Not perfect but a good compromise! Following 2 Cuisanart kettles that both failed too soon, I decided to go against Which's advice and buy this. Yes, the minimum fill is a bit wasteful and the window a little difficult to see but soon got used to it - and I suspect the window won't break unlike both Cuisanarts! Yes, it's a little noisy but bearably so! Could it be better? The spout pours nicely but could be a tad bigger to make filling a little easier. Personally, I wouldn't choose the shiny lid and would prefer a little more grippy handle. Having said all that, I'm delighted with my choice!