A kettle is a kettle is a kettle, as the saying goes, and this is not exception – it does the job perfectly well, and in all honestly for the price (at time of writing, £25 on amazon) you really could do a lot worse. It’s got a reasonably sleek appearance, feels like a decent weight, and has a lot of features you’d expect from a mid-range kettle – for example, an anti-calc filter (very important to me, as our water is crazy hard), a detachable base, a cool wall, etc. I suppose the short cable could be a pain, but for me it sits near a socket – so no problem. There are a couple of flaws though. I do find it a little small in capacity, but to be fair i don’t think you can really call that a flaw – if you want a big kettle, buy a big kettle. Instead, the most notable flaw for me was the lack of an led indicating the kettle was on – i honestly can’t remember the last time i owned a kettle without an ‘on’ light, and while it’s really not a killer, it seems like a strange omission. Additionally, it would be nice if the lid popped up at the press of a button. . But again, i can live with that. If it were more expensive, the star rating would drop; but for a kettle in its price range, this is a perfectly good, serviceable unit, that will do everything you expect it to.
There are several things that may put people off this kettle but can’t really be called faults:* the capacity is a little smaller than usual, but that may be a good thing for some buyers* the 2200w rating is on the low side but is fine for boiling smaller quantities* the lid is easy to open but isn’t spring-operated – good, one less thing to go wrong* there’s no `on’ light but that’s true of many kettles. And the noise will soon tell you it’s on* the gauge tends to be obscured by the handle when filling from the tap. That doesn’t bother us because, most of the time, we prefer to tip mug/cupfuls in for greater accuracy. In any case, the kettle looks much sleeker with the gauge where it is. There are some more-serious concerns:* it looks smart in the photos but the plastics look and feel cheap* it’s noisy* it gets very hot to the touch, despite the “cool wall” claimi wouldn’t call this kettle a bad buy but you can do better.
A fairly standard kettle although with a slightly reduced capacity of 1. It will just about make 6 cups if almost drained or 4 x 350ml mugs. The outer skin can show water staining but, if cleaned regularly, they will not build up to a point when removal is difficult. There is a removable filter which can then be cleaned (furring removed). At 2200 watts, it is fairly fast to boil but there are kettles offering higher power and faster boil times. It should suit a family of 3-4 teens/adults.
We have gone through kettles in the past that didn’t work properly or were a disaster to clean. We decided to try this one based on the fact that it’s philips, a well known and reliable brand. It’s stylish, brushed metal that goes well with any decor, boils rapidly and has a removaile filter for easy clean. It is a good fit in our brew mad household, a good buy.
- Ideal for caravan or small household
- Slightly reduced capacity
- Good, Solid Kettle
Philips HD9305/26 Brushed Metal Kettle, 2200 W, 1.5 Litre
- Hinged locking lid: easy to use, maximum safety
- Flat heating element for fast boiling and easy cleaning
- Double action filter for clear water and a cleaner kettle
- 360 degree pirouette base
- 1.5 L capacity
My first impression of this philips kettle is that it’s compact. It takes up less room on the counter than my previous kettle but holds the same amount of water (1. When tested against my previous morphy richards kettle, this one boils a few seconds slower. The kettle is okay looking and would fit in with most kitchens but it isn’t particularly stylish. The display for water level is inside the handle so a little more difficult to see than if it was on the outside. Another negative is that the plastic kid needs lifting up by hand. It would be better with a button to pop up. Additionally there is no power on light. Most impressive is the claim that it is made to last as it is made from rust-resistant stainless steel.
I wanted this kettle as a replacement for my plastic kettle that has lasted about a year but is struggling a bit now. As the other kettle was less than ten pounds i was expecting this one to be of a higher quality. I was not disappointed, the stainless steel construction gives the impression this kettle should last a while it is well designed. The lid of the kettle moves to a vertical position on the hinge and in the position can also be removed, this is very useful when cleaning it as my hands are quite large and this helps me get a hand in with a sponge to clean. The power is supplied through the base, unlike the old kettle this base will allow the kettle to be placed on it within the 360 degrees so less messing about in the morning. The heating element is flat, this is such a good idea as it allows easy cleaning of lime scale, normal heating elements having multiple coils immersed in the water makes it so much harder to clean. The one thing i was concerned with is the boiling time may have been affected by this. However i clocked it at 4 minutes 35 seconds for the kettle filled to the max line and 1 min 56 for 2 cups (on the scale under the handle of the device) 2 cups being the minimum on the scale. The strangest thing i found with this was that there is no indication when the kettle is on with power. Normally i would expect a light and i haven’t seen one on here but i have found myself used to not having it.
This is a 5 cup maximum capacity kettle(1. 5 litre) so may not be suitable for a family. It is ideal for say one to three people. I find this a very stylish, compact and sturdy kettle. It heats up quickly and is quiet whilst boiling. Good length of kettle lead, kept neat and tidy on the base of the kettle, together with a scale collector fitted into the pouring spout. Makes a really good addition to my kitchen.
This kettle looks smart, boils water fast and feels well made. The cord can be wound around inside the base to keep the sideboard tidy. There is a fairly easy to read level indicator on the inside of the handle suitable for left or right handed people. The minimum capacity is about a mugful too so it is good for the environment. It loses a star as the spout is quite small so filling it through the spout is quite difficult and the brushed metal finish, whilst looking very stylish, also transfers heat a lot better than a plastic one so the danger of burns is greater.
Simple to use fairly basic kettle. A little bit noisier than the previous kettle. Relatively lightweight for brushed metal. There is a water level window so you can see how full it is. Does not have a pop-up handle but one that you have to pull up yourself. There is no light indicating operation.
The perfect kettle is not something i have ever had dreams about, but if i had this would not have been it. The impression i have got from it is that the product development funds have all gone into the stainless steel exterior and that corners have been cut elsewhere. I have scored some points in the unit’s favour for being stainless steel and none against it for being slightly dumpy-looking, but as a definite fault in the stainless steel design i have to say that the casing gets a bit too hot in and after use. The plastic removable limescale-filter is flimsy and cheap-looking, and the plastic in general has a dowdy look. Just to keep things interesting the manufacturers have accompanied the kettle with an instruction leaflet in a few thousand languages but describing a slightly different kettle. It doesn’t take einstein to work out the differences, but one thing becomes rather obvious, namely that there was once a power-button at the base of the lid and that this has been replaced with a functionless small panel, presumably as an economy measure. For goodness sake, how much did they save?. I am not too bothered by the lack of an operating light, but the on-off lever is ‘soggy’ to the touch. One way or the other it would have been nice to have, if not the light, then at least a satisfying click to indicate that the power had come on.
There is nothing that really makes this kettle stand out from the plethora of kettles that are currently on the market. It is stylish and the brushed metal look will be right at home in most modern kitchens. It is a relatively dumpy kettle compared to others i have seen, but that is much a matter of taste. It is removable from the base and easily refilled under a tap. The 2200 watt element will heat up the water in a reasonable time and the 1. 5 litre capacity is enough for 4 standard mugs of coffee. It is a good kettle, but i would recommend this more for a static caravan or maybe a small household. A bigger family may want a slightly larger capacity kettle. Looking around i can see several similar fashioned, fast boil (3000 watt) kettles with a 1. 7 litre capacity in the same price range so there is some good competition.
Slightly smaller than most everyday kettles but easily large enough for 2 people.
Does exactly what it’s supposed to. Not really fast boil but not the slowest i’ve seen. Looks like decent quality and should last for a while as it’s mostly made of steel.
I have no issues with this kettle. Does exactly what it says on the tin. Covered element is always good. Not quite fast boil as stated, but not slow either. May benefit from an indicator light to show its on/finished. Otherwise a perfectly serviceable and acceptable kitchen kettle.
This is a smart looking kettle and looks good on the work top. The brushed metal finish wipes clean easily. I filled my last kettle through the spout without raising the lid. This one i have to raise the lid as water dribbles every where if i try to fill it through the spout. I took the anti-calc filter out to have a look at it and now can’t get it back so that it stays in properly. There is nothing to indicate when the kettle is switched on. In order to turn it on you flip a little switch down at the base of the handle but there is no light or anything that says it is switched on until you hear the water starting to boil. In the past i have flipped on my previous kettle by accident but as soon as i saw the light i could switch it off. My other half went back to using the old kettle when brewing beer as it had a bigger capacity and he says it was quieter but i am not sure about that. I liked the square shaped handle as i could get a good grip on the kettle and the cup gauge makes it easy to only boil enough water for your needs only they could have put it somewhere a bit more visible rather than tucked under the handle.
It looks on the small side but the kettle has a wide bottom and it holds 1. 5ltrs it has a nice shape , large handle and is well balanced in your hand. The switch is below the handle but does not have a light on to show it is switched on. Open lid to fill but there are no levels inside the kettle you have to stop to look behind the handle, it is 40 seconds slower to boil 1. There is a filter inside the spout as well.
This is a good, solid, no-frills kettle which is easy to fill, and easy to pour. It’s not too heavy, so it should be good for people with limited strength in their wrists and hands. It’s tastefully finished in matt brushed stainless, which i think generally looks better than polished because it doesn’t show water spots as obviously. The inside has a flat bottom with no exposed element, which also makes it very easy to de-scale. Boils quickly, but doesn’t have a light to indicate that it’s switched on. Only real gripe, but it’s a small one.
5litre compact kettle would sit happily on any kitchen worktop with its pleasing brushed stainless steel finish. Cord length for the 360 degree base is adequate ( the norm based on our experience of others currently on sale) and the kettle is easy to quickly position on and remove from the base. Sped to boil seems pretty much average and the smaller capacity offsets the lower power compared to more expensive/ larger models. Not a quiet kettle but no more noisy than kettles we have been using. The hinged plastic lid is manually opened and can be removed completely for ease of access for rescaling etc. A simple push fit mesh calcium filter is used. Pouring action is good and the kettle is say to hold. There is only one level indicator ( behind the handle) and no power on light but this is a basic kettle. Other manufacturers are however adopting these features more and more as standard so a little disappointing to see even a power on light missing.
It’s a very compact kettle, no frills but does it’ snob. The unit is very squat, this allows more water contact with the heating base and the smaller volume i’d suited to a couples us rather than a family. I compared it to my favourite breville. It doesn’t have an auto opening lid, no idea why you would want to pull the lid off, but you can. De scaler is liquid, so the lid removal is not required. Sadly there is a location blanked out for the missing led indicator to show it’s in use. I haven’t seen such a missing feature in many many years, it costs a couple of pence to add oneeasy to ful, and the base is circular so easy to locate and it can be used by both hands, it swivels on the base. The power is only 2kw, nearly every kettle is 1. (2000watts)therefore it is slower to boil, but as it’s obviously designed either as a travel / portable kettle for two people or as a bedsit, student digs kettle, it would be ideal for that purpose.
As the other reviewers have noted, this kettle is small. If you’re on your own, or a couple, this might well work. If you’re a family of 4, this is not for you. Irritatingly, there is no ‘on’ light. I cannot remember the last time i saw a kettle with no ‘on’ light – i have no idea why they didn’t put that on there. It’s not the quickest to boil either. That said, it’s cheap, looks ok and works perfectly well. So if that’s what you need – go ahead.
This is a decent enough kettle, and looks smart in the kitchen. The build quality seems good, and it feels like it should last well. The flat boiling plate on the inner base will build up scale less than on an exposed element. 5 litres is on the smallish side (approximately 6 cups or 4 mugs), though adequate for most purposes. It boiled pretty quickly, and noticeably more quietly than my previous kettle. It’s disappointing that there’s no light showing when the kettle is turned on. I went through the usual rigmarole of several cycles of filling, boiling and tipping away but found that a ‘new kettle’ taste and odour lingered a little for the first couple of days of use.
Smart and stylish looking kettle, which holds up to 1. 5 litres, so more suitable for a single person or couple, rather than a family. No exposed filament so not as many problems with lime scale flaking off in your tea. I like the scale on the side, which is measured in cups- far more useful than ml. Also rotates on base so suitable for right handed or left handed use. Good quality, solid functional kettle.