The other week we had a proper crisis in my house when the kettle became so utterly scaled up that I made a cup of tea which literally had so much limescale in the bottom of it I nearly choked on it. Utterly disgusting and one of the main bugbears I have with living in a hard water area.
My previous kettle was a kenwood pink and chrome affair in the same old fashioned style as this one is. Other than the limescale it was ok, but having been descaled pretty much every 2 weeks for 3 years and used so frequently it was starting to be completely unresponsive and the bits I couldn't get to were also clogged beyond rescue. I resolved that a new kettle was in order and nipped into Tesco on my lunch break to replace it.
This kettle is virtually identical in size and style to it's predecessor but cost only the pricely sum of £14.97 (why do Tesco make their prices add up to weird numbers!?) because it was their own brand rather than being a Kenwood or so on. I figured for the amount it was going to get used a stores own version was probably a good investment as the lime will overwhelm it within a couple of years anyway.
Whilst my kenwood was pink on the handle and base, this is black and where the kenwoods light was orange, this one is blue. It is pretty much a like for like exchange, holds 2.5 litres of water, is a rapid boil and is certainly quick and it is easy to pour and fill with a removable lid. It also has a water guard to try and prevent the worst of any limescale getting into the tea.
I think for less than £15 this is a proper bargain and certainly it does the job more than adequately. I have only one negative to highlight - the noise is quite astonishing. As we have an open plan kitchen and living room, the kettle can be heard from our sofa, we used to be able to hear the old one but this one is actually almost laughable it is so loud. It drowns out the TV and sounds like a plane taking off! The one saving grace is that the rapid boil means this is short lived - maybe this is actually why it is so loud!?
Anyway, overall this has been a very suitable replacement and very good value for the price. It fits in well to our kitchen, looks stylish and sleek and boils fast, if it were not for the noise this would actually be the perfect kettle but it's close enough for us!
I was living away from home for a while and needed to save as much money as I could to keep the cost of living down and Tescos was the place to do that.
Being quite the fan of tea I knew that my first purchase had to be a kettle and this was the kettle I chose.
The Tescos TK39 kettle has nothing special to it, no special design, colourings or any kind of special functions, it is as you see it and acts exactly how you would expect.
The kettle has got that old traditional look, where you would expect to fill up the metal kettle, place it on the Hob and wait for it to start whistling through the front spout signalling it was boiled, but as traditional as it looks it does not whistle, although it may look like it's a kettle from back in the day the kettle is actually more modernized than you think, it is made with stainless steel so the kettle doesn't weigh a tone when filling it up or pouring the water, it has the same style old kettle top lid to reveal where you would pour the water, you don't actually place this on a Hob but on a kettle dock or charger if you will, and to turn it on you flick the little lever down that is located towards the bottom of the kettle and a orange light illuminates to start boiling the water, so really the only part that really is of the olden day kettles is the visual look of it. But be careful, when the kettle is boiled, due to the fact it is stainless steel it does get extremely hot on the main body, But all this is mentioned in the manuals, even though most of it is all self explanatory be sure to read it before hand.
The actual kettle itself is cordless but the bass unit of the kettle is not and although it has a fair amount of cord available on it, it's advised to not stretch it out too much.
There are two ways you can fill up the kettle:
1 Through the spout of the kettle
2 under the lid in the middle of the kettle
This kettle looks like it cant really do that much cups of tea but you would be surprised to know that when the kettle is full to the brim with water it can hold 1.7 litres of water, so to tell you how long it would take to boil the kettle depends on the amount of water you have in the kettle but we tend to have it filled a bout half way and it takes around a minute and a half. It takes no time at all to boil with this kettle. But I guess that's why they call it a fast boil kettle.
A good thing about this kettle is that although this kettle is a stainless steel it has also provided parts that are toughened plastic that is black in colour, these parts are the kettle handle, the kettle lid and the charging station for the kettle. The one thing I wish i did have was a water gauge on the main body but I guess that would take away that old traditional look.
You can get this from Tescos for around £12 and is perfect for the collage lot who need a nice cheap and cheerful kettle for next to nothing.
It's a good little kettle that gets the job done in a quick time. being so cheap you would expect it to be one of those noisy kettles that sounds like an old steam train is passing through your house but to my surprise it you could barley hear anything, perfect.
I do find that lime scale can build up at the bottom of the kettle over time and there are ways to help with that if you get a little wire-descaler and put it in your kettle and clean the ball when required.
It helped me a lot.
Tesco TK39 Traditional Style Kettle.....
After a trip to our local Tesco Store which is a larger Tesco Extra where there are far too many different things to buy I saw this wonderful looking kettle which matched all my other kitchen appliances so well it was well worth getting for the £14.69p that it was priced at.
There were a few kettle to choose from in the Tesco store but this was bar far the best looking one in my opinion as it has that traditional style which makes it short and dumpy and resemble one that goes on the stove.
It is brushed stainless steel which makes it easy to clean but does mean that it gets very hot to touch so is not overly safe in clumsy hands! (mine).
The kettle is a cordless one as it sit on a bottom plate which has the power lead attached. The power lead is of a good size and stretches across the kitchen work surface enough for my needs. The bottom plate along with the kettles handle and lid knob are made from black toughened plastic and has a ncie feel and cleans up well.
The spout of the kettle is designed well as it pours easily without any spills to talk of. You are able to fill the kettle either by the spout from a tap or by lifting out the lid which is situated right in the middle under the handle on the top of the kettle. I more often use this to fill it as I used filtered water from a jug and having a bigger opening makes for less mess.
The boiling time of the kettle is pretty fast and when filled up to just the right amount seems to take under a minute to come up to the boil. It is described on the packaging as a rapid boil kettle which is one reason why I was drawn to buying the kettle too. The on of switch is a nice slip clear plastic type at the base of the main kettle body. This has an orange light which illuminates dimly when the kettle is boiling.
The concealed element in the kettle makes for easier de-scaling and less build up of lime-scale which is always a good thing. It holds a large amount of water as it has a 1.7 litre capacity which makes tons of cups of tea so as you can imagine doesn't get filled up very often!
The kettle is going strong and I do use it rather a lot. The price was very good and it does look good in the kitchen so I am very pleased. A high recommendation and a 5 out of 5 star rating.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
Short name: Tesco TK39