatly on the base. I was a bit concerned about all the fiddling about I had to do initially, but eventually I found that there's a knack to getting this on the base properly first time and got the hang of it after a short while.
The kettle feels really light, as it's quite a thin appliance made from thin plastic. It does have a cheap feel to it I have to admit, but then it IS cheap so what can I expect? It does the job well, and that's got to be the important thing. So long as it doesn't die on me within a year then I've more than had my money's worth out of this, and it's still going strong after three months so all is looking good.
The kettle this number replaced was taking several minutes to boil, which is why I got this new one. It's such a relief to be able to make a cuppa in under two minutes again! It says it holds up to 1.7lts, though really I find that it's most effective if you stick to putting up to 1lt in it. It works when full but it does take a long time, and it's a waste of electricity anyway if you don't need all that water right away.
I'm really pleased with my Hinari kettle. I hadn't considered the brand before, but now I have used this, I'd buy from this brand again. It's cheap but effective.
Household appliances - can't live with 'em, can't live without 'em!! (Haven't I used that line somewhere else recently?!) I used to have a white plastic Haden jug kettle - it was cheap, it was sturdy, it lasted me about 12 years before it finally became just a little bit too unreliable and dodgy to use. Once the stage had come when it wouldn't switch off automatically until it had filled my flat with steam making me feel like an extra in "Wuthering Heights" and had taken to giving out vicious little sparks whenever I switched it on or off I reluctantly binned it. 12 years, one of the longest relationships I've ever had! So my search began (actually I didn't bin the old one until I had a new one, obviously) for a new soulmate in the kitchen. After searching all the usual outlets such as Robert Dyas, Argos and Index I found my new kettle in Woolworths. The princely sum of £9.99 saw me coming home with a Hinari Lifestyle kettle. Apart from the price I was attracted to the fact it was a yummy banana yellow colour and cordless too. Of course, "cordless" just refers to the fact that the actual jug kettle has no wires attaching it to sockets so you can carry it across the kitchen if necessary and not get tangled up. To boil it stands on the corded bit! This cheeky looking little appliance has a 1.5 litre capacity with a flip open lid for easy refilling. It has a visible water gauge so you can see how much is in there and an indicator light so you know when it is switched on. It boils quickly and efficiently, taking about 2-3 minutes to boil at full capacity and switches off automatically. Unfortunately there are bad points - I find mine is not very sturdy on the base when boiling and it tends to shake and rock and spurt water when boiling. The connection also seems a bit dodgy sometimes so you need to make sure it is firmly on the base and in position otherwise it tends to just cut out
half way through boiling. This is only a recent development and I have had my kettle for less than a year so I hope it is not signifying a short lifespan. As with all kettles you can prolong it's lifespan and keep it in good condition by using filtered water to prevent limescale build-up and/or using a descaler regularly to keep the boiling elements clean and stop it from working extra hard to do its job. So, that basically sums up my new banana coloured friend - it's been good so far, but I have a sinking feeling that we won't last 12 years together.
Hinari Lifestyle Kettle I've had this kettle for a good few months now, it's one of those cordless jobs, you know the ones I mean, the cord is actually attached to the base unit which the kettle sits in and can be lifted out for easy filling from the tap. The cord on the base unit itself is only 60cm long but I think that's a good thing as it's less likely to get tangled with other gadgets and sits nice and close to the wall, also making it less likely for inquisitive little ones(if you have any)or mad mohican giraffes to be able to get hold of it I would say. The kettle itself is white, with a few touches of green, which are located on, the on/off switch, two on the fill level indicator, one on the power on/off indicator (which changes to orange when switched on) and the word 'Lifestyle' is also written in the same green on the side of the kettle. So a few fairly subtle touches of colour to tie in with your kitchen colour scheme, but just as well as this green is fairly bright and limey. It also comes in yellow or blue if you prefer, but really the colours aren't that noticeable unless you really stare at it. It's a two-litre capacity kettle with a hinged lid complete with a little water filter attached to cover the spout, but you can unclip this if you want to. When full of cold water it takes 5 ½ minutes to boil, when half-full it takes only 3 ½ minutes and when filled to its minimum level; which is ½ litre, it takes just about a minute to come to the boil. It's fairly quiet and when your water is ready it switches off with quite a gentle little click. I bought this kettle from Woolworth's when they were selling household things online at a bargain price of £4.99.On the box it had two other price tags of £9.99 and £13.99 so I reckon I've had a good bargain with this one. I dare say you can probably buy it in store and Woolworth's always seem to ha
ve a sale on thesedays. But anyway it's a good little kettle that I would have still been pleased with had I paid the full price.
I recently bought a hinari lifestyle cordless kettle in yellow. It has a round base whereby the kettle is actually connected via the centre of the base, another innovation is the element, it covers the base of the kettle and is flat, so no awkward bits to clean. The shape is a round bulb type design, it looks really modern and boils very quickly too. Matching toaster and sandwich toaster are available too, can be bought in argos or woolworths and many other stores. Oh nearly forgot it also has a removable filter on the spout also which is of a non-drip design.