Product Type: Breville coffee machines
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Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup
Member Name: SJ2011
Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup
Advantages: Coffee in 30 seconds
Disadvantages: No option to change the amount of water it dispenses for 1 cup
I decided to buy the Breville Hot Cup VKJ142 after dropping the lid of my kettle while trying to clean it
so while the kettle is still usable there's now a big crack in the outer plastic of the lid which doesn't
look too good when it's sitting on your worktop. My mum had recently bought one of these and after
trying hers I was really impressed with the speed and the way it looked so my kettle breaking created the perfect excuse to go and buy one.
The Hot Cup looks great it's definitely an improvement on our old plain white kettle with it's sleek
glossy black and chrome casing with a clear water display that lights up bright blue when the machine
is in use. The main unit lifts off the base for easy filling and there's an easy to clean drip tray on the
base to take care of any spills.
The Breville Hot Cup only boils the water you need for one mug which supposedly saves on energy
plus as it boils water 4 times faster than a kettle you get your cuppa in around 30 seconds.
There's usually only two of us in the house most of the week and we both come and go at different
times so the Hot Cup seemed like a good idea as it's faster and less wasteful than boiling a kettle
for one cup.
The Hot Cup is easy to operate just fill it up with water place your cup on the chrome drip tray and
press the on button, it boils the water and after about 30 seconds it fills the cup for you. The
water comes out in a steady stream when it pours so it doesn't splash or splutter as it fills the cup.
The Hot Cup holds 1.5 litres of water which will give you 5 cups of 250ml before it goes below the
minimum level and needs to be topped up. As we found out by accident it's not a good idea to
overfill it as the water goes everywhere when you switch it on.
One major downside of this machine is you cannot change the amount of water that comes out
so you have to make do with 250ml. In our case we discovered our cups were slightly too small
for 250ml servings after buying the machine. I had to give in and go and buy some bigger mugs to go
with it after two days of burning myself trying to empty water from a cup that's full to the brim so I
could actually stir it. This also means the machine is a bit useless for anyone who likes their coffee
with half milk half water or tops their drink up with cold water when they are in a hurry although you
can still use it by emptying the water out then adding your coffee it just seems a bit of a pain.
Although I've never had any problem using this myself recently as I've been stuck on crutches with
a broken ankle since new year anyone coming to visit has been told to help themselves to a cuppa.
This is often followed a shriek or swearing from the direction of the kitchen as even after they've
been told to put the cup under it before they press the button several people have switched it on
like a normal kettle while putting their coffee etc n the cup then scream as hot water pours out with
no cup under it.
For this reason I really wouldn't recommend this if you have kids around who could switch it on then
get scalded when the water comes out. Likewise it's probably best avoided if you happen to have
friends like my boyfriends mate who although academically is very clever it would seem when they
fitted the clever part of his brain there was obviously no room left to fit any common sense in. So far
he is the only one who has switched this on without a cup under it twice in one afternoon and then
done it again a couple of days later.
On the plus side it's a great help for anyone with disabilities that make lifting and pouring a kettle
difficult or dangerous. My friend is blind and she has just got one of these as she reckons it's a lot
safer than the liquid level indicator alarm she was previously using to gauge how full her cup was.
My mum also finds this really helpful as due to her disability often affecting her hands and arms she
often had to use both hands or a special cradle to pour a cuppa so she finds the Breville is
perfect for her.
Although the speed at which this produces a cup of boiling water is impressive and it's ideal for hot
drinks when there's just the two of us I still find it can't fully replace a kettle. I'm glad I kept the old
kettle as I often use it for boiling water to fill a pot for cooking as our electric stove is pretty slow and using this would take several refills. I also find myself dragging the kettle out if we have a few friends
in as it's faster and easier than waiting on separate cups and refilling this for 6 people to get their drink.
We paid £35 for the Breville Hot Cup when we bought it in a sale a few months ago and current prices
seem to range from £36 at Amazon to £49.99 from Argos. Although I do love this for a quick coffee it
is a bit expensive for something that in my case doesn't fully replace the need for a kettle.
Summary: Great for a fast cuppa but don't chuck your old kettle away yet
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