I purchased this kettle from Tesco Direct around 8 months ago and it is still in good working order. The finish is very attractive high shine steel which looks good in the kitchen and attracts compliments, and it has kept it's looks with very minimal cleaning. It has a good filter which prevents scale from getting into the water. Boiling time is average, not particularly quick but have known slower, but it does make a lot of noise as it boils which is not good for our home layout where the kitchen is part of the living room. The noise is loud enough to make watching TV when boiling the kettle a bit difficult. So I would recommend this kettle as a reasonable and attractive low to mid range purchase, if you can get it for a good deal somewhere and are looking for a stainless steel finish. But I would not recommend for bedsits or open plan living.