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I have had this kettle for years now, and it's still going strong! Put to good use multiple times a day, it has certainly earned its stars.
It's a brushed stainless steel exterior with black handle, spout and base. The kettle is not too heavy, and the handle fits nicely in to your hand. The lid is easy to lift with your thumb to fill. You place the kettle on the base, lining the centre of the kettle with the little circle on the base. It's a good capacity, 1.7 litres, and doesn't take long to boil either.
I usually fill it up enough for two cups to keep my electricity bills down, and it boils in around 90 seconds. It isn't too noisy, and the automatic boiling cut off has never failed. It has a light which comes on when you've put the kettle on, so you know it's heating up.
One small thing I have noticed is that if I boil a large amount of water, e.g for a pan, it can dribble when pouring, however that is probably me slightly overfilling it.
It has a cord which is plenty long enough which is handy as we don't have many plugs in our kitchen.
It is easy to clean on the outside, once cooled from boiling it cleans nicely with a normal cloth without leaving any streaks. I've never cleaned the inside and it isn't furred up at all.
Having bought a few cheap plastic kettles before this one, I'm actually surprised how long this kettle has lasted for the price. Reading other reviews I see cookworks seem to be quite reliable and long lasting, I would repurchase.
Personally I think a kettle is a kettle as long as it boils water in a quick enough time and matches my kitchen, then it's doing the job.
I think I paid about £15 for this about 3 years back from argos. It was my first kettle for my first house, so I need something cheap and cheerful. This was just the item I was looking for.
It's quite a sophisticated looking kettle for the price. Its black and stainless steel, I think it would go well in most kitchens, and goes well in mine because I have a few other stainless steel items, which match.
Getting it set up was easy, you plug in the base and pop the kettle on top of the round base and the kettle fits onto another little circle base. The lid has a little pull button, which is very easy to pull with your thumb, fill with water and press down the little tab at the side of the kettle to turn it on and your good to go.
The handle for the kettle is plastic and feels very strong, it's wide and thick and fits perfectly into my hand.
I thought the kettle seemed really lightweight compared to other kettles I've dealt with in the past.
The cord for the base is a good length aswell you don't need the kettle right next to the plug socket, which is great if you don't want it there. When you have the kettle in perfect position, if you find there is too much wire left you can actually wrap the remainder of the wire underneath the base into a little attachment, which I think is a great idea.
Occasionly the stainless ends up looking a bit dirty, with splash marks from food. After its cooled down I give it a wipe over with wet wipes and it still looks new looking, which is fantastic as it is 3 years old now.
The water filter has lasted well aswell, it looks new looking still after all these year, but I'm not too sure if that's because I live in a good water area.
The water pours well into baby bottles, cups, saucepans etc it pours out smooth without any spills or issues.
It has a 1.7lt capacity and I have managed to do at least 5 cups of tea at once before using this kettle.
I don't think the kettle is either loud or quiet, it does just sound like a standard kettle. After it boils you can normally hear the flick from the on/off switch switching back to off, knowing your kettle has boiled, I can usually hear this in another room, but I wouldn't say that the noise is very loud.
I have never had the kettle over boiling or any issues like that.
A great kettle that has continued to last, for a very cheap price. I would recommend to everyone.
Reading my review on the Cookworks toaster you will see that I also purchased the matching kettle at the same time. We purchased the kettle 3 years ago and it came at a cheap price of £9.99 from Argos. It was a modern design and fitted nicely into our kitchen.
The kettle is different to most conventional ones. It is round in shape and shorter in height. It has a stainless steel surround with a black plastic base and handle. The lid on top is also plastic to prevent the heat from making it too hot to touch. The lid is easy to use. It is a simple pull back until it clicks then lift. The kettle is detachable from the circular base. The base has a 75cm cord attached which plugs into the wall. This is not too generous. You will find that the kettle will need to be positioned close to a socket due to this restriction so it would be a good idea to check before you buy!
From first sight you would think that it does not hold as much water due to its smaller appearance. However it holds 1.7 litres at full capacity. You definitely wouldn't want anymore than this as when it boils you can really see the steam coming out of it. The kettle has a spout on the top to pour the water from. For me, this prevents any spillage.
With the main surround being stainless steel you may find this is a hazard especially if it has been used before without your knowledge. But either way you will find that after use the surround gets very hot and a few times at the beginning I had burnt my hand on the side. I think this is only an initial problem as you soon learn not to put your hand too close.
I would say the boiling time is about average. When filled half way using cold water it generally takes 3-4 minutes to boil. Just about enough time to do it during the adverts of your favourite TV show! The noise level is also acceptable. When first switched on it can produce noise which is generally louder than some kettles but this is only temporary.
In my opinion the kettle is great for the price you pay for it. The main reason we went for the kettle was the price plus it matched our new toaster. We have kept it all this time and it is still in excellent condition so a good buy!
I got this kettle secondhand almost two weeks ago and it's my first stainless steel kettle purely for home use (I have a camping kettle too). I've always had plastic kettles before and have usually handled plastic ones in other people's places so this review highlights the features in a comparative way.
DIFFERENCES BETWEEN THIS KETTLE AND A 'NORMAL' PLASTIC ONE
1. The first thing I noticed was the shape; this is a conventional 1.7litre kettle but because it's round it's shorter than my previous plastic tall, rectangular ones. It looks smaller but it does take the full capacity and somehow feels lighter.
2. It comes on a round base and simply fits onto a round 'pin' (for lack of a better word) in the centre - it doesn't click into place and hold. That's both beneficial and annoying in that it's easier to take off without spillage when the kettle is full but it's also a bit more difficult to put back on the holder because you move the kettle around without being able to see underneath it whilst trying to find the centre point to fit it back onto its pin.
3. The lid is harder to open because it doesn't just resist a little and then lift like most of the kettles I've used, rather it has a push button, which you push in and lift the lid at the same time. It's not a problem unless you're holding a container full of water in the other hand and start pouring prematurely before the lid is fully open because it takes a couple of extra moments to open it.
4. Speaking of the lid - due to the circular shape of the kettle the top part and lid are smaller than what I'm used to. The smaller opening is fine for holding the kettle under the tap to fill but makes it harder to fill using other containers such as jugs where the water is falling in a larger amount or in a sheet.
5. The spout is a wee bit more covered/concealed than I'm used to and hence the water pours better, in a solid way without dripping at the sides, splashback or the inevitable few drips that run down the front afterwards which then have to be wiped off before putting it back on its base.
6. The handle is very robust as it's made of thick plastic and is wide. It is also shaped in a wide curve so basically it has a big handle that takes up a bit of space. It's nice because it makes holding the kettle easier on the wrists and feels lighter in my opinion as well as reduces spillage, however for smaller hands it's a bit difficult to hold and hence I hold it near the top instead of the centre.
7. This is the first kettle that I've come across where the cord can be contracted and extended. The cord wraps underneath the base/stand i.e. it loops once around a holder and the loose cord, which plugs into the socket, is then held in place inside an insert cut into the base - it's a nice stiff hold so the cord will stay the length that you want it. When I first used the kettle I didn't realize that the cord did this and thought for a while that the cord was very short and inconvenient by keeping the kettle too close to the wall and underneath the cabinet above it, which is not good for the wood. Hence I would try to point the spout away from the cabinets whilst it was on. Then I discovered the cord, unwound it and found that it was a decent length, long enough for its purpose taking into account that the kettle itself is cordless.
8. Another quirk I found when I first used it was that the on/off switch moves in the opposite way to which I expected. When I first got the kettle the switch was in the 'on' position and so unwittingly I turned it off thinking I was turning it on and wondered why it didn't heat up. The reason for that is because the switch is pushed upwards to turn on and downwards for off. I'm used to pushing the switch down and not up so that for a new nuance for me. Also in regards to the switch - it's quite long and only really feels attached at the end unlike other kettles where the switch is shorter and almost half way inserted into the kettle. The switch is still sturdy but I'm a little extra careful not to turn it on or off with too much force lest it breaks at some point.
9. The noise. Wow, other than my whistling camping kettle, this is the loudest kettle I've come across. I personally turn kettles off before they switch off themselves because I like the water hot to boiling but not over boiling, bubbling and making steam; and the noise the kettle makes is usually an indication as to how far it is in the boiling process. However this kettle makes noise and quite loudly the whole way through. Therefore it's no surprise that when I initially used it I thought the water was done too early and it took a couple of tries to learn when the water was actually at the temperature I like.
10. Speaking of re-learning the boiling time - I've noticed that this kettle takes longer to boil, or at least it seems to. I haven't actually timed it (if I did, would that me sad? Ha) and perhaps other factors such as sounding its way all through heating and it being secondhand makes it seem longer than it actually is but I have thought that I wait a bit longer for this one in comparison to plastic ones.
11. When it boils, it boils. I've found that this kettle makes a heck of a lot of steam and keeps producing steam long after it has switched off, essentially wasting a fair bit of water and spreading vapour. I might seem a bit stingy but I clean, store and re-use almost all of the water that I use which has reduced the amount of household water usage overall and I dislike wasting it. It's not that I don't like steam, but if I don't need it then I don't want it as a bi-product and I wouldn't mention it if I hadn't noticed the greater amount produced by this kettle. Consequently I switch it off earlier.
12. One major difference is the concealed heating element, I've never seen this feature before in a plastic kettle and to use a non-factual or too descriptive phrase - it's kinda cool. It's concealed underneath the steel base, within the plastic bottom innocently appearing to be Black 'trim' and matches with the other Black plastic parts of the kettle. Having the element separated from the water holding part makes it easier to clean and prevents limescale but obviously over time the bottom of the stainless steel water part starts to look scuffed as it burns in places.
In all other respects it's just like a plastic kettle, from the basic function of filling it and heating water to the extras such as a clear/transparent water gage on the side, power indicator, automatic switch off function, cord length and capacity. The only thing it seems to miss is the removable/washable filter - I received the kettle unboxed and so am not sure where the filter should be. I'm used to it being in the spout but it's not there and for the moment I can only assume it's either somewhere else or it's been removed/ lost by the previous owner.
This is a kettle that does what it's intended to do and is durable but unfortunately for me it's not preferable to a plastic one or using pots on the cooker. The noise, length of time taken to heat and amount of steam produced has meant that we use it less than anticipated. It's still used when convenience is necessary and personally I don't really mind it since I shut it off earlier but I don't like using it because I don't want to disturb the neighbours. Thankfully we tend to use large mugs/cups for drinks (American coffee house style) that are made of thicker glass or ceramics to keep the water hotter in them longer and I usually put a lid on mine anyway. Plus we have a number of flasks that could be put to further use now instead of sitting in cupboards!
When we moved house three years ago we needed to buy a long list of appliances on a small budget, so we opted for the 'cheap and cheerful' option with most things, including our kettle. We purchased this Cookworks stainless steel kettle from Argos for £9.99. This is a 2.2kW kettle, with a 1.7L capacity and concealed element. The kettle is cordless, with a corded stand.
The kettle comes in a cardboard box which can be recycled. Considering it was so cheap this kettle looks surprisingly smart, and I think it looks like it cost more than it did (especially next to the matching toaster). The kettle has a stainless steel 'jug' with a black lid, leading down to a black side with a capacity display and a black handle and base. The kettle has a black power cable, which can be wrapped around underneath the stand to save having excess wires on the work surface. The cable is only 75cm/29.5inches long, so something to check before you buy if you don't have a power socket close to where you want the kettle. There are non-slip feet on the bottom of the stand to stop it moving around when you pick up the kettle and replace it.
The kettle has a good capacity of 1.7L/1700ml, baring in mind that an average mug is around 250ml. To fill or open the kettle you simply pull in the lid handle and lift it up, it's extremely easy to open, and simply clicks back into place to close. To turn the kettle on there is a small switch under the handle. This then lights up to let you know the kettle is on, and turns off again once the kettle is off.
We did have a slight problem when we first bought this kettle as it wasn't turning off when it boiled, and I was often putting it on, going away to do something and coming back into a kitchen full of steam. I had intended to return the kettle for a replacement but for the cost of it, travelling back to Argos, parking and travelling home again would have been more than it was worth. This however has seems to stop over time and the kettle turns itself off 9 times out of 10 now.
Overall I would recommend this kettle. Although we had a small problem with it turning off I do believe Argos have now updated it, and as it still costs a mere £9.99 it's a bargain compared to the price of other kettles who do just the same job, it's also still going strong for us after 3+ years of use. I'm going to give it 4/5 stars.
I bought this kettle after my beloved old one stopped working. I purchased it from Argos as the one I originally wanted was out of stock. I must admit I wasn't exactly thrilled when I bought it as in my opinion it's not the most attractive kettle and unlike my last one it doesn't change colour when it boils.
When I first used it I thought it was quite heavy, even when it is empty, compared to others I have used, however now I am used to it I don't notice that any more. The lid is easy to open. You push the button at the top and pull it up. This is much easier than others I've used which you have to pull the entire lid off. The spout also has a filter to stop any lime scale getting into your drink.
This kettle has a 1.7 litre capacity which is good if you have a lot of people round. However I must warn you it is extremely loud so I wouldn't recommend having conversations in the kitchen whilst making it unless you want to be shouting above the noise.
Another reason I can't give this kettle 5 stars is because of how slowly it boils and how short the wire is. Although the kettle itself is cordless the base, of course has to be plugged into a wall socket but I think the wire should be about an inch longer in my opinion.
Overall I must admit I'm not hugely impressed by this kettle but it is reasonably priced but I would recommend you shop around before purchasing as it's by far not the best on the market.
This kettle is one of the cheaper choices at argos, coming complete with a toaster and and sandwich toasting machine for around £35.
It comes in a few different shades and I have the silver version. The base is plastic, and plugs in to the mains. The kettle then goes on the top and then you push the switch underneath the handle to start it boiling. It will turn off when the water is boiled.
It has a plastic handle but the main part of the kettle is metal and if you touch it either during or after it is so hot and will burn you. It has a water gauge so you can see how much is in there, and it also has an led red light that comes on when it is boiling and turns off when it is finished so even if its dark you can still see what is going on.
It is very stylish looking and fits in nicely with a modern kitchen and matching silver kitchen accessories.
It boils very quickly even when full and can save you a lot of time if you have to boil water on a hob.
It has been ever so reliable and I have not had any problems with any of the equipment apart from the fact I already had a toaster so havent had to use the new one yet.
I would recommend this to people who want a quick boiling kettle but dont want to break the bank. It works perfectly well and there is no need to spend any more unless you want a full on coffee machine in my opinion.
The other half and I are traditionally British in that we are big tea drinkers. This does mean that we do require a device that can boil water for this purpose. When our old kettle got to the point that it needed replacing we set out to get a new kettle. Of course we could always have resorted to boiling water in a pan on the hob, but instead we opted to get a cheap kettle for the time being.
*So why the Cookworks jug kettle?*
The short answer to that question - price and appearance.
The longer answer - we were in Argos looking at the range of kettles in the catalogue, specifically looking at the cheaper end of the scale. We didn't want to go for the cheap £5 kettle, this was taking the cheapness a little too far and was the white plastic type. Our old kettle was a white plastic one and it didn't keep the bright whiteness. The Cookworks kettle is stainless steel. More attractive than the white plastic, and easier (in theory) to keep clean. In general you can't go wrong with silver and black. It matches pretty much anything. In fact, this kettle in general does have an appearance than suggests it costs more than it's £9.99 price tag.
*So we picked our kettle... Now what?*
The kettle came packaged in a cardboard box. Not overly packaged, which is always good. It also came with a leaflet type information sheet. The kettle itself came in two 'parts' - the kettle and the black plastic stand with cord attached. The cord isn't overly long - personally I think this is a good thing for a kitchen. The cord is plenty long enough to reach the plug socket that I wanted it plugged in to without cords trailing all over the place, which could be a hazard.
The kettle sites nicely on the kitchen side, and we were right. The silver/black combination looked good sat there - especially next to our silver toaster.
Now, I can't remember if I just did this, or I read it on the leaflet that came with the kettle (I think I've lost the leaflet so can't go and check) but I did fill the kettle to the maximum point - a nice generous 1.7 litres - and boiled it and tipped this first lot of water away. I then put more water in to the kettle and made the first round of brews. I'm glad I did this since I have read reviews since that said the first couple of boils the water has had a metallic taste to it. Doing this full kettle boil seems to have combated this as we didn't have this problem when we made that first brew.
*6 months later...*
So 6 months later we still have this kettle. We have come across both pro's and con's when it comes to using the kettle.
- Pro's -
- The cost is still a big plus point. A tenner for a kettle that is used several times a day and still works as good as the day we got it - that's got to be good.
- The boil dry protection - on the occasions that I've stupidly forgotten to put water in the kettle before switching it on the kettle automatically switches itself off so it doesn't boil dry.
- The little orange/yellow light on the kettle lets you know when it's boiling away (before the sound gives it away of course). It's definitely not one of those all singing and dancing colour changing lights that some kettles have, but it's enough for its purpose.
- Is very easy to pour, even when full.
- The way the round base is designed means the kettle does not have to be put on it a specific way round. The base also has non-slip feet.
- The kettle is very easy to keep clean and shiny - a wipe with a damp cloth every so often keeps it spick and span.
- Stylish. Looks more expensive than it actually is.
- The kettle does have a removable filter so you can wash it, but I haven't needed to do that yet.
- Con's -
- The lid annoys me. It is a flip lid that is easy enough to flip open, but also has a tendency to close by itself when I'm trying to fill it at the tap. This means it isn't as easy to fill as it should be. A slight design change here could make this so much easier to use.
- This is probably just me being a klutz, but once the kettle is boiled and the light has gone off its impossible to tell whether that stainless steel is hot or not. More than once I have accidentally brushed my hand up against it. Thank goodness for automatic reflexes!
- Takes a little too long to boil in my opinion, but then I do use this time effectively. It is a good time to give the kitchen sides a wipe down or do that little bit of washing up that needs to be done whilst am waiting for it to boil.
Not really a pro or a con, but the noise level is acceptable for a kettle. It obviously makes noise as it boils away, but not overly so. Pretty much just what you would expect from a kettle.
So for the money this is actually a pretty good kettle. The main cons though of filling it and me often burning myself on it are enough for me to have to drop two stars as these are major annoyances of mine. I'm not so worried about the boiling time, but I don't like the tutting I end up doing when the lid flips shut when I'm trying to fill it up and end up spraying water everywhere. Or the 'ouchy' moments. To be fair I guess I could attribute both of these points to me being a bit clumsy, but I feel small changes in design could make this kettle far better.
However if a cheap stylish boiling device is what you are after, this could be the kettle for you!
The usual conversation I have with my partner when I'm in the kitchen making a hot drink.
"what?" "I can't hear you?" "Pardon?"
We moved into this home in 2009 with our 1 month old daughter. We looked for a kettle which would work, not too expensive and would do it's job. We bought this kettle and yes, It does it's job, It makes your tea but it also makes too much noise.
Stainless steel body kettle with a black lid, handle and base.
It's shape is great, it isn't too big, you can see how much is inside with the water level on the inside of the handle. It doesn't clean up very well, It does leave water marks which don't come off very well even with some work.
It's job is obviously to boil water. It has a small mesh filter attachment which stops limescale from coming our of the spout yet mine was very loose and ended up having to be put in the bin, so my tea has hidden limescale suprises at the bottom. It's is very difficult to clean because of the shape inside. It domes out then comes smaller at the top to meet the lid. It also has a rim around the top where it meets the lid which stops any limescale from coming out when washing it out. A red light at the front will switch on when you click the kettle on.
It does it's job, looks nice on the side, and hasn't lost it's shine yet.
It does boil water quicker than any other kettle I've bought before.
The noise it too overpowering. We have to shut the door to the kitchen when we are boiling it.
The noise is very loud and sounds like it is cracking and popping.
RECOMMEND TO A FRIEND?:
i don't think i would necessarily recommend this product to a friend. The look of it is lovely but i would have to mention the noise which would put anyone off.
No longer selling as a single unit in Argos, but with a 4 slice toaster for £39.99.
I bought it for around £15.
I have had mixed experiences with the kettles I have owned in the past and cost has never really determined whether my experience has been positive or negative. Due to this I decided to buy the Cookworks Jug Kettle, it isn't priced as a budget kettle, but it also is reasonably priced. Although specifications such as a power capacity of 2200 Watts, concealed element and dry boil protection not particularly springing out to me as major selling points I cannot really give a strong reason why I chose this model over any other. Points such as a 1.7litre capacity did appeal to me, however, and the stainless steel construction finishes the Cookworks Jug Kettle off just nicely. The main body of the kettle has a stainless steel finish, but the handle and base of the kettle and stand are jet black. The water guage is useful, giving an indication as to how full the kettle is before turning it on. The spout of the kettle has a removable filter which can easily be rinsed under the tap.
There are some handy little features on the Cookworks Jug Kettle. I love the long length of flex that isn't always a feature of other brands of kettle. This can easily be hidden away due to the ingenious wind-up storage ring underneath the base of the kettle stand. Pricing is obviously an important consideration when purchasing such items, but with a price of £10 it is very affordable. The 1.7litre capacity of the Cookworks Jug Kettle allows me to easily fill 4 good sized cups. The operation of the kettle is very simple. Simply plugging it in and once you have filled the kettle you are away. Flick the decent sized switch and the kettle will soon boil the water for you. This is quite fortunate, though, as whilst boiling water the kettle is fairly loud. This is the one real negative point with the Cookworks Jug Kettle due to its affordable pricing. A great first kettle.
We bought this when we moved house - it came in a combi set with a matching toaster and I think we literally popped into Argos, found the cheapest deal and bought it - it was simply to last our 'settling in period'..... Fast forward two years and this kettle and toaster still have pride of place on my kitchen side.
Incredibly easy to set up - take it out, plug in the base, and away you go. Great lead length - unlike some stingy companies who give you a cord that barely reaches the work surface from the plug, I had to coil this around the handy wind up storage ring underneath the base - love clever little ideas which save cords lying around on the sides.
Simple yet stylish looking - you can't go wrong with stainless steel and black - works with most kitchen colourings. As mentioned I bought it with a matching toaster, and the pair look pretty sleek together - which is amazing considering the great price. The stainless steel still cleans up beautifully, and the plastic has not lost any colour or worn at all. Fab durability - cannot knock how well it has lasted, considering I thought I would have to be replacing it soon after purchase as it was so cheap and really only meant to last us our 'settling in' time.
Has a water filter in the neck of the kettle - and a really effective one too. With kettles in the past I have found a quick build up in the filter, sometimes causing cloudy water over time. I can honestly say I have never NEEDED to change this filter in over two years - and I am quite astounded by this. The filter looks as clean as day one. Expensive kettles in the past have not even managed this. Small point but some of you will relate to what I mean.
Great pouring neck, water comes out in a smooth line, no overspills or problems pouring into slim neck cups. Good capacity too - can happily do 4+ cups with a kettle. Very quick boiling too - again outweighing more expensive kettles I have had in the past. Little bit noisy as it reaches full boiling - but we are talking about the bubbling of water in a pot - not exactly overhead plane noise!
Only tiny flaw I can think of is that sometimes it 'overboils', the kettle has reached full boiling but doesn't switch off, sometimes for a good twenty seconds. This could be a minor flaw due to age though as I don't remember this always happening. In the scheme of things this really is minor though. Overall a great little kettle for the price - would highly recommend, and with Argos currently discounting it, would recommend picking one up just to have as a spare should anything go wrong with your current one, or especially if you are in need of a new one anyway.
Having used my previous kettle for allmost 9 years it was looking horrible with the plastic discolouring it was time I got it replaced. Which I did
The body is made of stainless steel which looks very sleek and even more so with the black handle and lid this will suit a modern kitchin very well
Aesthetics aside this kettle serves its purpose exceptionally with its 1.7 litre maximum capacity allowing you to make plenty cups of tea at one time. There is also a small filter near the a spout which will help keep limescale out of what drink you choose to make
Set up is exceptionally simple just take it out of the box plug it in and boil your first batch of water to then tip out in to the sink to make sure your hot drink does not taste bitter.
There are some flaws though to be found. Due to its stainless steel body it does become immensely hot when water is boiled.
Compared to some other kettles avalible the boil time may not be for the impatient but for a kettle that costs less them £10 in some stores you cant have every thing. This kettle is well suited for students and those living without young children
My partner moved to Stoke from Liverpool in April and has since been living in a small studio flat whilst we look for something a bit bigger for the both of us which can house all our stuff. When shopping for bits and pieces for her flat we didn't want to spend a huge amount but didn't want cheap and nasty things that we would undoubtedly have to replace as soon as we start renting together. As a result of this we bought the majority of things from Argos as they had the largest range of products at a reasonable price. One of the first things on the list, mainly because I'm a complete tea addict was a kettle, we managed to find a Cookworks Kettle in Stainless Steel in Argos for just under £10- a complete bargain in my opinion.
The kettle is very smart looking with the body of the kettle being stainless steel with a black plastic lid, handle and base; it certainly looks much more expensive than it was. There is an indicator for the water level which is always handy; the kettle holds 1.7 litres of water. There is a lime scale filter inside the spout which is very easy to remove and rinse off, although I know Jessica wouldn't think to do this and I've never had to do it yet. The kettle has another handy feature of dry boil protection whereby the kettle switches of if there's no water in it and you switch it on, I wouldn't expect this for such a low price.
In use the kettle is very easy to use, straight out of the box all you have to do is boil it a couple of times when full of water which gets rid of the new smell which seems to emanate. The handle is curved and rather large making it very easy to grip, even when full the kettle is very easy to hold and still seems quite lightweight. The positioning of the water indicator means that it's very difficult to see the actual level, although it's not a major issue it is quite annoying. This isn't where the problems end though, whilst boiling the kettle is very, very noisy which in a small flat isn't a good thing as if Jessica's still asleep and I put the kettle on it will wake her up and she isn't even a light sleeper. Also the kettle gets very hot whilst it's boiled due to the stainless steel body; although the handle and lid still stay cool it is very easy to catch your hand. Having said that though the kettle does boil quite quickly and there's been no other problems so it does do its job, even if it is noisily.
We've been quite pleased with the kettle overall, there's been a few problems but it's only a cheap kettle and for the money it's done the job well. I'm unsure whether I'd recommend it to anyone buying a new kettle but it's been good enough for us.
I was given this kettle as a sort of housewarming present, along with a matching toaster and a sandwich maker. I have been using it for some time now, rather heavily since we do love our cuppas in this house! I like the look of it, it can match quite well in most kitchen decors, since it's quite 'neutral' stainless steel. This is a really good kettle. It boils pretty fast, which is always nice first thing in the morning! I find the inside stays nice and clean too (though this can depend on your water area of course), I think the concealed element is the best way to go for a kettle. It also takes up little space (great for me since I have little truly usable worktop space) and looks nice and neat on the worktop. The base has a built in rack on the bottom, allowing you to wrap the cord around it, further aiding the tidiness. Nice and easy to use, unpack, plug in, fill with water and bingo!
Only downside is I find it gets very hot to the touch, and have often been caught out while curling my arm around it to wipe the worktop behind it. Sounds silly, of course it's hot, it's boiling in there! But some kettles are better than others in this regard. It is also quite loud and I do have to leave the room if I am on the phone! Overall though, it is an excellent, functional, good looking and pretty fast kettle for a very agreeable price and I would definitely recommend it to others.
The model I have is the Cookworks - MK2217SA which have been discontinued as far as I know, I did purchase mine about 2 years ago and it's done me quite well to last this long, although I'm thinking of purchasing a Brita filter kettle sometime in the near future. Anyway, I bought it from Argos for about £10 which was a bargain. My mum had exactly the same kettle and she had no problems with hers thus why i made the choice of this particular kettle.
Over 2 years I dread to think how many cups of tea this old thing has had to make, but it nearly works like it did the day I bought it. There are only a couple of issues I have with it, and this has happened in the last few months or so.
- - - Features - - -
1.7 litre capacity.
Automatically switches off when kettle is empty.
360 degree base.
Removable, washable limescale filter.
Cord Storage inside the base.
- - - My Experience - - -
Since I've been pregnant I haven't drank as much tea as I used to, as I wanted to cut down my caffeine intake, however i still have to have my cuppa' first thing in the morning. I don't know many people who don't have a cup of tea or coffee in the morning to wake them up. Now I've said that, i will probably get lots of comments stating otherwise, ho hum.
The kettle is fairly quick to boil, depending on how much water is in, when it's completely full it does seem like it takes forever but it's very rare that I fill it right up nowadays. It's normally just a couple of cups a day if my mum pops round for a cup of tea and a chit chat.
The capacity is around 1.7 litres which is about 5 good sized cups for us. That would probably full a dozen tiny lady cups but there's no such thing in our house. You either drink out of a mug or you don't have a brew at all ha-ha! A great feature of the kettle is the removable limescale filter which you can wash yourself, ok our's probably doesn't do much protection from limescale these days with the amount of time we've had it, but it's still a good feature. Unfortunately I haven't found anywhere that actually stocks these filters so you either make do or fork out for a new kettle I suppose.
As I have already stated, I have had the kettle for over 2 years now and I've never had any major problems until a few months ago. Sometimes the kettle has a habit of not wanting to turn off, I've left the room whilst it's boiling and forgot about the kettle being on, only to come back nearly 10 minutes later to a kitchen full of steam and the kettle boiling like crazy. Thankfully it does have a boil dry switch, which automatically switches the kettle off when it's empty, but there is nothing that stops my kettle from over heating from constantly boiling, therefore making it very hot to handle. Another flaw with the kettle is the length of the cord to the base, I love the fact that the kettle itself is cordless but the cord from the wall to the base itself is very short.
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The model I've got has been discontinued as far as I know but I would recommend anyone to invest in the cookworks range of kettles and other kitchen appliances. The range of kettles alone is pretty big these days, with affordable prices to suit everyone's budget. Argos do some kettle and toaster combi deals for around £40? It's worth shopping around.
Ok so I've had a few problems with the kettle but nothing that has made me regret buying it, compared to most kettles this has been brilliant and has served me well if it's lasted over 2 years and god knows how many cups of tea and coffee. It has great features, a great look to fit in with most peoples kitchens - if you're anything like me you like things to match. The stainless steel finish is easy to clean, and the removable limescale filter means you will get a fresh tasting cuppa each and every time you use the kettle.
Not sure why this product requires picture and sound quality? But I didn't want to rate Very Poor for the options as it will bring down the star rating for the product! Fix this Dooyoo? :)