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I live in a really hard water area- I am forever trying to get rid of limescale from our shower, dishwasher, kettle etc. Our last kettle only lasted a year or so as it got so blocked up with limescale- pretty frustrating and also quite disgusting when you start to notice all of the limescale in a cup of tea.
So, we decided to go for a more expensive kettle with the hope that it could take on the hard water and last longer and so we went for the Breville filter kettle, costing approx £40 from Tesco. The kettle looks good, is sturdy although plastic and also is a fast boiler- really useful when making up baby bottles or desperate for a quick coffee! The kettle holds a decent amount of water so can easily make a full round of drinks. I also really like the see through illuminated design of the kettle when it's boiling.
The Brita Maxtra filters the kettle uses are easy to get hold of and last approximately a month for our household. This makes them really cost effective. The kettle tells you when they have run out so it's a really easy system. The only downsides I would say are that you have to use Brita Maxtra filters so you are limited to these (although they are a reasonable price). The water quickly filters through the filter system ready to be boiled.
The quality of hot drinks has improved so much since using this- it really is quite amazing how much better they taste. If you live in a hard water area I would really recommend this. The kettle has absolutely no limescale in it now which is just amazing compared to previous kettles.
I don't know what it is about kettles and I, but finding one that lasts seems to be something that I am not destined to do!
I bought this one on offer from Sainsburys. We do live in quite a hard water area so I thought buying one with a filter may be beneficial.
It was a nice style kettle, I liked the look and feel of it. It was lightweight and I loved the glow and light when the kettle boiled. It meant I didn't actually have to turn the light on in the evening when I made a drink as it was so bright!! It was made of plastic.
It boiled very quickly and the water definitely reached temperature.
The filters were reasonably priced online from amazon and at leading supermarkets.
It did make a nice, fresh cup if tea and I do think the tea tasted differently as it filtered out some of the limescale.
The kettle lid was secure and easy to lift and shut.
Unfortunately the kettle stopped working about 10 days after the guarantee expired. I can't think why this occurred but I didn't buy another as I expect longer than a years lifespan in my kettles!
I purchased my Brita VKJ594 Filter Kettle from Argos last year for around £40.00. It is the first filter kettle I have purchased. I decided to give filter kettles a try due to a recommendation from a friend, who told me that the difference was really noticeable, especially when making hot drinks- I drink a lot of green tea and hot water with lemon as well as regular tea and coffee, so felt that it would be worthwhile giving it a go!
The kettle is an attractive plastic and chrome design, looks nice on my worktop. The kettle has a main chamber with a litre capacity, with a compartment within to filter the water, which is about half the size. To fill the kettle you have to open the lid ( unlike some kettles you cannot fill through the spout) and pour the water into the filter compartment, which then filters through into the main body of the kettle. Because the chamber is half the size of the main section of the kettle, you do have to filter the water through bit by bit if you do need to fill the kettle more than half way, which does take a little extra time as the water does filter through quite slowly. ( more slowly than my friends kettle) It isn't too much of a problem for me, as I rarely have the need to boil a full kettle, but may be something to take into consideration for a larger family / office. It does boil faster than any other kettle I have ever used - full kettle in less than a minute!
I live in West Yorkshire, so the water in my area is reasonably 'soft' runs and runs very clear in comparison to other parts of the country. I do drink the water straight from the tap in my area. I didn't find the filter made a great deal of difference to the taste of the water. (when taste tested on hot water with lemon / mild green tea) The friend who recommended it to me does however live on the south coast in the Portsmouth area, where I understand the water is ' harder' and cloudier, so I can see how it could make a difference in this area, however I didn't feel it made much difference to me. I have found that there has been no build up of lime scale on the element in the kettle though which is a bonus, so the filter may well be doing something!
I do think this is a great kettle, works efficiently as does what I need it to do - however I wouldn't buy this kettle in the future as the filter doesn't make a great deal of difference to me, and although there has been no lime scale build up, I'm not sure its worth £40 for my needs.
I have recently purchased the Breville Brita VKJ594 Filter Kettle in order to replace a previous kettle which no longer funtioned. I purchased the Breville Brita Filter Kettle in silver as it looked better with the colour scheme in my kitchen. There are however, other different coloured designs available. Firstly, I am impressed with the innovative, intelligent filtration system which this filter kettle has. In my opinion, two of the best features the VKJ594 model has is that it includes an illuminated handle and switch-on-boil. Futhermore, it also comes with a free Brita maxtra cartridge which is a bonus!
The Breville Brita Filter Kettle functions effectively on 3000 watts and 3 kW. The capacity of the kettle is quite good at 1 litre. A positive aspect of this kettle is that it contains a hidden element and that it has the capacity to boil quickly. For those customers who are concerned with safety in the home, this Breville Brita Filter Kettle is excellent because it has boil dry protection provoking the kettle to automatically switch off when the kettle contains no water. In addition to this, the kettle has a safety cut-out device included.
In terms of hygiene it is important to note, that this kettle by Breville has a removable, washable limescale filter. It also filters chlorine. It is impressive that this kettle can both filter and boil water effectively. The cartridge life indicator is an additional feature which is useful in showing you when it needs to be replaced. I am also impressed with the illuminated water window which always catches my attention because it is easy to see when the kettle needs to be refilled. The use of blue illumination when the kettle boils is also an advantage of this model.
I can confirm that this Breville Brita Filter Kettle is easy to fill and easy to pour water from. Thankfully the kettle also has a comfortable, closed ergonomic handle and automatically switches off. The 360 degree base which this kettle boasts alongside its non-slip feet are also pleasing features of this model. One of the best things about this kettle for me is that it comes with a manufacturers 1 year guarantee in the event that there are technical problems to be repaired. I purchased my Breville Brita Filter Kettle from Argos price 39.99 pounds and I got a free pack of Typhoo Tea Bags to make a nice and well deserved cuppa! This offer ends on July 20th 2012.
The weight of this kettle is 2.3kg which maybe a little heavy if it is for the use of an older person. A slight disadvantage of this product is that the Brita Maxtra replacement water cartridges are a little pricey priced at 6.99 pounds for a pack of 2 and 16.99 pounds for a pack of 6.
In all honesty though, I am pleased with the features and functioning of my Breville Brita Filter Kettle and I really hope it lasts longer than the 4 years I had my previous kettle! Why not grab a kettle for yourself and give it a try? In my opinion, the pros outweigh the cons!
Breville Brita Filter Kettle
Until lately I've had some bad luck with kettles, none of them seemed to last all that long. Or at least that was until I bought the Breville Brita filter kettle towards the end of last year. It's been one of the best kettles I have owned in a long time and even after several months worth of daily use still works perfectly.
The only main downside I can imagine with this kettle (and I don't personally think it's that that much of a problem) is the section that holds the water prior to filtering isn't all that large (probably about half of the kettles 1 litre capacity). It does mean that on occasion if I am making more than a couple mugs of coffee I need to let one fill of water pass through before adding more water, before boiling. I hope that isn't confusing what I mean is that the kettle requires to filter twice before it is at maximum capacity.
Obviously the downside is that if you have a large family or have a group of friends over all waiting on their lovely cup of tea then it does take a bit longer to fill than a kettle without a filter would.
But, on the plus side and I do think there is a strong argument for a plus side here, is that this kettle could be considered more energy efficient because it is harder to over fill. I always try and boil more or less the water that I require, so I don't find this kettle a nuisance. It is just something worth considering if you generally need more water and don't want to wait that extra 30 seconds or so for the kettle to be at capacity.
On the top of the kettle there is the standard filter measure system that lets you know when your filter needs to be changed. I chose to ignore this. I do understand appreciate that on a filter jug the countdown timer would be more accurate, but I don't use my kettle near as much as I would a jug of water in the fridge. Therefore, I change the filter every couple of months when I think it needs replaced and it is always a good reminder to give my kettle a good clean at the same time.
The water filters do add a bit extra to the overall cost of running the kettle, but I tend to bulk by the filters whenever I find them on special. At the moment on Amazon you can buy 4 filter for £14. The kettle uses the same standard type of filters as many of the water jugs require. Even with having a filter the kettle isn't much heavier than most standard plastic jug kettles. And the filter does sometimes come lose if you tip the kettle too far when trying to get all the dribbles of water out. Only a small nuisance but again something worth bearing in mind depending upon what you are looking for in a kettle.
Personally, I love having filtered water but then again I do drink the majority of my coffee and tea all black. I don't think a water filter is entirely necessary in my area but I would have another filter kettle again. I think it just comes down to personal choice.
I find that you can pretty much ignore the cups up the side of the kettle, it is a horrible indication of whether you have the required amount of water. My daily mug holds much more water than the kettle suggests, the scale works by assuming people drink out of tiny cups. But then again I find most of the scales on the majority of kettles to be useless for my larger mugs.
I like the appearance of the kettle but it isn't anything unusual or particular different from the majority of reasonably priced kettles around. I do like that the kettle lights up with a blue light to signal that it has reached the boil, which is nicer and more noticeable at night time. It also does come on one of those 360 degree bases making it easy for both right and left handed people to use.
Breville do say that this is a fast boil kettle (3kW). Personally I do think the kettle boils rather quickly but it's not especially fast, it's normal. The kettle is also not that noisy, as far as noise is concerned it was just what you would expect from the majority of kettles.
I paid around £30 for mine which is still about the current price, unless you want the steel version which is slightly more expensive. I don't think the steel option was available when I bought mine or I might have considered changing but otherwise I could not wish for a better kettle.
I love this kettle. It is definitely one that I highly recommend.
I don't think I've ever hated a kitchen appliance as much as I hate my Breville Brita Filter kettle. Despite this, I've had it for over a year because I've paid for it and feel I need to get my use out of it before I trade it in for something better!
So, how can a mere kettle cause such a strong feeling of hatred - the likes of which I normally reserve for Russell Brand? Basically it's the fact that it holds such a paltry amount of water (1 litre). Worse still, the filter section only holds 0.5 litres - so if you want to fill the kettle to capacity, you have to stand and wait for the first 0.5 litres to filter through. And it takes an age. Honestly, it's painful to watch. Finally, I've decided that does anyone REALLY need to filter water that's going to be boiled? It claims that it removes things like chlorine, heavy metals such as lead and copper, and other organic impurities from your water to improve its taste, smell and appearance. I've never had a cup of tea out of it that tastes any better than tea made from water that's come out of a regular kettle. In fact, the sour taste left in my mouth (caused by my dislike of the kettle) has made every cup of tea for the past year taste terrible.
For what it's worth, if you're that worried about the quality of your tap water, you've probably already got a standard water filter - so my advice would be to fill the kettle from that. In fact, sometimes my husband, if he's in a particularly indulgent mood, does use the water from our regular filter; and, hey presto, 'twice-filtered' water.
Most kettles over time start to form limescale over the element which can end up in your drinks even after you've tried to clean it. When my daughter started on formula feeds as a baby I didn't want any bits in her milk so I bought this kettle. It's still going strong over 2 years later and there is no limescale whatsoever in the bottom of the kettle and I have never used any limescale remover on it.
There's a button on the handle you press to open the top of the kettle to fill it. You have to fill it through the open lid not through the spout. You fill the filter section that sits in the top half of the kettle and the water begins to filter through to the bottom of the kettle. As soon as the element is covered with some water, you can put it on to boil and it will boil as it filters the rest of the water so you don't have to stand and wait for all the water to filter through before you can put it on to boil.
The Brita Maxtra filters required for the filter in this kettle have to be changed every 4 weeks. There is an indicator on the lid which shows how many weeks are left on the filter and it flashes when the filter needs to be changed which is very handy.
When you flick the switch down to boil the kettle the body of the kettle lights up blue which makes it look quite funky and a nice feature.
In my opinion there are two negatives about this kettle:
1 - The capacity of this kettle is only 1 litre which is not much compared to most kettles which hold 1.7 litres. Filling the filter compartment once and boiling it will make 2 cups. Allowing all the water to filter through and re-filling the filter compartment again before boiling will mean there is enough for about 4 cups. I find I have to fill the filter compartment twice in order to fill our large tea pot. The reason it does not hold very much water is that the filter compartment fills the top half of the kettle and you can not fill the kettle past the maximum line as it submerges the filter. So if you have a large family or several visitors you may find you are re-filling and re-boiling the kettle several times to make all the drinks. However, it is to be noted that energy companies say only boil enough water as you need and if I am only making a drink for my husband and I, I know filling the filter once will be just the right amount of water so I guess this negative can be positive in terms of the environment and saving energy/money!
2 - The Maxtra filters are very expensive. I tend to look out for offers on the filters which are widely available and if I see a good offer I stock up and never pay full price for them.
Yes it's expensive to replace the filters but I honestly think the tea tastes better and there are never any bits in it!! I would recommend this kettle to all
This state-of-the-art 1L kettle combines cutting edge design with Brita's expertise in water filter technology - so you can see smell and taste the difference of your favourite hot drink. With its four-step filtration the Brita Maxtra filter can get