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I bought this kettle approximately six years ago following the birth of my first child - at that time I believed everything should be sterilised, filtered etc and went a bit over the top!
Nowadays I am have a much laxer attitude. Fortunately this purchase was worth every penny.
I originally paid around £40.00 at Argos but when browsing Ebay I saw the same kettle for £25.00. If I had then ordered the kettle from Ebay and returned it to Argos, passing it off as the original kettle (assuming it was within the 2 week no quibble money back guarantee period) I could have saved myself £15.00. Of course, that is not something I would do.....
When purchasing a water filter kettle, it is important to consider the expense incurred to filter the water! Filter cartridges produced by Brita tend to be quite expensive, although they are regularly on special offer.
Single filters can be found at Tesco for £4.00, whilst a 5 pack is £18.50.
I no longer opt for Brita and use Tesco filters, a single cartridge costs £2.25 and a pack of 3 is £6.50.
The filter must be changed approximately every month, although the kettle will let you know when this is due via a handy gadget on the lid. This requires resetting each time the filter is replaced.
I'm not sure if the water in my area is particularly 'unclean' but there is evidence of grime each time the filter is removed.
The kettle operates via a two chamber system. Tap water is poured into the upper chamber passing through the filter into the lower chamber. In order for the water to filter, the switch on the handle must be fully down, covering the button which must be depressed to boil the kettle.
The kettle has a maximum twelve cup capacity, in order to achieve this the upper chamber must be filled fully and a little more added once it has fully drained.
Do not exceed the twelve cup capacity - this causes water to shoot out of the spout with some ferocity when the kettle is boiled!
It did take a while to get used to this kettle, for the first few months there was no such thing as a quick cup of tea! I soon realised that the lower chamber must always be full - now whatever I use I refill immediately.
When boiling the kettle, the switch on the handle must be pushed upwards (use your thumb!) and a very small button underneath slightly pushed in.
A small click will then be heard and a red light illuminates.
The kettle is relatively quiet when boiling although during the last few seconds bubbling can be heard before the kettle switched itself off.
The kettle is flex free , sitting on a circular base which is plugged into a socket. It's not the greatest looking kettle but my kitchen isn't that hi-tech so this isn't a problem!
I love this kettle and when it eventually tires through excessive use I will be really sorry to see it go.
My mum did point out one flaw - it is quite a heavy kettle, particularly when full. For this reason I would not recommend it's use for the frail or elderly.
I'm writing this for two reaons. Firstly is for you, the dooyoo community, who deserves to hear the voice of experience on kettles. Secondly, is to annoy my tea-loving mother. Because she covets this kettle.
I'll give you a quick description so this is all in context for you:
The kettle is a fairly large unit, with a corded base that the kettle itself comes away from. Quite nifty, but come on, this is the 21st century - everything is wireless. The kettle is then divided into two main parts - the bottom boiling section, with a flat metallic heating element (good for the fight against limescale, or so I've heard). It holds about a litre and a half or so of filtered water, but you'd be unwise to fill it that high - this thing gets heavy. On top is the resevoir, that holds about a litre of unfiltered water. The idea being that you fill the resevoir from the tap, flick down a rubber catch which covers the boiling switch. The water trickles down from the resevoir into your boiling chamber (this sounds like the parts to an engine). You then flick the rubber slide which both stops the fliter process, and allows you to push the boil button.
This product, whilst rather flash and not a terribly bad idea, is a terribly bad idea. It takes very long time to filter, and I could probably boil it quicker by holding it really close to my chest on a sunny day. Let me tell you all the things wrong with it.
Firstly is the little problem of the filter and boiling process. This would be a bigger problem if the water went through the filter at any rate of measurable knots, but meh. To the credit of the engineer behind it, the problem WAS thought of ahead of time. The switch stops water from filtering through whilst you're boiling, otherwise you'd be dripping cold water into (slowly) boiling water, and it would take even longer. While this is a necessary feature, it means that if (as often happens) you're thinking ahead of time, you fill up the resevoir of unfiltered water on the top, and forget to hit the switch. So for all your forward thinking (which in a regular kettle, would never be necessary) is for nought.
Secondly, is the imbalance of the kettle. If you're boiling a brew for more than 4 people, you're going to need 2 top-ups to the kettle. Well, at least in my house. None of this tiny teacup business. Anyway, this is because the top resevoir has only about two-thirds of the capacity of the bottom one. Standing there like a moron as water mockingly goes through the filter like a child that doesn't want to go to bed is truly maddening. Just imagine you have two kids with two different bed times and I think you can see where I'm going.
Now the physical imbalance of the unit. Allow me to set the scene, as it were. So you're making a brew, filling up your resevoir for your lovely Brita filtered water, but oh no! You've put in too much. You can't pour it out, because you'll pour what HAS filtered through (and believe me, waiting as long as you had, you really don't want to do that). So you put the lid on, flick your switch and the boil starts, and one episode of Corrie later, it comes to the boil. If you're sensible, and using a regular kettle, you're safe in the knowledge that if it was overloaded, the weight is all at the bottom. Imagine now, if half of that weight is in the top, throwing off your normal steady aim, and the other half, just to keep things fun, is scalding hot water!!!! Tsk tsk tsk.
"But what about the fresh taste of Brita filtered water??" You bellow. Well, personally I think it's overrated, but here's what you do, and this is what we did before purchasing this naff kettle. Works like a charm.
You have a good normal unfiltering kettle. You know, old school. And you get a filter-jug. This literally solves every problem. No silly switch to forget to flick, dedicated filter which is MUCH quicker than this rubbish, no hot-water imbalance, and much more energy efficient - you'll never have to boil more water than you need, because theres no guesswork involved with the filter.
I think that covers all the bases. Just don't buy filter kettles.
I bought this kettle because I'm a bit of a tea nut (sad, I know!). My friend told me it would make a huge difference to the taste of tea, and convinced me to buy one.
The kettle is quite bulky and not especially pretty to look at. You pour water from the tap into a small reservoir at the top, and gravity causes it to fall through the water filter (just like on a fridge filter). At the bottom is a heating element, so that when enough water has fallen through, you can flick a switch and boil it. The system is easy to use, but it does have one flaw: it takes quite a long time to filter. If, like me, you're an impatient person who just wants a cuppa NOW, this can be quite annoying.
Another design flaw is that if you accidentally put more water than you need in the top reservoir, you have to filter it all. If you try to pour from the kettle while there's still cold water in the top, chances are the lid will fall off and you will get a mixture of scalding hot and freezing cold water descending into your drink and all over the kitchen surface too! I burnt myself doing this the first time, so it can be quite hazardous!
The kettle does work to filter out limescale - I have never had to descale mine, though if you live in a hard water area, you will still need to wipe the top compartment and the lid with vinegar, as you will find scale builds up there. However, the big disadvantage is how quickly you go through the filters: I live in a household of two full time workers, and one filter (costing £3-4) lasts me barely a month. The cost of the kettle is higher than other brands, and when you add on this cost too, this is an expensive appliance to run and maintain.
Personally, I don't notice a big difference in taste either. Even when I made two cups of tea side-by-side, one using the filtered water, one with ordinary tap water, I couldn't taste much of a difference. I do live in a fairly soft water area, though, so perhaps the difference would be more noticeable for those with more calcium and magnesium in their water. However, perhaps even those guys should pause before getting one of these, since hard water is now scientifically proven to reduce the rate of heart disease!
Living in Shropshire, we suffer dreadfully from hard water. I was finding I need to descale my old kettle on a weekly basis, otherwise I would get strange bits floating in my tea - urgggh!!!
Thereford when the Brita Acclario first hit the market - I immediately went out to buy one. It did everything it said it would do.
Firstly, you have to wash the filter to get rid of any air bubbles, and then you place the filter within the "hopper" in the top part of the kettle.
The kettle comes with one of two types of lid - a) the type you remove to fill or b) the type with a whole in the top for putting the water in. My kettle had type a.
You have to fill the top part of kettle with water, and allow it to drain through - you do this twice to ensure that the water is totally clear (something to do with the filter particles). Once you have done this, you can fill the kettle with water and away you go.
The kettle has a clever little switch on the side which stops the water filtering through to the bottom part of the kettle - which enables you to boil very small amounts of water in the bottom of the kettle and hold the unfiltered water in the top.
The water which has been filtered tastes so much better than water straight from the tap - and provided you remember to change the filter every month, the kettle stays limescale free!!! There is a little lcd mechanism on the top of the kettle which flashes when you need to change the filter, so you don't forget.
Anyway having happily used my Brita kettle for 2.5 years, the hopper unit (holding the filter) snapped. Allowing unfiltered water to get into the bottom of the kettle. Whilst the kettle still boiled water, unfiltered water meant that the kettle started to "fur up".
I decided that rather than just buy another kettle, I would email Brita to see if they could sell me a replacement hopper unit.
They emailed me back within 2 days to say that indeed they could supply me with the required part, and that I should call them with the model number of the kettle.
I therefore rang them with kettle in hand to give them the required information. The very nice lady on the phone advised me that the replacement part would be free !!! I had this kettle for over 2 years, so it was out of the guarantee period. I checked this with her again, but she confirmed that yes, Brita offered free parts replacements.
I therefore provided all the relevant information to her to enable her to check availability of the required part.
After a couple of minutes, she came back to me with the bad news that the part was out of stock - ahhhhhhh.
However her solution was unexpected. She would send me a brand new replacement kettle, totally FREE of charge, provided I returned the old kettle to her at the freepost address she gave me, once I received the new one.
Obviously this solution met very well with me!!! Within a week I had received my shiny brand new kettle (which was actually a superior model to the one I had originally purchased). I packed the old kettle in the box, and sent it back to Brita at the Freepost address.
Suffice to say my brand new kettle is working fantastically and I would have no hesitation in buying Brita in the future, and recommending them to everyone.
My only other point would be to say that I now only use Britas own brand of filters, as I believe it was by using cheaper "multifit" filters that my kettle broke in the first place by fracturing the plastic - as the fit of these alternative filters isn't perfect.
Where we live the waters not bad and we don't really need to filter it but my Father in Laws water is so bad that some days it is undrinkable. Because of this he filters all his water and if he dosen't he has to descale his kettle about once a month. He has up until just recently has a separate filter jug and kettle but they took up so much space in his small kitchen.
We noticed the Brita Acclario filter kettle in Argos a few months ago while we were looking to get him a fridge jug which although notideal would at least save him a little space.
The kettles were priced at around £45 but he was needing a new kettle anyway so he said if we wanted to buy him one to wait til his birthday this month and the price may have dropped slightly.
We saw one in Tesco about 4 weeks ago for £26 and decided to get him one the next time we were in, but when I went back they had dropped to the amazing price of £13.45.
I went home leaving the kettle convinced I was mistaken and then dragged my poor Hubby back to Tesco when he finished work, sure enough they were £13.45, he even went to check it on the scanner to make sure the price wasn't for something else. This time we took one home with us.
Once home we decided we had to try it to make sure it worked.
I was very impressed with it and we ended up keeping it and buying my Father in Law another one.
The kettle is available in White and Graphite (dark Grey) the ones we got were both Graphite.
The kettle is 2KW and boils really quickley, a lot quicker than our old kettle which was also a 2KW. It has a flat plate heating element in the bottom of the kettle. The main jug is clear plastic so you can see it boiling and within seconds of switching on there were little bubbles forming in the base. One thing that really did surprise me about the jug is the fact that it dosen't get very hot even when just boiled, in fact you can put your hand right where the water is and the heat isn't even uncomfortably hot!
It is cordless and has a 360* base with cord storage.
The kettle comes with a filter cartridge included. Before you use it you need to soak it in water for a few seconds the activate the filter granules. You know it's ready when bubbles stop coming out. Then you just pop it in the the filter holder filter 2 lots of water then you can use the 3rd lot.
Each cartridge should filter around 150L of water but depending on how hard your water is you may find it is less.
The kettle has an inbuilt digital "memo" cartridge indicator. There are four bars which go down each week and you are supposed to change the cartridge when it is clear after 4 weeks. To set the "Memo" you just hold down a button and wait for the indicator to stop flashing, when it stops it has reset. Has our water is soft anyway and we had filtered nowhere near 150L when it said we needed to change it I just left the same cartridge in and reset it anyway.
To use the kettle just as a water filter jug you can just filter the water through then decant it into a bottle or something an pop it in the fridge. You can filter up to 1L at a time, this takes about 2 minutes. You can boil up to 1.5L at a time. If you pour say a litre of water in to be filtered then decide you want to boil it halfway through filtering you can do just by switching the kettle on, this automatically stops the filtering process and the water dosen't spill out of the filtering part when you pour as it is sealed.
On the handle there is a slide panel to filter water you leave the panel down, to use it as a kettle you slide the panel up and press a button at the top of the handle. It automatically shuts off when boiled or if it boils dry.
There are clear instuctions included with the kettle and shows each step in pictures as well as words.
It is very easy to clean as there are no real fiddly bits to get in between.
It is quite a heavy kettle and the on button could be a little arkward as it is very small but other than that I can find nothin to complain about with this kettle.
My Father in Law was a bit dubious as to wether it would be as good as having the separate jug and kettle but even he is impressed with his.
The replacement brita cartridges cost around £19.99 for 6 but you can get universal ones for about half this price.
The filters help reduce the build up of limescale, reduce heavy metals in the water such as lead and copper and reduce chlorine, certain pesticides and other impurities.
On the box it shows a cup of tea in a glass cup the picture is in 2 halves one showing the tea using filtered water the other unfiltered and the unfiltered is really cloudy. I tried this and even in our water there is a definate difference. It also shows the same sort of picture with a kettle element showing the limescale build up without the filter, only time will tell how well this work but so far after 4 months there is no limescale whatsoever on either our or my Father in Laws element.
They are still on sale for around £45 and we bought the last 4 besides ours from the Tesco near us and sold them on ebay for around £30 each making ourselves a nice little sum and still the buyers were getting a great saving. There are still a lot being sold on ebay that are factory returns for about £30 but you may not get a cartridge included (not being sold by us BTW)!
I would recommend anyone looking to replace their kettle consider one of these especially if you have to filter you water anyway, and even if you think your water is OK you will be surprised at the difference.
OOOOOOOOHHHHHH!!! my mum exclaimed when she saw our kettle,( which we bought approx.4 months ago)
New house , new kettle
When we moved in i made a cup of tea and was shocked at the amount of debris floating on top of my tea.
I'd tried a water filter before but thought this time I would try something a bit different.
The tap water is poured into a top compartment and is filtered through to the 3kw kettle below. The kettle is transparent so you can see how much water has been filtered.
I'm not tookeen on the filling as the kettle seems a bit bulky and is heavy when full.
A piece of the lid slides back so you can fill the top bit , although we have found it's easier to fill it with a jug.
The kettle is cordless and there is a built in timer on the lid which counts down ( approx. 4 weeks ) the time before you have to change the filter.
The kettle has a large power rating and doesn't take long to automatically switch off when the kettle has boiled
The kettle looks stylish and I have to instruct relatives of how to switch it on ( there is a button under a slide in the handle )
This kettle was expensive but I hope it lasts a long time , a small price to pay for a ''clean cup of tea''
I must say, having got this kettle bought for me whiel at University in Birmingham, I have noticed the fairly significant difference in the water quality of my tea, and also the lack of limescale in my kettle! The kettle (mine came in black) is a cordless removable kettle whose heating element takes up the entire base of the kettle. This means swift boiling of the kettle for that vital cuppa in the morning. It's got this swivelling openable top thing that allows you to easily pour in the unfiltered water into the filter at the top, and on the swivelling thing is a kind of timer thing that lets you know when you should replace the filter on your kettle. It also has, in effect, two switches. One that turns on the kettle, and another that starts/stops the filter. The on switch can't be turned on without the filter being turned off, preventing your nice boiling water getting cold on the way to the cup. The filter is also pretty speedy, as are all brita filters I guess. Minutes after adding the water, it's filtered. Does wonders for softening the water, producing either nice drinking water (i used to pour it off and stick it in the fridge) or nice, filtered hot water. So yea, this kettle works fine out of London. But down here, where the water is chock full of the stuff that makes limescale, it doesn't quite perform too well. It works better than most kettles, in that I've only needed to descale it once in a month, whereas I normally have to do it once a week. This may be attributed to the filter getting old, so if you are a London user of the kettle, make sure to replace the filter as soon as the limescale starts showing. Or use filtered water in your kettle to produce double filtered water, perhaps.
The BRITA kettle is the worst kettle I have ever been stupid enough to buy! Beyond the novel idea of combining the water filter and its modern look, it is a catalogue of awful design gaffs. How it got to production I will never know. The bad points, where do I start? The spout has an "ingenius" flap that diverts the water everywhere but where you want it to go. It invariably spills onto the worktop and runs down the side of the kettle onto the base. It is very noisy too, I have never known a kettle to make so much noise! Filling it is a pain as you have to turn the lid to expose a totally inadequate filling hole - you have to have a good eye to fill it without getting water everywhere. The cable is very thick (OK so its 3kw), but the base is so light-weight that when you wrap it round the cable-tidy underneath it just flips and moves the base. Locating the kettle on the base unit also takes some mastering - you have to have pin-point accuracy for it to locate properly. You want to boil the kettle full? OK, the kettle full is 12 cups. Fill the reservoir (max 8 cups), wait 3 mins while the water filters through. Then fill the reservior another 4 cups and wait again. Then you can boil the kettle. Accidentally fill slightly beyond 12 cups (easily done) and watch out, water spills over the side when boiling. Steam escapes very near the top of the handle and you know about it if you pick it up as soon as it has boiled! OK, the good points: Looks good, boils water fast. Stick to filtering your water separately - this kettle-filter combination does not save time, nor does it do it better. In fact it is far more inconvenient. Some of the bad points may sound trivial, but think how often you use a kettle and these small annoyances soon become major complaints. The kettle I've replaced it with (Dualit 72022) is a dream compared to the BRITA. Buy this kettle at your peril - you have been warned!!!
Several years ago I used to use a Brita jug and was always very pleased with the huge improvement in clarity of my tea. However I gave up for three reasons. Firstly the jug went nasty looking with calcium streaks on the outside that couldn’t be cleaned, secondly the cost of the cartridges and thirdly the thought of the water sitting around on the window ledge with stale water retained in the cartridge, didn’t like to think what may be growing in it! Then recently we saw the new Acclario Waterfilter Kettle. We needed a new kettle anyway and this product would serve as two gadgets in one. My tea definitely didn’t pass the clarity test, and the fact that the filter gets steam cleaned/sterilised every time the kettle boils puts away any concerns about bugs growing in the cartridge. The cost of the filters is still a bugbear but we have seen them occasionally on special offer so we just pick them up when we see them. Three for two offers and packs of five. Assembling the funnel was the first challenge but we eventually found the small lock under the lid, and we found the cartridges needed a hefty push to lock them into place. It is worth immersing the new cartridges for a while, as the instructions tell you to, as “bits” do come out and you are supposed to throw away the first boil up of water. There is a fancy timer on the top. You hold the button down when you replace the filter and the indicator slowly moves down over one month as a reminder when to replace. It’s only a timer though nothing cleverer. Admittedly we are big tea drinkers but we start to fail the tea test after about three weeks with the water in our area, and replace the cartridge before the indicator tells us to. Filling the kettle, or rather the funnel is easy, though the whole gadget is quite tall and you need a deep sink or high tap. Pulling the slide switch down then allows the water to filter through, though it seems to take
an age, maybe it’s a sign of all the gunk in the water. We now fill it at night so it is ready for the morning and try and remember to fill it up after each use. The 3kW element boils the one and half litre kettle full of water very quickly, and it is an excellent pourer. I have just three moans about the product. Firstly I like to heat my teapot, and I’ve always filled it with the boiling water and then poured it back to re-boil. This kettle has a tiny flap over the spout that makes this practice difficult. I have to hold the flap up with the end of a teaspoon and pour the water back, not really recommended for obvious safety reasons. Secondly the kettle doesn’t switch off automatically when lifted from the base, so when you put it back empty it starts to heat the bare element. You must remember to switch it off at the wall first. Anther minor point is that the on/off switch isn’t that convincing. The slide switch is pulled down to allow water to filter through and pushed up to expose it. The on push is at the top only just under the slide and needs a good push with the end of your finger or nail through the rubber cover. I hope it lasts but it doesn’t seem that sturdy. Otherwise all the family prefer the clear tea, and we definitely use one less tea bag per teapot for the same strength of tea. Using the filtered water also stops my expresso machine getting clogged up and the coffee tastes better too, cleaner tasting rather than the Turkish mud I was getting used to. Also the egg boiler also doesn’t get all encrusted after just half a dozen uses. Pricey but overall a well recommended product.
I'm not sure why but over that last couple of years we seem to have gotten through more than our fair share of kettles. Whilst you might think that they are simple devices that should last for ages and generally not be too difficult to get wrong (from a design point of view) you'd be wrong. Whilst I won’t bore you with the details it is fair to say that our last few attempts to find a decent looking decent performing kettle have proven to be more difficult than it should be. Our latest attempt is the Brita Acclario and we’ve now had it about 6 months (Aug/2002). Firstly, this is a bit more than a standard kettle. It is basically a combination between a filter jug and a kettle. You put tap water into the top half of the kettle and the water is gravity fed through the filter and into the bottom half. The bottom half is basically a normal kettle with a flat element. Nice features include: A safety switch that only allows you to be filtering or boiling the water, not both. The kettle is completely clear so you can see how much is in the kettle for filtering and how much is in for boiling. Whilst you can have water in both sections at the same time the kettle is well balanced and also pours well. The top lid has a filter life indicator so you know when to change it. The kettle is quick to boil. Cordless base. It is easy to keep clean as it is very smooth with no nasty grooves to collect the usual kitchen deposits that seem to find their way onto everything. Brita give you a two year guarantee. And to sum up, it works really well. You get the best of both worlds by improving your hot drinks and you don’t have to think about having a separate jug for the filtering. After six months it is still working very well we have had no problems and are very happy with it. That said, if you are considering purchasing one it is a slightly different way of working than your normal
kettle, so it’s worth pointing out what the differences are. Basically you have to wait for the water to filter before you can boil it. This doesn’t take very long but does take ‘some’ time – so if you are in a mad rush then it can be inconvenient. However, you can just pull the filter part out and use it as a normal kettle if you are really desperate. The best habit to get into we have found is to basically work the opposite way round to normal. Fill the kettle after having made your drink. Que? Let me explain. Fill the kettle for the first time, filter the water, boil it, make your drink, then set it filtering more water. Then the next time you want a drink the kettle is already full with filtered water – hurrah. Repeat ad infinitum. You also have to buy the cartridges, which if you fit in with Brita’s average useage would be one cartridge a month. They are not massively expensive, and if you are in the filtering game then it is not an issue but if you are borderline about the benefits of filtering then it may be an issue for you. Personally the expense is negligible and you can buy multipacks so you always have one in. So, the final word? A very good effort. If you fancy filtered water and need a new kettle I would recommend one wholeheartedly.
whilst i agree that combining a filter and kettle is a good idea ( hell , that's why I bought one ) Brita have let themselves down on the spout design. After months of water dripping down the spout onto my kitchen surface I am getting a bit fed up! Don't know if the more expensive version is better and it's not just the way I use it ( there are at least 5 other people used this kettle in my house). The problem is not the resevoir at the top , but the spout itself. The flap on it seems to force the water down the side. So nice try but surely you should have tried it a little more before production or maybe you don't care. Anyway I regret buying it now.
I'VE UPDATED THIS TO REFLECT THE FIRST 3 MONTH'S USE. AND NOW BACK TO THE PLOT.... The Brita Acclario? OK, I know it sounds more like a kit-built British sports cars, but it's actually the latest offering from Brita, makers of portable water filtration "solutions" (God, I hate that word!). So, Brita have brought out another water jug, so what? Not content with the basic version of their now-familiar clear acrylic and white plastic jug, Brita then followed up with the dearer version with a liquid-crystal timer in the lid to warn of impending exhaustion of the filter (after all, we wouldn't want you to stint on buying THEIR filters, would we?), followed closely by the slim-line version for your fridge door. In case you were wondering what on earth they could come up with next, they've managed it. Quite a bit of lateral thinking has obviously gone into this product. Think about it - what do you do with the water from a filter jug after you've filled it? I don't suppose many people drink it cold, except 50/50 with Scotch, perhaps. In our house at least, there's a 99.9% chance that it's going straight into the kettle, and it's for people like us that those clever Teutonic sons-of-fun at Brita have cut out the middleman. The Acclario is not only a conventional water filter jug but also a cordless jug-kettle, all rolled into one neat parallel-sided cylinder of understated design. Natty, eh? Looks-wise, it is easy to grasp what it is, having somewhere to put cold (scummy*) tap water in at the top, and somewhere to boil the nice clear stuff down below. *Well, that's Thames water dismissed in a word! Mind you, to be fair, West London's tap water goes through a great deal of scrutiny - after all, it's been "passed" by the entire population Reading for a start, before it reaches the prophetically
-named Staines, so it must be OK. The Acclario is available in two "colour-ways" (arghhh! There I go again! Solutions? Colour-ways? Any more of this and I'll have to call in the style-police myself!), clear and white, or, wait for it, clear and grey. Sorry, no Umbrian autumn shades here. Anyhow, back to the plot?. Both the top header tank and the main boiling chamber are clear sided and marked out in cupfuls, which is a useful accessory for a jug kettle since it allows for the precise amount of water to be filtered and then boiled, without wasting electricity. The lid has the liquid-crystal reminder fitted so that you know when to pop another filter in. The filters are the bog-standard Brita ones. Cheats, and other sensible people, buy the universal ones from Debenhams or John Lewis. The boiling chamber is larger than the header tank, (1.5 litres compared to 1 litre) so you can also use tap water directly if you only want lots of hot water for non-drinking uses, like your hot-water bottle for instance. After my initial interest in its innovative concept, I began to see what I thought might be potential flaws in the design. This sudden spurt of scepticism was brought on by not being able to find the instruction book on the day that our "recyclers" had already called, with the ensuing "blame and counter-blame" session! Questions like: - 1.Do I have to start from scratch every time to wait for water to filter through before I can put the kettle on for a quick "brew-up"? 2.Or could I always keep one jump ahead by allowing say, a couple of cupfuls to filter through and then close off the rest? 3.If I still have cold water in the header tank, will this spill as I pour out the hot water? 4.Will I have to keep the old filter jug just for the few occasions that I want cold water? 5.Will the new Star Trek "p
requel" upset real Trekkies? 6.Has Billy Nibbles finally lost it? Well, here's what actually happens. The action of turning the kettle on, to boil, turns off the flow from filter to kettle, thereby holding back the remainder, if any, of the unfiltered water in the header tank. This is because the main switch is under a sliding panel in the handle, which must be slid up with the thumb to reveal the rubber-covered "on" button. This sliding action also seals up the header tank, not only from further filtration, but thanks to the tight fit of the lid, from spillage as the kettle is poured - I know, I've tried it with a full tank! So there you have it. Yes, you can always keep some water in hand ready to replenish "stock" down below at the business end, and you can restart the filter process merely by making sure the kettle is fully turned off with the slider in the down position. Mind you, it is theoretically possible for the combined contents to amount to 2.5 litres of water (also 2.5 kilos in weight), so anyone with a limp wrist, watch out! As it happens, the filtration takes place pretty quickly, so after boiling and pouring out, say, one mug-full, it only takes about 20 seconds to let the next quantity into the kettle - oh yes, and if I want cold water, here's the ingenious bit, I JUST DON'T TURN IT ON! As for Star Trek and my sanity - these will have to go un-opined for now! The cordless base is very neat, and the concealed electrical connection is in the middle, so that you can put the kettle down in any direction, as long as it is central. The mains lead can be stored under here in a circle, so that you only deploy as much as you need for safety and neatness. The heating element is 2000 watts, and being a jug kettle with a relatively small floor area, the boiling of small quantities of water, i.e. for a couple of mugs at
a time, is very rapid. Under these circumstances, the kettle starts making very business-like roaring noises almost straight away. The manufacturers give you a two-year warranty and it cost £36 at Debenhams, which, if you are in the market for a filter jug AND a kettle, is cheap bearing in mind that it includes the first filter cartridge. There is also an "Acclario Premium" model, which has a leak-proof opening for adding cold water at the top without having to remove the lid completely. NOTE: Not one single part of this apparatus is dishwasher proof. I'm not sure I needed to state that, but there's always going to be SOMEONE who stares hard at Orange Juice cartons just because it says "Concentrate" on the front! If your kitchen work top is starting to look a bit crowded, and if all of your filtered water goes into the kettle, and if you STILL haven't found room for vital items like the "Naked Chef's Cordless Melon-Baller**" that Granny gave you for Christmas, then this could be the space-saving gadget for you! ** Anyone ACTUALLY working in the nude had better make sure the safety catch is on before one of these balls more than just your melons! If I have one small criticism of the Acclario (apart from the fact that there was nothing wrong with our "old" kettle, AND the fact that it ISN'T a sports car) is that the rubber "on" button has no feel to it. This means having to rely on the orange neon at the base of the kettle itself to confirm that it is in action, until of course, it starts making those "business-like" noises I mentioned. This would be no good for those that reach round the kettle to turn it on without looking up from their Play Station! They might not notice that the kettle didn't boil until the game is over. By then, they won't need the caffeine-fix quite so urgently! EXTRA FINDIN
GS AFTER 3 MONTH'S USE I stand by everything I've previously said, but there are two minor cosmetic details that leave the Acclario in slightly less than showroom condition. One is an accumulation of condensation (on a kettle, Billy? Whatever next!) between the hot and cold parts of the kettle. This might not seem like much, but in a fully transparent kettle, it shows, and it's difficult to wipe dry without separating the two chambers. Secondly, and even less attractive, although again, not harmful, is the way in which the full transparency gives you a front row seat to all the drying marks left by London's somewhat hard (or is that scummy water). The filters obviously only work against certain minerals, not all. Other than that, it's been fine. Cuppa, anyone? Well put the kettle on then!