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A while ago when looking at items that needed replacing ready to move into a new house I decided to buy a new kettle. The kettle I'd previously been using belonged to my partner and as we're going our separate ways I needed to buy one of my own for use before I moved while I'm living in our shared house by myself and for afterwards when I move elsewhere. I knew I wanted a black kettle but most of the black ones either cost a fortune or didn't look right however I found an ebay seller who had kettle and toaster sets so I bought one. The set cost me £25 including delivery and I've since noticed these Sabichi kettles on Amazon for £11.99 plus £6.99 shipping. I think I got a bit of a bargain because of the large price for shipping on Amazon.
Sabichi isn't a name I've heard of but I'm not too fussed about particular names as long as the item does the job it's supposed to so I wasn't worried about the brand. The kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity, is cordless so boils on a plug in base but doesn't have a cord to get in the way when pouring water from the kettle, has a boil dry safety feature so if you turn it on with no water in it the kettle automatically switches itself off so it can't boil dry. It also has a filter for sifting out flakes of limescale which is handy as I live in a hard water area. It claims to have a safety lock lid and I don't really know what that's supposed to be but the lid is very stiff so quite difficult to open, is that the safety lock? When you first open the box the base of the kettle is inside the actual kettle so don't do what I did and start thinking the base wasn't there!
The kettle is plastic and glossy black so while it doesn't show up fingerprints badly it does show any scuffs but they've so far rubbed off on mine. If you scratched the plastic though it would show up alot. The filter is a small piece of plastic with fine mesh in it that slots in between the spout and kettle so when you pour it filters out limescale, this piece removes easily and washes fine.
When you buy a new kettle it will make the water taste funny if you don't boil it a couple of times throwing the water away each time before use. I washed mine first to get rid of some of the new plastic smell and then boiled it several times to make sure it was gone and after all that it was. It's easy to wash the kettle as long as you don't submerge the area that fits onto the base and contains contacts.
Using the kettle is simple you fill it, slot it onto the base then wait for it to boil. I like the fact the on switch on the back of the kettle lights up while it's boiling as I've often thought I'd switched the previous kettle on only to find I hadn't or I had but hadn't slotted it onto the base properly so this is very handy for me. The light turns off once the kettle has boiled too. The clear window on the side of the kettle lets you see if there's any water in it and you can watch it bubble as it boils if you're a bit sad like me!
The base is a bit odd though. It has a very short cable and you literally have to place it right near a socket to plug it in, this is not helped by the fact the cable lead comes out of the front of the base so at the front of the kettle rather than behind it. This means you can only just turn the kettle away from the wall before boiling it so a longer lead would have been better. The stiff lid also means if you want to open the top of the kettle it's best to wait until it's cooled down a bit or you may well splash yourself with boiling water, I know because I've done it! To open the lid you just hook your fingers under the handle and pull. I tend to fill kettles through the spout so opening the top isn't something I do alot.
The kettle boils water in a couple of minutes, it's actually pretty quiet for a kettle too and doesn't make alot of noise so again that switch light is useful for knowing if the kettle is on. The switch light is orange for anyone wanting to know and down is on.
Overall this is a basic kettle that isn't all singing and all dancing but does look nice in the glossy black colour. The slightly angular shape makes it look modern and the only faults I can find are the short cord and the fact the cord comes out of the front of the base which I feel I have to deduct one star for. Otherwise though it isn't expensive, has the rather helpful fliter in the spout, boils quickly and has that light to tell you if it's on and I rather like it. I've been using this for a few months now and haven't had any problems with it and I hope it will be in good working order for many years to come. Available on both Amazon and Ebay.