Product Type: Tesco kettles
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Solid Performance Basic Kettle
Member Name: flodombey
Advantages: Cheap, holds a lot, reliable, sturdy.
Disadvantages: Very noisy, no outer indicator for water level,
We had what some might consider a Health and Safety Disaster in our office kitchen the other week - the man who comes once a year to test the safety of every electrical device within the department tested our trust old kettle and....shock horror...it FAILED!
Without missing a beat he promptly snipped the plug off the consigned to death appliance and in the blink of an eye the office tea and coffee supply had been cut off! Very quickly someone was dispatched with some petty cash to replace the kettle and it was this make and model, from the local Tesco Extra store which they returned with for the princely sum of £9.97.
This is a very basic kettle, unlike it's predecessor in our kitchen it does not have an external indicator for how much water is in it and this is a tad annoying as I keep finding myself having to open the lid to check, it seems to be quite a heavy kettle and I always think there is more water in it than there actually is. On the inside there is a black plastic marker sticking out where the maximum fill line is but this does not help you to gauge without looking inside.
Apparently it holds 1.7litres of water but based on standard sized mugs (which makes more sense to me) this kettle will fill 7 in one go when it is full. Luckily this is about the maximum which is ever seems to be made at one time in our place.
The switch is very sturdy and is placed underneath the handle, it will not depress again within a minute of the water previously boiling, you can also see when the kettle is on because there is a light on the base unit which switches on when the kettle is in use. This kettle is cordless and sits on the base (which the cord is attached to).
One thing we have all noticed about this kettle is it is VERY NOISY. Our current (and temporary) office area is in the corner of our workspace and this kettle makes one hell of a racket from about halfway through the boiling process (not just as it reaches boiling point). This is slightly annoying but we have all started to get used to it.
Aside from this the kettle takes a good hammering, being boiled around 10 times a day at least and it seems consistent and sturdy, for less than a tenner we cannot really complain and at least the prospect of no tea and coffee has been quickly and suitably solved for our office!
Summary: Cheap and cheerful and does the job!
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