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DeLonghi Distinta Flair KBI2001.BL review

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CHOICE Expert Rating View more details.

This overall score is made up of ease of use (40%), noise (40%), boil performance (10%) and energy efficiency (10%). We recommend currently-available kettles with an overall score of at least 75%, so long as the ease of use score is 80% or over. Member feedback may also be taken into consideration.

Ease of use score View more details.

We score the following equally weighted factors: controls, filling, pouring, removing/replacing on the base, water level indicator, balance and handle comfort.

Noise score View more details.

We measure the noise at the halfway point when boiling one litre of water.

Boil performance score View more details.

Based on the time taken to boil one litre of water.

Energy efficiency score View more details.

Based on the energy required to boil one litre of water, from a temperature of about 22°C.

Brand reliability score View more details.

Kettle brand reliability is based on responses from 3721 members in 2016. We ask whether they have run into a problem with their appliance in the last 12 months. Not all brands have scores as we require a minimum of 50 responses per brand. Note: Kmart Anko was surveyed as Kmart/Homemaker (name has now changed).

Brand satisfaction score View more details.

Kettle brand satisfaction score is based on how satisfied 3721 surveyed members are with their purchases, from a scale of excellent to terrible. Not all brands have scores as we require a minimum of 50 responses per brand. Note: Kmart Anko was surveyed as Kmart/Homemaker (name has now changed).

Noise (dB) View more details.

Noise is measured 50cm away from the kettle as it reaches boiling point. For comparison, a typical conversation is carried out at about 60dB, while city traffic is measured at around 80dB.

Boiling time (min:s)
Recommended View more details.

We generally recommend currently-available kettles that score at least 75% overall and 80% for ease of use. Poor reliability can also be a factor in not recommending a model; that's based on member feedback.

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Price View more details.

This is the manufacturer's recommended retail price. You can often get a better price by shopping around.

Lid type View more details.

Removable or hinged.

Water level indicator
Tinted window behind handle
Operation light
Illuminated red light at base
Weight (kg) View more details.

Weight of kettle when empty.

Cord length (cm)
Fill in diameter (cm) View more details.

The diameter of the kettle's opening.

Footprint (cm) View more details.

How wide the kettle's base is.

Capacity (L) View more details.

How much water the kettle can hold.

Minimum water level (L) View more details.

The minimum level of water required for operation.

Wattage (W) View more details.

Manufacturer's stated wattage.

Warranty (yrs)
Origin View more details.

The model has a claimed origin somewhere on the model itself. This ought to be taken with a grain of salt, given it's rare that all the materials for a product came from the one country.

Filter View more details.

Whether the filter, which is the mesh that filters out the limescale from the water, can be removed for cleaning.

Yes, removable
Cord storage
360 degree power base View more details.

Means the kettle can swivel on the base, rather than be locked into position. This makes it easier to remove from and return to the base, and easier to use for left-handed people.

Audio boil reminder
Auto stop when finish boiling
Switches off when lifted
Other features/uses

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