We decided on buying this kettle for our first home about 18 months ago- to be honest i presumed Swan was a decent brand and i was swayed by the novel fact is illuminated in blue as it boiled!
It collects limecale really easy, the filter inside was easy to clean the limescale off but the edges of the spout and the rim of the top lid was a differant matter. They quickily became eroded with limescale and nothing would budge it! Then the Swan logo wore of the front, leaving the odd bit of red sticky residue in its place grrr- by this point i was extremely disapointed with the kettle but decided id paid so much for it i was going to get my moneys worth and afterall it did boil water quickly, so it was doing its job.
About 10 months later my partner was boiling it one morning to make our babies feed, when he herd loud crackling then a big pop which was followed by a burning smell. The kettle was a complete write off- a gonner!
I wasn't impressed by this at all, surely a kettle should last at least 2-3 years... ours looked like we had been using it for years and it was on its last legs, hardly the idea we baught into! In the end i gave in trying to fix it, i went out and baught a new one- this one is black and plastic, but still very stylish looking. We havn't had any problems with limescale cosmetically on this one, maybe due to it been plastic- who knows.
The only positive that comes to mind with this kettle is that its a fast boiler, the plastic one we now have takes a while longer- lets hope it lasts a while longer too!
Short name: Swan SK1115