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Looks of a metal kettle with the weight of a plastic kettle
Member Name: claire405
Advantages: Light, quick, quiet, 360 degree cordless, wide opening.
Disadvantages: leaks when pouring, lid button sticks a bit
The kettle has a stylish, modern look and goes well with the matching toaster. The main body is brushed aluminium and the spout and the handle are black plastic. The brushed aluminium is great for not showing up fingerprints, but the black plastic shows up limescale marks very easily. There is a transparent window so you can see how much water is left without opening the lid. The inside of the kettle is black plastic and the bottom is metal.
There is a button at the top of the kettle for flipping the lid open. This sticks a bit sometimes and you have to push it quite hard. The opening is nice and wide, so it's easy to fill. The kettle is cylindrical and the whole of the top lifts up, so it's easy to get under the tap if the sink is full. Not really a problem for us as we will it from a filter jug. The kettle being cordless also means there's no unplugging necessary. The base is round and the kettle rotates freely 360 degrees, so you don't have to line anything up to place it back on, making this step very quick too. The base is also non-slip and this has worked perfectly for us so far. The indicator on the side shows the volume in cups rather than ml, but it's on the low side. I find filling it up to the top of the picture of the cup rather than the marker line gives enough for a cup (roughly 250 ml). The markings go all the way up to 6 cups. The full capacity is 1.7 litres. The window does steam up when the water is hot, but not so much that you can't see the water level.
One of the marketing points for this kettle is that it is a one-cup kettle. This means it is fine for boiling just small volumes of water, making it more economical. I live in a very hard water area, and have to pre-filter the tap water before boiling it, otherwise the limescale builds up in a matter of days. I often get impatient in the mornings waiting for the filter and will often boil half cup of water and get the tea bag stewing while the other half is still filtering. I have had absolutely problems with doing this. I don't think as much steam escapes from this kettle as it does with others. This makes it quicker and quieter. 1 cup of water (250 ml) will boil from cold in less than a minute.
The spout is a bit too wide for my liking, so you have to tilt the kettle quite a lot before the water starts to come out and it often ends up down the sides of the cup and on the work top - maybe this is why I need to fill it just over the marking for 1 cup. Because the kettle is mostly made out of plastic, it is much lighter than standard metal kettles, which is always a bonus when trying to pour. I would say it's a similar weight to a standard plastic kettle.
The filter is pretty standard for most kettles. It just slots in front of the spout of the kettle. You can't use these things as an alternative to a filter jug if you have very hard water. Whilst, limescale does build up on it, a lot still gets through and, as I mentioned above, we still need to filter the water through a Brita jug. The filter is easy to remove and wash though.
Like most kettle theses days, the element is concealed, so it very easy to clean the inside. I use one of those powders that you empty inside and boil and it comes up looking like new. Sometimes, I squeeze the juice from a lemon then cut up the lemon into pieces and boil them in the kettle, which also clears the limescale quite well and without making it smell bad. I doubt the inside will ever need cleaning if used in a soft water area. Cleaning the outside of the kettle is easy with a damp cloth.
Overall, I think this kettle was good value for money when bought with the toaster. It looks smart and stylish and does the job quickly and quietly. The water leaks when pouring and the lid sticks a bit, so it's not perfect and loses 1 dooyoo star for these reasons.
* 3 kW.
* 1.7 litre capacity.
* Concealed element for easy cleaning.
* Rapid boil.
* Boil dry protection - automatically switches off when the kettle is empty.
* Removable and washable limescale filter.
* Push button operated lid.
* Keep warm function.
* 360 degree base.
* Non-slip feet.
* Manufacturer's 2 year guarantee.
Summary: Lightweight and stylish
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