Product Type: Prestige kettles
Newest Review: ... nice. The gauges glow blue when the kettle is switched on. ===What I like about the Prestige Dakota Kettle=== I have this kettle in black... more
A decent kettle
Prestige 51047 Dakota
Member Name: j9j8j7
Prestige 51047 Dakota
Date: 16/06/13, updated on 15/12/13 (129 review reads)
Advantages: Heats up quickly, low maintenance, looks nice
Disadvantages: High minimum level, have to be careful when pouring
After a poor experience with a very expensive Morphy Richards kettle I switched to buying dirt cheap value kettles. I went through a string of different brands' budget kettles but each one died after about 6 months. I decided to switch to something mid-range. I wanted a not too expensive kettle that would last a few years. After reading loads of reviews I settled on the Prestige Dakota Jug Kettle which cost me a little over £20 (at the time) and came with a two year guarantee.
Like most kettles, this one holds up to 1.7L of water and has an automatic boil-dry safety cut out. It has a 3000W concealed element. After my budget kettles I realize how much I appreciate having a concealed element since I live in a hard water area- the lime scale builds up much slower and needs to be descaled less frequently than an exposed element.
This kettle has a 360 degree swivel base (meaning you can place the kettle on facing any way) and the base is non-slip so it doesn't migrate across your worktop. There is space inside the base to wrap excess cord, but since the cord is relatively short (75cm) I don't see this as a terribly useful feature.
There are water level gauges on both sides of the kettle making them easy to see, but they only mark the minimum level, 1L, and the maximum (1.7L). A few more level markings would have been nice. The gauges glow blue when the kettle is switched on.
===What I like about the Prestige Dakota Kettle===
I have this kettle in black with blue water level gauges. It looks reasonably nice (far better than the nasty white budget kettles). It heats up reasonably quickly. A full kettle of water boils in about 3 and a half minutes (I just timed it as 3m 32s, but the exact time varies depends on the starting temperature of the water). It takes about a minute and a half (just timed at 1m 28s) at the minimum level (about 650ml).
The screen over the spout works well and prevents any stray calcium build up from escaping into your tea. It is easy to remove and clean and pops back into place without fuss.
This kettle is relatively quiet when boiling, which is nice.
===What I don't like about this kettle===
My biggest gripe is the high minimum level. At 650ml the minimum level is far too much water for a single cup of tea. It is even too much for two mugs of tea or coffee- so this isn't the most economical kettle.
The pouring spout is relatively shallow so you have to pour the water slowly or you risk spilling it. This is fine for a cup of tea but can be a little irritating if you are pouring a full kettle into a pot for pasta. Sometimes I just open the lid to pour out a full jug into a pot since I don't care about the water going through the screen.
===Price and Availability===
I bought my kettle off Amazon for £22, but it is currently listed at £31.83 (the blue version is listed at £19.99). I think it was excellent value for money when I bought it, but don't think it is overpriced even at full price.
I am reasonably happy with this kettle. After 8 months it is still working well. The 2 year guarantee gives me peace of mind. It heats up quickly and doesn't require much maintenance. I just wish the minimum level was a bit lower.
Update: Another 6 months on and this kettle is still going strong.
Summary: A decent kettle at a reasonable price.
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