As I recently moved into a new flat with my friends some family members were kind enough to buy some flat warming gifts. The Kenwood SJM400 was one of them, which was lucky as the kettle currently living in the flat looked a bit worse for wear.
*~* The Product *~*
The kettle is quite a modern design. Stainless steel, a slightly wider base and tapers up at the top. A black handle and a small window to show you how much water you have put in the kettle. The lid is also stainless steel with a little window as a design feature. It sits well with other stainless steel products easily so is great of you don't buy a complete toaster, kettle etc...set but want all those appliances to match.
It is a cordless kettle with a black base so it is very easy to fill up. The lid also pops open with the push of a button for easy filling. It has a removable filter on the inside.
Other than that there is not much to the design, but I can only assume steamline is what they were going for to allow it to sit in any kitchen easily. I do like the stainless steel, but it has that brushed finish on it which could sometimes give me shivers. Not matte, but almost, if you scraped your nail off it I can't imagine it would be a pleasant sensation. The other down side to the stainless steal is that it gets dirty very easily and shows. It is hard to clean it without leaving streaks. Also, for cleaning the inside the opening at the top is not the widest, I can get my hand in the top but with sponge in tow it could be slightly awkward.
The plastic used for the handle and base seems very durable, not likly to break any time soon as with all the other components. It feels very sturdy adn that it would last a good length of time before needing replaced.
It is quite a heavy kettle on it's own before you put any water in it, so this might not be suitable to buy for someone who has difficulty with lifting heavy objects, an older relative for example.
*The Technical Bit*
Below are some other useful points about the Kenwood SJM400 *taken from the description on Amazon*.
Dimensions (L x W x H): 22 x 16 x 25.5 cm
Weight: 1.2 kg
Wattage: 3 kW
Material: Stainless steel
Colour: Brushed stainless steel
Guarantee: 1 year
Water capacity: 1.7 L
Water indicator window: Yes
Cord storage: Yes
Concealed element: Yes
360-degree base: Yes
Illuminated on/off switch: Yes
Power base: Yes
*~* Price and Availability *~*
As I did not buy this item I cannot tell you how much was paid for it. However with a quick search online prices range from about £28 up to £45.
It is available to buy online via Amazon and other online shopping sites. Keenwood products are also available in shops like Argos, Currys, Debhanams and many other shores. The Kenwood website likes all the stockists on this page;
*~* Bringing it to the Boil *~*
As with most kettle it is of course very simple to use. Fill it up, flick it on and the clear platic switch light ups to let you know the water is on it way to boil. In the features it lists the kettle as being 'stealth'. On first reading that I was very curious as to how my kettle was stealth? Could it blend into it's surroundings? A fantastic ninja when no-one it looking? Then I realized it is when the kettle boils it is very quiet and I have to say it is very quiet. This is great for in the mornings when you don't want to wake anyone in the house up when your making a cuppa or...if you don't want to make anyone else a cuppa you and the kettle could be stealth together and only make one for yourself and potentially get away with it. The only downside to this is that if you leave the room and shut a door you might not hear the kettle click and if you're like me and forget you end up having to re-boil because it's been left too long.
I never think that the boiling time is too long, I'm never left standing watching the kettle boil so you can get your tea in good time with this one. This is also great when making your dinner and you need to many pots of boiling water on the go quickly.
*~* Overall *~*
This is a great modern kettle however for what it does had I been buying a kettle myself I don't think I would have bought this one. Only because I cannot imagine paying up to £45 for a kettle, especially as there is nothing totally stand-outish about it. However, if you little modern looking appliances and do have the cash to spend then it is a great item.
For some reason, this kettle has taken a lot of grief because of its design, many finding it too odd or lacking originality... However, the design and look of the kettle was one of the first things that drew me to the product, because I simply found the very clean and simple look of it very appealing! It`s so simple and modern that it becomes cool without trying... Also, I wanted a kettle of good quality, and I trusted the brand of Kenwood to deliver! And it did!
The cost of this product will vary a bit from store to store, but the price rests between 35.99-40.99, which is expensive indeed, but you get a good and trustworthy kettle a long with spending the money! The biggest advantage for me when it comes to this kettle, is the very solid and good grip you have around the handle, meaning that it`s very safe and solid to lift and poor from, there`s no chance you``ll drop it and have boiling water splashing all over you... The capacity of the kettle is between 1.5 to 1.6 liters, which I find more than sufficient, and the speed of which the water comes to a boil is very fast, depending upon how much water you add to the kettle. I wouldn`t add too much water to the kettle though, because if you do, there`s a big chance some of the water will poor out to the sides when boiling... As mentioned, I found the very simple and clean design appealing and different, and all though I am sure you can find good kettles costing less than this one, I still recommend it as a good and reliable kettle! Oh, and another thing, I find it running very silently, which is a plus for many! All in all, I`m thinking this kettle to be a very good one!
This kettle was given to me on loan by my mother when my own packed in. From the outset I was not keen on it. It reminded me of school canteen kitchens, with its soulless brushed steel finish and acute lack of features. She had owned it for a couple of months and so it still appeared new, devoid of scratches and all components in perfect working order. I did, however, suspect that she had brought it to me as an excuse to purchase a new model.
The SJM400 is not a bad kettle, but it is not great, either. With a retail value of around £40 this is a tad expensive for so simple a product. It has a 1.7 litre capacity and filter around the spout, and the kettle itself has a jug design. It is comprised of brushed stainless steel, with a black plastic handle and base. The handle has a slightly textured feel, so will not slip out of your hands easily when pouring. Nevertheless, I discovered that after boiling, when the kettle is more than half full it can often slide through your fingers when you lift it. It has never entirely fallen from my grasp, but I am wary about filling it too much in case this occurs. There is a slim flip switch beneath the handle, and the lid of the kettle flips up to allow water to be added.
The kettle has a spout that reminds me of a Bullfinch's beak. That being, it is small and perfectly triangular, making it difficult to run water from the tap in through it. I was disappointed by this, as even though you are supposed to flip the lid to fill the kettle, I prefer the spout method. Attempting to use the spout to fill the kettle meant that a lot of water splashed over the kettle and into the sink, with relatively little making its way into the jug.
The kettle purports to have a rapid boil feature, but I did not feel as though it was overly fast when compared to other kettles. When it boils, however, it has a tendency to shudder violently on its removable base, and even though I never felt it may tumble onto its side, I noticed on one or two occasions when the kettle was at full capacity some of the boiling water dribbled out of the spout.
In the three months or so that I lived with the kettle I did not notice any significant build up of limescale within the device, and nor did it have to undergo any repairs. The kettle performed adequately on most occasions, but the real problem I have with it is its dull appearance. I am all for minimalism on occasion, but the plain steel surface and lack of viewing window makes the kettle something of an eyesore. If you are looking for a kettle within this price range, there are better-performing, safer, more attractive products available.
Short name: Kenwood SJM400