Product Type: Breville kettles
Newest Review: ... needed to make a simple cup of tea. Measurements: Personally I believe that Breville have tried to be too clever with the measurements ... more
Need to go back to the drawing board Breville!
Member Name: PerfectPeaches
Advantages: Looks modern
Disadvantages: Leaks and it doesn't stay crystal clear for long
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
Summary: A lovely looking kettle but isn't suited for everyday use
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