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I first bought this kettle about 3 years ago. I chose it because I wanted a silver/black kettle to match the rest of my appliances and to be honest this was one of the cheapest available (I think I paid around £25 for it).
The kettle is primarily silver - the reflective type of silver that looks amazing when clean, but unfortunately does show up every finger mark or water stain. The handle and base are made of black plastic.
The kettle sits on a black plastic circular base unit. The base unit has the flex and mains plug attached to it. The flex has a maximum length of nearly 3 foot (which I have found to be plenty long enough) but can also be reeled in neatly under the base unit, so that any spare cable isn't cluttering up your worktop. The kettle is powered by this base unit and cannot be used without it.
The kettle has a 1.5 litre capacity, so will make about 6 mugs of tea (or 6 8 ounce baby bottles!). Both sides of the kettle have a see through window which allows you to see the water inside the kettle. The windows have markings on them, showing you where to fill for 2 cups, 4 cups, 6 cups and the maximum level. The markings are a little difficult to see unless you are in very bright light, but I can't say that this has every caused me a problem.
The kettle's lid opens by pressing on a button at the top of the handle. This makes the lid pop open. You need to fill the kettle through the top - it is virtually impossible to fill it through the spout.
There is a simple on off switch underneath the handle which allows you to turn the kettel on. Once switched on, an orange light glows. The light goes out automatically once the kettle has boiled and the switch also automatically pushes itself back to the "off" setting.
When full to capacity, the kettle will takeabout 3 - 4 mins to boil. It's not overly noisy.
The first time I bought this kettle, after about 18 months of use, the push button on the lid broke, making the kettle virtually impossible to use. However, to my amazement, this kettle had a 2 year warranty. One quick call to Morphy Richards customer services and it was all sorted. I still had the original receipt showing my date of purchase. I faxed them a copy and 3 days later, I received my new kettle, so I can't complain at all.
My replacement kettle is wearing well and I'm quite happy with it.
One of the worst kettles i have ever purchased! for a start, the push button to open the lid had broken not long after being purchased. therefore having to fill it up through the nossel to fill it where the filter, in the process spilling water all down it. mostly everytime it is lifted up, the kettle sticks to the base and falls back onto the kitchen counter with a loud bang, it is very loud and takes quite a long time to boil with a very faint light at the bottom of the kettle to indcate it is on which is very poor quality. it has very poor grip on the handle and in my opinion the lead is very short to reach it anywhere. overall this product is very poor quality and i would not reccommend it to any of my friends..DO NOT BUY THIS PRODUCT, IT'S AWFUL!
This is the worst kettle I have ever owned.The level indicators are black and very difficult to see. The "on" light is only in the low-level switch and is so dim it is virtually impossible to see in daylight.Regularly, when I pick up the kettle the base sticks to it and then falls onto the worktop, knocking over mugs waiting to be filled - yes, I do clean the base unit and the bottom of the kettle, far more often than for my previous kettle.No wonder I've recently seen this kettle piled high for cheap sale in T J Hughes.My advice - DON'T BUY IT.
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