Although I am not usually one to spend a lot of money on something that serves only a menial purpose, I decided to look at the more stylish ranges when it came to choosing a new kettle. This Siemens Porsche model cost around £90 and can be purchased at between £80-£90 on Amazon at the moment. Yes, I will admit that the Porsche link did draw my attention but the question is do Porsche know anything about boiling water?! My theory is that Siemens have designed this funky and sleek piece of kit and used the Porsche brand to sell it.
The kettle is very well designed and it has a brushed metal finish to it and it is extremely lightweight. I would assume that if you were to add a set of wheels and an engine to it, it would beat most other kettles to a lap around the Top Gear circuit! The boiling speed of this kettle is very efficient. One gripe is that after a few weeks I found it began to leak. As I pour boiling water from the kettle it now drips which isnt something I would have imagined happening with such a supposed quality product. I see the anti-limescale filter as an added bonus, but many would expect this from such an expensive kettle. Saying that, a lot of kettles do just come with this anyway, so it isnt anything unique. I expected a lot more unique features for the money, but then how can you do that when all a kettle does is boil water? As the question has been asked, how long does it take to boil? Is it noisy? I wouldnt say the kettle is particularly noisy. It is certainly quieter than most other kettles I have owned, but it isnt £90 worth of quietness! When the kettle is filled to its 1.5litre capacity i would say it takes little more than 3 minutes to boil, but if you only have it half full or less then i would say this is around the 2 minute mark. Im not sure how that compares to other kettles on the market, but I wouldnt say it is favourable in comparison to a cheaper kettle. The kettle is also very effective in keeping the heat in - the outside of the kettle doesnt get particularly hot. There is a button, however, to open the lid with which makes it easy to fill up using just one hand.
I would say that most people looking at this kettle are doing so because they wish to purchase a kettle that is also a talking point. The Casa Bugatti costs over £200 and so this kettle is certainly better placed on cost. The majority of people purchasing this kettle arent looking at the boil speed or the capacity (this one holds 1.5l), they are wanting a focal point for their kitchen - a gadget that is overdesigned and they are happy to pay for it.
We were in the market for a kettle; my husband has a Porsche designed external hard drive, and based on its performance, we were convinced that Porsche's electrics were worth the extra money. How much more, I wasn't sure, but he was dead-set on getting some Porsche electrics for the kitchen. We bought this along with the TT911P2 toaster, and have been quite pleased with the pair of them. The kettle boils very quickly - a full load takes only about three minutes or so. If anything, it is a little too efficient - the water gets very, very hot, and it takes a little longer for my tea to cool down after pouring it. I am hoping that after a few months of use, it will calm down a little! Another key feature which you can't really deny is how striking it looks - we have a chrome kitchen, and the kettle fits in really well - much better than a white plastic job might do. The button on the top which switches the kettle on turns a cool blue when it's working; the OTHER button on top which opens the kettle up is a great alternative to pulling it open by hand. Is it worth the extra money? Maybe not to the tune of 5 times more than your typical kettle, but the aesthetic and technological benefits (for instance, it can spin on the base, which makes it easy to grab from anywhere in the kitchen) do warrant a bit more than you might otherwise pay. But in the end, a kettle only really needs to do one thing! And this kettle does that very well.
Short name: Siemens Porsche