Breville JK135 Rapid Boil Kettle......
I have to admit to being rather addicted to cups of tea and because of this the kettle is in constant use. I also like to have my cup of tea ready quickly so I always make sure I only ever fill the kettle with just enough water to make the cup I need which ensures I use only minimal electricity and the water boils quicker.
This Breville kettle has been in regular daily use for a good number of months now and I would probably say I have had it longer than a year and it is still going strong. I purchased it, as I do with most electrical items, from Argos and I believe I paid around the £20 region which was one of the lower priced "Rapid Boil Kettles". You will find yourself paying slightly more for a rapid boil than you would do a regular boil kettle but considering I use it so much I thought it was worth paying the little extra.
The kettle was a slightly different colour than I had first thought when looking at it in the Argos book. I presumed it would be a silver colour rather than the grey tones that the plastic kettle had when I unwrapped it. I have since gotten used to it and it doesn't bother me but I think the next kettle I buy I will certainly make sure it is more of a silver colour to match all my other appliances.
The kettle is a jug type one which stands tall in comparison to the classic style of kettles. The lid is easily flipped up by pulling at it which allows for easy filling from tap or a water filter jug. You can also fill the kettle via the spout but you have to have a slower flow of water going in.
It has a cordless jug which sits easily onto the bottom power plate and when turned on and boiling there is a blue light which illuminates to indicate the fact that it is boiling. It has a 3kw concealed element so the bottom of the kettle has a flat plate which I find doesn't fuzz up too quickly and is easily cleaned with a de-scaler when I get round to it.
It has a large 1.7 litre capacity which I find is large enough to fill up and cover over my pasta ready to cook in a pan on the hob. It has a cup indicator mark but this does relate to cups rather than mugs which every one uses these days! I don't know anyone who actually uses a proper cup so I am not entirely sure why these kettles still have a cup mark rather than a mug.
When filling up the kettle with water for one mug of tea, I find it takes a really short while to bring the water up to boiling. I would say around 40 seconds from a cold kettle with cold water. This time is obviously reduced somewhat when the kettle has been used a short while before of if indeed the water is warmer than from the fridge.
The pouring of the water from the kettle is easy to do and even messy old me finds it easy to get all the water from the kettle into the mug and not seem to spill any on the work top.
All in all this kettle has been doing a good job and especially as it must boil a good 20 times per day. The price was affordable for the quality and simplicity of use. It looks okay when it is boiling with the blue light but the grey colour of the plastic kettle as a whole is not as good as a silver or stainless steel kettle. It boils fast and more or less silently as it doesn't make much noise even right before it comes to the boil.
I think it is a good buy for anyone who is after a rapid boil kettle as it does do the job well and with speed. The kettle is certainly worth a 4 out of 5 star rating and I would say that the only minus mark is for the fact that it is not the best colour in the world.
Many thanks for taking the time to read.
I do hope that this has been of some help/interest to you.
After my parents trusty 'older than me but heres your first moving in' kettle decided to develop a hole in it and leak everywhere (what kind of kettle gets a hole?!) I decided that i couldn't survive without a cup o' tea and headed onto Argos with my partner to get a new one (exciting hmm?) after browsing and being on a budget i thought i would buy the cheap own range, but my partner insisted I went onwards and upwards, so I looked at the branded ones.
Price wise, this little baby is really good, it has a concealed element and rapid boil, and when I say rapid boil...BOY i mean RAPID! its like speedy gonzales is plugged into my sockets. It has a swivel base, which many cheaper versions do not have and since moving onto a swivel base I have found it alot easier to just plonk it back on and let it do its thing.
My down points would be, the button looks a tad scary. Its huge enough and looks funky, but theres a certain 'looseness' to the button that kinda makes me think 'Hmm this could get a loose connection soon' also as we're getting more green with our energy usage, Breville could have really made the marking on the side alot more precise, therefore if I wanted to boil one cup I could, although having it for half a year, I seem to have got that perfected *wink!*
All in all based on how beautifully cheap it is for a good name I would really recommend this kettle for anyone who doesn't seem to have parents that will give you a kettle; Older than yourself; as a moving in present haha!
Short name: Breville JK135