Top positive review
good looks for a great price
on 7 April 2014
My last kettle lasted me over a decade and was pretty worn out when I eventually decided it had to go. For me the for a kettle, which will always be on display, is as follows - it has to work well and not leak; it has to look nice; it should be relatively cheap; it should last for a long time. This kettle satisfies the first 3 of these requirements and I'm pretty confident about the 4th.
Lots of reviewers complain that the kettle is noisy but really it isn't any worse than most kettles, and yes it's hot to the touch, but that's pretty standard. I think it looks great and at £22 it is very hard to fault - look and feel are comparable with much more expensive kettles.
Water from the kettle did taste plastic-y the first time I used it but within a couple of boils the odd flavour was gone.
In my view this kettle will work well for anyone who values money and aesthetics combined - I'm sure there are nicer kettles out there if you want to spend two or three times as much, and there are certainly cheaper on the market, but they look cheap - fine if that's what you are after - I seriously considered the Russell Hobbs 20090 Oxford Brushed Kettle - 1.7 Litre for instance. In the end the nicer look and the pop-up lid of this one won the day.
Feb 2016 edit - the kettle is still in daily use and is looking good and working well. However, over the last 6 months or so I've noticed a little water marking at the foot of the gauge at the back of the kettle. Long and short, I suspect it will start to leak water before long. It's still a nice kettle for the cash but not the ideal combination of low price, great looks and longevity I was hoping for.