Advantages Cordless, boils water, easy to fill and pour, lightweight and well balanced
Disadvantages It is White Plastic and Basic
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WHITE goes with EVERYTHING! Unless, of course, you have a Colour-Coordinated Kitchen, with all your Appliances Chrome, or Dark Green or some other colour.
To my surprise, when visiting our local Asda store, I saw that their cut price line of goods now included a cordless kettle! At under £5 (in fact, £4.28) it was so cheap that I didn't even hesitate to put it into my shopping trolley and purchase it along with my shopping. No more leaky kettle, and no more getting tangled in the cord while trying to pour the kettle. Now all I would have to do was to lift the kettle off its base to carry it anywhere in the room I needed to pour the water. The cord attached to the base was short (about half a metre?), reaching to the socket but without letting the base get dangerously close to the counter edge, so it was just right for me. The kettle has a clear blue plastic panel on the side which indicates the water level, from a minimum (with the water just covering the element) to a maximum level of 1.7 ltrs, which is a pretty much standard volume for a kettle these days. It is also not quite just white as it has several light green soft ridges on the handle to help your grip. I like this colour, as it makes me feel more secure and peaceful.
The kettle is lightweight and balances well. Some kettles I have used or had seem to want to tip, or dribble out of the edges of their spouts when you try to pour too quickly, but this one seems to suit me better. The filter in the spout has not become scaled up in the several (maybe four or five years?) we have had it, and any scaling (roughness) on the inside of the kettle I just use a washing-up brush to brush away and then rinse with fresh water. Scaling does depend on your water supply, so it might be different for someone in a high limestone area, but as it is plastic rather than metal you do not need to use a special descaler.We have not needed to have any repairs, under warranty or otherwise, and it hasn't complained when my husband overfills it (even though I warn him to be careful). It is easy to grip and I have never dropped it like I occasionally used to drop the chrome kettle because it was awkward and my hands do not always grip well. The plug is fused and molded onto the wire, so it has excellent safety.
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