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I bought this kettle to match my toaster as I wanted the accessories in my kitchen to be blue as I found these particular colours in the accents range to be really striking.
I was originally going to go for the dome version as I had seen it in the shop and it was just as stunning as the toaster but it was nearly £50 whereas I scouted this one online for just £20. As I had already paid more for the matching toaster than I had really wanted to I decided to buy this one instead.
When it arrived and I got a good look at it I was initially disappointed the colour didn't quite match my accents toaster as it is a bit darker but they are enough of a match that it wasn't a major problem for me.
Also unlike the dome kettle which is made from a premium metal this one is made mainly from plastic but again this is a compromise I was willing to make for the price I paid for it.
The kettle is cordless and comes with a 360 degree base which basically means that you can place the kettle down anywhere on the base and it doesn't have to be at a certain angle to work.
It comes with everything you would normally expect with a modern kettle. There is an on/off switch, safety cut out and a button for opening the lid for filling.
The lid mechanism is really smooth and opens and shuts really easily without getting stuck. I am quite lazy and usually just fill the kettle up from the spout as I tend to just be making either one or two cups of tea at a time but if I am going to be filling it all the way then I do use the lid and it does make it easier to fill without splashing everywhere.
The kettle can hold 1.7 litres of water which is more than enough to fill a large tea pot or the coffee machine if I have guests round. It also boils really quickly and isn't overly noisy and juddery like some kettle can be.
Although I do wish I could have afforded the metal one this one does look good and it also has an added benefit of being so easy to clean. I have had plenty of metal kettles in the past so I know what a hassle they are to keep looking pristine whereas with this one it doesn't stain and a quick wipe over with a cloth is enough to keep it looking immaculate and I'm not forever trying to polish off finger prints and marks.
I think this kettle was an absolute bargain. It looks amazing with the toaster even if it isn't quite as bright or posh and it really has given my kitchen a new lease of life as far as decoration goes and I would highly recommend it.
This one's fast. After all, if you want a cup of tea, you don't want to be hanging around, so that matters. It takes just under two minutes to boil 3 pints (1.7 litres) of water from cold. There's a 3kw heater powering all that.
It's stylish, in dark blue, with a cool blue light that comes on when the kettle is working.
Like all modern kettles, it sits on a round base, on which it can rotate without restriction. It's easy to put the kettle on it, and feels safe to use. It balances well in the hand, so you don't feel that there's any danger of spilling hot water accidentally. The water pours well, without any difficulty.
It's quite big, in the style known as a jug kettle, but I think it looks smart, and it has received quite a few compliments from friends.
There's a lever that opens the top for quick filling, or you can fill through the spout, which is quite a good idea from time to time, just to give the (removable) limescale filter a bit of a clean. You should take it out to clean every so often, especially if you live in a hard water area: this is quite easy to do, and a toothbrush does the job well. The kettle is on the tall side, though, so needs to be filled at the kitchen sink, with reasonable care.
There's an easily visible water gauge, so you can avoid wasting money and just boil what you need from half a litre upwards, enough for a single cup of tea or coffee.
Prices vary - we got ours for just under £30 from Tesco, and, depending on what colour you would like (blue, black, red or green) you can get one for as little as £25, including delivery elsewhere.
I got this kettle last year because my old one stopped working properly, but since then i havent had any problems with the new one. So mechanically i cant fault it, but there are some physical defects i want to point out.
After 2 months i had used it about once a day and already the painted on numbers that tell you how full it is, had started to wear off, and now, one year on, there are no numbers there, not even a trace of where they used to be.
At first i thought, ah well its a kettle, i can just plug it in, and it was that simple but i was given a manual with millions of pages of health and safety, but what confuses me is that there are no safety features on this kettle for children.
The manual tells you how to use the kettle safely without burning yourself but you cant put a clip down on the lid, you cant block the spout, and the sides are not very heatproof and get very hot to touch, and this is what i miss on my old kettle.
Its best for speed rather than anything else. Getting 1 litre of water up to top temperature takes just over a minute and in my opinion, thats fast. But like i say it hasn't had any mechanical faults so ts been doing that for a year without loosing any power or getting slower.
Its a good kettle that will last long (mechanically at least) but don't get me wrong it isn't as safe as the more expensive kettles. If you have the money buy something with more safety features. Otherwise its robust and well built, and for the price you aren't getting ripped off for a kettle that takes a year to warm up.
The Morphy Richards 43170 Accents Blue Jug Kettle is a stylish kettle with a modern splash of colour offers a modern and understated contemporary look in your kitchen / The kettle has a 360 degree cordless base for left and right hand use and features dual water gauge window water level indicator removable limescale filter and a quiet boil technology.Coloured plastic body1.7 litre 3kw Concealed rapid boil elementBlue illuminationDual window water gaugeMatching kitchen appliances360 degree cordless baseWater level indicatorRemovable limescale filterIlluminated on/off switchFail safe cut out / Short name: Morphy Richards 43170