“ Brand: Breville / Type: Kettle „
Is it cost effective to buy a cheap kettle? Or is it worth spending a bit more for something that will perform just as well? Having just switched from a really cheap kettle to the Breville VKJ535 Traditional Kettle I'd still have to say it really doesn't make a huge amount of difference. The cost in this case was more for the design and build of the kettle itself. It's not perfect but it has its advantages.
The VKJ535 is a glorious luminous green colour although not quite as vibrant as the picture. It seems to be quite a niche colour scheme for Breville to go for. It doesn't match anything in our kitchen although at a push the silver and black on the handle, lid, spout and bases fit with our toaster and microwave. It's the lime green that makes it an interesting talking point as it's immediately noticeable. Regardless of colour, I wouldn't cross it off the list altogether.
Design wise, the kettle is wider at the base than most kettles and with a hidden element means it's possible to only fill it with one cup rather than needing 2-3 to immerse the element. This reduces the length of time it takes to boil making it more energy efficient but compared to our old cheap kettle, I wouldn't say there was a big difference in heat up time. If we've got company it will fill to 1.7 litres getting around 8 mugs out of it in less than 4 minutes but one of the problems I do have is with the water gauge. Other than it lighting up in blue which is lovely, the gauge doesn't say how little is needed for one cup (only marks off 4/6/8 cups). The kettle has been in use for a good few months and the gauge is constantly covered in condensation so it's really hard to tell just how much water is in it. I always end up having to wiggle it so I can see the water level move.
The body of the kettle gets incredibly hot while the water is boiling so it's really important to keep it out of reach of children. It does seem to be a little quieter though. Thankfully the handle isn't affected by the heat and is comfortable to grip. I do have to watch when pouring water though as the steam can hit my hand but never to the point where it burns or I have to let it go. The spout isn't overly wide so pours easily. Filling it isn't as easy though as they don't recommend filling it through the spout but taking the lid of. The handle gets in the way a bit of the lid and the faucet.
The plastic base plate feels like the cheapest part of the kettle - I think it's more the more the silver ring making it look a bit tacky. It's very light but still sturdy enough for the kettle so it doesn't feel like it's going to break easily. It doesn't matter which way the kettle is placed on it as it can be swivelled 360 degrees and doesn't catch on it at all if needing to turn it around. I like having the cord storage on it too so it can keep the worktop tidy.
It is a lovely looking kettle and I do prefer it to our cheap one. It does have its drawbacks but nothing that greatly impacts its usage and it does benefit greatly from the hidden element as it's less likely to overheat. It's not a traditional kettle in the fact that's electric but with the more traditional style of it gives it the advantage of boiling quicker. Is it worth spending over £40 on? I think it could be a little cheaper but I do feel it's going to last far longer. There's a matching 4 slice toaster from Breville to go with the kettle (can't comment on how good that is) but I think if you do end up going for the lime colour scheme you're reducing the choice of appliances to match.
Short name: Breville VKJ535