When I purchased the kettle do around £50 I really was expecting somthing space age and revolutionary with the Breville JK147 but I am sad to report that it is a bit of an overpriced gimmick. Furthermore the kettle fails on certain essential points for me:
If you happen to be unfortunate enough to live in a hard water area you will know that how easy it is to de-scale something is an important factor. With the Breville JK147 not only does the scale look incredibly unsightly, it also means that the kettle seems to double the amount of time needed to make a simple cup of tea.
Personally I believe that Breville have tried to be too clever with the measurements on the side of the kettle. The though behind it is to allow you to conserve water but I never use it because it seems wildly inaccurate because of the different sizes of mugs and cups that people now have, flawed logic from Breville it would seem.
The biuild quality:
At almost £50 when bought from my high street retailers one is naturally inclined a product that is of the best quality and is going to have a long life before requiring replacement. The bottom of the kettle in stainless steel and does shine especially when new although contruery to the perceptions of mank people it is actually clear plastic, this does make the kettle light but at the price it is all you actuall have is plastic at the end of the day. Reading around it also seems that leaks are not that uncommon especially when it is above a year old. The rim between the stainless steel and the clear plastic seems to be the culpirate, I had expected a better and longer lasting sealant to be honest.
Space alien style lights:
It can be a bit spooky when you go to make a cupper in the evening only to find that when you turn the kettle on the whole room is illuminated in blue as though you house is being raided by the police. In my opinion it is a gimmick to give it a unique selling point. Breville would no doubt argue that it is to alert people when the kettle is on and off in case it is flicked on accidentally, which is surprisingly easy to do incidentally.
The good bits:
It boils water fairly quickly but it is prone to leaks after more than two years use as I found out!
At my yard we are fortunate to have a small kitchen which is part of the main office. One item that is absolutely essential is a kettle. Now we don't just make tea or coffee but it is also used for making feeds in the cold months, supplying us with hot water when washing tails as well as de-freezing the outside hosepipe when everything has frozen! During the winter the yard can stop if we don't have hot water!
Due to my previous kettle purchase I took my old one to the yard as it still had a little life left in it. It is the Breville JK147 also known as the Breville JK147 Blue Ice. I've had a few Breville kettles before as have my parents and it is a pretty well known brand. I do tend to buy products where I have heard the name before especially when they are recommended too.
The Breville JK147 is still available for sale however there are quite a few newer kettles in a similar style which Breville have brough out but should you want it, you can still buy it from various stores and online. Breville seemed to go through a phase of having see through kettles which light up in a certain colour and they still seem to be making kettles in this style too!
The Breville JK147 to look at does look pretty impressive due to its modern, sophisticated design. It has a crystal clear polycarbonate body which has a gorgeous stainless steel trim. The handle features a very slim clear strip down each side and around the lid of the kettle as this allows the bright blue light to show. The kettle's base is also finished in stainless steel effect keeping the modern theme running throughout.
The main effect of this kettle is the blue illumination once the kettle is boiling. The lid illuminates through the handle and handle thus making the water which is boiling blue in colour too! Now we are not talking about a pale blue but a real bright, royal blue which if you're boiling the kettle with no lights on in the kitchen the kettle will light up the majority of the kitchen!
The kettle can take up to 1.7 litres but it is highly recommended to only boil what you need. There is even a little eco message on the base of the kettle encouraging you not to overfill the kettle as it just wastes energy. The kettle has a 3kW fastboil element which means that you won't be waiting hours for the kettle to boil! Another great feature of this kettle is that it has a 360 degree base which makes it ideal for left AND right handed people. Inside the base is where the plug cord is stored so you only have as much cord out as needed making it quite neat and tidy. The water volume measure is on the handle too so you can see how much water you need but you can obviously see how much water your filling the kettle with!
One thing I like about this kettle is that is doesn't boil too loudly. Now I don't mind a little noise but when it sounds like you have workmen outside your house digging up the road then I will draw the line! But this kettle isn't particularly loud until the last few seconds of boiling where it really does start to boil but it lasts for a few seconds and as soon as the kettle switches off once fully boiled the noise disappears altogether so hardly a problem.
What attracted me to this kettle was that it was completely clear and you can see the water boiling perfectly. Now I don't know why I find this fascinating but I do! I also like that it illuminates as it provides something a little different than your average kettle. The blue is so bright but it gives a feeling of calmness bizarrely despite containing boiling hot water! Once the kettle has finished boiling the blue light turns off automatically and there is no way of switching the colour on or off so if you are not certain about the blue light then don't buy this kettle!
One thing I didn't think of when buying this kettle was limescale. Living in Lincolnshire we do have quite hard water and if your not careful water marks will rapidly appear. Unfortunately being in a hard water area means that the crystal clear kettle soon becomes plagued by limescale and watermarks making it look not so new and clean. However, the limescale filter is removable to wash but it doesn't resolve the problem. This is the main reason why I ended up replacing this kettle as it always looked dirty hence why it is now in my kitchen at the yard. I did regularly descale the kettle but it didn't stop the watermarks build up on the actual kettle itself which being completely clear you can see easily.
The kettle is now around two years old and is still in working order but it does have a small leak from somewhere and after researching into it a little more, this is quite a common problem with these kettles unfortunately. The leak is not a huge problem to me as it is used and abused at my yard but if it was my kettle at home it would have been sorted but it will continue being used until it can boil no more.
Overall, this is a decent kettle but one I should have really thought about a bit more as after a few months of daily use the stainless steel effect base does start to look a bit grubby no matter how much you clean it as well as the clear part of the kettle itself it starts to loose its crystal look far too easily. The kettle would be fine for occasional use but my kettle both at home and at the yard is used daily, therefore having it at my yard in the kitchen I don't mind it looking a bit tatty as it serves a purpose but for the home it just doesn't have the lasting power and thats including the leak.
Would I recommend this kettle? No, not really. It is nice to look at it and the blue light is quite novel but in reality it doesn't stay looking so perfect for long and it seems that leaks are its common fault. There are plenty of other kettles on the market which are far more suitable.
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Price: £50 upwards
Availability: High street stores such as Argos and plenty of retailers online
What a great Kettle. I have owned this Kettle in March and I am amazed that it still works just as well as the first day I bought it.
I moved into a new flat, very modern but with a small kitchen. I initially bought a wireless kettle (on the hob type) to save space. After a week I had already got fed up with the hissing sound, burning my hands constantly on it and it taking so long to boil. I went to my local Argos and flicked thought the catalogue.
After deciding whether it mattered if the kettle looked nice on display or not it came down to two types this one and Russell Hobbs Glass Illuminating Kettle. Both very similar and not much difference in price. Although when you compare the two there is a certain sophisticated style to this kettle. It also looked like it would pour out better and be nicer to hold.
I purchased it for £50 and have never regretted it!! It holds 1.7 litres which is great when the family is around! At other times when its just myself and my partner we can just put the minimum water needed for us in it and it still works ok. It boils 4 cups worth within 46 seconds! It stays warm in the kettle for 10mins.
Yes it does get limescale like any other kettle and unfortunately because its glass you can see it however this is easy to fix with liquid limescale removal which you just place in the kettle boil and rinse and this lasts for a bout a month, I don't have any other problems with this kettle.
It looks great, boils water fast, holds the temperature, is comfy to lift and pours well, I get compliments on it when friends come over.
I have owned this kettle for just under 1 year. It was brand new and a gift. It leaks so badly now it's unusable. The water comes out where the plastic meets the base. I thought it looked really smart too but the limescale builds up so quickly and it can't be cleaned easily so you are constantly faced with all this build up floating inside.I will not be purchasing from Breville again - they are not going to replace it nor will they fix it as I have no receipt due to it being a gift. Extremely disappointing considering the hefty price tag for such a defective product. I have found many similar reviews to mine so it's clearly a faulty design or cash cow for Breville.
Bought this kettle as its see through design allows you to easily guage just the right amount of water. Also looks funky with its blue lights although its just gimick. My last kettle cost £4.99 and lasted a year, and I would't normally pay this amount for a plastic kettle (I paid just under £35)
After several months the kettle started to leak. Not just a drip but really leak badly.
The place I bought it from had gone bust so I approached Breville. They reluctantly said I could send kettle to them but I would have to pay for the postage (which was a little bit more than cost of a £4.99 kettle!)
A replacement arrived at end of July. 3 months later this one leaks as badly as the first!! I am awaiting comment from Breville, but my previous expereience was that they don't care about their customers. Nothing short of a refund will make me happy. I will never buy another Breville product. Not because my second kettle leaks, but because company can't accept there is a problem with this product.
Yes, I agree the Breville JK147 kettle looks great - and that's why I chose it. But after less than a year it started to leak. Somehow the sealant between the plastic and metal has gone and water is oozing out along with limescale. I'm over the warrantee by a month and Breville won't replace it. So I would NOT recommend this product.
This is by far one of the best kettles I have owned. Everything about it is excellent. The main reason is that the kettle looks great. It's very modern and stylish and will make any kitchen look better. When you press the switch to start boiling the water, the handle and inside the case lights up with a blue glow. This looks really good and although it's a small addition, it's pretty impressive still. The kettle is mainly see through so you can see the water boil, which is another great idea.
What I noticed about this kettle is that when the water is boiling and after it is completed the case of the kettle, and more importantly the handle, is still cool to the touch so there is no danger of burning your hands or holding it awkwardly.
Although the kettle is quite expensive, it is definitely worth it in my opinion and the large water capacity and quick boiling are a huge bonus. The kettle in general feels highs quality and that's very important.
We purchased this kettle as a replacement for our old one that frankly, was a bit dated. We wanted to give our kitchen a modern and updated look, and this kettle fits the bill nicely.
The first thing that I liked about this product was the blue light that illuminates the kettle when you press the switch to boil the water. You get a lovely blue glow up the inside of the handle and through the main body of the kettle...nice!
Enough of the blarney! Let's get down to the really good stuff about this product.
Firstly, the kettle itself is quite light and the handle is comfortable and easy to grip. This means that it makes it ideal for those who have less hand strength. For example, I would have no problem recommending it for my Grandfather or other elderly relatvies. In addition to the lightweight body, the switch is very light to depress as well, as is the button to open the lid for refilling.
The only drawback with this design is that the overall size is quite large; this means that when full, the kettle will become quite heavy. Although this is not a problem if you often boil water to make enormous vats of tea!
One other very nice safety feature is that the exterior of the kettle remains cool even when the water is boiling away: you can quite happily rest your hand against the side of the kettle without fear of scalding. You can see that the base of the kettle is made from stainless steel, and you would be forgiven for thinking that this area would become very warm when the water is being heated. However, the clever engineers at Breville have sorted this out too. Again, this area remains cool even when the kettle has just reached boiling point.
These features make it great for the elderly, but also for use around children (although I hope no child will use this unsupervised).
Being a cordless kettle, it is easy to set up and move around the kitchen. The base is solid and the main body of the kettle sits sungly on it, without fear of tipping.
The overall feel of this kettle is one of quality. Breville have not only produced a product that looks good, but with all the safety features I feel that they definately haven't sacrificed performance for aesthetics.
Short name: Breville JK147