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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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NewPapaGuinea · 31/01/2021 11:19

I invested in a £70 kettle that boils quickly and you can set the temperature. Lasted nearly 10 years until it started leaking, so was quick to replace it with a similar model. Was money well spent in my eye.

Tootsey11 · 31/01/2021 11:22

My current kettle cost £5. It's being going 8 years now.

I wouldn't spend £75 on a kettle, even if I had the money.

Bubbinsmakesthree · 31/01/2021 11:37

We spent £75ish on our kettle and it seems a perfectly reasonable sum to spend on something that is used multiple times every single day.

The cheapy kettles we have in the office make me mildly irritated every time I have to use them. They take ages to boil. They feel uncomfortable to hold. They drip. If they are cordless the base is too light so it moves around so it’s always a very slight faff to put the kettle back on its stand. They look cheap.

My £75 kettle boils quickly, feels substantial and comfortable to hold. Sturdy base doesn’t move out of place. Looks lovely.

Yes if I was on the breadline it’d be an odd thing to prioritise but it’s no more daft to spend 4-5x the minimum price on a kettle than it is on a coat or a pair shoes or a car or any number of things.

Oreservoir · 31/01/2021 11:42

My dd's Smeg kettle was £130.
She loves it.

AnnB30 · 31/01/2021 11:43

When I moved in with dp the kettle he had was very expensive. I used to take the mick saying if someone broke in they’d take the kettle. It didn’t last long and ended up buying a much cheaper one that lasted a lot longer. We seem to get through kettles here 🤣

Oreservoir · 31/01/2021 11:45

@picklemewalnuts our kettle broke when my then 10 year old thought he would boil milk in it.

Lyricallie · 31/01/2021 11:52

I won my kettle in a raffle Grin it's been fine for about 3 years. Although it is starting to leak at the hinge. I think it's from Dunelm so probably about £20.

My issue is my toaster I just bought a four slice Tesco one for £20 and it's rubbish. My old one that was super cheap was so much better. I have to repop twice!

CatsGoPurrrr · 01/02/2021 06:34

I’ve recently bought a new kettle. When I was looking into a replacement, I was surprised to find that the average lifespan for a kettle is only 6 months. I live in a very hard water area and didn’t want to buy a new one in a years time or less, so went with a Bosh kettle. £60, down to £40 in the sale, because it had a 2 year guarantee. Most I’ve ever spent on a kettle, but at the rate I use it, I t ink it’s worth it.

Anycrispsleft · 01/02/2021 15:19

We spent £90 on ours over 10 years ago and I thought it was far too much at the time but we hoped it would last. The button to open the lid broke after a couple of years

Ah, this has provided me with a bit of insight into the question of why everyone else's kettles seem to give up after 2 years while mine is going strong after 15 years. I've not been able to open the lid of mine since before my kids were born. They're nearly 9 Grin

PandemicAtTheDisco · 02/02/2021 23:05

I think it is sometimes a false economy to buy some items too cheaply.

The problems I've had with cheap kettles is leaking, awkward handles, turning off mechanism stopping working and boiling dry - killing the kettle, not pouring very well, filter falling off, lid mechanism breaking and handle becoming loose.

The one problem I've had with the more expensive kettle is leaking after being dropped. The other expensive kettle is working fine.

Does hardness of water effect kettle longevity?

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