A few years ago in 2021 when I was furnishing my new home, I was on the hunt for black homewares (of course!), and after scouring the internet for the best black kettle, I came across the Swan Stealth range. I fell in love with the matt black style I ended up purchasing the kettle, toaster and microwave.
After owning this kettle for the last 2 years, I will be sharing my honest thoughts and whether or not you should make this same purchase.
I love my Swan Stealth Kettle and to be honest, if you want a quick answer – I would go ahead and just buy it.
I’ve had it now (as of writing this) for just over 2 years and I haven’t had any problems with it at all.
- 3000 Watts
- 1.7 Litres
- 22(H) x 16(W) x 25.5(D) cm
- Blue LED Indicator
- Auto Safety Switch Off
- Precise Pouring Spout
- Scale Filter
- Cool Touch Handle
- Matt Black
- Stainless Steel
- 2 Years Guarantee
Is the Swan Stealth Kettle Any Good?
Matt black soft touch material
I love the matt black finish and the cool touch handle which feels ‘rubbery’ which makes it really nice to hold and touch.
I have and continue to receive lots of compliments from friends and family on the aesthetics of it, which I think helps as I have the matching toaster and microwave.
Precise pouring spout
When it says it has a precise pouring spout, yes, I can’t say that I’ve experienced any of those annoying leaks or drips.
Swan customer service
As I say, I haven’t had any issues with it whatsoever in over 2 years and to give further credit to Swan, however, I did unfortunately experience an issue with my microwave about 18 months after owning it and I truly can’t fault their customer experience team nor their refund policy.
I simply explained the issue and after sending through some imagery, I received a brand new replacement within just a few days – thank you Swan, those extra customer care efforts go a long way!
Are There Any Drawbacks?
Let’s start by saying very few dealbreakers…
Hard water marks
The first thing to note is, as it has a matt black finish, it can easily show the hard water marks around the spout and if you’re sometimes a bit too keen with the pouring like myself, you can also get splash back marks on the side.
I always fill my kettle using filtered water which definitely helps reduce the amount of limescale/hard water marks, but naturally, I think you’ll always have them.
Thankfully, a simple wipe down and it is sorted.
For me, I don’t find this an issue, however, my partner has said it can be a pain. Having to physically lift off and out the lid, fill the kettle, then push the lid back down – it could be better if there was a button to simply push and auto opens the lid whilst remaining attached.
The thing I do like about the lid however, is that’s it’s a very satisfying click when you push it down – just make sure you’ve pushed it down hard enough so it is fully closed.
Lack of smart features
The other feature I would love to have is, now this is going to sound gimmicky and lazy, but if it had smart features. i.e. syncs with Alexa, custom temperature settings etc…
I have Alexa routines set up in my home which auto turn on/off lights, so having this feature to have the kettle boiled for when I wake up would be great – lazy I know!!
I know that Swan have these features on their Swan Smart Kettle, but I prefer the matt black design on their Stealth range.
Performance & Design
Thankfully it is a quick boil – especially when you do only fill what you need. To help with this, there’s a handy water level guide which shows how much is needed for 4, 6 & 8 cups.
With its 1.7 litre capacity, it’s great that it can make up to 8 cups at once. Always super helpful when you have friends/family over or simply quickly boiling the water for pasta or rice.
It’s obviously not silent, but definitely not intrusive. As my living and kitchen area is all open planned, boiling the kettle whilst watching TV is a regular occurrence, but thankfully not an issue.
The automatic cut-off and dry boil protection features add a layer of safety and efficiency. From my understanding, this is to ensure the kettle only works when it needs to, saving you both electricity and peace of mind.
Blue LED indicator
The blue LED indicator adds a bit of tech chic. It’s not just functional, showing you when the kettle is on or off, but also adds a subtle pop of colour to your kitchen and it actually quite bright which is great.
The 360 degree base make it easy to use, so whether you’re left or right-handed, you can simply put it down at the angel that suits you best.
Plus, the base also features a cord storage area underneath, so you can keep that ugly long cable trail to a minimum.
- Only use the kettle with the stand provided to avoid spillage on the connector.
- Features boil-dry protection and auto cut-off for enhanced safety.
- The appliance is safe for children aged 8 and above under supervision.
- Always ensure the voltage corresponds to your home’s mains voltage.
- Never immerse the unit in water; it’s not designed for outdoor use.
- Check the power cord and plug regularly for damage; replace if needed.
- Do not use the appliance near open flames or hot gas/electric burners.
- Do not leave the appliance unattended during use; always switch off after use.
Frequently Asked Questions
Is the handle heat-resistant?
Yes, it features a rubberised cool-touch black handle, making it safe to use even when the kettle’s boiling hot.
How many cups can it make in one go?
It has a 1.7-litre capacity, so you can make up to 8 cups of your favourite hot drink.
Is it easy to clean?
It comes with a removable and washable scale filter, so maintenance is a breeze. And a simple wipe down on the outside, removes the hard water marks.
I’ve also written a step by step guide on how to clean black kettles here.
What's the warranty on this kettle?
The manufacturer offers a 2-year guarantee against defects.