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Breville Lightning JK73 Stainless Steel Jug Kettle
First off, I think this kettle looks great. It's got stylish curves and is made up of stainless steel and transparent plastic. The plastic area lights up a nice sharp blue (not like the cyan in the picture) when the kettle is on standby. Flick the switch below the handle to boil, and the lighting turns red - brilliant! Very gimmicky, but novel nonetheless. The jug sits on a 360° rotational base for left and right-handed users, and the cord is also stored away under here.
~ Overview and Performance
The jug holds enough water for 8 cups. Only occasionally do I fill it to this level, and when pouring I don't feel 100% confident that I'm not going to end up with scalding water all over myself - it just doesn't feel that safe. The spout is quite small, and at capacity the jug is quite heavy, so you do need to take care when pouring.
Usually, I fill up with enough water for two cups, which takes next to no time to boil. It's lightning quick. As I previously mentioned, the lighting turns red when the kettle is boiling, and once the switch flicks to indicate it's boiled the lighting reverts back to blue. All this serves to do is remind me to turn it off at the plug after use - good for energy saving!
The jug sits securely on the 360° rotational base - which is a good job - because this kettle gets pretty lively just as it's about to reach boiling-point. I put this down to the speed at which it does it job. Just an observation rather than a criticism.
There is also a keep-warm function that I have never used! Press the button on top of the jug and it will keep the water at a consistent temperature. I can't see the point of this myself, but others may find it useful.
I've had this kettle about six years and the brushed stainless steel has lost it's sheen. This is to be expected I suppose after all this time, especially as I use the kettle at least once a day. Also, the spout has developed a problem in the last couple of weeks. I don't know what it is, but there's now a knack to pouring without water splashing all over. I need to replace now, and would definitely get another Breville. It would have to have the rotational base as I really like this feature - and I'd probably go for one that lights up too!
~ In Summary
This kettle has served me well and looks good. It's not perfect, but has lasted me over six years of everyday use - so I've certainly got my money's worth. I probably wouldn't buy another - I'm sure there are better kettles out there - but if you like the looks of it, I'd still recommend buying it if the price was right.
I have one of these kettles. Initially, I was attracted to the changing lights as they made the kettle look pretty (I know, I'm a sucker for a gimmick). The stainless steel also looked pretty and I thought it would look nice in my kitchen.
The kettle sits on a base which can be rotated 360°. This is particularly handy as we are lefties in our household and it means that we can have the handle pointing left, but can change it if necessary. Some kettles have fixed bases which are designed for right,-handed people, so it's nice to have the choice.
It is quite a large kettle and can make about 8 cups, although I've never had to make that many. The concealed element does make it timescale resistant, but cleaning it is difficult as the top is quite small and despite having small hands, I struggle to get my hand in to clean it. The on/off switch is towards the bottom of the kettle. It has a very quiet click when it boils, so you do have to listen carefully, otherwise, you will miss it. It comes with a mesh filter in the spout to filter limescale, but my filter wore through after about 3 years, so it's kind of pointless and something you will probably never replace anyway. I know a few other people with this kettle and their filters have gone as well.
The kettle has a keep warm facility, which allows you to keep the water hot for long periods of time. I never saw the point of this as i like to have my water for tea boiling hot and I would reboil the water if I didn't make my tea within a few minutes of the kettle boiling. This feature became useful when making formula for my children as it meant I would always have hot water if needed and saved me reboiling the kettle 10 times a day.
I got bored of the lights pretty quickly and the only use for them now to remind me to turn the kettle off by the plug socket, which I always do after using it.
I have had two faults with this kettle. Firstly the lid kept opening when I was boiling water. The small lid meant that not a lot of bubbling water and steam could get out at once and saved me from scalding myself. This was returned to the store for a replacement. The second fault is that the wires in the base are loosing their connection, so I have to fiddle with it to get it working. I've had the kettle for 5 years, it's fed two babies as well as my tea addiction, so I have got my money's worth, but I still think it should have lasted longer. The final point is that stainless steel shows up smudges really easily, so if this bothers you, don't get stainless steel.
What is it?
A kettle with mood lighting, presumably to fit in to a similar themed kitchen?
Perhaps something that can add an attractive light during dinner parties and make an interesting talking point?
More likely though is that it's just another gimmick in the mad world of kettle marketing. I've noticed over the years that manufacturers have added increasingly wild additions to products that really have a very basic purpose. The kettle for example is there to boil water. Having a kettle with attractive modernistic curves is naturally a bonus but does it really need LED mood lighting as well? After all how many of us watch a kettle boil to see it change colour when it's done?
How much is it?
Currently £40.65 from here
What is it like to use?
Pretty much what you would expect from a kettle really. It's not so heavy as to make it difficult to lift and it pours well and evenly. The capacity is about 1.7 liters and it states it makes 8 cups on the kettle itself. It boils quickly and quietly and has a concealed element to reduce the build up of lime scale.
The handle is well designed and coated with rubber on the outside to make it easy to grip and despite it being stainless steel it's also easy to keep clean. The things that I would point out though are that the filter in the spout is not very durable and prone to breaking and also the text on the kettle that has been printed on rubs off far to easily.
The kettle goes through an organised lighting sequence of blue, green, red and purple. it floicks to red whenever the kettle is boiled and then back to blue when it's stopped boiling. Having just watched it to check the cycle of colours I can assure you that it's not very interesting :)
They are not selectable and you are unable to get a particular colour to show.
There is also a keep warm mode on the kettle situated at the top of the handle. It flashes red when activated to remind you that is on. It's extremely quiet and unobtrusive but given that the kettle is fast boil it's not really needed.
To fill the kettle you depress a protruding button which in turns open the lid. The filling space is ample to avoid spillage. It is fairly large weighing just shy of 4kg but not so big that it looks bulky. The design is sleek enough to keep the kettle looking good and unobtrusive in your kitchen.
The kettle itself is cordless but the cord to the base can be adjusted to 2 different lengths and I find it tucks away out of sight without any issues.
If you want a kettle that has mood lighting then this is certainly worth considering. It's not overly expensive for the market it fills and is fairly attractive. If you're just looking for something that looks good in the corner and boils water however then I'd say take your money elsewhere. While Breville makes a valiant effort at making this kettle look good it doesn't do anything that any other kettle can't and there is a lot of money to be saved if you do without the lights.
If I'm honest I will tell you that I purchased this kettle solely on what it looked like, it has a very nice light up feature which is normally blue but when the kettle is boiling it changes to red, I think this is a lovely feature and looks great in my kitchen. The bulb for this feature is given a lifetime guarantee, the rest of the kettle is brushed steel.
Other features included in this kettle are a large easy view water window, so it is very easy to see if it needs filling up and is also attractive to look at,. Apparently it is a quiet boil kettle although I must say that I personally didn't really notice any difference from the noise levels on my last kettle, although having said that it isn't particularly noisy.
There is a cordless 360 degree base so it should be easy for left handed people to use although I am right handed so I can't vouch for this. The capacity for this kettle is 1.7 litres which is plenty for my use and when I have people round it is fine for about five drinks.
It's not a particularly heavy kettle and it is easy to pick up with it's nicely shaped, easy grip handle. There is also an easily removable and washable lime scale filter in the spout of the kettle. It has a lift up lid to fill the kettle up, I personally wouldn't fill it up through the spout because of the filter located there.
But I think the best feature of this kettle is the keep warm feature which enables you to keep the water just below boiling point so it is very quick to boil it the next time which is just great for us because in the winter we've always got a cup of tea on the go.
Price wise this isn't the cheapest of kettles and cost me around £45.
This review is also on ciao.
We bought this kettle as I liked the light-up blue colour and have been mostly pleased with it. It heats up quickly and has a good shape and handle grip to hold. I agree with other reviewers that it is quite noisy, but its so quick, it's not a real problem for me. Unfortunately the lid broke and now doesn't open properly ( it was probably our fault as we got it stuck on the tap whilst filling it) but we were so pleased with it that we have bought another one just the same. The main reason that this kettle is so useful is because of its 'stay warm' button which keeps the water just under boiling point all the time. This is really useful if you need hot water for cooking or have lots of people over for coffee. Overall a great looking kettle at a reasonable price,
Our kettle blew about a year ago and so we needed to pick up a new one and took the decision to go for a name we trusted and had heard loads of good things about Breville.
The Breville JK73 is a great little kettle which looks great in my kitchen and heats up quickly whenever I need to use it so despite the fact my wife and I are not regular hot drinks people we are now more likely to have as we don't have to wait for ages for the water to heat up.
Recently we had family visiting who were big tea and coffee drinkers and so this kettle was brilliant and really came into its own as it has a brilliant stay warm button which once pressed keeps the water hot (this saves time when doing further drinks and also energy over heating water from scratch again).
The kettle has a good length cord which when not in use fully can be wrapped around the internal section of the base and with a 360 degree base it is simple to use and you don't have to fidget trying to find which way to put the kettle back on the stand.
When you switch the kettle on it has a great light up feature (red for when heating up and blue when not heating) which just makes it look even better when sat in the kitchen.
I have found this kettle easy to fill and also like the spout on this as it is one that goes to a fairly sharp point meaning that you don't spill boiling hot water on yourself. The spout also has a metal mesh inside which obviously filters things and stops bad stuff getting in or out.
This kettle is rather expensive with my wife and I paying £50 for it but it feels like it will last and has some excellent little extras that make it a really excellent product for your kitchen.
Ok firstly I put in a suggestion for this kettle as I couldn't seem to find the kettle I own turns out my suggestion came back with a reply of product already there, this is the correct model but the picture is a different looking kettle. The picture of the kettle I am reviewing can be found here http://www.value-electrical.co.uk/breville-lightning-jug-kettle-jk73-1880-p.asp so I don't know if Dooyoo has a wrong picture or if there are a few makes of the same model, but the description is exactly the same as the picture I have put a link to above so I am assuming it is just a different picture.
Anyway so on with the review, I bought this kettle 3 years ago from Argos well actually 3 and a half years ago when I was looking to buy my first home, all very exciting stuff,i believe i paid around £35 for this kettle.
So to start off this is a very reliable kettle considering it has been going for 3 years now and to think I was going to throw it away for the all new 3second kettle, when mine is perfectly functioning and still probably going to be around for another few years.
It is really just a normal every day kettle except when you press the button to boil the kettle this kettle lights up blue and then switches off once it has finished boiling.
A few negatives about this kettle I have are the fact that after the kettle has been boiled and you want to fill it back up for something else, the lid sort of flips open which I think is a pretty silly design because a few times when I first bought this kettle I had hot water flung at me from the lid, I now hold a tea towel over the lid before opening it.
This kettle comes with a keep warm feature and it is literally keep warm, I rarely use this feature but I know my mum likes lots of cups of tea so when she was over I used this instead of constantly boiling the kettle, to my horror the next cup of tea I served was luke warm, I guess it would be alright if it was only to be kept warm for 5 or 10 minutes but it is certainly never as hot as the kettle being freshly boiled.
This kettle has the wire attached to the base which means it is suitable for right or left handed people and it looks tidy like this.
Hopefully I will have this kettle for a while more, 3 years is a very good start though.
Stylish Brushed Stainless Steel Lightning Kettle Stylish Brushed Stainless Steel Lightning Kettle Translucent Spout and Rear for easy water level indication Kettle illuminates during boiling while neons in base pulsate when keep-warm is selected Keep warm function is ideal for busy family breakfasts commercial breaks cooking etc Fast boil 3kW element Cordless 360 Degree base for left and right handed use Concealed under floor element for easy cleaning 1.7 litre capacity Removable washable anti-scale filter Safety locking lid Replaces JK45 / Short name: Breville JK73