In October 2009 I bought a Philips jug kettle from the Amazon website, which cost £25.49.
Philips is a world renowned brand originally from the Netherlands and started in 1891. It is now a leader in domestic electrical white goods and appliances.
The kettle I ordered from Amazon is, to give it its full title, a Philips HD4646/00 White Cordless Jug Kettle - 2.4kw.
The package is a small rectangular box and it is easy to open. The boxed product weight is just 1.4 Kg. It contains the kettle, the base unit complete with flex and plug and a consumer booklet.
The kettle itself looks very smart in white with a white base, handle and lid. It has two easy-to-view water-level indication windows on either side of the kettle. The indicators are graduated with marks for 0.5, 1 and 1.5 litre levels.
The handle is very well designed with curves for providing a firm hold and the lid is easy to open. The spout is wide with a removable lime scale filter. You can fill water via the spout or via the lid. I recommend that you use the open lid to fill. Use of the spout usually leads to water splashing everywhere.
It boils water fast and energy-efficiently. The boil-dry protection system switches the kettle off when there is no water inside, and a one-shot thermal fuse completely cuts off the power in the event of a fuse short-circuit.
I bought this kettle as our last one 'died'. So I was desperately in need of a new one. When I searched on Amazon and found the Philips HD4646 I immediately made a decision to buy. I have had many products from Philips that have given me very good user experience and after reading other users' opinions and finding they were all very satisfied with their choice of this kettle I was happy to make the purchase.
Compared to many kettles on the market it is rather stylish and modern although it's not a new design. When I put the white kettle in my kitchen I was happy with its appearance. It is easy to clean and boils quickly. I found it took 2mins and 30secs to bring 1 litre of water to the boil.
However I have two minor criticisms. Firstly I find the kettle a little noisy when working although this might be due to my worktop acting as a bit of a sounding board. Secondly it took a quite a while before I could get rid of the 'new kettle' smell and taste you get from the boiled water. Despite boiling and then rinsing the kettle several times before actually using the water to make drinks I found it was 2 weeks before I stopped noticing that funny new taste you get.
Overall I would like to say it's a reliable and efficient kettle and I recommend it.
i got the philips hd4646 jug kettle and i have to say its not a good kettle at all'....its more than good that is' its one of the best ive ever used. its a great kettle great design and looks. strong build qaulity and nice handle design the button is mounted on the top of the handle i always like this feature because it makes it easy for one handed use for example you can fill the jug and just set it on its cordless base and flick the switch with your thumb all in one move great' also its concealed elment means it stays clean. the lid is well made as it snaps shut with a good clear clicking sound. as is the mechanism for holding the lid closed....but this dosent stop you from oppening the lid easily as the handle on top of the lid is on a well made pivit witch makes it realese the mechanism easily when you pull on the 'lid handle'. the thickness of the kettles wall is also great as it seems to be twice as thick as some others out there. its a rapid boil kettle and it works well as it boils a full kettle 1.5 litres in about 3.5 minutes not bad at all. like i said earlier the handle is good because its well balanced and it makes it easy to pour. and the spout is also great as it pours without dripping water every were. the base as im sure you know is the round 360 deg type witch makes it easy to set the kettle on. overall this is one of the better jug kettles ive used through the years as every thing is good about it. i cant say anything bad about it. overall good design good build qaulity good looks reliable and great price. i fully recomend it to any one. 26-3-2009
I have had the Philips HD4646 for a number of years now and it is a very reliable kettle.
My thoughts on its shape are that it has clean lines, nice overall appearance, mine is white, I don't think it comes in any other colour but then I haven't really looked. I like white goods in my kitchen so it suits me fine.
It is a jug kettle which basically means it sits on a base which has a plug connection to the wall, and the kettle itself comes off this connection when boiled so it becomes cordless. I like this feature a lot. It doesn't have a problem reconnecting either unlike some kettles I have used in the past.
My kettle the Philips HD4646 has never silted up or calcked up so there is no need of descalers. This may be due to the filtration piece that is in the neck of the kettle. Its a tiny lip filter triangular in shape that fits where the pouring spout is, and believe me it keeps all the muck out. Just a gentle wash out occasionally and my kettle is as clean as a whistle. Just don't get the base wet.
Easy to keep clean on the outside and inside. Easy to use Nice lines, it has an easy to grip handle and and on off switch at the top of this which turns itself off when the water is boiled, which usually takes around 3.5minutes if that to boil from full. The kettle has indicators on a clear window up the side of the kettle which you can fill to to show either cup or litre sizes depending how much liquid you want to boil at any one time. I would recommend over two cup fulls at least otherwise it may not get on too well with the smallest amounts.
You don't want it to boil dry.
Capacity is 1.5 litres
kw power is 2.4
element is a concealed unit
and as I mentioned before it is a jug style with stand alone base.
I find that the boiling time is rapid (and the blurb states thats what they company call this kettle a Rapid boil.)
Pretty much all I have to say on the subject really, now where is my cup of tea.?
Short name: Philips HD4646