Sage by Heston Blumenthal the Smart Kettle, Silver
Boils and bells
The different temperatures for different teas really do seem to improve the taste. Just don't get hung up on the fact that the kettle stops in the middle of heating while it thinks about the temperature you've set. It gets there in the end.
The kettle and its base are very elegant. The contents gauge is quite easy to read, the handle and opening mechanism are comfortable and easy to use. It pours well. No lime-scale filter and no insulation to the main body. Whether you like the ping when the water is ready is a matter of taste. I find it quite useful.
04 March 2014
Really great kettle, for what it is it's good value too
OK, so how can a kettle be great?
Well, it's a full 2.7l, but actually quite small and light when compared to some of the high tech multi-temperature verions. The stainless steel finish for both all of the kettle and stand is a quick wipe to keep clean. The buttons are a light push touch and light up. Some of the other makes use touch sensitive buttons and came on if a bit of water spills on the base.
The different temperatures are useful for various teas, coffee and other drinks and sources...
You can spot typical Heston attention to detail and quality, for example, the slight blue'ish colour of the water level window and the lid makes the water look inviting and the lid is even damped to stop you being hit by a quick pop up one. And yes, when it's off, it looks a real cool item...
It shows every sgin of lasting a long time, which should make the value great too...
11 February 2014
For tea afficianados
A wonderful kettle for those who drink delicate green, white, or oolong teas that benefit from lower water temperatures than black tea. The kettle takes a little bit of getting used to, at lower temperatures it starts to heat, then appears to turn off before starting up again, but once you get the hang of it it isn't a problem. There is a useful, quiet beep that tells you when the water has reached the right temperature.
10 January 2014
We really liked the look of this kettle in store but got a little concerned by some feedback that said it was slow to heat the water. Despite that, we bought one anyway and it has not been a problem at all.
It is true that on the settings below 100 deg, the heater switches on and off which could be disconcerting. Here are some facts on boiling 750ml water (enough for 2 mugs)
100 deg Boiling - 2 mins
95 deg Coffee - 2 min 25 sec
90 deg Oolong - 2 min 20 sec
80 deg Green Tea - 2 min 15 sec
A few seconds extra for the perfect temperature is not the slightest problem! Coffee, Oolong and Green Tea taste much, much better.
If you only drink standard 'Builder's tea' i.e. white with 2 sugars then there is little point in getting this kettle.
Hope this helps
21 November 2013
I like my tea's and coffee. It is about time to be able to have a kettle with the different temperature build in. It is easy to use and good value!
30 October 2013
Excellent but beware
Excellent kettle but be aware that it has 2/3 stage heating and you need to wait for the "Ready Signal" and the red indicator to extinguish, this heating sequence can initially be confusing and is not mentioned in the instruction booklet.
Very useful for making gravy (Oxo/Bisto) at 80℃, just thick enough and no lumps.
27 October 2013
Wasn't sure if this was a bit of a gimmick before I bought it, but I really have noticed a difference in the taste of my green tea, it is much better than with our old kettle. My husband, who drinks coffee, also says his tastes better.
Like the other reviewer says, it does stop boiling and then start again but I like to think of it as a precision instrument recalibrating to the perfect temperature!
Everything about this kettle has been designed with care and thought. It is comfortable to use and pleasing to the eye.
Never thought I'd be so excited about a kettle but this one really is great!
25 August 2013
not worth it
We were very excited by the reviews, and the kettle does look beautiful, but:
a) it makes a lot of noise,
b) it takes a long time to boil and,
c) most importantly (and this is the main reason why it is going back) if you accidentally brush past the body of the kettle once the water has boiled, you get a proper burn.)
It is not worth the high price.
09 August 2013