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After having our previous kettle for a year, it unfortunately went on the brink and started to not "click" when the water boiled, meaning you had to watch it and click it off yourself, making it a bit of a hazzard as it would then overheat if you didn't catch it in time.
Despite this, the kettle was a filtered kettle and so when purchasing a new kettle we wanted one that also had a water filter in it, as the area we live in is prone to Limey water, hence it's really a neccessity if you want the best tasting tea!
We had a hunt around for a filtered kettle, preferably a Brita one because although our previous britta kettle didn't last the test of time, it still made for a delicious cuppa so hopefully a different model would give us less problems. After hunting around, we found one in Argos for £32.99, which for something you will likely use several times a day is pretty good value. Argos also have an offer on at the minute, whereby if you buy this kettle you will get a free cartridge included in the pack, nice!
So, onto our first cup of tea. Well after filling it up as like similar kettles, it takes about 30 seconds to filter through into the base, but as the plastic is translucent you can see when this has completed and then you click on the switch, which is illuminated in blue. Once the kettle has boiled the light then flicks off which is helpful, and would be particularly useful to those with say hearing difficulties who might not always hear the kettle click off.
I have to say whether you make a pot of tea or if you just make tea in a cup it is thoroughly delicious, and you can really taste the difference, even in comparison with our old kettle which was also a filtered kettle. It is also not too heavy, as it is made from a light but sturdy plastic material, and also has a blue illumination whilst the kettle is boiling, which looks pretty cool in the evening when you can appreciate it's full effect.
There is a guide on the side to how much water you have put in, and how many cups this would make. The maximum is just above 6 cups, and the time the kettle takes to boil with a maximum amount of water in, is 97 seconds, so about a minute and a half (yes I really did just go and time that!).
I think one of the best features about this kettle, besides it's fantastic filtering capabilities, is it's design. I have read a few other reviews on kettles, and some people commented on the fact the kettle doesn't match the rest of the utilities in the kitchen. As this kettle is silver, black and light bluey colour, it doesn't stick out like a sore thumb against your other appliances, infact it blends in well in our kitchen and looks rather swish.
It may not be the most expensive, advance kettle out there, but if your someone who is after a decent tasting cuppa thats been filtered, made in a kettle that wouldn't look out of place in a mobile disco and thats not to heavy to pick up, and is under £35, this is the kettle for you!
Breville VKJ149 Brita Filter Kettle in Silver One of the latest additions to the range is a stunning silver model that not only looks good but its large easy-view water window also features Breville illumination that illuminates blue on stand-by and changes to red as it boils. 1 litre boiling capacity 3kW concealed fastboil element Large easy view water window 360 degree base Cord storage and non-slip feet Filters using Brita Maxtra filter technology for a cleaner tasting cuppa Boils and filters at the same time Blue illumination on boil Brita memo indicates when to replace cartridge Free Maxtra cartridge included