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Swan Retro Kettle with Temperature Dial Review

Main view of the Swan Retro Kettle.
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Read our review of the Swan Retro Kettle with Temperature Dial. A kettle which is retro in design, but modern in functionality. It features a classic temperature dial on the side, adding plenty of style to your kitchen. Perfect for the home or office.
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Volume1.5 Litres
ColoursBlack / Blue / Cream / Green / Grey
360 Degree BaseYes
FilterYes
Boil Dry ProtectionYes
Heating ElementConcealed
CordlessYes
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Our Review

The Swan Retro Kettle with Temperature Dial is a retro themed kettle with a charming analogue temperature gauge on the side. Practically speaking, the kettle is far from old fashioned, as it's full of features expected from modern kettles, including rapid boiling, a fine mesh limescale filter, an easy pour spout and a whole host of safety features.

Main view of the Swan Retro Kettle.

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The design of the kettle is unique, and it certainly has a retro feel to it. The body is made from stainless steel, and the details/accents are chrome. So as to ensure suitability for most kitchens, the Retro Kettle is available in five colours. These are black, blue (pictured), cream, green and grey.

Temperature Dial

The most prominent feature which sets this kettle apart from most available on the market is the round temperature dial on the side. The dial displays from 0 degrees Celsius up to 100 degrees Celsius as pictured below.

Swan Retro Kettle zoomed in.

Aside from completing the retro feel, the dial allows precise control over the temperature. You can stop the kettle from boiling when it reaches your optimal temperature, making it extremely useful for herbal teas and different coffees. It also means that if the kettle is still warm, you can avoid unnecessary reboiling, therefore saving electricity in the process.

About Swan

The Swan brand has been around for about 100 years. They're well known in the small kitchen appliance industry and are reliable. They also sell toasters, microwaves, sewing machines, slow cookers and more.

Specification

Let's take a look at the features:

  • Capacity - 1.5 Litres, or around 6 cups per boil.
  • Dimensions - 22.1cm x 17.4cm x 24.7cm.
  • Rapid Boil - The 3kW heating element provides a fast boil.
  • Temperature Dial - As discussed above.
  • 360 Degree Base - To make the kettle cordless, Swan have designed it to sit on a 360 degree rotational base. This base makes the kettle suitable for left and right handers. It's extremely convenient as there's no need to line the kettle up when placing it back on the base.
  • Boiling Indicator - The on/off switch has a blue LED which illuminates when the kettle is boiling.
  • Easy Pour Spout - The kettle has a spout specifically designed to minimise dripping, splashing and spilling.
  • Concealed Heating Element - The heating element is concealed in the bottom of the kettle.
  • Automatic Cut Out - For safety and convenience, the kettle will stop boiling once it's up to temperature.
  • Boil Dry Protection - Also for safety, if the kettle boils its water away completely, then it will turn itself off.
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Swan Retro Kettle in a kitchen.

Water Filter

Inside the spout is a fine mesh limescale filter. Not only does it make your drink taste better, it also improves the look. The filter is removable and washable as needed. It's pictured below:

Swan Retro Kettle's water filter.

Water Gauge

In addition to a temperature gauge, there's also a water gauge. The gauge marks 0.6L (minimum), 1.0L, 1.2L and 1.5L (maximum).

Swan Retro Kettle's water gauge.

Our View

Overall, the Swan Retro Kettle with Temperature Dial is a sound choice. Its unique retro design combined with modern features make it a perfect addition to the kitchen. It would make an excellent present for newly-weds, too. We rate this kettle 4.5 out of 5 stars.

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