Hotpoint WK30EAX0UK Digital Kettle, Stainless Steel
'Popped' and broke first use- dangerous!
We got this as a wedding gift and were very excited to use it as we'd just been using a cheap model in the meantime.
On reading instructions, it said to fill kettle and boil twice before proper use. I filled the kettle, set it on the stand, set the temperature to 90 degrees and waited for it to boil. However, as I waited, there was a HUGE pop sound and sparks flew out from between the kettle and the base. It really scared me and was so loud it gave me a sore head. There was no water on the base and it had been firmly set on the base correctly.
It continued to boil but wouldn't stop boiling even after buzzing noise went off to let you know it had reached the right temperature. The 'X' button wouldn't stop the boiling and we ended up having to turn it off at the plug. The handle was then too hot to hold to empty the kettle.
We really loved the look of the kettle and the idea of setting your own temperature but have been really put off by its first performance. Obviously we are returning it as something electrical has gone wrong and it could've been a one-off faulty kettle but not sure we will replace it with the same model. I'm glad I wasn't touching the kettle when it popped and blew.... Could've been a very different story!
Be wary if you buy.
01 March 2014
Contemporary and practical
Practically this kettle works fine, the temperature control is great if you do drink different varieties of Tea, for me personally I bought it so I could use the temperature control for baby bottles and the keep warm function for the same purpose. The keep warm only seems to work on temperatures under 100. The pre-boil function was also appealing to me, it does boil the water to full boiling point first (twice) to remove any impurities and then continues to desired temperature so be prepared to wait a little longer, but again for me this seemed appealing with a newborn. I agree the instruction manual is basic at best and you are left to trial and error, but after 10 minutes and a few boils you've figured out which button does what. Aesthetically it sleek and stylish, and differentiates itself from the retro looks which are, at present, very popular. This design definitely drew my eye and looks at home among other appliances. Whilst I haven't resided myself to this being a negative, I have noticed that the water seems to cool slightly quicker in the cup than my previous kettle, has left me to wonder what the water temperature was on my previous model (did it go past 100) but just means getting to your cuppa a bit quicker! Overall I am happy with this product, and I am now considering the matching toaster.
16 February 2014
I don't normally review small electrical items, but based on the number of negative reviews I feel I need to review.
Basically it's a kettle, and it does different temperatures for the water which is great.
I agree with other comments that the manual doesn't really explain things, however it's not complicated at all.
You simply press the temp button until it shows the required temperature and that's it the kettle will boil. The one star review based on the 'constant' boiling I can only assume this person is pressing the oddly named 'pre-boil' button that does explain that it will boil the water 3 times before stopping.
I'm pleased I ignored the negative reviews and brought this.
02 February 2014
Complicated and problematic!
This kettle looks very nice which is the reason I bought it but I must say the control/display panel is pretty unintuitive and pointlessly complicated. Moreover we are experiencing major problems with it on the 100 degrees setting. Basically there is a time lag between the kettle reaching boiling point and the digital temperature guage reaching 100 degrees and triggering the kettle to switch off. This results in the kettle boiling furiously and filling your kitchen with steam for a long time - sometimes over a minute. With a 4 year old in the house this is potentially dangerous and so I will be returning it.
07 January 2014
I absolutely love this new kettle. Being a drinker of many different sorts of teas this takes the guess work out of temperatures & also removes the waste of energy when you boil a kettle and then only need water at 80 degrees. No more bitter green tea for us! Fathoming out the different buttons takes a while, and also the kettle does tend to freak out if you replace it with no water in at all even when it is not set to boil. Not too big a deal.
16 October 2013
Pretty but Pointlessly Complicated
My wife and I bought this. My vote, as always, is for the just about the cheapest kettle. She is usually right.; however...
OK, it looks good and feels well made. (It looks a bit like a cross between a 1960's heated hostess trolley and an iphone.) It does boil water and you can control the heating temperature.
The water gauge is positioned so that you can't see it when filling the kettle.
Basically, the controls are perplexing and do not always work as indicated in the rather vague instructions. For example, the "Keep-Warm" function only works in certain circumstances. This is not explained in the instructions.
For whatever reason, sometimes it is necessary to push buttons multiple times and in the correct (but unexplained) sequence to get the device to do what you want.
If you boil the kettle, empty it and put it back on the base, the kettle sounds an alarm which can only be stopped by turning off at the mains or removing the kettle from the base.
I don't think I am a technophobe, but maybe I have bred some; all four of my teenage sons keep asking who is responsible for buying this"stoopid kettle" before they wander off to use their iphone PS3's laptops etc.
In summary, it is something of a triumph of style over substance and in my mind's eye I keep imagining a second white plastic kettle next to it which we would hide when we had visitors.
26 September 2013
Looks great but slightly annoying...
I bought this kettle the very first day it was being put on the shop floor in John Lewis Stratford City because I thought it was the best looking kettle I've seen, and I've spent a lot of time looking at kettles recently! It has a very sophisticated modern shape, feels really well constructed, and the ability to set the proper temperature for green tea is great! Overall it is a big improvement from the old kettle it replaces, I especially like the very loud beep when it's reached it's set temperature (I can hear it from every room in the house!) Cons: The instructions aren't very clear, and it took a lot of button pressing to figure out how to start it boiling and use the keep warm function. There's a preboil button which I don't understand, you press it and it heats the water until it's boiled three times over. I was disappointed to discover the water level markings on the side flaked off when I wiped the kettle clean the first time, scratches show up on the steel very easily, and be careful when you pour- if you tilt too fast it splatters boiling water all over the place! I would probably not buy this kettle again, but it does look great...
10 September 2013