Smarter iKettle 2.0
Wireless 802.11 b/g/n
Requires 2.4ghz router
iKettle 2.0 Jug
iKettle 2.0 Power base
Smarter by name, smarter by nature… Young British design company, Smarter, firmly believe there’s no situation a hot drink can’t make a million times better, so they’ve put their heads together and designed this sleek, app-controlled kettle that does everything that you expect and so much more. Hanging around the kitchen waiting for the kettle to boil is a thing of the past. Whether you’re super efficient or ultra lazy the iKettle 2.0 will save you over two days a year. It makes you wonder what you will do with all your spare time…
On paper the iKettle is designed with the gadget lover in mind, catering to their every need and want from a hot beverage companion. However in reality the iKettle is a maze of settings and functions that while on the whole works well. It does at times carry a few annoyances. When fully installed the app opens up a whole new world of beverage goodness and you have more features than you can shake a stick at. The interface is clean and while offers plenty of settings, is easy enough to navigate for the non technically minded. The issue we had was the initial setup and occasional ‘not connected’ dropouts.
The initial setup it’s fair to say didn’t go wel. What should have been a quick 5 minutes and you are ready to go, resulted in an hour long scene of plugging and un-plugging, connecting and disconnecting from various networks. The ‘not connected’ episodes while few and far between, did result in us putting down our phones and walking to the kettle to switch it on manually. Thus defeating the object of owning a smarter kettle!!!.
We found the app offered a more fluent response and indeed flawless setup when using the android operating system. When firmware updates failed via iPhone, they proceeded and completed first time via android. So i do wonder whether this is indeed a case of operating system bugs rather than the device software itself.
When the Smarter iKettle 2.0 works it functions extremely well, and in a world where we are all pushed for time, the iKettle slots itself in nicely, offering both a convenient and magical way of having pre-boiled water on tap.
The Smarter iKettle 2.0 takes everything we desire and demand from a kitchen accessory and bundles it in to one smarter package. With just about every function you could ever need and want neatly wrapped up in a larger than the competition stainless steel jug, the iKettle puts all your daily needs in the palm of your hand. However this does come at a cost. At the time of publishing this review the Smarter iKettle 2.0 retails at £99, which is an expensive water boiling machine.
From a gadget lovers point of view, or those that lead a busy lifestyle, i can see the Ikettle 2.0 being top of their must have list. For the normal run-of-the-mill consumer the iKettle may provide too finicky and not at all worth the hassle. With a more solid app performance across the board, and a consistent performance we’d have rated this kitchen gadget highly. Unfortunately for us while it worked 95% of the time, it was that 5% that bugged the hell out of us.