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Letting Off Some Steam
A kettle is something most of us take for granted, but when it breaks then you realise just what a useful labour saving device it really is. Boiling a saucepan on a hob is such a pain when you do it a lot.
This Breville kettle was easy to pick from the large selection of cordless kettles available, it was on offer at Argos.
The speed of the boil was an important factor when choosing this kettle, I rarely boil a full kettle I usually measure out what I need to save power. The kettle draws three kilowatts, meaning it boils the water very quickly, even when full. It does seem quite noisy, this is not really a problem for me. It also won't boil with no water in it. I have tried this and it does work so that's nice to know.
The kettle itself is quite stylish with a chrome finish and black plastic on the base, handle and lid. The lid is attached to the kettle and doesn't come off, it is opened by a button at the top of the handle and has been fine so far. I find this to be a bit better than a regular lid and certainly flasher. The Breville has a 1.7 litre capacity, so that should be more than adequate for most households.
Unlike some kettles the pour is very nice, all the water generally goes in the mug or where I would like it to go, not on the work surface or worse, my hand.
Having a wireless kettle is a definitely a plus, it's easy to fit back on the base. The only thing I am wary of is the last wireless kettle I had was retired because the contacts between the base and kettle stopped working. Fingers crossed the same doesn't happen with this one. The kettle can be rotated a full 360 degrees on the base.
There is a large window on the kettle so you can see the water level and markings. The markings are made in cups, this is pretty useless for measuring I find because I use mugs of different sizes. But you can use it as a rough guide. When you switch it on, by pressing down on the plastic switch, it lights up a nice blue colour. It does look really nice.
There has been a problem however, I heard a rattling noise from the kettle and on close inspection found a large piece of plastic loose. It turned out to be the filter that attaches somehow to the spout on the inside. After many attempts trying to get it back in I had to admit defeat. It's not an essential part of the kettle but it doesn't bode too well for its longevity.
Other than the filter coming off I can't really fault this Breville Kettle. It boils water fast and is low maintenance. Looks good in my kitchen and fits in nicely with my chrome toaster. A star away for the filter coming off.
We have just returned back from our static van and whilst we were away, I have had to replace our kettle. Upon arriving, one of the first things I do is make a nice cuppa; however as soon as I started to boil our old kettle, I noticed a burning smell, so we immediately stopped using. Because is was quite late, there were no shops open (the local Tesco's to our caravan closes at 10pm!) so as soon as I woke up in the morning, off I went to Argos to see what they had available.
Because the kettle only gets used at weekends, I didn't want to spend a lot of money, but I still wanted something that would last and look nice on the side in our caravan. I wasn't able to spend much time comparing prices or researching my purchase because my internet connection where we are is pretty slow, however as soon as I got home, I did a quick check. Looking online now, I can see that this is also available in places such as Amazon, Tesco's, Curry's and the RRP seems to be around £25, give or take a pound or two. Although I brought mine in store, the kettle is also available for home delivery with the standard delivery charge.
According to the instructions, the kettle will hold enough water to make 8 cups of tea, although haven't tested this aspect, it was indeed sufficient to make 5 oversized cups and still have some water left over. The actually amount of water the kettle holds is 1.7litres which seems to be pretty standard size when I compare to others out on the market.
The kettle looks nice and stylish on the work top, it is a polished chrome finish which shines quite nicely, unlike some chrome kitchen items I have had, it doesn't seem to attract those annoying finger prints and any marks is did get, were easily wiped away. The base, lid and handle are made from black plastic which is smooth to touch, the handle runs down the side of the kettle and is attached to both the top and bottom of the kettle giving it quite a sturdy feel, I am also confident that the kettle won't slip out of my hands when using.
The spout of the kettle is a nice angle too, meaning that when I tip the kettle, the water comes out at just the right speed and doesn't spill or splash! To fill the kettle, the lid flips up by depressing a plastic button on top, the fact that it is plastic means that I don't have to worry bout burning my fingers if I fill straight father using.
Just below the handle is the switch which is flicked downwards to start the boiling process, the switch lights up when a nice electric blue colour when depressed which not only do I think is a great way at letting you know the kettle was in use, but is also looks nice too. The switch it quite slim however it actually feels quite well made and not flimsy at all.
The water gauge runs down the front of the kettle and unlike other kettles I have used, the markers on the side are by cups and not litres (i.e. 4, 6 and 8 cup) which I that this is a good idea, especially when you are getting used to a new kettle as it helps understand how much or how little water to pour into the kettle. I also like the fact that because the window is quite big, it is easy to see at a distance how much water is in the kettle (especially early in the morning when my eyes aren't functioning properly!)
The base sits on top of 4 non slip feet and actually feels quite secure on the work top, I have this fear that one day I will knock the kettle over, this gives me extra reassurance that this won't happen. What I also like is that the kettle can be completely lifted from the base which is great, especially in the caravan where we have limited work space and it can get a little cramped in there, especially if there is more than 1 person in there.
The first time I used the kettle, I was quite impressed with how quick the kettle boiled, despite being nearly filled to the top, however one thing that did strike me was that I did think it was a little on the noisy side. This concern was proved the following morning when my other half went to make a cup of tea in the morning, the noise of the kettle boiling actually woke me up!
The kettle does have a built in boil dry protection which means that should the kettle ever be turned on when empty, it will automatically switch off - although I haven't tested this to see if it works! I also like the fact that the kettle has a removable and washable lime scale filter, although the kettle doesn't get as much use as the one we have at home, the water is very hard meaning lime scale tends to build up quite easily and quickly.
So far, so good, apart from being a little loud when it boils, I like everything else about it and for that reason; the kettle gets 5 out of 5 stars.
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The breville kettle has a sleek and stylish design that fits in well in my kitchen, this design gives it a modern look with a stainless steel finish. I have had it for a few months and am pleased that it is still in a good condition, so it is a very good quality product. It has a comfortable handle that anyone could use
This kettle has a solid build that makes it easy to refill and makes it efficient .I was happy too see how quickly it heats up the water at full level. Although it is a bit expensive ,the stainless steel finish makes it very light and is of the best quality, so it makes it good value
unfortunately it is a bit heavy when full. Another big problem is that it is very noisy when switched on and requires regular cleaning. When i first bought it i noticed that it leaves a metallic after taste and that the side window does not accommodate left handed individuals. The side window which is a bit dark , also makes it difficult to see how much water is in the kettle
Over the last few months my husband and I have experienced several disasters with our household kettles with each failing miserably. Thankfully, a purchase we made a couple of months ago is serving its purpose well and perfectly meets our needs with this review discussing the Breville Polished Stainless Steel Jug Kettle, Model Number VKJ668.
Whilst my tea drinking mad husband would have settled for any old kettle, as long as it was easy to use in addition to effectively boiling the water, I am ashamed to admit that I am somewhat of a snob when it comes to kitchen appliances and accessories. As a result, I like all my items to match with their polished stainless steel or chrome finish. In addition to the appearance of the kettle, my requirements were that it had to offer a good size handle, offer a rotational base as well as an easy to see water viewing window.
The lightweight jug kettle, which holds 1.7 litres of water, has an extremely contemporary and stylish appearance with its shiny polished stainless steel finish and as a result, looks attractive on our kitchen work surface. As our electric power point is situated directly behind where our jug kettle is positioned, the length of the power cord isn't an issue for us, but as I would expect from such a well known brand, it offers a good length. The sturdy and smooth black plastic handle was the winning point for my choice of model, particularly as it begins at the rear of the lid and finishes directly above the on/off switch, which is situated on the lower side of the kettle.
Consequently, it offers an easy and comfortable grip for the largest of fingers, which is a must where my husband is concerned, particularly as he suffers mobility issues in his hands and fingers. Furthermore, the handle remains cold whilst the kettle is in use and when holding, the knuckles are situated a good distance away from the boiling hot stainless steel, so there is no risk of suffering any burns. The circular non slip base offers a 360° rotation, so there is no fiddling around when attempting to replace the kettle, as it will effortlessly slot into place regardless of its position.
Filling the kettle is an easy task due to the large view water window, which is easy to read even in direct sunlight. Whilst the one side of the kettle offers measurements in cups with a minimum of four and maximum of eight, there are well defined increments, which are depicted by a bold line with each indicating one cup. As my husband and I will boil only the required amount of water we fill the kettle to the three cup measurement, which is sufficient for filling two mugs. What I found a little odd is that the reverse of the kettle does not offer a further view water window, which is generally the case with most brands where litre measurements are also offered. Whilst the kettle is designed for both left and right hand usage, the lack of measurements on the reverse may prove to be a little difficult for those consumers who are left handed.
The kettle is filled via the hinged lid with its easy to open release latch, which firmly closes when gently pushed into place. As a result, there are no spillages when pouring the boiling water, which is easily achieved via the perfectly shaped spout, which disappointingly was an issue with our previous kettle, as the water decided to dispense from several nooks and crannies! As previously stated, the on/off switch is located directly underneath the base of the handle, and it is effortlessly pressed into the on position and if you favour an illuminated kettle, this model offers a lovely shade of blue when in operation.
A further selling point of this kettle is the claim of a 3kW fastboil element and I couldn't agree more, as the boil is most definitely rapid, so there's no impatiently waiting around for that refreshing hot cuppa. I'm a real fuss pot as I like my kitchen appliances and accessories to be sparkling clean and the kettle is easily cleaned with a damp cloth followed by a polish with a dry cloth. As the element is concealed, in additional to offering improved energy efficiency, there are fewer areas to clean and as far as I am concerned, this adds to the overall appeal of this kettle. Fortunately, as we live in a soft water area, the build up of limescale is something that occurs every six months or so and as with any other kettle this is easily removed by using a descaling product. Whilst we have yet to clean the element, the accompanying eleven page booklet provides an easy step by step guide, which is similar to that of the directions for any other brand.
We are extremely pleased with our Breville Polished Stainless Steel Jug Kettle, which is guaranteed for a period of one year from the date of purchase. I've carried out an online search to find the most competitive retailer and at the time of writing, Amazon is the cheapest at £24.99. Due to the reasons discussed above, I feel a five star rating is appropriate for this high performance kettle together with a high recommendation.
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Short name: Breville VKJ668