Product Type: Breville kettles
Newest Review: ... fine for a month then one of the LED's started turning off intermittently. I didn't bother wasting my time returning it again as is still... more
Light show whilst you wait for your cuppa, anyone?
Member Name: Tycks
Advantages: Very quick boil, light build, lovely lights, good and reliable measurements.
Disadvantages: a bit loud, a lot of steams, and a bit woobbly on its base.
So, we've had this kettle sitting in its corner in our kitchen for about two years, and what could I give such a sturdy and efficient appliance other than praise?
As a complete caffeine addict, whether it's in the form of coffee or tea, I care not, the quick boil time of this kettle is a god send. It takes less than a minute to boil an almost full kettle, which is astonishing, seeing as the kettles capacity sits at a comfortable 1.7 litres! This does mean however, that users are more likely to waste energy by recklessly boiling more water than is needed, but so long as you are a little weary about this it really is a brilliant function.
The kettle itself does become a little noisy whilst boiling especially toward the actual boil point, with the kettle actually wobbling a little bit. This seems a little dramatic but it is all made up for by the light up feature of the kettle. You wouldn't think that anyone would ever describe a kettle boiling as 'pretty' now, would you? But the kettle lights up whilst it's boiling and creates a serene atmosphere, soothing you as you wait wringing your hands for your next cuppa. It's a nice, if slightly pointless, little feature that I'm sure will be appreciated, especially during the night.
When boiling, the spout does produce steam which seems to drip off the wall. We actually moved our kettle from its original place because of this, as it was sat underneath a cupboard's bar light, and we weren't sure how good it was for the electrical light to get wet every time we boil the kettle.
It is possible to fill the kettle via the spout but you really should try and avoid this, as it can wreak havoc with the nifty filter. Whilst build up of limescale does seem minimal, this handy filter ensures you don't get any unwelcome particles in your tea. It is placed just under the spout, so forcing water into the spout by a fast running tap might not be such a good idea, as one this actually dislodged the filter and we had to reattach it (although this was achieved with no difficulty).
The build and exterior of the appliance is moderately stylish (the illuminating lights really seal the deal foe the aesthetically aware kettle users among us), and light as well, granting you don't fill it up right to the top, otherwise you are lugging around almost 2 litres of boiling water...
The kettle can be spun on its base to allow either left or right handed users ease of pouring, and the 'cups' measurement is a wonderful element, allowing you to measure (approximately) how many cups of tea you are boiling for! Any excess wiring can be simply wrapped around the base, and the kettle itself is not wired so can be taken anywhere round the house (although, for safety reasons, I wouldn't exactly recommend walking around the house with a kettle full of boiling water, best to make those with mugs come to you eh?).
All in all, a great and efficient, if a little quirky, addition to anyone's kitchen. A few minor disadvantages can be easily overlooked and I really do doubt you will have to replace this model anytime soon...
Summary: A reliable and well priced Kettle, which has, thus far, been major problem free!
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