Chances are until just a few years ago that your small electrical items like kettles and toasters would have been made in the UK and lasted for years and years. Chances are if you buy a kettle today it will be made in China and break within a short time.
British made kettles
Philips used to make electric kettles in the UK (I have a couple of old made In England Philips kettles and they are very well made and they are still working), but I checked with Philips who have confirmed that all Philips products are now made in the Far East. For example, there was a Philips household domestic appliances factory in Hastings on the south coast that made kettles and electric heaters and it closed in 2008. Phillips used to make many other products in the UK such as razors, televisions, television components, military equipment, light bulbs, and CDs too but has now closed all its UK factories. They also own Mullards and Pye. Philips is a Dutch multinational technology company.
Vintage Philips Filterline HD 4617 jug kettle. Kettle made in England; seperate base made in China. Purchased in January 2005. Photograph by author.
Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (front view)
Vintage Philips type HD 4601Filterline electric kettle. c. late 1990s. Made in England (base underside view). Inscription reads “Philips type HD 4601made in England Batch 0008 A 220-240v -50-60hz 1850-2200w”
Now that Hoover and Dyson make their products abroad, that leaves us with Numatic’s Henry, which are made in England. Luckily Henry’s are simply the best vacuum cleaners in the world. Great suction power and as tough as old boots. I’ve had mine for years.
Numatic International Ltd make domestic, commercial and industrial cleaning and maintenance equipment and are best known for their popular and iconic “Henry” domestic vacuum cleaner, and related models, which are of a canister design and are given human names and ‘smiling face’ appearances. They say on their website “Numatic is the U.K’s largest commercial cleaning equipment manufacturer, continuing to invest and expand their U.K manufacturing facility. Professional cleaning products packed full of innovation and made right here in the U.K!” Their factory is in Chard, Somerset. The company was founded in 1969.