Calling them black — 13 Comments

  1. What is it with the inability of modern designers to produce a spout that pours? It's not just the kettle, it's the coffee filter machine jug, the newish replacement milk jug – anything made in the last 20 years.

    • Form over function.  They have persuaded the buying public that a "straight up" edge is more pleasing to the eye.  The shop I was in had around 70 different designs from various makers and the vast majority had useless spouts.  Maybe the "straight up" does look a little sleeker, but I want it to work properly, not just admire the fucking thing.

  2. I’ve had at least four kettles in the last ten years. Everyone of them a plastic sit on type. All of them leaked.

    When I first left home on the late 70s, I got a steel kettle that sat on the gas hob. I lost it moving house a few years ago. I bet that thing still works though.


    • We used to have one of those old heavy aluminium ones with the S spout [and the notch in the end].  God knows how many years we had it.  I'd use it now but my father once used it for sealing a leak in the roof and melted some tar in it.  It hasn't been quite the same since.

  3. I've had a Philips cordless electric plastic kettle for a while and am satisfied. Things that bug me sometimes are dribbling teapots. The potters must be potty.

  4. I've had a Farberware glass kettle for several years.  It's never given me any trouble.  Now that I've read this, it probably will!  Before that I had a Brentwood, I think.  It leaked!  🙂

  5. Stove top stainless steel kettle seven quid from Aldi, does what it is supposed to do without fuss and without leaks. Gave up on the leccy kettle con aka inbuilt obsolesence years ago. For one who prefers function over form in so many things tis a wonder you persevere with the leccy kettle. I'm sure hersefl prefers function over form as she is still living with you.

    • "I'm sure herself prefers function over form as she is still living with you"  Are you implying that I'm an ugly stud?

  6. How can I when I have never shaken your hand?
    You are very functional though as this bloggy thing bears witness too..

  7. On the very rare occasion that I indulge in a hot drink, I find it far simpler to use the microwave. Less water dandruff than a kettle, too.

    • Welcome Smofunking!  Very hi-tech?  A saucepan over the fire would be easier?  I don't trust those microwave things….

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