Product Type: Prestige kettles
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Sleek but flawed
Prestige 51047 Dakota
Member Name: historywitch
Prestige 51047 Dakota
Advantages: Lights and speed and sleek appearance
Disadvantages: Wide handle and difficulties pouring. Noisy
I'm not a huge tea or coffee drinker but my husband needs coffee to function so a kettle is an essential in our house. A few months ago our old kettle went pop.....fizzle....bang and emitted a sad little plume of smoke, so my husband left immediately to go and get the much needed replacement. He returned home with this kettle from Sainsburys which cost him £29.97. A matching toaster is also available for £25.97. The kettle retails from the Prestige website for £35 and from Amazon for around £30.
My first impressions of this kettle were that it was much sleeker than our clunky old basic kettle that we had had before. It has a more aesthetically pleasing shape, the lid pops up at the touch of a button, bits light up and the kettle is red with a subtle sparkle. The base feels light but its design means that the kettle can swivel so the handle can be on the left or the right hand side (or indeed anywhere inbetween). This is useful for us due to the position we have placed the kettle in the kitchen, it can be swivelled to the left to pour into a saucepan and to the right to fill cups placed on the worksurface. Unlike our old kettle where we had to wrench the lid up to fill the kettle this one has an easy to press button above the handle, although the cynic in me wonders how long it will work. A sleeker switch under the handle starts the kettle running. The spout has a small filter which is very easy to remove and rinse under the tap, which is a godsend when you live in a hard water area like us.
This kettle has 3000w and a 1.7 litre capacity (6-8 cups) and is supposed to be a rapid boiler. It does seem to be quicker than our old basic model, however it is also proportionately louder, so much so that I actually took a step back the first time that I used it. It roars at you and the noise starts pretty much straight away rather than building slowly. When it is in operation the two strips on either side of the handle light up with a blue light, illuminating the level of water in the kettle. The level gauge is pretty easy to read, but its not something I use as I am more interested in making sure that the water in the kettle is over the minimum required. Apparently the kettle has a boil-dry cutout but I prefer not to test that, not even for a Dooyoo review. It also has an overheat protector which I also have not had reason to use yet, but I suppose if you wanted a cup of tea every ten minutes for an hour this would be annoying.
So it looks nice and it boils quickly albeit noisily, so why the three stars? Well, it has some serious defaults when it comes to pouring. The mouth of the kettle is wide rather than narrow and curved so when you pour the water comes out fast and fills a cup much quicker than the traditional kettle style. Then there is the awkwardly styled handle which makes the kettle difficult to pick up easily, especially if you have small, weak hands like me - I can't physically lift the kettle with one hand when it is full. The handle is too wide for me to get my hand around it securely and the 'soft grip' handle doesn't feel very secure under my fingers. Finally the handle is angled and weighted so that you have to fight to stop it from tipping forward when you lift it up. When the kettle is very full its even harder to fight the kettle and I am worried about an accidental spill of water on me or my children. I prefer to boil it several times if I need more than two cups of water because of these concerns.
This is a nice kettle but I would not recommend it to anyone with small children or small/weak hands. It is quick to boil and it looks lovely on our worktop, plus the lights are an added little bonus feature. However it is not very well designed and it is very noisy when it is in use which is annoying if you want to watch something on television or have a conversation whilst the kettle boils.
Summary: Not the best kettle in the world
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