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My boyfriend moved into his flat this week but he never bothered buying anything or preparing himself and so he had no furniture or accessories to go in it, he also has work everyday so he gave me his money and told me to go buy everything (no pressure much!) so of course a necessary item to have is a kettle. Since I had to furnish a full flat in one day with limited money I was on the scout for cheap items that were not rubbish, waltzing into Tesco I first of all picked up a kettle that was £25 but as I walked around more I found this for just £10 so this went straight into the trolly.
This kettle comes in a box with clear plastic and the instructions, we didn't care about the instructions and the installation is pretty simple, you just get the plug and put it in the plug socket, done! The wire is very short which means that we have to put it right in front of the plug socket and I'd say that this is the only downfall we have found with this so far. The kettle is black and it's shiny, we are going for a black theme which is why I got this one.
This kettle only takes a couple of minutes to boil, it says it's rapid boil but it's never occurred to me to actually see how long it takes to boil but to me it isn't important. This holds 1.8 litres of water but because there's only two of use we don't need to fill this up completely but when people come round we can get about 4 large cups and a smaller cup made out of one boil so that's pretty good.
So far this kettle ticks most of the boxes, it's black, it has enough room to make a few cups of tea, easy to clean by just rinsing it out. The only downside is the size of the wire but it isn't anything to worry about.
i know kettles aren?t the most interesting of items, but most of us use one everyday ~ probably more than once too! when our old kettle was looking a bit grubby, and started to boil only when it felt that way inclined, we decided it was time to replace it (it was about six years old after all). our kettle was a white, cordless swan kettle and it had served us well ~ it had now earned its place in the great kettle graveyard and was ready to pass the torch on to a new model?.but now we faced the decision about what the worthy successor would be! it seems that kettles come in all shapes, sizes and prices. we just wanted a kettle but the array on offer is pretty mind blowing. finally we decided on another swan kettle (our previous one had lasted well and had been very reliable up until last off) and this time we went for a rapid boil (it uses 3-kw of electricity), cordless model, retailing currently in index for £19.99. i am really impressed with my new kettle! it doesn?t need cleaning as often because it is graphite and silver (my old one was plain white and soon looked dirty and needed wiping a lot). it is contemporary and stylish and, because it is a dark colour, it is going to look better for a lot longer ~ it was ending up that the old one never looked white any more, no matter how much it was cleaned and there is nothing worse than a grey looking appliance in an otherwise clean looking kitchen! never having had a rapid boil kettle before i wasn?t sure whether it would make any difference, but i must admit that it does boil quicker and i would say this is more efficient. i am also pleased with the washable filter ~ this is easy to remove and clean and means that there is no build up of lime scale in the kettle. we live in an area where the water is quite soft, but we do get lime scale to a small degree. i much prefer a drink from a nice clean kettle ~ this filter seems to be very effective and convenient for us and
eliminates any of those horrible floating white bits that you can get without a proper filter. Our kettle holds 1.8 litres of water and the graduations on the water level indicator are easy to read. You can also see the water level on both sides, through ?windows? making it doubly easy to see the amount of water left. Another great thing about this model is that it is suitable for both left and right handed people ~ the clear cut-outs are on both sides, as is the level indicator and minimum/maxim fill markers. The base is stable, round and is also just as easy to use which ever hand you pick it up with. This is because the kettle rotates freely on the base through 360◦. This rotation is also handy when I?m pouring boiling water from the kettle to a pan ~ my cooker is to the right of where my kettle plugs in, so it is much easier to use my left hand to pour (whereas I would usually pour into a mug using my right hand). Filling the kettle is easy ~ the lid is easy to open and close, it also closes securely with a click, so you know that it is safely shut and isn?t going to pour boiling water out. The cord can also be stored in the base, just letting as much out as you need to reach the socket. This makes it safer to have on your work surface and keeps the flex from trailing where children might get hold of it! The button to switch it on and off is located on the top of the handle. It is large and it is easy to tell whether you?ve pressed it in or not ~ there?s also a light on the base that comes on when you?ve got the kettle on. This is a good safety feature because it is a visual reminder of when you have boiling water on the go! A small amount of steam does comes out of the spout when the kettle reaches boiling point but this is only minimal and doesn?t create a problem of scalding?all in all it seems a pretty ?safe? kettle (if anything that
creates boiling water can be termed ?safe"). For the money this is an excellent kettle. It is attractive to look at, works efficiently and quickly and is very easy to operate. I have seen kettles that cost lots more money that don?t have as many features as this one. We purchased it last November and have been very pleased with how it has served us so far. Alun is a bit of a coffee addict and can get through lots in a day. In the few months we?ve had the kettle it has taken quite a lot of hammering and has boiled a hell of lot of water with no hiccups at all! I am pleased with my choice and am sure that we?ll have many happy years of boiling to come!
Ah yes, the time had come. My little banana yellow bouncing, boiling friend in the corner of the kitchen was signalling its swansong. In plain terms my kettle was about to die. I?ve had it maybe, mmmm, two or three years I think. It was a Hinari Lifestyle (I wrote about it at the time!) kettle in a nice yellow colour for a price I could afford but, being fairly cheap and cheerful, it had its problems. It had always bounced about precariously when boiling, threateningly to somersault off the kitchen worktop, and in its final few months I could only get it to work by strategically levering it up with a teaspoon so that the connections on kettle and base would meet! You had to get the angle just right you know?..it was very technical. Anyway, the novelty was wearing as thin as the kettle and I gradually came to terms with the fact that I would have to spend out on a new one after several months in denial. I?m on a tight budget so I have to shop around for these things which I hate spending money on anyway. My old kettle was £9.99 if I remember rightly and I was hoping to spend about the same again. So it was research time. When I had the opportunity I looked around the shops locally ? Woolworths, Robert Dyas, Index, Argos, etc ? to get an idea of what was available. To be blunt the majority of those in my price range looked cheap and looked like they wouldn?t last long and so would be a false economy. I was after a cordless jug kettle and luckily they seem to be the most common type available so there was certainly plenty of choice ? but not that suited my pursestrings. So after a fruitless search offline and then turned to internet shopping. After searching a few retailers and bargain sites I turned back to my old faithful ? Ebay. I wanted to make sure I was buying a new, unused one and checked the feedback reputation of the sellers (very important!) of items I was interested in. Eventually I placed bids on three different kettles which caug
ht my eye and met my requirements, all starting at a low price which would obviously rise ? just how far was the matter in hand. I struck lucky! The one I liked most ? the Swan Rapid Boil ? was the kettle I won with the highest bid. Including postage & packing I paid £10.80 for it ? according to most shops and catalogues it normally retails for between £19.99 and £24.99 depending where you go, of course. So it was a good buy either way! A few days letter my new kettle arrived to usurp my old bouncy boiler. It looked very modern and classy ? a dark, gunmetal grey colour with a clear water level indicator, indicator light, 360 degree rotational base, lightweight and fitted plug of course. A very idiot-friendly instruction leaflet accompanied it. It has a maximum capacity of 1.8 litres, more than my old kettle, which is good considering the amount of coffee I get through in a day. Its minimum fill level is marked as 0.7 litres but it will function with no problem at about 0.5 litres if you want to boil just enough for one cup at a time (saves energy). There is an emergency cut out which acts if you attempt to boil the kettle when empty too. So it was test time. Or rather time for an essential cup of coffee and to see how my new appliance peformed. I like the design. Although it?s the biggest kettle I?ve ever had I actually found it very easy to manoeuvre (I have weak wrists/hands). Unlike most kettles it does not have a full curved handle but an open one which points straight down and has finger grip shaping ? I found this very helpful. The 360 degree rotational base was handy too ? no more fiddling about to match up connections, you can just plonk it back on the base in any position. Its easy to fill with a flip open lid which reveals a large opening and a built in filter to skim off any limescale scum from the water on pouring. Its also quite mesmerising watching the water boiling and bubbling through the clear indicator panel! (See, a watc
hed kettle DOES boil!!) It does boil pretty quickly compared to my old one (roughly half the time) although friends have commented that it?s quite noisy just before it switches off! That doesn?t bother me though. If you need to re-boil it for any reason it?s ready to leap into action again in 20 seconds. Well, I think that pretty much covers all its features. Like all kettles to clean it you should not immerse it in water but wipe it clean inside and out and remember to de-scale it regularly if you don?t use anything that does for you along the way (using filtered water helps). My verdict ? I?m very pleased with my bargain boiler. It looks good, works well, handles well and does the job, and that?s about all I require from a kettle really!