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To think spending £75 on a kettle is a bit ridiculous?

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Whathehello · 29/01/2021 22:18

Especially if you don't have alot of money coming in.

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Am I being unreasonable?


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Bakeachocolatecake2day · 30/01/2021 08:09

Dualit - we do have the money but I have been surprised how long it's lasted.... 8 years of quite heavy use. And the toaster bought at the same time has been repaired (it's easily repairable with new elements). My dad has had 4 £20/£25 kettles in the same time period....we've been counting!

haggistramp · 30/01/2021 08:21

Actually I agree with you op, its ridiculous. Not the £75 kettle in its own, but taking into consideration they are not working and I imagine every penny counts, I would say it was a rather stupid purchase, when one at £15/20 would suffice. Do they have children?

Youseethethingis · 30/01/2021 08:29

It depends. I’d not want to ruin a snazzy looking kitchen with one of the Argos £5 efforts.
I’d also not want to spend £75 if I was on the bones of my arse.
However if you did a cost per boil over say 5 years in my house for a £75 kettle you’re looking at 0.007p per boil (based on 6 boils per day average, asssuming lockdown lasts forever) so it depends how you look at it.

Mrgrinch · 30/01/2021 08:29

What's with the attitude? You won't say who it is and why you're so bothered so obviously it's none of your business.

DipSwimSwoosh · 30/01/2021 08:33

I need a new kettle. I'd consider spending that as it's something I use many times a day and I want it to work well. If it boiled quickly that would be good.

pictish · 30/01/2021 08:35

mrsgrinch Ikr.

HappydaysArehere · 30/01/2021 08:39

No matter what you spend be aware that this doesn’t always relate to its life span. I have paid more and I have a kettle now that has lasted the longest but cost around £35.

huggzy · 30/01/2021 08:50

I spent £50 on a kettle last year, along with a matching microwave and toaster to go in our new kitchen.

I'm really disappointed and wish I hadn't bothered! It all looks nice but the kettle really isn't any better quality than any of the cheaper ones we've had before.

tigger001 · 30/01/2021 08:57

They may have saved 2 pound a week/month for it. Being not as well off doesnt always mean you cant save to have something you like.

When my mum had not alot of money, if she saw something she liked she would save forever to get it, then look after it like it was precious,as it was to her.
So long as its not forcing her children to go without or forcing her into bed debt, its fine.

Autumnchill · 30/01/2021 08:59

I got a Le Creuset kettle in the HoF sale 21years ago and it's still going strong. If anything happens to it, I'll go get another one.

Also treated myself to the Porsche coffee machine as BIL had one but I got mine off ebay for £40.

Biggest expense recently has been a Wesco Kickmaster bin. Saw it in John Lewis 5 years ago and wanted it for so long but couldn't justify £170 on a bin. Finally got it during lockdown as I used the money we weren't spending on going out. I love it!

userxx · 30/01/2021 09:01

I think it's a bit pointless as all kettles do the same job but if you like the look of an expensive one then why not. I'd never has a glass one again, absolute pain in the arse to keep clean.

Glittertwins · 30/01/2021 09:17

I've just looked to see how much the kettle that we bought several years ago is now...
I'm pretty sure I did not pay £180

grannyinapram · 30/01/2021 09:21

I have brought 2 cheap for about 20 quid each and they both broke so when this one breaks ill be splashing out on a better brand that should last.
I can see how it can save them in the long run.

however if they are now asking to borrow money off you then tell them to piss right off.

espressotogo · 30/01/2021 09:22

I’ve just replaced my dualit kettle and toaster with the same ones after just over 10 years use out of them - pricy but very good value for money

MoonriseKingdom · 30/01/2021 09:40

We bought a smart kettle about 5 years ago for £75. It’s spoilt me for other kettles. If you are a fussy coffee drinker who wouldn’t make coffee with water at boiling point it is great. It also has a hold temperature function which I often use.

If we had been strapped for cash I probably wouldn’t have bought it. However my experience as a student is that super cheap kettles don’t last years so you end up spending again much sooner.

DimidDavilby · 30/01/2021 09:45

When my kettle broke I got a cheapy one online as I was broke. It burns your hand because of the poor design and broke after a year.

So I bought a different cheapy one because I can't afford an expensive one. Hope this one won't break as quickly.

If I had had the money in the first place to buy a decent one that would last then I would end up spending less on kettles overall.

This is the cost of being poor and applies to almost everything.

Your friend may well have made a sound choice. Not everyone on universal credit is starving although plenty are. Those of you protesting should consider that that is apparently your preference!

3rdNamechange · 30/01/2021 09:56


I would say YANBU but my kettle is breaking and have you SEEN the prices for kettles!!??

Absolute joke, can’t even buy a cheap one now a days!

You can buy one for £10 is Asda.
FlatteredRhubardFool · 30/01/2021 10:17

It's a thing of awesomeness. 70 for dcs hot water bottle, 80 for mine, 95 for hot chocolate powder, 100 for tea. Don't drink coffee.

To think spending £75 on a kettle is a bit ridiculous?
peak2021 · 30/01/2021 10:32

Unless it is really going to last for life, seems excessive to me.

imsoverytired83 · 30/01/2021 11:21

It’s all relative.

My last one lasted 13 years which i was delighted with. I bought the same brand and the equivalent was over £100. It looks good and we use it a lot so i am happy with that.

99victoria · 30/01/2021 11:34

I've just spent £65 on a kettle. I've wanted one from Pylones for years ever since I went to Amsterdam and visited their shop. I bought a funky lightshade for our bathroom from the Covent Garden shop a couple of years ago when we renovated and I've been lusting after the kettles ever since. My OH knows this and when our last kettle blew up a year or so ago he rushed out and bought a horrible cheap one before I had chance to order. It's horrible - it spills when it pours and it's ugly.

I did a few weeks of work in November and December (I'm retired) and got paid yesterday so I have ordered my fab new kettle. The only downside is that both the London shops have now permanently closed so I have had to order from France and was greeted with the news that 'free delivery within the EU'. I had to pay £11!!

PigletJohn · 30/01/2021 12:09

the key point is "if you don't have much money coming in"

isthismylifenow · 30/01/2021 12:20

I do buy the more expensive brands of big appliances (washing machine etc) but I don't for the smaller items. I really do think no matter the make these days, they all have a fairly limited lifespan. Yes people have had kettles and toasters for 15 years, but they made them to last 15 years ago.

I do my purchasing on the warranty offered. 1 go for anything that has a 2 or more year warranty. Kettles fall into this category because they don't seem to last for 2 years. I have had 3 new kettles in about 5 years as they all packed up before the warranty was expired. So I keep the boxes and the receipt and when they pack in, off I go back to the shop and they replace it. I usually take another brand if it falls into my warranty criteria. Come to think of it, I am pretty sure my current Brabantia is out of warranty and still going strong (I hope I don't jinx myself). So I haven't bought a kettle in years. Same goes for the iron as they don't bloody last either.

Just last week I got the ice/water dispenser repaired. 2 year warranty and this is the 2nd one that hasn't quite made it through. They didn't have any stock so had to have this one sent in for repair. I wasn't too charmed.

Anyway OP, which kettle did she get?

Glittertwins · 30/01/2021 13:38

@FlatteredRhubardFool that is very stylish. Don't think I could trust myself not to knock the temperature slider as our kitchen is a bit small but I do like this!

neverearlythoughItry · 30/01/2021 13:59

I bought a Bosch Styline in 2012. Debated a long time as £55 was/is a lot of money. Still going strong and looks lovely

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