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      15.05.2013 16:36
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      Quick boiling kettle with kitchen appeal

      Background The Kenwood Manufacturing Company was founded in 1936 by Kenneth Maynard Wood, initially under the name of Dickson Wood, initially focusing on radios and televisions. It was the creator of the kenwood chef in 1950 and it moved into other kitchen appliances. It has been owned by DeLonghi since 2001. Why I purchased this product I purchased this kettle last year as our old kettle took an age to boil and I felt it was time, especially as we had just had a new kitchen. I was particularily attracted to the chrome exterior, described as brushed stainless steel, as it went well with the look of the kitchen and looks like a good quality kitchen appliance. Price I purchased at a sale price and I think it was around £20-25, this item is £22.49 again as a half price sale in Argos at the time I wrote this review. The kettle Facts 3KW 1.7l capacity Concealed element for easy cleaning Rapid Boil Boil dry protection My Opinion It boils really quickly, I can fill it easily by lifting off its base and can see exactly how much water I need due to the water being visible in the viewing bar (not sure what you call it). It still looks as good months later and if I want to give it an extra wipe its even shinier. I am very pleased with it and would recommend as a product. Rating Argos rate it as a 4/5 but I am going to give it 5/5 as it was a good price, it looks like a quality item and boils quickly.

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        09.03.2012 23:42
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        Reasonably priced product

        Every household needs a kettle. It's one of those electrical goods that have so many uses that you only miss the worth of it when it breaks down, and you suddenly found that you have to rush to a nearby currys or a supermarket to get your daily intake of coffee/tea/hot chocolate. This is exactly what happened to me, which had led me to buy this product. Since my old kettle broke down, I didn't have much time to browse through all the brands available and since Kenwood kettles are on offer, I decided to go with it. The model is Kenwood SJM280 and is retailed for around £ 25.00 at the moment and can be found online. I'd like to start off with the design. The main colour is silver with black complement. The design is very slick and contemporary; it has a minimalist feel to it. I'm not particularly bothered with the design and I think the colour scheme and the design is done so that it will match with most kitchen. Since my kitchen has grey/black finish to it, it goes with the whole colour scheme. The base is fully turnable, i.e. when you put the kettle down, you don't have to worry about place it in the right orientation. In that sense, it's very user friendly. The handle is a good shape and is insulated so that the user is protected from the heat given off by the kettle. The lid has a click lock so you don't have to worry about wayward steam escaping from it and accidentally burning your fingers. As for its performance, the kettle has the 1.7 litres capacity, which is very good for a medium sized family or if you're cooking a stew for a large group. The kettle also has a transparent window markers that enables you to judge the volume of water you want to boil, which I think is very handy. The kettle has 3 kW power rating which I believe is quite a lot for a normal sized kettle like this one; in this aspects, the kettle isn't very green. However, one advantage of this high power wattage is that it works really fast. I usually boil water to make a cup of tea or coffee so I fill it up to about 1.5 cup mark (approximately by my eyes) and the water is ready within less than a minute. Very efficient time-wise. Note that the spout also has a filter which is very good in terms of designing and user friendliness. I tend to use water straight from the tap so it works well for me. Also, the kettle isn't overly quiet as it does make some noise. However, since it boils water very quickly, the noise isn't disturbing in that sense. Overall, I am pleased with my purchase despite having less time to compare the different brands available on the markets. I think this is a worthwhile purchase and the kettle has been doing a good job so far, so I'm pleased with the product. I've had it for about 3 months now, so I'll have to see how it'll work in the long run. Thank you for reading. :) x

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        20.10.2011 10:02
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        Excellent quality at half price

        Desperately need a kettle to replace my old behemoth which is always shorting out I trawled everywhere looking for a suitable replacement. A kettle is a kettle you might say but I am a little fussy and wanted something in stainless steel to compliment my black gloss kitchen tiles. The Kenwood SJM280 retails in Argos for just under £50 but is currently a very reasonable half price which is a big consideration when shopping in hard times. Shall I buy a £25 kettle or a £50 one for the same price? You do the math! The Kenwood is brushed steel around the body with the top, the bottom and the handle being black plastic. The whole thing looks very sleek and minimalist and I was impressed by the weight, or lack of it, coming in at just 0.835kg. The separate base unit is small and has a long cord which can be shortened by the integrated cable tidy for neatness. There is a dual water level window so the kettle can be placed either way around on a work surface which I think is a thoughtful touch. Inside is a covered element and a mesh filter in the spout for limiting limescale though I always filter mine before every boil. What most impressed me about this kettle was the quietness, at least relative to my previous one which sounded like heavy duty machinery despite its quality. The power rating comes in at a hefty 3kw which although not particularly eco-friendly allows the kettle to boil its 1.7 litre capacity quite swiftly. Using the window gauge 2.5 cups takes just over a minute at 1.02 and the max of around 8 cups is around 3.17 minutes. Summary I have to say it seems a little odd to be impressed by a kettle but there you go. Considering it is currently at half price in Argos it is worth serious consideration. 5 stars for me without question! PS why is there installation, sound and picture quality on a kettle in the quick ratings??!!

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          26.01.2011 15:02
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          Reliable and efficient

          After going through a spate of broken kettles, I bought this kettle a few months back from argos for £29.99 and so far it has not let me down. I love the stylish chrome and modern design that matches the other items in my kitchen beautifully. It has a long enough cord to reach the plug, but not too long. Personally i see this as a bonus as cords can often be too long, leaving excess flex on the worktop which can look unsightly and also be dangerous. It is slotted in to a stylish base which it lifts off in order to fill and empty. This is so much better and more convenient than the kettles you have to plug and unplug everytime for filling. I suppose in this way it could almost be classed as cordless. This kettle has a large 1.7 litre capacity so provides enough water in one boil when friends are round. The water measurements down the side scale are measured in cups so theres no need to waste electricity by boiling more water than you need. It is also boils very quickly so your not waiting, watching forever for your coffee in the mornings, certainly a big bonus for me, as it drives me mad standing around when i'm getting ready for work! It is easy to keep clean and usually just give it a wipe round to keep it looking nice. Once in a while i use delimescaling products to prevent any build up around the lid and spout. I don't think it's that this kettle produces any more limescale than any other, i think its the chrome that the kettle is made from that makes it look more unsightly than it would on a white or cream kettle. Our kettle gets used an awful lot, probably more than any other appliance in the house, and for once we seem to have found one that is reliable and not going to go pop on us at any second. I would recommend this to anyone. It is classic and simple and looks great in any modern kitchen.

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            19.12.2010 17:35
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            Great kettle with just a couple of niggles. I'd still recommend!

            In my house, we've had all sorts of kettles. We've had big ones and small ones. Cheap ones and expensive ones. Quick boil and takes-3-hours-to-boil. Plug in and even proper hob-top whistling kettles. So I feel like I am at least qualified to comment on our current kettle, the snappily named Kenwood SJM280 which has had pride of place in our kitchen for a couple of years now. Our kitchen is very matchy-matchy and I'm sorry to say that rather than doing any major research on the best kettles, we chose this kettle because it fits in with the metal toaster and the microwave! Well, first things first: appearance and design. The kettle is medium-sized and quite neat-looking, with a brushed steel main section and black plastic handle and top, and fits onto a nice round black plastic base which plugs into the wall. The power cable is thick and strong, but very short - which could be a real pain if your plug sockets aren't in really convenient places. One of the best things about this kettle is the 360-degree swivelling base, which means you can plonk the kettle down at any angle on the round holder and it will fit; it also means that you can twist it round to grab it once it's boiled. It's a really nice touch which does make using it that little bit easier. Unfortunately, opening the kettle to fill it can be a real pain - the lid 'locks' when you push it down, so sometimes getting it open can be a case of yanking it really hard. I've broken nails on it before, which is very annoying, so sometimes if I don't need to put that much water in I do fill it through the spout (naughty!) At the back of the kettle, near the handle, are two clear plastic strips which show you how much water is in it - helpfully the measurements on it are done by cups (ie 2 cups, 4 cups, 6 cups or a maximum 8 cups) which help you to calculate exactly how much water you're using. I do try to save as much water as possible, so I find it helpful to know how much I'm putting in and that I'm not wasting loads just to make a cup of tea for one. In total, it can hold 1.7 litres, so despite it looking medium-sized, it actually has quite a big capacity and, as I've said, can handle up to 8 cups at a time for when friends and family are round. The on/off switch is a little bit like a pedal bin lever and is found just underneath the handle at the back, it has a light which comes on when you push it down to switch on and which goes off automatically once the kettle's boiled. All in all, it's a well-designed kettle; the lid and the short cable are annoying but are balanced out by a couple of really nice features. What with the near constant cups of coffee, plus the fact that boiling water for pasta takes so much less time in the kettle first, the Kenwood SJM280 sees regular heavy use in my house - on an average day it's probably used 4 or 5 times. With that in mind, I'd say it's lasted really very well and still works perfectly: this might have something to do with the fact that the element inside isn't one of those coiled ones but is actually just a ring which heats up when you switch it on. After two or so years, there is a little bit of limescale on the element ring and a small amount around the spout, but it's not much at all and certainly not gone really disgusting and flaky like some kettles we've had. When you're pouring boiling water around, safety has got to take priority and I'm always concerned about how well kettles pour - nobody wants a dribbling kettle which splashes you as it pours. Thankfully this kettle is great in this regard, as it has a really effective metal spout which gets the water quickly and efficiently into the mug or saucepan. The handle is easy to grip and although this isn't the lightest of kettles, it's easy to manouevre even when it's full to the brim. However, it's worth noting that the body of the kettle gets REALLY, REALLY hot to the touch once it's boiled - I mean scaldingly hot, as it's metal and has no plastic coating. This is fine in our house as there aren't any small children around, but I'd be very wary of having it around little hands which might grab it while it's hot. Electricity-wise, it's a 3kw kettle so is not that energy efficient, but then again, it's balanced by the fact that it is fast-boil - it takes about 2-3 minutes to boil enough water for 3 cups of tea, and 4 or so minutes to boil the full 8 cups I need when I'm putting water for pasta on. Once it's boiled the water stays hot for about 5-10 minutes, but re-boiling doesn't take long once it's hot. It's not all that noisy, either; you can hear it coming to the boil when you're upstairs or in another room but it doesn't screech or jerk around. We bought ours in the sale at House of Fraser for about £25, but a quick internet search shows that it's available from loads of places priced between £21.99-ish and £32.50-ish, so although it's not exactly a proper budget kettle, it's not ridiculously expensive. Overall, this has been a great kettle and it's still going strong. I'm going to dock one star for the minor irritating issues of the cord and the tough lid, but I'd still very much recommend it.

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              23.10.2010 10:13
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              good product

              We bought this kettle around 2 years ago from Argos. We wanted something in brushed steel without fussy scales on the side. As this one has the scale on the back under the handle it was perfect. We paid just under £35 for this kettle but you can probably buy them a little cheaper now its been out a few years. I thought this was pretty reasonable and the kettle looks quite expensive out on the side in the kitchen. The brushed metal is quite thick looking which I liked as some kettles and toasters can look thin and cheap. The kettle has not dinted or tarnished at all in the past two years. A quick wipe down and it is as good as new. To show its on the switch at the back lights up. When the kettle has boiled it turns off - a nice touch to have if you have a lot going on in the kitchen and can't hear it boiling. I chose Kenwood as I knew it was a good make with a good reputation. So far I haven't been disappointed. The instructions are included in the box but you dont really need them - just plug it in and go. Cleaning out the kettle is pretty easy as the lid lifts on the top. A simple de-scaler once a year will keep the insides of this kettle perfect. Overall I think this is a good choice for a stylish kettle. Not overpriced but still looks great. A perfect addition to any modern kitchen.

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                21.10.2010 23:30
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                I bought this kettle about 6 months ago from Tesco's and have been very happy with it to date. This kettle appealed to me to be honest, because of the trendy style. I liked the chrome effect which matched the theme in my new kitchen. The Kenwood SJM280 cost approximately £25, which I think is a good price and makes this kettle score high in my opinion in relation to value for money. Although I bought the chrome version, the kettle also comes in black. The flip lid shuts easily and securely which makes it simple to pour boiling water without having to worry that it may spill out. This kettle does require slightly more electricity as it boils water faster than the standard kettle, but this is not significantly more. As with many kettles, it holds a decent amount of water at 1.7 litres a time. You can probably get around 5 cups of tea out of it when filled up to to the maximum level. As with all new kettles, it is a good idea to wash it out and boil it once before using, for hygiene purposes. The kettle is transparent around the back of the kettle, which is very helpful in identifying how full the kettle is. The kettle comes with it's own instruction book (if you feel you need it!) and is conveniently alreasy wired to the plug so you can just take it out of the packaging and begin to use immediately. The kettle comes well packed into a box and has an instruction leaflet with it, the plug is already fitted so you don't have to worry about wiring it up. Opinion Overall, I am impressed with this kettle. It is not too noisy, stylish and well designed at a reasonable price. It also comes with a warranty. I would recommend.

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                04.10.2010 22:53

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                Very good kettle that won't let you down

                To me a kettle is a kettle and is built to do only one thing, boil water, so if it fails to do this then you could say its pretty useless. This Kenwood SJM280 is an affordable appliance that won/t let you down. It has a 1.7 litre capacity so is large enough to do a large cup of tea or several cups of coffee in one boil. The appliance is a little more powerful than other kettles so it does boil the water that much quicker - this saves me a lot of time as I have several cups of coffee a day and the last thing I want would be to sit around waiting for some water to boil. The kettle has a flip lid that snaps shut, it is easy to open and once opened easy to fill. The kettle sits neatly on the base and has the usual 'kettle' features such as a light to indicate when the water is boiling and a clear tube on the side to show how much water is in the kettle.

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                04.10.2010 13:21
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                good value for money

                There's something about a kettle that it is not built to last, I know they are usually under warranty for a year after buying but all the kettles I have owned so far have only lasted on average two years or less. I'm not sure if this is because there are four of us using it daily but once again my kettle has given up the ghost. I have just been out to buy a new one and it is the above Kenwood SJM280 to replace the same kettle I have had for two years, the reason I have bought another one is because I like the style of this kettle and the colour matches well into my kitchen design and with the other kitchen assessories that I own. This new kettle cost me £24.99 from Currys and this is a little cheaper than when I bought it two years ago when it was priced at £26.99. I thought the price may go up but I suppose with new models and better designs of kettles coming out on the market all the time this one has dropped in price. Which is to my advantage. The kettle comes well packed into a box and has an instruction leaflet with it, the plug is already fitted so you don't have to worry about wiring it up. You have to boil the kettle once and throw away the water before it's ready to make a cup of tea or coffee, but I always do this twice to make sure the kettle is clean and the water tastes alright before making a cuppa. The kettle is stylish and comes in black and silver with a flip up lid. It has a hinged locking lid which snaps down when shut and makes it easier for pouring and filling the kettle. The wattage is 3kw so it does use up a bit more of electricity than other kettles but it boils the water fast so isn't on as long as other kettles. It holds 1.7 litres of water so you can make a big pot of tea if you have a few visitors arrive at once. I like a kettle that can handle a family visit, so I like this one for that reason too. There is see through plastic pieces at the back of the kettle so that you can see the water capacity when you fill it, the button for switching the kettle on is at the bottom of the kettle and the kettle has a light that comes on when it's switched on, this goes off automatically when the kettle has boiled and turns itself off. The kettle sits nicely on the base of the unit and when you fill it you sit it on the base and turn it on to boil. I like the design, the price and the quickness of the boiling time. It will probably out last it's warranty like most kettles and when it does pack up I will buy another one as this kettle suits me the best. I'd be happy to recommend it to you.

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                  24.08.2010 01:34
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                  A nice kettle from Kenwood

                  Until recently, I have owned the Kenwood SJM280 Kettle. The only reason I no longer have this is I moved out of my Mums, and I decided that she could keep this kettle (most of the stuff in the kitchen was my own!) as I fancied getting a new one (expect review soon - when it is accepted as a suggestion!) The SJM280 is a cordless jug kettle, which is silver and black. It has a 1.7 litre fill capacity, which is the generic amount for most kettles it would seem. The kettle has a base "pod" which is a thin, black circular stand attached to a cord and plug so you can power the kettle. The kettle easily lifts of and pops onto this "pod". There is a clear plastic flick switch, which you flick downwards to turn the kettle on, and this will automatically pop back up when the kettle is boiled. There is also a clear window down the length of the kettle, which shows you how much water is in there, with a guide of dots and numbers also. The silver parts of the kettle are made from stainless steel. Without water in it, the SJM280 is very light, and when you fill it up to full capacity, it is still not as heavy as you would expect it to be. I usually have enough water in the kettle for 3 cups of tea or coffee, and this boils in just under 2 minutes. Occasionally I have had to boil a full kettle, and this took around 5 minutes to boil completely. The kettle is not the loudest of kettles, but I can still hear when it has boiled if I am in another room. Luckily it is not too loud, so when people are in bed I can easily boil the kettle without disturbing them. To put water in the SJM280, there is a flip lid which pulls up easily and nicely slides back into place so you can fill up quickly and without any unnecassary effort. The water pours out from the stainless steel spout at a good rate, so you can fill cups easily, without spilling water everywhere, and without waiting a hundred years to fill anything up! I think as far as design goes, the SJM280 is quite a nice modern looking kettle that works with most kitchen designs. It is quite a nice size and shape, not too bulky, and not too small. It fits quite nicely on all the sides in my kitchen, so I know that if I should wish to move it to another place in the kitchen, it won't look out of place. The corded part has quite a good length on it, so should you wish to have it away from the socket, you can without any worries. I have never had a problem with limescale build up, but this could be because I live in a soft water area. I bought this kettle about 4 years ago now, and it is still going strong today. It is a much used kettle, as my family are big tea drinkers and the house is never empty! If you are looking for a kettle that can withstand some heavy use, then this is a great one to have and I totally recommend it. Looking around, the best price that I have found for the Kenwood SJM280 Cordless Jug Kettle is £26.50 and this in on Amazon.co.uk. I think this is a brilliant price for a kettle that is sure to last you many years without a problem. 100% recommended with 5 out 5 stars. *This review is also on Ciao under the user name of Hailee*

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                  10.06.2010 17:59
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                  Great as kettles go

                  This is a review for the Kenwood SJM280 brushed steel cordless kettle. I am a huge tea and coffee drinker and a good kettle is the heart of any brew. The kenwood SM280 is that kettle. This kettle is a standard size standing 25cm high and 18cm wide and holds a family sized 1.7L of water, also takes roughly 1 minute to boils 4 cups or in our case 2 mugs worth of water but its the hidden things that set it apart. Inside it has a concealed element which eliminates limescale build-up around the element ending in poor heating. As most kettles, this has a water indicator window, but rather than a little red ball which tend to get stuck the Kenwood has a wide, clear window so you can see the water directly. The kettle is cordless and sits on a 360 degree base, so no matter which way you place the kettle down, it will still work. The base itself also has a cord concealer so only the right amount of cord to get to the socket need show. Although the kettle is brushed stainless steel. the handle is rubberised giving a firm secure grip, also the hinged, locking lid is rubberised to reduce solding yourself on a hot lid or by the steam. The kettle has a large, wide spout for ease of pouring and contains a filter to stop limescale etc from getting in the drinks. In all this is a good, reliable kettle which not only supplies me with my hot beverages but also looks good on the counter.

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