Myself and my wife could never go back to using a normal kettle now we have the Breville Hot Cup. I remember my Dad saying to me as a child when the first Mcdonalds Drive Thru opened close to our town berating the laziness of modern day people that instead of walking into the restaurant to get their food they were now staying in their cars. Put it another way how many of you could live without your remote controller for your TV. Well if you are like me, wondering around the living room for 10 minutes searching for the remote instead of going over to the TV and simply switching it on then you like me are perfectly suited to this product.
With our old dusty kettle collecting lime scale I decided to invest in a product which I love. It cost £34.99. There are some good deals to be had on the Hot Cups although you can pay over the price so it pays to shop around. It is sleek, does not take up too much space and is very easy to set up. It has a number of useful features to it like a overflow tray to disperse any of the hot water and a lovely bright blue light that lights up the water being boiled when it is in use. By simply pressing a button on the top of the product the water starts to boil. This is the good bit. Even when the Breville Hot Cup is filled up to its maximum of 1.5 litres it takes less than 10 seconds to reach boiling point. I can only describe it as like a fast super car going from 0-60mph away from traffic lights. It is fast. There is no more waiting around for 3 minutes for your kettle to boil and when you are in a rush or have a number of guests around, spending large amounts of time in the kitchen is a thing of the past. As soon as it reaches boiling point it begins to dispense of the hot water into your ready prepared mug. I say mug as if you enjoy a cup of tea then this may not be right for you. You see you cannot adjust the settings to hoe much water you would like to come out. It is automatically set for just below the rim of mug not a cup and will leave your cup overflowing on each occasion. No good for my mom then but with two children busy lives and as we both enjoy our coffee and tea, there is simply no going back for us.
Finally not only do we have the convenience of making these drinks but for me they taste nicer than water from a kettle. You do not need to keep emptying it to get rid of any stale water from the night before and although I haven't had this confirmed yet I do think that it is going to save us money on our bills as it is taking less time to boil and therefore using less electric.
All in all once you have had one of these a kettle will be a thing of the past for your household.
Despite the fact I had only recently bought myself a new kettle, when I used this at a friend's house I just had to have one.
Rather than spending a few minutes waiting for the kettle to boil more water than I actually need, this heats enough water for just one cup in less than a minute thus saving time and electric. It is quite noisy but I can put up with that as it makes the noise for a lot shorter time than a conventional kettle.
It has a 1.5 litre tank, which is enough for around 5 cups, shows clearly how much water is remaining and is illuminated when in use. It's 3kw concealed fast boil element makes it very fast and is easy to keep clean.
One of the slight problems I have with it is that is dispenses a little too much water for most of my cups so I often have to pour a little out. I know there are others on the market which have variable cup size and feel this model would benefit from having a similar option.
Whilst it is fantastic for making a quick cup of coffee, I have felt the need to keep my original kettle close at hand for when I need more than one cup of water - for example making gravy. I have justified this to myself, and my husband, by remembering how many cups of coffee I make in a week and thus saving time and energy.
The "kettle" lifts easily off the base for filling and for emptying the drip tray, It is an attractive appliance which I am happy to have in my kitchen.
All in all it is a good appliance but a bit quieter would be fantastic.
I work running all of the facilities in my workplace and with a large number of employees I always seem to be purchasing new kettles as they are used regularly. As they are used regularly they are boiled a lot more than an average kettle, so I try and purchase kettles in the middle price bracket as they seem to last longer than cheap alternatives that I have purchased in the past.
When I was looking I came across the Breville Hot Cup model number VKJ142, it was on special offer at £40. This looked like an ideal solution to place this into our meeting room so that there are hot drinks available throughout meetings, without causing much disruption. Having now used this for a few months a couple of times a day I feel I can now review the product.
The great thing about the Breville Hot Cup is that it has a fast boil 3 kW concealed element which boils water one cup at a time so that you save time, energy and money. I was worried that the water would not be boiling when dispensed, but it releases perfect boiling hot water for a hot drink.
The water boils in a matter of seconds which is handy for the business as we are forever boiling kettles and standing around waiting, wasting time. We also end up boiling more water than is needed, the Hot Cup makes sure you boil enough for one cup at a time.
The Hot Cup can dispense five cups without the need for refilling and it is easy to clean and refill as and when needed, with the help of a dip tray. The tray can also be put into a dishwasher for cleaning.
The Breville Hot Cup is great and it is easy to use, when you need to use it you place a cup under the spout and once you have pressed the button and in under a minute the water will be dispensed into the cup.
This is ideal during a small meeting as you are unsure how long a meeting will go on for and who wants a drink. This takes away all of the problems and allows you to have easy instant access to a hot drink at the press of a button. If we have a meeting with a large number of people we usually make a jug of tea and coffee as it is easier and a lot quicker than using the Hot Cup, but for small meeting its perfect.
The biggest disadvantage is that each shot of water that is dispensed is 250ml and it you have large mugs then you only get half a cup and if you have small cups it could overflow, fortunately in the office the 250ml fits perfectly into the mugs we have.
If you are using this at home it has a down side if you use your kettle for cooking or making baby bottles, but if it is just for hot drinks then this is definitely a machine for you.
I actually hated this at first because I had no idea how to use it, and the fact my cup would always over flow would really get on my boobs, but then I learnt to love this kettle and I don't want it to ever go away, its a good kettle!
The kettle can usually be bought for somewhere around the mark £30.00 - £40.00 depending on where you get it.
I think this is a reasonable price for a modern and stylish kettle, especially because it boils so quickly as well.
The kettle is very stylish and modern looking. It reminds me of a posh coffee maker for some reason..
The main colours are silver, black and blue.
It has a clear container in which the water is stored with dots on the side which represent how many cups of tea/coffee you could make! When you boil the kettle this glows up blue! Funky..
On the top of it there is a button which you flick down to boil the water.
There is also a move-able tray at the bottom which collects water if your cup happens to over fill.
Overall, a very attractive and expensive looking kettle.
I don't own this kettle, my parents do. I visit them quite regularly, probably too much come to think of it..and whilst I'm there I love having a few good cups of tea or coffee..depends what mood I'm in you know!
I just realized its kind of hard to review this..well hears my best shot, I hope its good.
Well, I put my sugar and tea bag in my cup and then place my cup on the tray, I usually go for small cups instead of big mugs because I don't like having tea in big cups for some reason, its weird..
Anyway, when I flick down the switch the water tank turns blue! it then takes around 15 seconds to boil, depending on what mood its in, it can be quite noisy like a kid blowing bubbles into water with a straw kind of noise..(then other times completely quiet..strange..) and then the water comes out..quite fast! Usually though, my cup seems to overflow because its quite small, so then I have to be extra careful to carry it over to the sink to tip the excess water out I have just learnt now to pull the cup away if I am just making one for myself before it hits the top, then I just need to empty the tray which isn't that hard to do really. Be careful to put a cup under the dispenser though because the tray isn't even big enough to hold a full cup of water which is stupid if I'm honest!
But let me share with you a secret, if your making a few cups of tea as the water begins to get to the top of the cup, quickly shove the other cup under there and keep doing so each time until all cups are full! Ta da....when I learnt this trick my anger with the kettle went away, I now love it and its probably my best friend.
The kettle holds 1.5 litres of water if you are interested to know.
The kettle is comfortable in your hand when you take it of the stand to change it, the top flips up easily enough the put under the tap and the kettle itself is in between heavy and light weight.
The kettle doesn't really need to be cleaned that often, it stays fine on the inside and on the out, my mum has only cleaned it a few times as it really doesn't need to be cleaned that often!
Easy to use.
Boils very fast.
Looks stylish and modern.
Great for lots of people.
You won't be able to tip it into a mop bucket/hot water bottle ect..(maybe you could but it would be very awkward and uncomfortable.)
Only works 'properly' and doesn't overflow with big cups.
The cable where you plug it in is quite short and doesn't stretch that far so you have to have it quite close to the plug socket.
Overall, even though it does have some bad points I think I would invest in one myself in the future!
By the way, at the bottom it asked me to rate picture quality, I don't know what this means so I will just base this on the appearance! :)
This Breville hot cup has a variable dispence for how big/small your cup is, It only boils what you need which is an advantage because it is an energy saver but the disadvantage is that if you need more than 2 cups at a time it takes too long.
This kettle is very convient for people who find it hard to pick up a kettle and as it is only a press of a button it suits a busy lifestyle rather than waiting around waiting for the kettle to boil so you can pour it yourself.
It has a 2 litre capacity, Limescale filter, Water window, Stop button, Variable cup size settings, Removable drip tray and water tank.
It is very easy to you all you have to do is fill the water reservoir to the fill line, slot it back into place and press a button, then after 30 secounds when the water boils it automatically fills your cup.
The breville hot cup is deffinatly a good buy and at just £30.00 brand new you have yourself a bargain. =)
I got my mum this kettle for christmas just gone, it was the exact one that she wanted, I wasnt too sure on it as you don't have the option of filling your cup to the exact amount that you would like. This can sometimes cause a problem if you don't have a massive cup! Obviously not every cup or mug is the same size and it can be waste pouring some of the water away because it has over filled. Also if you need to fill a jug of boiling water ie. for gravy or something similar then u have to boil it a few times to get the desired amount you will need.
On the plus side, this kettle is brilliant if you don't like waiting for an age for a kettle to boil, which can be a bore at the best of times! It is an energy saving kettle, which in this day and age is perfect, it will only boil the amount you need for one cup and the rest of the water stays cold, which is brilliant! It only takes about 30-40 seconds to boil but it is very very loud when boiling and pouring the water into the cups!
As a last note, if you are slightly forgetful (like my mum can be)!! Don't do the obvious and forget to put a cup underneath the spout!! Although it does come with a drip tray, it isn't big enough to hold a cup full of water! Having a drip tray is a good idea as it does tend to keep dripping after its finshed filling up the cups!
All in all, I would rate this kettle quite highly for the simple fact that its a quick and easy cup of tea with little hassle, unlike normal kettles.
Got this kettle for Christmas as it seemed like a great idea. Boils just the water needed for one cup, boils it quickly and pours it straight in to your cup. However, after living with it for a while now, I think there are better oneson the market. The kettle itself is very nice looking and would fit in all kitchens. It's very economical as it only boils enough water for one cup, therefore saving lots of energy. It also boils the water very quickly, less than 60 seconds. On the other hand, it is very noisy for starters. It also has a standard volume to dispense, whether you have a large mug or small cup. So I often have to pour some of the water away as the mug becomes too full. There are also other occasions when i've needed a whole kettle ful of boiling water and found that I can not do this, as i can only elect for one cup at a time.
The Idea of this product is great, however the actual implementation of it is not quite as great.
Just boiling enough water for 1 cup is very handy and speeds up the process of making a cup of tea/coffee for 1 or 2 people, however when 4 or more cups of coffee/tea are being made it seems like such a laborious task.
Furthermore, when you need boiling water for other use's where you need much more than just 1 cup it is annoying, and if you only fancy a small cup of tea/coffee this kettle will not allow it. To overcome this however i leave a jug under the dispenser then just use as much as I need from that.
About 2 weeks before the warranty ended mine broke,(by some miracle! usually its 2 weeks after the warranty ends! ) not sure entirely what was wrong with it however I received my money back and I have now purchased the bigger brother of this which has a variable dispenser feature. I would defiantly recommend the variable dispense one over this even if it does cos that little extra bit as it is so much easier to live with.
This product is useful, but flawed. I enjoy being able to boil the right amount of water for a cup of tea of coffee with the push of a button. This helps in saving energy as I always tend to put more than enough water in a normal kettle. Also, the Hot Cup is rapid; the process takes around twenty seconds, allowing a cup of tea in my hand within a minute.
However, there are a few of major flaws. First, the user is not able to vary the amount of water the unit dispenses. This means that if one has a mug which differs from the size that Breville assume you end up with too little or too much boiling water.
Second, our unit appears to be developing a build up of lime scale. On many occasions I am left with a fairly large deposit of unwanted flakes of the stuff in my mug, definitely not conducive to a nice cuppa. There appears to be no easy way of cleaning the device.
Third, this does not serve as a replacement for a kettle. One is only able to boil a cup at a time, and thus when making a pot of tea or coffee this unit becomes redundant (trying to balance a tea pot on the rather small surface doesn't strike me as a particularly safe idea). Thus, worktop space will still be required for the standard kettle in most households.
To conclude, this is a useful and convenient product, but it certainly needs to be developed and does not serve as a replacement for a traditional kettle.
Having recently installed a new kitchen, we were keen to find new appliances that looked good in our ultra modern kitchen and also had a more eco friendly use of energy.
My other half was keen to purchase the Breville Hotcup, (shown above). The reasoning behind this was, to save electric and cut down on bills rather than save the environment, but every little change helps, I suppose.
The facts: The Breville Hotcup boils and dispenses water four times faster than filling a normal kettle that is filled up to the brim. I would never do that anyway, I always put in just what I needed, but there are some people who don't. For this matter, I'm not sure how money saving it is, as like I said, I only boiled what I needed, this would be money and power saving, if you never used to.
The 'kettle' is filled like any other kettle, by filling with water via the flip top lid. The jug has a handy scale for minimum, maximum and markers for the cup increments in between. This holds five cups of water but will only boil one at a time.
The water fills the jug, and the water enters a separate reservoir via a valve. The capacity of this chamber is 250ml (a standard cup size), and water in this chamber is the water which will boil. To boil the water, you simply press the switch on the top of the machine (clearly seen in the photo). The machine boils in under one minute. Please take note - the cup should be placed under the nozzle before the appliance is switched on. The noise it makes though is rather like an aeroplane taking off. Deduct one point here *
The machine has a drip tray but the bowl in which he water collects is not very easily taken out, in fact I have only found it was here at the time of writing this review. Not a big problem unless you have a very small teacup which might overflow. I have ordinary mugs and the water level reaches just under an inch below the rim - great if you're adding milk but not so great if you're not, you are left wandering where the rest is! :o)
The reason I like this machine is that it is very modern looking, with the main body being glossy jet black, and the contrast of the ultra shiny chrome. The jug though is an opaque white - a clear glass, or acrylic would have been more preferable. When in boil mode, the jug is illuminated a lovely vibrant blue.
I recommend the Breville Hotcup because it does the job it was bought for, Ok I have some qualms, the fact that the cupsize is not variable is the main one, but overall, it's a good machine which does its job well, and if it saves and few pennies and does less harm to the environment, who am I to complain?
p.s Dooyoo won't let me post this without a picture rating - I haven't gone mad! Yet!!! LOL
Breville hot cup!
I first saw these kettles a couple of years ago and wanted one but at the time I couldn't justify paying nearly 70 quid for what essentially I thought of as a gadget. However I saw that it was on offer on Amazon for £30 quid which was much more reasonable and thought I would treat myself. I do like my little foibles and gadgets as my friends call them.
The advantages of owning a kettle such as this are that you only boil up enough water for one cup rather than a whole or over filled kettle which ultimately is supposed to save you money. The kettle will boil one mug of steaming hot water ( 250 Mls) in roughly 10 seconds which is another bonus. However to get this steaming cup of hot water the noise it makes is like the launching of the space shuttle discovery from Cape Canaveral. That being said any rapid boil kettle is rather noisy.
The design of the kettle is quite nice although the cord is a little on the short side so needs to be placed right near the socket this isn't necessarily a bad thing if there are young kids about.
It is brown with metal at the top and front, a clear or rather opaque water reservoir at the rear with cup markings on the side giving minimum and maximum measures. There is enough storage of water for five cups of water so if you always top up the reservoir it is always ready to use.
The kettle stands on its own base with a handy little drip tray which is removable should there be any drips. I did make the mistake of turning the kettle on without putting a cup on the tray resulting in the whooshing sound and me being puzzled as to where all the water had come from?? I know what you are thinking I was having a senior moment but I was trying to multitask at the time. Apart from that one occasion I have not had to empty the drip tray as all the water has been delivered straight into the mug where it is supposed to be.
When the kettle is turned on by the button on the top of the kettle a purple light shines from the top and also illuminates the water reservoir to let you know that it is in boiling mode and should not be moved. You can turn off the button should you change your mind but once the kettle is in boiling mode it will still dispense the water within ten seconds and you will have a very hot cup of water waiting for you.
The kettle seems to sits quite firmly on its stand and won't easily knock over which is a bonus but personally I do not think children should be allowed near it as the speed of which the water comes out is very rapid. I would hate to think of them scalding themselves with it.
The other thing which is important to remember that it is actually a mug measure of water and not a tea cup measure which is usually in the region of 200mls so do not use a cup as hot water will spill over the rim into the drip tray.
How to clean and descale.
The outside should be only cleaned with warm soapy water using a sponge or cloth.
To descale the kettle follow the manufacturer's recommendations of the cleaning product but it usually is something like this. Fill the kettle and add descaling fluid and turning it on for five cycles. Empty the contents left in the reservoir and rinse out. Fill the kettle again and boil five times again discarding the water. It is then ready for use.
My only reservation of the kettle so far has been the lid to the water reservoir which I find to be at an odd angle and the actual hole where you fill it up is rather small so there is a risk of pouring water down the side of the kettle. Maybe I am just awkward and not as adept as some people.
Would I recommend it to others?
A resounding yes and absolutely as I have found it to be so handy when wanting to have a hot drink fast as it not only saves time but money too. I would recommend it for single people or for those who just want to boil up one cup on a regular basis. People in a large household it probably would be wiser to stick with a bigger kettle otherwise it means making individual cups which won't save you time in the long run.
Although I would give it five Dooyoo stars for performance I am only going to give it four stars because of the oddly shaped and small water reservoir opening.
After my old kettle was looking a little bit tired I decided to upgrade thanks to all of you lovely DooYooers and I used my Amazon vouchers to treat myself to this funky looking kettle. While my house isn't crammed full of gadgets, I do always try to buy something a little different to the 'norm' and so this kettle certainly fit the bill with it's one cup dispensing and funky blue lighting.
The kettle was really easy to use for the first time and simply needed plugging in and filling up and we were off! With my husband and I stood in the kitchen looking at our funky new addition waiting for it to boil, we certainly looked a right pair, but not for long as after 10 seconds the kettle had boiled and had poured the water into the cup all by itself. Now that's more like it! You don't even have to pick it up to make your brew!
The kettle comes complete with a tray perfect for catching those little spills or drips where you haven't put your cup underneath properly, and my favourite part of the kettle is that it simply boils enough water for one cup each time. This is perfect for us as I very rarely drink hot drinks, so my husband was constantly filling the kettle full in a morning and boiling all of the water to only make one cup. This is of course less than ideal if you have several people round, but the pure novelty of it and the fact that it only takes 10 seconds from start to finish to boil, is enough to make this kettle a must for everybody. It is also more economical than an ordinary kettle to use, given the one cup, but also I have noticed that the amount of electric we use when we boil the kettle is lower than the delonghi kettle we replaced (I have an electric reader in the kitchen which shows the amount of electric we are using per hour).
The kettle comes in both white and stainless steel, and although I haven't seen the white one, I am sure it looks just as good as the one we have. The transparent water tank is a 1.5 litre capacity or enough for 5 cups at one time without the need for refilling. It also has a built in anti-scale filter, meaning you should get a longer life out of it than one without (obviously!). I also like the cord storage underneath the kettle, which allows you to wrap any excess cord underneath the base of the kettle keeping it nice and tidy looking.
Please do not be put off (as my husband was before we bought it), as to how effective it would be in boiling water. It is very effective, and just the same as a normal kettle even though it is taking water out of the main reservoir and only boiling enough for one cup. The water flow is also smooth and continuous and hasn't splashed us once.
The blue illuminated design of the kettle in use, along with the stainless steel, fits perfectly with a modern day kitchen, giving a sleek and contemporary look.
The one negative point I have with this kettle is the noise it makes when boiling! It actually made me wonder if I was using it incorrectly at first, as it sounds like it's about to take off! I think this has something to do with the boil dry protection, which means it doesn't give off much steam, but even so, it is very loud!
It is currently selling for around £40 depending on where you look.
BREVILLE HOT CUP WITH VARIABLE DISPENSE - Energy saving, Only boils what you need, 2 Litre capacity, Limescale filter, Water window, Stop button, Variable cup size settings, Removable drip tray and water tank.
This is a very suitable choice for people who cannot use kettles or find they are always rushing about, It is energy saving and it only boils the ammount of water that you need, It is no good for people who want more than 2 cups or making gravy etc...
It is a variable setting for how ever big or small your cup is and it also has a stop button just incase.
It is easy to clean, it has a removable drip tray and water tank, The water tank has measurements on it but it is also transparent so you can see how much water is actually in the tank.
It takes about 30 secounds to boil and it can be quite noisey the first few secounds of boiling.
£59.99 at argos may seem expensive for "just" a kettle but it is deffinatly worth the money and you should deffinatly consider buying!
I looked at these for some time last year and then out came the vari-dispense version. Perfect I thought until i saw one. It is really ugly, so I opted to buy this version at an amazing price of £29.99 at Comet just before Christmas. The whole family is entranced by it. I get up in the morning, drop a teabag in my cup press the button amble round for under a minute, and because my morning cuppa is huge I press the button again mooch round, tidying up etc and in a whizz my tea just needs a splash of milk and I'm set for the day. This is a brilliant item for safety - no chance of spilling boiling water all over, great for those who have arthiritus etc. It looks lovely on the worktop, but I have to say as it dispenses 250ml of water it took a bit of negotiation to make gravy as these are all for 280ml of water, but it really is worth this tiny inconvenience and I'm hoping to have saved a bit of the planet and a bit of electricity by the end of the year. We also had to buy new mugs which were slightly larger as my hubby likes a lot of milk in his coffee so we mow have a nice matching set again! I recommend you go out and buy one of these as they are the best gadget I have bought for a long time.
First thing's first; I forgot to heed the advice given by other reviewers of this item; I didn't boil and dispose of a few cups of water before boiling some to drink. There will be a plastic taste if you make the same mistake I did!!
I would disagree that the noise level is higher than that of an ordinary kettle. It sounds much the same as an ordinary kettle would when reaching boiling temperature, only this device reaches higher temperatures faster as it is heating a smaller volume of water. The water is hot enough to make your hot drink but I would hazard a guess at saying it isn't quite boiling. I also would agree that it suits only a mug rather than a cup, although there is the drip tray facility should you insist on using a cup.
The only other shortcoming, no pun intended, is the length, or rather lack thereof, of the cord it uses to connect to the socket. It means you have to keep it very close to the socket which can be a drag if you have limited space.
A great time and money saving item.
Originally posted by me on Amazon (account registered under same email address as DooYoo account).
The Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup Kettle saves time and money boiling only the exact amount of water needed to fill your cup at the touch of a button / In around 30 seconds you will have enough boiling water for your perfect cup of tea or cofffee / As the Breville VKJ142 Hot Cup Kettle heats only the water needed for one cup its economical to run so cheaper for you and better for the environment / Its sleek looks will also fit in with any kitchen / Boil water in seconds One touch button Cordless kettle Detachable base Capacity: 1.5 litres No mess drip tray Viewing window Energy saving 3000W Black & stainless steel / Short name: Breville VKJ142