I was sent the Uccello Kettle for test and review, it is a modern take on the tipping kettle that looks good and performs perfectly.
I have arthritis in my hands but it doesn’t cause too many problems, my disability is with my legs and I am full-time wheelchair user. I thought I would test the product and try to see it from the view of someone who would have problems using a standard kettle. I hadn’t actually realised that the Uccello Kettle would make my life a whole lot easier and I didn’t think this would be needed by someone with a disability in their lower half.
As you can see from the photo above, the concept of a tipping kettle is nothing new. In fact apart from the one above, there have been devices around that serve this purpose well and so why would you need an Uccello Kettle?
A family friend had a device like the one in the photo above and it worked, so I was very interested to see what made the Uccello Kettle so different and why people would buy one. However as soon as I saw the Uccello I realised and then when I used it, well I was very impressed!
The Uccello Kettle looks sleek, it looks modern and it fits into the kitchen without looking out of place. The problem with a lot of products that are designed for disabled use is the way they look, they look like a disability product and just because we are disabled, it doesn’t mean we are happy to put up with bulky and ugly looking items.
Most of us don’t live in properties that are fully adapted for our disability, I can use my hands but because I am in a wheelchair, I can’t get in close to the kitchen worktop (counter) and so I do everything with arms stretched out. This has already resulted in a hot cup of tea being knocked over and the contents scalding my legs.
The actual kettle part of the design is easily removed from its cradle, the lid pops open easily like a normal kettle and it has feet so it can be placed down without the cradle. The kettle holds 1.5 litres of water and when full weighs 2kg so 4lb 6oz in imperial and the handle makes it very easy to hold. However you can always use a jug to fill the kettle to eliminate having to carry it. It has a wide spout and a removable scale filter
The Uccello Kettle base contains the lead and so no unplugging and plugging back in, it is weighted and has non slip feet and so it stays put, the kettle easily slips in to the base and then the large red rocker switch on the kettle turns it on. The kettle has a quiet boil and even when full it boils quite quickly.
The Uccello kettle has been designed so well,it is balanced perfectly and so pouring is almost effortless and if released the kettle returns to an upright position. In the image above is a mug sat in a Muggi (Review here) that I purchased after I scalded myself and the Uccello kettle and the Muggi together have made making a hot drink so safe and easy.
So if you need a tipping kettle, well this really is the one. Don’t be messing about with your old kettle in a tipping device because that kettle wasn’t designed to be used that way, it won’t be as effortless as the Uccello and well, the looks aren’t great are they!
Uccello kettle, it looks modern, it is effortless to use and will without doubt make using a kettle easier and safer. Whether it’s for you or an elderly relative, Uccello kettle is the perfect and safe way to make a cuppa and we all need a cuppa!
The owners of the Uccello Kettle brand arranged for the Uccello kettle to be sent to me through the UK company Drive DeVilbiss who specialise in Healthcare products
The Uccello story
The idea for the Uccello Kettle came about in early 2011 after founder and innovator Andy De Petra was diagnosed with psoriatic arthritis, a rare form of the condition.
What began as an idea to invent a kettle to overcome the limited options available for people with arthritis soon became a much larger project that has been recognised by the Assistive Technology Suppliers Association (ATSA) and Drive Medical in the UK.
The kettle’s humble beginnings
Italian-born Andy De Petra came to Australia at a young age, bringing with him an inherent knowledge of quality craftsmanship and design, and a love for coffee. As a young man, Andy was driven by inventing and innovating. As he entered his working life he lent his passions to business ideas and products, including designing a vertical blind cleaner that he used in his own cleaning business.
Diagnosed with arthritis in 2011 it became a challenge for Andy to complete everyday tasks. Frustrated with the difficulty lifting a kettle full of water to make his morning coffee he turned his thoughts to others in similar situations and questioned how they managed their physical disablements. On finding that there were no options, he focused his efforts on designing a kettle that would ease the struggle and enable people to maintain their independence.
Reflecting its resemblance to a small bird along with the fluid motion when pouring, the Kettle was named ‘Uccello’, Italian for bird.
Helping the community
Uccello frequently works with Occupational Therapists, Physiotherapists and other health professionals to enhance the lives of those living with disabilities. We like to maintain a philosophy of giving back to the community and make regular contributions to organisations requiring assistive living products.
The industry has been very supportive of us in return, and we have formed many valuable affiliations with Independent Living Centres and other national associations as a result. In 2015 we were a proud corporate sponsor of the Cancer Council WA’s Biggest Morning Tea and look forward to continuing our relationship with them.
Uccello Designs been recognised and endorsed by the Commonwealth Government as a supplier to the health sectors including Polio WA, MS Society WA, Arthritis WA as well as pharmacies, aged care facilities and lifestyle villages.