Product Type: Breville kettles
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Could you do without your kettle for this?
Breville VKJ318 Hot Cup
Member Name: chazababy
Breville VKJ318 Hot Cup
Advantages: Energy efficient, less water of water, heats up quickly
Disadvantages: Not enough water for a hot water bottle
About two years ago my Mother went through a stage of buying loads of new gadgets, that she "had" to have. The Teafal fry, you know the one that cooks the chip for less than 3% fat, a few others, and this Breville Hot Cup kettle and what with her just having a new kitchen fitted she had the perfect excuse to spend on my Fathers credit card.
The Breville Hot Cup can really only be described as a kettle although the compartment that holds the water is only enough for one cup of tea. Great for saving time, energy, and most inportant money. There is no wasted hot water as you would usually get when boiling a traditional kettle for one or two mugs of coffee.
I have to say that making instant tea, coffee, and hot chocolate has never been so quick and easy. The reservoir holds up to one and a half litre of water but the heating chamber only boils 250ml at a time and dispenses it when it is ready, with a push of a button.
The product itself when switched on has a nice bright blue illumination, there is a On/Off button at the top of the water reservoir to save electrricity when not in use. There is a lid release button which makes the reservoir easier to fill and saves you getting in a mess and missing where the water is meant to go. If you might have a shaking hand or parkinsons (like my Father) I suggest that you use a jug to fill it up, it will take it that bit easier. Remember to have a cup or mug of the right size or you might find that you've managed to "overflow", but if you do happen to overfill, there is a removable drip tray which holds over a cup of water.
As with any new item an instruction book is included in with the box of your product. The booklet tells you how to use, clean, and descale your new kettle. There is also a "quick start" card for those (like me) too impatient to read the whole booklet first. I hate it when my Mother buys items then expects me to set it up for her, but as I love her I shut up and put up and does as she asks.
I have to say that this is probably NOT something I would have bought myself as I love my hot watter bottles too much. Not only would it never fill a decent sized hot water bottle, if I was to do it in stages it would only lead to some one, most probably myself getting burnt. I think that the idea in theory is fantastic especially to someone like my Father who had many of accidents with the normal kettle in the past. It is also great for those that don't like to waste energy, water, or time but just not for me, perhaps if it was big enough to hold enough water for my hot water bottle I would buy one. My Mother swears by it and would never go back to the normal kettle. Combiding our opinions together we have come to the conclusion that although this is for some people but not all we would rate it a 4 out of 5. Thank you for taking the time to read our review, we hope it is of some use to you, thanks again.
Summary: would recommend 4 out of 5
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