“ Brand: Morphy Richards / Type: Kettle and Toaster 2 piece Essentials pack „
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I Bought this kettle and toaster from TJ Hughes on offer for £40 a while back. I decided to buy this brand as i had heard that they are a very good, top quality brand and I also liked the fact you got the kettle and toaster together as part of a set.
They are both black and silver and look very modern and stylish. They both also have quite a curvy shape which is different compared to the regular rectangular toaster.
The kettle is pretty lightweight and holds 1.5 litres of water. It boils very quickly and is very easy to pour as the handle has good grip. There is a clear window on the kettle so you can see the amount of water in it.
The toaster holds two slices and it has different settings so you can alter how cooked you want it. You can also toast crumpets, extra thick bread etc in it. Toasts your bread very quickly and has an automatic lever that pops up after it is done.
Overall, this set is of very high quality and good value for money.
As we have recently decorated our kitchen we decided that our kettle was in serious need of replacing, it still boiled water fine and didn't have any limescale but being white it was looking a bit grubby. Looking around the online retailers we stumbled across an offer in Argos for a twin pack Kettle and Toaster by Morphy Richards reduced in price from £58.99 to £28.99, deciding that this was a bargain I reserved one online and picked the pair up yesterday.
Both kettle and toaster are black in colour and from the pictures looked quite stylish and modern, we have never had any black appliances before and figuring that they would look quite nice in our new colour scheme we decided to give these a try.
For the purpose of a thorough review I will individually rate the two items included in the pack.
*** Kettle ***
Although made of plastic the kettle is sturdy and feels of good quality, it has a very wide spout which makes filling from the tap a breeze. It has a 1.5 litre water capacity and certainly holds enough water for the two of us and when full will apparently fill 6 cups. The side water level is clear and can be easily read making filling problem-free, if you live alone and only want to boil enough water for yourself or are conscious of wasting electricity by boiling a full kettle the gauge is definitely accessible.
The kettle itself is cordless and sits firmly on its base, the power cord can easily be stored under the bottom itself so you don't need to have it fully extended. There is a limescale filter fitted into the spout which can be removed and cleaned so perfect for those living in hard-water areas. The kettle has a comfortable Ergonomic handle which grips firmly in your hand and is easy to pick up and replace back on its base.
Boiling for the first time I was amazed at how quiet this kettle actually is, thinking that it was faulty as I couldn't actually hearing it working I opened the lid and peeked inside, the water was hot and a few seconds after replacing the lid the kettle made a familiar bubbling sound indicating that boiling point was almost reached. Far quicker than our old Russell Hobbs kettle and silent in comparison this one is far superior in all aspects and is proving to be a marvellous buy that looks great in our kitchen and does exactly what you would want a kettle to do.
Overall rating: 5/5
*** Toaster ***
To be honest, we didn't actually need a new toaster, the one we had was fine and as it was kept hidden away in a cupboard when not in use the colour (grey) did not matter. However, as it was only a cheap Asda own brand make and took ages to actually toast some bread we were certainly ready for an upgrade. The toaster that came in the Morphy Richards twin pack is the same colour as the kettle (black) and has a really nice contrasting silver metal top around the bread slots. Only a two slice toaster though but enough for me and my wife there are features galore on this that were sadly lacking in our old one.
To start with there is a variable width feature which means we can go back to toasting extra thick bread and crumpets which we couldn't do in our old toaster, the design boasts 'cool walls' meaning that the sides of the toaster doesn't get too hot when toasting and there is a browning control function allowing lightly or well done toast at the turn of a dial.
I don't really expect that much from a toaster so long as it toasts some bread then that's fine with me and this toaster certainly does that and in double quick time. Putting two slices in the toaster earlier this morning my toast was ready in just a couple minutes, before with our old Asda toaster we were waiting ages for the elements to heat up and actually toast the bread and more often than not I ended up abandoning the job half way through and putting up with anaemic looking toast. This one from Morphy Richards is superb and toasts effortlessly within no time at all.
Overall rating: 5/5
*** Thoughts ***
I am very impressed with our latest purchase and both Kettle and Toaster are exceptional in the jobs they are designed to do. Both are quick, efficient and are user friendly and having used both items yesterday and today I can honestly say that I am very impressed.
Morphy Richards is a well known brand name and even though could never be classed as being a 'premium' or a designer manufacturer credit has to go to them for making affordable and well made pieces of kitchen electrical equipment.
I don't expect them to last me a lifetime and given the price I paid I think this would be unreasonable to think they could, so if we get a good few years usage out of them before they need replacing then that's absolutely fine with me. After all, fashions change and so does individual tastes, so in a few years time we may get sick of the sight of these and want to have a different 'look' again.
Both items are from the "Essentials" range and do not have separate model numbers that I can report but looking around on the Internet I have found them both sold separately in other places. I do think the £58.99 price tag that Argos had on them before reducing them in their sale was overly inflated and frankly optimistic as I have seen the Toaster retailing for £16.99 and the Kettle for around £20.00 when bought separately, so the price I paid at £28.99 seems to be about right and I maybe saved a pound or two.
Both are available from Argos at the price stated and even through Amazon at £36.24, which again is a great price for two pieces of stylish looking kitchen equipment. From my own personal experience of using them I do recommend both items and if you are looking for a drastic change from the usual white or silver appliances these do make a bold design statement.
I don't think they will appeal to everyone with them being made from plastic but I have to reiterate that they are well made and look great but I realise that some people like to have stainless steel or metal appliances, for us though they are ideal and do exactly what we want them to do.
Highly recommended and fully deserve 5/5 dooyoo stars!
Thanks for reading.