Product Type: Prestige kettles
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Prestige 51047 Dakota
Member Name: cazkins
Prestige 51047 Dakota
Advantages: Sleek design, glossy red plastic exterior, easy to use, reliable, cordless
Disadvantages: See review
I bought one of these almost a year ago now using a few Tesco vouchers from their Direct Catalogue for around £30. For what was essentially a freebie with the Clubcard points, I was still looking for something reasonably long-lasting a high quality; I haven't been disappointed greatly yet so I'm happy enough with it.
Dakota wasn't a brand I'd heard of before, but I came across a few kitchen appliances in their range when I was browsing and the designs caught my eye. The kettle looked shiny and neat, and the red was quite funky compared to my usual opting of silver and stainless steels. I also noticed that the glossy colour looked ever so slightly glittery, making it really stand out.
This is described as a 'stylish jug kettle' and it definitely looks the part. It's smooth, shiny and bright, with a neat grey/black contrast on the handle and lid, along with a small section of silver at the bottom. To spice things up a bit, the transparent area where you can see the water lights up blue when it's boiling, just to set it apart from the crowd.
Something I've found irritating in the past has been the cord, which can either be too long or short and the base can often slip depending on your surface. With this kettle, there's cord storage and a non-slip base, which solves those issues. When I refer to the cord, I mean for the base itself as the actual kettle is cordless. The base also offers a 360 degree swivel, which makes it more agronomical for both left and right handed usage. The handle also has a soft-grip outer material which makes it easier to hold and pour.
Some kettles can be quite tacky, even if they look sturdy, and that can be a problem for the lid. Fortunately this has a button to press and automatically open it, and it's a fairly smooth action and hasn't been a problem thus far. It doesn't have a flap (not sure how else to describe it) at the end where you pour the water out either which means there's one less thing to worry about breaking off.
In terms of what it stores, this has a 1.7 L capacity which is plenty for a family round of tea. There's a concealed element inside to help reduce lime scale and so far the quality of the inside of my kettle has stayed relatively decent. It's easy to see how much water you're putting in because of the clearly labelled black marking on the transparent area towards the front right, and this shows the guidelines for minimum and maximum levels.
The only little downside that I've noticed overtime is that it can occasionally leak slightly when you pour; the spout is designed well for pouring, and yet sometimes water has gone elsewhere down the kettle rather than in the cup. Nonetheless, I haven't found this to be a big problem, and water going down it doesn't hurt it because it's plastic, rather than a metal.
The boiling time is fairly quick, obviously not instantaneous, but reasonable in my opinion, as is the noise level. I don't know of a silent kettle, but there's no bells or whistles so it's as understated as possible. Aside from the blue light that is, which I think looks very funky!
Overall, this is one I would recommend not just for it's appearance but because it's so far been good quality, easy to use and reliable, whilst also being priced reasonably all things considered.
Retails around £25 - 30.
Summary: A sexy looking kettle if ever there was one
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