Product Type: Morphy Richards kettles
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Morphy Richards 43772 Accents Traditional
Member Name: wilbur_78
Morphy Richards 43772 Accents Traditional
Advantages: Stylish and Bold
Disadvantages: More niggles than disadvantages
My partner and I needed to replace a temperamental kettle and we saw 2 in the Morphy Richard's Accent range. A jug kettle and this retro little beauty on offer at our local Morrison's supermarket. Obviously the first thing that jumped out on both was the striking red colour. We had recently had the kitchen updated and I must admit stainless steel worktop appliances are always going to be timeless and suitable whatever your décor but become somewhat unnoticeable. I felt drawn to have something that offered a little bit of a statement and would complement the colour scheme.
The main components that came in the box are the kettle which is a brushed steel effect in a vibrant red colour with a separate bog standard black plastic base unit. The kettle has a discreet "Morphy Richards" brand logo at the base of the unit on both sides so it can sit facing either way depending on your preference. The fill gauge is a window with floating ball used in many kettles and located centrally at the "rear", above the ON switch paddle, opposite the stainless steel spout; again offering an option of how you may wish to face the kettle. I have had kettles which lend themselves design-wise to face more for a right-handed person. Not being a leftie myself I'm sure this design is appreciated in some corners. The lid is also stainless in finish with a hoop big enough for a finger to curl in and remove. The kettle is finished off with a nice arc-style soft grip handle.
After reading the usual care instructions (I know it's a kettle and it doesn't take Einstein to work out but best to err on the side of caution), I gave it the first of several initial boils as recommended. The lid was somewhat tight to remove at first but nothing to cause concern as this I put down to the products newness. The boil action was fairly quick for a full load of one and a half litres from tap temperature, approximately 2 minutes. I found the style of the spout offered a certain amount of control when pouring the water away; something I always found haphazard with jug-style kettle some can have a lip which can lead to far too much water coming out too quickly. The soft grip black handle of the kettle is comfortable to hold but I found that my first instinct was to hold it at the top of the arc and I was using my wrist to pour. This wasn't a major setback for us being in our 30's but it could be a consideration for somebody suffering from arthritis or other similar ailments as a full 1.5 litre load would be 1.5kgs and may not be suitable for all. You can hold the handle nearer the rear which is how I have become accustomed to using it.
So onto the second boil and maybe I should have let the unit cool but I needed a brew, I found the lid to be too hot and awkward to remove to refill. The ring on the lid does have some form of plastic to reduce but i found it wasn;t enough so I opted to fill via the spout, something I'm sure most people get into the habit of anyway?! While this is not a major problem I have found over the past months of using it that the splash and run off from filling this way, coupled with the heating of use leads to water marks and slight scale build up on the spout and down the front of the kettle. Nothing that cannot be removed but I feel that had the lid been more user friendly this could be avoided and remove the need to wipe the kettle after every other use to keep it as lovely looking as it is. As I haven't used the lid to fill maybe as often as should it could be I haven't worn that initial tightness away mentioned upon first use?
One feature which I feel could have been added to really give to the retro feel is that of a whistle. This may sound strange but I have come across electric kettles that give an audible toot when they have reached boiling point and this coupled with classic design of the kettle would make a fine additional feature.
Overall for the little niggles we are very happy with this kettle and it really works well from a style point of view... so much so that we are considering updating the complementary toaster to the go with and even the coffee maker.
Summary: Overall happy with this product
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