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This Philips HD4671/20 Brushed Metal Energy Efficient Kettle (3000 Watt) has a large 1.7 Litre capacity but is able to boil a small amount of water, enough for just one cup, which Philips state means that you can save up to 66% in energy, not a bad thing at all with the current prices of energy. It has a 360 degree base, a hinged lid that flips up with a single press of a button. An easy to read water level indicator that lights up blue when the kettle is boiling. It has a flat heating element at the bottle of the kettle which means it heats up fast and is easy to clean (i need to de-scale mine regularly due to living in a hard water area). It has a mesh filter fitted inside the pouring spout.
This kettle looks stylish without being too 'on trend' or quirky. The brushed stainless steel effect fits in perfectly with my other kitchen appliance that also have this finish. It has a few extra details that you wouldn't find on a cheaper kettle, i actually love the little perspex strip across the lid, it just adds that extra finishing touch.
I bought this product on 15th Oct 2011, so have been using this kettle for just over 2 years. It gets used multiple times a day, at least 8 times or more (as i am home all day). We try to boil only enough water for that use, and this kettle makes that easy to do. It boils very quickly, much quicker than an Asda value kettle we also own (which is used once a day to get cooled boiled water for baby bottles) and is also very quiet. The quietness is important to us as we live in an open plan house and so cat shut off the kitchen. We have had absolutely no problems with this kettle, its very reliable. My only slight complaint about the kettle is that sometimes when i open the lid to pour any remaining water away (which i do a lot at the moment as i need to use fresh water to make up baby milk) the filter falls out very easily.
I believe that this kettles suggested retail price is around £40. We bought this kettle from Amazon at the prices of £29.99, 2 years ago and it is still selling at this same price today. Camelcamelcamel tells us that the lowest price that amazon has sold this product for is £22.99 for only a few days at a time. The average selling price from amazon is £37.50. It can be found on sale from various other retailers for around £32.
***Why i bought this product***
This product was actually mostly chosen by my husband, as he believes that Philips have a good reputation and is worth paying a little more for. If it was up to me i would probably have gone for a much cheaper kettle. So i would summarise that we selected this kettle on the brand name and also we definitely wanted a stainless steel look to our new kettle.
***Would i buy it again?***
Yes, i would buy this product again at around the £30 price range, i dont know if i would feel so happy if i would have paid the full £40 for it as that is a lot of money for a kettle. But its been so reliable and well used that i would buy this again and recommend it to friends too.
My kettle broke a few months ago tragically. We had been using an old one that was packed away from student days till I spotted one I liked, but then that broke too making my need to buy a new kettle more urgent and forcing me to make a decision.
I have said for ages I didn't want to buy a kettle with a metal body as I know they get very hot on the outer surface and I have young kids who might touch it and get burned. That's all well and good in theory, but you are left with some rather ugly looking white plastic kettles to choose from, so I changed my mind about the only thing I had decided.
This Philips kettle is quite a nice looking kettle and has some good features which make it work a little better than some other models. It is described as an energy efficient kettle - this is a bit of a laughable claim in my opinion as it uses 3000 watts. I'm sure kettles used to use lots less energy than this but take longer to boil, and a quick comparison with other models shows that a lot of them use the same wattage to rapid boil these days.
The claim to energy efficiency is because it shows a one cup marking - we had this on our last energy efficient kettle, but to be fair to Philips, most kettles show a measurement scale in litres which is less clear. Apparently this means the energy concious consumer can boil just one cup of water. I've tried this, and unfortunately the design of the kettle is that you have to tip it virtually upside down to get out the last dregs of water, however some of that one cup is always stuck inside the kettle, and you get a three-quarter cup rather than a one cup. So, if you actually like to drink a full cup, then you need to boil one and a half cups. I was aware of this before my purchase thanks to amazon reviews, but it still makes me have a little rant every time at the waste of this half cup.
The look of this is incredibly stylish so I forgive the kettle its little slip in energy efficiency. It is a combination of brushed steel, and then the water display is done on a grey plastic which runs up both sides of the kettle and across the lid. This is clever as you can stand your kettle facing left or right to see the display, and also, having the plastic on the lid means if you refill the kettle while it is still hot, then there is a safe place to touch the lid to shut it again. The handle and spout are both in black plastic which is a nice contrast, and also stays nice and cool to the touch.
Filling the kettle is done by pressing a button located on the handle which lifts the lid. This button is located well so it is not awkward to hold the kettle with the lid open like this even if filling up to maximum capacity of 1.7litres.
The on/off button is a simple flick switch which glows with a blue light when it is on, so you can see clearly that you have switched it on.
The kettle sits on a base which is also made from brushed steel so it looks very smart. The cable goes into the base rather than the kettle which I always think is safer. Although the cable is quite long - around half a metre, I have been able to coil it around the base to make it a suitable length to sit next to a plug socket at the back of the kitchen bench so my children are not likely to reach up and touch it accidentally because its in the way. The kettle can swivel around through 360 degrees on the base so it doesn't matter what way you put it on, you can then position it to where you want to use it.
This kettle does boil quite quickly. When I first got the kettle I was advised to boil it full once to make sure any residue was washed away. I don't normally boil a full kettle, so this gave me the opportunity to see that it took around 3 minutes 40 seconds to boil 1.7 litres of water. Unlike my last ecokettle which hit the point where it was boiling then switched off, this carries on boiling for a few seconds until you can visibly see the water boiling through the side of the display. It makes a much nicer cuppa because the water is hotter, and it stays hotter for longer than my previous kettle. 1-2 cups boils in about 45 seconds which is pretty quick. Not enough time to do any little chores while the kettle boils. As a bonus, it is not that noisy while it is boiling.
The kettle has a flat heating element, so you can't see the coils like you can in older types of kettles. I don't live in a hard water area anyway, but that must make it less likely to get coated in limescale as there are no metallic surfaces for it to stick to. There is also a filter at the spout of this kettle to filter the water and remove any scale. I have tried removing this to give it a quick rinse - it was simple to remove and wash, then put back in the kettle.
Overall, I really like the modern design to this. The top is slightly slanted and is higher at the handle end than the spout. I chose the brushed steel to match better with my other appliances, and it looks really good. Cleaning it is a simple matter of wiping over with a damp microfibre cloth - marks from a sticker that was on it when I bought it came off very easily, as have a few splashes noticed on the side of the kettle. It is really quite simple to use, and the only real negative is that the outer surface does get hot and stay hot for a while after use, and it is mildly annoying not being able to get the last dribble out when your cup is not quite as full as you want it.
For the £39 I paid for this, I am quite happy with it. After having to boil water in a pan for my cuppas while I waited, any kettle would have been good, but this one is pretty pleasing.
The Philips HD4671/20 Brushed Metal Energy Efficient Kettle, 3000 Watt, 1.7 Litre is a first class product. I have had this kettle a while now and I am very pleased with it. It is a really attractive, stylish appliance. It boils quickly and quietly - and the cup gauge allows you to fill up the right amount needed thus saving energy and time. (Which is good news for tea guzzlers like myself.)
The kettle has a hinged top which makes filling it easier - there is no fiddling about with a difficult to remove lid - which is also a good safety feature. The lid does not overheat when boiling. There is a blue light on the switch which shows you when the kettle is boiling. It sits on a swivel base for safety and convenience which my left handed daughter finds a bonus. There is cord storage in the pirouette base.
It is easy to clean; a quick wipe of the outside with a soft cloth keeps it's brushed metal appearance looking good. It has an anti-calc filter for improved water quality. It holds enough water for about 6-7 cups of tea or as little as one cup should you wish - without giving you that nasty over-boiled taste some kettles seem to give you if you don't put plenty of water in them. And so far the kettle has been very reliable. Maybe this is a little pricier than some kettles out there but I have found it worth paying that bit extra for something which is stylish as well as functional.
Mine was from Amazon and cost around £36 (March 2013). But worth the money I think - I do drink A LOT of tea and it does look a thing of beauty on the work surface.
Currently (11/7/13) this product is £39 on Amazon; £40 on the Phillips website.
Short name: Philips HD4671/20