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I chose this kettle from the Morphy Richards range as I have been very happy with their products in the past. I purchased it when we had just moved house and bought it in red to firstly match the colour of the kitchen, and because they made many other kitchen appliances in this colour. The colour is a lovely deep metallic red, it looks very smart, and is avaliable in a range of equally good looking colours. I don't like the look of plastic kettles, but my main niggle with metal ones is the noise they make when boiling. This kettle however is one of the quietest when heating up to boil, and it also boils quickly so there is minimum noise. It has a swivel base which is very useful as I pour left handed and my husband pours right handed and it is easy to swivel round. Any excess cord tucks away neatly in the base. The lid has a strong spring action and opens wide so it is easy to fill, and it never leaks when pouring. I have had this for almost a year now and despite living in a hard water area it has fended off any limescale very well and still looks like new inside. It feels very good quality and looks great, I paid £24.99 for it from Robert Dyas and I have since added the matching toaster and slow cooker to my kitchen.
Our poor old kettle had done its duty, it had a slow leak and finally gave up the will to boil a few weeks ago so we purchased a new kettle to replace it, namely the Morphy Richards Accents Kettle. Description Our kettle is black in colour with stainless steel lid, spout and base so in my opinion it looks very elegant. It has a good sized handle and a switch to flip the lid open, with a lever on the base to activate the boil. The whole kettle sits on a base with a flex that can be adjusted a little so you don't have a length of cable on the work surface. In use I find that this kettle is easy to fill under the tap, using the lid flipped open and once the lever is pressed, a half full kettle boils in under two minutes. When it is on, the kettle lights up a wonderful blue colour which looks great in the dark and also reminds you that it is on if you have a short memory. It automatically switches itself off when the water has boiled. The pour is perfect and there is a marker on the side to indicate how full or empty the kettle is. My thoughts For me, this kettle has everything in it that I want feature wise. I prefer the shape of it although I know that the rounded triangular kettles seem to be popular right now. I also love that it is black in colour as we went for silver last time but the black looks lovely too. We looked in a few shops before we both settled on this kettle. It has a concealed element so classes itself as 'easy clean' and I must confess I am not an over zealous kettle cleaner! The kettle also has a 3kw rapid boil which appeals to the husband's wants and needs in a kettle. Price We paid £29.99 for our kettle from B&M and it comes with a two year guarantee. I think this is probably more than you need to spend on a kettle but it does look really nice and will hopefully last us many years. Final word The previous reviewer is not a fan of this kettle, but I don't seem to have the same problems with mine, the lid opens far enough and I judge how much water I need by how much I put in from the tap rather than going by the 2 cups prompt on the side (how much is a cup anyway!) so for that reason it gets top marks from me. Horses for courses and all that eh?! This is the kettle that we both liked from a male and female perspective, agreeing on aesthetics and promised performance. We have been happy so far with the kettle and the blue light was an added bonus when we saw it in action as we didn't know it was going to do that!
Why does it seem that manufacturers have such a problem trying to design a kettle that works properly? I recently reviewed one where the lid broke off in less than two month's use. It just shoddy design: the hinge was far too thin and was just a disaster waiting to happen. We replaced it with a Morphy Richards Accents kettle which cost about £30, pretty much the same as the one it replaced so, again, not cheap. You would expect it to work though, and it is, so far. The design, though, leaves a lot to be desired. It looks just like the one in the picture above with the exception that ours is brushed steel rather than anodised. It is rated at up to 3KWs and so boils water at pretty much the same speed as the one it replaced. Like that one it is the sort of kettle that sits on a base that is plugged into a convenient socket rather than having its own tethered power cord. The On switch is at the rear of the kettle, below the handle, and automatically cuts out once the water has reached boiling. On this kettle there is a water gauge on both sides but once again it isn't a direct window into the kettle itself; these gauges also fill from a small inlet from the main compartment and, as with all others of this sort, show no water at all until in one go the water surges up the gauge and shows that you have poured too much water in! Worse though, the Morphy Richards has only a minimum marking of "2 Cups" and you see nothing until it has reached this level. Even the "2 Cups" designation is inaccurate: two thimbles maybe! But the worst part of the design is, once again, the lid. It is released by pressing a button at the top of the handle. In the closed position it slopes downwards towards the spout at about 40 degrees from the horizontal. In the open position it slopes upwards by about the same amount. So, at no point is it possible to place the kettle under a water spout to fill it; the lid is always in the way. To fill it from the tap you have to insert the spout into the kettle, if you can, and tip the kettle backwards. This way there is no way of being sure about the amount of water! In our case we fill the kettle from a jug; we have a water filter spout in the utility room, from which we fill the jug for the kitchen. The jug doesn't have a spout like a tap does so we have to tip the kettle backwards with one hand whilst trying to fill the kettle with the other; not easy if the jug is full. I must admit I'm tempted to take it back and claim a refund, purely based on the poor design. If you're looking for a new kettle I suggest you look elsewhere.
*** Morphy Richards Accent Kettle 43832*** My kitchen is totally black, cupboards, worktop and everything, and so to lift the dark colour, I like to add splashes of bold colour to lift the effect, and when I was in need of a new kettle, this one from Morphy Richards Accent range, fitted the bill perfectly. *** The Kettle *** The Kettle is a cordless variety, meaning it is great for both left and right-handers, having both in our home, means this is an important feature for us. The electrical wire is fixed to the base, and simply plugged into the socket. The Kettle sits on the base, until the time comes that you need to boil some water. The kettle is a wonderful vibrant, metallic shade of cherry red, which is perfect for me. Over the time I've owned this kettle, it has not lost its vibrancy in any way whatsoever. It still looks as good today as it did then. *** Spout *** There is a stainless steel steel spout and lid on this model. The spout is wide but it doesn't protrude too far. It's a lovely spout for pouring, and never have we suffered that dreaded dribble. This spout is wide enough that I can fill the kettle from the tap, even though we have a tip that leans at an awkward angle right over the sink. My partner always fills up by opening the lid, and this opens very wide. A limescale filter is located behind the spout, but inside the appliance. This is accessed via the lid, and is a piece of mesh encased in a plastic surround, and it simply slides in and out of grooves on either side. This is easily rinsed for cleaning purposes, and slides back into place with a satisfying click. I do like extremely fine plastic mesh, as I feel it filters out more limescale than kettles that have a metal one with little holes. *** Handle *** The handle is rather nicely situated. Being at the side of the kettle, it sticks out quite wide, and then downwards. It really is quite a comfortable appliance to hold. It feels quite secure in your hands, even when it's full. Manufactured from some type of plastic, its matt effect, and not slippery to the touch. You can get a good grip at all times. A glossy black handle might have fitted better into my scheme, but I can't complain really. To operate the kettle, there is a little lever that you press in a downwards direction, at the base of the handle. The power starts the kettle's boiling process and also illuminates the appliance from within. Annoyingly, it lights up with a blue glow - Why, if I bought a red kettle, does it glow blue? It might not bother you, but to me this is this kettles main failure. *** Boiling Water *** The kettle holds 1.5 litres of water (approximately 6 cups), and boils quite fast whether there is a single cup of water, or filled to the brim. This appliance is also really quiet - I should say it's the quietest kettle I've ever owned, if the truth be told. To me that's a great feature, as my partner is a postman, he gets up at 3.30am, and while making his first morning cuppa, used to wake me up. This Kettle hasn't got that rattle when it boils, and neither does it make a droning sound, it's lovely. Using this kettle just to boil as much as you need is easily done, as there are markings on the windows on each side of the kettle, rather than a water gauge. After six months use though, these markings have started to wear off. This isn't really important, and after time, you get to know how much water you need for two cups anyway don't you? I like the windows as you can see the water boiling, and the blue glow, but you can also see whether the water is at a rolling boil before it switches off if you just need the water hot, and not boiling. There is a boil dry feature, which is on most kettles nowadays, and it hasn't let me down yet. I always tend to fill the kettle after every use, knowing that our kettle is almost permanently in use; my other half drinks so much tea. He doesn't always fill it up though, but still switches it on expecting me to have filled it in the meantime, so the boil dry safety feature is a plus point.Living in an extremely soft water area (the Midlands with its Welsh water) I don't really benefit much from the concealed element which means that limescale can't damage it, but I should imagine it would be a great feature to someone who isn't. *** The Advantages *** * This kettle looks good, performs well and is quiet in use. * The two year Morphy Richards guarantee if perfect. *** The Disadvantages *** * The numbers have started to wear off from where I've been cleaning it. * The blue light bothers me *** My Thoughts *** Having purchased this kettle from Tesco's at a reduced price of £35, down from £50. I feel this has been extremely good value for money. As a person who tends to love gadgets but has the kiss of death for all things electrical (whereby I have started to review items when they are over 6 months old), this kettle has proved itself to be highly reliable (touchwood). The standard two year guarantee Morphy Richards supplies, has been a great benefit, I just hope I don't need it quite yet. This is by far the best kettle I have owned to date, so I give it my full recommendation and award it the full five stars. This Kettle can be found in Tesco's (at £39.97 7/02/12), Asda and other retailers. Argos do not now sell this model sadly, but they do sell the updated 'Meno' model; which is a similar design and features. Thanks for reading my review, which may also be posted on other sites, under the same username.
Short name: Morphy Richards 43832