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Does the job but there are far better kettles out there
Member Name: jipp05
Advantages: Quite speedy at boiling, cordless, nice shape
Disadvantages: Gets so dirty and hard to clean, cut off feature is rubbish
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.
Summary: A decent enough kettle but there are far better ones available in the same price range
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