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It's a humble thing really which is why it is surprising that there are so many kettles available.
I went for this one after our last one (Breville) started to leak and chose the Philips because of it's green claims.
I can't really say how much energy it is saving me but the ability to boil one cup due to it's flat element must be saving a fair bit. I work at home a lot and frequently only need one cup made so this feature is great.
Functionally, it boils quickly and doesn't seem to suffer from scaling as much as others I have had. It looks nice in the kitchen and has a handy light when it is on.
I have found the lid a bit fiddly to hold open when filling it up - need one hand to hold the kettle under the tap and the other to turn the tap on, then the lid falls closed. A bit of a pain until you learn to wedge the lid open with the tap. Only a minor point really.
Flex is long enough too, which has been a problem with some I have had in the past.
So, 9/10 for this one I would say!
Being a sceptic when it comes to kitchenware brands claiming their product is highly energy efficient, Philips caught my attention - so for sake of two brown notes, I plumped for an energy efficient kettle which Philips boasts saves 66% of my energy resources. Now 66% is an incredibly precise reading when it comes to energy efficiency - indeed the boast is eye catching, market savvy, and coming from a notoriously trustworthy brand, I at least thought the claim was partly true - if not slightly inflated. Say, give or take 15 - 20% of said energy efficiency percentage. I'm not into splitting airs but I found the advertising slogan in regards to the HD4644 a blatant misuse of information - that for many consumers this form of credential may indeed sway them into purchasing the Philips kettle, believing they are saving energy and resources. I personally, wanted a kettle that worked and that was it. The green brigade claims certainly wasn't a unique selling point; albeit, it tantalised my curiosity. In my opinion the slogan and title of the kettle breaches UK's advertising/trading practices.
The only notable means that the Philips HD4644 kettle could be regarded as energy saving is by having a plastic line and small cup logo claiming how many cups there is present in the kettle. This is at the side of the kettle and is quite visible. It is helpful to know how much water is in the kettle, however, for it deemed as being an energy saving device, you would have thought an energy saving mechanism maybe installed at the base of the kettle, whereby energy resources could be stored up - so, that the storage itself could do several boils, without being aid via the mains. Ah, but no. The cup indicator might as well be a futile graphic; an aesthetic small cup with a number in the middle. For me, it is totally meaningless - partly because when I choose to fill the kettle I simply pour water into the spout until 'weight wise' it feels as if I can at least get four large mug falls out of it. I don't stare at the cup indicator meticulously trying to get the water level exactly on the recommended level of '2 cups' - for me it is far too low, and I much prefer to opt for a more generous quantity considering I sup from a trough of a mug. Therefore, without actually looking I tend to get the water level around the 'six cup' level. Plus, it saves me traipsing off to the cold tap every hour or so, for refills.
Eco-warriors, they talk in a nasally fashion as if they're communicating to NASA, when in fact it's their spouse on the phone
Energy saving? Well it is for me, physically - but hardly for the eco-warrior. Who talk of how much energy tax breaks they will be getting back in 2014. I witnessed one sad soul explaining the means how he'll be getting back 1,800 GBP back. I'm sure the energy firms will rethink that one out, if all their consumers became super eco-warriors overnight - collecting their units of generated energy and reselling it back to the board. Yes, they're out there somewhere. They talk in a nasally fashion as if they're communicating to NASA, when in fact it's their spouse on the mobile. I'm sure they've got their own filtered in kitchen/laboratory which boils water, at a light switch. Therefore do not require the Philips HD4644 kettle - the device is for normal people who just want a hot beverage - not a lot to ask for.
Once the HD4644 is on it's plastic base, you're able to click down the on switch residing at the bottom of the kettle - an orange light will appear (I'm doubt the orange light indicator is energy saving - it looks simply like an orange light) After three minutes twenty seconds on average the kettle would've noisily bubbled up, to a feverish hot water frenzy, no different to any other kettle that doesn't boast it saves 66% of your energy resources. Ofwat didn't reply to my email asking whether consumers who had the Philips HD4644 kettle had indeed saved water. I hasten a guess they've no idea what kind of research I was doing. // updates to this review will be made if Ofwat communicate back if efficiencies have been proven highlighting the eco-friendly benefactors of having a Philips HD4644 kettle.
No gimmicks, no fanfares, no complexities, it just boils water!
Philips HD4644 kettle allows 1.7 litres of water in it's vessel at one time - it'll fill teapots to the brim. Thanks to their Anti-calc filter the hot water is noticeably clearer. One of the biggest pluses and a great filter system - definitely one of the better filter systems I've witnessed and after extensive usage too, it remains the case. The shape and position of the spout enables a quick pour from the cold water tap. Another good user-friendly feature - easy access and you're not fiddling about with the lid simultaneously - Ideal for the more mature consumer / or physically challenged consumer, who find kettle lifting difficult on their wrists and posture.
Easy pouring, and no spillage either. There is a science behind this and it depends on the shape and position of the spout rather than how a consumer pours the hot water into a mug / cup. Again, Philips product designers have indeed taken note of the science behind occurring spillage factors. Design-wise the kettle won't win rewards. Or blow off a lot of hot steam about any fancy innovative patents - nor thrilling consumers into buying the product because it sings the British national anthem while in operation. Personally, I prefer the comforting rhythm of water boiling for three minutes twenty second - at least I know its working and the notion reassures me. As I'm not a member of the green brigade I am covertly pleased the 66% boast of energy saving resources is purely hot steam.
A boiling hot message for the green tea party.
If, I don't get any responses from Ofwat (water regulator), regarding Philip's energy saving claims (water usage) due to using the Philips HD4644 kettle. The next stage will be an email to the green party - I'm sure they'll be interested and do their own research - and on the findings will publish any positive green results in their manifesto and hopefully use a lot of energy resources up in the meantime.
Recommended - because it's NOT energy efficient - but simply boils water.
A kettle is something pretty much all of us have, yet it is something we often take for granted. We just pour some water in, press and button and a minute or two later we have our hot water ready to make a brew. The fact is kettles are wonderful inventions that really do save time and effort. It's amazing when you see how many different kettles there are on the market, selecting one to buy is almost impossible, there are simply so many to choose from. I suppose you are looking for one that will be reliable, look good and not stretch the budget to far. This is the reason we bought ourselves one of these, a Philips Energy Efficient Kettle.
If I'm honest one of the main reasons we choose this one is because of the name. Philips is a well established name when it comes to electrical items such as kettles and so we thought it a pretty safe bet that this one would be decent enough. We have been using this one for a few years now so I naturally thought it was long over due a review here on Dooyoo.
So first of all I suppose I will tell you what it looks like. Well as you can see from the picture it is mainly white. I would say there are more stylish kettles around but this one has a nice look to it. It is not overly bulky, has some nice curves and just looks good in our kitchen. There is a display so you can see how much water you have in the kettle and this seems to give you a pretty good idea of just how many cups of water you will be boiling.
The switch is easy to locate and flips nice and easily. A little light flashes on so you know the kettle is actually boiling. The handle is a nice shape and fits neatly into your hand so it is easy to pick up even if the kettle is full of water. The spout is pretty good, we never have problems with it dripping when pouring water so it is obviously designed well.
The kettle has a capacity of 1.7 litres which should be more than enough for most people. If you take a look inside you will see a flat surface at the bottom of the kettle. This metal plate heats up quickly which means it boils the water faster than some more traditional kettles might do. The lid pops open very easily which means if you want to clean the kettle inside this is easy to do. If the outside of the kettle becomes dirty this is easy enough to wipe down.
One thing that bugs me with most kettles and this one I am afraid is no exception to the rule is the fact that the power chord is not very long. You have to have this kettle right up near a plug otherwise it won't reach. Admittedly in most kitchens this won't be an issue, but I think it would be nice if the chord was just a little bit longer. The housing the kettle sits on is easy to use and putting the kettle back on it after use is no problem.
When it comes to price, you can pick one of these up for around £20. WE have been using this for a few years and never had any problems with it so it is reliable. The makers also claim that it is good for the environment as it saves energy which can not be a bad thing. Overall then I would say this is a pretty good kettle. It's about middle of the range when it comes to price, but it is reliable and sturdy and should last you a long time. So if you want a good looking kettle at a fair price then the Philips Energy Efficient Kettle could well be the one you are looking for.
Our previous kettle which had been pretty cheap was still working well but was starting to look quite shabby due to the plastic discolouring so I made a cursory search for a new one. This Philips model was described as being a quick boiler and there was mention of aspects of environmental friendliness; the price also seemd reasonable for a decent brand. I've now been using this kettle for about two years and it looks as good as new and continues to work well.
I have to say that in terms of appearance this does look like a kiddie kettle; a bit clunky and plasticky, curved but certainly not what you might call sleek. It doesn't bother me; my kitchen is a tip and due to be renovated in the next year or so, which means I'm not currently looking for something that "goes" with a nice kitchen.
The lid is no trouble to lift but you can fill the kettle at the tap without lifting the lid if you prefer. I have slight osteoarthritis in my elbows and even when this kettle is pretty full, it doesn't get too heavy. The on off switch is small but lights up orange and isn't easily knocked to the on position if you have items on the work surface.
The water gauge is easy to read and it's accurate too. The water boils quickly and this model doesn't make a great deal of noise. One thing I really appreciate is that, once boiled, the water stays hot for a decent amount of time so if I forget I've boiled it or get distracted by something else I can go back half an hour later and not have to reboil the kettle.
There's an adequate amount of cable without it getting in the way. Another bonus is a removable anti limescale filter which can be washed and reinserted. I do this once a month if I remember just to keep on top of the job but so fa r hardly any scale has built up. Our last kettle was just starting to leave limescale deposits so this feature is very welcome in the Philips 4644 model.
The only real issue I have found (after several months of use) is that due to the moulded shape of the base unit and the proximity of where we have to have our kettle (due to socket issues) to the sink, any water on our work surface (perhaps when draining vegetables at the sink) pools under the kettle and if it isn't dried up immediately, the water can go a bit smelly. You could argue that this is just slovenly housekeeping, but our last kettle didn't cause this problem.
It's not the most stylish kettle but it works and it seems pretty sturdy. Not one for the style conscious but with a capacity of 1.7 litres it might be one for the workplace.
This model is currently priced at £19.90 with Amazon.co.uk
To many, a kettle is just a kettle, but when I went searching for a replacement for our old kettle, I was looking for something reliable and energy efficient. Start reading the reviews around the web and you soon come to the conclusion that this is 'it'.
Is it though? Unfortunately, the biggest con of this kettle is that they could almost be reported to Trading Standards for its name. As far as I am aware, there is nothing energy efficient about this kettle other than that it tells you how much water you need for one cup, two cups etc. The less water you boil, the less energy you use. In this respect, it does the job. It's a bit cheeky though.
One thing I do genuinely think is energy efficient (and the manufacturers do not even claim this) is that because there are no elements inside the kettle, you are less likely to overfill the kettle just to cover the elements. So you can boil one small cupful of water for an espresso, for example.
As an ordinary run-of-the-mill kettle, it is actually outstanding. It's been reliable and boils the water hot. Hence, a good rating, regardless of the eco claims.
We bought this kettle recently and so far I am very pleased with it although I don't think it actually does live up to everything it claims it does which is a bit of a let down but at the end of the day it is a kettle; it boils water, it does it quite quickly and that is what is important!
To me what the kettle looks like isn't important really so long as it isn't a huge robust, ugly looking monstrosity that will sit in the kitchen looking extremely intimidating then I am not all that concerned but I do know that some people like their kitchens to look sleek and stylish and for the kettle to be carrying off that look too. Well this kettle certainly will fit into a sleek and stylish kitchen as it is a very nice shape and made from pale plastics which make it blend into the work surfaces. It is quite round in shape with no sharp edges which I quite like as it looks very subtle unlike some of the really dramatic- statement making kettles! It has a pale grey body with dark grey accessories- the base, the handle and the lid. I'm quite happy with how it looks and I think it fits into our modern kitchen very well. it isn't pretending to be something it isn't though with all sorts of fancy designs on it like I have seen!
***Saves you money!***
This kettle claims to save you money as it is 'energy efficient'. Actually this is a little bit of a gimick which doesn't exist. It is rather over sold on it's 'energy efficient' status as this seems to be the fashionable thing at the moment but there isn't a special mechanism within this kettle which uses less electricity like you might expect, instead the way in which it saves you electricty is by indicating how much water you've put in. The cup indicator indicates how many cup's worth of water you have put in so that you are less likely to fill it too much which would then mean you boil excess water that you wouldn't use. This being said you could just use any old kettle and be careful about how much water you use, this isn't anything specially different!
What we have noticed though is that 'one cup' means one very tiny cup so actually we have to fill it to 'two cups' to get enough to fill one of our cups and they aren't particularly large so when you do first start using this you will find it takes a while to realise how much water you do need for a 'cups worth'. We've had this kettle about 6 weeks now and we have worked out where we need to fill it to in order to fill one cup! It seems like yes you will save money but only because you'll be drinking half a cup of tea instead!
***When you hear me boiling hear me shout! Tip me up and pour me out!***
As this kettle boils away it does get louder and it is quite an intrusive noise actually! It is much louder than our previous kettle and is pretty irritating but we have got used to it! Once it's ready it just flicks off and the little light which is on the switch goes off. You don't have a whistle or any other indication that it's finished which I think is fine, i don't need any gimicks, the fact it's stopped hissing away is enough for me to realise it's ready!
Once the water is boiled the kettle itself is not extremely hot to touch as it is made from plastic. This is really important as our previous kettle was stainless steel and became boiling to touch once the water had boiled and occasionally I would catch my hand on it and it was very painful! With this kettle it is well insulated so the heat stays in making the water stay hot for longer and also protects your hands from being burnt which is important especially as we have a toddler in the house!
Pouring the water out of the spout is easy, it's quite a narrow spout which is good as you can aim it into your cup without it splashing and spilling everywhere. It is also very easy to refill too- you can either fill it up through the spout or by lifting the lid which is easy to do and fill it up through there! What I have noticed is that this kettle isn't particularly heavy. When it is full of water then yes it is quite heavy but compared to our old stainless steel one it is a lot lighter and easier to pour especially for my Mum who has arthritis in her fingers.
The only negative I can really think of with this is that the lead isn't very long. This luckily isn't a problem for me and actually is a good point as it means we don't have metres of useless cable running along the surface, but if you don't have a plug socket right at hand then this kettle won't work for you are the lead is not very generous at all!
Overall I would say that this kettle works very well. It takes a matter of minutes to boil the water which is great as there is nothing worse than waiting around for what seems like ages when you are in desperate need of a brew!
I think that it looks very stylish and will fit into all kitchen types as it isn't in your face and doesn't look at all tacky or over styled. Because it's made from plastic it doesn't get too hot to touch which is really important as so many accidents can happen in the kitchen so burning yourself on the outside of this kettle isn't one of them! It's easy to fill and pour and isn't very heavy which is great.
Keeping it clean is easy too because it's made from plastic you can easily wipe it clean and it doesn't leave smear marks like a stainless steel kettle would.
The lead isn't very long so this is something to bear in mind if you are looking at purchasing this kettle.
You can buy it from Amazon for £16 which I think is very reasonable really as it does boil up quickly and although it doesn't have a special mechanism that makes the electricity used be more efficient, it does make you think about just how much water you do actually need so does stop me from over filling it like I have been known to do before. I don't think that I can really complain about it at all for £16.
I have knocked one star off because i do think it was over hyped on how eco efficient it was and think it actually isn't anything particularly special in terms of that but as far as a kettle goes it does work very well so a good 4 stars it deserves!
I've been using this particular kettle for a few months now and so far it hasn't let me down. I bought it when I moved to my new flat as at my old place the kettle belonged to the house so could not take it with me. Mainly I wanted one which would do its job and not break down with in the first few months and as Philips is a name I have trusted for years it looked like a good buy as it was only £25 at the time. Now the kettle is in appearance not the most aesthetically pleasing thing to have in your kitchen as it is just a standard white plastic cordless jug kettle. However, with it being white it will fit in with most kitchens quite well.
The heating element is one of the flat plate ones which are now the standard rather than the old exposed immersion heater element. This does mean the kettle boiled much faster so you can get your cup of tea/coffee quicker. There is the drawback of the fact I live in a very hard water area and even with using a water filter I still get lime scale building up on it. If left this does reduce the efficiency of the kettle as the element has to heat up the lime scale before it can heat up the water. The scale is easy to remove with a 50/50 mix of cheap vinegar and water. Although you do have to rinse the kettle out a couple of times after as vinegary tasting coffee is not nice - a mistake you make just the once.
Philips claim that this kettle is energy efficient and can save up to 66% of the energy of a normal kettle. This is only if you use it as the manufactures' specify which is to only boil exactly the water you need. Well any kettle will save energy if you do that so what is so good about this one? Well the advantage here is that this kettle can cope with a smaller minimum of water than most others can. There are markings on the side which are easily visible where you can see the number of 'cups' you have put into the kettle. The minimum is one cup, remember that's a standardised tea cup and not mugs. The maximum volume is 1.7 L which is aprox. 7 cups.
The lid is not the easiest to open so it could be classed as child proof and if knocked over the lid is unlikely to fly off. However, as I have found with most so-called 'child proof' things children can open them easily and it's us adults who struggle. The catch is on the lid its self which is an improvement to some which have a lid release button. The scale filter is quite small and not easily removed for cleaning but this also means that it won't drop out easily either. The on/off switch is easily used and locating it below the handle does make it easy to use and you are less likely to press it by accident when moving it. Like most kettles of this type it rotates on the base and so this makes it easier to move.
Although the kettle its self is quite light people do forget that water is deceptively heavy with 1L weighing in at 1Kg. Whilst the kettle is not made of metal so the outside does not get hot enough to cause burns it is not exactly a 'cool wall' design either. Whilst catching the back of your hand on the outside of the kettle won't burn you it is best to know about it.
The speed of the boil naturally depends on how much water you use. Now I won't go into all the physics of it but the minimum amount takes about 45 seconds to boil where the maximum takes about 2 min 50. The speed of the boil is partially to do with the flat heating plate and also the 3000w of power it uses. Now the 3000w does sound like a lot but it does work quickly. I only tend to boil a full kettle when cooking things like pasta etc where this would be quicker and use less power than heating up a pan of water in the pan. It is also fairly quiet whilst boiling. However, when full to the 1.7L mark it does wobble a bit as it comes to the boil but there is no danger of it toppling over as the base is very stable.
Perhaps the drawbacks with the kettle are the size of the base and the flex could do with being that bit longer. The base is 17cm in diameter and the flex is 70cm long. If you need to the flex can be partially wound round the underside of the base to keep it out of the way. Also there could be a light in the water level window or one of those floating ball things some kettles used to have. Whilst the water level is easy to see for me, some who do not have good vision may find it a bit more difficult.
In all this is a solid well built kettle and so far so good. I have had to descale it twice but this is due to the area I live in having such hard water. It boils water quickly and as long as I remember that one mug equals about 1.5 - 2 standard tea cups then I can keep the water I boil in it to the minimum each time I use it.
At the price I paid for it I could not turn it down. I know there are better looking kettles out there but why pay more for a kettle which is made of brushed stainless steel when a cheaper plastic one does the job just as well?
A kettle is the kitchen essential. If you were fitting out a kitchen, I am sure that this would be very high, if not poll position on the list.
Though in theory, there isn't much difference between them, their one and only job being to heat wter to 100 degrees till it boils, it's something that gets used an awful lot day in and day out so getting one that is user friendly is preferable if not a be-all or end-all in one's life.
First off, this is a pretty standard looking kettle. Nothing unique or cool about it, many wouldn't like it becuase it doesn't have the trendy stainless steel or chrome look but it depends how important that is to you. This kettle is white and grey so would not look awful in any kitchen on the other hand.
My favourite thing about this kettle, and perhaps what helps in its green credentials, is the fact that it measures per cup rather than per ml. I know in recipes things tend to go by ml but it is rare that this is required in a recipe and more often than not, it's just easier to say okay, I'm making three cups of tea and fill it to the three marks. Hence no wasting time, money and energy heating water that will not be used.
I also like the visibility of the on/off switch, it's a toggle switch that sticks out on the side of the kettle, I much prefer it to those who have the flattended on/off switch hiding somewhere on the body.
The major advantages are that it is cordless, for ease of use, and that it boils quickly and though not as quiet as some very fancy models, it's quiet enough to get away with.
On the downside, my mother says that it's very hard to see where the current water line is due to the grey background on the window. She has to poke the kettle to make the water splash about to see how much is in there.
This costs £25 give or take and works fine. I would re-buy again if needed.
Philips HD4644 Energy Efficient Kettle
Our kettle recently broke, it was knocked over by accident and the lid snapped off. I was sad to see it go but more annoyed because with the weather here making shopping a nuisance and the fact that December is always such an expensive month I didn't want to spend too much money on finding a suitable replacement. Thankfully, my mum came to the rescue (thank you mum) and she loaned us her and dad's kettle that they take along when holidaying in the summer months. Which is as you might suspect the Philips energy efficient kettle.
Personally, I think that this kettle doesn't look the most stylish, I think it is rather plain, a bit chunky and it wouldn't be my all time dream kettle. However, it is made from quite sturdy material and although it is not to my preference it is a reasonably ok looking sturdy plastic kettle. It has all the basic functions and features that I have come to expect in kettles, such as a 360 degree base making it suitable for both left and right handed people. As well as the kettle also has a light that works when you click it on to boil so you can easily see when it is turned out, not that you wouldn't be able to hear it or to see it steam. The lid of this kettle is also quite sturdy and it opens well, it can be quite small to gain easy access for cleaning.
When you set this kettle to boil it has pretty much an average noise level, it is far from quiet but then it doesn't make an excessive noise either. The majority of the time I don't even notice it, I think I have already become accustom to it and it is just typical household background noise. I don't think they could advertise the quietness of this kettle as a selling feature, but overall it really is maybe only just on the nosier side of average for what you might expect from a typical kettle.
Personally, I always try and only boil the amount of water I intend to use, which is never really that much. Therefore, this kettle doesn't take overly long to boil on most occasions. I wouldn't say that it is a particularly quick kettle, but just that it has a pretty average boil time. It also doesn't steam too badly when it is boiling. I kept on finding myself referring to this kettle as average, which is far from a negative remark, it just means that this kettle does everything that I would expect form a kettle but little more.
One of the key points for me in regards to any kettle is whether it pours well. In the past I have bought a fabulous looking kettle only to bring it home to realise shortly after unwrapping it that it failed on the most simplest and basic of tasks for any kettle, getting the hot water from the kettle safely into my mug. This kettle is really easy to pour and it has a good strong handle that is easy to grip. This kettle may be heavy but no more so than you would expect from a 1.7 litre capacity plastic kettle.
I remember at the time when my mum and dad first got this that my dad had a rant about advertising this kettle as energy efficient not because of some great feat of engineering or newly developed technology but because it has a cup measurement down the side. The kettle has a clear cut out panel that measures the amount of water it contains in cups. I can't even remember the last time that I drank out of anything other than a mug, so to use this efficiently you have to work out what a mug is in cup measurements. Philips says "Enabling consumers to avoid boiling more water than needed, and therefore saving of up to 66% energy, reducing their impact on the environment." I would have liked to have known how they worked out that this kettle can save you precisely 66% of energy. Ultimately I don't think that kettle has been any more energy saving than any other kettle with a clear panel that allows you to see how much water you are adding. Personally, I always try and boil the amount I need and I can see what this kettle is trying to do, but I just don't think it delivers true energy efficiency.
My mum and dad paid £10 for this Philips kettle from a local hardware store and for £10 it is a great kettle, looking on Amazon it is available for £16, but originally this kettle has a recommended retail price of £25. Personally, I think that £25 is by far too expensive for this rather basic and boring looking kettle.
Overall, I have so far been mostly pleased with this kettle. One thing that I am always slightly concerned about with plastic kettles is that there might be a residual plastic taste to the water, however, that has never been the case with this kettle. Personally, I believe that this Philips kettle gets a pretty average three out of five stars, it functions well but it doesn't really have any style about it. It is chunky and basic but it makes for a great back up kettle, especially if you can find it for a good price. I would hesitate to recommend this kettle purely because I think that it lacks something in the looks department, but that is just a personal preference. I always tend to pay a little more for a kettle because I like them too add some stylish and usually some sort of dash of colour to my kitchen.
As my old one stopped working I bought this kettle as it stated it was energy efficient which is always good if you want to do your bit to reduce your carbon foot print and get a slightly lower electricity bill when it comes through the door.
The overall sturdiness of the kettle is great. The hinged locking lid opens and shuts really easy although after a few uses does start to squeak when opened. The handle is integrated into the kettle making every lift effortless.
The button switches on and off with no effort although sometimes when you press it down it doesn't click and the red light doesn't come on and I have had to unplug the kettle wait a few minutes and re plug it for it to work again. This has happened several times lately and I don't know if this is a faulty mechanism in my kettle or if others have experienced the same thing.
Instatation is easier than ever. Just plug the base into the mains put the kettle onto the base and switch it on. It couldn't be easier and there is even an instruction manual if you get into difficuity which you probably won't need as it's fairly self explainatory. I am extremely impressed with the overall time it takes to boil a full 1.7 litre of cold water. It takes me around 1-2 minutes to boil a whole kettle full of water and compared with my old kettle of 5+ minutes it saves a good amount of time.
A great feature or one of its best is that the actual kettle itself is wireless. Many a time when the boiler packed up I've found myself boiling a full kettle and trailing it up to the bath to get some extra hot water. This is not to be confused with the base, only the kettle is wireless and the base has a wire to be plugged into the mains socket.
The water level indictor which indicates how much water is needed for a cup of boiled water I found is more of a gimmick than an actual feature. I have gone by these guidelines a few times for four cups of tea and ended up with not enough hot water to fill all the cups and had to run another quarter or so of water which defeats its feature of avoiding boiling more water that's needed.
Completely out of the blue last week our Breville kettle expired on us, it made some strange noise and then died a death which saw it heading for the dustbin no doubt with some electrical fault. Either way we needed a kettle so it was off to Tesco where this kettle was priced at £14.99 which included a slight discount off the normal price, in the past I have spent more on kettles but if they are going to give up the ghost in under two years I no longer see the point in such expenditure.
It is a white plastic construction which on the plus side does make it easy to clean but on the downside it is not the most attractive design, it does have the odd splash of silver on it, on the side there is a clear strip through which you can see the water level as you fill the kettle and this is marked with indicators to show how much water you have added so if you only want one cup of boiling water then you just fill it to that level. More cups then go to the next cup level and so on, you get the drift. The idea is that this helps make the kettle energy efficient however you can do this with any kettle by filling it with water from a cup rather than direct from the tap.
The kettle connects into a base and can be removed once it has boiled, it is easy to operate however it is quite noisy which is another minor negative, then again at this price you can hardly expect silence from the kettle as it is at the lower end of the price scale. It is however pretty quick and that is always a benefit when you are desperate for a cuppa. It is easy to clean both internally and externally as well. In all it will hold 1.7 litres of water which is plenty for my needs.
I have not found any faults with this kettle so far and while it is not as attractive as my old Breville it was over half the price so it is not really a fair comparison. Certainly a kettle worth getting in the £15 price range.
Kettles die - fact. So when our Breville kettle finally bit the dust we needed a quick and cheap replacement, something that wasn't going to break the bank, but also something that seemed sufficient enough to endure more than a week with us and to that end we discovered the Philips HD4644/00 Energy Efficient Kettle.
We bought the Philips from Amazon for the very reasonable price of £16.90 and it's been serving us well since then, slaving away tirelessly boiling hundreds of litres of water to keep my family's caffeine addiction at bay and through all those cups of tea, I've managed to rack up a considerable amount of use with this appliance, enough to tell you everything you'll need to know about it - hopefully.
First off, lets start with the biggest selling point of this kettle shall we? That's of course the 'energy efficient' label it carries. You're probably wondering how it achieves such a highly sought after accolade in the world of energy guzzling appliances. Is it wired differently? Does it have something added to it? Well, no, in actual fact, the only thing that makes this kettle energy efficient is the fact that it incorporates a one cup indicator - wow. The list of specs featured on the Amazon website make this kettle out to be the greatest thing since sliced bread, informing you that this kettle will cut down your electricity usage on your kettle by up to 66%, only for you to find out that it's because of an indicator - talk about an anti-climax. That aside, the one cup indicators do come in handy, even if they are somewhat misleading. Now, we use normal sized mugs for our hot drinks, not the humungous mugs that they have on the set of 'Friends', nor are they the size of a shot glass - just normal. However, it seems that the good people at Philips decided that for our cups of tea we need one part water and 5 parts milk. One cup according to this kettle barely fills up a quarter of our mugs, therefore we need to fill it to around 2 and a half to get enough for a cup of tea or coffee. Even so, it's a good, if flawed idea and once you get the measurements out you can start to use this kettle to its full potential and begin saving yourself a little bit of money on your electricity bills.
The kettle is suitable for both left and right handed people, given that it incorporates a double sided indicator, perfect for those who are in the minority of left handed people out there. The kettle is rather eye catching, with its attractive, yet understated design, it's not one that will make you say 'wow', however, it isn't something that you'll need to hide when guests come over either. Aesthetics are all well and good, but style over substance is never the answer, you want a kettle that functions don't you? Me too, and the Philips comes up trumps here. The kettle is able to bring a considerable amount of water to the boil is slightly less than 2 minutes, whereas if you're only boiling 2 or 3 cups, it's more than likely that your water will be boiling in around a minute, impressive. There's a sizeable spout that enables water to pour easily and smoothly to avoid any painful accidents and the spout is more than big enough to fit under our tap for easy filling. If you're not so lucky enough to have regular sized taps, then the lid lifts up easily with a little ledge that pulls up enabling you to fill it. The kettle, being namely plastic never feels more than warm to the touch, even upon boiling which could be an excellent feature if there are little hands about the house. The handle never gets hot either, infact it never even gets warm, which is something that was a problem with our Breville kettle (R.I.P) that we used to have.
In terms of noise, it's a bit of a mixed bag. You see, there's no purposeful noise to alert you to when the kettle has boiled, however, the kettle becomes so loud when it's doing its job that you don't really need one. It'd be nice to have one however, as visually all you have is a little red light that illuminates when the kettle is boiling and switches off on completion. The red light is built into the on/off switch which is easily accessed below the handle, although I've never been fond of switches that protrude, through fear of them snapping, the Philips seems admirably sturdy and it's had to deal with many a bad mood from our household and if it can withstand that it'll withstand anything! The base of the kettle doesn't utilise any fancy non-slip bases, however, it has never been known to move unless provoked, another very useful feature of the Philips. The lead tucks away nicely in the bottom of the base, but if you're expecting there to be metre after metre of cable, think again, as the Philips doesn't give you much at all, infact there's only about 3 inches stowed away in the base as the rest is in use and our kettle is right next to a plug. So if you don't have easy access to a plug and do not wish to use an extension chord for a kettle then best steer clear of this one. Upon boiling, the water will stay hot for around 15 minutes, so it's clearly well insulated and it's extremely easy to clean with the lid lifting to reveal a decent size space, big enough for you to clean every nook and cranny.
Despite the energy efficient label being a bit of a red herring, this is still a fully functional kettle and with super fast boiling times, an easy to pour spout and a large 1.7 water capacity, there's no real reason why this kettle wouldn't suit any home.
So when you're next on the lookout for a kettle, consider Philips.
When I recently had to shop for a kettle I didn't really have much in mind. As long as it didn't cost much, looked nice enough and boiled water it would suit me fine. My main port of call was Amazon.co.uk as I had some vouchers to use, and when viewing the Top 10 best selling kettles it was this one by Philips which caught my eye, purely because of the 'energy efficient' in the title and the fact it didn't cost much, I paid £18.98 for it.
The kettle looks nice enough, and fits well into my kitchen. Whilst it is plastic, it looks good quality due to the bits of silver rather than it being all white and I'm happy enough with the appearance. It is easy to clean, and doesn't show up any marks as a shiny metal kettle often can, When brand new the kettle has a sticker on it reminding you only to boil the water that you need to save energy, and it does this by having a unique 1 cup indicator. This indicator shows you how much water you need to fill up the kettle with to boil just 1 cup of water, it also goes up in cup sizes so you can add the exact amount of water depending on the amount of cups. However I have already noticed a slight problem, all cups are different sizes and so I find that I have to go slightly over the marker to ensure I can fill my cups, for example when making 2 cups of tea I need to fill the kettle to the 2 and a half cup mark so ensure I have enough water. So whilst this measuring device is not strictly precise, it is better than guessing altogether and I do find myself only boiling water that I need now, where in the past I would simply fill the kettle up without paying much attention. Unfortunately the measure only shows cups and doesn't show millimetres which would be handy when boiling water for cooking. Philips state that using this cup indicator saves users up to 66% energy therefore reducing the impact on the environment, and those electric bills.
The base of the kettle is a pirouette 360° centre connector meaning once the kettle has boiled you can move it around without the cord and base. It also has a cord storage in the base however because the base is also made of plastic and therefore quite light, you have to carefully slot the wire in the hole to make sure the base is standing straight on your kitchen surface. The switch for the kettle has a light which comes on to let you know the kettle is switched on and boiling, though you will sharp know it is boiling because it's not the quietest kettle in the world. I have found however that water boils really quickly with this kettle, often boiling under a minute however this may be because I'm more careful with the water I put in the kettle now, ensuring I only boil what I need, and this may be why I find this kettle boils rather fast. It has a flat heating element for quick boiling and quick cleaning, and also contains a double action filter for cleaner water, however I usually fill mine up with water from my Brita filter jug as we have rather hard water and I hate having lime scale build up in the kettle.
As the kettle is made from plastic the lid doesn't become too hot after boiling. The handle is easy enough to use and the lid snaps shut when you're done filling it up. I've found the water pours nicely, just as I'd expect any kettle to do. The capacity of the kettle is 1.7l, and I've always found that plenty if I'm filling it up to the maximum when cooking. It has a 3kw element which Philips love to mention in the description of this product however after a quick look around there's plenty of kettles with the same capacity with this same wattage so I'm wondering just how 'energy efficient' this kettle really is, and whether it's simply energy efficient down to the fact it encourages you to only boil what you need.
I've found this to be a good kettle, it boils quickly and the cup indicator is handy. It looks nice enough, despite being plastic, and I am pleased with my purchase. You can buy this kettle from Amazon.co.uk
This is a great kettle, very efficient and does it's job perfectly. First the styling, the design of the kettle is very nice quite under-stated without being dull. It has a ncie shape to it and feels good in your hand when filling and pouring. The two tone colours work very nicely together especially on the handle grip. The window up the side to display water level is also marked with cup increments which I find much more useful than the often seen litres. The dock is very unobtrusive and the kettle fits onto it cleanly. The button to operate the power has a nice smooth action and lights up when in operation just so you can be sure. The kettle itself works very well, it boils pretty quickly even when it is full to the top and the resulting noise is quite quiet, not like some other kettles I've had in the past which you can hear next door. The top lid also lifts up smoothly for filling and the filter on the spout is also located here at the top, but unlike other models is attached to the body of the kettly as opposed to the lid itself.
I've had this for a few months now and I can say without doubt it is the best kettle I have ever owner. I was extremely impressed with the build quality, the lid is chunky and easy to open and close, and the spout pours liquid fantastically. The look of the kettle is glossy and of a high quality it doesnt heat up too much so that you could burn yourself. The kettle sits on its docking station very comfortably. It's a well balanced kettle, very comfortable to hold and pour. The one cup (300ml) feature is great and this boils from cold in an astonishing 59 seconds, which I have never heard of before! It does make a slght noise when in use although it is certainly not the loudest kettle I have ever used. With the water level gauge being on both sides of the kettle, it is ideal for both left and right handed users. In all this is a very well thought out and designed product.