When our last kettle fused, and took out several light bulbs with it, I knew I'd have to bite the bullet and fork out for a new one, my main criteria being that it needed to be cheap (about a tenner) and NOT white, as our kitchen was black and chrome. After a quick search online I decided this cheap and cheerful kettle would do the trick, it looks almost identical to one in Argos, but Tesco is closer to where I work. Also, being skint at the time, I couldn't resist the extra clubcard points!
Looks wise, this is a sleek and even quite elegant design for the price, plus it lights up blue when you switch the kettle on, and remains blue until the water boils, which helps when I'm boiling a full kettle, and keep thinking 'its taking forever, have i switched it on!. When it reaches the boil, it holds for a few seconds, then click off, so you know its boiled, but not overboiled.
Performance wise, it does exactly what its supposed to, boils the water in a reasonable space of time (about 1 minute for one cup, 5 minutes for a kettle full). Fair enough, its not the speediest boil, but for the price I think this is quite acceptable. It is a little tricky to gage how much water to put in when filling, and I often end up over filling above the 'max' line.
Overall, this is a sturdy kettle, which is surprisingly easy to clean, looks good in my kitchen, and makes a quick cuppa, which really is everything I need in a kettle. I've had this for a year now and its still going strong.
In 2011 I moved out of my family home into my own flat, and had to buy my own equipment. I chose this Tesco kettle because it looked attractive in black, and was a decent price, though I didn't expect I'd get much more than a year's worth of life out of it. To my surprise, it's still busy making those all-important cups of tea and coffee!
For the price, it's a good build quality and doesn't feel flimsy. The on/off switch is easy to use and doesn't get knocked accidentally. The blue light as it boils brightens my day! No doubt it depends on the water quality, but the inside of the kettle is still clean and I have never had to de-scale it. It comes to the boil reasonably quickly and continues boiling for a few seconds after the 'off' switch has turned off. It has never leaked and has always been reliable. I'm looking forward to it being in my kitchen for years to come!
For a few years I had a very basic and ugly looking tesco value kettle. I wanted an upgrade so when shopping at tesco when I saw this I was very interested! I wasn't sure what kettle I wanted exactly, but I wanted a good looking one which would look nice in my kitchen, I also wanted a quick boil one as my old one would take a very long time to heat up water. At tesco they have all of there kettles out on display and this instantly caught my eye, it looked stylish and I was surprised it was tesco own brand! I was also shocked when it saw how cheap this actually was. I am very happy with my kettle and I will now go into more detail.
Tesco had many different kettles on offer and it was hard to choose, what made me get this though was its price. This 1.7l kettle was only £10! It's an absolute bargain of a price seeing as how much the others were for a similar look, design and specification. This price made me feel very happy and I had no problem paying this price.
One of the main positives is the style of the jug, it looks very modern and the black finish is excellent. I love the fact that when this is boiling the side lights up bright blue! Blue is my favourite colour so this is a huge bonus for me, it's such a lovely colour. This kettle is actually very fast to boil the water which makes mornings better when I want my cup of tea. The lid is very easy to open, you just pull the catch. It isn't very heavy when empty. I find it very easy to poor as the handle is very nice to hold. It looks like a top of the range kettle, but has a bargain price. If you saw this I'm my kitchen you would never know that it was a tescos own brand electrical product. The on and off switch is nice to touch and easy to press down. Everything about this kettle is brilliant. There have been no issues with this, it looks just as good as it did when we first, got it, there is no wear and tear! Just a very good looking kettle that does the job perfectly.
An excellent value kettle which really looks great in my kitchen. It is very practical and boils quickly. Even when I fill it to full capacity it still boils relatively quickly. It's easy to hold and pour. I would recommend this to anyone who needs a new kettle, there is no point paying for a high end kettle when there are decent ones like this on the shelf for such great competitive prices. This is true quality. I am going to give this 5 out of 5, I am very happy and have nothing bad to say. I hope it lasts me for a few years! Thanks for reading, and I hope I helped you out.
Josh - jlaker1992
I bought this kettle last year when my last model stopped working the day before payday (annoying)! I was looking for a relatively kettle; one which would do the job "for the meantime".
I found this model in Tesco and bought it to do in the short term until I had a bit more cash to buy a fancy model... six months later I am still using it and have no intention of upgrading it.
- Apart from cost, the reason why I bought this kettle was looks - as per the photograph its black and sleek. It well finished and the plastic has a nice shine without looking too cheap!
- Its a sturdy kettle with a good strong handle which is easy to grip.
- The lid and the on nozzle are also nice and sturdy and do not feel like a budget item.
-The surface has a wipe clean finish
- I have had this for 6 months and despite daily use the colour hasn't faded or peeled.
How Does it Work
- Easy to use, simply fill with water and hit the on button,
- There is a see through panel on the kettle so you can see how much water you are boiling - this is very handy as it reminds me not to overfill!
- The kettle is rapid boil which is great as I am always after a cup of coffee in a hurry,
- The kettle doesn't over boil
- Noise kettle I would rank the kettle as normal, not quiet but not roaring either. It helps that the kettle doesn't overboil and switches itself off as soon as the water is boiling
I bought this kettle from Tesco £10 which in my opinion is an absolute bargain.
Would I recommend This
Ok - what do you really want from a kettle anyway? Does it boil the water? Yes. Does it look good? Subjective but, in my opinion, yes. That's it surely? It's a rapid boil model but to be honest I'm not sure by which standard that is measured. It boils the water well within the timeframe expected for making some tea or coffee. At no point have I found myself screaming at it "come on - boil faster".
There is a rather cool blue light that pops on when you clink the switch down. The fill marking on the side are clear and, well that's it really.
In terms of reliability I've only had it for a couple of weeks and it's been faultless so far. The only criticism I could offer is that the lead to the base is perhaps a little too short. It's adequate for most users but if you have an odd power socket arrangement in your kitchen this may prove problematic.
So my cookworks kettle from argos has given up after almost a year of doing a fantastic job. I am a little bit short on cash and bored with shopping at argos so on my weekly shop I found this kettle in the home section at Tescos.
It costs £12.97 and on the box claims to be rapid boil. I dont know how long they count as rapid but it takes the same amount of time as my old kettle. It is made of plastic and this one is in black but they also have it in white. Inside there is a blue led light that comes on when you press the switch and you can see the water inside boiling.
Inside there is a filter to stop limescale coming through, and the bottom bit that heats up the water is silver and looked very clean when first using it.
When boiling it is quite noisy and it is a bit annoying but it is nothing different from my last kettle.
It has a large and sturdy handly that makes it easy to lift up from its base. The base attaches to the mains and is silver in colour. You can make around 6 cups of tea from one boil and on the strip that is seethrough there is a measuring meter so you can see how much water your using.
Overall it seems to be working well, nothing extra special apart from it looks quite sleek and blends in well with the rest of my kitchen equipment. The tea tastes good, and it is light weight and was convenient to buy alongside the rest of my shop.
I have since upgraded all of my kitchen appliances after winning a decent sum on the Irish Lotto!
I started off with the Tesco Value kettle and then I upgraded to this one. This kettle looks really sleek and elegant. It's stylish design means that it fits in perfectly well with the rest of my kitchen appliances. The kettle holds 1.7 litres of water and it's a rapid boil kettle, meaning that it saves both time and energy whilst boiling your cuppa, perfect! The kettle has a funky blue light which goes down the side of the kettle. The light comes on once the kettle is switched on and the switch is down on the "ON" position.
The kettle is sturdy and durable. It's excellent quality and the blue light is a nice touch. The kettle takes around three minutes to fully boil and once boiled the water is perfect. I haven't experienced any limescale with my kettle but it's only a month old so it's still pretty new.
The base of the kettle is a circular shape and the handle is comfortable to hold. I would suggest boiling the kettle a few times before you use it, just to get rid of that "new plastic" taste, however I don't really have anything bad to say about this kettle. It's not noisy either, it's actually really quiet and it doesn't take up much space. With the kettle being black it doesn't get dirty quickly either.
Would I recommend this kettle?
Yes, I would.
I've just had to buy a new kettle as our old one was pouring more water onto the worktop than in the cup! I was in Tesco so thought I'd see what was on offer there and saw this. The price was very reasonable, at £12.97, and all the other kettles seemd really expensive, so I went for this model.
When I unpacked it the first thing that struck me was how sleek it looked. The outside is made from plastic and it is very compact, but still holds 1.7 litre of water and sits on a circular base which is has a silver metalic trim and a short cord. When you switch it on a blue internal light comes on so that you can see when it is boiling and it also has an automatic switch-off when it boils. There is a water indicator to tell you how much water is inside.
I timed the kettle to see just how long it took to boil it when it was full and it was exactly three and a half minutes to reach a good rolling boil. I think that is pretty good and would give you time to make a cuppa in an advert-break when you are watching TV of an evening.
The lid is easy to lift, with a release catch on the top, it has a filter in the spout to catch any limescale and an on-off swtich under the handle. The Handle is quite chunky and easy to hold, though when it has just boiled I would recommend holding it towards the base rather than at the top as you could get a steam burn.
It seems easy to clean, with a concealed heating element in the base, so descaling shouldn't be a problem.
Overall, I am really pleased with this kettle.
Well, coffee actually, but tea sounds better as a title. I'm referring to my new kettle the Tesco Rapid Boil as it's better known. I bought this about six weeks ago as a replacement for my old kettle, also a Tesco jug kettle. The previous one, though dirt cheap, lasted me three years and is still serviceable as a spare. It just started to look a bit grungy inside, despite all my attempts at cleaning it up. Now, as many of you know, I'm on a limited budget so every penny counts to me, but that doesn't mean I'll buy cheap just for the sake of saving a bit. Quality often lasts longer, but I usually find that either Tesco or Asda do a decent range in electrical appliances.
So I got my walking shoes on and made a beeline for Tesco first, knowing that this was probably where I'd buy it. I did look at some online at the time, but I like to see the items for myself. If I'd had a crystal ball I could have saved myself more money as Tesco have a brilliant sale on at the moment.
I browsed the kettles, pretending to take in the top range of kettles, regardless of make. I must admit I was tempted by a nice little shiny silver filly, which would have had me about £30 out of pocket, but sense prevailed and I perused the Tesco own brand with much more interest. Having owned and used an own brand before, I found it just the same as a Morphy Richards I'd previously owned and died of hard water poisoning! The range was really good and I did have a hard time choosing. I think the point that swayed me away from a stainless steel kettle wasn't just price. I just find lifting kettles harder on my hands which swell in the mornings, just when I need my first brew.
I wasn't that bothered by the fact this is a Rapid Boil make, I just wanted something that looked pleasing, had all the main features and didn't close down my bank account. I also liked the shape and the colour of this make and walked away with my purchase after parting with £12.95.
This is shaped like a jug but has a sleeker look to it and is made of molded plastic. This means it doesn't have that unsightly piece that marks the old jug kettle. I did find that caused some steam to escape near the top of the handle. With the new one, there is a seamless handle and this works much better. The colour is black with a clear water gauge that lights up with a blue light when the kettle is switched on. Apart from the colour being quite attractive and easier to read, it's aesthetically pleasing to me. The on/off switch is located at the rear of the kettle, near the bottom.
The base of the jug is the part that connects to the mains and is robust enough with a short lead, though it does say you can store any extra flex in the bottom. Mine just about reaches the main's switch. It has a silver border which shows when the kettle sits on the base. Again, this breaks up the colour though I think it does have a use.
The top of the jug is where you fill the kettle through the spout, though I prefer to wait until the kettle is cool and fill it with the release handle back. That way I don't get any fear of steam burns and water doesn't go everywhere. There is a filter in the spout, which needs a small amount of pressure to release, and when taken out the mesh can be swilled under the tap. I find this much better than my old one as the filter often fell out easily. The kettle Lid release is firm enough not to move around when the kettle is boiling, and opens backwards. Since the jug handle is part of the kettle body and hinged lid, this is safer than others I've used, including my daughter's very expensive stainless steel model which let's steam out even when it's not filled to the top.
There is a leaflet with the kettle that explains the various parts of the kettle, just in case you need to know how to use one. It's also got a warning about allowing persons (including children) with reduced physical, sensory or mental capability to use it without supervision. I guess they felt the need to cover all eventualities.
One precaution I always take is to avoid overfilling, opening the lid when the kettle is still boiling or just after it has boiled. Neither do I under fill the kettle, although there is an automatic cutout in this model for this eventuality. It also operates if the lid is opened while boiling and if for any reason the water starts to boil dry.
The leaflet explains every step carefully and advises that you fill and boil the kettle twice before using to ensure it's completely clean. It gives advise on the safety features which I've already summed up. It also gives directions on removing the filter, cleaning the kettle inside and out, including tips on descaling, which I find particularly helpful since I live in a hard water area.
Voltage Rating 220-240V AC 50Hz.
Power Consumption 2550-3000W
Water Capacity 1.7 litres.
Net Weight 1.0 kilo.
Obviously the main part of this is the capacity and I'm rather surprised that no mention is made of the rapid boil feature, after all, it's in bold letters on the box.
This was a feature that appealed to me so I've done my own research. Without a stopwatch I can't judge times to the second, but to boil enough water for one cup plus a bit left over takes about 45 seconds. I have one of those handy little gadgets that tell you how much electricity you're using and this uses slightly less than my old kettle.
Whether that's because it's new or that I am using much less water than before could give this result. I'm trying to keep my fuel bills to a minimum so I've yet to boil the kettle to it's maximum, though I filled up to half the capacity with the initial clean.
This is a nice kettle with some very useful features and at a fraction of the price you'd expect it to cost. Overall I'm really pleased with its look and performance. One little niggle is the base unit. I have always used a heat-resistant tray to place on my kitchen top and this usually stops any water pooling underneath. The balance on this kettle is down to some very small plastic studs that tend to vibrate when the water boils. So far this hasn't been a big problem, but something I'll keep a check on, as I wouldn't want to expose the base unit to water. It is quite light to lift and pour so not too hard on my hands. It won't show the dirt or start to fade in colour and will (hopefully) keep its good looks better than me when aging!
As mentioned, I paid £12.95 for mine and now its on sale at Tesco for £9.95. Its still a bargain though, so despite a few points, I'm giving this five stars for features, fancy, filling, fast and friendly!
How about a cuppa after all that talk?
©Lisa Fuller 2011.
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