Filter is clearly flawed by design and the noise is atrocious, but the most un-nerving thing is that it can often not switch off.....It's happened twice in twelve months but that twice too many times. I won't buy one again.
I am fed up of my Kettle so thought I would share it with you my parents initally purchased the kettle for christmas 2007 and this is the third kettle that we have and since we had the first one the models have changeds slightly although they still haven't dealt with the real problems.
Firstly I will describe the plus points of the kettle to you it is fairly attractive although the lights do tend to draw the attention of youngsters to the kettle so not altogether a complete positive. The keepwarm system was a godsend when my daughter was a baby as it meant there was always hot water for the bottles although it was definately not designed with my husband in mind as he often left the keep warm button on and boiled the kettle dry which is fine because apparantly what will happen is the kettle will turn itself off and will only allow itself to be switched on again if water is put in well in reality it will turn itself off again at 1 am on a sunday morning and not work again until 7pm that evening grrrr! The second time it boiled dry it never worked again goodbye kettle one. In my opinion it is quite easy to pour the water out and forget to switch the keep warm system off.
Oh it seems I have come to the probles so I will continue the removable filter is easily removed to ensure that it is easy to clean. Well actually it isn't and just when you think you have put it in right it falls into the water more of a time wasting than time saving kettle at this point. Also I have replaced the filter in this kettle twice only had it 4 months at a cost of £3 little bit of an inconvenience too as I live five miles away from town. All in all I am not overly impressed but it does the job (When its working) At the end of the day for all its gadgetty bnits it boils water probably the same as a kettle that casts a third of the thirty pound price tag. Not impressed
I just hate it when I have one of my blonde moments in the kitchen! Fortunately, they don't happen too frequently, but a few weeks ago, I had just poured some boiling hot water out of the kettle into a saucepan and replaced the kettle back on the worktop. I then realised I had put it a little too close to the edge. I suppose it was the smashing sound that gave it away really. Although the main body of the kettle survived my clumsiness, most of the handle had disintegrated, which is not particularly a good thing with a kettle. I realised I could not use the kettle without a handle, so I had no option but to go on the hunt for a new one.
Well, it didn't take me long to find a replacement. On searching through my ever faithful Argos catalogue, the Breville Lightning Kettle caught my attention straight away.
In my opinion, this is a very attractive looking appliance. Ok, so it's only a kettle, but if we are talking about something that is usually on display on your kitchen worktop, as well as something that you need to use on a frequent basis, it needs to be a bit of a looker.
This model is available in both silver/grey and white. The kettle I purchased is white so I will base my review on that.
The kettle itself is very solid looking and, unlike a lot of the older style kettles, you don't feel as though the handle could drop off at any time - unless you knock it off the worktop, of course! The easy grip handle has a rubberised panel along the outside edge and is therefore ideal for people with joint problems such as arthritis, rheumatism etc.
Just above the handle is the on/off switch. Quite simply, this is depressed to switch the kettle on, and if you wish to cancel the boiling procedure, it can be manually switched off by knocking the switch back up. However, if left, the switch will automatically cancel out once the kettle has reached boiling point.
To the front of the on/off switch is the 'keep warm' button which I will explain further in the review.
The lid is hinged onto the kettle and is not removable. The lid does not need to be lifted to fill the kettle as there is a space between the lid and the spout into which you can pour the water. However, the lid can be fully lifted up by depressing the two horizontal grey levers situated on the top.
And now for my favourite feature of all. The illuminated blue panel. If I am honest, this is the main feature which attracted me to this kettle. However, I will explain more about this in due course.
Compared to my old standard kettle, the JK82 is a very modern kettle and has features on it that I had never seen before. Either I have been living in a cave for the past few years or the technical features on standard kitchen equipment are a lot more advanced these days.
This is a fairly large kettle which holds a capacity of 1.7 litres of water. As this is a fast and efficient kettle, the water takes very little time to reach boiling point.
>>>Easy Grip Handle<<<
As I mentioned above, the easy-grip handle makes a refreshing change in that you actually feel safe carrying a kettle full of boiled water from one side of the kitchen to the other.
>>>Removable washable anti-scale filter<<<
The 3000W element inside the JK82 is hidden which makes for easier hygiene maintenance. However, this model does have a removable filter which you are advised to clean from time to time. I have only had my kettle for a short period of time so cannot comment on how easy the filter is to remove, but looking at the inside of the kettle, it looks very straight forward. The filter is simply pulled up from the bottom of the kettle and rinsed with water and a soft brush. A de-scaling agent may sometimes be required to clean the filter adequately.
>>>Illuminating Keep Warm Button<<<
Now this is something I have never seen on a kettle before. Imagine you are watching a good drama on Sky. You make a cuppa before the program starts and during one of the many commercial breaks that Sky insist on interrupting programs with, you decide you fancy a top-up. With the keep warm option, you don't need to re-boil the kettle as the water will remain at a preset temperature of 77 degrees Celsius. This is achieved by the kettle going on and off the boil at regular intervals to keep the water hot. The keep warm option can be activated either prior, during or after boiling the kettle, and can also be cancelled by switching the button off at any time during the boiling process.
>>>Illuminated Water Window<<<
As I mention above, this is my favourite feature of this kettle. Basically, this is a clear panel on either side of the kettle which features little cup marks along the side which act as a gauge of how much water is in the kettle. There is a maximum mark over which the water should not be filled.
The kettle is fitted with LED's which illuminate the interior of the kettle and which can obviously been seen through the panel. Whilst the kettle is on standby, the panel is lit up in BLUE. If, like me, you would prefer not to have this on throughout the night when the kettle is not in use, simply unplug the kettle from the mains and the light will go off. The lighted panel is not dependent on how much water is in the kettle.
Once the kettle is switched on to boil, the lighted panel turns a deep RED to show that the kettle is in boiling mode. Once the kettle has boiled and the on/off switch is 'off', the panel will return to blue.
Again, unlike a lot of older models, this base unit is ideal for both left and right handed people. Many older kettle base units would have a panel into which the kettle itself would fit. However, the kettle can be placed whichever way round you wish onto this base unit.
EASE OF CLEANING
As mentioned above, this model is extremely easy to clean and has a removal, washable anti-scale filter, together with an easy to clean concealed element.
A fairly straight forward 13 page booklet with easy to read instructions. It gives the usual instructions on how to operate the kettle, together with details of how to obtain replacement parts, after sales service and details of the standard One Year Guarantee. However the booklet also relays the obligatory warnings which I often find amusing due to the simplicity of them. For example, we are advised that, before switching the kettle on, we should remove any packaging and promotional material from the kettle. Uh?
WOULD I RECOMMEND?
Definitely. This is a super kettle. It holds a good quantity of water and is fast boiling. Up to now, it has been very efficient and reliable and I don't foresee any problems in the near future with its performance. So yes, I would recommend this model to anyone looking for a new kettle at the moment.
Thank you for reading.
(Also on Ciao - matthewsmum)
About 8 months ago, my wife surprised me by spending nearly two days studying kettles (yes kettles), apparently our old one was no longer any use and we needed a new one.
Now this came as a surprise to me because I used the kettle every day and when I put water in it and switched it on, it boiled the water which to me hinted that it was working just fine.
My wife was adamant however that the kettle was no good so we were having a new one, why it was taking her two days of studying the Argos catalogue and online reviews to choose a kettle was a mystery to me but it ended up in us buying the Breville JK82 Lightning White Kettle.
I must admit that I did like the look of this new kettle but all I wanted was for it to be able to boil water so I could have a cuppa now and again and I am sure any kettle could do that for me. So what had my wife found so special about this apart from its sleek good looks?
Well the Breville JK82 Lightning White Kettle boils very quickly and it has a cut off switch should you attempt to boil water without actually putting any water in and it has some fancy LED lighting that lights up blue when the kettle is plugged in but not in use and red when it is boiling, other than that though it is just a kettle.
This lovely kettle cost us a little over £30 and as it looks good and works well I would be happy to recommend it to others!
As you will see below Dooyoo have asked me to rate its sound and picture quality??
To the best of my knowledge there is no built in TV on this kettle but it really would be the coolest kettle on the planet if there were. I am giving it 5 stars for all that nonesense but |I am sure you will all understand that you do not get to watch corrie or eastenders on this!
The minefield of kettles is a nightmare to go through - trying to find the right one for you can be horrific - scanning all the catalogues, trailing round the shops and searching online - I found this one at Comet and it was "love at first site".
The overall design is very pleasing to the eye - very sleek lines for a kettle . Large chunky handle that is easy to grip. fairly solid plastic construction with the element concealed under a metal plate inside. Both side are clear which allows a good view of the water level - so no excuse for letting the kettle boil dry. ( but it does have an anti boil-dry feature
The ketlle is very easy to operate with the on off switch on top of the handle - (it is auto-off but you can switch off manually) . It has a fun side to it with the nice blue colour emitted from a small bulb inside when it is "resting", which changes to a red colour when it is in the process of heating and boiling. It also has a keep warm function which is handy so you don't have to keep reboiling the kettle over a short period of time,
The kettle is filled via the top which opens easily and should be easy enough for anyone to top it up. Good capacity - 1.7 litres or 3 and a half pints in old money.
It has a powerful element (3KW) and boils reasonable quickly
Over all a good performing kettle that looks elegant on your worktop at a reasonable price.
Spout filter disintegrates. Breville say it should be replaced every 6 weeks to 6 months and is not covered under the warranty. £3 replacement cost.
All I wanted was a new Kettle; the old one was looking a tad worn after God knows how many years of use. Why do they have to make so many different types, there must be hundreds of them (Id much sooner Review Whisky any day at least you get to taste it
All I wanted was a kettle that boiled water, it didnt have to be as high tech as the space shuttle just a kettle. So I thought go to Sainsburys have a choice of a couple get one that looked half decent (I suspect this may be a familiar story to some), I didnt particularly care how long it takes to boil or how much it holds (its just had got to hold enough), I didnt even think about how heavy it got when full or whether it dripped from the spout when you poured it.
Anyway I arrived at Sainsburys and was shocked to see that even they sell about a dozen different sorts. So move to plan B (whats plan B I hear you all gasp whats cheap or should I say inexpensive). Whereupon my eyes were drawn to a prime example of inexpensiveness, half price in the sale no less it must have been divine intervention. The massive sum of £19.99 (yes I know I could have bought a bottle of that rather nice malt from Waitrose for the same price, and had three pounds left over but I wanted a kettle).
So I bought the Breville JK82 Keep Warm Lightning Jug Kettle. To me in the shop it looked like what I wanted, inexpensive (not cheap), a decent brand name, it was a kettle (which was of course crucial), it looked half decent (actually its quite snazzy really), its cordless in white plastic which actually looks as if it's been well made - with a big see through panel on both sides. it looked as if it held enough (in this case 1.7 litres so it was more than enough). I paid, claimed my nectar points (as you do) and the deed was done. Result
I was pleasantly surprised when I arrived home and started to unpack it to find a really helpful and well written instruction book (13 pages to be precise), although my immediate reaction was why do I need an instruction book its only a kettle. All you do is fill it with water and boil it, empty and repeat a couple of times and then you have a fully functioning kettle. Even I could work out how that to switch it on you just flick the switch down on the top of the kettle and hey presto it works. So why the instruction book, did they think I was stupid (dont answer that ).
I subsequently discovered that it has a built in filter, to deal with calcium, and that this had to be cleaned after first use as well (good job I read the instructions). It also has a 12 month Manufacturers guarantee (tho you need to keep the receipt - guess who's lost theirs'...).
This kettle has extra features. When its plugged in there are LEDs in the base of the kettle which lights the whole thing up red or blue, at night it lights the whole kitchen up its unusual, kids stand and look at it in awe (OK minor exaggeration) but they do find it interesting. I discovered why it needed an instruction book. The colours are intriguing. If there is no power (the plug is switched off) there is no colour, if the plug is on but the kettle is off then its lit up blue. If its boiling normally then the inside is lit up red. If its on keep warm and boil the inside is red (I suspect to remind you that youve switched the keep warm function as well as the boil). If its on keep warm on its own it is red or blue depending whether its heating the water up or not, It sounds confusing but it actually isnt. Its quite gimmicky but Im actually not sure whether it really serves any useful purpose.
There is a little button on the top, the keep warm button, which can be pressed either during or after boiling it then keeps the water at a fixed temperature (77 degrees Celsius why 77 degrees I have no idea) whenever the temperature drops the kettle heats it up again automatically, that fascinates the grown ups we have a result a kettle that amuses children and adults alike, and you thought it was only a kettle . On a more serious note this keep warm function worries me a little. The button is quite easy to catch, if it got left on with a small amount of water it would potentially boil dry, (not to mention waste loads of electricity). The instruction manual very helpfully notes Never allow the kettle to boil dry or drop below the minimum mark. With the kettle filled to the maximum level (1.7 litres) the kettle can be left with the keep warm function for up to 12 hours. Although to be fair there is an automatic cut off in the event that the kettle does boil dry (No I havent tested that bit well not yet anyway)
I discovered that the Kettle boils quite quickly, its got a 3000 watt fast boil element (which is hidden inside the kettle - avoids problems with different types of water and makes it easier to clean). Its easy to fill, either down the fairly wide spout or by lifting the lid (which is hinged and fixed to the kettle). The only real maintenance that it needs is a very infrequent cleaning of the filter, Ive havent had it long Ive only done it once when I first bought it, which is dead easy, the manual explains how to do it.
The kettle also, very helpfully, has measurements on the outside to show how much water is inside it.
The only real problem that I have experienced with the kettle is that the spout shape is not perfect, if youre not careful pouring it there can be a tendency for hot water to spill over it. I gather this can be a problem with a number of kettles. Whilst the kettle is a jug kettle its got a fat bottom and narrower top, makes it harder to knock over. It lives on a stand with a raised plug thing (very technical I know) in the middle, once youve put the kettle on its base you can swivel it around for ease of access to the handle. So it can be used by either left or right handed people. The electric cable wraps away under the base so you can adjust the length depending on where the kettle is in relation to the plug socket. The handle itself is firm and chunky, with a non slip grip on it. Its clear that some thought has been given to the safety features.
When I decided to write this Review I thought that Id collect some data and do some field tests (OK - I'll the truth - I wanted to play...):-
Weight (I had to find some scales to do this (in my house not easy but I managed)
Empty: 1kg (about 2.2 pounds)
Containing 500ml (just under a pint of water) 1.5 kg (about 3.3 pounds)
Full containing 1.7l (about 3 pints) 2.6 kg (about 5 and a half pounds)
How long to boil (It boils fast enough for me) using ice cold water
Containing 500ml 1 min 20 seconds (I even got to play with a stopwatch)
Full containing ice cold water 1.7 l 3 minutes 10 seconds
The Kettle does what I want it to, its got a few novelties (lights etc). It is fairly lightweight and easy to use, is easy to grip and handle (and was a bargain), it also holds enough fluid and is fairly easy to fill, the only negative is that you need to exercise care when pouring (but shouldnt you always when handling boiling water ). So would I recommend it. Yes its a good, well made, solid product.. It currently retails from £29.50 to £38.99
For some reason dooyoo seem to think that it is a TV - hence the stuff about picture quality - I'd just ignore that if I were you
Short name: Breville JK82