Product Type: Breville kettles
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Black but a bit bleak!
Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle
Member Name: Lools_24
Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle
Date: 09/08/11, updated on 15/11/11 (85 review reads)
Advantages: Reasonably priced, modern looking
Disadvantages: Boiling water spills when you pour water
When we moved house last year, Mr Lools and I were keen on updating our small appliances to match our new kitchen and decided to change from stainless steel to black appliances. This included our kettle and we purchased the Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle to match our black Breville Toaster .
***Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle - Black***
The Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle is a black jug kettle with a capacity of 1.7litres (making approximately 8 cups of tea or coffee). The kettle is a rounded jug kettle with a shiny black exterior. The kettle has a water level indicator on the side of the kettle which indicates how much water is inside of the kettle. When switched on by the grey switch under the large matte black handle the water indicator glows blue. As the kettle heats and starts boiling the colour of this indicator changes and this window turns red.
The kettle is described to be fast boiling as it is high wattage (3kilowatt). The base of the kettle is rounded and has a rotational base for right handed or left handed users. The cord is hidden in the base and curled up. This allows you to extend to the necessary length without having too much wire on show.
The kettle has a 1 year's manufacturer warranty.
The Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle in black is available from Argos, Amazon, Curry's Comet and also Homebase. The RRP for the kettle is £34.99 but prices vary between retailers so it is worth shopping around. I purchased this kettle for £29.99 from Argos. I also purchased matching toaster as this was half price if you purchased the kettle therefore for £43 I thought this appeared to be good value at the time.
***Using the Kettle***
I started using this kettle in September 2010 when we moved into our new home. Once unwrapped and out of the packaging I was extremely pleased with how the kettle looked. The shape of the kettle was modern and the shiny black exterior looked great in our kitchen and matched with the other appliances (toaster and fridge) which also were of a shiny black appearance. Although I did like the appearance of the kettle both the one off switch and the lever to open the main kettle lid is made from a matte silver plastic. Whilst these switches are not very noticeable are large I feel the colour and material they are made from let the design of the kettle down as they look a little too plasticy and cheap.
Once the kettle was filled up and boiling I was very impressed with the look of the kettle and really was taken with the illuminated water indicator panel which turns from blue when first put on to boil, to red once the water has boiled and is a large panel on both sides of the kettle. This light up section informs you that you have switched the kettle on but is very gimmicky as it does not add anything to the performance of the kettle!
As mentioned using the kettle is very straight forward. You simply fill up with water through the spout put the kettle back on the base then flick the switch down under the handle to turn it on. The design of the kettle has benefits as the spout of the kettle is quite large therefore the kettle fills up quickly. The location of the switch of the kettle makes it easy to turn the kettle on by accident and I often turn the kettle on when I am cleaning the benches by accident. The kettle does however have a boil dry protection function meaning the kettle automatically switches off if the kettle is empty so if I have turned on the kettle by accident when empty it will just turn off.
The kettle is described to be "fast boil". This is particularly important to me as firstly both myself and Mr Lools are usually in a rush therefore do not have much time to wait for the kettle to boil. Secondly with two young children boiling a kettle to use for milk/ heat up milk in a pan of boiling water is very common and it minimises the occasions when we have children screaming because they are hungry for milk. The Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle boils a full jug of water in around 3 and a half minutes which is pretty similar to other "fast boil" kettles we have owned.
The kettle is described to be "easy fill and easy pour". I would agree with easy fill but pouring water from the kettle is where I have encountered problems. The "easy pour" design of the spout means this section is quite large. With a kettle full of water, the boiled water pours out fine but once under half full is when problems are encountered. Once the kettle is under half full as you pour the water into a cup or a pan you need to tip the kettle quite far over. As you do this boiling water comes pouring out and leaks down the spout and onto the bench and not in the cup or pan like intended. Luckily I am aware of this when using the kettle so I am careful but initially I burnt myself on many occasions. If someone else is using my kettle I often have to warn them of this issue in order to minimizing them burning themselves.
My wooden bench tops have suffered some damage from boiling water continually spilling from the kettle and the area of bench around the kettle is lighter than the rest of the benches. As the kettle continually spills water from it the shiny black appearance of the kettle is constantly watermarked at the front of the kettle under the spout.
As with all shiny black appliances smears and streaks show up very easily so you do need to clean and wipe over constantly, but the constant water spillages means this kettle never looks clean and shiny.
In terms of limescale the kettle is very easy to clean as it comes with a limescale filter which lifts out. In our area we do not seem to suffer a lot of limescale but after 6 months of use I decided to descale this section of the kettle as I was doing so with other appliances in our kitchen.
When it comes to a kettle I must admit I'm not the fussiest of shoppers and have a long list of demands. If it boils quick and looks good in the kitchen without faults then I'm satisfied. The Breville VKJ293 Illuminated Jug Kettle does these things but the fact the hot water spills out when you pour water from this kettle seriously lets the kettle down. The shiny black appearance does look good but because the kettle constantly spills water from it the black exterior becomes regularly marked with watermarks and smears.
For £29.99 this is a simply satisfactory kettle which probably will not be a permanent fixture in my kitchen.
Summary: A fast boiling, stylish kettle that spills
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