I bought this because a) it looked sleek and modern and b) it was cheap. Yes, I know. Neither will be my criteria for buying a kettle again. I've had mine for 3 years now and it's developed a leak in the bottom of the black trimming which means a cup of tea brings with it the need for constant mopping. Plus the lid is stiff so I end up never bothering to take it off to fill the kettle which leads to more spillage as I fill it at the spout. I like the fact that the cord is short as it makes it neater on the worktop but next time I wouldn't go for a polished steel version as it's always covered in finger prints. There's a fairly clear gauge on the side for showing the measuring the water but other than that there's no other functions. It's fairly quiet and the stand is gentle on my wood worktop. And, to summarise, for the £30 I paid it does the job. But if you want straight forward you could probably get something cheaper and if you want modern gadgety you could get something better quality. This isn't either.
This is a basic kettle. It has a nice chrome finish, the handle and base are black. Russell Hobbs do a toaster in same finish (read my review). It has a rapid boil, not that quiet but not nearly as bad as some I have heard. The BIG negative is that the lid for some strange reason got stuck quite early on, and we cannot get it off! This means that we always have to fill the kettle from the spout. Ah, the spout... The tiny little spout. Would not be a problem if I was just using it to pour, but when you are having to use it to fill from the tap, it is not great. Strong points - it sits on a corded base, the cord length is good, and can be wound round underneath for tidyness if you don't need the whole length. The kettle itself is cordless, and when sitting on the base can be spun round - not in a locked position. The handle is comfortable. The water level can be seen throught the marked level gauge. The red 'on' button illuminates when pressed to boil and automatically switches itself off. Would recommend this if not for the lid problem. I am used to it now, but annoying if you like to fill from the lid and want to properly clean inside the kettle from time to time. Amazons current price is a whopping £55.40, which I would not pay for this kettle. £29.34 is the best price I have seen from edoxa.co.uk which is a huge difference so shop around.