Smeg Retro Style Variable Kettle
Italians produce elegant and timeless design whether it is clothes, sunglasses, cars or kettles.
Smeg is Italian.
First comes the design, second the functionality.
Every Alfa Romeo car owner will vouch for that.
If the ’50s, American diner style is your thing, the Smeg kettle should be right up your street.
It combines the superb vintage look with all features of a modern variable temperature kettle.
The Italians offer the kettle in various colors or in a polished steel look.
Check out our overview of all available temperature controlled kettles at the end of the review.
Smeg achieves that classy but understated look with a layer of “powder coated stainless steel”.
The temperature control is integrated into polished chrome base.
It is worth mentioning that you can set the temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius.
The seven settings range from 106°F/50°C to 212°F/100°C which will keep all tea and coffee lovers happy.
The kettle plays a little chime when setting the temperature or when it is finished.
Make sure your doorbell sounds differently; otherwise you might run to the door every time you want to have tea or coffee.
The water capacity of 1.7 liter makes the Smeg a great family kettle. It will look stylish on any counter and add a touch of class and beautiful design to any kitchen (home or office).
Smeg offers a superb range of other kitchen products, and therefore you can match the kettle with the style of your fridge, juicer, toaster, or even the entire kitchen.
How does it work?
There is a button on the top of the lid which opens it very slowly (intended, not a malfunction).
Once you fill the 1.7l, the kettle heats the water in about 7 minutes.
To set the temperature press the button in the base beside the on/off switch and select the desired setting. There are seven preset temperatures to choose from.
The little chime will tell you when the water is ready.
The Smeg kettle comes with all features including little rubber feet to prevent it from sliding off your kitchen table.
It is easy to use, simple to handle and a joy to look at.
More features are listed here.
The price for all kettles doesn’t vary much from retailer to retailer. It seems that Smeg has a firm grip on the price policy of the resellers. Good news for consumers.
All kettles are suitable for a $$$+ budget.
Smeg also produce non-temperature-adjustable kettles for $159.95 (click price to check them out).
The Good, the Bad, and the Conclusion
- Excellent design and high-grade materials
- Looks stylish on any kitchen counter
- Temperature in Fahrenheit and Celsius
- Can be paired and color-matched with other kitchenware from Smeg
- Stainless steel = BPA free
- A bit on the expansive side
- Quite heavy when filled to capacity
In the end, the Smeg kettle only boils water, like all the other, cheaper ones.
However, it does it with style – 50’s retro style to be precise.
Is it worth over $200 – maybe not.
Is it worth having one gracing your kitchen counter – definitely yes.
That’s the difference between a beautiful lifestyle product and a bare necessity.
The Kettle Whistler
Overview of Smeg variable temperature kettles
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