Kettles. I owe a lot to kettles. Without them I wouldn't be having a cup of tea every few hours, which, to me, is an incredibly important part of the day. I mean I could of course make tea without a kettle, but there's something altogether discouraging when it comes to waiting daftly in front of a stove until the saucepan of water shows any sign of bubbling.
No, I take my tea seriously, and it wouldn't be the same without a good kettle.
Unfortunately, I'm also a very cheap man. When I was out hunting for kettles (well, I say hunting) and other appliances, I was browsing through a Currys, looking at the different sorts, wondering what the bright neon-lit one was exactly for, when I came across the Matsui one, going for a very decent price of 15 pounds.
A decent, or rather average sized kettle, it can hold up to 1.7 liters of water. It doesn't take up a lot of space at all, and can be tucked away nicely in a corner of a kitchen. It's made of stainless steel or rather has a stainless steel finish and looks pretty good overall. The handle is well placed and it's not in the least bit awkward to serve.
The kettle is wireless, in the way kettles are, and you place it on the base like you normally would. One minor problem I had was the cable from the base to the wall was incredibly short, meaning you have to place it close to a socket. Boiling time is fast, averaging between one and three minutes depending on how much water there is.
It's pretty loud admittedly, but it's never that much of a problem, as boiling times are never that long anyway.
Overall, what can I say, it's a kettle, plain and simple. But compared to your typically square white plastic kettle, it looks very good. It's comfortable and practical, easy to use and overall works very well. It's been two years and it works just as well as it did when I first got it.
Short name: Matsui MKCSS1