Product Type: Philips kettles
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Philips HD4644 Energy Efficient Kettle
Member Name: Gemma_C
Philips HD4644 Energy Efficient Kettle
Advantages: The one cup indicator means I only boil exactly what I need.
Disadvantages: The plastic base can feel slightly flimsy.
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
Summary: A great kettle which I hope is saving energy!
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