I use the kettle a lot, having at least 10 cups of tea or coffee a day, my last kettle was a white Kenwood one which lasted about 3 years but I then boiled some soup in it ( I don't know why ) and it did not work properly after that. So this one seemed a good choice , I like to stick to the same brands and Kenwood seem okay for kettles. This one is a bit higher up the range, is silver with a black base and a nice blue water level indicator. It comes with a Removable limescale filter which seems to still be working after almost 1 year of use. It also has rapid boil, which is great, but this I presume uses more electricity, so I do not use this very often to save money. It seems quite powerful and a bit noisy especially on rapid, but I am quite sensitive to noise( as I have tinnitus ) but boiling water is actually quite a relaxing sound. It looks good in my kitchen and is brushed silver and is not to bulky with a 1.6 litre capacity. I paid just under £40 I think which is probably on the expensive side for a kettle, but I wanted to upgrade ! If it looks like it will fit into your kitchen and match everything then that is most of the decision, as this is a good kettle, I cannot find any serious problems with it, just personal preferences like the noise. But with a 3 kw kettle designed to boil fast I suppose it will tend to be on the loud side.
Now everyone has a kettle in their home and when mine recently decided to stop working I was looking for a replacement. Now for anyone looking for a quick review can read the following short points which highlight the positives & basic functions. The specification are as follows; - 1.6 litre capacity - Concealed element - Rapid boil - Boil dry protection - Safety cut-out - Removable limescale filter - Automatic switch-off - Cord storage - Water window - Illuminated power indicator Now for a more in depth look. Capacity The capacity has a maximum of 1.6litres and this is more than adequate for an average sized family. One of the best features in this regard is the Water Window which allows you to see clearly how much water is already in the kettle. My previous kettle didn't have this useful tool and leads to the horrible sound of a kettle boiling with little water in it so I was very pleased with the added function of the water window. I know other kettles also have a water window or some kind of system to show the water content inside, however, these windows are usually not a major feature and so can be missed when in a rush. With the Kenwood you always know exactly how much water you have. Functionality/Durability I am a coffee and tea lover and so my kettle is usually on the boil several times a day. This kettle is extremely durable and easily able to keep up with the multitude of uses each day & with the quick boil system you are not left waiting for boiling water. Included is a removable limescale filter which I had originaly thought of as useless but have to say that I have since changed my mind. If you live in a hard water area or a location where limescale is a real problem this is definately a selling point. Overall I would reccomend this product to anyone who is looking for a new kettle, as such an important product in your home there are some consumers who this wouldn't be ideal for. If you have a large family in your home and require a larger capacity then this is of little use. For most this would be a perfect fit for their home, the stainless steel styling is able to improve the look of any kitchen. Definately a must if hard water & limescale is a problem in your area.
When both my kettles mysteriously gave up the ghost a few days after Christmas, I hoped I'd be able to find some bargain replacements in the sale. And with this one, I certainly did! Reduced from a whopping £55, it was just £19.99 in the Argos sale, so I snapped it up. Given its original price, I assumed it must be a pretty special kettle, plus it was made by Kenwood, a brand I automatically associate with quality. Before I get down to the nitty gritty, I'll get the boring facts and figures out the way. This kettle has the following features: - 1.6 litre capacity - Concealed element - Rapid boil - Boil dry protection - Safety cut-out - Removable limescale filter - Automatic switch-off - 360˚ base - Cord storage - Water window - Illuminated power indicator - 3kW In other words, while the kettle has nothing particularly revolutionary to offer, it does have all the features you'd expect for safety and convenience. One thing that attracted me to this kettle (apart from the huge reduction in its price) was the fact it was made from stainless steel, and therefore looked rather impressive. In the past I've always gone for boring old white kettles, but this, with its shiny body and black base and handle, was far more exciting! Its sleek, smooth shape makes it look nicely compact too, while the power indicator's blue light is another attractive touch. Of course, practicality also came into consideration (briefly), but here too this kettle seemed to fit the bill. The 360˚ base is an absolute must for me in a kitchen kettle, as I don't want to have to be trying to slot it into an exact position when I'm in the middle of cooking. Its capacity is a tiny bit smaller than most kettles, but I don't usually need more water than that in one go, so I don't foresee this to be a problem. The kettle's lid is fully removable, with a comfortable handle to pull it off. This is great, as it allows easy filling from the tap, although the lid is a little stiff to remove, and takes a bit of getting used to. The kettle's lead is on the short side at just over 30cm, so the base has to be kept fairly close to the socket. However, I see this as an advantage in a kitchen, as having long leads straggling all over the worksurface can be really annoying, not to mention unsafe. When not in use, the cord can be easily wound around the underside of the base to keep it out of the way. Unlike my last kettle, the water window measures the amount in cups, rather then litres, and ranges from a minimum of two to a maximum of seven. While it's very useful to have such a large, clear water window, I'd prefer to have the measurement in litres, as I find this more useful for following recipes. It's also taken me a while to grasp the fact that the numbers indicated on the window are for cups, rather than mugs, so I'm having to constantly remind myself to boil more water when making drinks in mugs. It's not a major issue, however, and I'm sure I'll get used to it with time. As for performance, this kettle does its job pretty well, in that it boils water quickly. On the downside, it's a bit noisier than most other kettles, and starts making quite a racket early on in the boil- not great when you're trying to have a conversation! Another slight issue (which I probably should have expected, knowing the kettle is stainless steel!) is that it gets very hot when boiling, and remains so for a good few minutes afterwards. I learnt this the hard way when my fingers brushed against the kettle shortly after boiling- a mistake I won't be repeating in a hurry! The kettle came with instructions to boil three lots of water before using it properly, but despite following this advice, the first few drinks I made with it tasted strongly of plastic, and weren't pleasant at all! Fortunately, this has now worn off to the point that it's been unnoticeable for the past couple of days, so I can finally enjoy my cuppas again! Another advantage of this kettle is that it's a great pourer, and doesn't create any annoying mess or leaks. The limescale filter also looks very tough and sturdy- even with washing, I can't see it fraying or cracking like some of my previous filters have. Overall, this is a great kettle- well-made, attractive and efficient. Despite the odd drawback, I'm very glad I bought it; so far, it's been well worth the money, and I hope it will continue to be so for a long while to come!
Short name: Kenwood SJM271