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We bought this kettle about 3 or so years ago. Our previous one had broken and we were looking for an inexpensive cordless replacement. We bought this one in Tesco for around £20 and are very pleased with it.
Looks: a bit basic (it's white plastic) but the blue illuminating light is really pretty (yes, I know that's a bit sad!). Unfortunately the light is very attractive to our 2 year old son and encourages him to switch it on which is not ideal as we don't always leave it standing with water in ...
Ease of use: this 1.7L kettle boils small amounts (0.5-1L) very quickly with its' disc element and the said flat disc element is very easy to descale because it hasn't got awkward nooks and crannies like older fashioned curly elements. It has a limescale filter which is removable and so makes it easier to descale. The exterior is easy to wipe clean with a damp cloth. The only real downside to this kettle is the minimum level marker: it's not obvious where exactly the minimum level is.
Reliability: as I said, we have had this 3 or so years, using it several times a day and have had no issues.
Would I recommend? Yes, I would - it's a good value kettle which boils quickly and is easy to clean/descale.
In case you're interested, here's how I descale my kettle quickly, cheaply and using natural ingredients:
I use 10g of citric acid granules (inexpensive and available from chemists, shops that sell beer brewing kit and also Ebay) dissolved in some cold water, half-fill the kettle and boil it up. Leave it standing for 20-30 minutes and hey presto, your kettle is as good as new!
We bought this Kenwood JKP105 Kettle for about twenty pounds about two years ago. What can I say? It's a white plastic kettle which comes in a cardboard box with Kenwood emblazoned across the front. It comes with no instructions whatsoever (not that I need them, as operating a simple kettle cannot be that difficult, can it?) but it would have been nice.
It has a1.7 litre capacity and clear sides so you can see how much water there is inside and if you need to fill it up. I didn't like the spout as it was difficult to pour and it dribbled a lot, and I hate that in a kettle. It has a medium length cord and it does boil impressively fast. The quickness of the boil is the best thing about it but it is so incredibly loud!! I mean REALLY loud, it sounds like rumbling waterfalls in the kitchen when the lever is just about to pop and it's a bit scary.
It looks decent enough and its easy to keep clean, but it does look very plastic and cheap if I am honest. Its an okay boiler but maybe better if you are on a budget, it is certainly not sylish or classy looking at all.
Not a lot more I can say about this really, I gave it to my step son when he went to university and he's really pleased with it so it's been going for a while as it has some heavy use.
When I moved into my house I bought a very cheap kettle, toaster and toastie maker set from Argos. Needless to say it didn't last particularly long, with the kettle being the first to break. After that I decided I'd pay more and get a better kettle, which ended up being this Kenwood JKP105.
I bought mine from either Sainsburys or Currys about three years ago, but you can still get them at John Lewis for just £15, with a year's guarantee.
The kettle isn't particularly exciting - it's white, very plain and does the job with no bells or whistles. It holds up to 1.7 litres, with the usual 0.5 litre minimum for boiling. The handle is quite chunky and easy to grip. One thing that does make this kettle stand out is the switch - it's under the handle and when you press it down, you get a purply glow (inside the kettle and through the switch) to tell you the kettle's on and in the process of boiling. This is especially good if you're boiling a full kettle of water and can't hear it bubbling for a while; you know you aren't going crazy and you did switch it on.
Filling the kettle is straightforward as it has a pull-up lid. The lid slots back firmly into place but sometimes requires a bit of extra strength to close properly. One of the issues I had with my old kettle was that the filter was very thin and ended up tearing, but this one is still going strong and is fairly easy to keep clean. They are also removable and replaceable to extend the life of your kettle.
As the kettle is white it does require cleaning on the outside more often than I would like, however with (semi) regular cleaning it's stayed the same shade of white despite the hoards of students living in or visiting my house over the past few years.
Inside the kettle is the same white plastic with a metal bottom. The kettle actually stays cleaner on the inside than it does on the outside; I've only had to descale it once or twice and that worked straight away and brought the inside up gleaming. So really it's very low maintenance as all you need to do regularly is give it a quick wipe when you're cleaning round the kitchen anyway.
I would recommend buying this kettle if you want one which will last. It doesn't have any innovative features or styling, but it will look right at home in any kitchen and is a reasonable price for the longevity. The water boils at a reasonable speed and does it fairly quietly; the most audible noise is the sound of the 'click' as the switch comes back up once it's boiled.
The only slight disadvantage is that I often ending up boiling more water than I need because I use a microwave steamer and often only need a small amount of water, but that's a problem which is true of most kettles. Also, if I were buying a kettle again then I'd go for a more eco-friendly one. But these are personal preferences really.
Dimensions: H25 x W21 x D16.5cm
The Kenwood JKP105 electric kettle is both inexpensive and effective.This kettle is made of polypropylene and has a 1.7 litre capacity / Internal illumination displays when the kettle is boiling and the twin water window gives a clear visibility in any light / The kettle is uncomplicated to operate with a simple filling system provided by the large spout top opening pivoting base and a large comfortable handle / The hinged lid is very practical for pouring easily.Size (cm): 20.0L x 12.5D x 25.5Wattage: 3kW 2.2kWMaterial : PolypropyleneColour: White and SilverGuarantee: 1 YearWeight: 0.91kgWater Capacity : 1.7LWater Indicator/WindowRemovable FilterInbuilt Cord StorageConcealed Element360 Degree BaseIlluminated On/Off SwitchPower Base / Short name: Kenwood JKP105