The kettle I had for last eight years broke down last month and of course like most people I can't survive without my tea so had to rush out and get a kettle. Normally I research for best deal and don't mind waiting a few days, but in this instance as it was a classified 'emergency' I popped to Argos, checked through catalogue and plumped for this choice.
It seems like this comes in two different colours as the version in the picture is Red whilst mine is a silver stainless steel but this is a minor point. For me when buying a Kettle I don't look for many features but a few are essential. Firstly there needs to be a clear water level indicator which is accurate. I don't like wasting water which is why this is so important and of course I don't want the occasions where I underestimate the amount of water and need to boil another amount.
Secondly I had when the dirt and scale builds up in the kettle which usually happens after constant use. I want an easy cleanable solution and this kettle has a system where there is a removable washable scale filter so this works for me. Also I have notice that the gap to fill the water is bigger here than my previous kettle and whilst this is not essential it is a nice plus.
Of course boil speed is important this is where this kettle has a big advantage over my old one. I would say it is twice as fast and literally as soon as I press the button it is off and whizzing and you can expect in 30-45 seconds for your water to be ready. By far the fastest kettle I have seen although I am sure there are faster ones out there!
The final advantage really is that it isn't too heavy. I have very weak wrists due to sports injuries so hate straining them. Especially when holding under the gap and with the kettle getting heavier this used to be a real nuisance. Whilst not perfect, now with the kettle weighing less it means the overall weight with the water is a lot easier to handle.
One of the pet hates for me when it comes to kettles is when lids become stiffer and stiffer with more use. Before you know it suddenly you are having the battle of your life just to open the lid to pour water in to your kettle. Thankfully this kettle is made with slightly better build and I can't envisage any problems in the future in regards to this but who knows what the future holds so watch this space.
Overall this is a great kettle, that does what it needs to do and it does it fast. It is efficient, easy to clean, not too heavy so what more can you ask for from a kettle. It doesn't look like it retails at Argos anymore but if you shop around online you can snap it up for around £30-35. This gets four stars from me.
3 kW / Rapid boil / Boil dry protection / automatically switches off when the kettle is empty / Removable and washable limescale filter / Pull back lid / 360 degree base / Non-slip feet / Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee / 1.7 litre capacity / Concealed element for easy cleaning / By Philips / Short name: Philips HD4666/40