Product Type: Breville kettles
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There's a Rainbow in my Kitchen!!
Member Name: sparkle1004
Advantages: Looks beautiful, boils quickly and filters the water
Disadvantages: You have to buy replacement filters
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!
Summary: A colour changing stainless steel kettle which filters the water as it boils.
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