NOTE: this review is of a kettle different in appearance to the one pictured. For some reason Dooyoo will not let me add it and have suggested I review under this product
The Prestige brand is a brand of up market, high end kettles and this is one of the art deco range and seemingly is art deco in design although not obviously. It's a tall and fairly bulky cordless 1.5 L kettle - cordless in the sense that the kettle sits on a black plastic plate that is attached to electricity but once boiled, the kettle itself can easily be transported without fiddly wires or being limited to close proximity to a power source. The benefits for this are obvious and it's a real plus to have this flexibility. Capacity is excellent with this kettle at 1.5L but with that also comes quite a bulky, and very heavy, build.
The model we have is stainless steel for the body and a different metal for the handle, which also comprises of a plastic section for comfort. In top of the kettle is a small lid for filling and emptying. This has a rather nifty handle for opening and closing... it functions fairly well although being build into the lid, rather than out of the lid (if you see what I mean) it makes it very difficult to use if the water had just boiled because it gets very hot. I appreciate they didn't want a handle coming out of the top and for aesthetic reasons, this is better but maybe not the most practical.
At the top is an incredibly shallow but wide spout. It can't measure more than a centimeter or 2 in length and can be a little awkward when pouring. It's quite easy to knock the kettle and if full, knock water out of it. It also leads to varying degrees of accuracy when pouring given it's width too. I find it catches me off guard a bit and water starts pouring before I expect it too. I think this could have been made a little longer for ease of use rather than style. Being stainless steel, it also heats up quite quickly although not as badly as other kettles of the same material.
The elements are concealed so cleaning is easy although i do find limescale can collect easily at the bottom. This may have something to do with the fact that the instructions suggest not leaving water in the kettle... but I've ignored that, possibly to my detriment. Who has a kettle though that you can't leave water in?
There is a gage on the side for how much water is in the kettle which remarkably works well. I find these usually break quite quickly but we've had this a few years now and it is still working.
I have seen this kettle retail from around £35 up to an average of about £45-£50 which is quite expensive for a kettle.
In all, it's a flawed kettle in terms of ease of use and function but you certainly can't argue with it's durability given it's working the same now as when we got it 3 odd years ago. It looks good so if in keeping with your kitchen style that's a plus but I'd personally opt for something that functions better.
I bought this kettle to go with our newly decorated kitchen. I felt that because it looked so beautiful it was worth the money. I was particularly keen on the traditional design; I felt it suited our 'country cottage' style kitchen nicely. In terms of its appearance this kettle was exactly what we wanted and the pouring action on the kettle was extremely good. I felt this was a really important feature; there is nothing worse than a kettle that spews water onto the work surfaces.
The kettle only holds 1.5 litres of water, which is slightly under the average, but unless you have lots of people around for a coffee at one time, its not much of an issue. Unfortunately, it was not all good. After around ten months of use the kettle started to leak and, perhaps as a result of this, the light on the switch didn't work properly. We didn't worry too much about the leaking, as long as the kettle was left empty after use, it really wasn't too much of a problem. However, after another year the kettle stopped working altogether and needed to be replaced. It was a shame, because although it had its issues this really is one of the cutest kettles you can buy!
If someone wanted a really nice looking kettle, I would still recommend this. I feel that even though it has been on the market for quite a while, it is still one of the nicest looking electric kettles available.
Deco by Prestige is simply fabulous! With echoes of the 1920's Deco movement this new and exciting line of kitchen products captures the feelings of the era with excitement over the rise of commerce technology and speed / With intense colours geometric shapes and a touch of luxury these sophisticated products will bring back the excitement of progress development and indulgence to your kitchen / Matching toaster available 2300 Watt concealed fast boil element Highly polished cast stainless steel handle 360 Degree cordless base with chrome border 1.5 Litre capacity Easy to read water indicator Boil dry safety cut out Integrated over heat protector Cord storage Suitable for left and right handed use / Short name: Prestige 42331