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A Kettle on its way to Heaven after causing this Angel hell!
Tesco JK12 Value Cordless Kettle
Member Name: scuba_angel
Tesco JK12 Value Cordless Kettle
Advantages: boils water, cheap
Disadvantages: not so good at keeping water inside, hot walls, dribbly spout
The former Mr Angel was one of those men who can't quite understand why anyone would prefer to own things which look nice and function over those which are both cheap and functional when cheap means having the looks of something which not only fell out of the ugly tree but presumably had designers which fell with it and hit their heads too hard to realise just how ugly the item they were building had become. This kettle is one such item which made its way in to our shared home and was rather quickly replaced with a somewhat less ugly alternative, I am reviewing this one now as I found it in the cupboard whilst having a clear out and my current kettle is full of descaling solution.
Looks wise my objections to it are that it is formed entirely out of stark white plastic, with a light blue window in the side so you can see the water level, the on off switch is at the back at the base of the handle. It sits on a matching white base with a white power cord. A very common design for a kettle yet one which for some reason I instantly hated, a hatred which I still haven't gotten over having found the kettle in the cupboard while having a clean out.
Kettles are a rather simple object, but one which can be very aesthetically pleasing for relatively small amounts of money, so why anyone would choose to buy this blob of which plastic out of anything other than desperation I'm rather unsure, this item cost around £5, and lasted 3 weeks before I got fed up of burning my hand on the plastic sides shortly after it had boiled and slung it in a box out of the way - careless of me yes but I'm used to Kettles which include the same kind of insulation as most toasters to minimise heat loss through the sides. It is a well-known phenomenon that there is no such thing as a tea pot which doesn't dribble, yet in the kettle world this is rarely a consideration, until you get to this model, found that when pouring almost as much water would land on the work tops as did in the mugs.
In fairness to the kettle it was and still is rather quick to boil, which was something of a surprise but after a few weeks of use I started to notice that there was water on the work tops which was definitely not there when I had put the kettle on to boil so in a mere 21 days the kettle had sprung a leak, in fact there is a rather substantial pool of water sat on the work top now from a combination of dribbly spout and leaky body!
While I am a bargain queen I still cannot fathom the logic of skimping on something which in my home gets as much use as a kettle to this degree, and I will never tell someone to spend more money than they need to but quite simply in this case the kettle is only suitable for use in the home of someone who doesn't mind hurting themselves against hot plastic (so no one with kids or pets), and doesn't mind having water leaking on the work surfaces. As a cheap temporary solution this would be fine if you could get your head around the idea of a disposable kettle is would even be perfect, and once my other kettle is clean and ready to go again in this particular model can go in the electronics bag for recycling.
Summary: A kettle to avoid
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