“ Brand: Swan / Design: Traditional / Capacity: 1.7 Liter / Cord Type: Corded / Power: 3000 W / Body Material: Stainless Steel / Water Level Indicator: With Indicator / Exterior Color: Silver „
For me the kettle is one of the most important parts of any kitchen. For some reason I have been through a few kettle in the past few years. Sometimes they just stop working which I blame on the fact that they get so much use in my house but other times I just fancy a change so buy a new one. This Swan kettle was one that I bought when I wanted all my accessories in my kitchen to be stainless steel. It is also available in a variety of different colours which to my mind look better than the stainless steel does but perhaps that's just because I am a little bit bored of everything looking so clinical in the kitchen.
The kettle costs in the region of £25 which isn't a bad price at all for it though it does have some problems which put me off it.
I love the look of the kettle. It is domed shaped and is supposed to look like a hob kettle but because most of my kettles have been taller and narrower the rounded shape of this kettle actually looks different and more modern to my eyes than the more traditional shape of kettles we have now.
The stainless steel does give it a more modern edge as well and it doesn't look out of place in an ultra-modern kitchen.
The kettle itself is cordless and has a black plastic handle which doesn't conduct the heat so it is fine to carry about the kitchen to wherever you might need the water. You do have to be careful where you position your hand on the handle however as the spout sits high up on the base and so you can end up burning your hand on the steam if you aren't careful.
The spout itself is wide enough to fill the kettle from which is good as the actual lid for filling the kettle is a little awkward to open and close with the small knob it has as a handle and the fact that is so tightly fitted.
It also has a concealed element which is good and a filter at the spout which is needed as the inside of the kettle is one of the worst I have owned for getting limescale and even though I do clean it regularly there are still bits of limescale floating around so the filter is needed to stop them from getting in my cups of tea and coffee.
Water capacity is quite good at 1.7 litres and although it isn't the world's largest kettle you can fill it enough to make a good few cups of tea at a time.
Pouring the water into cups etc. isn't a problem as the spout is angled and the water pretty much goes where you want it to without having to worry about it spilling all over the worktop.
The amount of time that is takes to boil depends on how far you fill it but it is generally quite speedy to reach boiling temperature. If you only want a couple of cups of tea out of it then it shouldn't take any more than a couple of minutes to boil.
The main problem I have with the kettle is just how dirty the stainless steel gets and what a pain it is to keep clean. For the first couple of weeks the kettle gleams and looks really good but soon it starts to lose its lustre and looks a bit grimy. Even though I tried polishing it clean as often as possible it would still look a bit manky and it definitely detracted from its looks.
The other thing about the stainless steel which I don't like is it gets so hot when boiling water. Of course I don't expect it to not heat up but it gets so hot that it would be quite easy to cause a blister to the skin if you accidentally touched it.
Like nearly all modern kettle it comes with a safety cut off when it has reached boiling point. Well in theory this should work as it sounds, when the kettle has boiled it should turn itself off and it does.... eventually anyway.
Once the kettle has boiled it will happily boil away for a good two or three minutes before switching itself off. This isn't so much a problem in itself if not for the fact that it jumps around on the base and looks as though it is about to take off flying any second and if I have it filled I will come back into the kitchen water will be coming out the spout all over the worktop. It is also very noisy when boiling.
I am currently using this kettle again while I wait for my new one to be delivered and it does the job of boiling the water for tea and coffee and as long as I don't over fill it I can live with it but it isn't one that I would recommend die to the problems with it and there are loads of better kettles out there for the same price.
The one good thing about it is that although there are loads of problems with it in my opinion it is also durable and has lasted me a lot longer than some other much more expensive kettles have.
The Swan range of home goods are usually pretty dependable. This kettle can be ordered online for the twenty pound mark, but we got one a while ago in one of those blue cross sales for nearly half that. The concept of this kettle is to recapture that traditional feel of the older kettle that you might have had several decades back. In my opinion it does get somewhere close to achieving this goal.
The kettle plugs into the mains and comes with a generous enough cord, allowing you to plug in and then stretch the cord to a foot or so within reach. This is handy for me as I have to navigate a lot of worksurface clutter. The shape and feel of this kettle is appealing as it has that metallic stainless steel finish. I find these suit the styles of most kitchens and they blend in well with most white goods too. The stainless steel is easy to clean with a slightly damp cloth and it tends to stay smear free most of the time.
The kettle can be filled at the roof, by removing a cap. This cap is a little small for my liking and this can make filling a tricky process as you need to carefully position the tap over the gap to avoid splashback. The water capacity of 1.7 litres is generous enough, though the small sized spout does mean the liquid comes shooting out very fast if you have filled it up high.
The comfot of the handle is impressive and the handle does not conduct heat which means you can transport it with ease. The kettle also slots onto the base unit neatly and will brew within a minute or two which is speedy for quick cuppas. The best feature it has is the see through water guage which means you can monitor when you need to refill. I find this handy when throughout the day you need a reminder whether you have enough water to reboil for for a second drink. On the whole then, a decent kettle let down by a couple of design flaws.
My kettle broke so I needed a new one but I didn't want to pay a lot of money for it so I bought this swan traditional kettle.
It is made from stainless steel so matched the rest of my accessories and was only £22 from very.co.uk.
When it arrived I was a little disappointed with the size and look of the kettle. It is supposed to look like the old hob whistling kettles and it does but it looked a lot smaller than my previous kettle.
It is rounded in shape and the base, lid and spout are made from stainless steel with a black plastic base, handle and nib on the lid for easy lifting to fill it. It has a clear water window in the middle to see how much water you are filling it with and a little switch for putting it on to boil that lights up when boiling.
The round shape of the kettle just doesn't seem right and looks out of proportion somehow but I figured it was just a kettle and it would do.
The lid is fitted very tightly so needs a good yank to free it so I usually just filled it from the spout which is easy as it is quite wide and the tap fits into it fine. The first time I used it I washed it out and then boiled the kettle and poured it away before filling it with water for tea.
It brings water to the boil really quick but it seems to keep it on the boil for absolutely ages before turning itself off and it is easily the noisiest kettle I have ever owned.
The stainless steel gets extremely hot and it would be quite easy to burn yourself if you were not careful especially due to its shape and the position of the handle I sometimes found the side of my hand could graze the kettle whilst I was pouring the water which really hurt and nearly made me drop the kettle in shock a few times.
The kettle also got absolutely filthy on the outside within a few weeks and needed constant cleaning but no matter how much I tried rubbing it I could never get it properly clean.
It has a capacity of 1.7 litres which is not bad and especially considering it looks like it wouldn't even hold that much water.
There was also a funny metallic taste to the water which didn't go away no matter how much I used it. This was absolutely disgusting and other people commented on it when I made them a cup of tea or coffee. By this point I knew the kettle wasn't for me and I was going to get a new one when one day it just died a few weeks after buying it. Normally I would have been annoyed as it wasn't that old but I was a bit relieved as it meant I had no choice but to go out and buy another one.
Short name: Swan SK1360