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I had a problem with my last kettle breaking on me and quickly needed a replacement as I love my cups of tea too much. I had a Breville but it broke and then it seemed a bit ironic that the kettle I then found that I liked was also a Breville. I wasn't sure whether to steer clear after my last breaking or to take a risk and go for them again as I loved the look of it that much. This kettle is different from my last as it is polished stainless steel, really different in shape but also a good price at the same time. I decided to take the risk and get the Breville as it seemed to have all of the features I was after as well as the design being right.
This kettle as I mentioned is polished stainless steel so is like a mirror all around and it has the Breville logo on the front of it. It has a black plastic base and handle as well as lid and it measures at 24.7cm (H) x 22.7cm (W) and 15.3cm (D) and it weighs 0.9kg. It has the water gauge on the side of the kettle and overall it has a 1.5L capacity, which isn't the biggest but it is enough for my house. It has a 360 degree base as well as it having non slip feet and it has a 3kW power consumption. The lid has a push button to operate it, overall the design is very modern looking and if you have a stainless steel kitchen it will fit in and even if you don't it'll stand out.
BREVILLE VKJ385 KETTLE
The fact this kettle sits on a 360 degree base is great as it can be put back at any angle but this is quite normal for most kettles nowadays. On the water gauge it shows up to 6 cups can be made and it is really clear to see although it is small writing on the cups if you find it hard to read small text. When you flip the on switch at the base of the kettle, a blue light goes on while it boils and then when it is finished, this light will go off and you will know it is ready. There is a push button on the top of the handle and when you push this down, it flips up the lid making it easier to fill up the kettle, it is quite to respond and doesn't seem to jam.
The handle on this kettle is easy enough to hold, it doesn't have any grips on it but it is firm enough. The kettle can get very hot so you need to be careful when picking it up. Once on boil, this kettle can be quite loud but I wouldn't say it was any louder than any other kettles I've used and it does boil quickly. Obviously, the more water in it then it will take longer but the amount of cups it shows on the side is always accurate with how many cups I get out of it. The spout on this kettle is quite narrow and sharp in shape, almost a tall triangle but it is easy to pour water out of this and it does pour well with it being at such a point on the spout.
This kettle is very easy to use, and it is easy to clean, it has a concealed element for easy cleaning and a removable and washable limescale filter. I haven't really done too much cleaning with this kettle yet but I know that when I do, it is well created to do so. There is a rapid boil technology with this kettle to speed up the boiling and I do feel it does warm up quick anyway. There is a boil dry protection element which means that the kettle will automatically switch off if it is empty to stop it from overheating or having any problems. This is not a feature I have come across before on other kettle's but it is good to have.
In terms of other kettle's I have had, this isn't the most advanced in technology but it is good and it does feature all modern features which I'd expect from a brand like Breville. The kettle looks good and so far I haven't had any real problems with it, it boils quick, the light is a nice addition and it isn't too heavy to hold when pouring. The water stays hot in the kettle for a good bit of time after boiling my only problem is that the water gauge being under the handle is quite an awkward place to put it so it is hard to see how much water is in it when filling up because of its placement. Other than this though I am pleased with this kettle and it does a great job.
This kettle can be purchased from a number of retailers, Argos are selling it for £19.50 which is a good price, Tesco Direct sell it for £18 though which does beat it and so do Amazon and it comes with free delivery.
The official Breville website is http://www.breville.co.uk/.
We bought this kettle about 18 months ago when our old one packed up and I haven't been disappointed with it. I never like buying new kettles because you have to keep boiling them to get rid of the stink before you can have a decent cup of tea. This kettle was no exception and it took a little while before it was fully useable. I left the lid open to try and get rid of that "new kettle stink" and after a week or so it was OK.
The kettle itself looks quite smart and is finished in polished stainless steel. I would have preferred to have a choice of colours but you can't be too fussy or you'd never choose anything. It's easy to clean but like all kettles if you leave it too long you'll have a job to polish it up again. The element inside is hidden away so that makes cleaning a bit easier.
This is a 3kw kettle and it starts to boil very quickly. It's especially quick if you only put enough water in for one or two cups of tea. The full capacity is 1.5 litres and would make about five to seven cups of tea. If you forget to put any water in the kettle it will switch off automatically. The lid is easy to open and the kettle is easy to fill. The water level window is behind the handle and this is a bit difficult to see, however I just open the lid and judge how much water I need without bothering to look at windows or indicators.
The on switch is underneath the handle and it lights up with a blue neon light when you switch it on. This makes it easy to see and for an old lady it's a bonus as you tend to look for the light to come on and you don't wander away and then wonder while the kettle isn't boiling.
The kettle has a non-slip, 360° rotational base for left and right-handed usage and there is cord storage facility. I don't really know anyone who winds the kettle cord up tidily so that they don't clutter the worktop. I just hope my husband doesn't read this as it's something he hasn't thought of doing....yet.
I love this kettle but it loses a star because of the position of the water level indicator. If I had to choose another kettle I'd go for the same one. Breville seems to be a good reliable make and I'd recommend it.
This past fortnight our house has found itself amidst terrible floods with no way to travel outside without owning scuba diving gear and a PhD in insanity. So when our trusty kettle blew up (for which I accept no responsibility whatsoever...) I looked to Amazon for a swift replacement. In times of flood-like crisis, the British need their tea in a timely manner. Thankfully a few days later it could be delivered by a courier with a big van and very wet feet.
The Breville VKJ385 is a polished stainless steel jug kettle. The jug part is quite self explanatory - instead of a domed lid this is shaped very similarly to a water filter jug. I'm not sure what the bonus of this is, but useful to know perhaps.
The dimensions of the kettle are as follows:
22.7 Width x 15.3 Depth x 24.7 cm Height.
I will admit that my first priority was price, as we only use an electrical kettle during the summer months anyway, but secondly our family requires a light kettle. At 900g this one fits the bill nicely.
The capacity is 1.5 litres which will make around 6 decent sized cups. This is a slightly smaller capacity than we were used to so be sure to check this for yourself before buying, however I believe 1.5 litres is around average.
Another handy feature this sports is a 3 kilowatt concealed fast-boil element. So not only should this boil speedily, it should be easy to clean too.
The switch on this kettle is a rather fetching luminous blue, so it can be seen in the dark with ease should you fancy a cuppa at 3am.
Finally the unit base stores the cord so there are no annoying trailing cables here. The base is also fully rotational so you can lift the kettle with your right or left hand without a struggle.
~~~The price of a good cuppa?~~~
If you buy this from Amazon as I did, this currently retails at £17. I think that's a brilliant price for a big name brand and for stainless steel and I was very happy to pay it.
A quick look around tells me that this is available from other places such as Sainsburys and Tesco for about £19.99 while Asda and John Lewis both have the kettle for £17 too.
For such a reasonably priced kettle, this one is actually very attractive. It looks quite similar to our previous Russell Hobbs one, and I suppose there can't be too much variation when it comes to kettles.
The stainless steel is highly polished and shiny, and the blue switch stands out nicely with it.
This does have a water gauge so you can see how much water remains in the kettle without opening the lid, but it's situated on the rear behind the handle which is quite difficult to see. It's also gauged in cups rather than in actual measurements, which isn't a problem, but may not be preferable to some. Meanwhile the handle itself is very thick and wide, meaning it's really easy to pick up and hold, which is a bonus.
The button to open the lid is found on the top of the handle, while the lid has a slight indent on it to make its closure easy and convenient. I suppose here is where the jug kettle's flat lid becomes noticeable, because the entire top of the kettle lifts up rather than just the small dome, as it is with conventional shaped kettles. This makes pouring the water in a very simple task - no tipping water everywhere here!
The size of the kettle itself was a pleasant surprise too. As you may have already guessed from the measurements, this is actually quite a dinky unit. It's almost half the size of our old kettle, but with its 1.5 litre capacity it's clearly just been designed to be space saving rather than compromising on internal size. Make no mistake, this isn't a travel kettle! Space is very limited in our kitchen, if you have a similar problem you'll find this kettle might be the right one for you.
Before using the kettle for the first time, the instructions advise that you fill the kettle up to the maximum line, boil and discard the water. It tells us to do this twice, to remove any left over residue from the manufacturing. With this done, the kettle is ready for use.
It's very easy to press the button, and the lid swings open instantly. So far so good.
Filling is also a doddle, with no spillages due to the large opening of the lid. However as I said earlier, it's hard to see how much has been filled by the gauge meter without craning your neck, so we prefer to just look inside instead.
Nothing was mentioned on the advertising about this kettle being quiet whatsoever, and there's no denying that electric kettles create quite a din. However the Breville is practically whisper quiet in comparison to our old Russell Hobbs. As it begins to heat up more the noise gets louder, and of course, it is loud, but definitely much quieter than previous kettles. The relative quietness of the boiling means you may be able to get away with making yourself a sneaky tea without offering anyone else one... ;)
But what about that fast-boil element? Well for the purposes of this review, I have found the following: (oh, the things I do for Dooyoo...)
With the water gauge filled to the '2 cups' line, this took exactly 65 seconds to boil.
Now, I don't know the speed of every individual kettle in the world (but what a talent that wouldn't be!), but I think that the Breville is pretty quick to boil. It seems quicker than our previous model, and no one seems to be hanging around the kettle holding an empty mug and begging, so I'd say it boils in perfect time for us here with no complaints. Fast-boil element indeed.
As with most kettles, when this has boiled the lovely blue switches clicks and turns itself off.
Lifting the kettle to pour is a simple experience too, and I can confirm that this is a very light-weight model particularly in comparison to others we've had. It doesn't need to be tipped almost vertically to get any water out either, a fault I've noticed before.
On the first day we had this kettle, the drinks made with it seemed to have a plastic-y taste to them. However by the next day this was gone, and it hasn't returned since, so I'm happy to assume it was just New Kettle Syndrome. If you experience the same thing, it should pass quickly. Perhaps a few more boils before use as per the instructions would have fixed this mild issue.
~~~Warranty and Warnings~~~
Breville offer a 1 year standard guarantee with this model.
The instructions warn that if the kettle is overfilled beyond its maximum line, water may be ejected from the spout during boiling, so definitely one to watch out for.
Something I was very glad to notice was that this model has a built in fail-safe device that switches the kettle off if it should be accidentally dry boiled/boiled with no water in, stopping it from breaking. During my teenage years, I was known (un)affectionately as the Kettle Killer due to my track record of five blown up kettles thanks to dry boiling so this mechanism pleased me no end.
All in all, I'm very pleased with this kettle. Kettles aren't exactly the most complex purchase, but this model seems to offer great functionality at a great price, and is aesthetically pleasing too. The only real downside that I can see is the difficulty in seeing the water gauge, but this is a minor flaw.
Thanks for reading :)
[Please note: I have no idea why Dooyoo asks me to rate the picture and sound quality of a kettle! So i've awarded it five stars to stay in-keeping with the other ratings.]
Enjoy a delicious cup of tea with the Breville VKJ385 jug kettle / Made from polished stainless steel it's seriously stylish and has a high 3kW output to keep boiling time short / A concealed element makes it easier to clean and more energy efficient than an immersed element requiring a lower minimum water level to function safely / A 1.5L capacity will give you about five to seven cups so it's ideal for families and tea-parties / A rear water gauge indicates water level to help you fill the kettle to th / Short name: Breville VKJ385