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Dancing with sparks — 11 Comments

    • Thanks for the tip.  I ended up choosing a Murphy Richard [grand Irish name?].  I looked for my one on your site but they don't list it.

      Anyhows, I'll hold your suggestion for when mine blows up in eleven months time.

  1. I just know how you feel! With me, it’s a pair of GoreTex Shows that start leaking after roundabout a year (we’ve got guarantee here up to 2 ys – I thought in the EU everyhting’s “harmonized”?). I bought expensive shoes with a membrane in order to keep my feet dry? I’ve returned the things three times. I’ll do so until they learn how to not only sell a little sticker that says that the shoes keep your feet dry but actually build the shoes so they do what the little sticker says. I have that rather funny idea that I want to get what I pay for?

    • It sounds very similar to my kettle story.  I think that was the third kettle I returned [all with different faults and all different makes].  The first two were replaced without a problem so this is the first time in ages I have had to part with hard cash.

  2. Never buy the lowest priced electric kettle. Buy a medium priced one. Always keep a hob kettle in your kitchen cupboard so you can boil water on an electric or gas cooker.

    • I never do, and I only go for well known brands.  In case of emergency I break the glass and put on a saucepan of water.  Very slow but it does the job.

  3. In the UK you are covered by the sale of goods act. This intimates that a product should last for six years approximately. 

    • I thought the EU was supposed to harmonise all these things?

      Oh, hang on….  You're not in the EU.  Lucky bastards.

  4. Kettles often seem to pop in areas with water containing more minerals than your average glass of milk. That, or cheap build quality gets to them first.

    We’ve had luck with the more expensive models using a concealed element – no water near the element means no rusting or buildup, and hopefully no more popped fuses 😀

    • Our water here is remarkably mineral free.  What we lack in minerals we make up for in chemicals which usually make the water undrinkable [unless you like drinking from a public swimming pool], but at least nothing ever gets furred up with lime.

      I think all the kettles I have blown up in the last while have been the concealed element type.  I know the last one was and the current one is.  I never even let them boil dry.  I do my best but my kettles show a remarkable lack of appreciation for the care I give 'em.

  5. I bought a kettle over two years ago from Lidl which cost 10€99 and is still doing what its supposed to with a concealed element.  No clue what the make is and don't care to be honest.  I've had big brand kettles in the past which have gone kaput just as the guarantees expire like washing machines which do the same after 13 months.  They say you get what you pay for but I don't think that is always the case.

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