Though compact fire extinguishers don't have enough power to adequately fight anything but a smaller fire, they can be useful in certain situations and in certain rooms, such as a kitchen. The 10-B:C rated Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher is designed to put out the most common types of kitchen fires -- including electrical fires and burning liquids (such as cooking oil or grease). It's not designed to put out common combustible (wood or paper) fires, though it took care of a burning towel quite nicely in one expert test. One benefit of being only BC rated is that the Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher uses a dry fire retardant that is less harmful to kitchen surfaces -- including metal appliance surfaces -- than what's typically used in more universal extinguishers (though reviewers add that there's still a messy residue to clean up afterwards). Note that the Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher is alternately known as the Kidde FX10K and Kidde 21005753, but Home Depot sells it as the Kidde 21007264. If you want a universal (ABC) extinguisher that's powerful enough to handle larger fires, the Kidde Whole Home Fire Extinguisher (*Est. $45) is well regarded.
We found helpful professional feedback on the Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher at Cook's Illustrated magazine and ConsumerReports.org. There's lots of user feedback at Amazon.com.
1. Cook's Illustrated Magazine
Seven multipurpose and kitchen-specific fire extinguishers, along with two fire sprays, are evaluated in this well documented review. Extinguishers are called on to put out grease fires and a flaming towel. Some extinguishers do well, some fail miserably.
Review: Fire Extinguishers, Editors of Cook's Illustrated magazine, Jan. 2010
ConsumerReports.org reports on fire sprays, whole-floor extinguishers, and small supplemental extinguishers -- including the Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher -- in this report. Testing is conducted and ratings are provided, but you'll need a subscription to see those. Some information -- including a blog post and an overview of the report -- are free for anyone to read.
Review: Best Fire Extinguishers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, May 2010
The Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher gets mostly positive reviews from nearly 25 owners, contributing to an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. A couple of owners received discharged units, or said that their fire extinguisher lost its charge sooner than expected. Among those giving positive assessments are some who say that the fire extinguisher performed as expected when needed to put out a fire.
Review: Kidde Kitchen Fire Extinguisher, Contributors to Amazon.com