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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. []

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.
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!!
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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.
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