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I am addicted to cups of tea, so a kettle is an essential and much used item in my kitchen. This Tefal Diamond Express kettle (model number BI673512) was purchased from Argos back in February 2009 for just under £30. Over three years, and many cuppas, later this kettle is still going strong and has lasted longer than both of its predecessors put together.
The Diamond Express is a fairly classic design with the body being made from brushed stainless steel, which helps to resist marks and fingerprints, and the lid, handle and sides made from black plastic which is also fairly resistant to dirt and cool to the touch. This simple but stylish combination of colours and materials is fairly neutral and should blend in effortlessly with most colour schemes and styles of kitchen.
This cordless model is simple but completely functional with a 360 degree base which the kettle fits on to securely and easily. The kettle manages to be light enough to hold comfortably, even when full, without feeling cheap or flimsy. The number of buttons has been kept to a minimum with a single switch used to both turn the kettle on and off and (by pressing the opposite edge) open the lid too. The water level is clearly visible with a slim window on either side of the kettle indicating minimum and maximum levels.
I do find the lid to be slightly stiff to open, even after this period of ownership, so I tend to fill the kettle via the spout. Fortunately, the spout is generously proportioned ensuring that this kettle can be filled and emptied easily without drips or dribbles. Admittedly, this method of filling does not make best use of the rather flimsy fabric filter which sits just inside the spout, but this kettle boasts 'diamond' technology which is claimed to make the kettle particularly resistant to limescale build-up. This, alongside a concealed element at the base of the kettle, helps to keep the interior of the kettle in good working order and looking fairly acceptable - despite my never having descaled this kettle since buying it! I certainly haven't noticed any deterioration in the taste of the boiled water or the performance of the kettle. The only sign that indicates that I actually live in a hard water area is a slight crust that has built up around the rim of the lid over time which I've struggled to remove.
The crucial issue is how fast this boils water and I find this more than lives up to its 'fast boil' claims. I tend to boil just over a mugful of water at a time which takes little more than a minute. Even boiling this at its full 1.7 litre capacity is fairly quick and more than adequate for most culinary uses. Despite having a powerful 3000 wattage, the noise level is also fairly inoffensive although I personally think there's nothing nicer than the sound of a boiling kettle - especially first thing in the morning!
As this is an older model, this kettle is no longer widely available from most major electrical stockists but a quick Google reveals that refurbished models can be picked up for under £30 on eBay or independent sites.
This might not be the most up-to-the-minute or eye-catching design but it has certainly proven to be perfectly functional and robust, so I am happy to recommend this kettle and hope I find one equally as good when I come to replace it.
I purchased this Tefal Express kettle about a year ago when moving into my new property and so far it has proven to be a fantastic little buy. My main reason for purchasing it was the fact that it was a reliable brand, reasonably priced and looked quite stylish - I particularly liked the brushed stainless steel and black look as this matched the colour scheme of my kitchen It also has a anti finger print feature, which intrigued me and sounded good, although I'm not sure this is one hundred percent accurate.
I bought the item from Ely's in Wimbledon and it should have cost £30.00, however, I was offered an ex-display model for £15.00 and naturally took the salesman up on the offer, bargain! I thought that if I took it home and gave it a good clean it woud be as good as a brand new one, but for half the price.
It's maximum capacity is 1.7litres and to add water to the kettle you have to first open the lid, achieved by pressing the two way button into the backwards position. If you push this same button forwards it starts the kettle boiling and the orangey / red light comes on to show that the power is entering the kettle; a nice touch because it starts off quite quietly before getting progressively louder.
Unlike many other kettles of similar sizes (1.7litres) it boils a large quantity of water rather fast - I haven't actually timed it, but it seems fast and I have no complaints. The downside of this I suppose is that it is rather noisy - I can hear it from my lounge when it is boiling in the kitchen, which isn't ideal. It can also sometimes fail to stop boiling or boil for longer than I believe it is supposed to if you fill it up to the maximum level; for this reason I rarely do this unless I'm making tea for many people!
I'm reliably informed that there is a matching toaster available if you would like to have them as a two piece set.
Overall, a cracking little kettle if you do not overfill it, which I would happily recommend to other dooyoo users.
Thanks for reading, feel free to comment. Beanie8844.
The Tefal BI673512 is a good kettle in both design terms and performance. Reliable and with a couple of nice features, it is a good choice for those searching an average-priced kettle.
The kettle has a nice brushed metal finish, and looks pretty impressive. It won't look out of place even in the most modern of kitchens and although large, it doesn't look cumbersome. The spout is well designed, not spilling upon pouring and can even be filled up from here rather than from the large plastic lid on top. The on/off button also doubles as the lid release button, a useful feature which keeps the amount of buttons on the kettle limited.
The metal casing can get rather hot after boiling but the large plastic handle means that your hands will never get burned. It has a good grip, is comfortable to hold and is large enough to accommodate even the largest of hands. Moreover, I've been impressed with how long the kettle retains heat after boiling. Even five minutes after having poured a cup of tea the water is still warm enough for a top up!
Furthermore, there is a see-through water indicator on both sides to help you gauge how much water you need in the kettle. The max capacity is 1.7 litres, while there are indicators for the 0.5 and 1 litre marks. This stops you needlessly boiling lots of water for one cup of tea, and does the job well. The base is plastic and is where the kettle is placed to be boiled. Impressively, there is only a small piece of raised plastic in the centre which means the kettle can be charged on it whichever way the kettle is facing. This saves a little bit of time after each time you have filled the kettle for boiling.
Although rather noisy, the kettle boils around a litre of water in a couple of minutes. Moreover, the kettle does not leave a 'taste' in the water after boiled. Sometimes, the kettle has failed to stop boiling automatically, quite an annoying situation but one which has not occurred often enough to be a serious problem.
The hidden element is a highlight, as this makes cleaning out limescale a lot less arduous; I found that it was almost impossible to clean the element on my previous Tefal kettle as it was caked in limescale and it simply wouldn't budge. With this kettle, gathering of limescale has not hindered the kettle's operation; instead, it has had to be cleaned simply so the taste of the tea doesn't suffer. After some 'Scaleaway', the kettle was back up to standard.
Having had this kettle for over a year now, I can't fault it. It's continued working through numerous boils a day and is still going strong. Limescale has accumulated due to extended use, but in which kettles doesn't this happen? As far as energy consumption is concerned, it boasts a 3kW rapid boil, which from my searches appears to be rather energy efficient and on par with that of other kettles.
This is a very good kettle which performs as expected and is equipped with a couple of nice features in the on/off button which acts as a lid opener and the '360 degree' base. It can be noisy and every so often it has stopped boiling automatically, but this is a rare occurrence, and does not take away from this kettle being an impressive, affordable choice.
You can obtain this kettle for around £30.00 online.
We've had this kettle for over 2 years now which is amazing for us - we seemed to get through one every year for a while. Perhaps we finally chose a decent one.
It is a nice looking kettle in stainless steel with a soft moulded plastic handle that is easy to grip.
It sits on a round base so that you can put the kettle on any way around - you just shove the kettle in approximately the right place and it fits nicely onto the base. This is supposed to be good for left-handed people, and I find it very good for right-handed people who are holding a baby in their right arm, while having a phone conversation with the phone wedged between ear and shoulder, and trying to fill the kettle with their left hand at the same time.
There is a button at the top of the handle, which you press with your thumb as you pick the kettle up, that opens the lid. The lid flips up clear of the opening, and the opening is quite large. This makes one-handed filling easy too! Although you've still got to open the tap using your elbow. When you're done you do need to close the lid with your hand. And in case anyone wonders, I do put the baby down before I pour the hot water ...
The kettle takes up to 1.7 litres, and has 0.5, 1, and 1.75 litres marked on the water level indicator. I would have preferred mug/cup capacity markings I think, since I never remember where I need to fill to for one or two mugs. There is a level indicator on each side of the kettle, which is useful, and the water level is still clearly visible after 2 years of constant use. I've never descaled this kettle, and on previous kettles I found that the level indicator would scale up and become useless. So I'm pleased that this kettle doesn't do that.
Push the button the other way to boil the kettle. It is a 3kw rapid-boil kettle - it takes 75 seconds to boil two mugs of cold water. It is pretty noisy when boiling - if my husband doesn't shut the kitchen door then I need to turn the volume on the tv up (that's so whingey isn't it, I should be grateful he's making me a cup of tea!). There is a small red light underneath the on/off switch that comes on when the kettle is on, but you can't really see it unless you go looking for it.
There is a scale filter behind the spout which you can apparently take out and wash, although I never have - and we live in a hard-water area. It looks ok to me. The spout is great - pours really well.
Any excess electrical cord winds up into the base.
OK, I've just looked the kettle up on the Tefal website and it says it has "a special diamond polished stainless steel base that reduces build-up of lime scale" so that explains why I've not needed to descale it. The wonders of technology!
It costs £44 in Asda at the moment. That seems rather a lot for a kettle, but given that it actually works, and I'm not having to buy a new one every year, I'm happy with the price. Ooh, or £40 in Comet, click the DooYoo link above!
(I had to fill in a DooYoo Quick Rating for Picture and Sound quality which are somewhat irrelevant so please ignore those!)
I have just purchased this kettle from Argos. I needed a new kettle to match my toaster! I am pleased with it it is quite stylish for a kettle. The picture makes it look 'chubby' but its sleak. I love it probably because it has a fantastic pour. My last kettle spilt water on the pour and made a mess. This does not, infact i think its the best pourer i have had on a kettle- how sad does that sound? It has not spilt one drop yet.
The only thing that might put you off is the noise it is rather loud on the boil but if you can put up with that then buy it. There is an underlying bit which retains the cord which is handy for the tidy. Its not a wind up though its manual in the base and holds the cord with clips. There is a small orange light that tells you its on. Also comes with a small filter which i guess is removable so you can clean it.
Short name: Tefal BI67351