Product Type: Morphy Richards kettles
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Stylish, Retro & Super Speedy!
Morphy Richards 43772 Accents Traditional
Member Name: karalouk
Morphy Richards 43772 Accents Traditional
Advantages: Looks fabulous, Boils very fast, Easy to handle, Reliable
Disadvantages: Quite loud, Limescale issues on the outside
The thing which initially attracted me to this kettle was the look of it (along with the fact it's made by Morphy Richards who are generally a reliable brand). It's short, chunky, 'pyramid' shaped, red (I do believe other colours are available) with chrome spout and lid. It has a large handle on top and looks pretty retro. It's certainly a lot more stylish than most basic kettles! It looks great in my kitchen and is something I'm happy to have out on display. The kettle came in a cardboard box with instructions and guarantee.
I was worried that the kettle may chip/scratch easily and that imperfections would appear really obvious because of the colour. However it's really durable and is still in very good condition, despite being used daily. I have noticed that watermarks, fingerprints and general spillages do tend to show up a lot, but that's nothing a damp cloth can't fix! The biggest issue for me is that limescale tends to gather around the chrome (mainly around the lid and base of the spout) which can make the kettle look rather unsightly if you don't keep on top of it. Unfortunately I live in a hard water area, but those who live in non-hard water areas may not have this problem. A few months ago I picked a piece of limescale from the kettle and it took a small piece of red gloss off, so now I make sure I regularly clean and dry the kettle around the chrome areas.
The instructions advise filling the kettle up through the spout (instead of taking the lid off every time) which I thought was a bit odd, but it's much more convenient than filling up through the top and the spout is just the right size for our kitchen tap to fit snugly inside.
The kettle holds a generous 1.5 litres. There is a clear water level indicator on the side of the kettle, this clearly indicates how much water you're putting in to the kettle. It also shows a minimum and maximum level which is handy. Underneath is a chunky switch that you push down to boil the kettle (it pops itself back up when the kettle has finished boiling). I use the kettle on a daily basis, it's mostly used for hot drinks and filling saucepans up for dinner - I never need more than 1.5 litres of hot water, so the capacity is perfectly fine for me. The kettle sits on a 360 degree plastic black base which you plug in to the nearest plug socket - it doesn't matter what way you put the kettle on the base, which makes it very easy for those in a rush (and also doesn't matter if you're left or right handed). The wire for it isn't very long, but then I don't suppose you would want wires running all over your kitchen! There is a light on the bottom of the kettle, when the switch is pushed down the light lets off an orange glow to let you know that the kettle is boiling (this is easy to see in daylight too).
Not only does the handle make the kettle look fun but it's practical too. Holding the handle on top takes a little bit of getting used to but you soon get the hang of it! It has a black plastic handle and the steam doesn't rise up to the handle when pouring, so there's no chance of getting burnt. I feel very in control when holding the kettle, it feels safe and sturdy. I also find that the design of the spout ensures that the kettle pours smoothly and gives a good aim!
The kettle has a removable limescale filter to help improve water quality. I can't honestly say that I noticed the difference in my water but it's a good feature to have anyway, especially when you live in a hard water area. Another feature includes a 'failsafe cut-out system' which is always good to have.
I would say that one of the best features of this kettle is the time it takes to boil. The kettle has a 3kw rapid-boil element (whatever that means) and gets to work as soon as you flick the switch. I would say that it averagely takes a minute for the kettle to boil. It's definitely the fastest boiling kettle that I've owned. The downside is that it's quite loud ('PSSSHH DONK DONK DONK GOBBLE GOBBLE'!!) but as the boiling time is so quick, it's not really a big deal to me (might be to others possibly?).
The Morphy Richards Accents 43772 Kettle is widely available and can be brought from most electrical shops, supermarkets, online retailers etc. I got mine for £50.00 (which was about the average price for this particular kettle) from Tesco. This might be slightly more than some people would be willing to spend on a kettle, however I think it's an acceptable price to pay for a kettle which looks fabulous, boils super fast, is easy to handle and is reliable.
Summary: The best kettle that I've owned.
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