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Due to a moving-day mishap, our recently-purchased kettle - a similar model to this one - only had a short life. Its corpse is still sitting in the shed, sadly apparently unfixable. Back in the day, they'd have given it a buff-up, popped in a couple of replacement pieces and it'd have been back to life ... but we were told it'd be cheaper to buy a new kettle than to try repairing the old one. What's the world coming to, eh? When this were all fields, etc ...
Anyway, we figured we were perfectly happy with the Morphy Richards model we'd bought - at least until it got dropped on its head from a great height - so we went looking for a like-for-like swap. In fact, this is a slightly newer version, even if it does much the same thing much the same way. This design of kettle comes in a number of colourways - there's a metallic range, a pastel set and the neon-bright family that our model (as shown above) comes from. The rich cyan blue really shines with a gloss finish, and there's a range of coordinating toasters - although we've still got our original, non-busted one.
Much of the praise I heaped on our previous Morphy Richards applies here too - it looks great, fusing retro vibes with modern stylings, and it does its job perfectly. A half-filled kettle takes around a minute to boil, so it's from zero to tea in no time. It's well built, with a good solid feel to it, and I find it really easy to lift free from its cradle and fill with water through the spout. The lid's a little stiff, but as I tend to leave it on, it's not a big issue.
The kettle can sit any way round on its 360-degree base, and has a nice short lead to avoid any trailing wires across the work surface. The handle comes all the way around on this model - offering more grip than the previous version and - in my opinion - a better, smoother aesthetic. The gauge on the side is easy to read, and there's no guesswork when it comes to filling up, as the scale is marked with cup-quantities. When it comes to cleaning the kettle, the metallic surface is easy to wipe down, so it's no great bother to keep this piece of equipment looking fresh.
There's really nothing bad to say about this kettle. The Accents range is really well-designed, and would be at home in just about any kitchen. RRP is around £60, but we got ours in Debenham's for £40, and I've since seen similar offers in other high-street shops. There are cheaper models, but few as sexy as this.
For me, then, this is a great choice. It ticks all the right boxes when it comes to look, feel and effectiveness, with a well thought-out sense of design that makes it easy to use, some lovely styling touches that make it look more expensive than it is, and a quick, quiet boiling mechanism that gives you hot water in seconds. So, time for tea (isn't it always?)
Traditional looking Morphy Richards 43829 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 43829