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Philips HD9300/00 Daily Collection Kettle, 1.5 Litre, 2400 Watt - White
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful
on 10 September 2013
After my trials with the Morphy Richards Opera [Graphite], when it finally died, noisily spluttering steam, boiling water and us cheering, I had to go back to looking at reviews and so on. But this one had not been reviewed anywhere at all. So I looked at the Phillips range and saw that this one may well have been a redesign of a previous good'un. So I took a chance:

So far - It is lighter than the Morphy Richards - good.
It pours nicely - the spout has a good V shape.
It is easy to fill through the spout.
The top opens easily, no struggle, and closes with a firm click.
On /off switch - clean and firm operation.
Handle - easier to hold and manipulate than the M-R.
Boils more quickly than the M-R
Much quieter than the M-R.
Visible window clearer than the M-R.
A good price - and although the Amazon description does not say so, it has a 2 year guarantee - all you need is proof of purchase, you don't have to register.

So far, our new kettle is doing well - Morphy Richards Opera - RIP!!
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on 20 February 2015
Positives

o Looks smart
o Doesn't impart any taste into the water (seems to be a common complaint about kettles these days)
o Water level from 0.25l to 1.5l shows on both sides - great for left and right handed users
o Actually boils more than the stated 1.5l - 1.75l to be exact without boiling over
o Can boil as little as one cup of water
o Base has rubber pads which stops it sliding around
o Solid handle (whole kettle feels solid even though it's plastic) that seems to stay cool even when used repeatedly
o 2 year guarantee

Negatives (sort of)

o The black finish does show dust
o There is no light indicating operation

The stated use taken from the user manual:

'This appliance is intended to be used in household and similar applications such as farm houses, bed and breakfast type environments, staff kitchen areas in shops, in offices and in other working environments and by clients in hotels, motels and other residential type environments.'

Sounds like it should be well built, I found out after purchasing my last kettle that it was intended for little more than occasional use so it pays to check the manual (if you can) before buying.

It seems solidly made and I would recommend it to friends.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful
on 2 December 2014
The facts buyers need are often what sellers/manufacturers [not to mention reviewers] neglect in favour of telling you how well it goes with the curtains. Even those listed here are misleading in one or two cases, and it's a particular risk to product quality when company employees spend their time away from the coal face writing flattering Amazon reviews, as I suspect happened here. I'm guessing dwellers in cramped bedsits or anyone for whom space is at a premium might prefer a few numbers so that's where I'll start:

1] Dimensions: The [separate] base of this item is 16cm diameter. The kettle's height [base included] is 22cm. Allow a further 22cm `across' between the tip of the spout to the outer edge of the handle. You'll be pleased to hear that with leads the parsimonious affairs they are these days this one is no exception, the amount of cable you actually have to play with - I measured from the edge of the base to the start of the plug moulding - being a mere 64cm [not the disingenuous `75cm' stated above].

2] Function: `Boils' a full tank of 1.5 litres in under 4 minutes. `Boils' 1 litre in under 2 minutes. No illumination at switch-on. I've used inverted commas for `boils' since the evidence of its actually having done so dies away within seconds of the kettle switching off - something of a contrast with my ten year old Philips, a veritable Tasmanian Devil of watery thermodynamics which I have to sing to [it prefers Lara's Theme from Dr Zhivago] and then leave a minute or more to calm down at its own pace. Coffee drinkers don't need boiling water. Tea drinkers, necessarily more fastidious in matters of temperature, might want to look elsewhere. The handle stays cool during the heating process but the body of the unit gets hot and the lid very hot indeed. This kettle is noisy - far and away noisier than my current model. It's a concern when you sleep badly and like a brew during the night. Used upstairs the airport-quality roar can be heard clearly throughout the house. My fear is that it may even be audible next door.

3] Build: What some will dismiss as flimsy others, naturally, will applaud as `conveniently lightweight'. I say flimsy. Construction is a single-wall of thin, slightly malleable polypropylene and a concealed stainless steel element. The lid is hinged. One of the reasons I bought a Philips [aside from having one all ready] is that I prefer this type of lid. There is no button-release [to fail] and none of the irritating [a blight to the terminally clumsy like me] `align-and-twist' of the Bosch village kettle. The lid itself appears solid but the mechanism for unclipping it - you lift a strip of moulded plastic along the top [imagine a ring-pull can] - is less so. I'll be surprised if it lasts. I've additional misgivings about condensation splashing the sides of the kettle as the lid jerks open - an obvious by-produt of the resistance that allows you to close the lid properly and safely with a satisfying 'ker-thunk'. Most of us will just need to be careful to avoid getting burnt. Whether 'forewarned is forearmed' will be enough to protect the elderly or the disabled is another matter.

The unit's major deficiency is the ON/OFF switch in my opinion. You expect these to be robust. This one isn't. Not only is it thin but there is virtually no resistance in the spring-mechanism. Subject to even slight manipulation the switch actually wobbles laterally. Manufacturers test everything, of course they do, but this is a design weakness and if I were to suspect one telling frailty it would be this.

4] Conclusions: The HD9300 is an adequate if slightly overpriced item [I managed to get it elsewhere for under £20 including postage]. Arthritis-sufferers and the elderly who might appreciate the lightweight nature of the model should also note the hazards of condensation outlined above. Furthermore while this boiler undoubtedly `boils' it does so intrusively [noise] and not very well. I've spent money here: I'd like to be wrong believe me. In my opinion, however, this particular Philips offering isn't a patch on its predecessors, and while careful use might prolong the unit's life I rather think I'll be buying another, from a different manufacturer, sooner than I imagined.
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on 30 April 2015
This really is the perfect kettle. A comfortable handle, clear markings, and a filter which is easy to remove and replace (for cleaning). At first I thought the cable was too short, until I found some spare cable wound round the underside of the base. I'm glad I bought this kettle.
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on 19 December 2014
So pleased we bought this. It's a good-looking, reliable and efficient small kettle which takes up little space on the counter. Ideal for elderly people as it is very light and has a short cord.
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on 22 December 2014
A very good kettle and base for the price. The kettle drops onto the base with no fuss . Although the kettle does not have a light I don't think it is necessary.
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2 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 24 February 2014
Another of the many kettles on the market, Bought this kettle as it is adequate for two people and after experiencing a bad buy of a Chinese made kettle last year thought we should stick with a reliable maker.
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on 9 October 2014
Cool design, does what it should do. I had to change the plug because I live in the Netherlands.
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on 18 September 2014
Really like this kettle. Boils quick and not noisy
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on 8 June 2015
My Philips Kettle is working well
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