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We have been quite lucky with our kitchen appliances lately. My Other Half's dad moved into a new flat and the décor was different and none of his appliances matched the new kitchen so he gave them to us.
The kettle he gave us was one of these Breville Vkj138's. It is a really nice kettle, the outside is stainless steel which looks really smart in our kitchen as it is grey and lime green in colour. The kettle holds 1.7 litres of water and you can see easily how much water is in there by the markings on the side. There is a window on each side of the kettle so it doesn't matter which hand you are using to hold the kettle when you fill it up, you can always see what the water level is.
The kettle has a knob on the back at the top and when you press this it opens up the lid for you which is handy. There is a filter in the front of the jug lip so if you get lime scale in the bottom of the kettle it doesn't come out when you pour out the water.
How It Works
The kettle has a nice blue light in it that comes on when you switch the kettle on. I am not sure if this is just for show or what but it looks neat. It lights up all of the inside and you can see it through the windows. The kettle is quite noisy when it is working, I think this is because it heats the water up so quickly.
The base that comes with the kettle is easy to keep clean, and you plug this bit into the electric and you just stand the kettle on it. Once it is on you can turn it round facing any way you like and you don't need to turn the base round which is good if you want to run the wire along one way behind other things and still have the kettle facing which ever way you prefer it. It also makes it good for left handed or right handed use.
The outside of the kettle gets quite hot when it is boiled up because of it being made from stainless steel so you have to mind you don't accidentally touch it and always to keep it well out of the reach of children. It is quite heavy to lift up but the weight makes it feel like it is good quality. The shiny coating means it needs a lot of cleaning to keep it looking pristine but I usually do this when it is cold and use a window spray cleaner which I spray onto a cloth and not directly onto the kettle (in case it goes inside the spout).
The kettle is still available to buy on Amazon for £38.79.
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The kettle in our kitchen is a bit of a Cinderella item - it works hard, would be missed if we didn't have it but gets overlooked most of the time. And that means they regularly die because I forget to descale.
Still I rather enjoy the frequent forage to find the ultimate kettle. For me, that's one that looks good, doesn't drip (ever!), doesn't take up too much space and has a certain something that makes it different to all the others on the shelf.
For once I think I've found it in the Breville VKJ138.
It looks good, being fairly tall, lean and elegant. The height means it has good capacity without having a large work surface footprint. The body is attractively curved and stainless steel with a black matt handle. It's cordless and it powered by a 360 degree stand (which means you don't have to mess around with fitting it into a particular position)
The best thing though is when you turn it on and a cool blue glow appears inside. Magic.
There is an opaque section to see how much water is in the kettle (it holds a maximum of 1.7 litres). Vitally in our household where we have two left handers and two right handers, this opaque section is on both sides of the kettle so you can check the amount of water whether you're holding the kettle in the right or the left hand.
There is a nifty little button on the handle that you press to open the lid for easy filling. To be honest though, I rarely use it because the spout itself is quite large so it isn't absolutely essential to open the lid anyway.
Importantly in our hard water home, there is a limescale filter. As we've only had the kettle about a month, it's a bit early to say how effective it is.
This Breville kettle also seems to keep water hot for a reasonable period of time. So much so that my OH reckons the water is a better temperature for his coffee a couple of minutes after it has boiled. Takes all sorts.
We bought the Breville VKJ138 for £29.99 but I've seen it for as little as £24.99 and as much as £44.99. For the price we paid, I think it's very good value for money.
I bought this kettle on Sale at Sainsbury's for £25 and it is great. It boils quickly, looks smart (especially when it lights up in blue) and feels compact compared to some designs and if you have limited space then that is a bonus.
One excellent feature is a well designed button for opening the lid to refill the kettle. This is placed on the top of the handle so you do not have to open it from directly above thus preventing getting burnt from the steam if the kettle has not long since boiled!
I only have two small criticisms. Firstly, like all very shiny kitchen appliances and hard water areas I feel like I have to wipe the lime scale marks off of the kettle all of the time otherwise it looks mucky. Secondly, it appears to stay on for quite a long time after reaching boiling point which for someone like myself who tries to help the environment and use less energy is a little frustrating!
Overall though it is a really nice product and I am glad I bought it.
I purchased this kettle about 2 months ago I brought it as I was having a new kitchen and wanted a stylish new look. This kettle is great, it not only looks great it easy to clean as well as to fill. It has a handy little button at the top that flips the lid open so no pulling is required and no steam burns if you need to use it soon after a previous boil. In the past I found stainless steel kettles were easily spoiled by water marks but so far this has not happened, a quick wipe over and it looks as good as new. It is cordless which is handy especialy as there are left and right handed people in our house and can be easily turned around. I like the illuminating blue light when it is boiling and feel it just adds a little extra finish. I purchased my kettle from Argos for £25 and feel that it was well spent. My old kettle was also a Breville and served me well it had not broken or leaked, I just changed it for cosmetic purposes so I hope that the new kettle will make many mugs of tea!!
I got this kettle about 4 months ago, i really like this kettle as its so easy to use and i like how it lights up when boiling. it makes up 8 cups of teas max. Its a cordless kettle so easy to use and pour. I got this kettle when it was on sale in sainsburys so i paid £20 for it and was really happy, it also has a toaster to match it which i also have i like breville as they are just basically made and very easy to use with a bit of excitement such as the light changing colour. the only one problem i got with it was that because its stainless steel it gathers up limescale and its very hard to clean as the lid dosent pop up all the way so u cant put your hand in to clean it you also have to be carefull not to get water on the bottom as it will break if put back down onto then base. overall i like this kettle it looks very stylish in my kitchen.
I have to admit that I was beginning to feel ashamed of my kettle. The gleaming white it had once been was becoming yellow and marked and, no matter what I did, nothing seemed to improve the situation. It was during one of my cleaning episodes that I saw what appeared to be a crack! Sure enough it was - albeit a very small one - but enough to make the kettle leak, which is certainly far from ideal in an electric kettle.
So, off to buy a new one! I didn't want another white plastic one and have the same problems again. Admittedly it HAD been an "emergency" buy in the first place and had worked well for being one of the cheaper models. However, I felt I would be happier with a stainless steel one. In my kitchen the size and shape has to be taken into consideration and space is very limited, so I really had a good idea of what I wanted.
Unfortunately, the first three I decided were ideal were out of stock, so I can say that the one I finished up with was NOT my first choice, but I can also say that, so far, I have found very little to complain about.
The final choice was the Breville VKJ138 an illuminated stainless steel model. Having become thoroughly bored by the whole buying process after my initial choices were unavailable, I was quite unaware that it was an illuminated kettle until I switched it on for the first time! I was busy marvelling that the old kettle had had LED indication that the kettle was on - and I couldn't see any on the more expensive new one - switched on and found that the whole kettle shone blue! Well, the water level indicator windows did anyway. It came as quite a shock - but I WAS rather impressed.
I had also been rather disappointed that this kettle was polished stainless steel as I preferred the brushed look. However, I must say that I now feel that it looks better in the kitchen and matches other items better for being polished.
The size is the same as I had previously with a total capacity of 1.7 litres. This is actually marked on the water level windows in cups with the minimum being 2 cups and maximum 8. It is described as being "3kW fastboil" and I can say that a full kettle takes approximately three minutes to boil. I didn't think this was as fast as the old kettle but I didn't ever time that one so can't be sure. I can say that the new one is noisier but this is possibly due to it being stainless steel as opposed to plastic.
It has all the usual features of a modern cordless kettle. The powerbase has a 360 degree rotation so it can be used with right or left handed people. It has an easy-clean concealed element and a removable anti-scale filter. There is a lid release button on the handle - which is very comfortable to hold - and it has a hinged, locking lid for safety.
As a whole, I have to say that I have been very pleased with this purchase which, by the way, was £19.57 at Tesco which, it would seem, is a LOT cheaper than in many other outlets. It pours far better than the previous one (something to be aware of when first in use). It most certainly LOOKS far better but that is to be expected.
I hope that this will be of help to you and I thank you for reading.
Breville VKJ138 Jug Kettle in Polished Stainless Steel This kettle will glimmer and shine in any kitchen / Great design great looks and price in all in one / 1.7-litre capacity 3kW power 360 degree base 2 water windows Limescale filter Blue illumination when in boil mode Locking lid Concealed element / Short name: Breville VKJ138