Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle – Looks great, pours very nicely and boils quickly

I purchase this a couple of weeks ago to work with induction hob. Its looks great and the bird whistler is good and loud.

Great looking kettle, but really disappointed with the whistle, as it just about make a noise.

I have owned this kettle for a few years and really do love it. My husband and i are both big alessi fans and have quite a few pieces, and this takes pride of place – especially as i got up at some god-awful hour to sell at a boot fair to raise the capital for it. Apart from the fact that it really does look stunning, it works well (i sometimes get a chuf-chuffing before the whistle works properly, like it’s slightly blocked, but i’ve never had whistle-failure, however much water i’m boiling) and it is great for saving worktop space, plus avoiding the annoying habit of electric kettle steam collecting under wall mounted cupboards. Also, don’t be put off by the cream handle; i wondered if this would look dirty quite quick, but it really doesn’t. Our kettle is by no means pristine – scratches, marks etc from normal, everyday use, but the handle and bird are still cream, without any great effort from me. But i can’t give it a 5 star and here’s why (some reviews have mentioned these minor points):1 – when you remove the lid you will spill water that has collected in the rim and it will annoy you. 2 – you will need to move it off the hob if you are cooking anything that may spit or spray, as every mark will taunt you3 – re point 2, if you don’t clean it quite reguarly, it may prove hard to remove any cooked-on marks. 4 – it does not hold as much water as many electric kettles. 5 – on my gas hob, it is not a quick boil. The last point is one to be considered in the current sky-high gas price climate.

  • Looks great, pours very nicely and boils quickly
  • You whistled, m’lady?
  • looks nice!

It works really well on my induction hob, boils very quickly, pours beautifully and looks gorgeous. Also one less thing to clutter the worksurface.

Does the job, doesn’t spill or burn my fingers when i take the bird whistle.

Features of Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

  • Hob Kettle
  • Handle and small bird-shaped whistle in PA
  • Light blue colour
  • Magnetic stainless steel heat diffusing bottom
  • Suitable for all cooking elements
  • Designed by Michael Graves
  • Dimensions: 25cm x 24cm x 24cm

The first kettle i received did not whistle but it was quickly replaced with another whose whistle is nice and loudi love the look of this kettle, it pours well and feels substantial but not too heavy. To me this kettle is more like a work of art although i think its a bit like marmite – you either love it or hate it. Although this is a pricey kettle it is nothing compared to what my daughter spends on trainers which is how i justify the price to myself.

Not as nice as the red/blue kettle i originally owned. Whistle is stiff and doesn’t really whistle. Lid is really hard for me to push in to seal. Do really like this design tho; looks great on the stove.

Bought this kettle after hesitating initially because of the price – didn’t think i could justify spending so much on a kettle. I have had the kettle for about a month now and not only is it well made & stylish it works like a dream. It heats up extremely quickly on my induction hob and looks just lovely. Just a couple of points to make. At first i thought the whistle wasn’t working too well but i hadn’t put the lid down fully on the kettle – it fits quite tightly and can be quite difficult to remove when filling. Not a problem for me but thought i would raise this point as it may be a problem for some. Also i bought the ‘white ivory trim’ model and it’s worth pointing out that this is actually cream, perfect for my kitchen but if you are wanting a white trim it’s definitely not white. That said, i am absolutely thrilled with it – hence the 5 stars.

Boils quickly, whistles beautifully, looks fantastic.

A beautiful product bu he lid is really hard to lift off. I hope it will loosen up a bit.

It was delivered so quickly, it looks beautiful on the range cooker, yes it is a little pricey but you get what you pay for.

Looks great, pours very nicely and boils quickly. The time it takes to boil 500ml of water using my highest power gas ring is about 2mins 30 secs (timed, where the flame diameter is just a little less than the diameter of the base of this kettle ~20cm). This is a comparable time to an electric kettle, but has the advantage that the electronics won’t break in a few years, and if it something that worries you, then it is plastic free. My only criticism would be that the whistle is a bit hard to get in, although it seems to be getting easier with time, and it doesn’t always sound-off in a consistent way, though you can usually tell when it has.

I have just had a new kitchen put in, & this kettle looks fab. Great addition, everybody comments about it.

Had to send the first kettle back because the whistle did not whistle. Although the kettle looks fabulous it is a bit fiddly to use: the lid is a very tight fit and a bit awkward to take off and put back on; the whistle too is a bit hard to take out to pour the water – i just now stick the whistle in part way to make it easier to take out – it stills whistles doing this. The volume of water you can boil is not huge. So i;d give 2 stars on functionality (i’ve had cheaper kettles that work better) but 5 stars for looks – hence 3 star rating.

A little disappointed with the volume/lack of whistle intermittently, but i’m going to write to alessi about that. Otherwise really happy with it.

Although, yes, this is a kettle and one can find a much cheaper ones that do exactly the same thing (that is,. However, if you are considering buying this you are not looking for a practical kettle – but a piece of modern design that will bring some beauty into your everyday life. This is a classic alessi product and it is mostly well designed (the singing bird has a tendency of getting. Burned – there are replacements but, you guessed it, they are not cheap). The sky blue handle cover blends beautifully with the polished metal, the kettle is very easy to clean and, most importantly, it will bring a smile to your face every time you look at it.

Even after 20+ years, this kettle remains the most sought after stylish kitchen item. I’ve tried both the electric version (don’t bother with the electric version, it is very expensive to run, takes forever to boil water and lasts little more than a year) and this hob version, and the hob version is vastly superior. It may be me, but i think this kettle has been reduced in size slightly from the original that i received as a wedding present all those years ago. I still love the traditional bird whistle, but the plastic doesn’t last that long if you don’t take the whistle out of the kettle as soon as it is boiled and leave it out afterwards as well (i guess the steam deteriorates the plastic).

This is an exact replacement of my previous alessi blue bird whistle which i have had for 20 years. The black knob has finally dropped off and the little blue bird has long flown. Beautiful design and exceptional quality and fits nicely at the back of my aga.

Looks good and whistles well.

I love it apart from the spout, it’s quite annoying having to pull the whistle bit out after the kettle has boiled, my son can’t make tea for me now not without assistance.

This is a good looking kettle which is great for flat top heating surfaces. It looks stylish and heats up well. The bird whistle is a bit of a gimmick and i wonder if it will break before i usually chuck out kettles. Won’t know that for some time though. Its also possible to scald yourself when removing the bird if you’re not quick.

Beautiful looking design and boils fast on induction, but does not whistle – it just hisses loudly and it is tricky to remove and replace bird whistle when kettle is hot without scalding fingers.

I have owned this kettle in the classic blue handle and red bird whistle since 1999 and it’s still going strong and still looks stunning. It has pride of place on our hob, we use it daily. I fill the kettle to the bottom of the spout and it takes 7 minutes to boil. To clean i use super fine wire wool grade 0000 and fairy liquid. Then once clean buff up with a seperate new piece of wool. I have had to replace the bird whistle once, mainly user error, if you fill the kettle too much the whistle does eventually stop working. It was about £6 to replace and was after 11 years use.

Comments

  1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Receipt of Manufacturer 'second', possibly?

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    I’ve bought alessi products (including the kettles) for years, simply because i love the design, quality, and durability. However, on opening my amazon order, i found the steel was tainted/tarnished below the spout (see photo attached). I’ve always ordered from alessi direct but thought i’d give amazon a go but i’m of the view the kettle i was sent is a manufacturer ‘second’. Returning the order and will go to alessi direct as in previous years. I pay a little more but i will, at least, get the quality i expect for the hard earned money i’m parting with.
  2. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    I’ve bought alessi products (including the kettles) for years, simply because i love the design, quality, and durability. However, on opening my amazon order, i found the steel was tainted/tarnished below the spout (see photo attached). I’ve always ordered from alessi direct but thought i’d give amazon a go but i’m of the view the kettle i was sent is a manufacturer ‘second’. Returning the order and will go to alessi direct as in previous years. I pay a little more but i will, at least, get the quality i expect for the hard earned money i’m parting with.
  3. 5.0 out of 5 stars You whistled, m’lady?

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    This is a beautiful stove kettle from alessi. I have just received mine, and i have already made 4 cups of tea and coffee.
    1. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase
      This is a beautiful stove kettle from alessi. I have just received mine, and i have already made 4 cups of tea and coffee.
      1. 4.0 out of 5 stars Looks 10 - practicality 7!
        Very good looking, pleased with this on our range cooker, to save space and make a bit of a feature, but the capacity is low and the whistle tempramental. Nonetheless it’s aesthetically pleasing, and i’m still glad we bought it.
  4. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase
    Very good looking, pleased with this on our range cooker, to save space and make a bit of a feature, but the capacity is low and the whistle tempramental. Nonetheless it’s aesthetically pleasing, and i’m still glad we bought it.
    1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Style over substance - it's rubbish, really.
      It looks great but this kettle is actually useless. It boils quickly and is nice and shiny. The bad news is that the lids can be a bad fit, the steel’s really thin, and the ‘bird whistle’ is actually just a bird, and made of plastic. We had two of these kettles, and neither had a whistle which worked. On-line, i see this is a very common complaint. So i half-filled the kettle, jammed the lid down, stuffed the plastic whistle in the spout and lit the gas. A few minutes later someone came to the door and i was distracted. Ten minutes later, i had a red-hot kettle with a melted whistle. This this truly is a triumph of style over substance.
  5. Colour: Blue

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    It looks great but this kettle is actually useless. It boils quickly and is nice and shiny. The bad news is that the lids can be a bad fit, the steel’s really thin, and the ‘bird whistle’ is actually just a bird, and made of plastic. We had two of these kettles, and neither had a whistle which worked. On-line, i see this is a very common complaint. So i half-filled the kettle, jammed the lid down, stuffed the plastic whistle in the spout and lit the gas. A few minutes later someone came to the door and i was distracted. Ten minutes later, i had a red-hot kettle with a melted whistle. This this truly is a triumph of style over substance.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars ... is a stylish iconic kettle - bought for a fantastic price - delivery right on top of christmas was ...
      This is a stylish iconic kettle – bought for a fantastic price – delivery right on top of christmas was fantastic (24hrs) amazing deal.
  6. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    This is a stylish iconic kettle – bought for a fantastic price – delivery right on top of christmas was fantastic (24hrs) amazing deal.
  7. 2.0 out of 5 stars Disapointed

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    You have to be very careful not to fill the kettle too full. There are no marks to tell you how much water is in the kettle. I have had several incidents when pouring the boiling water into mugs, it has just gone everywhere.
  8. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    You have to be very careful not to fill the kettle too full. There are no marks to tell you how much water is in the kettle. I have had several incidents when pouring the boiling water into mugs, it has just gone everywhere.
    1. 2.0 out of 5 stars Same Price, Different Product
      I purchased this same product 10 or so years ago; and even though the cost of new is about the same as what i paid the last time, the quality is not. The famous bird whistle does not whistle and the exterior is not the same.
      1. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase
        I purchased this same product 10 or so years ago; and even though the cost of new is about the same as what i paid the last time, the quality is not. The famous bird whistle does not whistle and the exterior is not the same.
  9. 5.0 out of 5 stars I love this kettle
    You have to get the bird whistle in just the right place otherwise it makes more of a squeaky sound. Make sure you keep wiping it over as it gets marks on it very easily.
  10. Colour: Ivory Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    You have to get the bird whistle in just the right place otherwise it makes more of a squeaky sound. Make sure you keep wiping it over as it gets marks on it very easily.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
      Love my new else’s i kettle the only thing is the whistle doesn’t always work.
  11. Colour: Ivory Verified Purchase

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    Love my new else’s i kettle the only thing is the whistle doesn’t always work.
    1. 5.0 out of 5 stars At last I have the Kettle I have always wanted
      I have always wanted one of these kettles and now i have one its such a good feelingthis kettle works on an induction hob,take the lid off to fill with water,remove the bird to poor boiling water. I have thought for years that when this kettle boiled the bird whistle would be more tweetie bird like, but alas it is just like the kettle whistle of my previous kettle. Love the design, i feel very happy to own this kettle its an honour.
      1. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase
        I have always wanted one of these kettles and now i have one its such a good feelingthis kettle works on an induction hob,take the lid off to fill with water,remove the bird to poor boiling water. I have thought for years that when this kettle boiled the bird whistle would be more tweetie bird like, but alas it is just like the kettle whistle of my previous kettle. Love the design, i feel very happy to own this kettle its an honour.
  12. 1.0 out of 5 stars Faulty

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    Lovely looking kettle however after every day use the kettle lid didn’t seal effectively, meaning that the steam produced from the hot water was not making the bird whistle sing to alert us the water had boiled. Sent kettle back to amazon,.
    1. Colour: Ivory Verified Purchase
      Lovely looking kettle however after every day use the kettle lid didn’t seal effectively, meaning that the steam produced from the hot water was not making the bird whistle sing to alert us the water had boiled. Sent kettle back to amazon,.
  13. 1.0 out of 5 stars So upset.

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    So dissapointed love the look and style of this kettle but the handle gets hot and on day two the whistle failed and the kettle burnt out on the stove and everything melted. Now having to replace work top too as my son panicked as he found the kettle burning.
  14. Colour: Ivory

    This review is from : Alessi Blue Bird Whistle Hob Kettle

    So dissapointed love the look and style of this kettle but the handle gets hot and on day two the whistle failed and the kettle burnt out on the stove and everything melted. Now having to replace work top too as my son panicked as he found the kettle burning.
    1. 1.0 out of 5 stars Whistle not good working
      Bird whistle is hardly to hear when water is boiling in the kettle. Kettle is amazing but birdwhistle is a real disaster.
      1. Colour: Blue Verified Purchase
        Bird whistle is hardly to hear when water is boiling in the kettle. Kettle is amazing but birdwhistle is a real disaster.
  15. 1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
    Love the design, but whistled sporadically. Disappointed and waste of money, cheaper and better option availablebuyer caution am afraid.

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