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We've had one of these La Cafetiere kettles for quite a few years now, so I suppose I can give quite a long term usage review of this item. The version we have is a creamy pink in colour, and to be honest, we've had it that long that I can't remember how much we paid for it, but to buy it new now on Amazon costs around the £40 mark.
What can I tell you about it? Well, what first attracted us to this particular cordless kettle was the retro styling which makes it look a little like the old style kettles that you put on top of the stoves to boil. The satin creamy pink finish contrasts nicely with the chrome spout and lid and the black handle and base. At the back of the kettle just under the handle you have the on off switch which is basically just a big lever type switch - down for on, up for off. On either side of the kettle in the black base rim you also have a little red light to show when the kettle is on for the boil mode, and just above these lights on either side of the kettle, you have a small 'La Cafetiere' logo emblazoned on the satin surface.
Inside, you have an enclosed element in the base of this 1.7 litre capacity kettle, with a removable anti-scale filter towards the front just behind the pouring spout. In addition, at the back on the inside is a sort of metal shelf/tag with 'Max' imprinted on it to indicate the maximum fill level.
The power base is all in black plastic with a central charging point that fits easily into the recess in the bottom of the kettle. One point of note is that the lead that comes off of the base is quite short, being only about 60 cm from the base to the back of the plug. Only a very minor point, but it might help to be aware if you were trying to position the kettle somewhere on your counter top.
What's it like in use? Well, it has no problems in boiling a kettle load of water very quickly, so no issues there. Pick the kettle up by the handle and it seems to be nicely balanced. The chrome lid is quite a snug fit and can be a little troublesome to remove, not badly so, but just a little tight. The scale filter at the front also seems to work well and is easily removable for cleaning. And then we come to the satin finish .........................
At first, the pink satin finish looked great - you could just wipe it down with a damp cloth to restore that 'as new' look. But after the first year of use, we started to notice that the satin sheen started to fade, and then some of the edges started to chip. The first area that we noticed this occurring was where the lid fits. As I said, the lid is a bit of a tight fit, and this has contributed to the chips occuring in the satin finish in that area. At the bottom edge of the satin finish towards the base of the kettle, you have a metal lip, and we've also noticed other chips breaking away there. We thought that the problem was only limited to the edges of the satin finish, but we've now also noticed that there are several areas on the main body where the satin finish has started to bubble as if it is rusting from underneath. So overall, after probably about 4 years of use in the family home, this kettle is starting to look a little tatty.
In summary, if I were to just score the kettle for what it does and for styling, then it would undoubtedly get 5 stars. It has never me failed electrically, has that stylish retro appeal, and boils water quickly. But for what is arguably a top end kettle in terms of price, the satin surface finish has quite a few problems. It quickly loses the sheen, starts to chip away, and now seems to be corroding away from under the coating, and those issues are annoying because it makes the kettle look tatty on our counter top So balancing the pros and cons for this kettle, I would give this kettle a 3 star recommendation.
Review also on Ciao under Randal1.
As at mother I tend to now and again have other people and their children over for little play dates. I do sometimes looks at other people's houses and think theirs are so much nicer than mine. We're still in rented accommodation (hopefully to soon change, fingers crossed) but I've started slowly making things a bit tidier and putting little accents here and there. I started with the front room by putting some cushions in the living room and a new under sink storage cupboard in the bathroom then getting a little addition for the kitchen which was this funky retro style kettle
Quite glad it's shown up in the most wanted review section because I've been thinking bout reviewing it and just not gotten around to it.
I needed a new kettle as ours was on its last legs. Sad because I loved our old kettle it was one of those ones that light up different colours. Not that we saw the colours that much whist my husband goes round the house turning everything off at the socket and telling me there's no need to have all these things and lights on!
When we got engaged some older members of the family sent us gifts. I did ask one of my aunts why as we weren't getting married for another year but her response was that just in case she kicks the bucket before the wedding she's given us something! Her gift was a red countertop mixer.
I was searching through the internet for a new kettle when I came across the La Cafetiere ones. At first I thought it was the older style ones that go on the hob so I passed over it but when it came up in another search for electric kettles I looked closer and saw it was indeed just that. Available for £38 off Amazon and in red to match the mixer I was overwhelmed with girly glee and added it to my basket. I seem to remember with shipping it came to just over £40 which is a lot in my eyes for a kettle but it matched and was so cute that I just couldn't resist.
We live in a hard water area and I have noticed in the past that our kettles don't last as long as the one I had years ago when I lived in London. That old clunker last a good 7-8 years before refusing to boil water one hung over morning! Bad timing! Even with the anti-scale filter that this kettle has to reduce scale build up there is still scale beginning to appear.
Holding the kettle I find a bit awkward due to the handle. You get used to it but after so many years of having the usual shape kettle it is a hard change. Also when trying to pry the lid off to fill I tend to hit my hand into the handle. I miss the other kettles I've have that had a button to open the lid.
I woke up one morning and started to boil the kettle to find that a bit of the red finish was peeling away at the base of the kettle. Not impressed but as it was only a tiny mark I didn't think anything more of it. Little did I realize it was still in warranty and the next time I noticed a paint chip the warranty was up.
I had 2 friends drop by one day and offered them a cuppa as you do and my husband got to sit in the from room chatting and having a laugh whilst I stood in the kitchen with my noisy kettle boiling twice so that we had enough water for the four cups. It's gotten noisier with age sadly and it's only a year and a half or so old.
Not long after that I gave the kettle to a friend who said if I didn't want it she'd happily have it for her university flat. I told her my issues with it and she still wanted it so away it went. That day I walked into a shop in town and came home with the new version of our old light up kettle and am now a happy woman with a happy kettle.
As for the ratings below I have put average for picture quality as I don't know what to do with that rating and again average for sound ... I think I should put poor for sound as it's a rather moisy kettle but I'll leave it as average because I'm on the fence.
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We recently decorated out kitchen red, black and white and I wanted colour co-ordinated appliances so after looking round I found this retro, smart looking kettle in red.
We brought this kettle about 10 months ago from Argos in the sale for £35.00 which I think is very reasonable for a kettle.
On filling the kettle there is a little battle to remove and replace the lid as it's very tightly fitted and after 10months of being used and an abused in our home the paint is chipping round the rim, due to this tight fit.
It boils a full kettle load in about 90 - 120 seconds so reasonably fast but is a little noisy when boiling. My husband often moans at me to close the kitchen door when it's boiling so he can hear the tv!!
The kettle come in a variation of colours to fit in with most kitchen designs.
It's a shorter and stumpier than most kettles with an arched handle over the body of the kettle. Designed much like the old fashioned kettles placed on hobs.
The kettle has a filter on it, a metal mesh filter at the top of the spout to ensure fresh and clean water. This is quite easy to remove and clean and is reusable.
The electric kettle has an enclosed element in the base and an anti-scale filter which reduces scale build up in hard water areas. So far I have had no issues with lime scale.
All in this entire kettle is great...It boils water!!
No in all seriousness apart from the lid being tight it's a lovely looking kettle, well designed and priced competitively.
I would happily recommend this kettle to anyone.
New additions to the La Cafetière range, these stylish retro-designed kettles are the perfect accompaniment to any kitchen. Both stylish and practical, the Cotswold kettle comes in both electric and stove-top versions. The electric kettle has an enclosed element in the base and an anti-scale filter which reduces scale build up in hard water areas. The stovetop kettle is suitable for any hob type, including induction. Complete with safety whistle it is just as fast as the electric version given similar conditions. Both kettles are available in satin cream, polished Stainless steel and the limited edition colours of baby pink, baby blue, pastel green and matt black.