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I have purchased 3 kettles in the past 12 months as they eventually just stopped functioning. Usuall with most kettles, over a period of a month limescale tends to build up and I find this annoying to get rid of. Well not with this kettle, i have noticed that I only have to clean the kettle half the times i used to. The shiny metalic finish looks great with the black handle. The kettle is extremly fast when boiling water, a minute is all it needs. The only downside I can find about this product is the capacity of the kettle is not as big as I wouldve wanted. Overall this is a great product that is well worth its value. So far this is a durable product as it is in a good condition and it has survived a good 5 months with me. I purchased this item on offer and grabed a bargain for £35 so look out for this on the christmas sales at argos. Thank you for reading this review, hope this helps
I am well known for killing kettles in our house but to be honest I usually just go out and replace a kettle with a cheap one and don't take time to look around for a good deal, but about four weeks ago I thought that I would spend my money on this kettle. The Morphy Richards 43836 Accents as I spotted it in Morrison's for £19.99 and knew they were supposed to be a lot dearer to buy in other shops. They retail from £29.00 up to £49.00 depending on where you buy them from , so when I saw it at £19.99 I jumped at the price, as it was only a matter of time before my value Morrison's kettle would give up the ghost anyway. I am really impressed with my purchase and it has been going strong for four weeks now. The Morphy Richards Accent kettle is a nice stainless steel kettle it's a sleek and stylish design not like my old plastic kettle thats now in the bin. It holds up to 1.7L of water but why you'd need to boil this much is beyond me as that's a lot of cups of tea. It comes packed in a cardboard box with the picture of the kettle on the front so you know what you are getting before you buy. The kettle has a lid with a spout and has a cordless base unit, the kind where you stand the kettle on the base to switch it on. It has an on off switch that lights up blue when the kettle is boiling and it switches itself off when it reaches the right temperature. The thing I like the most about it is that it has a water level indicator and these are on the side in the see through window. They have a 2 cup and a 4 cup level, which is great for when your making a cup of tea for just two people as it helps to save on electricity. It goes right up to a 8 cup level too just incase you need to make that many cuppa's. This is fast boil kettle so it doesn't take long to boil about three minutes for two cup level, so your not waiting ages for a brew. When you first get your kettle you have to boil it once and throw the water away to clean the kettle and because it hasn't been used before, once this is done it's ready to go. There is a button on the top of the handle to press which lifts up the lid so you can fill it with water. No struggling with pulling the lid up like on a plastic kettle. The on /off switch is at the bottom of the handle. It also has a water filter fitted near the spout so that no impurities get in your cuppa when pouring the water, this can be removed when cleaning the kettle. Although it's a fast boiling kettle it is slightly noisier than other kettles but it's very rare I stand at the kettle while it's boiling I usually switch it on and carry on doing what I was doing until it boils. I like this kettle and am happy to recommend it to you, I like the design and the fact that it's stainless steel and easier to clean. The water level indicator for me is a must as I hate wasting energy and the price was great at the time I bought it. 10 out of 10 from me for a great kettle from a good named brand.
When our back up Kenwood kettle decided to give up boiling recently, it was not before time! I had purchased the kettle in 2007 as an impulse buy to do a test of my own leading to the Makro price being decidedly cheaper than a lot of high street shops at the time (a fact now that due to the recession, Makro is a lot more expensive now) and all through my student years I'm happy to say the Kenwood fulfilled its promise, even if sometimes the auto stop button would fail to function and the kitchen would then resemble a steam room! Looking for a cheap replacement was out of the question due to the more recent purchase of a Morphy Richards Essentials kettle that was anything but an essential and promptly chucked in the bin after a very short time with it. My mind was made up however never to consider a cheap Morphy Richards kettle and whilst it pays to complain, at least as a customer I still get a loyalty discount at my local Scottish Power electrical shop, who sold me a Morphy Richards Accents kettle at a reduced price of £20-99 from Morphy Richards own slashed price of £30 down from £59-99. Quite a bargain then and it is good to see that loyalty still counts for something these days, even if I'm wary of Morphy Richards as a brand name. Out of the box you'll find a pristine brushed stainless steel silver kettle complete with a 360° base in which the rim of it even has an accompanying brushed steel strip, giving the kettle a most classy look even if the contrasting black is kept for the bottom rim of the lid and the black handle complete with on button on the lowest part of the kettle at the back. Over our "Penguin" Bosch TWK 6031 kettle however, the Morphy Richards Accents looks much smaller even though the both of them sport the same capacity of 1.7 litres and being the back up kettle for my mum who needs a lot of hot water every day to fill hot water bottles for her rheumatism (when the therapy heat pad isn't in use), a back up kettle in our household isn't an appliance that sits in its box, kept in the dark and taken out once in a while. Let me tell you now however that whilst the Bosch TWK 6031 kettle may well be more expensive at cost (averaging £35), it comes down to the most practical aspect of all - the Morphy Richards weighs 1009grams when filled with just one litre of water compared to 897grams to the Bosch. Now you know just why some kettles are far more expensive - not just down to the look - so it's a pity the MR 43836 Accent is heavier than the Bosch when it is filled to the top as it is already proving to be too difficult for my mum to lift from sink to base and the MR 43836 is strangely lighter than the Bosch TWK 6031 when it is empty - despite the stainless steel content against the all plastic Bosch - essential info for buyers who need a lighter kettle to lift - this one may be too heavy when filled to the max. Despite the heavier weight in use, it isn't hard to be impressed with the Morphy Richards 43836 "Accent." It is a professional looking kettle with a 2 metre cord that can be stored underneath on its rotational base and the kettle is easy to keep clean despite the brushed threat of stainless steel which means it always shows up finger marks - though how you'd be able to finger it very much is out of the question. The body is hellishly hot from the moment it boils and although the handle and control button are both heat insulated, the rest of the kettle's metal remains very hot to the touch. The brushed metal element means this a dangerous kettle to keep around and sadly doesn't insulate from the radiant heat thanks to the rapid boil element of 3 kilowatts or 3000 watts "in old measurement." Boiling a whole 1.7 litre of water takes around two minutes, which most buyers will be impressed with whereas I don't think the time duration is very impressive, because 3kw elements have been on the market for years and I've used other brands, which can do the same amount in half an hour less. The Bosch isn't heat insulated either but with it being made of plastic there seems to be more common sense with kettles like ths against brushed stainless steel, which by the metallic look alone, invites you to touch it. Give the Morphy Richards a litre of water and this kettle can take up a minute to boil it, which isn't bad going if all you need are small amounts of boiled water in the shortest time. Noise levels are okay for this kettle though, not any louder than the Bosch and not any quieter either. Where the MR 43836 works better is in the overall external design factor. It reminds me very much of my smaller capacity "for one" Breville Solo kettle, albeit much bigger complete with an angled lid that directs the steam away from my hand at the top as I'm about to lift the kettle off the base. The spout is also large and wide, so it means when it pours, the MR 43836 doesn't splash dangerously, whilst filling it can be done through the tap and the handle is very large, so even if you have thick and wide hands, I find the handle very comfortable and smooth. There's even a pick out mesh water filter inside just by the spout, even though it is only going to be able to filter out impurities like grit or dirt, and not limescale. It is as if Morphy Richards have clearly copied Breville's Solo kettle as the "push up push down" control even lights up to show the kettle is on and a button release on the top of the handle ensures it is easy to flip the lid automatically when it comes to filling the kettle again. Another good factor is that the kettle has twin gauges on either side of the kettle walls, so if you are left or right handed, at least Morphy Richards have thought about the user involved and the windows are clear with white "cup" gradients, although why MR insist on putting the Americanised filling gradient of choice (when they don't even sell kettles in the U.S) against the wider European standard litres, is beyond me. After all, we haven't moved to making cups of gravy or other food prep with "cup" measurements, so why bother? At least litres makes a lot more sense, knowing the actual amount you need per versatile need for boiling water and if Morphy Richards are trying to be eco-friendly by suggesting cup measurements (don't Brits drink out of mugs though?) they should lower the element to 2.2kw instead of the more powerful energy sapping 3kw - because no matter how much you boil water in quantities, you're still using the same high powered element. Where the MR 43836 doesn't work very well is in the internal design factor. The top lid has a very small aperture, so unless you are ever going to place the kettle directly under the tap with the water tap inside the top, then filling the kettle can be tricky, especially by other means such as a jug. Water spills are thus more than likely unless you take your time or fill the kettle through the spout - slowly - making it very tedious and time consuming. Cleaning the kettle with a long stemmed brush then compromises another downside; unless it's a baby bottle cleaning brush, there's very little hope of getting a thicker handled or bigger bristle dish brush down to the concealed element because the top is so narrow. Perhaps this is one reason alone to why the Morphy Richards Accents 43836 kettle has fallen in price - you can rely on old faithful such as kitchen descaler powder if you live in hard water areas - but a pity that all the same, the interior isn't wider and contact can't be made to the flat concealed base. Another lack of safety feature is one that was featured on our much older Morphy Richards kettle - if the lid is accidently opened, the kettle switches itself off - but the accent on design here, is clearly for the more tactile buyer who buys this kettle for its rotund style. At the end of the day, buyers will love the idea of the Morphy Richards Accents 43836, particularly as it may well blend in with stainless steel or silver kitchens up and down the country. But, for the fact that it doesn't really move the game on other than boil water quicker than far more environmentally friendly, lower powered 2.2kw/2000watt kettles, the MR 43836 is rather ordinary and doesn't really justify its £30 asking price even though I paid £10 less. Not heat insulated, no keep warm facility and difficult to clean out limescale due to a narrow top opening, there are simply far too many other brands to choose from nowadays - who are designing kettles with better and safer features and it's about time Morphy Richards sat up and took notice. The MR 43836 looks very good, yes but when it comes to actual use, is more disappointing than initial first impressions. Thanks for reading! ©Nar2 2011 www.morphyrichards.co.uk