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. This small arc burns and pits the electrical contact in the base, eventually degrading the connection. Unfortunately the switch on my kettle only functions as an "on" switch - it doesn't turn it off.
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: 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. Hoping it was only an exception we bought a second kettle, and after 11 months the same problem is starting to occur again. Too much of a coincidence for me to order a third kettle. Too bad, otherwise great product.
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. But over the two years a number of shortcomings became evident, most of which other reviewers have pointed out. 1. You can't see the level window when filling -- it faces away from you.
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. One observation was the potential for accumulation of hidden calcium deposits inside the kettle.
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. However, a second drawback is that it did not heat water as fast as my Braun, while drawing slightly more power. Heating this cold heavy kettle seems to me to waste energy.
Summary: For this price you would expect a great design. So some complaints. The water level faces away from the handle making it difficult to see and is plastic. The lid lifts extra high with a piece of plastic that unnecessarily fits down the pouring spout making it slightly more difficult to refill under the tap.
Summary: Have used the kettle now for a while and am so glad I came across this Krups kettle. For one, I love the greater capacity volume water it holds. It's been very reliable, quick and I love the clean, die-cast, very solid design. I would highly recommend this kettle, because I searched for a very long time to find the right one. The search was worth it. Often you do get what you pay for; so in this case. Can't say anything but good about this KRUPS water kettle.