The Deco Kettle is made by Prestige, a company I were unfamiliar with before buying this product. The design of the kettle is very stylish and ompact, with a 1.5litre capacity it is adequate for most households. The kettle has a retro look and feel to it, and mine is red, making it stand out well in my kitchen. I have to say that the styling sold this kettle to me.
The first thing I realised was a design flaw. The handle of the kettle can get quite warm after boiling, and if I reboil the kettle in quick succession then I have to use a towel or oven gloves to pour it! This is due to the metal handle which conducts heat, something which is a shame for such a terrific looking kettle. I think this is a compromise though, as without the metal handle the styling just wouldn't be as outstanding.
The kettle sits on its base easily and I have never had an issue with this. A simple flick of a switch commences the boiling process, though I wouldn't say it does so in a hurry. When turned on the kettle is reasonably loud, so again no marks are scored here, though once boiled the switch clicks equally loudly, indicating to you clearly that it has boiled. The base of the unit has attached to it a flexible cable which can be stored beneath the base to prevent unsightly cable sitting on the work surface. The 1metre long flex is adequate for myself and the thick rubber coating adds a touch of quality.
You can remove the lid if you wish to fill the kettle, though I simply run water gently down the spout to fill it. To the side of the kettle there is a red float and a chamber, allowing you to see accurately how much water is in the kettle. As I have used this kettle for a while I judge it by the weight as I usually am just boiling water for one or two cups of how water. Once boiled I find the flow of water from the spout to be accurate and there are no drips. One word of warning is that because the handle is to the top of the kettle you must be careful of the steam emitted through the spout and this also means it takes a little more work to tip it than a handle located to the side of the kettle.
The Prestige Deco Kettle does have a few little quirks and each one is in order to accomodate the stylish design of the product. Priced at £30-£35 this kettle is available in a number of colours, the most popular being the red and black models. I think this kettle is reasonably well-priced and with the stylish design it will fit in well to any kitchen.
The Prestige Deco kettle is a quality appliance and part of the lovely Deco range. It has an ample 1.5 Litre capacity neatly contained in a fairly compact footprint. The materials used are high qualty and well finished in-keeping with and indeed complimenting the stylish concept of this retro kettle. The solid metal handle can become hot with repeated consecutive boilings. Thats not caused any problems for me personally but it is something to be aware of in case you get a start when you go to pick it up and it's unexpectedly hot and you drop it
The kettle and base unit fit together snugly and feel safe and secure in situ. I wouldn't say it was particulary fast to the boil, it is quite loud suggesting a good strong element, but it performs adequately and switches off automatically with a reasurring clunk. It has an auto shut-off safety feature which kicks in when it is lifted from the base. The base has well designed integrated cable storage and a cable grip to keep the 1m flex firmly in place.
Filling is by spout although there is a very well designed lid which can be removed for cleaning or inspection purposes. The kettle features double visual water level aids with both an incremented clear chamber and a red float which allow safe and accurate judgement of the water level. It pours well although because it is a little taller than it is broad, so to speak (given that it is a dome), it requires a good tip to empty it. Worth noting if you are frail or have restricted movement.
Prestige have a deserved reputation for producing quality appliances and the Deco kettle is no exception. It is very robustly constructed from quality materials and finished to an excellent standard. Available in a wide range of colours, it makes a reliable and stylish addition to any kitchen.
Couldn't agree more with izzy_gray...on both of her posts. The kettle is very over priced poor finish and in my case the paint has bubble around the bottom on the first I bought and the replacement. If you need more detail on a product I would always suggest to go to the manufacturers website, at least here any accuracy details on the description should be near enough guaranteed.The kettle works, it boils water quite quickly is about average in the noise department and looks stylish. However it is really let down by its longevity...read the amazon reviews.
I own a Prestige Kettle - in fact I have actually owned 2 Prestige kettles.
Unfortunately I do not rate this product very high - all down to two problems.
This kettle works fantastically well. It boils quickly and let's face it they are an eye catcher if you are in to the slight modern look.
The Prestige range is naturally over priced for what it is/are (a kettle or a toaster!?)
The main issue with these kettles are the chip - they chip like crazy! I have never known paint or coating - what ever it is that Prestige place on this product, to chip so flipping easily. Such a shame as they are lovely kettles and it does make a lovely change to having a standard plastic kettle or a stainless steel kettle. I have gone through two of these kettles purely for this fault - at first I thought maybe I had excess cleaning product on the cloth is was every now and again wiping the kettle down with (small amount of washing up liquid), however on my second kettle I was very careful with how I cleaner this product - resorting to a dry tea towel and giving it a gentle wipe down..No such look - within 3 - 4 weeks it was slowly starting to show signs of chipping away..
This is not what you expect from a kettle that you will pay thought the nose for in most stores..
The second major issue is the price - if this kettle did not chip it would be a little luxury to have a beautiful Prestige kettle on show! However it does chip and the kettle is not worth any more than £15 as you would need to replace it every 4/5 weeks!
I love this kettle! I bought this beautiful kettle over a year ago and am very impressed by it.
I original chose it because it is cosmetically very beautiful. I have a pink kitchen and other retro looking appliances and so with it's smooth lines and rounded shape along with it's baby pink and silver colours, it fitted perfectly with my scheme.
It is easy to use, the small lid is completly removable so you can manoeuvre it easily when filling with water. There is a clear indicator of water level, meaning you don't overfill and waste energy.
My favourite part of the kettle is the switch lights up when in use, I tend to switch all my appliances off at the plug socket and so this lets me know immediately if I've neglected to switch it on.
The base has an area underneath where you can store the plug cable, only extending it as far as you need.
What is it with pink appliances. Your girlfriend always wants them, yet if they are pink they can almost be guaranteed not to work. They must sell millions of these (my sister in law got about three for wedding gifts last year)
I may be being a bit unfair on the colour pink. If you buy an appliance based on its aesthetics then you are very likely to be dissapointed.
My main problem is the water gauge - it is woefully innacurate. If it says there's half a litre of water in there, then you probably wont be able to get half a cup. Also, when you fill it up, the water gauge follows a minute or so afterwards often leading to overfilling
It also keeps turning itself off halfway through boiling - meaning that unless you watch it and keep flicking the switch it never boils.
After a few months it had rusted
On the plus side. It has not electrocuted me. It has not burnt down the house. It has not burnt out all the electrics in the house. Thank god for safety regulations.