Kettles review 2006

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  • Updated:6 Dec 2006
 

03.Product profiles

Product profiles - the best

Models in the What to buy list are profiled in rank order.

SHARK SENSOR-TEMP EP2110B

Price: $120

Good points

  • Quickest boiling time (2 minutes 44 seconds to boil 1 L)
  • The most energy-efficient on test
  • Pours easily
  • The base is very slip-resistant
  • Can heat to and hold a range of temperatures
  • No problem boiling a small amount of water even though its minimum stated water level is 1 L

Bad points

  • The water level indicator is only on one side, making the kettle more suitable for right-handers

BRAUN AQUAEXPRESS WK210

Price: $70

Good points

  • Very good controls
  • Pours easily
  • Very good water level indicators, visible from both sides
  • The lightest in the test

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular

BREVILLE NOVA SK50

Price: $70

Good points

  • Very good controls
  • Pours easily
  • Good water level indicators, visible from both sides

Bad points

  • Nothing in particular

SUNBEAM Express KE7300B

Price: $80

Good points

  • Extremely stable
  • Pours well
  • Base is very slip resistant

Bad points

  • Worst controls
  • Dull indicator light difficult to see from some angles
  • Internal maximum water level indicator only

KRUPS TeaStyle FLB1 DW

Price: $100

Good points

  • Pours well.

Bad points

  • Minimum stated water level is 1300 ml
  • Dull indicator light difficult to see from some angles
  • Base tends to slide on bench
  • Very small water level indicator located located behind handle and hard to see

TEFAL Vitesse BI7625

Price: $80

Good points

  • Best controls
  • Water level indicator visible from both sides

Bad points

  • Heavy
  • Equal noisiest kettle tested
  • Tiring when pouring due to weight

MORPHY RICHARDS Reflect Glass 43125

Price: $89

Good points

  • One of the easiest to fill through the spout
  • Water level very visible through glass sides of kettle

Bad points

  • Amongst the slowest boiling time
  • Dull indicator light difficult to see from some angles
  • The hardest to fill through the lid, water can spray out if not careful
  • Tiring on the wrist when pouring.

KAMBROOK Stainless Essentials KSK90

Price: $60

Good points

  • Pours fairly well

Bad points

  • Equal noisiest kettle tested
  • Amongst the slowest boiling time
  • Indicator light dull and not very obvious unless you bend over
  • Water level indicator is located behind the handle and hard to see

RUSSELL HOBBS Montana 3070

Price: $69

Good points

  • Pours well

Bad points

  • Amongst the slowest boiling time
  • Base tends to slide on bench
  • Water level indicator located behind the handle and a little hard to see. Graduations can only be seen if kettle is held in the right hand.

SANYO U301

Price: $70

Good points

  • Quietest kettle tested
  • One of the easiest to fill through the spout

Bad points

  • Slowest boiling time
  • Indicator light difficult to see from some angles
  • Some steam drifts up onto the hand when pouring
  • Water level indicator located on both sides of the kettle but very difficult to see level through the blue plastic
 

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