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Classic Alessi design and function
on 22 February 2011
I have owned this kettle for a few years and really do love it. My husband and I are both big Alessi fans and have quite a few pieces, and this takes pride of place - especially as I got up at some god-awful hour to sell at a boot fair to raise the capital for it! Apart from the fact that it really does look stunning, it works well (I sometimes get a chuf-chuffing before the whistle works properly, like it's slightly blocked, but I've never had whistle-failure, however much water I'm boiling) and it is great for saving worktop space, plus avoiding the annoying habit of electric kettle steam collecting under wall mounted cupboards. Also, don't be put off by the cream handle; I wondered if this would look dirty quite quick, but it really doesn't. Our kettle is by no means pristine - scratches, marks etc from normal, everyday use, but the handle and bird are still cream, without any great effort from me. But I can't give it a 5 star and here's why (some reviews have mentioned these minor points):
1 - When you remove the lid you WILL spill water that has collected in the rim and it WILL annoy you.
2 - You will need to move it off the hob if you are cooking anything that may spit or spray, as every mark will taunt you!
3 - re point 2, if you don't clean it quite reguarly, it may prove hard to remove any cooked-on marks.
4 - It does not hold as much water as many electric kettles.
5 - On my gas hob, it is not a quick boil.
The last point is one to be considered in the current sky-high gas price climate. As it can take about 5 minutes to boil a full kettle, you do have to consider the expense of the gas over a rapid-boil electric (not to mention your eco-conscience!). If you simply love how the kettle looks but can't afford/don't want the full size hob version for use, Alessi do a minitures collection of their more classic pieces, and you can pick up a scaled-down version of this for about £25 - my husband put his foot down when I suggested said purchase for our children's play kitchen. Spoil sport.
I would buy this kettle again in a heartbeat, but I am currently considering a temporary electric kettle while utillity bills keep rising. To save money for more Alessi purchases... ;-)