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Tesco JK12 Value Cordless Kettle
Member Name: alyson29
Tesco JK12 Value Cordless Kettle
Date: 06/12/12, updated on 06/12/12 (103 review reads)
Advantages: Easy to clean and good length power cord
When our trusted Breville kettle packed in shortly after Christmas last year my husband kindly offered to purchase a suitable replacement from Tesco. However, instead of returning home with the contemporary sleek chrome finish kettle that I'd chosen from their website, he decided to save a few pounds and opted for a rather basic model that lasted just three months before blowing all of the fuses in the downstairs of our home. As this occurred on a Monday morning not long before I was setting off for work, I had no time to consider different stores or carry out any research and unfortunately, my husband is a real grouch without his morning cuppa. As a result, I decided to quickly rush to Tesco, which is located within just a mile of our home, pick up a kettle and take it back to hubby before I set off for work.
However, on arriving at the store, I was frustrated and disappointed to discover that all the kettles with the exception of just one brand were manufactured by Tesco. I felt rather overwhelmed by all of the different boxes, but as I didn't wish to throw good money after bad, I decided to opt for the cheapest, which would act as an interim purchase until I fully researched our replacement. Consequently, I selected a Tesco Value JK12 model for £5 and whilst not particularly appealing with its boring white box adorned with the familiar red, white and blue Tesco Value logo, I was satisfied that it would suffice for the meantime.
The 1.7 litre cordless jug kettle, which is 0.74 kg in weight is considerably lightweight and is manufactured from a sturdy white plastic casing and offers an easy to read water level indicator, which is located on both sides. As my husband and I are both right handed we were able to use the indicator displaying the measurements in cups with a minimum of two and a maximum of four. However, the opposite side of the kettle displays litres starting with 0.5 and is measured in increments of 0.5. The kettle was accompanied by a small instruction booklet, which offers the usual cautions, safety guides and operating instructions. As our electric socket is located directly behind where we store our kettle on the kitchen work surface, the power cord isn't an issue for us, but I would advise that the cord attached to the kettle offers a fairly good length.
Surprisingly, for such a cheap kettle, the large handle remains cool when using and is easy to hold, which was a huge benefit for my husband who suffers mobility problems with his hands and fingers and as a result, he was easily able to maintain a firm grip whilst using. However, the first problem we encountered was opening the lid, as unlike other kettles we've owned, it needs to be opened manually by placing the fingers underneath the large groove in the plastic and lifting. This was easy enough for me, but my husband struggled a little, particularly as the lid was a little stiff. Unfortunately, this model does not offer a circular swivel base, so the kettle has to be positioned just so and whilst we suffered no problems with placing the kettle on the base, it caused us great difficulties when lifting it off, particularly as the kettle seemed to adhere itself to the large element. Consequently, we found ourselves attempting to lift a kettle full of boiling water with the base still attached, which could have caused a serious accident.
The kettle is operated by pressing down on the on/off switch, which similar to that of most brands, illuminates when in operation. However, within just a few seconds, the kettle emitted a loud whooshing sound, which sounded like a jumbo jet coming in to land and it progressively worsened as the kettle reached boiling point, which seemed to take forever despite only using enough water for two cups. Pouring the boiling water was rather hit and miss, particularly as the spout is rather large in size as well as being incorrectly shaped. As a result, we would frequently find that water would pour out of the area situated to the sides although thankfully, neither of us suffered any burns. After a few weeks or use we noticed that the lid would not correctly close as it offered a slight gap and as a result, the on/off switch failed to automatically cut out, so we ran the risk of the kettle boiling dry if we failed to manually switch it off.
Whilst this is not an area that was of concern to us especially as the kettle gave up the ghost after only a few weeks, there is a removable scale filter, which according to the illustrated instructions, is easy to clean and replace. The only positive comment I can make in relation to this kettle is that it was easy to keep clean with a damp cloth, but as discussed above, due to the considerable amount of designer flaws, I cannot make a recommendation. Thankfully, the kettle was covered by a 12 month warranty, so we were able to return it to Tesco together with the original receipt and obtain a full refund. Whilst we paid £5 for the kettle I would advise that it has since increased to £6.
Other information - Voltage Rating - 220 - 240V AC, 50 Hz
Power Consumption - 1850 - 2200 W
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Summary: A poor quality kettle from the Tesco Value range
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