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When my previous kettle decided to make a journey to kettle heaven a couple of years ago, I found myself faced with the urgent prospect of finding a replacement. My addiction to caffeine meant that time was of the essence and, combined with my limited knowledge of the kettle market, I made a hasty trip into town to find a new kettle to grace my kitchen work surfaces. I do not confess to being an expert when it comes to purchasing household electrical goods so my requirements were simple, and perhaps a tad trivial. I was searching for a new kettle that offered good value for money, came from a brand I knew and trusted, was sold with a guarantee of some sort and, last but by no means least, would be aesthetically pleasing. Fortunately, my local branch of TJ Hughes offered a myriad of potential new kettles and I was soon walking out clutching my new Bosse kettle from Morphy Richards which I purchased for the pricely sum of £20. The Bosse kettle is available from for £27.50 at the time of writing but a bit of research should enable you to source it elsewhere for less.

As I have already mentioned, the technicalities of kettles are not amongst my fortes. So it was the appearances of the Bosse kettle that initially caught my eye. The Bosse kettle features a brushed chrome body which looks sleek and modern and blended in well with my toaster and other appliances that weren’t in need of replacing. It also means that cleaning the kettle is a doddle since it doesn’t stain. It also has quite a unique shape with a large base that tapers inwards towards the top which gives it an almost futuristic feel. Having used my Bosse kettle for a couple of years, the shape has proven to be a bit of a double edged sword. The large base is considerably larger than many other kettles on the market and so the Bosse does take up more space on your kitchen surfaces, which perhaps isn’t ideal when space is of a premium as it is in my little flat. On the plus side though, for those of you who can recall GCSE physics lessons, the low centre of gravity makes the kettle very stable. It might not be a major selling point but for someone as clumsy as me it has proven to be invaluable. The Bosse kettle can withstand various knocks and bumps without falling over, something which my various mismatched remnants of wine glasses can not claim to do.

The Bosse kettle is mounted on a cordless base and it is easy to lift it off the base and replace it when filling without having to struggle fiddling around with plugs. The base has a reasonably long cord which can wound up and concealed in the base so you can avoid unsightly and unsafe electrical cords trailing around your kitchen. The kettle can also be rotated on the base around 360 degrees which makes it useful to left handed, right handed and ambidextrous users who just feel the need to show off.

Filling the kettle is simple enough and can be done either via the spout which quite large or through the lid which features a locked hinge. There’s also a small removable mesh limescale filter on the inside of the kettle next to the spout to ensure that perfect brew every time! On the downside, the Bosse doesn’t feature an indicator to tell you how full it is, which seems an oversight on the manufacturer’s part. Having owned the kettle for a couple of years, I have acquired the skill of knowing from a quick shake of the kettle exactly how full it is but this is something that may well put potential buyers off. Particularly when you consider the kettle’s other negative point is that it doesn’t feature a boil dry cut out so you need to check your kettle or have a very good memory to avoid switching it on when empty.

As far as boiling goes, the Bosse boils water quickly and quietly. The switch is illuminated when on. When I first bought the kettle, I worried that the switch looked a little flimsy and likely to break within weeks but, just like the rest of the kettle, it has lasted well. The Bosse holds 1.7 litres of water which seems to be average for most kettles on the market nowadays. The design though makes it feel like it holds more. Pouring from the kettle is easy and it feels sturdy in your hand although it can be heavy when filled to capacity. The handle and lid are both made of a cooltouch plastic type material that also gives added grip. The main body of the kettle does get hot but won’t scold you if you inadvertently touch it. I regularly tap the kettle to check if the water is hot enough to use without reboiling and have no injuries to report. Having used the kettle numerous times each day over the last couple of years, pouring boiling water from it is like second nature, but I do recall the design meant it took some getting used to at first.

Considering the credit crunch, I have no plans on replacing my Bosse kettle until it finally goes kaput. Despite its flaws, it has lasted me well and shows no signs of retiring any time soon. If I needed to buy another kettle tomorrow, I have to be honest and say I would most likely be drawn to one of the newer quick boil models on the market but if you’re looking for a solid kettle that lasts the test of time and will serve you well, then the Bosse is worthy of consideration.