Product Type: Breville kettles
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IT GOES RED WHEN IT'S ON THE BOIL
Breville JK82 Lightning White Kettle
Member Name: hazydaze123
Breville JK82 Lightning White Kettle
Advantages: Fast and efficient; LED panel; keep warm option
Disadvantages: None (so far)
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)
Summary: A nice reliable kettle
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