I have to say that this kettle is perhaps the worst kettle I've ever owned. Whilst it looks lovely, it's dangerous and difficult to use. Firstly, like many others is would seem, I bought my kettle because it's a funky colour and shape, a bit like a big banana. Cool. Being cordless, you'd think it was a great kettle, but I find that replacing the kettle onto the stand is most difficult, and sometimes it doesn't return to precisely the right place, and you'll return to a kettle which didn't boil. Very irritating. Also, boiling time is awfully long, and very frustrating. Like the others, I've found that the kettle, if filled to the "maximum" level, does tend to produce a large amount of steam and spits boiling water at you if you're too close-by. That's when it gets to boiling point anyway..... It's also a noisy kettle, sounding like it's boiling just after you've switched it on, very irritating. Once it has boiled, if you want to re-boil it, I agree that the rocker switch doesn't like being put on again, and resists re-boiling unless you stand there for ages with your finger on the switch. Most worrying is the amount of times I've scalded myself on the steam rising from beheath the lid where you put your hands to depress the naughty rocker switch. Many a time have I been standing there, and a sudden burst of steam has come out and it's really, well, as you'd expect, hot. Once it has boiled, I do find that there's a knack to pouring the water out, and at first, it's difficult. The spout isn't very directional like most kettles, it's more flat, and water is prone to pouring out erratically at times. I've not had any problems with the balance fof the kettle, however others have! All in all, this one looks lovely, but it really isn't worth the stress and injuries involved. I've had mine f
or a year and a half, and it's no died yet, but with every day that passes, I'm surprised that it hasn't exploded on me or something, just don't go there.
I didn’t keep my Swan kettle very long – it was dreadful. It was interesting to read the op from maggiemay as I encountered many of the same problems. I chose this kettle because I had just re-decorated my kitchen in blue and yellow, so having a “mellow yellow” kettle just fitted the bill. Also it’s shape was nice with its curves and the fact that it was cordless – the main kettle sat on a heating plate from which the main cable came made it even more appealing. Once I started using it however, I realised that however pretty it looked it was a devil to use. Even thought the fill indicator suggested you could fill it to a certain level, if you actually filled it to this level it would spit out boiling hot water when it boiled. Very dangerous. After a few weeks the floaty ball in the fill indicator stopped floating, you therefore had to look closely to see where the water level really was. Another really annoying feature is if you boil the kettle, then try to re-boil it a minute or so later it will not turn on again. You have to hold the rocker switch down with brute force to get it to re-boil. I also found the actual pouring of the water to be a little tricky too. Because the kettle gently curves to the spout the weight of the water is not balanced when pouring and I found that sometimes the kettle would tip as I was pouring, causing boiling water to spill. I managed to put up with this kettle for about three months, then could take no more and replaced it. I would not recommend anyone to buy this kettle. It is not only inconvenient but downright dangerous.
I moved house recently and decided to treat my new kitchen to a colour co-ordinated kettle (nothing wrong with my old traditional style one - still working perfectly, just white and boring). I selected the Swan Dolphin as it was a nice mellow yellow colour and had a curvy shape. The new kettle has a removable lid, a removable washable filter, and twin water level indicators. However when put to the test it is less than ideal, the on/off rocker switch seems to have a mind of its own- and sometimes you have to fight with it just to get it stay on. Also of more serious concern is the water level indicators - don't fill the kettle right up to the top indicator mark, as when it boils the water comes pouring out of the spout and around the sides of the lid. It is not that quick to boil either, and if you want to reboil the water again within 5 mins or so of previously boiling it, the on/off rocker switch gets very tetchy.
Short name: Swan LAZ2P1