Experts slam luxury £149 kettle that takes "painfully slow" six minutes to boil

Its hefty £149 price tag isn’t everyone’s cup of tea – and now watchdogs claim this swanky kettle is decidedly off the boil.

The KitchenAid Digital Precision has been branded a “don’t buy” by consumer champion Which?.

Tests found it took a “painfully slow” six minutes to boil – twice as long as most other brands, which did it in under three minutes.

It had no limescale filter and no external water gauge, only a hard-to-see internal mark – meaning users could have to measure water first rather than filling the kettle direct from the tap, Which? said.

Its shiny stainless steel would need frequent wiping to look its best, and its stylish retro design takes up a lot of space on worktops.

The posh appliance has three “flow speeds” – slow for filter coffee, medium for tea and fast for cafetiere coffee. It includes temperature settings of 60C for delicate tea and 70C for green, is quiet, energy efficient and pours well.

Awarding it just 56 out of 100 points, Which? said: “This kettle offers a striking design and useful features, but unfortunately its performance falls flat.

“It ticks some of the boxes, being quiet and energy efficient, but ultimately its slow boiling and usability flaws drag the score right down.

“If you’ve spent nearly £150 on a kettle you’d want to keep it looking its best, but you’ll struggle with this model.

“The inside has some difficult areas around the flow control and the stainless-steel body needs constant buffing to remove fingerprints.”

Giving its verdict, it added: “Should I buy it? No, you’ll soon get frustrated with the incredibly slow boiling.”

In previous tests Which? found a £6 plastic George at Home kettle from Asda and a £12 Cookworks kettle from Argos were both good buys.

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