Product Type: Breville coffee machines
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Breville Brita Filter Kettle
Member Name: jkf11
Breville Brita Filter Kettle
Date: 17/01/12, updated on 29/01/12 (21 review reads)
Advantages: Filters and boils at the same time, looks good
Disadvantages: Expensive filters, small capacity
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
Summary: If you like filtered water, buy this kettle!
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