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I brought this kettle after finally submitting to the rather high price tag, but it was definitely worth every penny. A good quality kettle that is cordless and would fit in any kitchen. I have been in my home for seven years and this is my fourth kettle. My previous kettles have been cheap and cheerful and you certainly get what you pay for. I have now had this stylish 360 modern kettle for four years and friends still comment on it, yet it still has the old traditional look to it. The handle is large enough for anyone to handle, previous kettles have only been useful for small hands. It is also easy to clean and came with an extra filter. Although it easily slides out for cleaning. It also whistles when boiled and the funky light turns off.
It has a 1.5 litre capacity, good for when you have family and friends visit. Would buy this kettle again and again.
When we moved out we originally bought all appliances in the Tesco Value range as money was tight. However, after a year of abuse our kettle broke and we decided to go for a more stylish looking appliance.
After looking around the usual shops we found this in John Lewis, at the time (2006) it was about £35, but I can see now it is around the £60 mark so its not cheap!
Admittedly the reason we chose this was for its looks. It has a traditional kettle shape but uses a 360 degree base so you don't have to keep unplugging the lead (which was annoying with our old Tesco value one). It has a nice ceramic cream exterior with chromed spout and lid, with a light grey plastic handle and base. It looks good on our kitchen worktop and fits in with the traditional country kitchen look.
It has quite a large capacity of 1.5 ltrs so will serve a family and is pretty quick to boil a full kettle.
The lid is pretty stiff to get on and off, but the manual says it's a spout fill, which is easy as it is just the right size to fill under the tap.
The only problems we have are as follows:
- if you do remove the lid to fill & is not replaced completely you can get a burnt from the steam leaking from the lid as the handle goes right over the lid.
- When you boil a full kettle & pick it up straight away it tends to spit out of the spout
- After 6 years of constant use the 360 degree base doesn't work any more, you have to put it at a certain position for it to be able to work
However, even with the problems we have found, it you are sensible, the kettle works brilliantly still & still looks great on the worktop.
As a moderately intelligent fellow, I am not stupid enough to think that I should have any say whatsoever in the choice of kettle.
Whereas my decision would be predicated on a number of technical features, my wife will choose on the basis of the shape and the colour. Because this is a nice shape and the cream colour matches our range cooker, the Morphy Richards 43139 never had a chance and after 5 years it still stands on the bench close to the cooker.
However, it is no longer our day to day kettle; it is our 'for show' kettle and what is more, it doesn't even work and hasn't for the last 12 months but I am prevented from throwing it out because it looks good. Women!
Our day to day kettle is in the breakfast room and I got my way on that one - a nice cheap Tesco one. After having gone through several expensive kettles over the years, I am won over to the view that it is cheaper in the long term to buy cheap and replace as necessary. As long as a kettle boils water, it's good enough for me.
So, back to the Morphy Richards. After 4 years it just packed up on us. I tried everything to which I could gain reasonable access but was quite forlorn when it wasn't a loose wire or a blown fuse. My electrical knowledge runs out after checking these things.
When in use, it did the job OK. Its shape may well be attractive but it is the main reason why this kettle holds only 1.5l and not the more standard 1.7l. However, that wasn't a big issue for us.
Despite its aeasthetic appeal, I did have a few issues with it, though:
* The spout was just a bit too small to fill it from the tap without water splashing everywhere
* The top of the kettle did come off but it was a very tight fit. I had to lever it off with the end of a teaspoon each time I wanted to fill it.
* The narrow opening made it difficult to access to clean inside
* The descaling process was made more difficult because of this limited access and you had to really swirl around the descaling water and quickly turn it upside down to get rid of all the loosened scale and even then you had to claw around inside with your fingers to get at the residue. All very messy.
All of this goes to show that looks can be deceptive. I liked the shape and colour of my wife when I married her and she performed well at the outset but I just had to come to terms with the fact that it's the bits on the inside that matter and women like kettles break down on an all too frequent basis. Never mind, she's out of warranty now and I've got used to the old bird.
As for the kettle - well, I wouldn't buy another one.
Lovely kettle but mine packed in after 18 months. As it had a 2 years' makers guarantee I rang the customer careline and received a new one within 3 days.Incredible service without any quibbling - I would buy another Morphy Richards just for that.
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