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Sleek, slightly ‘retro’ styling and stainless good looks attracted me to this particular kettle. The fact that it is cordless and easy to use was an added bonus. Unlike some cordless kettles, where you have to boil a fair amount of water to cover the element, the Phillips Filterline HD4601 has an element which is almost flush with the bottom of the kettle, meaning you can boil quite small amounts. This is important for several reasons; economy of use, speed and weight. The weight factor is important to me because I have trouble with my wrists and find lifting heavy items can be troublesome. Another really useful, and extremely stylish, aspect of this kettle is the handle. It is of a slightly textured, black synthetic material and is a wonderfully rounded shape. It is also big enough to hold with both hands which, for me with my wrists, is really helpful. The lid fits well although I have scalded myself, very slightly, if the kettle is very full and I have tipped it right up to empty it. Generally, though, the lid does not come off accidentally and it is topped with a cute little ‘ball’ handle on the top. As for the filter, it slides in neatly behind the spout. I tend to fill the kettle through the spout so it seems that, if there was any debris on the filter, it would be being washed back in. However, we are in a soft water area and really don’t need the filter facility. Being stainless steel, the kettle is easy to keep clean and looks great. We have had ours nearly six years and the filter gave up the ghost earlier this year. I am not in a rush to replace it as there is no limescale in the kettle anyway. I hope this kettle keeps going for many years to come. It is an integral part of the ‘look’ of my kitchen and compares really well to, and probably surpasses, much dearer ‘designer’ kettles.
Let me introduce you to the newest occupant of my kitchen - the Philips Essence Kettle (HD4655). There didn't seem to be a section for it so I thought I better put it here. The curvaceous appearance of this kettle is aesthetically pleasing and it rotates effortlessly through 360 degrees making it equally useful for both left and right handed folk. The 3 pint/1.7 litre capacity makes an awful lot of cups of tea and coffee, and the rapid boil action is really helpful when you're dying for a cuppa! The concealed element makes cleaning a dream, as living here in Yorkshire means horrible hard and scaly water. The double filter performs beautifully, meaning no more scum or floaty bits in my cup! The auto switch off/boil dry protection really does work as my hubby proved when he switched on with no water in (tut tut!) It has a very large easy to operate on/off switch - ideal for those with dexterity problems. OK - that's the good points - but it is not completely perfect. The opening is just a bit too small and when filling it is easy to end up spilling water down the outside. Also be warned, the first time you boil it you will think you have a harrier jump jet taking off in your kitchen. It is soooo noisy. The trouble is there is no gradual build up - just an explosion of immediate noise but I suppose thats the rapid boil facility. One of the "selling points" is the boil signal - which in reality is an annoying "ding" when the water has boiled, and to be honest it is bearly audible over the sound of the "harrier jump jet". The on/off switch has a red glow when in use which spoils the appearance and really serves no purpose because you know it is working by all the noise!! So in summary - it is nice to look at and it boils water like a good 'un, its just the noise you will need to get used to. At £31.99 it is not the cheapest on the market nor is it the most expensive and despite the din I am pleased with my purchase.
Short name: Philips HD4601