Product Type: Kenwood kettles
Newest Review: ... kettle three times as the water may taste odd for the first few uses. So we boiled it 4 times, just to be on the safe side! The boiling wa... more
Make me a cuppaaa!
Member Name: nickbrown60
Advantages: Very stylish, boils quick
Disadvantages: Sometimes a bit burny!
I found this kettle in my local B&Q for the very reasonable price of £9.99! We simply could not resist picking it up at that price. Our old kettle was working just fine but it did not match the other stainless steel appliances in our kitchen. We were so glad to find one so cheap, especially it being a Kenwood.
We picked it up and off we went to have a cuppa... Luckily the box was small and easy to carry as we had the last one left and had a few other things to pick up in B&Q on the way. It was rather heavy though which told me it was a quality device.
When we opened the kettle it was well wrapped to ensure it came in perfect condition. The quality of the stainless steel was amazing with not one mark or blemish on the whole kettle. We were very impressed with the quality, even though the box was rather heavy this did not reflect in the kettle. It was surprisingly light but felt well made, the base was the heaviest part which I will describe a little later. First impressions were great, the price was good for a Kenwood and especially a nice stainless steel kettle and it did not look cheap at all.
The kettle was easy to set up. In the hand book provided it is recommended that you boil the new kettle three times as the water may taste odd for the first few uses. So we boiled it 4 times, just to be on the safe side! The boiling was effortless and it only took around 40 seconds to boil when full. The capacity is a nice 1.7 litres which is generally quite a large capacity for a kettle. That should give around 10 cups of tea brewing away! Or coffee of course.. All you had to do was plug the base in, fill the kettle wit water and plop it on.
The kettle is easy to use. Simply fill to the amount you need, pop it on the base and press the button on the bottom under the handle... A little while later a little blue light will flash and your water is ready! Ha-ha you must thing I'm so dull telling you how to use a kettle?
Filter - The spout of this kettle has a built-in filter, it claims to help remove lime scale from the water if you live in a hard water area. Too be honest the wholes in the filter are really big, it is basically a metal piece with holes drilled in it . I cannot see how it is useful in use but maybe it is... Not sure though.
No over boil - The kettle detects when it is dry (Out of Water) and automatically shuts off to ensure no damage is done. This could include over-heating and damage to the element. Generally a great feature that is used by me daily, we always forget to add water and have a habit of just clicking the button when we want a cuppa. Not good! Always check if water is inside first.
3000 Watts power - This is great, my last kettle was 2000 Watts and the difference between the two really can be seen in both boiling speed and our electricity bill!! This saves a lot of time but I am not too sure if it is eco - friendly, it does however boil slightly quicker so maybe it is!
Cord rewind - Woo! No more dangling cord for someone to pull and have boiling water thrown all over them which is extremely dangerous. The bottom of the base has a cord rewind so unused cord can be stored for safety reasons. A really great idea and something my last kettle was lacking.
Is this a durable kettle?
I would say a bit YES! To this question. The kettle feels extremely strong and well made. The base is mostly made of metal and some plastic. The buttons on the kettle are also of great quality and I doubt it will be breaking any time soon. We have owned this 2 years already and it is still going.
The amount of times we have dropped this kettle or accidentally thrown it across the kitchen while doing those swing your arms exercise's are countless! I am still waiting for it to dent, it still does not have one single mark on the body! Its indestructible to a certain extent.
The handle is very strong, it is also ergonomically designed so that there is less strain on your wrist, great when it is full and having one of those 'Water the plants around the house' days! I know we probably should not use it for watering plants but it does the job well!
Any moans or groans?
One slight thing annoys us with this kettle... That being the fact that I keep burning myself and so are other members of the family. Its not that we sit there when its boiling with our hands over the spout! But its something annoying. Where the handle meets the top of the kettle is a little gap, when pouring our water steam likes to escape this gap and sometimes burn. Not good at all but I really thing it is our fault by dropping it so many times. I don't remember it steaming out of that hole when it was new!
Overall this is a really fantastic kettle. It boils super quick and has lasted two years already which shows it is reliable. It looks very nice and the design is great taking up hardy any space on the counter, I highly recommend it. There is also a 2 year guarantee included which I don't believe you will be needing.
Thank you for reading and I hope this has helped!
Summary: A great buy for £9.99!
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