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I bought the Breville stainless steel jug kettle to match my Breville toaster (previously reviewed) as they both fitted in with the stainless steel and black theme I've got going on in my new kitchen.
The kettle is a glossy stainless steel with black plastic base, handle and lid. The lid has a grey plastic lid release which you pull up to release and lift the hinged lid. The on/off switch is clear plastic. There is a large water level window which glows a funky blue when the kettle is switched on, and turns off when the kettle boils. The base is a 360 degree rotational base so you can easily swizz the kettle around for either right or left handed people. Inside the spout there is a mesh filter, so it's important to fill this kettle from the top rather than the spout. The kettle is easy clean, with a fast boil concealed element.
Using the Kettle
This is not the lightest of kettles, so if you have joint problems and finding it difficult lifting a kettle, it might not be the one for you. I popped it on my kitchen scales when empty and it weights just over a kilo, or 2 lbs 4oz. When filled to the maximum eight cups it's really quite heavy. It's not a problem for me, but my husband has nerve problems in his hands and has to be careful not to lift this when it's too full. On the positive side, it's easy to flip open the lid with one hand when you want to refill it. My last kettle had a pull off lid, so I had to hold the kettle in one hand and yank the lid off with the other. This one is much easier.
The cord is a fairly decent length at 29cm which allows a bit of leeway if you have to plug it in behind another appliance for instance.
The water level window is great as I can see at a glance how much water is in the kettle. My last kettle had a very slim water gauge and it was really hard to see how much water was in there. I also like the fact that the window lights up when the kettle is switched on. Not only does it look cheerful on a gloomy winter's morning, I can see at a glance whether I've switched it on or not if the kitchen is noisy and I can't hear it. It's not a particularly noisy kettle anyway. The fast boil element is great, as I can boil water for two cups in one minute, ideal for tv adverts when I want to dash into the kitchen to make a quick cuppa.
One thing I have to watch out for is if I take it off the base just before it comes to the boil, it will still be switched on when I put it back, and will try to boil without any water. I've made the mistake of doing this, and it cut out for a couple of minutes. My last kettle would automatically switch off if I lifted it off the base, but I have to remember that this one won't and switch it off manually. I do take it off before it boils sometime, as when I'm making green tea this is better made with water below boiling point. The handle stays cool to touch, but as you would expect, the sides get very hot. I find it easy to pour, without sloshing water all over the place.
So far as cleaning goes, I just give it a wipe over with a damp cloth sprayed with a bit of diluted Flash, and then a quick buff of the metal parts with a paper towel so it doesn't go streaky, and it looks fine. I deliberately bought a kettle with a black handle because my last one was a creamy colour and it soon got discoloured and grungy looking no matter how much a I tried to clean it. I will never ever again have a cream coloured kettle!
The inside of my kettle doesn't need descaling because I only ever use filtered water in it. Filtered water makes a huge difference and my kettles always stay looking sparkling inside. However, if you do need to descale, there's no visible element to clean around, so it should be quite simple. The filter can also be removed for washing and can be safely washed in the cutlery rack of a dishwasher. Again this is something I don't need to do as I don't get limescale with filtered water.
Overall it's an efficient kettle that looks stylish and modern in my new kitchen. I've been using it for 3 months and had no problems with it. The one minor quibble is the fact that it doesn't switch off when lifted off the base, but that's not a big issue. I would definitely recommend this to a friend! It's currently priced at £29.95 at Amazon, so not the cheapest kettle out there, but reasonable I think for a modern looking fast boil kettle.
If I'm honest I buy a product because it has good reviews and is attractive looking. Also the price has a big impact also.
This kettle was on sale in Argos and had good reviews so I thought I would give it a go. I was attracted by the ultra blue light that lights up the central part of the kettle when boiling the water. In the dark of the kitchen at night it's like it's having it's own little disco and looks the bomb!
The kettle is polished stainless steel so a little polish every now and again gets rid of any smears on the outside. The kettle is lightweight and sits on a black plastic charging unit that you just plug into the wall. It holds around 6-7 cups of water so plenty if you have a bigger family or lots of visitors. As the kettle sits freely on the charging unit it makes it cordless, and has a big black plastic handle that is just right size to get a good grip.
The water boils within 30-40 seconds depending on where you have filled it to. My only gripe is that the water doesn't stay hot for long after the kettle has reached boiling point.
Overall a good item that looks attractive in any kitchen and is easy to use.
I am the Office Manager in my workplace and it is down to me to make sure that the staff has all the facilities that they need. One of the things that we have are a large number of kettles scattered around the workplace, unfortunately I have to replace them frequently as they are used a large number of times in a day and do not last.
Although I was pleasantly surprised when I purchased the Breville VKJ348 Polished Stainless Steel Jug Kettle it has been one of the best kettles that I have purchased to date and has lasted a year already.
Some of the kettles that I have invested in over the years have been cheap and cheerful and have been a complete waste of money, but the Breville VKJ348 is priced in the middle range of kettles at around £40.
This kettle is a fast boil kettle that comes in a polished stainless steel, it is easy to wipe clean and will match any kitchen décor. It has a capacity that holds 1.7 litres and it has window on both sides of the jug, so that you can easily see how much water is in it, before turning it on. The kettle comes with a base and instruction manual.
This is a very funky kettle and it adds a great look to your kitchen as it illuminates the kitchen when it is boiling as it has a blue internal light, so you know that the kettle is on.
You can place it on the work surface in an area to suit the kitchen, it can be placed to the left or the right, but it really depends on whether you use your left or right hand for comfort and ease when pouring boiling water.
The kettle has a high wattage to allow the water to boil promptly and the element is concealed. This makes it a lot easier to clean and avoid lime scale build up. Some kettles on the market can be very loud when they are boiling and this kettle makes a minimal amount of noise when the water is boiling.
It is reasonably priced and when the next kettle at work breaks I will be purchasing another Breville VKJ348.
This kettle is more of a special kind of kettle, a little different than your normal kettles that you would normally get.
seeing this one on the shelf looked like there was a party going on in there and I was missing out, but when I looked closer it was just the water gauge section, it just looked so cool, it was what one would call....unique.
This fast boiling kettle is a cordless kettle but has a charging plate underneath that the kettle must be connected onto for the kettle to be able to boil.
This model can hold up to 1.7 litres but the Manuel does advise that you don't pour any higher than the maximum level on the water gauge to avoid any problems which may end up causing you harm.
This is quite a sturdy kettle with a nice big black plastic handle so there is no fumbling around trying to get a good grip, with most of the body made of stainless steel the heat does cause the steel to heat up awfully hot which then makes the handle perfect size and avoiding your hand from getting burned, the lid is black and also made of plastic which has a hand grip in the lid allowing for an easy way to open the top, you will see the water gauge situated on the side of the kettle, but this water gauge is different to the more traditional ones, instead of just a thin transparent plastic showing you the water level, on this kettle there is not one but two water gauges, one on either side and they are very big taking up about a third of the body and its very easy to see the water boiling due to the transparent plastic and because it's a fast boiling kettle it makes for an easy life, on the(very big) water gauge it tells you how much water you need for how ever many cups you want to make and as great as that sounds in theory it never works in practice, also what plays a big factor is how big your tea cups are.
It states on the gauge that you can go up to seven cups (1.7 Litres) which I find would give my household less than seven cups from 1.7 litres. So I guess to get this right you have to read the guidelines to know the measurements for what constitutes a cup.
While the main part of the kettle has a colour scheme of Black and white, the water gauge is a very funky blue, which is what caught my eye in the first place.
I find that in this day and age there are a lot of kettles that have the fast boiling function and are not at all noisy and I add this one to that growing list.
This kettle isn't one of the cheapest out there but it's not the most expencive, but for some reason the price does vary on where you purchase it from
www.jarrold.co.uk online shopping £35
I got this from Amazon on offer for £20 but it doesn't seem to be on Amazon at all anymore. I would consider the £35 but not £59.
For such a medium to high price kettle you would expect the kettle to hold it's shine for a long while before you start to see the dulling effects of time but this is not the case with the Breville kettle, as elegance goes with the crystal clarity of this kettle, once taken out the box its like it immediately starts to age at the rate of a speedster.
Another downfall on this model is that even though you can see a lot of the water inside the kettle through the water gauge as it starts getting hotter and near boiling point it steams up the plastic so you can't see anything because of the fog that has blocked your view. But then are you going to sit there and watch the kettle boil, it's like watching paint dry, but I guess the kettle has a blue light show.
But a great thing with this kettle is that there is a removable and washable lime scale filter that keeps your kettle cleaner for longer, and that's a good thing
Good kettle but it has some flaws.
I recently decided to upgrade my boring old white kettle for a lovely shiny stainless steel kettle. I chose Breville as a manufacturer as I have already got a sandwich press, Iron and a deep fat fryer by Breville and I have never had any problems with these items.
The kettle is a nice shape. The handle is very chunky and made of black plastic and is located on the side of the kettle and there is plenty of room between the handle and the kettle so you don't burn yourself when picking the boiled kettle up. The kettle has a 360 degree swivel base allowing you to situate the handle to the left or right side for easier picking up. The lid is also black and has a large pull up to open release mechanism allowing for easier filling.
The large clear windows on either side of the kettle allow you to see exactly how much water you have put in the kettle. Printed on the window is cup measurements (up to seven cups or 1.7 litres) so you can boil exactly the right amount of water for your drink, thereby saving energy and reducing your energy bills. It is worth noting that the measurement must have been calculated using tea cups and not mugs as when I checked the accuracy of the cup measurement I used three mugs full and that reached the kettles four cup mark (I have not got big builder mugs but quite dainty china mugs). While boiling your desired amount of water the inside of the kettle lights up blue. So when the water boils it gives quite a nice effect, I don't think this adds or detracts to the desirability of the kettle but it looks nice in the dark.
The kettle is made of stainless steel and is highly polished when you get it out of the box. The highly polished look does not last long and soon dulls to a mottled dull shine. I think this is due to splashed water from filling drying on the outside of the kettle when it gets hot. If your willing to buff your kettle back to a highly polished shine each week the kettle will look as good as the day you got it out if the box for a long time. I am not willing to buff my kettle up so I am left with a somewhat grubby looking kettle sat on my work top. As previously stated the kettle is made of stainless steel and therefore gets extremely hot whilst in use. I have not touched the kettle while boiling to check this as I do not enjoy getting burnt.
The kettle boils one cup in precisely 40 seconds (I timed it) which is quite fast. The kettle is not overly noisy, I would say about as loud as a tap running into a sink of water.
The kettle has the Breville logo on each side underneath the window, the logo is not intrusive as with some brands. Underneath the logo in tiny black writing it says "Save energy only boil what you need" this statement is so tiny that I only noticed it while giving the kettle a good look over for this review. Maybe if this bit of advice was on the lid to remind you as you fill the kettle to only boil what you needed this would have been a nice touch, but being printed under the logo in the tiniest writing it is pretty pointless.
The kettle also has removable washable limescale filters which are handy if you live in a hard water area.
I have had this kettle for around six months (since 24th December 2009) and I am really pleased with it. My only problems with it are that the stainless steel is a bit of a pain to keep clean and therefore keeping the kettle looking good and I seem to be having a bit of trouble with the power supply, it does not always start to boil when I put it on the base and turn it on and I have to jiggle the kettle to make it go, I don't find this overly annoying I just think that the base and the kettle have not connected properly. If this was a major problem I would have returned the kettle by now.
It's a really good kettle, I'd recommend this to anyone looking for a new kettle as it's easy to use with the big handle and easy to open and shut lid (my mother-in-law has arthritis in her hands and she finds this kettle easy to use on the occasions she has used it) and has quite a modern feel to it as it is stainless steel and lights up blue while being used.
I give this product 3 and a half out of 5 dooyoo stars as the kettle gets tarnished easily and the connection of kettle to base has started playing up.
3kW Fastboil element
1.7 litre capacity
Polished stainless steel design with twin illuminated water windows
Removable, washable limescale filter
360 degree base
The kettle can currently be purchased from www.amazon.co.uk and all other good retailers.
Thank you for reading.
I bought a Breville VKJ348 from Amazon as it was on special offer, £29.99 rather than the original price of £60. I have since realised that most retailers of this kettle are selling it for a similar price.
I soon encountered problems/disappointing aspects to our new kettle. Firstly when boiling a full kettle, it noticeable rocks on the base unit, making a great deal of noise. I contacted Breville's Customer service Dept. who informed me that this is a common fault. I ask if they could tell me which of their kettles do not do this, they said that to their knowledge, most of them!
The other problems are that it is incredibly noisy when boiling. Following boiling water, the window on the front of the kettle show condensation, which spoils the over look of the model.
We decided straight away to return the kettle, and have now bought a Morphy Richards 43740, a little more expensive, but it looks great, and doesn't rock on the base.
Overall, I preferred to spend a little more for a better quality kettle. However if on a budget, it's a good buy.
We were bought our Breville kettle for Christmas and overall we are very pleased with it. The stainless steel is stylish, it has a cool blue light when it is turned on to boil and I would say that it boils quite fast.
The main problem with it is that it is extremely noisy! It has to be the loudest kettle I have ever come across when it is in mid boil. This might be connected with its speed, but the noise really is surprising. I wouldn't say that this should be a reason not to buy the kettle, just a factor worth considering.
The other thing I would mention is that the number of cups guide on the water level can be misleading. In order to boil enough water for 2 normal sized mugs, we boil between 3 and 4 "cups". It must be based on teacup sizes, but I think generally people use mugs. You want to boil only what you need to save water and power in these energy saving times, hence buying a tall kettle in the first place.
Overall, a good kettle and I would buy it again and recommend it, only with a noise warning!
After alot of deliberation it was decided that we needed a kettle - big decision i know! When I arrived at Argos with the intention of buying the cheapest kettle for the sake of just having one. But then, I considered how I'd feel about having a white kettle that would look very much out of place in a world of black and silver. I reconsidered. At £26.89 it was a middle price ranged kettle. Using my Nectar points, I managed to get £2.50 off - not much, but, as Tesco say 'Every Little Counts'.
This company was the brainchild of Bill O'Brien and Harry Norville - as with alot of companies who have two equal partners (Waitrose - Wallace Waite & Arthur Rose, Umbro - Harold & Wallace Humphreys Humphrey Brothers, and Charles Rolls & Henry Royce - Rolls Royce, to name a few) their names were amalgamated to create the name Breville. The company actually originated in Australia and they specialise in small kitchen appliances. Back in 1932 they started their empire by making radios. At the time World War II was on the cusp of starting, so Breville concentrated on mine detectors in an effort to assist with the war. After 1945 mining detectors were not in as much demand, so Breville turned their attention to something more wide scale. The Breville Research and Development centre was set up in the 60's and this became the idea factory for the company. 1974 saw the advent of the toastie maker, which set in motion the direction the company would take. An appliance that Australia were the first to be endowed with from Breville, was the Kitchen Wizz, a food processor. Since then Breville has gone from strength to strength!
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My main reason for being attracted to this particular kettle was the colour - black and polished silver - I knew Darth (my Daewoo American fridge) would get on with it - good times!
Once filled to the maximum level with ice cold water (1.7 litres), the kettle takes exactly 3.34.06 minutes to hit boiling point. The luminance blue colour of the water is encapsulating, especially as it is about to boil and appears to go in a whirlpool fashion. It makes a kind of rumbling sound when it is boiling - nothing that would be called disruptive, but as with all kettles, there is the inevitable, low level noise.
The cord is connected to the 360° rotational power base, making it easy to transport around the kitchen with ease (not that I recommend walking around with a kettle full of boiling water). The base has six little rubber stumps which is the non slip feature. They appear to grip onto the surface exceptionally well, and I have not had any issues with it moving from the position I placed the kettle in.
For first use, it is recommended that you fill up the kettle and take it to the boil and discard this water. This process should be completed twice to get rid of any residue that was left from the manufacturing process.
Sturdy construction, for a kettle, for my peace of mind, this was an important factor in purchasing this one - not that I've seen others that are falling to pieces! The ergonomic handle ensures a comfortable grip and makes the process of pouring easy. It is also easy to fill the kettle. It has an automatic switch off - luckily in my case, as I do tend to switch it on and then get sidetracked! Also, there is dry boil protection system that automatically switches off the kettle if it hasn't got sufficient water in it to boil.
It has a removable, washable lime scale filter - no that i've made use of this feature, yet, but it is a useful feature that I wanted in a kettle. It seems to be a pretty simple, three step procedure :-
1. Unclip the filter.
2. Rinse it under the tap and brush it using a soft brush.
3. Clip the filter back into kettle.
Price wise, it was definitely worth it. We should get a good few years out of it. There were others in the same prices range - a Kenwood brand one being a potential buy - but this one with its illuminations was the one for me.
There are some handy energy saving tips (more than likely ones that we all adhere to anyway) in the book that accompanies the kettle. Filling your kettle to the level you need it, as opposed to filling it for a cuppa is one of the tips.
This is one kettle I would recommend to anyone, it not only does the trick, but it looks impressive whilst doing so!
polished stainless steel jug kettle / Short name: Breville VKJ348