1,239 of 1,251 people found the following review helpful
So far, so good!,
This review is from: Philips HD4671/20 Brushed Metal Energy Efficient Kettle, 3000 Watt - 1.7 Litre (Kitchen & Home)I looked at, and tried, lots of the better reviewed kettles before finally buying this one. I previously had a Breville JK115 Lightning, which to be fair was an excellent kettle and lasted almost 5 years before starting to leak (plastic seemed to be disintegrating and it was taking longer to boil!).
The Philips HD4671/20 looks smart (for a kettle) and the handle is quite comfortable when pouring. It's not too heavy, and the lid opens and shuts properly even when boiling (some start to leak steam when hot). The only thing against the Philips HD4671 is that it is difficult to get the last drops of water out of the kettle because of the limescale filter position, in comparison the Breville drained every drop - if it was not for this small issue I would have given the Philips 5 stars.
The Philips boils fast, 4mins 40 seconds for a full kettle with cold water, sounds a long time (especially when you watch it) but is still about a minute faster than most others tried (although a kenwood managed this 10 seconds faster!).
A big advantage is the very low reaching windows on each side of the kettle meaning that you can see very small amounts of water. Enough for a mug (1.5 cups)of cold water boils in 40 seconds which is wayfaster than anything else I have tried. Also, after boiling you CAN fill and go again immediately, some cut out for a few minutes until completely cool, maybe a small point but really frustrating if you want more hot water quickly.
The noise of the kettle is definitely less than many kettles and much less than the previous Breville.
From the moment the large bubbles appear as it starts to boil, time to switch off is 8 seconds, I have read that many consider this too much but I would consider this a rolling boil and I find that this actually makes better tasting tea!
After following the instructions to rinse, fill full and boil and discard (I did this part 3 times)and rinse again - I am completely unaware of any smells or tastes that shouldn't be there (some still smell of plastic or metal) - I do live in a soft water area and filter all drinking water though.
The case is brushed steel, some reviews have said it is difficult to keep clean but so far I have not experienced this - maybe it is a limescale issue and doesn't affect me?
Lastly, but maybe most importantly for me and my family, this kettle pours really well (fast or slow) without any splurting or splashing meaning that the boiling water goes in the cup and not all over the worktop.
It's sad that you have to go to this level of review for a everyday item like a kettle, I was amazed that there are so many kettles available that can't do simple things like boiling and pouring without making the water taste horrible - maybe I expect too much? From trying lots (and that's only the ones getting good reviews) and being thoroughly disappointed I think this one is at the better end of the scale and worth while buying. These are my experiences and I hope it helps someone but - you pays your money and takes your chances!
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Initial post: 12 Feb 2010 17:36:08 GMT
Alan H says:
Thank you for an informative review, it was really helpful.
Posted on 18 Aug 2010 15:24:23 BDT
P. Mahon says:
Thanks for the review
Posted on 30 Aug 2010 09:48:50 BDT
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Posted on 4 Feb 2011 22:56:43 GMT
Mrs. S. A. Zahra says:
Excellant review and you have sold the item to me. Lots of reading on reviews and this is the best. You obviously did a lot more research than most.
Posted on 22 Feb 2012 08:11:19 GMT
D. M. Enderby says:
Thank you for your excellent review, very helpful when making my decision.
Posted on 20 Apr 2012 11:20:00 BDT
Ann M. Aplin says:
This excellent review has helped me make up my mind. Thank you. AMA
Posted on 28 Apr 2012 09:43:16 BDT
Hungry Joe says:
Thanks for the review. It's so sad that we can no longer buy a basic functional kettle for a few quid. I recall standing in a hardware shop in London in the late 80s. A man came in and complained that he'd bought a kettle 5 years previously but the element had recently stopped working! He was given a free replacement element by the shopkeeper.... I'm sure some smart person is going to make a killing in this stupid 'fashion' market soon by giving us what we all really want: Something that works; is affordable; provides untainted water and lasts for more than 15 months.
Posted on 3 May 2012 18:24:34 BDT
Iron Mummy says:
Incredibly helpful review. Thank you - you saved me so much time and probably money too as I was looking at more expensive kettles until I read this. Much appreciated!
Posted on 5 May 2012 10:10:07 BDT
S. H. Moore says:
Thank you so much fro such a detailed and informative review. My Dualit kettle (never again !) has just given up the ghost and am looking for a decent replacement. The Philips has been ordered today.
Posted on 6 Jun 2012 17:14:17 BDT
Vivienne E says:
Thanks, this really helped me to make up my mind about which kettle to buy.