It's quite strange to write about a kettle. What should a kettle do? First of all, it should boil water. Well, this one does, just like any other would :)
I got this kettle from Comet for 50 pounds or something. It's the most expensive one from the Breville range.
I was choosing a kettle for my new kitchen and I was looking for some brushed metal cool design. There were quite few options to choose from. Others were either too shiny or too rotund. So in terms of looks this one appealed to me most - not too fancy but still cool. That's the only reason why I paid 50 quid for a kettle!
When I brought it home I discovered another nice feature. When you turn it on the blue light is shining through the transparent water level indicator and through the transparent top. When the water is boiling it looks quite cool too.
The volume is just 1.5l, and it boils really fast. Though it's a bit noisy indeed. It's cordless, the connector base is round and it's convenient as you can twist the kettle in any direction.
The handle is plastic and you're unlikely to touch the hot metal body and burn your hands. It also has a limescale filter.
There is one drawback I recently discovered. I own this kettle for more that a year now, and recently it began to produce some plastic-like smell when I pour boiling water into a cup. I think it has something to do with the plastic handle or top. Plastic doesn't last forever. But still a year is a good result.
So, if this one finally breaks down, I won't really stick to the same make or the same model. I will choose by design just like I used to. But if there's nothing else that I like, I'll just go for this one again.
I found it really difficult to find a brushed steel kettle that I liked the look of but was also comfortable to lift when full - eventually I found the Breville JK71.
It's 1.5L so not the biggest of kettles, but then it is still comfortable for me to lift when full which many of the bigger kettles aren't. It's cordless and has rapid-boil plus a pretty blue-lit water gauge which lights up when it's boiling.
It's fairly quick to boil - true to it's description, and very stylish to look at (nice and simple lines).
There are a couple of negatives. Firstly, it takes a long time for the plastic taste to go away when you boil the water. But then again, that's the same for many other new kettles. The other negative is that I find it quite noisy - particularly as I have an open-plan kitchen.
However bearing in mind both these negatives, I'd still buy it again as it does it's job well and looks good. The noise is irritating but then again, at least it's quick! A major plus for me is the comfort of lifting the kettle when it's full of boiling water.
Short name: Breville JK71