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Summary

Our Score:

7

Pros

  • Good build quality
  • Quiet Mark

Cons

  • Very pricey
  • Basic features
  • Annoying lid design

Key Features

  • 1.7 litres
  • 3kW
  • 360° base
  • Two water level indicators
  • Removable limescale filter
  • Concealed element
  • Auto shut-off
  • Power light
  • 75cm cord
  • Manufacturer: Dualit
  • Review Price: £129.99

What is the Dualit Classic Kettle?

The Dualit Classic Kettle is a good-quality jug kettle but it's frankly overpriced for a water-boiling machine.

It doesn't boast the fancy features seen on some high-end kettles, such as lower temperatures for speciality teas or a keep warm function.

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Dualit Classic Kettle – Design and Features

The Dualit is unsurprisingly a well-built machine. It's attractive in a polished chrome finish that somehow manages to repel fingerprints.

And it's solidly made, although as a result it weighs 1.3kg (jug only) so it's fairly heavy in the hand.

For the price we also weren't fans of the lid. You open it manually by finger-pulling the loop handle on the top. It's built to last, sure, but it's hard to open and is certainly no fun to open when hot.

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The idea is probably that you should fill the kettle via the spout instead, but the spout is fairly small so using the lid would have been easier.

And to its credit, the lid does open nice and wide, which is good for cleaning as well as filling.

There's a water level indicator on each side – one in litres, the other in cups. And the limescale filter is made from fine-cut metal rather than a mesh, making it much more durable than most.

The Dualit also boasts a repairable element, which means that it could last a lifetime with new elements from time to time, rather than wastefully scrapping it after a few years as people do with other kettles when they fail.

Features-wise it's a straightforward kettle though, with no choice of water temperature or keep warm function.

Dualit Classic Kettle – What's it like to use?

Filling the Dualit isn't a great experience. As mentioned above, the spout is small but lifting the lid is a faff.

The control is a simple switch near the base with a red light that comes on to indicate that it's heating up.

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It took a pretty average 2m34s to boil a litre of water that started out at 14⁰C from the tap. We measured the temperature after 10 mins (86⁰C) and again after 30 mins (73⁰C), which are a bit warmer than most – this is a kettle that holds its heat fairly well.

The spout is well designed. It's focussed, pouring brilliantly with no spills whether you pour slow or fast.

We didn't notice the kettle being unusually quiet, despite it boasting the Quiet Mark, but it certainly wasn't especially loud.

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Should I buy the Dualit Classic Kettle?

Maybe. It's good but very expensive for a basic kettle. So the only reason you'd chose it over others is the looks – you love the styling and/or it matches your other Dualit appliances perfectly.

We'd recommend saving money and getting the superb value double wall insulated Tefal Safe to Touch Kettle, or the mid-priced and beautifully designed Morphy Richards Prism Traditional Kettle. Or if you do want a big-budget kettle consider the Sage Smart Kettle which also offers a range of temperatures for perfect tea.

Verdict

The Dualit isn't a bad kettle, it's just very hard to justify the price tag.

Overall Score

7

Colin McGregor

July 26, 2016, 6:13 am

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I note some people find it difficult to open the lid, this can be readily fixed by gently adjusting the three prongs on the inside edge of the lid with a pair of pointed pliers

susanne gillessen

February 24, 2017, 10:41 am

I have had Dualit kettles and toasters for several decades and been very pleased with them. However the classic kettle which is advertised as having replacement parts lasted less than two years and water started to come out of the side viewing panel. When I asked Dualit to look at it they did and the report came back saying "differential expansion" was the cause. Surely a kettle needs to be made of a material that would bear this phenomenon? I was offered a 40% discount on a new kettle bought from Dualit even though this was something I have no control over. I called Dualit Customer Services querying the explanation in the report and the Manager offered a replacement when I pointed out the materials used for the kettle were of no import to the guarantee that covered me as I had looked after the kettle and it was not a case of misuse. Thanks Dualit!

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