Product Type: Morphy Richards kettles
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Stylish but not Entirely Practical
Morphy Richards 43772 Accents Traditional
Member Name: koshkha
Morphy Richards 43772 Accents Traditional
Date: 28/12/11, updated on 28/12/11 (60 review reads)
Advantages: Looks great
Disadvantages: Hard to read the level, silly narrow spout, annoying impractical shape
Domestic appliances are contrary little so-and-sos and they know when to give up the ghost. Somehow they always choose the most inconvenient of times. Our old kettle chose to stop working when we had a houseful of visitors a few months ago so my husband was dispatched to find a replacement and came home with this nifty little red number - the Morphy Richards Accents 'Traditional Kettle' model number 43772. Unlike many people who seem to deliberate at length over which model to buy, our purchase was purely based on necessity and zero research. Why did my husband choose this one? I suspect because it's very pretty. He paid around £30 for it which is perhaps a little on the high side of what I'd normally expect to invest in a kettle but I can't criticise him too much - at least he went and got one.
Our 43772 is red - a rather deep lovely metallic finish that just urges you to touch it. Well that's what I did when I saw it ................ and then I ran my fingers under the tap. Note to self - don't touch a hot kettle just because it's pretty. It's also a rather attractive shape, designed to remind people of the old style kettles that used to stand on top of a range. The trouble is that whilst it's attractive, it's not the most practical of shapes and I've struggled to get the hang of it - but more of that later.
The key things to know about the kettle are that it's cordless, that the element is concealed so it can't get furred up, and it has a powerful 3 kw element that zaps water pretty pronto. It claims to boil quietly but as I sit here typing two rooms away from the kitchen I can hear it doing its stuff so it's hardly whisper-quiet. Mind you I don't think I've ever been disturbed by kettle noise so it's not something that matters to me. I can confirm though that it is remarkably quick - not that I can ever say that any previous kettle that I've had has left me tapping my fingers and wishing it would get a move on. In effect it's solving problems that I don't actually have.
I like the balance of the kettle when picked up by the handle at the top. I think this top handle is more stable than the more conventional side handle you get on jug-style kettles which can make it hard for some older or less strong people to lift due to the angle. The top handle means that the weight of the kettle pivots nicely when you're pouring.
The kettle comes with a 2-year guarantee if you can remember where you put the receipt. I don't think I've had a kettle before with more than one year's guarantee but equally I've never had a kettle that hasn't gone out of fashion long before it's given up the ghost. Those are the good things.
The list of downsides is rather longer than I would like. Firstly it's only a 1.5 litre capacity kettle which I think is rather low. Typically kettles I've had before have been at least 1.7 litres and whilst the difference might not sound much, the shape of the kettle with the broad base and narrow neck means that if you do accidentally over-fill it, there's not a lot of space for the water to expand before it's bursting out of the top. Personally I think a jug shaped kettle is a safer and more logical style, though perhaps not so pretty or stylish.
My husband said one of the reasons he bought it (the rational one, not the 'it's pretty' reason) was because it had a water level indicator on the outside and the others in the supermarket didn't. Sadly I find this indicator is really tricky to read and it would really benefit from a 'floating ball' to make the level clearer. Because of the pyramid shape the bottom of the kettle fills rather slowly and then the upper part fills really fast, making it tricky to control how much you're putting in, especially since the recommendation is to fill through the rather stupidly narrow spout, rather than removing the lid and filling directly. Filling through the spout helps to prevent the filter getting a build up of limescale but may well mean that you have to hold the kettle slightly on the slant in order to get good access to the spout, making the water level indicator even more useless.
The baseplate onto which you place the kettle comes on quite a short lead but needs only to be long enough to clear the underside of the kitchen cupboards. Personally I don't want a long cable on a kettle base as it's just one more thing to get tangled up, so that doesn't worry me but may be inconvenient for anyone whose kitchen has a shortage of power points.
Turning the kettle on requires you to press a small sticky-out lever at the base of the kettle, just below the level indicator. It feels a little flimsy but it's easy to tell if it's on or off which is something that isn't always as clear as it should be on some kettles.
Our water supply is not very hard so we've not needed to give the filter any attention so far but I can see that it's easy to remove, clean and replace. Equally we've not needed to descale yet so I can't comment on how easy that is. Mind you I think we must have descaled our old kettle no more than twice in seven or eight years so it's not a big issue with our local water.
I'm not in love with this kettle. It's a good looking appliance but the irritations I have with the shape and the water level indicator mean it niggles a little each time I use it. However it's only fair to say that I've never been in love with any kettle - it's just not an appliance that 'moves' me in any real way. It's a nice enough thing to look at but I can't help thinking it's a classic case of all style and not much substance.
Summary: I'm glad my husband bought it - that way I can blame him for all its inadequacies.
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