I've not been impressed with many of the Brita products up until now, they all seemed too much hassle and expenses to me. However when I recently went shopping for a new kettle I was drawn to this model. At first I didn't realise it was a Brita product I was just impressed by the design and features which I could see just from looking at it. When I saw that it was a Brita kettle it did make me hesitant to purchase, I didn't want to be paying out even more money monthly on Brita cartridges. In the end I decided I would give it a try because the design went with the kitchen perfectly.
This kettle cost me £35 from the local Curry's, this seemed like an okay price for me, I was a little reluctant to pay it out but compared to other kettles it was an average price and the design was good. Considering when I had my normal Brita filter jug it cost me £20 paying an extra £15 for the kettle function didn't really seem too bad. The upkeep of this product is going to work out more expensive than the kettle itself, the cartridge filters that is needed for this product (Brita Maxtra filters) can be bought in a four pack on Amazon for £12, which works out to be £3 per cartridge. Its recommended to change the cartridge every 4 weeks which in total makes the kettle around £48 per year.
DESIGN AND EASE OF USE
The kettle has a 1 litre capacity which is more than enough for a few cups of tea so I wouldn't see myself needed a bigger capacity. However the flaw to this feature of the product is that the filter cartridge space only has a 500ml capacity, so it take a while for you to be able to fill the whole kettle. The water window is larger than my previous kettle and I've noticed that there's less spilling of water or over flowing so I guess this small feature makes quite a difference.
The filtering device is hidden and functions whilst the kettle is boiling, this doesn't really affect my opinion of this product in anyway other than the fact that I'm pleased you can't see the filtering device and the visual aspect of the kettle is maintained as a positive.
There's only one switch on the kettle which turns it on and flicks back when the kettle has fully boiled. When the kettle is boiling there's a blue glow all over the kettle which I think is a nice fresh touch to the design and one of the main aspects which won me over.
I have this kettle just as pictured, with the stainless steel, the steel is quite a bit heavier than my previous plastic kettle which is worth considering as it may affect how easy it is for you to use. I find the weight fine to use however it's not ideal for children learning to use the kettle or elderly people who have weaker joints.
DOES IT WORK?
The boiling speed of this kettle is impeccable, I'm so impressed with how rapidly it functions, it only takes just over a minute to boil the whole kettle! There is definitely a cleaner and purer taste to the drinks that are made using this kettle, so much that guests always comment on it. I can't fault the functions of this kettle because it does perform above and beyond what I expected.
I'm pleased I purchased this product because the performance speed and appearance make the extra upkeep for the cleaner taste worthwhile. The kettle is easy to clean and looks as good as new every day. I prefer this over normal Brita filters because I used to use mine mainly for tea, coffee or cooking so it always felt pointless filling my jug to filter water to then pour into my kettle, with this product I only need to fill one container which seems like less hassle and more efficient.
I'd recommend this product to most people purely because of the performance speed and efficiency, however you really do need to consider the extra up keep and whether its an expense you can afford. However it is a great product does everything it says on the box, so I can't really fault it.
I never used to be the kind of person who'd consider filtered water, but when my latest kettle decided to pack its bags and head off to silicone heaven, I decided to splurge a little and buy myself a 'reet fancy kettle'.
I chose the Breville kettle because... well okay, I admit it. I liked the pretty colours.
The added bonus was the water filtration, of course, which reduces the lime-scale in the water, and gets rid of the film from your favourite cuppa. I'd never really noticed that film until I started drinking my tea black - and boy, seeing that scum floating at the top of your cup is really enough put you off, I can assure you.
The kettle is quick to boil, but not so quick to refill, a downside that many people have no doubt noticed. Passing the water through the filter at the top can take a few minutes, but a little patience (or just getting the dishes done while you wait) is worth it in the long run.
I haven't come across any other concerns, really. Despite how complex they try to make it sound when they're selling this stuff.. it's a kettle. It does what kettles do. But if you're in the market for something a little special, or you're a really big tea/coffee drinker - I would recommend getting this.
**Futuristic and complete with Brita water technology**
If you are looking for a truely impressive, modern, illuminating, brushed stainless steel, filter kettle with Brita water technology AND, it boils in an instant - look no further! Be aware though, that on buying this product you are going to probably have to replace the filters every month or two for best results. This is a costly process but if you really feel that fresh, clean and pure water is a must, then consider this kettle! Fortunately this kettle was a gift to us as it knocks up at quite a hefty price of around £40-£50 when I last looked.
I'd been through about 5 kettles in the space of a year before getting my snazzy little number here. It was a fabulous gift because it's survived a year in the household, well and truly shoving those others to the curb (well,....'bin')
**'Come watch the LIGHT SHOW!' **
... the children would snigger as they heard me invite every single visitor into my kitchen to watch the kettle. I guess I was slightly obsessed by it, but awww, it's pretty! My toddler adores it. The only problem is, we've had to pin the cord to the wall to ensure he can't reach or touch it so there isn't alot of leeway in moving it around as it doesn't have the longest of cords anyway.
**It's got the LOOK!**
Very modern and futuristic in design, this sophisticated kettle certainly brightens up any kitchen and looks great amongst other appliances. As I've already harped on about, the kettle lights up and puts on a beautiful array of colours when switched on, going from blue through to red when boiled. The lights run down along the handle as well so this all looks especially cool in the dark. As you can see in the picture shown, you can easily view the water boiling through its transparent panel and this against the splashes of colour really adds to the ' groovy!' factor. The base of the kettle is stainless steel and rotates 360 degrees which is great because my son is left handed so it makes it easier for him to just twist around. The easy grip handle is solid and it holds a 1 litre capacity. Once boiled you can pick the kettle up and move it away from the power base and cord. I find this really useful due to usually having cups placed along the worktop. With previous kettles that are completely corded you can struggle to fill each cup and end up having to move the cup to the kettle. You won't have that problem with this.
**It's got the POWER!**
Whoooooooosh, this baby boils a good'un! It hosts a 3kw fast boil element which makes it super efficient and it boils quicker than my many other previous kettles. It's easy to fill the kettle. You simply press the button and the lid springs up. (A friend of mine however had a bit of a problem with her lid, but she had had it a couple of years, and after a year, mine is totally fine) Voila, you then fill the upper water chamber. Water passes straight through the filter and then on into the kettle. Actually, this is a bit time consuming so bare it in mind if you're in a rush to make a cuppa! The filter holder is easily removable though which makes for easy replacement and cleaning, so that's another positive.
**It's got the BRITAX FILTER!**
The what?! The filter is great for ensuring that perfect hot cuppa. The filter removes the chlorine and hardness from the water which reassures me that i'm drinking water free from impurities. The great feature is a memo display is on top of the lid which when you add a new filter, and reset it the four bars on the top, each representing a week start to disappear when the week comes to an end. I'm a bit lazy with changing the filter (they are expensive to buy really so that's the downside). I recently bought a filter for £4.95 and being as they are only designed to last for 4 weeks, a fiver a month, soon adds up! Although it needs changing every 4 weeks or so, mines often still being used after 2-3 months. It seems to be fine! I haven't noticed any difference in taste and its all in working order. It's probably advisable to follow the advice though, but after a year of only having changed the filters a handful of times, I'm fairly positive you too can get away with it. As long as you're not seeing that floaty film on the surface of your cup of tea, it's still doing it's job!
Another positive about the kettle is it doesn't sound as if its about to take off when its boiling. I've had the lot - rattlers, movers, spillers, blowup-ers?! .... This kettle boils, isn't noisy and doesn't give you the feeling of needing to rush to it to switch it off incase it explodes.
Overall - one word! EXCELLENT!
We all know the saying that a watched kettle never boils, but when you're desperate for a cup of tea then sometimes you just can't help but watch. Kettles have come a long way since the creation of the iron moulded ones that needed to be headed over an open fire, and this kettle certainly makes the process of boiling water both fun and futuristic.
While out shopping for a new kettle after my old one broke, the big kid in me couldn't walk away from the Breville VKJ097 Kettle even though I'd been given strict instructions to buy a Stainless Steel one that would match the rest of the kitchen appliances. As this is partly made using Stainless Steel, I didn't think I was bending the rules too much.
This kettle caught my attention because it lights up both when the water is heating and when it is not being used with a kind of neon rainbow lighting. A transparent panel makes up the top half of the kettle through which you can see the boiling bubbles dancing merrily away. Not only does it look attractive but it helps you to monitor how much water you need to use which also helps the environment by preventing you from boiling too much.
The colours change as the kettle boils and it actually looks sophisticated, not comical as I initially thought. Even when the kettle is not is use, it still changes through the spectrum of colours so it always looks beautiful. It looks especially gorgeous in the dark when I am walking from room to room. If you don't find it necessary to have your kettle glowing like a manic rainbow then you can switch it off at the mains.
The handle is easy to grip and is very sturdy and I never feel like I'm going to drop it, even when it's really full. It even has the lights running down the length of the handle too. The kettle boils as quietly as a kettle possibly can.
At full capacity it can hold around 1 litre of water which is more than I usually need to use. That makes about four cups of tea at a push. The kettle also has features which make it easy to clean and also has features that keep that horrible lime scale away which thankfully has not appeared in this kettle.
The kettle is highly powered and boils very quickly in comparison to most other kettles that I've owned over the years and this is thanks to its 3KW element. The element is also hidden so you don't have to fill it to a certain level before using it which makes it more efficient and more environmentally friendly. Despite the kettle being quick to boil, you do have to wait for the water to trickle through the filter before you can boil it, which adds on time to the whole process.
The base has a 360 degree rotational angle rather than it having to click into a certain place. This is convenient for a household like mine which contains both left handed and right handed people because it means we can twist it around in order to pick up the kettle more easily. After all, you don't want to be walking around with a boiling kettle without carrying it in your strongest hand. I should also mention here that the kettle itself comes away from the bottom so you can carry it if your preparation area is not near your plug socket.
One of my favourite things about this kettle is that is actually has a Brita filter fitted inside. This means that as the kettle is heating the water, it is also removing the hardness, chlorine and other impurities from the water so you will be drinking completely fresh, clear and healthy water. I can't really taste the difference in my hot drinks but it certainly gives me a peace of mind to know that what I'm drinking is completely pure and some other members of my family have said they've noticed a change.
The filter reminds you when it needs to be changed although I tend to leave it in a bit longer if I think that it's still working properly. This is one of the drawbacks that I didn't know about before purchasing the product. The kettle won't work without the filters and they are expensive to buy which is why I stretch out their life for as long as possible as I think the date change is just to make you buy more of their filters so they make more money.
You can't fill this water though the spout, you have to pop the lid open by pushing a button. It you fill it through the spout then the water won't enter the filter. Since owning the item, I had heard many people with the same kettle say that the button stops working. Mine still functions perfectly but obviously if this did happen then it would render the kettle useless.
I bought my kettle from Amazon for £49.99 which is a bargain as the RRP is nearer to £70. It can also be bought from many electrical stores and plenty of online websites so shop around to make sure that you are getting the best deal possible.
All in all, the only drawbacks with this kettle is the added filters that need to be bought and the time that you need to wait for the water to filter through before boiling. Other than that, this kettle looks beautiful if you like pretty lights and allows you to add crystal clear water to your drinks.
I think this kettle puts an end to the saying. 'A watched kettle never boils' because I can assure you that this one does!
** Background **
As mentioned on other reviews we recently married and moved into our new house, and as such received a large amount of gifts. The benefit of this was that you can put gifts down that you might not normally treat yourself to. This kettle, as soon as I saw it, caught my eye and appealed to the gadget lover in me. As it turned out it is also very good at boiling filtered water! Unfortunately I can't remember the exact cost, but I believe it was around 50 GBP in October 2010, from John Lewis.
** BRITA Filter **
One of the key selling points of this kettle is the built in BRITA filter, which is good for us as we live in a hard water area. It means that those cloudy cups of tea ruined by hard water are a thing of the past, along with the insides of the kettle getting bunged up with lime-scale. There is a handy BRITA memo display built into the top of the lid, which you reset when you enter a new filter and counts down before flashing when you should ideally replace your filter (around 4 weeks).
** Kettle Looks **
If James Bond had a house (I like to think he does somewhere) then he would have this kettle in his kitchen. When plugged in it changes through a spectrum of colours, lighting up the kitchen. I can navigate in my kitchen using only the light given off from the kettle, and it changes through the spectrum of colours! When you boil water though it starts blue and changes through to red once it is finished, and because it is clear you can see your water boiling away ready to make you a brew! The handle is ergonomic and solid, and the base is made from stainless steel which is easily cleaned with a wipe of a damp cloth.
** Functionality **
Onto the nitty gritty and this kettle not only looks good but performs well too. I timed it from almost full and it took 1:50min to boil completely and I measured this as 1 1/4 pints of water. To fill the kettle hit the button and the lid springs up and then fill the upper water chamber. Water then passes through the filter and into the main kettle. It uses a 3000W fast boil element and it certainly does boil quite quickly, but also keeps water hot for about 5 minutes after it has boiled. There is a built in fail safe to prevent the kettle boiling dry (which we have proven to work after accidentally turning it on empty).
** Drawbacks **
As ever there is always room for improvement and this kettle is no different. Although I believe the initial cost is reasonable you will soon find the cost of replacement filters adds up, to reduce this try to buy them when on offer or in larger packs. Also a last, little niggle is that the power cord is quite short, so you need a plug socket within reach of where you want to site the kettle.
** Summary **
I love this kettle, it is one of my favourite wedding gifts and I still make sure people come into the kitchen just to see it; everyone who has seen it loves it as well. The filtered water does taste better and is visibly better, the only drawback is the cost of the filters. This is a stylish and functional kettle that people will take interest in, I would certainly recommend it as long as you are aware of the need to replace the filters.
Although this is a great kettle, it is let down by the poor quality return spring that operates the with the lid button. Once the spring has lost its strength, it will not return to its original position, causing the lid to remain shut.This is clearly a common problem as many reviewers across the web have reported the same fault!It appears from the varying review dates that the manufacturer is unlikely to remedy this problem; so you may have up to 9 months of great boiling or as little as 4 weeks! The worst case I read was a woman who had to return her kettle 12, yes that's twelve times and eventually gave up..
My mum has a thing for kitchen gadgets, she loves to bake and therefore spends most of her time in the kitchen which must be the reason our kitchen is filled with shiny expensive things like a Kitchenaid mixer & matching blender, Dualit toaster and Magimix food processor.
Therefore it was no surprise that when the Breville Brita kettle was brought out she snapped one up super quick. We originally had the one without the lights but that got a bit tired looking after a few years so we replaced it with the new illuminated version.
For those that don't know, this kettles star feature is the fact that it features a Brita water filter. This is a filter that filters your tap water reducing limescale by at least 20% and also removes chlorine and heavy metals such as copper and lead. This means water that it is purer in taste, smell and even appearance. (Less film on your cuppa!) It is especially suited to those living in hard water areas where limescale is more prevalent in the water supply.
The kettle itself has a 1.25 capacity which isn't as much as some other kettles but I can tell you from experience of using it, this translates perfectly into one full teapot!
It has a 360 degree non slip base which sounds a bit waffly but this is actually a fantastic feature for me as I am left handed and my mum is right handed so if my mum has put it on to boil and I pick it up off the boil I don't have to pick it up with my right hand or try and manoeuvre a heavy kettle full of boiling water. One swish and it rotates. It's one of those little touches that you don't appreciate until you have it!
There is an electronic 'memo' on the top which lets you know how long the filter has been in and how long it has left. There are four bars on the top, each represents a week and they disappear after each week ends.
The kettle itself is very aesthetically pleasing and fits in perfectly in a modern kitchen. The bottom half and lid is brushed chrome and the main body is clear plastic. The kettle has an illumination feature which really is fantastic! It lights up red when it's boiling and whilst it's on standby it changes through a spectrum of colours.
To use you simply open the lid and fill up the top reservoir to the max line and let it filter through. Two things I feel I need to point out here. The first is a slight negative which is to fill the kettle to its max capacity you have to fill the top reservoir one and a bit times. I think it's a flaw that they haven't made the top reservoir a little bit bigger so that you only had to fill it once.
The second is that for a long time I would wait for all the water to filter through before switching it on to boil. This was annoying as it was time consuming. Upon actually giving the instructions a proper read through I have discovered that you can switch the kettle on to boil straight away and it will boil whilst it filters. Just a tip for anybody who has one/is thinking of buying one.
When it is actually boiling, aside form the pretty light show, the kettle is quick to boil, quiet as much as a kettle could be and also doesn't rattle around as some others do.
It is hard to tell any difference in taste when you are drinking something flavoured like a cup of tea but I can honestly say that I can tell a slight difference. It just tastes purer. You can also see that there is no film on the tea before you add the milk.
With regards to limescale, there is hardly any in bottom of the kettle, in fact there is none visible to me. This is important as limescale is very damaging to household appliances and it means this kettle will last longer! It also means that you won't get any limescale in your cup of tea. This happened to me once from a kettle that was less than a year old and I can tell you it was not a pleasant experience.
The downside to this kettle is that you have to buy new filters which are costly. One filter lasts 4 weeks and costs £4.75 which is roughly equivalent to £57 a year. You could try and eek each filter out to 5 weeks but I wouldn't recommend this as the more unfiltered water you let through, the more limescale damage you are doing to your kettle.
I can honestly say that I recommend this kettle, it's very stylish and would look good on any work surface and does a great job at making a perfect cuppa!
The Breville Brita Kettle costs £59.95 from John Lewis and comes with a free 1 year guarantee (only from John Lewis).
From Breville comes the "brushed stainless steel spectra illuminated filter kettle with Brita water technology", an impressive title for an equally as impressive home appliance.
Featuring a 360 degree rotating base, BRITA Maxtra cartridges, a memo display, one litre capacity, keep warm function, and easy grip handle. Not to forget the fact that the kettle is illuminated and passes through different colours depending on what it's doing. All of which results in an attractively designed appliance ideally suited for the modern kitchen.
The Brita Filter makes the kettle especially suited for those living in hard water areas, but also improves the appearance and taste of tap water in general, as well as reducing lime scale. The filters uses "carbon and ion exchange resin" to help remove chlorine, and heavy metals such as copper and lead from the water. What does this all mean? Simply we end up with purer, cleaner, and most important of all taster water all around. The filter holder is also easily removable for ease of cleaning and replacement.
It was clear from the first boil that the filter works and the kettle succeeds in what it's designed to do, I was able to produce one of the best cups of tea that I've ever had. It's pretty amazing when you realize how big a difference can exist between boiled tap water, and water that's been passed through the Brita filter first.
As kettles go this one is actually reasonably quiet in operation, an unlike some doesn't violently shake your work surface when bringing water to the boil. Thanks to the concealed three kilowatt element the kettle is very fast in operation, which promises to keep tea junkies happy. Despite some advanced technology the appliance remains easy and straightforward to use.
Build quality is excellent all around, and again looks good on the work surface. The power cord is a bit shorter than I would personally like, but it means you don't have an overly long cable running over a surface.
The fact that the kettle changes colour depending on what it's doing is a stylish and creditable attempt to living up what is generally considered to be a bland piece of kitchen hardware, but I would suggest that you switch it off at the plug when not in use to save energy.
An important fact to take into consideration is not only the initial cost of this application, but the continued cost of having to replace the Brita filters (which is recommended every month). This is most likely the biggest draw back to the kettle, but considering the sheer improvement in terms of water quality and therefore the quality of your hot drink (or whatever else) I personally feel that this is a very minor quibble considering.
If your looking for an stylish and functional kettle suitable for the twenty first century, one that will improve your water quality with minimum fuss then look no further as you've found it.
(I'm a reviewer on Amazon, and some my reviews are copied from there to dooyoo. Please feel free to check out my Amazon profile under my real name of Mr Andrew M Kerr.)
The latest addition to the range is a state of the art Spectra model that not only looks good, but its large easy-view water window also features Brevilles ever-changing illumination that softly illuminates through a spectrum of colours as it boils / Short name: Breville VKJ097