Summary: I love the good looks, the big size, and the fact that the kettle boils the water for a while until it switches itself off, ensuring that potential germs are killed off. For my tea, I just lift it off just when the water starts to boil.
Expect it to fail in a year.... if you can't wait for it to turn itself off.
31 August 2013
Summary: The design of the electrical contact in the kettle's base is its weakest link. Inevitably, the problem is made worse if you make it a habit of removing the kettle before it shuts off causing a small electrical arc between the kettle and its base.
Summary: I love the kettle in every way and my family uses it several times daily. However, our first kettle developed a burning plastic smell after 1 year, which we discovered came from the contact with the base.
Summary: This kettle is marketed in Australia as Sunbeam Cafe Series. Mine is two years old and is going in the bin. Yesterday it tripped the RCD -- it's burnt out. Initially I thought it was a great product -- solid, well-made, holds plenty of water, and a silent, quick boil.
Summary: Thanks goodness for Amazon's easy return policy. Good looking kettle, otherwise unremarkable. The water height window leaked, I returned it and bought a Cuisinart Perfect Temp which I am very happy with.
Summary: How does one review an item that leaks on first use? The leak emanates from the base of the water level indicator window. This flaw is so basic that i would not be surprised if other manufacturing design deficiencies were to be exposed through regular use.
Summary: When my beloved Braun electric kettle developed a small leak, I ordered this Krups model. Unfortunately, I had to return it. This kettle was far too heavy, even half filled with water, for my old hands and wrists. It is certainly built to last, and may be suitable for young strong users.