Product Type: Breville kettles
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Light Fantastic With A Cup Of Tea Thrown In At The End!
Member Name: kittybuttons
Date: 23/03/10, updated on 23/03/10 (293 review reads)
Advantages: Aesthetically pleasing and makes a great cup of tea
Disadvantages: The cost of filters
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).
Summary: Breville Brita Kettle
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