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A nice cup of tea always puts a smile on our faces in our household. I will admit I do probably drink a bit too much tea but I enjoy it. So when our old trusty kettle of four years broke I had to go out the next morning and buy a new one. Unfortunately it was coming to the end of the month and money was tight so we opted for a cheaper kettle than previous. In our local Tesco store we picked up the Tricity TJKSB10 not only did the price impress us but so did the style. It had to be a win win didnít it!
The Tricity kettle is a stainless steel kettle and although they are more difficult to keep looking clean than a plastic style one I prefer them. Unlike our last short and dumpy looking kettle this particular one is tall and thick looking. It has a very large thick black handle on the side which I thought would be great for holding on too. Also down the side is a clear water indicator which I think nearly all kettles come with. But this kettle
is flasher with a blue illuminating indicator for when the kettle is switched on. Altogether I like the whole look of the kettle it is a bit different to other kettles on the market and looks strong and stylish.
The Tricity TJKSB10 is a cordless kettle that sits on a round base which is plugged in. This stainless steel kettle has a capacity of 1.7 litres which is a good size and does our small family. As I have mentioned it is a large thick looking kettle and measures 26cms in height and roughly 16cms in width and is good and steady. The kettle comes with a water level indicator which is situated down the side near the handle. The leveller is measured in litres with a maximum level. As well as a water level indicator it also comes with a blue illuminating indicator to tell you when the kettle is in use. As we live in a small open plan cottage I can see the kettle from my living room so I can see when the light goes out if I donít hear the kettle boil, itís the little things! The kettle also comes with a lime scale filter to keep that at bay.
Opening the kettle is easy you pull back the small silver notch on the lid and it lifts up. You can then fill the kettle up with water watching the water level on the side to make sure itís not too full. Then itís a case of a flick of the switch down and away it goes. If the kettle is cold and is filled to maximum it does take just under five minutes to boil this particular kettle does not come with rapid boil.
On initial looks I loved the kettle it looks very stylish in my kitchen and goes with my theme of stainless steel and grey appliances. The blue light whilst in use just added to the stylish look of the product and entertains the kids they love waiting to watch it go off. But unfortunately that is where the good points end. Donít get me wrong this kettle is usable and I guess I got what I paid for but it does have some negatives that take a bit of getting used to. Pouring this kettle has become an art if tipped too much it leaks and water spills all over the work top. It has to be poured slowly and carefully so no more quick cups of teas in the morning! This problem can be managed though although my fiancť wouldnít agree he hates it. Dribbling seems to be an occurring problem with this product as when you open the lid water dribbles down the back of it.
The other problem this kettle has is a large build up of lime scale my old kettle was no were near as bad. The filter does stop it getting into your tea which is the main thing.
If I was buying another kettle I wouldnít buy this particular one again but on the other hand I am not rushing out to replace it. It does have faults but it does work, it boils water perfectly fine.
I purchased this product from my local Tescoís store for £19.97 currently reduced (May 2012) to £16.96. Is it worth nearly £20, Iím not too sure. You can get cheaper kettles that work as well if not better but then they donít have the look of this kettle maybe that is what you pay for because itís certainly not itís performance.
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Well reviewed. You can see from the pic that the spout's not designed for pouring. There are teapots and jugs with the same obvious design fault. One wonders whether the makers have ever tried pouring from their own products.