9 of 21 people found the following review helpful
Best thing since the chocolate teapot,
This review is from: iKettle Wi-Fi Electric Kettle, 1.8L, 2400W - Stainless Steel (Kitchen & Home)
A friend recently bought me one of these as a joke. Just what I needed: a kettle that connects to the Internet!
I couldn't help wondering why anyone would want such functionality in a kettle - apart from the "fun" app and "cool" Twitter connectivity of course ('OMG I've just boiled some water!!! LOL') . Well, according to the advertising blurb, it might save you a few seconds making a cup of tea ... but only if you have your mobile with you, if it is already turned on, if you have a signal, if your WiFi router's switched on, if you've already filled the kettle with the correct amount of water, if you've left it connected to the mains, and if you can't usefully use the boiling time to take your cups, teabags, sugar, teaspoons, milk etc. out of the cupboard/drawer/fridge. My old kettle heats a litre of water quicker than I can retrieve all those items anyway, so I've never wasted time waiting for it to boil.
I can't comment on how well the WiFi works because I haven't tried to connect it, but the kettle itself doesn't seem particulary well made and, in my view, it would barely justify a price tag of £40.
Cons: 1. Overpriced. 2. Environmentally unfriendly as it has to be permanently in standby mode. 3. A multitude of buttons to trap dirt. 4. Despite the manufacturer's overblown time-saving claims, it really wouldn't save me any time whatsoever.
Pros: None - unless you happen to run a multi-national data-mining corporation, or you're the kind of person that's easily impressed.