Despite the kettle being much darker in person than in the pictures, it was still a pretty addition to my kitchen and I'd decided to keep it. That was until I decided to use it. It did not whistle for me at all on any of the three separate occasions that I tested it and no matter what I tried (adjusting the screw attached to the whistle mechanism, varying the water levels). Seems the unit is defective, unfortunately. Based on another reviewer's claim of similar whistle issues, I've decided to look elsewhere for a decent kettle.