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I've had my eye on a new kettle for several months now, I just couldn't make up my mind as to design or colour. I had been umming and aahing over this particular one, and had my hand pushed when the Other Half told me I had 5 minutes to decide. So I bought it. It's a very fashionable cone shape, as in old-fashioned fashionable that is.. It is quite heavy even when empty so possibly not suitable for those who have difficult lifting heavy items. It's a very fluid shape with a small lid and over the top sturdy handle. It also has quite a wide spout which does make filling it easier, and easier to pour, without splashing it all over the place. It has a nice sturdy base and there really no chance of knocking it over accidently. It has a decent length lead which also winds into the base so the excess tucks away quite nicely. It has a good gauge on the size showing a minimum and maximum level. Unfortunately it does end up with condensation in it for quite a while obscuring the number. The leads you back to the age old tradition of guessing the amount of water but gently sloshing it around and making an educated guess! Turning it on is a simple push down small lever on the base. This is perhaps the only flaw that I can see in it, in that where it attaches is actually quite flimsy and I wouldn't be surprised to see that break. Its boil time is extremely quick, less than 30 seconds on a minimal filling. You do have to be careful as the outside does get rather hot. But it does keep the water inside hot for a considerable amount of time. Certainly enough for me to finish a cup of camomile tea and then go back for a refill without re-boiling. It also successfully dissolves granules and the like, it was the last kettles increasing inability to do so that meant it had to go. It's also easy to clean with a quick wipe-over. I don't want to be shallow enough to say the coluor was the deciding factor....but it was. It's a lovely rich red, kind of red wine like. It's a fabulous kettle, it doesn't just do the job, it does it well and it looks fantastic too!