Smeg Retro Style Kettle (KLF04PBUS)

Introductionsmeg temperature controlled 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 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 casing is made from “powder coated stainless steel” with the temperature control integrated into the base.
It is worth mentioning that the temperature is shown 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.

Smeg has a good range of other kitchen products, and therefore you could 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 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, good to handle and even better to look at.

More features are listed here.

smeg blue variable temperature kettle

Price ($$$+)

Amazon: $219.95 (check price here, might be different color)

Walmart:  $303.75 (check price here)

Suitable for a $$$+ budget.

The Good, the Bad, and the Conclusion


  • Excellent design and high-grade materialssmeg blue programable temperature kettle
  • Good range of temperature settings
  • Can be paired with other kitchenware from Smeg
  • BPA free


  • Expansive
  • 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 $200 – probably not.
Is it worth having one – definitely yes.

That’s the difference between a lifestyle product and a necessity.

Smeg also offers this kettle in other colors or polished steel look.

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  • kettle whistler

    Please leaves your comments, opinions and experiences below.

  • Snigdha Alam

    Hi there, 

    you wrote a nice post. I like your cool kettles and enjoyed your post. My own kettle is damaged and that's why I want to buy a new one. I like the Smeg retro kettle which is Italian and has beautiful design and functionality. I want to buy it as soon as possible. Coffee is my favourite colour. Can I get it in coffee colour?

    Thanks a lot. I will share your post with others.

    • kettle whistler

      Thank you for the comment.

      Coffee is not one of the Smeg colours. Although Italians love their coffee their colour palette tends to paler tones.

  • coralie

    You have such a cute site.  This kettle is super cool and I love it.  I realize that it just boils water, but sometimes you need a statement sitting on the kitchen counter and I think this is it.  It is nice that the temperature is in F and C, as I am Canadian and we like our Celsius.  LOL! Good job.

    • kettle whistler

      Thank you. Italians know how to look good.

  • RoDarrick

    Our last kettle got blown as a result of a mistake on my side and I really want to make up for it by getting a new kettle for my family. This smeg kettle is really looking very stable and of great quality but then, the price seems rather much considering that I run on a lean budget but that would still not deter me from getting the kettle. I like the color and the array of features it boasts of. Nice one

    • kettle whistler

      Thank you. Smeg products are expansive but look the part.

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