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Advantages: Nice easy to use design, easily cleaned, relatively fast boil time, double facia
Disadvantages: Not *as* fast as newer models
This Breville kettle is available in both white and silver (we opted for the silver one to match our other kitchen appliances). The kettle is currently available from Amazon for the very reasonable price of £19.99, making this a middle of the range kettle with a lot to offer.
I don't want much from a kettle, well who does? The ability to boil a few cups of water or so, without the risk of scolding myself from leaks is all I ask. Is that too much? I don't think so. Fortunately the Breville JK46 doesn't think so either. The Breville does look deceivingly small, when, infact this little gem has the capacity to hold 1.7 litres of water (quite impressive if I do say so myself). What really struck me about this kettle was the fact that it utilises two capacity indicators. This may not seem such a problem if you're of the majority of people who are right handed, however, if you do happen to be left handed this can pose a considerable problem as you'll be forced to continuously turn the kettle around to monitor how much water you have filled it with. This kettle abolishes that, with two capacity indicators which clearly indicate how much water is in the kettle at any given time. The indicator quite ingeniously tells you the water limit in cup sizes, the sizes range from 2 cups (which is the minimum amount of water you should add) to 8 cups. I'm unaware of whether this is a standard feature on kettles, because my kettle fascination, erm, well, never began to tell you the truth. However, this a great little feature, which will no doubt be priceless to a left handed person. The cup sizes are very much generalised and will easily fill standardised mugs. Although, if you own mugs the size of the Central Perk mugs in Friends then it's likely that you'll need to fill the kettle a little more to compensate.
The spout of the kettle is relatively wide, definitely wide enough to easily fit a standard size tap, as this is how we generally fill our kettle. If you do like to fill it by lifting up the lid this is again made very simple with the inclusion of a stylish little handle that blends in well with the overall design of the kettle. The handle lifts well, with minimum effort. Something I would have liked to see, however, not a necessity would be a 'pop up' lid. With that inclusion, not only could I have named this review 'once you pop, you just can't stop' (inventive eh?), but it always seems to be a much more efficient method of filling the kettle. The handle of the kettle is extremely easy to hold and there is a decent sized gap between the handle and the kettle itself, to accommodate for larger hands to use without fear of burning them. It's best to grip the handle right in the middle, as, unfortunately the top and bottom do become rather hot during the boiling process. The handle is wide enough to enable a sturdy grip, to eliminate the risk of dropping. Pouring is very easy, no matter how full the kettle is as it never feels too heavy. The water comes out in a steady flow due to the nicely rounded tip of the spout, effectively eliminating the problem of boiling water being splashed everywhere.
The base of the kettle has a non-slip surface, which always comes in handy. The cable itself stretches to about a metre in length, very useful if you don't have a power supply too close by. However, if you do and you don't want a metre of cable trailing on your kitchen worktop then there's an invaluable solution to this. The base of the kettle houses a cable storage place underneath. The cable can neatly and easily be wound up in the bottom of the base to be concealed. Cleaning the kettle couldn't be easier. It contains a removable limescale filter, which requires no fiddling to remove and place back inside and the kettle is big enough for a brush to be inserted to clean all aspects of it.
The on/off button is clearly situated at the top of the handle and is easily turned on and off. A blue LED light will illuminate upon switching on and will remain illuminated until the kettle has fully boiled. Upon boiling the on/off button will automatically return to its off state and remain there until next use. Unfortunately, there is no real indicator as to when the kettle has boiled, ok so the LED light switches off and the on/off switch will appear in the off position, but what if you're in another room? There's no noise that sounds (if you discount the very quiet click upon the on/off button changing), a whistling noise would have been useful, but the kettle is quick enough to boil, so that you shouldn't need to venture into another room for a rest from a terribly long standing period of waiting. Although this isn't a 'fast boil' kettle it is relatively quick - managing to boil the full capacity (1.7 litres) in around 3 minutes, which, correct me if I'm wrong, is pretty impressive and as most people will only need to boil 2 to 3 cups of water at a time you're looking at a mere 90 second waiting time. Unlike our previous kettle, this doesn't feature a 'keep warm' button. This feature was invaluable if we had boiled the kettle but didn't need the water straight away, the keep warm feature would keep the water at maximum temperature for as long as you liked. A power hungry feature, but a useful one at that. Unfortunately after numerous problems with that kettle, we opted for this more simple model, sans all the flashing colours and keep warm feature. Upon boiling, however, the water will stay hot for around 10-15 minutes, so it's clearly well insulated. The kettle itself does become very hot to the touch though, something which could be a major set back if you happen to have children. As it stands though, this is only a minor issue as it all seems to be swings and roundabouts in terms of pros and cons.
All in all this was a great buy and it proves that you don't need an all singing, all dancing appliance to do the job. This cheap kettle with its understated, yet stylish design will be a great inclusion in any kitchen and is a well worth purchase.
Summary: A great run of the mill kettle.
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