Product Type: Morphy Richards kettles
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A traditional kettle with a modern twist
Morphy Richards 43770 Accents Pyramid Kettle
Member Name: ms_123
Morphy Richards 43770 Accents Pyramid Kettle
Advantages: stylish, boils quickly
Disadvantages: water gauge a little difficult to use, needs to be filled using spout
There are several colours in the Accents range and the one that I liked the most (and luckily received) was the dark red one, which has a metallic finish. The kettle itself is shaped like a cone - it has a cylindrical base, which gets smaller towards the top of the kettle. The body is red whilst the spout and lid are silver in colour. There is a black handle that runs over the top of the kettle, which is coated in plastic and is easy to grip. Running along the side of the kettle is a water gauge, which tells you how many litres of water you have in your kettle but also handily how many cups this corresponds to. It is worth pointing out at this stage that this kettle has a 1.5 litre capacity, which is equivalent to around 6 cups. That is plenty for me but if you have a large family or tend to get a lot of visitors you may want to consider a kettle with a larger capacity.
The kettle comes together with a 3kW element, which is on the base where the kettle is placed when in use. This is marketed as a 360-degree base, which I find quite handy as I don't have to orientate the kettle in any particular way in order for it to fit onto the base. The base does come with quite a short lead and although this doesn't pose too much of a problem for me as I have several sockets in my kitchen, it may be an issue for some. I should also point out that the cord can be stored away under the base. Overall, in terms of appearance, the kettle looks stylish and the metallic red colour really does brighten up my kitchen.
Although the kettle does have a removable lid, in practice I have found that it a little awkward to fill the kettle up from here. Instead I tend to fill the kettle up through the spout. This can be a little annoying though as the spout is quite narrow and I end up splashing water down the sides of this. I therefore always wipe the kettle down with a towel, including the bottom, as I don't think it would be very safe to have a wet kettle in contact with the heating base.
As I live by myself I tend to just boil around a cup at a time and I find the water gauge to be quite accurate and useful. However, it can prove a little difficult to read as it doesn't have a floating ball as a marker, instead relying on the you to read the water level as you would do on a measuring jug. The inside of the gauge also tends to get filled with condensation, which can also make it difficult to read.
Once on the base and plugged in you simply flick down the switch at the base of the kettle at which point a red light comes on the connector, indicating that the kettle is in use. I have found that the kettle boils the water very quickly - a cup in less than a minute. When I make pasta or boil vegetables I tend to fill the kettle to boil the water and then transfer this to the pan on the hob in the hope that this will save me some money on my energy bills. In this case the kettle still boils the water in a very reasonable time, taking just under two minutes. Whilst boiling away the kettle is quite quiet - you can hear it gently bubbling away but it isn't overly noisy. Unfortunately it doesn't start to whistle when starting to boil. On the one hand this may be good as I can imagine that would get quite noisy, but I don't often stand around waiting for the kettle to boil so a whistle would be a useful feature to have as it would enable me to hear when the water was boiled if I was in another room. The kettle is quite light itself so even when filled it's not too heavy and pouring out the water once boiled is easy.
I have been using this kettle for around 6 months now, almost on a daily basis and it is still going strong. The kettle has a concealed heating element which is really handy as I live in a hard water area and so it can't get furred up with limescale. Although I have pointed out some minor niggles with this kettle on the whole I am really quite happy with this kettle. It works well, boils water quickly and makes a stylish addition to my kitchen. Recommended.
Summary: will brighten up any kitchen
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