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I bought this kettle in October 2011 as a special offer from Argos. It came with a toaster, model number VTT212.
On first usage the Kettle appears to be of reasonable quality, but some six months down the line, from purchase it began to leak. On closer inspection, the leak is from the window. So long as I don't fill it above the 6 cup marker, it's okay. Go above that and a nice trickle of water piles out, until the kettle is hot, then the leak stops.
I've lived with the leak ever since it started some three and a half years ago - more about that later.
The Kettle is mostly chrome with a translucent window, encompassing markings up to 7 cups, which equates to about 1.6 litres. The remainder of the kettle is charcoal grey. It rotates 360 degrees on its base. There is only one measurement window, which makes this kettle rather biased to right handed people!
There are two operative buttons, the on off tab, which illuminates blue when on and the open lid button, on top, which you merely press to open the lid. Neither function has failed yet. I should add though, I press the button to close the lid too, as this takes the strain off the lid catch. This may be why it hasn't yet failed.
At this point, I should say, that I swapped to using bottled water only when the leak occurred. I use a supermarket, own brand mineral water,costing 21p / litre. Thus, this has kept the kettle spotless inside and eliminated the need for cleaning. Needless to say, hot drinks taste better!
The VKJ521 is rated between 2750 to 3000 watts, but, alas, is somewhat slow to boil, taking three minutes when full. At minimum fill, it takes 60 seconds.
The pouring spout is fine and pours well, with no spillage.
The handle is comfortable to use and there is no risk of scalding.
What do I do when it leaks? Four pieces of kitchen paper, placed below it to absorb the mess.
So why haven't I replaced it? Disillusionment in the UK kettle market. Ever tried to find a kettle made in the UK? You won't find one. Every single kettle of every single manufacturer is now made in - you guessed it - China. Except Braun, they have two models, both made in Croatia, but come with two pin plugs, so you'll need an adapter.
Short name: Breville VKJ521