I bought the kettle to please my second wife, but the result was as it would have been with the first: the troubled waters of my marital life became more troubled . What follows is an account of criticisms in respect of HD 4662 in order of their appearance. Firstly, my wife didn’t like the metal-like outside of the kettle. She thought water and our hands would leave marks on it. She was partly right, I admit, but as I look at it now, I see that it is in an aesthetically acceptable condition. In contrast to the picture in the user’s manual, the HD 4662 outside resembles mother-of-pearl. It is certainly a far cry from polished, mirror-like metal shown in the picture and used in kettles of other makes, but it is, in my opinion, more practical and helps to make the stains less pronounced. Secondly, 6 months after the purchase, the kettle began to produce cracking noises at irregular intervals when switched off but plugged in. That literally set my wife’s teeth on edge, which is both understandable and excusable in the context of living in present-day Moscow. (The nature of the noises remains a mystery. They disappeared after a major overhaul). Thirdly, the kettle’s automatic switch-off function went bust at approximately the same time, or even earlier. Fourthly, it came to light that both the plug and the protruding contact of the support become overheated. When we turned to a Philips service center, they told us that the diagnostics and repairs would amount to at least USD30. - or 75% of the cost of the kettle itself (and we had actually paid USD15.00 for the diagnostics by that time). Next I decided to disconnect a power cable from the dead body of a Moulinex kettle (that was poisoned in its innocent sleep with a descaling agent) and to attach it to the incumbent lord of the kitchen table. My venture proved to be a success. Now even the automatic switch-off function shows some signs of l
ife from time to time. Being a humanitarian, it was fun to brush up my physics and to learn the ABC of safety rules and other revelations in discussions with more technically minded people. That’s on the “up” side. Coming back to disadvantages, I’d like to point out that the thing with a hidden heating element is noisier than kettles with traditional heating elements . Whenever I am in the kitchen (and I like the room), I put the radio on. Each time the potential arsonist is whistling and gurgling away, I have to turn the radio up, and that’s when my heartaches begin – when my better half is around, that is. Footnotes:  The similarities between the two women (sometimes striking) are a fascinating mystery. And this mystery is a part of my life. Perhaps, it is the key. I am sure I belong to those who will never get away unpunished, whatever the case may be.  The saving of time provided by the first group is negligible.
Short name: Philips HD 4662