Probably wouldn't bother posting this were it not for the fact we spent 3 weeks looking EVERYWHERE for the perfect kettle before settling on this (and feeling pleased I did).
What is the perfect kettle?
Well, everyone's different but the criteria I applied were:
Decent water capacity (1.7L)
3kW fast boil
Easy to fill single handed (thumb-press lid pop-up)
Good, fine filter that won't let any gritty scale through
Simple, faff-free design, whilst not looking cheap or ugly
Small diameter base unit to save worktop space
Good, strong, heavy-duty lid hinges that aren't going to snap
Comfortable handle ergonomics and overall weight balance
That's what you can tell from picking one up in a shop. Upon getting it home it also turned out to be a precision pourer (no drips or dribbles) due to it's well-designed spout, and it's much quieter than our previous kettles too. Oh, and it has a cool little glowy blue light on it. And a 2yr guarantee.
Cannot fault this thing.
In the past I've gone for fancy, expensive kettles that broke amazingly quickly. I've learned that kettles can be a nightmare and, as you can probably see by the nature of this post, they've really gotten to me. But I feel now I've finally beaten them so, trust me, if you need one at the moment, this one here is money well spent. Don't waste weeks looking like I did, heed my recommendation and live your lives!