I bought this kettle to replace my existing one in this model, as the lid snapped off after several years’ use. I have purchased the same model on a couple of occasions in the past; this was when water leaking used to be an issue with this model and it was replaced by the retailer without any problem. The leaking issue no longer appears to be a problem with this kettle and it is now a which?.The kettle is light and easy to handle, with the lid opening up easily to fill from the tap, and it is not too noisy when switched on, nor does it take too long to boil. The kettle sits on the base in any position, so you can position it left or right-handed when plugged into the mains. The water fill level is easy for me to read, particularly if the kettle is positioned in a light place. The kettle also has a mesh filter in the spout to prevent limescale pouring into your cup/teapot. I live in a hard water area so this gets quite brittle with limescale, although it comes loose so you can rinse off loose particles of limescale. I’ve never changed mine, but you can buy replacement filters from philips.
I originally bought this kettle september 2013 and it started leaking from around the spout when pouring in september 2018. That’s 5 years of being used at least 4 times a day. This is the first kettle i’ve ever bought that lasted longer than 2 years. Just bought a new one to save me pouring hot water all over the counter and my feet. The 2 cup mark boils in about 60 seconds. Honestly, it’s a great kettle, it’s not too noisy and it boils really quickly. Five years for a kettle seems a good innings to me.
The kettle is well made and chunky but not too big. It has an easy guide for seeing how much water you have in it and sits in its tray where the kettle can be rotated 360 degrees. The big plus point is the pouring. So many of these kettles dribble when you pour them but this has it just right. A straight pour with no mess. It boils very quickly for the amount of water you have in it. However, the kettle has one large design flaw. If you lift the kettle off its base before it has switched off by itself (which is necessary sometimes because you don’t always want boiling water) the kettle does not switch off. This means if you empty the kettle and replace it on the base it will come back on again and boil dry. The kettle should switch off as soon as you lift it of its base and philips should fix this. But overall very pleased with the product.
I bought this kettle at the start of february 2013, and did my first review a couple of weeks later. I’ve regularly updated the review, but it was all getting messy, so i’ve edited and re-submitted it. I should also mention, i’m a tea addict, this kettle has had an awful lot of use. February 2013:it looks fine. It’s average speed, it takes pretty much the same time as my old 2000 watt kettle, so it uses 50% more electricity for every cuppa, i’d suggest that isn’t ‘energy efficient’. It’s a little bit of a faff getting it back on its base too. I should also mention that it sounds like concorde taking off as it boils. I look forward to it developing the leak so many reviewers mention so i can get a different one. Update november 2013:nine months in and to be fair, it hasn’t started leaking yet, but, it has developed an annoying habit of not connecting properly when you put it on the base, so you need to slam it in a couple of times to get it going.
I bought this in may 2011 and it lasted just under four year before it started to leak. I replaced it with a bosch twk7601gb which in turn only lasted 2 years and 10 months before leaking so much it needs replacing for the sake of safety. This time i have opted for a morphy richards. We will see if this lasts any longer.
This is the second one of these kettles i have had. The first was excellent as it boiled water quickly and quietly. However this new one boils water quickly but is so noisy compared with my original kettle. I cannot understand why this is as the two kettles look to be identical. I am a bit disappointed because my previous philips kettle was so good.
Okay so on the box it says it’s more efficient but in the small print it says only if you boil the exact amount of water you need as opposed to boiling more than you need. Still this is a fine kettle and it boils very quickly.
This is the third of this model of kettle i have owned, as it is lightweight and is well-balanced to hold. I have arthritis in my hands, and searched long and hard for a kettle like this. I only hope phillips continues to make it. Being able to boil such a small amount of water is another good feature. It could do with being a little less noisy.
We had 2 issues with our previous kettle: it was quite slow; and if the base got even a little bit damp it would trip the kitchen circuit breakers. This one seem very fast and the design of the base is much more water resistant.
This was bought as a replacement for an old kettle that sprung a leak. It’s a plain design, and looks smart. It was chosen partly because it has a water gauge on both sides, as the other person in the house is left handed. I haven’t given it 5 stars because the water level is not so easy to see in the side column. It’s about as noisy as my old kettle – if i use it when listening to the radio, i still have to turn the volume up. I can’t comment on longevity yet, i’ve only had it a month. The handbook doesn’t say how long the guarantee is, so i had to check the philips website to get it in writing – it’s 2 years.
Here are the specifications for the Philips HD4644/00 Energy Efficient Kettle:
- 1.7 litre capacity with a one-cup water indicator that allows you to boil only the water you need
- Double action filter for clear water and a cleaner kettle
- Flat heating element for fast boiling and easy cleaning
- Save up to 66% energy compared to a regular kettle
- The light on the button will switch off when the water has boiled
Reviews from purchasers :
- First purchase lasted 5 years
- Very good kettle but auto switch off problem.
- Lasted 3 years and 11 months.