We've had this kettle for about two years and it's still going strong. It was bought on the strength of the design - my other half has an affection for all things with sparkly twinkly lights on and the blue-lit water volume gauge was an instant hit. The shiny futuristic steel appealed to me as well.
The kettle follows the tried-and-tested procedure for heating water. Cold water (usually from a tap) is poured into the kettle through the spout or through the hatch and then electricity is harnessed to warm a filament at the bottom of the kettle to heat the water. Here the design of this kettle actually proves ergonomic, as the slanted top of the kettle means it's easy to get under the tap, even when there's a full bowl of washing up below. The bottom of the kettle and the powered housing unit are waterproofed and there have been no mishaps despite the bottom of the kettle being damp.
The VKJ160 heats up small volumes of water in about a minute, larger volumes (over 5 cups) take a few seconds longer.
The only drawback of this kettle is that it requires slightly more attention when cleaning as it is made of metal and the limescale or hard water scaling shows up on the outside of the kettle more obviously than a white or black model.
Well, I picked up one of these kettles as I am a tea lover, with all the tea I've made and thus times this kettle had been boiled I can happily confirm that as it is still working well this kettle will last you a long time through common use.
The shape of this kettle is nice, along with the soft grip handle makes it easy to pour. The metallic outside doesn't sound/feel too tacky, like you would get from a cheaper kettle.
This kettle worked brilliantly for me for ages but one day the blue light that usually lights up when the kettle is boiling (purely aesthetical) stopped turning on, this made no alterations to the boiling of the water and so I never bothered replacing or trying to repair the kettle.
This kettle has quite a heavier weight that the average kettle but that could be down to the strong materials its made up of.
There is a simple flick down switch on the back like the average kettle which starts the boiling process, this clicks back once it's finished and the blue light goes out. To fill the kettle there is a button on the lid which thankfully doesn't flop open like some of the cheaper kettles.
Being Breville I felt confident that this kettle was the correct choice for me, I've owned some of their other products and they've yet to let me down and hopefully will treat you the right way.
I purchased the Breville VKJ160 kettle from Argos on offer for £27. The usual price is around £35 so I thought this was a good deal.
The kettle is pretty stylish for the money - it's a stainless steel jug, with a clear plastic window, which glows blue (all the time - not just when it's boiling). It has a large black handle, a black button to flip open the lid, and (you can't see it in the picture on DooYoo), a black round base - good, because you can put the kettle back on the base at any angle rather than having to make a connection with a particular part, as you do with some cheaper cordless kettles.
The handle being as big as it is is a huge bonus for me, a 6 foot 3 tall man with appropriately large hands! It isn't too heavy, though, and my wife uses it with ease too. It fills up to six standard size mugs on one boil.
So - use is easy. You fill it up and flick the switch. The kettle glows blue all the time, apart from when it's just boiled, when the lights change to red. This looks great, and it's also useful if you happened to leave the room as you can tell it is freshly boiled. Also with the clear window you can see the rolling boil of the water inside the kettle.
One point to note is that the stainless steel of the kettle does get very very hot, so maybe this isn't the best kettle for those who might have less mobility such as the elderly or for children as you may burn yourself by holding it by any part other than the handle.
Boil time is good with two large cuppas boiling up in just over a minute on our kettle. Despite it being stainless steel it doesn't get dirty or dull, it just needs the occasional wipe over with a cloth on your general kitchen clean - up - no specialist stainless steel cleaning wipes needed.
We've had the kettle a good two years now and it's as good today as the day we bought it. It looks nice, and fits in well with other stainless steel items we have in our kitchen.
I recommend this kettle to anyone looking for a mid priced stylish kettle which is both durable and quick.
We are currently in the middle of a kitchen refit so there will be some appliance reviews coming soon once they are all connected and I have tried and tested them!
In the meantime I will whet your appetites by telling you about our new kettle. Exciting eh?
We have chosen brushed steel appliances and so decided to get a brushed steel kettle to match and banish our old white one up to the bedroom for the making of early morning tea.
We went into town and had a good look in Curry's, Comet and Argos. The new designs all look really bulky and ugly to me but we did eventually settle on one that is apparently exclusive to Comet (according to their shelf edge label!) and it is the Breville VKJ160 Cordless Jug Kettle.
The kettle cost £34.99 which is maybe a little bit expensive but it was just what we wanted and the finish matches everything else in the kitchen so we were happy enough to pay it. It comes packed in a nice smart box which would make it an ideal present for someone.
The kettle looks really classy in brushed steel with a curved black handle, a three hundred and sixty degree connector base and an illuminated water gauge. The power of the kettle is 3 watts and the capacity is a generous one and a half litres.
To begin your relationship with your new kettle you first unpack it (now, come one, you wouldn't have guessed that would you?) Then you need to place the circular power base on a smooth flat surface away from the edge, ready for the kettle to be placed onto the central raised piece. The invention of this type of kettle means that there are no trailing wires for either children to catch hold of or clumsy adults like me to accidentally catch and pull the kettle of hot water over.
The kettle then needs to be filled with water to the maximum line on the water gauge and boiled, discarding the boiled water. This needs to be done a further twice thus making sure that any residue that may remain from the manufacturing process is removed. Incidentally if you overfill the kettle the boiling water is likely to splash out of the spout so this isn't a good idea!
To put water into your kettle you open the lid by pressing the silver lid release button on the handle and the lid springs open. Once the water is in the kettle you just push the lid back down and it clicks into place.
The water gauge is calibrated in numbers of cups and the kettle will happily boil just enough water for a cup of tea, which means that it saves power over the sort of kettles where you need to boil much more water than you actually need to use.
When the water is in the kettle ready to boil you just push down the on / off switch below the handle and the water gauge lights up as a lovely shade of blue, which incidentally makes it easy to see if the light is low although I wouldn't advocate pouring out boiling water when you can't see what you are doing!
When the water has boiled the switch flicks back up, thus switching the kettle off and the light goes out. Then you make your tea!! You can of course switch the kettle off manually during boiling if you need to do so for any reason. The handle is well designed to make holding the kettle and pouring the boiling water both comfortable and easy.
This kettle also has a filter set just inside the spout which can be easily removed for cleaning. There is also a fast boil concealed element in the base of the kettle.
Well, I think I have told you everything about my nice new kettle. I am very impressed with it both in the way it looks and the way that it performs.
Oh dear I have had to tell you what the picture and sound quality is like in order to submit this review - please ignore these ratings!
Short name: Breville VKJ160