Product Type: Breville coffee machines
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Quick boiler, but not really worth it for a soft water area!
Breville Brita Filter Kettle
Member Name: roo88478
Breville Brita Filter Kettle
Advantages: attractive, boils really quickly!
Disadvantages: Expensive, doesnt make much of a difference to my water
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.
Summary: Great Kettle - but didnt feel the filter made a difference in my water area
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