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This kettle was given to me by my Mum about a year ago as she decided to get an electric one. Up until then me and my fiancé had just been making do with a cheap electric one which we were quite happy with but I was grateful that my Mum gave me this one as I loved the design of it. The kettle comes in several different colours including black, red & beige and we have the orange one which I think my Mum had owned for about five years and it came to us in decent but not great condition. It has a lot of scratches and small black 'dot' marks on it (not sure where the dot marks have come from!) and the colour is starting to fade very slightly, especially around the lid and unlike in the pictures online it doesn't have any shininess to it. It does look quite worn and tatty, but then again my mum did use it multiple times every day for a good five years or so, and since I've had it me and my fiancé use it most days too. The design of the kettle is really cute in my opinion, but I think some people would probably disagree and think that it is hideous! It is big and round - bulkier than an average kettle and it has a quirky, fun and very eye-catching kind of look to it. I was going to describe it as vintage, but I'm not too sure if that's the right word to describe it. Either way, I like the design. The kettle comes with a thing that you plug into the spout which makes a whistling sound when the kettle has boiled, and it has a lid with a little round handle which you pull it off by and then when you want to put the lid back on it fits back into place perfectly and it stays on very securely. I usually hold it in place when I am pouring a drink though as I aways worry that it could come off even though it feels pretty sturdy. The kettle has a large black handle which is very strong and easy to grip. It is only recently that I realised that the handle can be moved around - eg pushed down away from the lid and up until then I had been pouring water into the kettle with the handle still in place, so I'm glad that I realised it is adjustable! We have a gas hob and I always place the kettle on the largest ring when boiling the water as on smaller rings it takes a lot longer, on the largest ring I'd estimate that it usually takes 3-4 minutes. Once the kettle has boiled it will whistle, which is quite loud but me and my fiancé are used to the noise by now. One of our friends made himself a drink the other day and commented that he thought it was about to explode when it began whistling! Pouring the water into a cup is easy enough as the handle is very sturdy and although it is adjustable it stays in one position unless you apply a lot of pressure so I never worry that the handle is going to change position and cause me to spill any water/drop the kettle. The spout is pretty wide and it pours out plenty of water at a time so filling a mug doesn't take any longer than it would with an electric kettle. The kettle is pretty solid and heavy but not so heavy that I struggle to hold it. I have never had any trouble with this kettle boiling over or anything and although I've never dropped it, I think it would easily survive a short fall if that should ever happen as it is extremely solid. I really like this kettle as its more authentic and quirky than a modern day electric kettle. It doesn't take too long to boil and I like the design of it. The whistling noise isn't annoying or anything and it will stop whistling once its been taken off the heat. I'm not sure how much my mum paid for this but it is currently retailing at around £50 so it isn't cheap but it is solid so it will last you for many years. You never need to worry that this will break either as obviously it isn't an electric kettle and it can be re-used over and over again. Washing this kettle is easy, i just rinse it out now and again and dry it. The little thingy that goes into the spout needs a quick rinse now and again too just to keep it clean but because all that goes into the kettle is water I don't worry about germs or anything. All in all I'm going to give this four out of five stars. It is extremely sturdy, looks funky and is easy to use. I've knocked one star off because of how worn it looks after five or so years, but I think this is understandable considering how much it's been used so I'm not going to knock any more stars off and I highly recommend it.
I bought this from Amazon just over 1 year ago and its now rusty inside, so we can't use it anymore, the handle also gets hot and you need a glove to lift it, also it's not the fastest kettle in the world.I am waiting a reply from amazon as to my warranty, although i don't expect much joy.
I collect kettles the way some people collect idiosyncracies. You'd think that at the very most, the average person would have no need for any more than two kettles. I am now onto my sixth. And I don't mean six over the course of my lifetime, or anything - for that would seem not unreasonable - no, I mean I currently own six fully functioning appliances which will boil liquid (although I should stress that optimum results are to be had with water; custard, blood and lentil soup will produce spectacular results, although not, perhaps, in the way you intended). The latest addition to the kettle clan is Karen the Kettle, who lives at our new house. Karen is, if truth be told, a bit of an indulgence on my part as she really doesn't make a great deal of practical sense and an electric kettle probably would have suited us better. This imprudence is probably some kind of deep-seated psychological issue, as in my youth my family were wont to take epic caravanning holidays. These were traumatic affairs, filled with near misses with lorries, chemical toilets and showers where the water would run ice cold after mere nanoseconds. Time, though, is a great healer and in my weaker moments I tend to remember these yearly events with a kind of rose-tinted fondness. Now, I'm not stupid enough to want to actually go caravanning again - Once you've discovered centrally heated hotels, solid walls and toilets that flush there's really no going back - but I have found that the nostalgia of my early years can be pleasantly re-ignited with the sound of a whistling kettle. So, after a quick wander round the Le Creuset shop in the Cheshire Oaks outlet centre, we left £36 quid lighter (it's nearly £60 at full price) with this whistling, stove top 'Kone' kettle. ~*~What Colour Is It?~*~ Ours is a really bright red, although Le Creuset confusingly describe this shade as 'cerise'. It's also available in blue, white, black and the original Le Creuset volcanic colour. The main body of the kettle is enamelled steel. The handle and the whistle are described as being 'matt black phenolic' and I'll confess I only know what two of those words mean. Still, they seem very sturdy and I never worry about them melting or anything like that. ~*~What does it do?~*~ Boil water. Seriously, don't expect any bells and whistles from this kettle, though, as you really won't get any. Apart, um, from the whistle. ~*~Does it light up?~*~ No. ~*~Does it play a tune?~*~ No. ~*~Does it have a limescale filter?~*~ No. ~*~Is it dishwasher safe?~*~ Yes. Only joking. No. ~*~Does it have a large capacity?~*~ No. 1.6 litres, which isn't a great deal, really. The marker for this amount on the inside of the kettle is only about halfway up which seems strange, but I presume if you fill beyond this point then you run the risk of it boiling over, extinguishing the gas flame and resulting in you being overcome with fumes and then being eaten to death by your pets. That's probably the worst case scenario, though. ~*~Does it boil quickly?~*~ No. I filled it right up today and put it on the highest gas setting and before it boiled I had time to unload a car full of shopping, wash the cats' bowls, feed the cats, empty the bin, put a load of laundry on and find some biscuits. ~*~Why buy one?~*~ Well, if the new house you've just bought happens to come with a great big Rangemaster cooker, then this really will look the business perched atop it. In essence it really is a victory of style (and nostalgia) over substance. In its defence, it can be used on virtually any kind of hob and it really does look very pretty indeed. As it's a Le Creuset, the quality is guaranteed and short of running it over with a steamroller, I don't really see any way that I could break it, meaning that it should last far longer than the average electric kettle. And the whistle is fab. *The brighter of those amongst you will have worked out that this is a kettle. It is not, therefore, a telly. Why Dooyoo have chosen to give ratings for picture and sound quality is baffling. Perhaps they're amused by the notion that an eejit might buy one and then spend hours trying to tune in channel 4.*
I do love a nice cuppa in the morning and anything that stops me from having one - eg a non functioning kettle - tends to feel my wrath! We had been thinking of getting a new kettle - the old one had sprung a small leak but we were waiting until after Christmas to get one. I must have mentioned this to my Mum at some point. Then a couple of days before Christmas the kettle died. I had to settle for coffee from our espresso maker instead of my lovely tea. But with Christmas only a few days away and knowing that we were away we were still going to go with our original plan of buying a new one after Christmas. On arriving at my parents' on Christmas day I saw a nicely wrapped cube labelled up for my husband and myself and upon unwrapping it I found that my parents had bought us a Le Creuset Kone Kettle in graphite to match our Le Creuset items. This kettle is a 1.6 litre hob top so you can use it on any heat source that your hob offers (although not sure if I would want to use it on a halogen hob for fear of scratching!) So how does it work? Well it's a kettle - it's designed to boil water. This kettle has a perfectly smooth flat bottom and is quite heavy compared to an electric kettle but that is because it is made of enamelled steel. The lid is tight fitting but the filling space is large once the lid is removed. I can get my hand inside the kettle (obviously when it is cold!) so it is quite easy to clean and descale (very important in London!). And you have a lovely whistle in the spout to let you know when the water has boiled. So all you need to do is remove the lid, fill to the maximum level, replace the lid, fit the whistle to the spout, place on your heat source and let it boil. For a full kettle it takes about 3 to 4 minutes depending on the heat source level and for a single cup it takes about a minute. How simple is that? Now things you must consider when using one of these kettles - some good and some bad! First of all one of these kettles has no cables or wires so there is no risk of mixing electricity with water or getting cables caught up and tangled. The lack of wires means it can sit pretty anywhere in your kitchen and looks very stylish and even in the short time we've had it, it attracts nice comments about how it looks. The spout is perfectly round and has no groove to help guide the water flow but it does pour well as long as you don't over fill the kettle. All good so far but there are some issues. The first is that the lid and spout are susceptable to limescale and this can affect how easy it is to insert the lid and whistle. The whistle only works when the steam pressure is high enough but this limescale build up can affect the lid seal so steam escapes from the lid. So sometimes there is a danger of boiling the kettle dry if you don't hear the whistle. Also the kettle seems to boil quite vigorously and if you pour straight from the boil it can splutter a bit - best to wait a couple of seconds from removing from the heat before using. There is a maximum marker on the outside that is just for show - the actual maximum level is the three holes inside but if you didn't know and tried to fill it to the line marked on the outside you would have quite a problem! Also there is no point in filling the kettle with more water than you need because you shouldn't leave water standing in the kettle because there is a risk of rusting. But for all the slight annoyances the best thing about this kettle is it does make a cracking cup of tea. And also my sister has had one of these kettles for over a year and uses gas to heat it and has said that they have noticed a small decrease in their electricity bill without their gas bill increasing by as much. So it seems to be cheaper to run! You can get them in a number of colours from the traditional orange through to aqua, almond, teal, cerise, black, blue...you get the picture. It's important to note that especially on sites like Amazon you can get really good offers on these kettles and the colour of the kettle matters - less popular colours can be as low as £25 but the standard RRP is £49. So not much more expensive than we would usually spend on electric kettles that live for 18 months tops! I really like this kettle - it isn't perfect but overall it seems a more robust addition to our kitchen than most electric kettles. The quick rating seems to relate to a television rather than a kettle - the rating reliabilty, ease of use, design and installation apply but picture and sound quality obviously do not!
A year ago I was sick and tired of my electric kettles blowing the fuses and playing up so I resigned myself to having the wrong sort of electric in my bungalow and started using a saucepan to boil water for my cups of tea. It was my birthday and my daughter brought me a Le Creuset kettle that instead of having to plug in it was back to the old fashioned way and the kettle she brought me had to be boiled on the hob. It has been a very good kettle. It is made of steel which is coated with a beautiful aqua coloured enamel. It looks much the same as in the picture but is a different colour. When it is full it takes about 3 minutes to boil and when it has boiled a sharp whistle goes off that reminds me of the old kettles I used to have many years ago when I was first married. It looks better than those ugly old kettles though and gives my kitchen a nice country look. The whistle is loud enough that I can hear it from wherever I am in my bungalow so I don't have to worry about the kettle boiling dry. When I want a cup of tea if the kettle has recentley been boiled it doesn't take long at all for the water to come back to the boil, but even if I am boiling cold water straight out of the tap it is very fast compared to some cheaper electric kettles that I have used. The outside of the kettle gets very hot so be careful when taking it off the hob, the handle stays cool to the touch so it is safe to pour the water into my teapot. No steam escapes from the lid so I haven't scalded my hands when making a cup of tea. It is a little bit heavier for me to pick up than my old electric kettle but this is because it is made of more quality materials. I only boil enough water for a teapot at a time though so the heaviness is alright for me. If someone had arthritis in their hands or had trouble lifting anything heavy then they might struggle when the kettle is full but I think it is fine. It pours very easily with no drips and the water goes where I want it to go and doesn't cover my work side with puddles of water. I like this kettle very much and I cannot see why it should ever break down because there are no mecanical bits in it and providing I don't let the bottom burn I don't know what else could possibly go wrong with it. I use my kettle on a gas hob and it sits very nicely on the middle size ring, I have had a look though and it is suitable for all kinds of hob so would work just as well on an electric cooker. It cost my daughter £14 at the time but I have just phoned her and she cant remember where she brought it from.
Whistles when water is ready. Enamelled steel stove top kettle.