For some reason I have always wanted an on the hob kettle. It is somethign I have always wanted, for when I was older! This means that I have had a good look around at all the different brands and styles and decided that Le Creuset was the ultimate brand. I was lucky enough to get some John Lewis vouchers from my other half for my last birthday and I decided now was the time to purchase one.
Price and Availability:
John Lewis are never knowingly undersold. They sell these kettles for £60 and I believe that is the sort of price they are going for in other stores too. In John Lewis they have a large range of colours and this includes red, baby blue, ornage, grey and black. A lot fo the colours are very fashionable and very 'now'. I was worried if I chose something fashionable it would not look nice in a couple of years and I wanted a kettle that would last for years. Therefore I chose a very classic black.
The kettle is quite large and once full holds about 9 cups of tea. Obviously the more water you fill it with the longer it takes to boil, and the more power it uses. Before I bought one of these I heard rumours that they took ages to boil. In reality it really doesn't take much longer than a 'normal' electrical kettle. That is, if any extra time at all. I haven't carried out a boil off experiment personally.
The kettle can be used on an electric hob or a gas hob. It is very wierd when you first use it as it doesn't have an off and on button, you just put it on the hob when you want to use it and take it off when it is done. The kettle has a spout, which has a cover, so it is hard to burn yourself. When you tip the kettle up to pour out of the spout it becomes uncovered and releases the water.
When the kettle has boiled on the stove it will begin to whistle. This is really handy as you know when it is done. The only downside here is that if you cannot get to it right away to turn it off it doesn't turn itself off and carries on boiling. I do know a very old person who ruined theirs by forgetting they had put it on. It hasn't happened to me and I have left it for over 15 minutes before I have gone to it before.
The real plus point to this kettle is it's appearance. It looks so good it is something you want to leave out all the time on display.
Although this kettle is pricier than most it is something I hope to keep forever. It is reliable and has provided me a good service so far. I like the look of it and believe it adds character to my kitchen. I would recommend it.
This is a beautiful and old fashioned kettle from Le Creuset, and the main reason I bought it is that lovely red old fashioned design, looking like something I would find in my grandmother`s kitchen! In a mixture of red, black and steel, this kettle looks very retro and yet modern and very stylish, for a cost though, I paid fifty pounds for this beauty, but it was really worth it!
There are several things about this kettle that makes it my favorite in comparison to electric kettles, as this kettle makes the water taste better and warmer somehow, don`t ask me how that`s possible, but it`s true! The kettle holds water for about 7-9 people, so you can make a lot of tea for your friends and family at once, and the water heats up somewhat quickly, 5-7 minutes, which isn`t bad in comparison to eletric kettles. The cast iron material that this kettle is made up of leaves the water very warm for a long time, so you can place the kettle on the dining table and it will remain glowing for a long time, as this kettle looks very good on the table as well, it`s practically its own decoration! When cleaning this kettle, I simply take a damp cloth and run over the surface, and when washing the insides, I use boiling water and lemon juice...
This is a kettle that I am very pleased with, it does the job easily, quickly and with style and tradition, I do recommend this kettle with ease!
A few months ago I wandered into a Le Creuset shop and was in awe of all the beautiful cooking utensils around me!
I spotted this kettle across the shop - a beautiful black shiny old traditional kettle - that whistled - believe it or not it came home with me - and at around the £45.00 mark for a stove top, well branded kettle - not bad at all!
I love this kettle, and here's why :
1. It looks gorgeous compared to uglier modern kettles
2. You don't have to worry about having it near a plug socket
3. It is a lot easier to clean
4. You can actually hear the fact that your water is ready to go rather than having to stand around waiting - or not realising that the water is finished boiling - forgetting that you have done it and have wasted valuable pennies in electricity in the process!
5. The heat of the water is much hotter than from an electric kettle - don't ask me why - but it is!!
6. Again another don't ask me why, but when you make your tea of coffee it leave a lovely froth on the top of the drink like you see in the adverts - but never at home!
7. You are able to in this size kettle boil enough water for your day to day purposes - in one go you are probably able to make enough cups for 6-8 people - and that is plenty in one go in my opinion!
With reference to the other persons review on this kettle - I have not had any problems whatsoever with rust or the whistle falling out - so I reckon they just had bad luck with theirs - as my friends and mother also use this kettle and we are all very happy with it!
When my basic cheap kettle finally gave up the ghost about six months ago, I was secretly pleased. For a long time I had my eye on the beautiful Le creuset range of kettles and I was eager to buy one despite the high price tag.
I went along to the Ironmonger and had a look at the range. All three kettles offered by Le Creuset are stove top and feature a whistle. The 1.6L 'Kone' Kettle comes in the largest range of colour choices and costs around £40. The 1.6L 'Ogive' Kettle is only available in a kiwi green and costs around £45. The 2.1L 'Traditional' kettle is available in the most popular colours of the brand and costs around £45. I decided to buy the largest of the three in a lovely granite gray for £40 and couldn't wait to get it home to my kitchen.
Using the kettle for the first time took some getting used to. It is made of enamel-coated carbon steel and it is very heavy so pouring water can be quite a strain on your arm. It is also important that the kettle is filled only to a third of its capacity because adding anymore means that as soon as the water reaches boiling point, it violently spits out water. I was a little disappointed after its first use but managing the weight is something that becomes easier with practice and the volume of water I could boil at one time was enough for my purposes. I thought that these two small problems where acceptable because it really is such a beautiful kettle and looks wonderful amongst the other Le Creuset products in my kitchen.
After about six weeks of use more problems started occurring. I put on water to boil for tea which takes about 8 minutes from cold. After about 9 minutes I could see that the kitchen windows where beginning to steam up so I went over to the boiling kettle and removed it from the heat. When the kettle reaches boiling point there is usually a very clear whistling but it hadn't made a squeak. Once it had cooled a little I tried to seek out the source of the problem. The whistle was missing from the top of the spout and had fallen inside the kettle. Easily, the whistle can be pushed back into place but unfortunately just as easily it falls out again.
The worst problem found by far is the rusting. Little brown specks could be seen at the bottom of tea cups and floating in the water. The inside of the kettle has taken and orange-brown colour and small rust bubbles are forming in a few places. Le Creuset suggest that after each use the kettle should be emptied to prevent deterioration but I hardly see this as realistic if you want it to be used for making tea or coffee during the day.
I intend to hold on to the kettle for a few months until we move house and then I'll buy a different brand. I will probably clean it up and use it for decorative purposes as it seems a shame to throw it away. I love Le Creuset but feel very let down with this product and would warn anyone with a desire to buy this kettle to walk away. I had such a loyalty to the brand that I assumed they would provide a very reliable and well designed product and did not think to search for reviews before buying. Big mistake!
Enamelled steel stove top kettle with matt black phenolic trim.