When choosing a new kettle to replace a £70 Russell Hobbs one, the most important factor would be that it wouldn't drip and leek everywhere. This led me to look at the traditional style.
This kettle is very stylish and looks good on the worktop. Doesn't command too much space either - very good considering it has 1.7l capacity (more than a lot of its 'stylish' competitors).
The main competition being the Dualit - which i found too expensive for what it is (plus only 1.6l). But was unhappy about the leak on the Dualit as well. The pouring style of a traditional style eliminates the leak associated with a lot the upright kettles. A polished steel kettle looks terrible after a few months if water drips around the lid. This is another reasoon for going with the cream colour.
Top tip: always go for a brushed steel kettle rather than polished steel. ..Or even better - pick a lovely cream colour that the limescale will not highlight on :)
The Breville Kettle is cordless which is great for taking it to fill up, although the base cord to the base unit is quite short.
Although noisier than my previous kettles, it is still quiet.
Some of the other reviewers have said this kettle is too dangerous with the steam when pouring, I haven't had a problem with this, but definitely a warning if you are re-filling the kettle again after it had just boiled as when you take the lid off the steam is right under the handle.
I bought mine online for £46 with free postage, but definitely worth shopping around on here as it can be bought for under £40 now.
Burnt my hand yet again. Enougn is enough and it hurts so bad. First burn I had not put the lid on firmly so as i poured the steaming water I burnt my hand. This happened again today. I am elderly and occupied with other things but if the handle had been on the side then even it I had been burnt by the steam it would have been much less. And the other time i burnt myself on this kettle my lower arm touched the hot body of the kettle and wow what a burn still have the mark.
Its a really bad design fault to have the handle so close to the lid especially if the lid is not down properly and
also if you are pouring out the water say into a washing up bowl then you are getting all the steam to burn you. Also the spout is so short just bending the kettle to pour the water you get the hot steam on handle ready to burn your hand holding the kettle.
People use kettles not only to make cups of beverages but to get fast hot water to washup etc. This kettle is highly dangerous I would beg you not to buy it. I am going to buy a new kettle. Also you really have to fill it by the spout as if you want to take the lid off there is so little room to do so. And with the handle where it is you cannot even see into the kettle. Its only safe if you never ever take the lid off and you fill it thru the spout, thats how badly designed it is.
With it's retro design this Breville cordless kettle will look great gracing any worktop. That's about where the 'pro's' stop though.
PRICE AND ALTERNATIVES:
It's matching toaster (the VTT006 at £29.95) comes in at significantly less expensive than the stylish alternatives (the Dualit options are well over £100) and so makes great financial sense whilst being perfectly functional.
However the Dualit kettle is only £5 more expensive than this one and incorporates a water filter (we ended up buying a Brita filter) after several embarrassing days of serving guests cups of tea with floating limescale. It also has none of the design flaws of the Breville.....
The kettle body (painted cast metal) gets very hot just after boiling, making it particularly unsuitable if you have curious small children around. Unfortunately, using the handle doesn't even guarantee a burn-free cuppa. It's like playing Russian roulette whenever you want a hot drink..... whoever thought that placing the handle in such a close proximity to the spout was a good idea? When tilting to pour you're very easily struck by puffs of steam. Moreover, the fact that the handle is directly above the lid means that it is impossible to re-fill the kettle immediately after boiling (a similar steam-jet effect) as we do quite often if we're boiling pans of water for vegetables / making lots of cups of tea.....
Short name: Breville VKJ130