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Most, if not all, of us own, or have used, a kettle at some time in their lives, and in my case, owning and using quite a few, knowing at the back of my mind that which ever kettle I buy it will end up where all the other kettle that I use end up. That being in the recycling bin in the sky...
One kettle that I have used in the past, which lasted about as long as I expected to be honest, was a rather fine looking kettle that seemed more for the shape rather than the longevity.
What does this kettle look like..?
It's not your standard Aldi, Poundshop special kettle, which come in a straight tubular shape that looks about as interesting as watching a snail walking across your pathway. This kettle is more interesting than that, more like watching the snail break dancing across the path instead. Although I don't really know if snails can break dance? I've never seen one but then again, I've never not seen one
Anyway, this kettle is rather nicely shaped, sort of a bell shape type, standing about 280mm high and is about 240mm at it's widest points, being about 190mm without the handle.
The one I have is the black version, but there is also other colours too, such as a crème, a blue and even a green version, with most of the kettle being black, obviously, with a lovely chrome ring around the widest part near the bottom, just above the on/off paddle. There's also more chrome colour on the spout and the lid, together with some in the inside of the handle and more up the sides of the full length water level viewing window.
The handle itself is only attached at the top of the kettle, not at the lower section, which you would think would make this handle a little on the weaker side, but it's as strong as any other kettle I have owned. And it is wide and long enough to get a good grip of some there's no real danger of dropping it when it's full.
The viewing window is under the handle, and goes all the way up the side, from the widest section of the kettle right to the top edge of the underside of the handle, think of tucking something under your armpit and you'll get the idea.
Below the chrome ring that encircles the widest part of the kettle there is the on/off switch,
although it is more a paddle, or really a small wad of plastic on a short piece of metal. Think 'make shift' brake pedal on a Skoda and you're there. But this on off switch pushes down for on and automatically flicks up when the auto boil level is reached.
To the side of the handle, still below the chrome, there is a little tiny light that it right under the chrome ring which tells you when this kettle is switched on and in the boiling process. The light will turn off when the kettle boils.
Inside the kettle there is nothing, nothing at all. Which may surprise you as you'd expect to see some form of element which is needed to boil the water. But before you strip the kettle down to look for the element, or even take your kettle back to the shop complaining about the missing element, demanding your money back, almost boiling over yourself. There is an element in here, it is just hidden under the bottom of the inside of the kettle, under what looks like a sheet of metal. It is called a 'hidden element' and acts just the same as those old fashioned ones. In fact, to be honest, it acts better than a kettle without a hidden element as the entire base manages to heat the water up a little quicker having more 'contact' area.
And that's the kettle in a nut shell, so....
How does it get the power to boil?
This comes from the circular base that is like any other kettle and consists of a black base which has a small knob in the middle that the kettle sits on so that it can get the power it needs without restricting it with wires. The mains cable is connected to this base and is about ¾ of a metre in length, capable of being wrapped around the underside of the base so you only have the right amount of wire coming out.
The base allows the kettle on it to be capable of spinning a full 360 degrees which means that it can turn all the way around without pulling at any cables.
What about the specs
Briefly, we have here a kettle that offers 3kW of power, being capable of getting its full 1.7 litres of water from cold to boiling in less than 4 minutes, which is why it is in the category of 'rapid boil' kettles. It has, what is called a hidden element and offers a rather fine boil dry protection safety feature. This kettle also boasts a removable, washable filter, which sits in the spout itself and not inside the kettle as with other kettles I have used.
This one is also slightly different that other kettles I have used as this one has a lid that comes completely off instead of being hinges. This lift off lid does make it easier to fill the kettle as the opening is massive so there's less chance of dripping water over the sides. When the lid is slotted back on it does sit nicely on the top of the kettle leaving barely any cracks for the steam to come out of.
And the cleaning...
this kettle is like all others and only needs a wipe over with a damp cloth as dumping it into a bowl of soapy water will not be a good idea and can in fact be dangerous.
The only other thing that may need cleaning is the removable filter, which, in this kettle, sits inside the spout. To take this filter out you just lift it up from the spout, making sure that the kettle is cool and it has not just boiled, unless you want to scold your fingers. Simple pull the filter upwards, wash it under a running tap, then simple slide the filter back home.
Job done, the filters clean.
Although, to be honest, I don't recall ever having to clean the filter in mine, so I never really had to take it out.
Anyway, if you do need to clean it then that's how simple it is.
What do I think then..?
When I first opened the box I noticed that there was a rather strange label on this, strapped around the little knob on the handle, which reminded me of a posh pair of shoes. But this label is quickly removed and tossed into the bin as it is about as useful as a hair brush in a bald man's pocket. I'm guessing that this label is like the signature for Morphy Richard so that you know you've bought the real deal.
On first impression it looks like one of those posh old fashioned type kettles, having more of a bell shape than a kettle, with the lower section being wider than the lid area.
It looks the part and is actually a bit of a taking point with some people who came round to my kitchen, for what ever reason, due to its shape.
As for the kettle function itself, it is as good as any other kettle that I have used, bringing possibly millions of cups of boiling water to family and friends over its working life. It was quick enough to boil a kettle full when needed and making sure that never over filled it or even under filled it with the easy to see level markers on the underside of the handle.
This water window is quite wide and shows easily how much water is inside the kettle, with lovely little lines etched across the window, showing levels such as a 0.0, a 0.2, a 0.5 and the full whack being 1.7, all litres of course. There's no little cup icons to tell you how many cups full you have inside but as the cups in my kitchen are a vast range of sizes then those icons mean nothing to me.
So in all it has everything a kettle should have, all inside a rather fetching case, giving you a bit of variety in the colours that it can be bought in.
So what about the price.
This lovely looking kettle sells for about the 70GBP region, or more, so it's not in the cheaper range.
Would I recommend this one.
Hmmm. Tricky question. It's nice looking and looks great in the kitchen, especially if you end up going for the other items in the range. It also boils fast and can handle many cups of water at a time, meaning that you can please most, if not all the visitors in one sitting.
But the price is where it all goes wrong for me. I mean, 70GBP for a kettle That's a bit over the top, especially as, in my experience, it's not designed to last that long, more for show than for go... so they say..
Because the kettle and toaster are the things that are always out on show in my kitchen I want nice looking ones. They have to work good too but how they look is important to me.
I wanted a coloured kettle but something that was a bit more unusual than the usual colours so I picked this one in plum because I thought it would stand out more and was really unusual and nice looking.
The kettle is from the Morphy Richards Accents range so there are other things you can get which all match together.
The kettle is a pyramid shape which I just think is more pleasing to the eye than the longer shaped kettles. The colour is really striking and eye catching and I am really pleased with the purple colour as it makes a nice contrast against my black work top and black tiles.
You can fill the kettle up from the spout or the lid on the top of the kettle and on the back there is a panel where you can see how much water you have put in. I always try to only fill it with enough water for what I need so that it isn't wasting power and when I fill it with only enough water for one or two cups of tea it boils really quickly.
It pours easily without splashing all over the counter and the handle is easy to hold when pouring it in to a cup. If I over fill the kettle it does sometimes splash but this is my own fault for putting too much water in it to begin with.
It isn't a silent kettle and it does make quite a lot of noise when boiling but because it boils really quickly this doesn't bother me too much. It also cuts itself off as soon as it is finished boiling so you don't have to keep watching it.
It holds 1.5 litres of water so it is a decent size. I will say that it is quite heavy to begin with so when it is full it is obviously heavier and can be a bit awkward to carry. If you only fill it for enough for a few cups though it isn't bad.
I really like this kettle and am very happy with it. I love the colour and how it looks in my kitchen and I think it looks nicer than just a plain white or steel kettle. It isn't as cheap as a plain kettle though and it cost me £45 which I thought was a lot for a kettle but I was willing to pay it because I liked the colour of it so much.
I moved into my own home in May this year and as a house warming gift my parents said they would buy us a kettle and toaster with a budget of about £50. And so the search began! I wanted something that looked a bit different to your usual kettle and toasted that wasn't going to break the bank and when I came across this range I loved it instantly. It's sleek design won us both over and when we seen it in the plumb our colour scheme was decided. It is a beautiful metallic deep plum colour which adds a touch of elegance to my kitchen.
The kettle itself holds a decent amount of water (about 6 mugs full) and it boils really quickly. I love the switch on the side as you can feel it almost click down when you switch it on, it lights up and there is a definite (and quite loud) click when the kettle is boiled, which helps you realise when the water if fully boiled.
Overall, I love this kettle and would recommend it to anyone wanting to add an efficient, elegant kettle to their kitchen.
We treated ourselves to a new kettle to go with our new kitchen. The kitchen tiles are lime green, and we thought that a deep plum kettle would be a great contrast (that sounds awful when I read it, but it works - at least, I think it does). We were delighted when we saw that the Accents range had a deep plum colour, and it didn't disappoint when we saw it: it's a very rich, deep metallic purple that's subtle but also striking, particularly in sunlight.
The kettle sits on a base that is plugged in, so you can lift and pour it without the flex getting in the way. It doesn't look like a large kettle, but it holds a standard 8 cups. The water gauge is the only thing about the kettle that isn't reliable: it takes a little while to register, so (on my kettle at least) it's hard to gauge when you've filled it. It's a good fast boiler, and clicks out reliably when it's finished boiling. The lid fits well, and is easy to get off but doesn't leak steam.
The kettle needs a bit of work to keep looking good. Because the colour's so deep, watermarks show up and need to be polished off with a softish cloth. The metallic finish looks as if it might scratch easily, so we've been very careful, and so far it's stayed OK.
This wasn't a cheap kettle (£35) but looks great and works reliably.
I purchased this kettle as I am obsessed with purple things and my kitchen is no exception to this rule, you name it, its purple, anyway....back to the kettle. The colour for starters is awesome, metalic purple really shines in the light.
It holds 1.5L which is plenty, there is no ball in the water level section, so reading this can be tricky, especially if there is some condensation in there but, swish the water around the kettle a little and it clears easily.
It is a fast boil kettle, which is a true statement, because of this it is very loud while boiling. It doesnt boil for that long so it isnt too much of a problem, I am getting used to the level of noise from it now, when I first started using it, it was a bit of a shock.
The button to switch the kettle on and off is on the side with a little red light to indicate it is on. You can not depress the button while the kettle is not situated on the base. This doesnt cause an issue, just a little something I have noted.
There is storage space under the kettle for excess cable, although the entire cable itself is quite short, so I am unsure if this is needed.
The base is round and the kettle can swivel 360 degrees which is useful for left and right handed people.
I've recently been updating all of the small appliances in my kitchen, my old ones were cheap, basic appliances as when I first moved into my first home I was quite badly strapped for cash. My old kettle was an Asda Smartprice one and although it did boil eventually, it was three years old and looked a little tatty. I bought a Morphy Richards toaster and thought the kettle in the same colour looked great so went ahead and bought it.
The Morphy Richards is available to buy from many retailers of small kitchen appliances such as Argos, Debenhams and Amazon to name a few. They vary quite widely in price from anywhere around £30 up to about £60, it is definitely worth looking around if you are seriously planning on purchasing one.
This kettle is from the Morphy Richards accents range which is a range of toasters, kettles and even smaller things like cheese graters and pizza wheels. The range is full of different colours from blue's, reds, and greens, to pastel colours such as cream. I personally have this kettle in the plum colour so it matches my plum coloured toaster I bought, a lot different to the plain white one I had previously!
The kettle is described as both a traditional kettle and also a pyramid kettle. The traditional description is used as it does look a lot like the old style, on top of the hob, kettles looked like but it has a modern twist on it with the stainless steel and colourful body. It has the pyramid description as the main body of the kettle is shaped in a sort of pyramid shape. Above the main body of the kettle is a rounded handle making it easy to grip when in use and below that is a lid for when you need to get inside to clean. The spout is quite thin which makes it sometimes difficult to fill up in a hurry.
The base for the kettle is circular with a small sticky out circle in the middle which the kettle is based upon when it's not in use or when it's boiling. This means that the kettle can swivel 360 degrees without any problems so there isn't much faffing about to do when you want to place the kettle onto the base. I would imagine this proves useful for both left and right handed people. The base also has storage for excess cable underneath should you wish to use it, the power cable itself is quite short so I don't think many people will use the storage. As the cable is quite short it means the kettle needs to be used close to a power supply which could prove quite tricky for some kitchens but I have a stupid amount of plug sockets so it's not a problem for me.
The capacity of the kettle is 1.5 litres which equates to around 6 cups of water. There is a water level indicator so you can see how full the kettle is. There is no ball or anything in this so you solely have to look at the actual water level which can sometimes prove time consuming, especially if it has a little condensation inside. I normally only fill it up a little at a time as there is no need for me to boil a huge amount of water for a couple of cups of tea, I occasionally fill it right up if I am about to boil pasta and such on the hob. To turn the kettle on there is a small flick up or down switch on the side of the kettle. When the switch is flicked down the power is on and a light will turn on to show that the kettle is boiling.
This kettle is described as a fast boiling kettle, this is probably down to the 3kw of power it uses. When I am only boiling a couple of cups of water it doesn't take any more than a minute to boil so by time you've got cups and tea bags ready the water has pretty much boiled so there is no waiting around. One thing I have found when the kettle is boiling is that it is quite loud compared to my old kettle, the only reason I can see for this is because it is a fast boiling kettle, it's not a huge problem as it hardly takes any time to boil so the loud noise isn't there for long.
I'd definitely recommend this Morphy Richards kettle, not only does it look fantastic (especially as it matches the new toaster too) but the quality is great. It boils rapidly, has a 360 degree swivel base, and is easy to handle. The only minor gripes I have with it is the loud noise when it's boiling and the short power cable, other than that it's awesome!
Traditional looking Morphy Richards 43769 kettle, though with a modern twist / perfect for adding some designer chic to your kitchen work top / Its 3kW element boils water rapidly / and quietly / thanks to Morphy Richards' Quiet Boil technology / Short name: Morphy Richards 43769