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This is my current kettle, the one that doesn't leak! And straight away that's the thing with Morphy Richards, the build quality. I have boiled hundreds, if not thousands of cups of hot drinks with this and it's tight as a drum. No leaks, no cracks, and the seal around the lid is superb. I do get some hot condensation appear on the top, but I have experienced this before.
For heating, it normally takes a good two and a half minutes to boil 4 cups, which for me is about 1 litre. It does boil fast which means it gets quite noisy and fast, so for noise it's another one of those "ok but not great" kettles, which really matters when your doing baby bottles late at night when the kids are asleep. Bear this in mind if you have children.
Safety was another concern when I bought this kettle, and I don't think it scores top marks here, for instance, the time it takes to cool down on the outside is about 3 maybe 4 minutes, and there is no way to protect the children from the kettle apart from it being on a high shelf, but for the money I didn't expect it to either. (it was £30 in the sale)
However it does have a short mains power cord, for safety that's good, for practicality, not so good, as it has to go right in the corner by the sockets, bit of a hassle if you don't want extension blocks everywhere. It has a 360 degrees base for convenience too, which is handy when you don't have time to faff around looking for the hole.
It has boil dry protection which I have used on many occasions, when accidentally under filling it, then there is no water left. It's a very handy feature that saves you a replacement kettle and so far, it's worked every single time, and it's got to be about 20 times I've done that now.
Overall, it's an all-in-one bargain kettle and worth the money. I would recommend Morphy Richards generally if you need a bigger or better kettle than this one, it's got a warranty and I can bet money I'm never going to use it!
As part of my mission to upgrade my kitchen appliances out of 'studentdom' and into adult life I got rid of my cheap-n-cheerful white plastic kettle and invested in a stainless steel Morphy Richards kettle. But was it worth the outlay (just under £30 around a year ago)?
The 43026 has a classical 'jug' kettle shape. Its base, handle and lid are made of a sturdy matt black plastic, while the main body is brushed stainless steel with a generous plastic window in the centre to allow you to see the water level easily. It is around 21cm tall and 17cm across. Overall I would describe it as timeless, classic chic, able to fit in in both modern-look kitchens and those with a more traditional design.
The 43026 has a 1.5l capacity, easily enough to produce 6 mugs of tea which is the most I personally ever need and not so much that pouring it becomes unwieldy due to weight. The spout pours straight and without drips, and the handle (which as already mentioned is made of plastic) never gets hot. It has no 'fiddly bits' so cleaning is a straightforward case of wiping clean. It also separates easily from its base, which means no negotiating with lengths of electrical cord when filling it up or pouring out. It has a 'light up' switch to let you know its on, and it boils rapidly. In short, it works well!
A nicely designed, inoffensive kettle which does its job and after a year of use still looks new. Definitely worth the upgrade from my cheap white plastic one!
As some of you who have read my previous reviews I have been the frustrated owner of a useless kettle for a while now. Eventually I decided that I couldn't stand the water pouring all over the place any longer so it was time to buy a new one.
I purchased the Morphy Richards 43026 kettle at Argos for £24.99 which seemed to be about the average price for a kettle. This model only takes 1.5L of water which is fine for us but there are several models now which take 1.7L which may make a difference to some people.
This kettle has a shiny stainless steel body with a black lid, handle and base. Like the majority of modern kettles it is cordless and sits on a round black base. A clear panel on the each side is marked with number of cups and acts as a visual indicator so you can see how much water is inside. I always like this feature in kettles, especially now we are told not to boil more water than we need to help the environment. The kettle itself is round at the base and tapers slightly towards the top so looks quite squat and neat. The base is about 15cm in diameter and the kettle (on the base) is 24cm tall.
Having unpacked the kettle from its cardboard and plastic packaging the manufacturers recommended boiling a full kettle of water and then discarding. Filling the kettle was very straightforward; you can either pour directly into the spout which is a good size or open the lid. The lid is opened by squeezing in a latch on the top which is very easy and does not require a lot of strength or dexterity. The lid then flips right up making quick filling very simple. The lid then closes with a reassuring click.
To turn the kettle on you have to return it to the swivel base and then push down the lever found under the handle at the base. This lever also feels solid and flicks easily into the "on" position. However there is no light showing that the kettle has been turned on. My previous models have either had a light by the switch or the kettle has lit up inside to show that it was working. I find this lack of a visual indicator unusual and I am not that impressed because if you are not close by the kettle you cannot see the position of the switch and I often will glance across when I am cooking to see if it has boiled yet and I cannot easily tell.
Once the kettle is turned on it boiled rapidly. It takes less than 3 minutes to boil 1.5L of water which I think is quite quick. The power level is 3KW and the element is concealed. I find this very useful as I live in a hard water area and scale does build up less rapidly in flat bottomed kettles. The noise level seems very acceptable to me, my last kettle sounded like a spaceship taking off and this one is definitely a lot quieter.
Pouring the water out of the kettle is a delight after the battles I used to have with my old model. The handle is well designed and very easy to grip. The ergonomics allow for a comfortable pour that is easy to control. The spout is large but designed so well that the water goes exactly where you expect in a nice steady stream.
Inside the spout there is a filter which can be removed and cleaned which is useful for keeping all the lumpy bits of chalk from the Chiltern Hills out of my tea!
The outside of the kettle is very easy to keep clean, it just requires a wipe with a cloth, and I have not used any specialised cleaners on it. I often find that my kettles get a build up of scale very quickly around the spout but the design of this one means that there is no evidence of scale on the outside of the spout even though it has been in use for about three months.
Overall I have been very pleased with this kettle. I think it looks attractive in my kitchen and it boils rapidly and pours well. The only thing I would prefer is if it had an obvious "on" indicator and that is really quite a small matter. I just hope it gives me years of good service and a love a nice cup of tea!
Short name: Morphy Richards 43026