I have been using this kettle for about a year now. We bought it off amazon where it was on sale for £25 at the time - this was the main reason we bought it. We bought the kettle mainly because we liked the look of it - this, along with price, is all you really have to go off when buying a kettle online though. Luckily, when we tried it out, it was very good indeed. The build quality of the kettle was excellent, everything about it seems very solid and I have no doubt that it will last for years to come. I was impressed with how fast this kettle can boil water. Obviously, the less water, the less time it takes to boil, however even if the kettle is full with 2 litres of water, its maximum, boiling takes only a couple of minutes which is far faster than many of the cheaper kettles I have used in the past. The kettle is very comfortable to hold thanks to a well designed handle whose button at the top makes opening the kettle very easy to do also without burning your hand on the steam to do so in the way that certain kettles do.
I'd had a Tefal kettle that lasted well over three years without fail so I was set on replacing it with another model from Tefal. Even I when I set out to buy another kettle, my old Tefal was still in full working order and only being replaced due to an unsightly build up of limescale around the outer edge of the lid. Finding a replacement Tefal kettle was harder than I'd expected - possibly because Tefal is better known for its range of quality pots and pans than for household appliances. Luckily, I found this Tefal Inox Gloss kettle on offer in Argos which fitted my requirements perfectly. Most of my kitchen white goods are, well, white but the cooker and my new microwave are both black so this white kettle, with contrasting black features, seemed like a good choice to blend in with all of my appliances. It fits in perfectly with my kitchen and I should imagine is neutral enough to slot into any style of kitchen. For anybody wanting something a little more distinctive, this kettle is also available in an attractive raspberry colour or entirely in black. Personally, I think the contrast between the white body and the black base and plastic handle, alongside the exposed stainless steel lid and spout, works well making this version my preferred choice. From a distance, this kettle could almost pass for a plastic kettle with metal components but this is actually a metal kettle with the main body being covered in an enamel-like white coating. This is not only attractive but also really functional as I find that metal kettles are much more robust and longer lasting than plastic versions but the coating here makes this kettle very easy to keep clean. Stainless steel kettles are a magnet for fingerprints and marks but the smooth glossy exterior of this kettle can be wiped clean easily, making this a practical option. The 360 degree base has plenty of spare cord which winds cleverly underneath the base to avoid unnecessary clutter on the worktop and the concealed element leaves the interior of the kettle looking as clean as the exterior. I also particularly like the black plastic handle which is really thick but comfortable to hold, with the handle tapering slightly towards the base. The on/off switch is logically located at the base of the handle and the top features a sliding switch which opens the lid. I tend to fill the kettle via the spout, which is generously proportioned to make it perfectly suited to this task, whereas the lid doesn't open quite far enough to manoeuvre it comfortably under my tap to use this method. Pouring the water is a pleasure with the spout being rounded towards the centre to avoid any splashes or uneven pouring. There is a removable and washable filter slotted inside the spout to ensure fresh tasting water too. With a 1.5 litre capacity, this kettle is more than adequate for my everyday culinary needs and isn't too heavy to hold and pour even when full to capacity. Water levels are easy to identify with a gauge visible on both sides of the kettle, so suitable for either left or right handed use. During use, the gauge lights up an attractive shade of blue which was an unexpected but pleasing feature. I do find the light is less noticeable during broad daylight which can be a little confusing as there is no other obvious indication that the kettle is switched on. The noise levels are incredibly low, despite having a powerful 3000 wattage. I find the speed of boiling to be pretty impressive, living up to its 'fast boil' claims although I do tend to only fill this to the minimum 0.5 litre level, particularly when making a brew. At that level, this only takes a couple of minutes to reach boiling point, making a satisfying click to alert me to the fact. Even when full, this kettle boils quickly and smoothly. I was lucky enough to pick this stylish kettle up for just £29.99 from Argos earlier this year, when I would quite happily have paid the full RRP of £44.99. This kettle no longer appeals to be on sale at Argos but can currently be purchased from Amazon for less than £40. This does make it quite an expensive kettle but I do think the quality that I've experienced from Tefal in the past, coupled with the style and functionality makes this great value for money and an appliance that I'm happy to recommend.
...Because fancy kettles are a kitchen must. Recently, I've been using an ancient, terribly unproductive plastic monstrocity, and I thought it was about time for a change - to something with a little more style perhaps. Tefal are a great brand to confide in when you're looking for a slightly more up market product. Famous for their advanced frying pans with the innovative 'thermo-spot', Tefal also produce irons, mincers, steamers, pressure cookers, water cartridges, and much more. Mainly it's kitchen items they sell, and though many of them are stylish, contemporary in fashion (with use of chrome and steel finishes), often they're not. There is one commonplace across the catalogue however, and that's the price! Tefal, due to branding superiority, sell at above average (above necessary, some would argue) prices. I picked up this 'Tefal Inox Gloss Kettle' at a round £30.00 (£29.99) off Amazon a week back and plugged it in a few days there after for first use. So far I have to say I'm very impressed with the aesthetics, the speed, the materials, and the overall quality of the thing! Removing the item from its over-packaged box (Amazon stop that please!!) you are faced with a rather splendid looking water heating device, a device which fits in any kitchen environment well - I would imagine. Placing it on the work surface and finding the nearest socket, I did a test run. The plastic of the handle is silky and clean to touch, and the balance of the kettle without water is great - very lite! When filled, the shape of the kettle minimises the load on your wrist. Pressing in the black button releases the brushed stainless-steel lid with a soft click. There is plenty of width to fill the 1.5 Litre capacity hold with a tap, or from a water filter (recommended). When pouring from the second stainless-steel component, the spout, water flows evenly and accurately into mugs and cups. The only issue I have with the steel is that it heats up very quickly, and as the lid is near the handle, on occasion your finger or thumb may brush the metal and scorch you minorly. When turning on, with a tap to the switch near the base of the device, the interior illuminates (a glow through the transparent plastic measuring window is noted) and the whole kettle appears more sleek and stylish. The light doesn't give off a cheesy, strong look, more a subtle indication of the process of heating it is undertaking. The base of the device is a seperate entity, and this is attached to the moderate in length wall socket cable which extrudes from the side through a machine cut slot. On the base is the concealed 3KW heating element which allows the water to heat. The power is more than sufficient, the boiling time is very low. Often, if not much water is in the hold (say enough for one mug of tea) the kettle will boil before you've got round to placing the tea bag, suger and milk in the mug - it really is that quick! The base is water-proof and the heating element is lime-scale resistant, so the product as a whole should last many years. Overall, I thoroughly recommend this kettle and other Tefal products. It and they give your kitchen a more contempory, sleek feel to the encroaching jelously of friends and family. The heating time is miniscule, the capacity is plentiful, the quality of material is high, and the ease of use is... easy! There really are no faults I can find besides perhaps the price - but then again you pay for what you get!