We got this kettle from John Lewis for around £30 and it has so far, served us well over the course of over a year that we have to date had it.
The design of the kettle is Intersting and elegant, partly the reason for choosing it. It is basically the John Lewis own brand equivalent of the iconic Morphy Richards Accents kettle but nearly half the price and similar in design, if slightly less elegant. It is a 'cordless' stainless steel dome shaped kettle that sits on a black plastic plate that connects it to the electricity. The plate itself has a cable that goes to the electric socket that is of ample length, probably around half a meter. This design works well as it means you can move the kettle and boiled water without being restricted by the length of the cable and proximity of power source.
The kettle is fairly lightweight and has a small cylindrical spout towards the top end of it. For me this could have been thought through a little better as you can't fill the kettle to capacity (1.7 L) as water comes out from it once you near the top, particularly during boil itself. This means it doesn't actually take that much water - just enough to fill a large sauce pan in my experience. The spout is also quite narrow which is good for carefully pouring out tea, a little more time consuming for filling a bath (trust me, when we lost gas, I tried!). It has a large, easy to use switch at it's base that turns it on. It lights blue when on and automatically clicks off when the kettle has boiled. Annoyingly, there is no real water level reader on the kettle so you can only really tell when it's full when the water starts pouring out from the spout.
On top of the kettle is a plastic black handle that semi circles above the lid where you fill it up. The lid itself is very tight fitting and with a small handle of it's own. I find that having the main kettle handle above the kettle can cause issues if you don't put the lid on properly (which can be done given how tightly it fits on) as it heats up very quickly from the steam. I have scolded myself a couple of times already from doing just this. When the lid is in place properly, it's not a problem but it's so easy to leave it askew allowing steam to escape, that I find the handle heating is quite a frequent issue. I think this could have been designed a little better - perhaps by having it more to the side and not directly above the lid.
Scolding seems to be a general problem with the kettle too given the material it's made from. I find it gets incredibly hot when boiling and have burnt myself by accidentally brushing my hand against it's side leaning past it. It gets far hotter than say a plastic kettle so if you are going to have young people using it, or near it, I would probably recommend getting a different, safer model.
The kettle has concealed elements so you don't get that horrible, visible limescale residue that you can on some other models. There's nothing worse than looking into a kettle and seeing that beige crust so to be able to avoid this experience is a big plus. As is the speed of boiling which is pretty fast compared to other kettles I've had, even when full.
It's a good kettle to look at but unfortunately the design issues leave it flawed. If you are into style over usability, and don't want to fork out a ton of money, this might be for you but be prepared for the odd burn!
We were bought a John Lewis four slice toaster as a wedding present and liked it so much we decided to buy the kettle to match.
STYLE & DESIGN:
The kettle has a stainless steel finish which looks very contemporary. The kettle is cordless and as such sits on a black base when being heated. As with most kettles, there is a switch at the back that must be pressed down in order for the kettle to start operating. Once the water reaches boiling point the switch will trip preventing the water from over-boiling.
Although I like the style of the kettle, it does not seem to be as practical as the toaster. I find the kettle needs de-scaling every couple of months as we live in an area that suffers from hard water. This is quite annoying as it seems to be a constant battle to keep the scaling down, especially around the element and at the top where the lid sits.
As the casing is stainless steel any water marks tend to show so I am constantly cleaning the kettle with CIF to reduce the stains.
There is also no water level display on the kettle so when filling it up, you always have to remove the lid. While this is no hardship, it would be nice to have a water display so that you have the option to fill up through the spout.
I find that the kettle holds enough water to comfortably make about 5 - 6 mugs of tea and takes about 3 minutes to boil when full.
Looks very nice, even if not very practical and does makes a nice set with the matching toaster.
Thank you for taking the time to read my review.
The John Lewis KUA17CJLU cordless kettle, in brushed stainless steel, has a big 1.7L capacity and a fast boiling 3kW concealed element / Its comfortable grip handle makes pouring easy, with the cool-touch base an extra safety feature / Short name: John Lewis KUA17CJLU