Before you even see the kettle you're reminded of the fact you won't need to stop what you're doing to put it on. I'm not certain it'll save me 2 days a year though - sadly there's always something I can be doing in the kitchen anyway...
It's a gorgeous looking kettle, with a lovely brushed body and fantastic polished control buttons - just in case you want to use it like a regular kettle and switch it on with your index finger.
There are 4 different temperature options (useful for different teas and coffee), plus the 'keep warm' feature which will maintain temperature for 5-20 minutes depending on your chosen settings.
The Smarter Wifi Kettle has a low profile clear-windowed lid and a comfortable rubber-sleeved handle, built in filter and a spout that works well - dribbly kettles drive me bats.
The 1.8l kettle has no external water level measurements, they are punched into the metal of the kettle itself behind the handle and only visible through the lid, or when the lid is open. It does make it slightly less convenient, but means the kettle maintains it's smooth lines, and if I'm honest I usually just guess by weight anyway.
The kettle cord is a good length, stored in the base for safety and again continuing the sleek and minimalist exterior.
The wi-fi works via a really simple app. which is available for ios or Android. Once downloaded you start up the app. and it tells you exactly what to do to get the kettle working on your wifi. It's pretty much foolproof, and only took 5 minutes (you will need your wireless network passwork). It attached to our household network absolutely fine, first time.
The controls are super simple and match the control buttons on the kettle base.
You can't sit in Birmingham and put your kettle on in Manchester, you do have to be on the same wi-fi network, and initially we were a bit disappointed until we realised it still means we can be in the garden, bath or in bed, watching a movie or taking a shower and still put the kettle on. It also means that no-one else outside can mess with our kettle, and in fact even if anyone managed to hack into our kettle, the worst they can do is repeatedly boil it or change the temperature setting...*yawn*.
Yep - you can sit in bed in the warm, put the kettle on and take a shower or stroll downstairs in your own time to make a brew without sitting in the cold kitchen for 5 minutes waiting. Bliss.
The kettle can also be set to boil at certain times. It includes an alarm clock function 'Wake Up Mode' , which will wake you AND boil your kettle, and a 'Home Mode' option, which will send you a message to check if you want the kettle on before it boils it for you - in case you're running late or plans change.
The answer to who needs a wifi kettle is of course - everyone. I had no idea I needed one until I got it, but it's a brilliant gadget and has slotted into our home a treat....
The Smarter Wifi Kettle is available from Menkind and currently costs £99.99 with free delivery.
Menkind have a 10% discount promotion in the lead up to Christmas using the code XMAS10, and they don't only sell kettles, they have a multitude of gifts and gadgets that are ideal for Christmas from lava lamps and dressing gowns through to go carts and video camera carrying drones!
We were sent our kettle to review.