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
Not bad for £15
Member Name: Mrs_Frank
Advantages: Simple design, easy to use, comparatively hard-wearing
Disadvantages: Black colour shows up limescale
Living in a household of nine (six adults, three children) in a hard water area, our kettle has to work pretty hard to keep us all supplied with hot bevarages. In the last year we have had a total of four kettles, with this Breville JK52 being the most recent, and the most long-lived at three months old.
We bought this kettle from Wilkinson for £15. We tend not to buy expensive kettles as they generally don't last very long in our house, though maybe this is actually a false economy and if we splashed out, they may last a bit longer.
Our kettle is the black version of the one in the picture. It looks like a standard, no frills kettle. Here is an overview of the product:
+ 3kW concealed fastboil element
+ 1.7 Litre capacity
+ Easy view large water window with quantity guide (for up to 8 cups)
+ Blue Illuminated Switch
+ 360° base - for left and right hand use
+ Cord storage & non-slip feet
+ Removable, washable limescale filter
The kettle has been easy to use and has survived life in our household for four months, which is very good going for us! It has been easy to use, and although often becomes full of limescale, is easy to clean inside, and this has not affected its function. It boils as soon as I would expect a standard kettle to boil, and does so relatively quietly. It's performance is distinctly unremarkable, but fine.
One negative point about this product as with many kettles, is that I sometimes find the lid tricky to lift. There is a handle on the lid which you tuck your hand under and lift, but sometimes it seems to come up at an awkward angle, so I just tend to fill it up via the spout to avoid a confrontation with the lid.
Another annoying thing is that because our kettle is black and we get a lot of limescale in our area, this soon becomes very obvious in and around the spout, and this area has not cleaned up as well as the inside of the kettle.
Aesthetics aside, this is a relatively hard-wearing kettle for the price and I'm quite pleased with it. (Please ignore 'picture quality' and 'sound quality' ratings, they were compulsory to fill in, but not really applicable).
Summary: A good kettle for the price
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