My kettle was leaking for ages before I replaced it with my new Breville. I knew what I wanted in a kettle, but finding one at the right price was proving to be quite difficult. My main requirements were that it had to be cream in colour to co-ordinate with my kitchen. I also wanted it to be this particular style after having tall thin kettles for what seems like ever, I really fancied a change.
The Breville VKJ438 retails at approximately £50 which is more that what I wanted to pay. It also matches its neighbour clone over at Morphy Richards in the same style which retails at just over the £50 mark.
Sainsbury's had this kettle on offer for ages a few months ago when I bought it, and it has recently been on offer again so it's worth keeping an eye out for a bargain. I managed to pick the kettle up for £27.99 which I was perfectly happy paying.
I remember when I unpacked my shiny new kettle and introduced it to my kitchen. It seemed to fit in perfectly well with the colour scheme and looked at home instantly. My kitchen is quite small and appliances are forever getting moved around to test out the fit and maximising counter space. This kettle has a 360 swivel base which means it can sit in any direction according to where the plug sockets are. It doesn't have a very long lead attached, but there is enough to reach all of my sockets comfortably.
The overall look of the kettle is nice in appearance. The cream unit is offset by a stainless steel spout and black handle. There is only the minimal branding on the kettle, but it sits on both sides of the kettle near the base and the light unit. You couldn't miss it was made by Breville, but at the same time it doesn't look out of place which is a relief.
To hold the kettle is quite comfortable due to its large handle that reaches from end to end of the kettle dome. Holding a 170ml capacity, I find the kettle can be quite heavy when full, but I usually only boil the minimum required amount for what I need which makes it a lot lighter to hold.
My old kettle was quite slow to boil, but it was quite old and technology changes all the time. My Breville is quite a noisy boiler, but it does boil from cold fairly quickly. Not as quick as I have seen some kettles, but then it's not marketed for its fast boiling. It does however have a 3000w capacity.
Many of the features on the kettle are standard such as the non slip feet on the base unit, dry boiling cut out feature, and cordless unit away from the base, but despite not having anything spectacular about its features, I have taken a liking to it.
My one niggle about the kettle is the small lid. I find if I need to re boil after I have just poured a kettle full of boiling water from the unit, then the steam is too much from the small lid area. As it's not a flip lid, you have a knob on the top to remove. This is fine to fill from cold, and also from my curved kitchen tap unit, but perhaps from a small kitchen sink unit with single taps, this may be more difficult.
Overall I have been very pleased with my kettle and would certainly look to getting the toaster to match in the future. I know I wouldn't have paid full price for this kettle, but then I rarely like to pay full price for anything if I can help it.
Short name: Breville VKJ438