I never thought I would want to wax lyrical about a kettle. It just has to boil the water right?! But the fact is that after owning many different kettles of many different styles, tall thin, short fat, stainless steel, plastic, cordless, non cordless etc. I now realise that it is in fact an important item in the kitchen that has to fill a lot of criteria, boil the water, not be too noisy, easy to keep clean, easy to pour etc, and I have to admit it has to look nice. It's not an item you put away after use is it? It stays out all the time and therefore you want it to look o.k in your kitchen.
I am very sick of trying to keep a stainless steel kettle looking clean, and equally sick of bad pourers and kettles that seem to drag the cordless base with them.
So on to this kettle which I now call `The Jewel of the Kitchen `I have owned it for a month so I cant honestly say it has stood the test of time but so far it has been worth the extra money. It fits on the base perfectly, the lid fits to perfection, it looks fabulous with its faceted exterior and I have not had to wipe the outside at all thus far. It isn't the quietest kettle but it is also not the noisiest , ( you can still have a conversation when you are standing quite near it. ) It pours beautifully! Filling a hot water bottle is the test for this aspect and just for this reason alone it is worth the money, a wet hot water bottle cover is a very annoying thing and this is happily now a thing of the past.
It is my favourite kitchen item. I am now saving up for the toaster.