Product Type: Tefal kettles
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Tefal Inox Gloss Kettle
Member Name: jo1976
Tefal Inox Gloss Kettle
Date: 25/10/12, updated on 14/04/13 (123 review reads)
Advantages: Attractive design, fast boiling, easy to keep clean
Disadvantages: Full RRP is quite expensive
Most of my kitchen white goods are, well, white but the cooker and my new microwave are both black so this white kettle, with contrasting black features, seemed like a good choice to blend in with all of my appliances. It fits in perfectly with my kitchen and I should imagine is neutral enough to slot into any style of kitchen. For anybody wanting something a little more distinctive, this kettle is also available in an attractive raspberry colour or entirely in black. Personally, I think the contrast between the white body and the black base and plastic handle, alongside the exposed stainless steel lid and spout, works well making this version my preferred choice.
From a distance, this kettle could almost pass for a plastic kettle with metal components but this is actually a metal kettle with the main body being covered in an enamel-like white coating. This is not only attractive but also really functional as I find that metal kettles are much more robust and longer lasting than plastic versions but the coating here makes this kettle very easy to keep clean. Stainless steel kettles are a magnet for fingerprints and marks but the smooth glossy exterior of this kettle can be wiped clean easily, making this a practical option. The 360 degree base has plenty of spare cord which winds cleverly underneath the base to avoid unnecessary clutter on the worktop and the concealed element leaves the interior of the kettle looking as clean as the exterior.
I also particularly like the black plastic handle which is really thick but comfortable to hold, with the handle tapering slightly towards the base. The on/off switch is logically located at the base of the handle and the top features a sliding switch which opens the lid. I tend to fill the kettle via the spout, which is generously proportioned to make it perfectly suited to this task, whereas the lid doesn't open quite far enough to manoeuvre it comfortably under my tap to use this method. Pouring the water is a pleasure with the spout being rounded towards the centre to avoid any splashes or uneven pouring. There is a removable and washable filter slotted inside the spout to ensure fresh tasting water too.
With a 1.5 litre capacity, this kettle is more than adequate for my everyday culinary needs and isn't too heavy to hold and pour even when full to capacity. Water levels are easy to identify with a gauge visible on both sides of the kettle, so suitable for either left or right handed use. During use, the gauge lights up an attractive shade of blue which was an unexpected but pleasing feature. I do find the light is less noticeable during broad daylight which can be a little confusing as there is no other obvious indication that the kettle is switched on.
The noise levels are incredibly low, despite having a powerful 3000 wattage. I find the speed of boiling to be pretty impressive, living up to its 'fast boil' claims although I do tend to only fill this to the minimum 0.5 litre level, particularly when making a brew. At that level, this only takes a couple of minutes to reach boiling point, making a satisfying click to alert me to the fact. Even when full, this kettle boils quickly and smoothly.
I was lucky enough to pick this stylish kettle up for just £29.99 from Argos earlier this year, when I would quite happily have paid the full RRP of £44.99. This kettle no longer appeals to be on sale at Argos but can currently be purchased from Amazon for less than £40. This does make it quite an expensive kettle but I do think the quality that I've experienced from Tefal in the past, coupled with the style and functionality makes this great value for money and an appliance that I'm happy to recommend.
Summary: A great kettle from a reputable and reliable brand
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