I bought this kettle a few months ago, as I spend a lot of time upstairs doing college work and watching TV I decided getting a small kettle upstairs would be a good idea. With it's 1 litre capacity this is only a small kettle so not suitable for families as from my experience the kettle will only hold about 2 mugs of water. However, this does make it perfect for a single person or couple and especially an older person as the smaller size means it's very light weight and easy to lift.
The design of this is quite modern, being brushed stainless steel although this allows it to fit into almost any kitchen, the small size also means it's suitable for any kitchen too, I imagine this would be good in a caravan. The base is a 360 degree base which means that the kettle can be place anyway round on the base, this is made from black plastic which contrasts with the brushed stainless steel and is very sturdy. The same black plastic is also used for the handle and the lid, the sturdy handle means it's very easy to lift, this is also helps by the light weight of the kettle. At the top of the handle is a button to pop up the lid, this is very handy as our kettle in the kitchen just has a small handle and it's very easy to burn yourself on the hot stainless steel.
Filling the kettle is very easy as the whole of the top of the kettle opens, this along with the size of the kettle means that it fills very quickly. The amount of water in the kettle is indicated by a gage just underneath the handle, however I have found that this is wearing off slightly but it's still easy to see about how much is in the kettle. Underneath this gage is a switch which you flick down to boil the kettle, it illuminates whilst on and automatically flicks back up when the kettle has boiled.
The kettle feature the rapid boil function, which means that, obviously, it does boil very quickly. However, it it's haste to boil quickly it does make a lot of noise, it's not terrible but it's definately loud. Pouring from the kettle is very easy, unlike some where the water spills everywhere. Underneath the pouring spout there's a limescale filter, however, limescale hasn't been a problem with this kettle.
The kettle is £24.99 which isn't too bad although it is only small, it's the same price on Amazon and at Argos.
Overall, this is a perfect little kettle as long as you aren't looking to boil too much water, it's light weight so perfect for anyone who usually has trouble lifting. It's small design also means it will fit into any kitchen, and it's rapid boil function means it's an all round good buy.
The Breville Solo is a small kettle (1 litre capacity) making it ideal for a single person (hence the name solo), but also a couple or small family. I wouldn't recommend it if there is more than two brew drinkers in the household.
The kettle has a 1.8kw element. This is less powerful than other kettles on the market (which go up to 3kw), but the limited capacity does mean that this additional boiling power isn't really needed. It does take a little longer to boil than other kettles, but not greatly so.
I think this model looks great, with brushed stainless steel and a decent quality matt black plastic lid and base. It also has a orange power LED. My only complaint with the exterior is that the brushed metal is difficult to clean; I can never seem to get it perfect again as wipe marks etc. always show up after cleaning.
It is also easy to use; the kettle is cordless, which I find very handy. The base allows the power cable to be tidied. It is easy to flip up the lid to fill, and the water level is clearly visible. The kettle sits easily and securely on the base. There is no visible element inside, other than the metal plate, which means you get a great result from de-scaling. Top marks for usability here.
The kettle is very reliable; it has lasted me almost 3 years so far, and is still going strong. I have also had a Breville toaster for a couple of years before that gave up; overall I think that Breville is a fairly reliable brand name.
Overall, this is a reliable, easy to use, and good looking kettle, and I am pleased with my purchase. However, it is only really suitable for two persons max.
The Breville VKJ127 is a small, compact and stylish kettle.Its chrome finish and black handle gives it that elegant touch.Although small in size it still has a 1 litre capacity, which for people living on their own would be ideal.
It also comes with a washable filter, and a 1.8KW fast boil element.which heats the water up faster than normal (slightly) saving on the electricity, which in my opinion is excellent when you consider the high cost of electricity these days.
The see-through gauge situated under the handle allows you to see instantly when its time to top it up with water.
Also, being small and compact, this is the ideal kettle for travelling, or for when going on holidays, as it has an integral cord storage facility, so just pop it in your suitcase and no worrying about where the power supply has got to (if your anything like me).
My only bugbear about this kettle is that the lid release system can sometimes stick making it that little bit more awkward to release.
The handle is not completely attached to the two sides of the kettle which makes the kettle feel that little less safe when pouring but has a well designed moulded grip that contours the hand snugly ensuring a tight safe grip.
The kettle can get hot after it has boiled so please keep it out of reach of children at all times for maximum safety.
Being chrome also has the added benefit that it would blend in nicely with almost any kitchen design.
If I was to measure the amount of boiling hot water I use in one single day on average I'd say that at most I'd boil between a litre or half a litre per day - don't worry I'm not about to turn this into a maths lesson - but given that most kettles have a minimum capacity of 1.5 litres and high elements to power the depth of the kettle without even worrying about the water capacity, if you're into watching your power levels in an environmentally friendly society, there aren't many options available. If like me, you're a consumer living on your own who worries about the environment and likes to keep a watchful eye on the power used up to boil water, I'd imagine that most people have by now, referred to their older kettle in the cupboard or seek out whatever is new on the market with a low element - because no matter how many times companies would have you believe that their latest kettle is kind to the environment with less power (Tefal's 2.8kw/2800 watts One Cup model springs to mind here) - if it has more than 2300 watts, its enough to justify the full power element in a kettle.
Whilst cheap kettles under £10 still have 2200 watts and big capacities, they are beginning to be replaced with rapid boil elements to be one of the more attractive features for the price at the time. As such although it is not a travel kettle per se, lacking those natty little plastic cups you get when you do buy a travel kettle or even a travel adaptor as a sweetener to end the deal, the Breville Solo VKJ127 is slightly different, only capable of boiling 1 litre of water and for some people - this is more than sufficient on a daily basis boiling capacity.
Dressed in black rubber and brushed stainless steel Breville is a cut above the rest offering consumers with a slightly different kettle even though the price of £19-95 at John Lewis, Comet and Currys may appear to be a little expensive. With a height of around 21 cm this is one little kettle that won't be pushed to the further depths of your kitchen pushed behind storage jars, even though it has a similar height and depth of 14.2cm/width of 20cm.
Whilst in rented property I'm currently living with a large ASDA ONN kettle, I'm simply not using the full 1.5 capacity per day and find with its design that it takes up one corner of my fitted kitchen where a much needed toaster could go instead. Cleary when there's space at a premium and if like me, the advent of a hob kettle can prove too dangerous, a smaller jug kettle is perhaps one of the better requirements - but even as a buyer of appliances in general I've only found a handful of smaller sized jug kettles. One of many reasons to why the Breville Solo is different to a cheaper kettle is down to the fact that it mimics larger kettles on design; it has a concealed element so the risk of limescale forming is prolonged; it has a visible water gauge in cup sizes showing how much water you can put in - but honestly if you can see the line of the water in the kettle, you're not likely to worry about emptying cups of water in as a final measure. Tie it in with a good to grip and heat insulated handle that sits slightly outward from the main body of the kettle and you more or less have something that looks like a travel mug and less than a kettle. What a pity that the body of the Breville isn't heat insulated despite the thickly contoured handle.
Performance wise the wattage is 1800 watts so those looking at kettles that have rapid elements better look away now! The Breville Solo however doesn't disservice itself in terms of speed. With a full capacity of 1 litres of water I found the Solo is capable of quick boiling within minutes whilst being quiet and steady on its rotational 360º base. Put a cup of water in and the Breville manages to boil it in just under a minute which is very impressive. Excess cable of 0.5 metres can be wound around at the bottom giving the whole design a good viewpoint and less worry of excess cable getting in the way. The pouring design of the lip itself has been thought out well; particularly when one half of the kettle's design has been angled down towards the main spout making pouring and filling easy - and like other jug kettles on the market there is a pick out push in mesh water filter that traps any dirt and impurities in the water. This however is not to be confused with a water filter cartridge which this kettle is not equipped with. A push button on the handle releases the lid for ease of filling whilst the on button is located at the bottom just before the main water gauge and lights up the moment the kettle needs to be switched on.
If there is one downside to the Breville Solo it's the main power on switch itself; everything on this kettle is made to a good standard from the brushed stainless steel (which inevitably gets grubby after a while but can still be washed down with a damp cloth) to the rubber and black plastic inserts; the on switch however feels feeble and made of clear acrylic/plastic doesn't look or feel as if it will last even though it lights up the moment it is pushed down to activate the kettle. Another downside that isn't that obvious until use is the main lid flip switch which is located at the top of the handle. Inadvertently through use of older kettles with the power button on the top, I've gone to switch the kettle on only to find by accident I've flipped the beautifully precisioned lid to flip up instead of switching on. Doh!
So if you want something with a small capacity that doesn't look like a travel kettle and has a neat design, Breville's new Solo kettle seems to be a good one! Time will tell however if that power button is up to the wear and tear of daily use - luckily the Solo comes with a three year guarantee - but for something slightly smaller and different than the norm, the Breville Solo isn't afraid to stand out on its own. Thanks for reading. ©Nar2 2008
The correct picture for this kettle can be found on John Lewis website (code number 85557308)
1 Litre capacity Compact space saving design 360 degree cordless base 1.8kW concealed element Rear water gauge Limescale filter Cord storage Non-slip base Brushed stainless steel finish / Short name: Breville VKJ127