We bought the kettle in 2001. I love the design & it does the job but the lid has been a pain. We bought a replacement lid about 2 years ago & that lid has broken as well. I think there is a design flaw that needs looking at as it is very dangerous as the first you know about a problem is when the lid falls off when you are pouring boiling water!
In our house we are big coffee and tea lovers so a decent kettle is a must. We had used the same kettle for a number of years and we finally decided to get a new one after our old one started making funny noises. My requirements for a new kettle were that it was a cordless one as I hate trailing leads, it had to have a covered element as I hated the amount of limescale we used to get on our old one, we had just decorated our kitchen and had all new stainless steel appliances so I wanted something that would fit in and it had to have a 360 degree base as I hated having to make sure old our one was positioned properly. I scoured the pages of our trusty argos catalogue and the Prima Clear Boil Kettle really caught my eye. It looked great, had all the features I was looking for and was a great price. I went to argos and bought it that day, really looking forward to getting home and having a play! When I got my new toy home I unpacked it and set it up straight away. It looked really nice. The jug of the kettle was made of glass and the handle was chunky and made from a stainless steel effect material. The lid was a matt black. The base was a 360 degree one and it had a very clever cord storage system underneath it. You can coil the cord up underneath through a set of grooves and then pass it through a slot in order to make it still stably on the counter top. Very clever, all in all so far I was very impressed. I immediately filled it up and watched in amazement as the water boiled. It was really cool to watch the bubbles licking up the side of the glass as the water reached boiling point. I expected the jug to be really heavy as it was made of glass, but it wasn't and the handle was really comfortable and easy to grip. After a few uses I noticed that the limescale built up really quickly but a quick swill out every other day seemed to sort this out. I also had to clean the jug a few times as fingerprints and water splatter
s had clouded the glass a little, a quick wipe over with a damp cloth and it looked like new. I used this kettle many times each day for around 3 weeks with no real problem. One day I had boiled the kettle to make a drink. No problem there. I lifted it off of the base, again no problem. As soon as I began pouring the water into my cup the glass of the jug shattered and glass flew all over the kitchen. I was so lucky that my children were not in the kitchen at the time. I contacted argos and they agreed to replace it as there had been a number of other complaints. I really like the look and ease of use of this kettle but I really did not want to risk the same thing happening again so I replaced it with a different one. This kettle is priced at £31.75 in argos but I have seen it online for less than this as well as more. You can buy it in various different colours and you can aslo get one that has a light inside that shines through the glass as it boils. On the whole this kettle was really nice and simple but it does come with a risk as it is glass. ***AS YOU CAN SEE THIS OP IS NOT ABOUT THE ILLUMINATED VERSION OF THE KETTLE, I HAVE ASKED DOOYOO TO INCLUDE THIS KETTLE IN THE CATEGORY LISTINGS***
Pot noodles take aggggeeeessssss to make. The quicker I can get that water boiled and into the pot of delicious plastic noodles the sooner I can be slurping them down my fat throat. I need a fast kettle, it's essential. The prima PGK300 is one fast son of a boiler. The fastest I've ever had. It isn't plastic, it isn't metal, it's made of glass, it's a seethrough kettle. Great quality that is, seethroughness in a kettle, it means the chubster can see at a glance if it needs more water - and that means countless wasted sink journeys avoided. It looks like one cool dude of a boiling device too. "Oh oh oh I'm on fire" it seems to sing as the orange backlight illuminates the boiling water. Sooooperb. A 360 degree rotation means that either lefthanders or righthanders can use it to make me a quick cup-a-soup and it can sit anywhere in the kitchen comfortably. It holds 1.5 litres of water, enough for plenty noodle snacks. It's cordless as well if that makes any odds to you. Any more to say about a kettle? I think not, do you? OK it might be a bit expensive at about £35 notes a go, but well worth it for a cool-looking fast-boiling easy-to-use piece of kitchen magic. [Chubs 2003]
I was considering buying a stainless steel kettle but sitting on the shelf next to the one I had chosen was the Prima glass kettle. "Take me home," it whispered seductively, "You know you find me attractive." I did - but I wasn't going to admit it to the kettle. "Don't be silly" I replied "You might look nice now but you'll look a total mess in a couple of weeks with the hard water in our area." "But you'll clean me more often to keep me looking good, and I'm on special offer at the moment." I didn't believe it for a second but recklessly gave in to the glamour. "OK I'll give you a go but I bet you end up in the bottom of a cupboard within a few weeks." I felt a bit cheap having given in to the wiles of a wanton kettle. I also felt bad about relegating my trusty Le Creuset hob kettle to just boiling water to de ice the car. For several years I have been using the stove top orange kettle on the gas hob. I had persuaded myself that gas was more energy efficient and previous plastic jug kettles resulted in scummy tea. Over the years, however, I discovered that hob kettles are fine if you are a domestic goddess but while I can boil an egg I seem to run into problems with kettles. The kettle either shrieks at me at inconvenient moments demanding attention or I leave out the whistle and it boils dry. The final straw was the fact that the starlings have started to imitate the whistle and this was beginning to drive me insane. Having justified the purchase I was rather looking forward to trying out my trendy modern appliance. The first thing I noticed was that it was very fast compared to the hob kettle. Secondly, instead of shrieking at me like a demented starling the Prima purred and gave me a most spectacular light show. I was
in love. I was like a child with a new toy and my son shook his head sadly at his mother's strange new preoccupation muttering something about 'little things'. Little did he know that I had recently started talking to kettles too. As dusk approaches my thoughts turn to my kettle. During the day the kettle bursts into action with huge rumbling bubbles efficiently producing boiling water in seconds. But at night it also magically transforms into churning fiery water light show. It is a truly spectacular effect. But like all new things the novelty soon wears off especially when, as I had predicted, the kettle lost its looks. Water marks were beginning to appear and I knew it wouldn't be long before the shiny glass would all be coated in a rough white coat and instead of seductive bubbles I would see a cloudy mess of limescale flakes struggling to escape into my tea. "I told you this would happen," I moaned :violent: at the kettle as I followed the instructions on a very expensive descaler I was about to use on it, " You're going to cost me a fortune in upkeep." "No I'm not," said the kettle "I'm going to save you money actually." Well I can't say that I believed it but had to admit that I did want to keep it looking good? so it had been correct about that. The kettle quietly explained that already saving money by was using it efficiently. The kettle holds a maximum of 1.5L and has a minimum of 0.5 L and I discovered that the minimum is exactly 2 mugs. Because it is glass it is easier to see if you have overfilled it than with the little viewing windows on many kettles. People tend to use more water than needed which wastes both energy and water and although some kettles allow you to boil just one cup of water more often than not I make two cups. U
sing the minimum amount has the added advantage that no water is left standing in the kettle and this reduces the limescale build up considerably. "OK I'm using the kettle more efficiently but descaler is quite expensive what about the cost of keeping it clean?" "Ah!" said the kettle " it is well known that not only does regular descaling save electricity being wasted but it also will help the prolong my life. Anyway I think I'm worth spending loads of money on but if you can't afford it you can always use vinegar." It's not that I don't love my kettle enough to spoil it but I perked up my ears at the idea of using vinegar - somehow that seemed a bit safer to use than chemicals. (OK I know vinegar is a chemical but at least it's one I put on my chips). I have found that 100ml 4fl oz of distilled malt vinegar, or spirit vinegar, diluted in 1.5Lt water (maximum mark) left overnight in the kettle leaves it sparkling clean and my purse happy (vinegar is remarkably cheap). You can speed up the process by adding the vinegar to just boiled water. A quick rinse is afterwards all that's needed. As you can imagine talking kettles don't come cheap but for style, glamour, and an amazing light show in the evening I think it's worth it. Prima clear boil kettle in white yellow or green £29.99 or less if on special offer, in chrome £39.99. 3Kw rapid boil concealed element, cordless 360 deg. Base for left or right handed use. Removable washable filter which isn't really necessary because you'll probably want to keep it clean.
My old kettle was only boiling sometimes and at other times it wouldn't work so I looked in argos for a more reliable one and bought a Prima about three weeks ago. At £26.95 it was quite expensive for a kettle but I was attracted by its looks with its see through glass body so I thought what the hell and went for it. The features of the kettle are a "3kW rapid boil concealed element" and I must say it does boil very quickly, well under a minute if half full. "1.5 litre capacity" which is average for kettle capacity. "360° rotating base" which is handy because you can pick it up from any angle and it is ok for left handed people to use. "Integral light that illuminates whilst boiling" which is its coolest feature! The orange light combined with the rapid bubbles looks like fire but that might give some people a fright! So far I'm really pleased with this kettle. It boils quickly and is a pretty addition to my kitchen. One word of warning is that the glass gets very hot when boiled so if you get one do be careful. I'd definitey recommend it as it makes a change from the usual boring looking kettles on sale.
Short name: Prima PGK300G