Energy efficiency is a really hot topic these days, and it’s something that’s beginning to concern everyone what with the cost of electricity shooting through the roof! The Philips HD4671 kettle promises to do its bit to help, having been designed with saving energy in mind.
With kettles, it all comes down to how much water you boil. The HD4671/20 comes with a one cup indicator so that you can make sure you only boil what you need. According to Philips, only boiling just enough water for your cuppa can mean using 66% less electricity.
If you want to boil more water, the jug can hold 1.7 litres in one go. It has a flat heating element for fast boiling, and a double action filter to keep your cup of tea scum-free!
It’s not a bad looker either, with a sleek looking brushed metal finish.
There’s cord storage in the base so you won’t have any wiring trailing around your kitchen worktop either.
We found that most kettles were cheapest at Amazon.co.uk, including the Philips HD4671 which is currently available for 27% off.
Philips HD4671 Features and Specifications
- One cup indicator – only boil what you need at use 66% less electricity to do it!
- Flat heating element – fast boiling
- Double action filter – keeps your cuppa free of limescale
- Stylish brushed metal finish
- Cord storage in base
Customer Feedback and Reviews
This is a very popular kettle, in fact it is the best selling kettle in the UK as we write this review. We’ve seen hundreds upon hundreds of customer comments and reviews. Around 86% were happy with their purchase, and 80% gave the kettle top marks of 4 or 5 stars.
So what did people like?
To put it simply, this kettle does exactly what it says on the tin. It boils water quickly and quietly. One customer said that it takes 4 minutes and 40 seconds to boil a full jug from start to finish – not bad at all.
Customers reported no dripping or splashing when you pour as well; no mess or fuss.
There are a couple of things to note, though. First of all, the description is little misleading. Whilst indeed the outside of the kettle is finished in an attractive brushed metal, this is simply an outside sheet covering a plastic shell. The inside of the kettle where the water boils is plastic, not metal.
Some people were not happy about this, having misunderstood the description of the kettle. If you’re not worried about boiling water in a plastic kettle, then this shouldn’t bother you at all.
In terms of the claims that the kettle is energy efficient, we feel this is a bit misleading too. There’s nothing particularly special about the kettle which saves energy, it completely depends on the user only putting in the water that they need. This is easy enough to do with any kettle, so we feel the claims that this kettle is special in some way are a bit rich!
Overall, it’s not a bad kettle, but it’s not great either. Its style over substance here I’m afraid. Yes, the Philips HD4671 does look quite nice, but underneath it just doesn’t have the same kind of quality as a fully metal kettle. If you want an decent looking kettle for an average price, and plastic suits you fine then this could be a good choice. Otherwise, take a look elsewhere.