Product Type: Tesco kettles
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My Tesco Kettle!
Member Name: ice_pink
Advantages: Very good price
Disadvantages: No indicator of how far it has been filled
~*~ My Tesco Kettle! ~*~
I seem to have big problems with electrical appliances - I either blow them up, drop them, or in the case of mobile phones, drown them. So, after killing my beloved kettle (it was one of those super sexy ones that the light changes colour when its boiling - I shall be reviewing that later!) I went on the search for a suitable replacement. If you're interested, I killed the previous kettle by overfilling it one too many times. I've learned my lesson.
~*~ The kettle ~*~
The kettle is stainless stell with black plastic edging and looks like pretty much every other stainless steel kettle - although not as sexy as some of the more expensive models. It is 2.2kW and is cordless. I don't think I could survive with a corded kettle now (especially with my clumsy ways). It has a capacity of 1.7L capacity, I get about five good sized mugs of tea out of it if that makes it easier to judge the capacity.
~*~ The competition ~*~
Tesco offers a rane of own brand kettles, including a white plastic version (for under a fiver!) and a stainless steel traditional style kettle (the short, fat round ones) which is currently selling for £14.69. I'm not a big fan of these types of kettles, and it was more expensive so I didn't go for that one. The one that I did like the look of, however, was the illuminating kettle for just under £18 - this is the type like my old one that lights up a different colour when it is boiling.
~*~ The price ~*~
This is currently selling for £9.97 at Tesco, which I think is a bit of a bargain considering I paid over £40 for my last one! This is one of the best prices I've seen for a stainless steel kettle which is why I went for it, and considering its style I think it really is a steal!
~*~ The good bits ~*~
The best bit about this kettle is, for me, the price. I couldn't bring myself to part with (a dress) £40 for something to boil water with again and was therefore looking for the cheapest option that wouldn't look out of place in my kitchen (all my appliances are stainless steel) and also didn't look too cheap or tacky, and this one fit the bill!
The kettle also appears to be quite durable (I haven't managed to break it yet!) and being cordless is very handy.
~*~ The bad bits ~*~
Stainless steel can be a nightmare to clean - it shows up every little finger print, bit of dust or dirt instantly and then takes ages to remove! However, for those of you that dont know, vinegar does absolute wonders for cleaning this material. I apply undiluted vinegar to a piece of kitchen roll, wipe at all the marks and the whole surface and then rinse. Then, wipe again with a dry piece of kitchen roll and you are left with a brand new shiny kettle... and hands that will smell of vinegar for days.
The other bad bit of this kettle that took a while to get used to is the fact that you cant see how much water you have put in. Obviously you can judge, but there is no indication like there is on many kettles of how much water you've put in and how many cups of tea that will make (or coffee... I do love tea though...).
~*~ My verdict ~*~
I've been very pleased with the performance of this kettle! Ok, so it isn't the sexiest kettle on the market, but for that price what can you expect? It does the job and fits in nicely with my kitchen so I am, overall, very happy!
Summary: A good bargain kettle
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