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Looking for a new Kettle

Posted by Danube 
Looking for a new Kettle
August 12, 2017 08:10PM
I am back in the market for a new kettle. I had a good old basic stainless version for years but when it came time to replace had no end of trouble with several brands giving tainted water which remained even after 3 or 4 days and multiple cleaning out. Brabantia was particularly bad as I tried 3 different jugs, luckily Briscoes will just replace if theres a problem but very annoying. I ended up buying a Sunbeam model with a blue light but quickly found problems with the lid sticking down, anyway I've had it about 18 months and as of yesterday it now won't work - no idea why, just dead so I'm now dreading looking for a replacement. Recommendations please! I was wondering of some of the more expensive brands like Cuisinart or Kitchen Aid might be good but online reviews seems to find faults with all of them.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 12, 2017 11:05PM
Ours is a plain stainless steel Breville similar to this one. [www.briscoes.co.nz]

It's at least six years old and has performed perfectly with no tainted water problems.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 13, 2017 01:37AM
I have a Brabantia but have not had any trouble like tainted water problems.I chose this kettle for it's looks which was silly because it is very heavy,slow to boil and very noisy.It works well but when I need to replace it I will remember these annoyances.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 13, 2017 04:38AM
I've got a Breville "Crystal Clear" Lite. That is, glass shell and plastic body. It is quiet, boils quickly and does not have a bell (I dislike bells on a kettle), but it is heavy and large. The max fill line is only about half way up the glass pitcher, which leaves a ton of wasted space and extra weight. I got this model because it is lighter than the stainless steel model of the same, but once this has water in it, it is bordering on too heavy to comfortably use. Must be the glass. I say this as a 41yo with no strength or health issues. I have noticed that after 18mo, the top lid assembly has started to lift up some from the glass section. I push it back down, but within a day or so it has lifted again. Not a huge deal but I can see that in time it may cause trouble with the closing mechanism.

I would not recommend the Kambrook glass kettle. I returned 3 because they all leaked from the base. Not a big problem when the water is cold, but when it is boiling and possibly dripping on your toes it is a different story. After that I looked online and found a slew of reviews saying the exact same thing, dating back a couple of years. A shame that Kambrook didn't recognise a clear flaw in their design and do something about it as it was otherwise a good kettle.

Sorry this isn't more about a kettle to recommend, but perhaps one to avoid and something to be aware of with another!
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 13, 2017 05:24AM
It is disappointing when reading the reviews even just from the Briscoes website how many kettles give problems with leaking, tainted water and faulty lids from very early on, presumably because they are all now manufactured in China and are poorly made. Kettles used to last 15 - 20 years no problem, now they seem to have a lifespan of about 2 years (over the warranty of 1 year for most). I'm leaning towards Cuisinart with a 3 year warranty on special from The Home Essentials in Henderson in Auckland for $179, has more bells and whistles than I need but I'm hoping for reliability with it.
J1
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 13, 2017 09:00PM
I think the move from corded kettles to cordless (i.e., corded base instead) is partly to blame for the leaking problems. The old kettles also generally had an unattached lid (my parents kettle lid remained in a cupboard for 20+ years). In trying to solve what they think are problems and inconveniences for us, manufacturers create new problems, especially when cost impacts on engineering and design solutions.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 13, 2017 11:46PM
We had a Breville for many years with no trouble & replacing it we chose the same but it does have a ding (bell) which I found annoying at first but now I don't notice it. If you have Fly Buys they are in there too.



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Re: Looking for a new Kettle
September 01, 2017 04:01PM
I used to housesit for friends and they have a Morphy Richards kettle. Sorry, I don't know the model type but it was metallic darkish blue in colour if that helps! I liked it because it boiled very quietly, which is an important feature for me because I live in a small flat with the kitchen and living area all in one space. I haven't read any reviews of it but ti did the job and didn't have any frustrating features to it.

It depends what features are important to you. I have had a Sunbeam KE745(can't read the last number on the sticker) Cordless Stainless Steel one for some years now. I don't think it's available any more. It's reliable and I've never had any problems with it. My only issues with it are because some of the design features don't fit with my surroundings so it's not the kettle's fault! For example, it is really tall so I can't sit it under the tap fully upright. I bought it because it has a nice, small footprint to fit in my small kitchen, but because it's small, it's also tall and I didn't realise the implication with my taps! The other thing is that it's really loud when it boils, but again that's only annoying because I live in a small space.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
December 05, 2017 02:52AM
We currently have a Russell Hobbs Whisper. I generally go to Briscoes and buy what ever is on special, as I had a run of Sunbeam appliances that died just out of warranty (and some inside). The RH has been around for a while. I paid a bit extra for the "quietness". I doesn't seem very quiet now, but perhaps that's just because I'm used to it. Our last one was very noisy. I decided I'd only buy stainless jugs, as I was concerned about what was leaching out of the "plastic" ones every time I had a cuppa - although they were a lot quieter. I think in my next kitchen I'll have instant hot water. Problem solved. Good luck, Janet
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
December 11, 2017 08:08AM
I love our breville glass variable temperature one. I like the fact I can specify the temp I want with a button.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
December 13, 2017 11:00PM
I was just reading a posting by a local 'celeb' on Facebook the other day and Consumer NZ did a kettle test on a $20 K-Mart brand electric kettle and a $499 Kitchen Aid Kettle - the K-Mart brand won the day!!
All that glistens is not gold smiling smiley
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
December 13, 2017 11:06PM
And I have the K Mart el cheapo one over here and find it very good. Choice also liked it. I got tired of buying expensive kettles that didn't last. And this one is also fairly quiet.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
December 15, 2017 08:10AM
The last time I bought a jug I was determined to spend as much as necessary to get a good one and ended up buying a cheapo one as it had all the things I needed. I recommend going at looking at them in person rather than buying one online, if you were considering that, as it's good being able to heft them to see if they're too heavy. So many reviews for pretty much every appliance seem to be terrible these days. I had real trouble replacing my stove recently with something that had halfway decent reviews, and the same with the microwave I replaced last week.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 14, 2018 08:44PM
Hi all, an update to my post of this time last year. I went ahead and bought a Cuisinart Kettle, it has all the bells and whistles and boils the water to different temperatures for different tea types. However a few weeks ago I went to turn it on and it was Dead! I think it was because a few weeks before I had sloshed water over the handle where the control panel for temperature selection is. However, I returned it to the shop I bought it from and they sent it back and after 10 days or so I got a call to say I could come and get a new one with the new 3 year warranty starting again from now. So all in all still quite happy with my purchase (although I had to borrow a spare kettle to use from Mum for 2 weeks!) but I'm not feeling as though this is going to be a necessarily robust appliance in the long hauleye rolling smiley
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 14, 2018 11:06PM
I don't think any of them are particularly robust anymore. Although a digital situation on the handle of an appliance that holds water does seem to be a bit of a design flaw, if that was the problem. It would seem like that should be able to withstand getting wet!

My nearly 2yo breville kettle has lost the spring mechanism that opens the lid, so I now have to press the button and flick the kettle so the lid pops open to fill. Hardly a huge deal, but they're not all that cheap and it's just annoying how quickly things break. On the other hand, I've got a 11yo Breville toaster that is in great shape. I sincerely hope it doesn't die any time soon, as the last time I looked, there were no toasters out there anymore that had a crumpet setting!
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 14, 2018 11:47PM
Jenna I bought a Russell Hobbs toaster a couple of years ago with a Crumpet setting - not sure if they are stil around, but mine isn't that old. Fingers crossed you never have to research that statement smiling smiley
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
August 15, 2018 11:06PM
Ooo, thank you, Irene. That does give me hope. I have a son who consumes quite a large number of crumpets, and that setting is essential!
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
January 07, 2019 02:47AM
We stayed at an air b’n’b recently, and I really liked the kettle. I’d never heard of the brand, so googled it. It was from The Warehouse, and cheap as chips! Haven’t bought one, but will check them out next time I need a new kettle.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
January 07, 2019 04:17AM
What brand/model was it?
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
January 29, 2019 12:13AM
My favorite budget kettle is the one from Morphy Richards. It's cheap and has traditional design.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
January 30, 2019 07:13AM
Mine is a Braun, dating from 2006 and still going strong.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
February 06, 2019 08:14PM
Sorry, Jenna, I can't remember now. It was glass and had a blue light when it was on. Janet
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
February 06, 2019 11:45PM
Hi, Janet. Would that be Living & Co. I have a cordless jug from the Warehouse which sounds like what you are talking about. $40 if my memory serves me!
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
February 07, 2019 04:15PM
Hello Nellie, what a long time since we've heard from you! I often think about you as I'm browsing my recipe book for inspiration and come across your recipe for gingernuts. It's the best recipe out; thank you for providing me with a means to make delicious gingernuts for the last few years.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
February 07, 2019 06:28PM
Have one from The Warehouse about $10 and had it 3 years and never misses a beat.....and when it does.....will replace it with another of the same......good value for money in my books.
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
February 09, 2019 04:41AM
Lorna Wrote:
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> Hello Nellie, what a long time since we've heard
> from you! I often think about you as I'm browsing
> my recipe book for inspiration and come across
> your recipe for gingernuts. It's the best recipe
> out; thank you for providing me with a means to
> make delicious gingernuts for the last few years.

Thank you for you kind words Lorna. So pleased you enjoy the gingernuts. They are good, aren’t they?

Cheers,
Nellie
Re: Looking for a new Kettle
February 14, 2019 12:54AM
I’m another regular baker of your gingernuts , Nellie. I use a small scoop to shape them and they always magically come out all looking perfect. Fantastic recipe. Thanks for sharing, Janet
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