Product Type: John Lewis kettles
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Style Over Substance?
John Lewis KUA17CJLU
Member Name: nilo0901
John Lewis KUA17CJLU
Advantages: Good appearance, cordless, boiling speed, concealed elements
Disadvantages: Bad design in terms of materials and practical placement of handles, etc... Can scold yourself
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!
Summary: Design has taken priority over safe functionality on this one.
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