Product Type: Kenwood kettles
Newest Review: ... this limited volume does mean that it takes up limited space on your work top, with a diameter of just 18cm. Coming from an area cursed wi... more
Member Name: Vixstar
Advantages: Compact, Easily accessible, Stylish, Concealed element
Disadvantages: Compact, Short flex
Having fairly recently bought the Kenwood KMix coffee maker and needing a new kettle I treated myself to the red Kenwood KMix kettle to match (other colours may be available). I say treat as this was somewhat more expensive than any other kettle I have bought
But what do you get for your cash?
It's a well made (from stainless steel), traditional looking, little red kettle - very stylish. But when I say little I'm not joking. It can only boil 1.25 litres of water at a time, fine if you're single like me but not so great if you're brewing up for a group of visitors. Although this limited volume does mean that it takes up limited space on your work top, with a diameter of just 18cm.
Coming from an area cursed with the fuzzing up of kettles with limescale (can't remember if that's caused by hard or soft water) I was pleased to find out that this kettle had a concealed element (that is a flat metal bottom inside). I don't know whether this is better against limescale or anything, but it makes me feel that it will be easier to keep the insides fuzz free.
The kettle sits on a metal base and is free to rotate meaning that it is easy to pick up with either your left or right hand. The base is very handy but as there often is there's a con to dampen this pro a little. The cable coming off the base to plug your kettle into the wall seems somwhat short to me - less than a metre in length, although I guess that means that you don't have a lot of cable trailing all over your kitchen side it does mean you have to have your kettle close to the plug socket.
So it's stylish, but does it do the job?
You fill the kettle via this lid (well at least to me that seems the obvious way to do it) at first the lid seemed almost impossible to remove, but now after a few months of usage I've realised its reasssuringly tight fitting. The little gauge just below the handle is clear to read. The switch to turn the kettle on takes a positive prod and lights up orange so you know you've been successful.
I haven't found this to be a noticeably slow or overly noisy boiler. I was a bit sceptical about using the hand over the lid to pick it up but the close fitting lid comes into its own and means that there's no dangerous steam leakage. And ,as you'd hope with all kettles, it pours well with no random dripping or trickling, leaving me with a piping hot cup of tea and no puddles on the kitchen side.
So overall this is a stylishly, chic kettle ideal for the smaller home with smaller tea cups! I won't be replacing this kettle anytime soon and would happily recommend it.
Summary: Chic-ly small, solidly stylish kettle.
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