SMEG 50's Variable Temperature Kettle
We take the Smeg 50's Style Variable Temperature Kettle for a practical test run to see if it's worth the hefty $200 price tag.
Boasting features of 1.7L water capacity, 360 degree swivel base and of course, 7 variable water temperatures, we perform a review like none other before and see just how practical this piece of nostalgia actually is.
Our detailed testing looked at the durability of the lid, the weight and even its stability on a flat surface and unfortunately our expectations weren't met for such a high price tag.
We performed our dry test run at David Jones which at the time of testing had a discount to just under $200 for the appliance. There were a number of different colours on display but the black and white model captured our eyes.
The appliance itself with no water weighs a heavy 1.8kg which may be tricky for those with weaker muscles or the frail when full. We certainly found it heavy with no water inside.
Of the two models we tested, one had a 'worn out' lid which was not always receptive to being pushed closed. We imagined this was because of constant use in store, however, this would only be a reflection of what's to come at home. The appliance does come with a 24 month warranty however. It would also be nice if the lid could be opened with one hand whilst holding the kettle.
The Smeg has a 360 degrees swivel base and the buttons are located on the side of the appliance. When toggling the variable thermometer and switching the kettle on, the appliance moves a little to the left. We tried a number of ways of pushing the button without moving it along the surface, however, it failed. This could be different if there was water inside.
For the price tag and the issues that we encountered we felt on the whole disappointed as we looked forward to having this in our kitchen. For a respectable brand, hopefully they'll iron out these issues and improve them in the next version. For us, we'll be getting a replacement kettle from Kmart for $40.
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