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I have recently moved to a new house and have had to buy a large number of new kitchen appliances, a new kettle being one of them.
I decided to go with this Morphy Richards kettle as they were on offer in Asda for £20 and I always assumed Morphy Richards to be a reliable good make for electrical items. How wrong I was...
On opening the box this kettle seemed to be great. It was good size kettle with a nice solid plastic on/off switch (that didn't look like it would snap after the first use). It also looked stylish and more expensive than the £20 I paid.
Following the instructions I filled the kettle with water for the first boil. As soon as I hit the on switch the noise this kettle made while boiling was terrible. It was extremely loud (even audible over my kitchen radio). I knew the kettle was a rapid boil kettle and was expecting a slightly louder boil but this was awful. The rapid boil kettle in my work makes a quarter of the noise.
In addition to the noise the metal gets extremely hot once boiled (as expected). This is fine as you just make sure you don't touch the metal part (pretty much common sense). What I didn't expect was that every time I lifted the kettle up by the handle I would burn my knuckles on the metal. The plastic handle was too close to the metal part which seems a bit dangerous to me.
Overall I just wasn't happy with this kettle so back to Asda it went.
Since returning the kettle I have spoke to friends who have also found Morphy Richard kettles to be extremely loud on boiling. Just wished I'd asked them first before buying.
I am a self-declared tea addict and this kettle was one of the very first things I bought in my first year at uni (I just graduated yay!) and it deserves every praise I can think of! I lived in a studio flat (uni accommodation) in my first year so I only had a little kitchenette, then I moved out to my own place in my second year and the kettle was one of the things I made sure I bring with me.
It features a 360 degrees rotational kettle (the base would sit where it is but you can point the handle of the kettle to whichever direction you fancy) and the kettle itself is cordless. The main body is made of polished stainless steel and hard, black plastics for the lid, handle and the base. It is in a jug design with transparent blue plastic at the back with water volume marks (at 0.8L, 1.2L and 1.5L), the handle is comfortable enough and it has a small mash screen to filter out any water impurities, especially if you live in areas with hard water supply (I would suggest to pre-treat the water with Brita first, just to minimize the build up of calcium carbonate layers inside the kettle).
The kettle works at 3kw for really quite speedy performance; at maximum load (line marks at 1.5L, but you can go beyond that to I'd estimate at 1.75L, do be caution it could very easily overflow if you fill the kettle with way too much water) 1.5L of room temperature filtered water boils in 3mins-24secs, but this is just for reference. Cleaning the inside and outside of the kettle is effortless, one might find some satisfaction with the fact that the littlest polishing with a dry cloth could really bring out the really good shine of stainless steel haha.
My kettle has been working 3-6 times a day everyday for the last few years and it is still going strong! I got this kettle and a matching toaster for 45 pounds, but I am sure you can find some very good deals around Christmas or bank holidays :)
Traditional Jug Kettle 3Kw 1.5litre Rapid Boil S/Steel