Product Type: Tesco kettles
Newest Review: ... in almost any style of kitchen. As with pretty much all 'cordless' jug kettles it sits on a circular plastic base, and can spin freely to... more
Scuba heads for kettle Heaven at the second try.
Member Name: scuba_angel
Advantages: looks good, and works very well
Disadvantages: may be a little noisy for some and is not well insulated
After the minor disater of allowing the former Mr to buy our first household kettle I took myself off to look for a replacement, once again finding myself in Tesco I was drawn to the metallic looking versions over the ugly white plastic. Being as many people are when they first start to furnish a new home somewhat short of money I was next drawn to the price labels, and eventually settled on this chrome and black looking jug kettle which at the time I seem to recall cost around £12.
As shown in the image this model of kettle is pretty much round with a slightly egg shaped top. The body and spout are in the chrome metal, with the handle, lid and base in matte black plastic. It looks rather sleek and would fit in almost any style of kitchen. As with pretty much all 'cordless' jug kettles it sits on a circular plastic base, and can spin freely to be used in any orientation.
After the surprising turn of speed demonstated by the ugly kettle I have to say after a comparative boil test I am now a little disappointed that even after being descaled this model boils somewhat more slowly with the same quantity of water, though only by 30 seconds or so.
I don't find that it is particularly loud and despite seeming to have little insulation around the metal body I don't seem to hurt myself by mindlessly touching the shiny surface shortly after it's boiled (prehaps evidence that I'm missing the typical female magpie gene?) as frequently as I did with the previous kettle.
I also find that discounting the horrendously hard water in the area leaving limescale and stains I find that the kettle is easy to keep clean externally, a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and kitchen spray and it comes up shining again, internally the local hard water means that I have to descale it with almost any variety of descaling solution on a bimonthly basis but this is easily achieved as there are no surfaces which are not visible from the open lid of the kettle - happily this means I don't end up with crunchy bits in my tea. Noise-wise I do think that the metal construction makes this somewhat louder than a similar plastic kettle, but given I have the attention span which the average gnat would be proud of I think hearing the kettle probably reminds me I've put it on to boil more often than not!
Pouring I find that although its not a totally dribble free pour there is minimal dribbling and almost 2 years after starting to use the kettle it has not yet begun to leak.
One downside for me is that there is no way to tell how much water is in the kettle without lifting the lid as there is no little plastic window on the outside of the kettle, though this would have marred the otherwise attractive looks of the kettle and left another area for water to leak from.
Overall I like the looks of this kettle and despite the amount of useage it gets it still looks good and functions exactly as I would expect. For the price I paid I'd say this is very good value and hopefully will last me for another couple of years without causing me to panic about missing out on my morning, afternoon or evening brews.
Summary: A second chance at finding a cheap attractive kettle for my home.
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