This kettle is excellent value for money. How neat and smart it looks. When you press the on switch, which is sensibly located on it's base, it bleaps. If you set it at a temperature of 70-100c (which is useful for making coffee) it bleeps when the temperature is reached. If you're not going to use it straight away you can put it on "keep warm". How useful. The lid is easy to open with a sensible centre button on the lid, ang the fill scale is easy to read. We havn't had it long, but I can't see that it's going to give any trouble. Well recommended.
UPDATE ON THIS REVIEW (20 MARCH 2013) The kettle developed a rattling noise which came from under the kettle base where the heating element is fitted. Amazon advised contact with Bosch who wanted it returned to be checked by their engineer, which would mean that we needed to buy a replacement or make do for an unspecified time. Amazon had advised that if we needed further help to contact them again. We did and within a short time we had return labels to Amazon, and confirmation of a next day replacement. Amazon's service was remarkable. The kettle is still a good machine in my mind, but due to it's possible safety failings, and the support by Bosch I've replaced my original 5 stars to 3. Good design let down by Quality and service from Bosch.
FURTHER UPDATE 06 NOVEMBER 2013.
EXACTLY THE SAME FAULT HAS DEVELOPED ON THE REPLACEMENT. WHERE DO YOU GO FROM HERE. CALL IT A DAY AND BUY FROM A DIFFERENT MANUFACTURER.
NOW ONLY 1 STAR. CAN'T GIVE IT LESS.