Smeg seems to be adding to its range of small appliances almost daily, with a variable-temperature kettle and a hand blender now wending their way onto discerning worktops.
If you’re a coffee connoisseur or go a bit Goldilocks about how you like your types of tea, you’ll probably already know just how important temperature is to getting the perfect brew. A few degrees here or there can mean the difference between a refreshing beverage or snorting something ditchwatery out of your nose in disgust.
The Italian-designed Smeg KLF04 kettle, however, has a temperature control so you can choose to heat your acqua to 50, 60, 70, 80, 90, 95 or 100 degrees for that tazza perfetta. Bellissimo.
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The stainless steel body is available in the usual Smeg shades of cream, black, red, pastel blue, pastel pink or pastel green, as well as in chrome, and has a capacity of 1.7 litres. Other features include a soft-opening lid, 360-degree swivel base and removable filter. It costs £149.95.
Also new to the Smeg line-up is the HBF02 hand blender, packing a powerful 700W motor into its curvaceous yet slim body. It has a speed control as well as a Turbo function, and comes with a wealth of accessories including a chopper, whisk, potato masher and a 1.4-litre Tritan jug.
The Smeg HBF02, on sale by the end of September, will come in black, red, cream or pastel blue. It will cost £119.95 and will be available in the UK from Smeg’s new flagship London store on Regent Street.
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