Look no further with this great kettle!
It holds 1.7 Liter of water, which is plenty even for a family of 6! Of course you can also just boil enough water for one cup.
It's design is pleasing, the base sturdy. The kettle itself is easy to hold. Overall I would say very user-friendly.
I think the stainless steel is not only stylish, but also great for it's antibacterial properties. If it does get dirty, it is very easy to clean on the outside as well of the inside.
Stainless steel also makes this a preferable option to any plastic kettle as there definitely will not be any leeching chemicals and therefore is a good choice for any health conscious person.
The kettle heats up the water really quickly. It is a little bit on the noisy side, but I kind of like that as I know for sure when it has stoped boiling and I am ready make my brew.
I think the vulnerable point is the way the lid is fixed with a spring, but so far it's holding up well.
I would definitely buy this product again, but it looks like it will serve us a long time!
After the minor disater of allowing the former Mr to buy our first household kettle I took myself off to look for a replacement, once again finding myself in Tesco I was drawn to the metallic looking versions over the ugly white plastic. Being as many people are when they first start to furnish a new home somewhat short of money I was next drawn to the price labels, and eventually settled on this chrome and black looking jug kettle which at the time I seem to recall cost around £12.
As shown in the image this model of kettle is pretty much round with a slightly egg shaped top. The body and spout are in the chrome metal, with the handle, lid and base in matte black plastic. It looks rather sleek and would fit in almost any style of kitchen. As with pretty much all 'cordless' jug kettles it sits on a circular plastic base, and can spin freely to be used in any orientation.
After the surprising turn of speed demonstated by the ugly kettle I have to say after a comparative boil test I am now a little disappointed that even after being descaled this model boils somewhat more slowly with the same quantity of water, though only by 30 seconds or so.
I don't find that it is particularly loud and despite seeming to have little insulation around the metal body I don't seem to hurt myself by mindlessly touching the shiny surface shortly after it's boiled (prehaps evidence that I'm missing the typical female magpie gene?) as frequently as I did with the previous kettle.
I also find that discounting the horrendously hard water in the area leaving limescale and stains I find that the kettle is easy to keep clean externally, a quick wipe down with a damp cloth and kitchen spray and it comes up shining again, internally the local hard water means that I have to descale it with almost any variety of descaling solution on a bimonthly basis but this is easily achieved as there are no surfaces which are not visible from the open lid of the kettle - happily this means I don't end up with crunchy bits in my tea. Noise-wise I do think that the metal construction makes this somewhat louder than a similar plastic kettle, but given I have the attention span which the average gnat would be proud of I think hearing the kettle probably reminds me I've put it on to boil more often than not!
Pouring I find that although its not a totally dribble free pour there is minimal dribbling and almost 2 years after starting to use the kettle it has not yet begun to leak.
One downside for me is that there is no way to tell how much water is in the kettle without lifting the lid as there is no little plastic window on the outside of the kettle, though this would have marred the otherwise attractive looks of the kettle and left another area for water to leak from.
Overall I like the looks of this kettle and despite the amount of useage it gets it still looks good and functions exactly as I would expect. For the price I paid I'd say this is very good value and hopefully will last me for another couple of years without causing me to panic about missing out on my morning, afternoon or evening brews.
I am recently moving house and am having to start from scratch. Given that fact I don't want to spend too much on the essentials and so have turned to tesco on several occasions.
I bought this kettle online at www.tesco.com but it can also be bought at the larger stores. Costing £13 and with free delivery to my very close local store the price as well as the look of the kettle appealed to me.
The kettle itself is a chrome finish with black handle and trim as well as a black stand; the kettle sits neatly on this stand and because it can rotate 360 degrees on the base the is no chance of getting things tangled! The cord isn't overly long but I suppose this is sensible so it can't be easily pulled off the bench and if I ever needed to transport the kettle the wire fits neatly under the base. The kettle is by easy to set up, simply unwrap the plug from the base, sit the kettle on the stand and it's ready for use.
For safety the kettle should be filled no less than the minimum indication and no more than the maximum indicator. There is no way to see how full the kettle is from the outside which surprised me as most kettles I have had have an indicator. However, once I got used to this it was easy enough, I just have to look at the inside of the kettle to see how far up the water level is. Once I had used the kettle for a few weeks I found that I could tell how much water was on the kettle by the weight.
The kettle is easy enough to users it has a nice chunky switch in the top of the handle which just has to be pressed down to the I mark and the water starts to boil; I can see its on the boil because the light at the bottom of the kettle goes on. After a minute or so, depending on the amount of water in the kettle, it switches itself off but if I want to stop it mid boil I only have to press it to the 0 button or alternatively take it off the stand.
One of the features I haven't used is the removable scale filter in the spout of the kettle. This apparently attracts the lime scale and to do the job it just has to be removed and rubbed under running water.
There is a 12 month warranty on the kettle which I am hoping I won't have to use and the way this has performed for the few months I have had it, I expect it to last a lot longer than a year.
I really can't fault this kettle. It's a nice style, being quite chunky and solid looking and is good quality. It holds 1.7 litres of water but I find that to make a couple of cups of tea or coffee I can get away with filling it less than half full , which makes for a really quick boil. It's reasonably priced and easy to use.
Only problem is my problem not the fault of the kettle. It's not the best to clean but I tend to like chrome and black kettles and had I not wanted a kettle which got fingerprints on it then I could have bought a different one.
Other than this, I would thoroughly recommend this for anyone looking for a plain but stylish kettle which is effective and doesn't cost the earth.
Thanks for reading
A while back, our trusted office kettle sprung a leak in the base, and we decided that it was time to get a new one rather than trying to do a dodgy repair on it (never good with electrical items holding water!!). So when one of the girls went out to do some shopping for the office milk, coffee, sugar etc, she noticed this Tesco JK27 cordless kettle and bought it, primarily because it cost less than £10 (£9.97 to be exact), which wasn't really going to break the Bank of the Office Tea Bar. We've had previous experience of Tesco's small electrical items in the office (a Tesco toaster and a microwave) and generally have found that for the price, the general quality of Tesco own brand electrical products is rather good, and hence, we had every faith that this kettle would follow that same belief.
The kettle itself is fairly basic. It has a polished steel outer surface, complimented by a large black thick plastic handle on one side, and a black plastic base and lid. So in itself, it looks fairly stylish. Cordless, it holds 1.7 litres of water, has a concealed 2.2kW element inside and a little lime scale filter that slots inside just in front of the spout. Externally, there is a red light in the base to indicate when it is boiling water, the process of which is started via the big paddle type on/off switch located at the base of the handle. So pretty much like any other basic kettle, and probably what I would expect for £9.97. Of note, it doesn't have a water level indicator on the side, which some in the office did complain about. Personally, I don't see the point in paying a few more pounds for a water level indicator feature when all you need to do is open the lid and look inside to see how much water is in the kettle. But that's just me.
The real crux with any product like this is how well does it work. Well it does what it is meant to - it boils water - job done. HOWEVER ................... there is a slight flaw with this simplicity because it is worthwhile noting a few points on how it boils the water. Firstly, it is very slow, which is surprising. It is a basic kettle, so it doesn't have any rapid boil features. But with a 2.2kW element, it sits about mid-range in terms of the hierarchy of kettle boiling power. Hence, why I was surprised that it seemed to be fairly slow at boiling a kettle full of water, and perhaps one of the slowest kettles that I have ever used. It is not ridiculously slow - not 'switch it on and go and have a cup of tea while you are waiting' slow, but it is slow and worth pointing out.
The second point worth noting is that it is surprisingly noisy, so much so that we can hear when it is boiling across our open plan office. Now in the normal hustle and bustle of an open plan office, it is unusual to be able to hear a kettle across the room, but it is something that we have got used to. But in your kitchen, which will be a smaller room, it may become an issue when you are trying to listen to the radio or watch TV. The amount of noise you can tolerate is always a matter of personal preference, but to me, I do find it a little noisier than other kettles that I have used. Others in the office say that it is terribly noisy. Either way, it is something that you need to be aware of.
In summary, whilst this is a cheap, basic, no frills kettle from Tesco, that does boil water, it does have a couple of flaws in terms of speed (or lack of it) and the noise it makes when boiling. These issues don't really affect the end result (a kettle full of boiling water), but they can become an annoyance over time if you like things quickly and quietly first thing in the morning. So from me, overall a 4 star recommendation.
We had what some might consider a Health and Safety Disaster in our office kitchen the other week - the man who comes once a year to test the safety of every electrical device within the department tested our trust old kettle and....shock horror...it FAILED!
Without missing a beat he promptly snipped the plug off the consigned to death appliance and in the blink of an eye the office tea and coffee supply had been cut off! Very quickly someone was dispatched with some petty cash to replace the kettle and it was this make and model, from the local Tesco Extra store which they returned with for the princely sum of £9.97.
This is a very basic kettle, unlike it's predecessor in our kitchen it does not have an external indicator for how much water is in it and this is a tad annoying as I keep finding myself having to open the lid to check, it seems to be quite a heavy kettle and I always think there is more water in it than there actually is. On the inside there is a black plastic marker sticking out where the maximum fill line is but this does not help you to gauge without looking inside.
Apparently it holds 1.7litres of water but based on standard sized mugs (which makes more sense to me) this kettle will fill 7 in one go when it is full. Luckily this is about the maximum which is ever seems to be made at one time in our place.
The switch is very sturdy and is placed underneath the handle, it will not depress again within a minute of the water previously boiling, you can also see when the kettle is on because there is a light on the base unit which switches on when the kettle is in use. This kettle is cordless and sits on the base (which the cord is attached to).
One thing we have all noticed about this kettle is it is VERY NOISY. Our current (and temporary) office area is in the corner of our workspace and this kettle makes one hell of a racket from about halfway through the boiling process (not just as it reaches boiling point). This is slightly annoying but we have all started to get used to it.
Aside from this the kettle takes a good hammering, being boiled around 10 times a day at least and it seems consistent and sturdy, for less than a tenner we cannot really complain and at least the prospect of no tea and coffee has been quickly and suitably solved for our office!
I love my coffee but for that I use my coffee maker because I'm not a fan of instant. But when it comes to a good cup of tea a fast kettle is a must. My kitchen appliances are mostly steel and chrome, but I don't want to pay the high prices most of these fancy appliances cost, that's why I love my Tesco kettle. It looks like one of those fancy kettles that cost as much as a car but only cost me £10. Now that's a great deal!
This kettle has a black base brushed steel effect covering a matching black easy grip handle and a black lid. The pout is one of the main things to look out for when buying a kettle because some can be quite sloppy when it comes to pouring. I'm glad to say this has a good even, narrow pour. The on off switch is easy to use and not too stiff or loose like I have found on previous kettles that I've owned. The switch is right at the top of the handle and works just like a light switch, down for on, up for off. There is also a little filter with this kettle that will grab any chalky residue from ending up in your cup. Thankfully we don't have a bad heard water problem in our area but I still notice a bit of White chalk at the end of the month so the filter mesh is doing it's job. This little filter is right before the spout and won't remove any impurities like a Brita filter would but it stops any bits from ending up in my cup or teapot.
I fill this from the tap by popping open the lid and aiming in the tap. The kettle is light to hold when empty and not too heavy when full to the max. There is no 1 cup 2 cup little water scale on the side of this kettle. But in it's place is a MAX sign on the inside of the kettle to let you know how much you fill it without water splashing out the spout once it begins to boil. There is a little light that lights up when I flick down the switch to make a brew and this light turns off to let you know it's boiled once the switch flicks back down. The switch make a good loud CLICK when it boils. This is important because if I'm in my bedroom getting ready I will need to know when the kettle has boiled and I can hear this very well.
It boils fast enough but not as fast as our old kettle it takes nearly four minutes to boil when full, and of course it takes less time the less water is inside.
This kettle will get fingerprints on it but they wipe off easily with a good buff of a cloth, the little filter clicks out and can be washed in the sink and clicked back in, this is very easy to do and I do it quite regularly even if it looks clean.
This is a great value, nice looking kettle that works well and is easy to keep clean, I love it.
Being an avid drinker of tea and coffee... I am now going to review the most used applicance in my kitchen. About a year ago, in what is a strange turn of events for me, I decided not to go for the cheapest kettle that Tesco had. Normally I make a bee-line straight for the value version of whatever I buy. I previously brought a Tesco Value white jug kettle, but it lasted for about a year, and that's it. Although it quite possibly conked out from over use... I thought I would go for the next category up from value, but still a fairly cheap kettle.
I purchased the tesco brand of kettle for just under £10. This seemed a reasonable price to me and the kettle looked a nice design.
On taking it out of the box, I immediately thought it looked a lot more stylish and nice than the previously Value kettle I brought. It has a black base unit, to which the mains power cord is attached. The jug of the kettle is a nice shiny silver colour, with a black handle and black lid. The handle has a black on/off switch; and the black band on the bottom of the kettle just before the base unit has a light up device which illuminates while the kettle is boiling. Opening the lid, inside just before the spout is a small filter, which stops any flaky limescale going in your tea. It is a removable filter, which means that it can be taken off to clean it, but ocassionally, I have opened the kettle to find it floating around inside the water. When this happens, you have to stick your hand in the kettle to fish it out, and clip it back on to by the spout!
The jug of the kettle does not have a measuring scale on the outside of the kettle which you would be able to see how much water you are boiling (I am generally careful with my pennies, including over filling the kettle!); however inside the kettle is a small metal pole, with a maximum and minimum marker on it, which shows how much you can safely fill the kettle.
When you turn it on, the light illuminates and off it goes. It is quite a loud kettle, but I'm not too fussed about that, as it's not too bad, but given that I have an open plan living area, I do have to pause a dvd on the laptop as I won't be able to hear the dvd over the kettle!!
It takes roughly 3 minutes to boil a full kettle, which is not rapid boil, but for the cost of the kettle, I wouldn't have expected it! My kettle needs are fairly basic, and I didn't go out looking to buy a kettle with a rapid boil function!
When it has boiled, the swich automatically flicks off, which prevents over boiling. Also, if you have not filled the kettle enough, it automatically cuts out in order to prevent damage to the kettle. I have done this once, and after it cuts out, it resets after a few minutes and you hear a 'click' noise when you can use it again.
The outside of the kettle obviously gets hot while it's boiling, but cools rapidly and is touchable after a few minutes.
The chrome finish of this kettle means that you can see any splashes of grease etc from cooking and it gets slightly dirty from the condensing steam etc but with a regular wipe over the outside, it's easy to keep clean. The removable filter can come out to be cleaned, and the base only needs a wipe over with a damp cloth while it's turned off and unplugged. Although mine didn't stay as shiny as I would have liked it to, it's definitely as low maintenance kettle in terms of cleaning.
I would recommend this kettle to anyone. It looks a lot nicer than the Value kettle, although I hope you aren't easily irritated, as having to clip the filter back to the spout may irritate you!
... I am slightly confused by the picture and sound quality ratings for a kettle... but dooyoo won't let me post the review without choosing a rating.... I'm guessing it's a generic ratings category for electricals!!
This is the kettle we had until it broke very recently. I thought I would review it as it seemed to be a very good kettle, but only lasted a year, which really isn't brilliant... but then, it cost less than a tenner so maybe that's to be expected?
~~~ Introduction ~~~
The JK27 is a wireless jug style kettle. It comes with a base which you plug in and then the kettle itself sits on top of this. The base has a handy feature of also being a storage unit for the electrical flew. It winds round underneath the base so that you only need to have enough flex exposed to allow the unit to sit safely on the work top.
As you can see from the photo, the base is black, matte plastic, as are the base, handle and lid of the jug kettle. The body and spout of the kettle are made of polished stainless steel. It does look quite stylish and mimics the style of several brand name kettles. It looks more expensive than it really is.
~~~ Specifications ~~~
The JK27 has a capacity of 1.7 litres which is more than enough for the average family. It has a lime-scale filter and a concealed element which are both useful. However this is where any "fancy" features end. It really is just a bog standard kettle. However, it IS a good, basic kettle for the price.
One of the more awkward features of this kettle is that it does not have a water indicator on the side. This means that to work out how much water is in it, you have to look inside, or try to guess by the wait (to be fair, the constant tea making in my house has enabled all of us to judge the water level by the weight!). The lid is relatively easy to flip up and look in so this is no real hardship.
To boil the water you simply press down the switch and it clicks when the water has boiled - but fear not, you will know when the water has boiled because the windows will have stopped rattling and your children will have stopped shouting at each other with their hands over their ears. Really the click is superfluous.
Some kettles have other features such as quiet and rapid boiling, however, this one does not. I will discuss this in the next section.
~~~ The Review ~~~
The reason we got this kettle is because we had a run of kettle bad luck, it started to seem like every kettle we bought had been cursed by the tea fairy and we were being punished for being tea addicts! We had several brand name kettles which all seemed to pack in a week after the warranty was up, so this time it was decided that a cheap kettle would be worth a try.
On first use, you instantly notice how noisy this kettle is. I don't mean that it's noisy like a normal kettle; I mean that it sounds like Maverick is sitting in your kitchen in his fighter jet. It's unbelievably noisy, so noisy infact, that on making a morning hangover cuppa, one must switch the kettle on and quickly exit the vicinity while Maverick thunders through your kitchen.
This would be all well and good if it reached supersonic speeds like Maverick and boiled your water in seconds, however, its "as slow as treacle" to quote an old friend. Literally, the slooowest kettle you could have. So, once switching it on and putting in your ear plugs, you start to get tempted to just go back up to bed until it's boiled. Perhaps I'm exaggerating a little, but it IS loud and it takes a long time. I think one of these issues without the other would probably be more bearable. I mean, a really loud and fast kettle or a really quiet but slow kettle would be fine, but a loud kettle which is loud for a looong time is just torture! It drowns out every other sound in the vicinity and people start to shout at each other over the noise!
Now you must understand. I love tea. I love tea like other people love their children. I'm a tea addict. I drink about 10 cups a day, I'm not proud of it, but I am addicted. I try to console myself with the fact that I drink it with skimmed milk and no sugar, so it's not THAT bad for me. But still, I drink a lot of tea. I think this might be genetic because everyone in my family seems to drink a lot of tea...infact, everyone I know drinks a lot of tea. Coming from Scotland, as soon as the 11 month winter sets in, we start to drink tea just to keep ourselves from freezing.
This constant tea drinking requires a lot of kettle boiling and old Maverick did his job well enough. Sure he thundered through the kitchen for what seemed like hours every time we switched him on, but hey, we love our tea and he was the tea provider, so we grew fond of the old boy. He was, after all, our gateway to tea nirvana.
Then one day last month, Maverick broke. I got up, went downstairs and flipped the switch... and nothing. No roar of engines, no thunderous, rattling, rumbling welcome which I had grown to love (much like Pavlov's dogs, I began to associate a sound with a pleasant reward - tea in this case).
At first I was confused by the silence, the kettle was just over a year old, it can't have broken! Then I remembered that long line of kettles before this one, all of whom had given up the ghost just after their warranty had run out. This was a bad sign.
Sure enough, Maverick was, to use a technical term, "gubbed". Never more were we to hear the thunderous roar which indicated tea was on the way. A sad day in this house.
We've since replaced Maverick with a quicker, quieter and more efficient cheap Kettle.
I have to admit, although this kettle got us through a year, it's not brilliant if you have any kind of open plan kitchen or perhaps if you sit in your kitchen and chat around the table while the kettle boils, it's just too loud for that. It also takes longer than is convenient to boil.
Although I was fond of Maverick, I would recommend that you shop around for a kettle which had rapid and quiet boil features, you will be able to get one for roughly the same price. I'm giving this kettle three stars because, although it was loud and slow, it got the job done, it was very cheap and it looked neat, tidy and stylish.
Well, this is my first review, so lets see how I get on.
I had to buy a new kettle when my old one began to leak and created little puddles on my kitchen worktop, which is never a good thing!! The last one was from Tesco as well, and I would have bought the same again, but couldn't find it in the shop.
I went for this one for two reasons; the appearance and the price. At £9.97 you really can't complain about the price. I think it was the cheapest non-white kettle in the shop (and I am not a fan of white kettles at all!!). The only reservation I had was that there wasn't a guide on the outside of the kettle to show how much water was inside, so you have to open the lid and have a look. However, I decided that I could live with this, as the next cheapest kettle was approx £20, so it seemed I was paying £10 for the privilidge of having the measure guide, which I thought was rather excessive.
So, it was approx 2 weeks ago when I purchased the kettle, and so far it has been OK. It's not brilliant. It is quite slow to boil and a bit noisy as well but, as I said, it was the cheapest in the shop, so you get what you pay for. It's job is to boil the water, and it does exactly that! However, if you're the sort of person who needs your cuppa to be ready quickly, I wouldn't choose this particular kettle.
It's been approximately two years since I bought this kettle and it's certainly been reliable during this time. When my previous kettle gave up the ghost I looked in various shops / retailers to find a suitable replacement and soon decided I wanted something cheap and cheerful. Personally I couldn't believe the prices that were being asked for a device of which its only role was to boil water. I resigned myself to the fact that I would not be paying more than £10 for my new kettle and that's when I came across the JK27.
This kettle has a modern look about it and would fit well into most kitchens. The base, lid and handle are made of black plastic with the body being stainless steel. It is a cordless kettle meaning once it's filled it's just placed on the base which is plugged in, hit the switch and off you go. It is also of convenience when your cup is the other side of the room and you don't have to unplug it every time. The switch to turn the kettle on is on the handle with a light to signify it is working.
The kettle is 1.7L which is more than enough to make four cups of tea if you have company however there is no level indicator which means if you are particularly energy efficient then you may take issue. If for example you only want to make 2 cups of tea you will find it difficult to judge how much water is required. There is a lime scale filter on the kettle however after having it now for 2 years or so it has a tendency to fall off into the water in the base of the kettle. It easily clips back on but it isn't ideal.
One major problem I found with this kettle is that re-boiling isn't really an option. If water is left standing in the kettle, even for a short period of time after initial boil, and then boiled again, it comes out tasting almost metallic and really not very pleasant. It's strange because it is fine if freshly boiled but the issue can easily be avoided by changing the water every time you have a cup of tea.
Personally I can't really complain about this kettle. It has issues but for £10 you have to expect this. I drink a lot of tea and as long as the waters boiling then I'm happy.
I am such a clumsy person at times and I always break things at the wrong times but what is a good time?lol. On Christmas morning I went to make a cup of tea and dropped my kettle on the floor, I then had no kettle to make drinks for my guests during the day and so I had to borrow one from of my children until the shops were open again on Boxing day.
I then went to Tesco when they opened to look for a new kettle and I saw this one for only £9.97, it looked very stylish on the shelf and it caught my eye with the price too. It is a stainless steel, cordless kettle and Tesco own brand of kettles.
It is a chrome kettle with a black plastic base, handle and flip back lid, the lid has a button that pulls back to lift the lid for easy filling, the spout is quite a wide one and sometimes I just fill the kettle straight into the spout if I am in a lazy mood. The handle is black plastic too and is a good solid one that is easy to grip. The on and off switch is on the top of the handle too and near the base there is a red light to indicate that the kettle is on when the switch is depressed and it automatically switches off when the kettle is fully boiled.
The base on which the kettle sits is pretty sturdy and the kettle can be rotated on the base 360 degrees, which is ideal for left or right handed people both alike as it can be comfortable for both. The capacity holds 1.7 litres and this is a good capacity for the price. It has a removable scale water filter built near to the spout and so filtering the water as it is poured. The mess filter in the kettle traps scale and can be removed to clean quite easily. It can easily be removed from the kettle by simply holding the top of the filter between the finger and thumb, pressing slightly and lifting out from the kettle, it can then be cleaned and replaced.
Inside the kettle the element cannot be seen as it is sealed over so reducing the risk of built up limescale. The lead is a good length of approximately 24 inches and the lead is also black too. The lead can be also curled under the base if you require a shorter length. It also comes with a fitted plug as standard.
It has a built in safety device so that the kettle cannot be boiled dry, if the kettle is operated with insufficient water the kettle will automatically switch off and you must disconnect from the mains and allow it to cool fully before refilling with cold water and then the kettle will reset itself.
It is a 240 volt, 1850 - 2200 watt.
It is quite a lightweight kettle and I think it is a super kettle for the cheap price, I have used this for almost a week and it boils pretty quickly for my liking, it looks nice and stylish in my kitchen and fits in well with my other kitchen accessories. It is easy to clean the outside of the kettle with a damp cloth.
The style of the kettle is a jug style and I am pleased with both the style and the time it takes to boil and I highly do recommend this kettle for anyone to buy as I think it is well worth the price.
I rate this kettle 5 stars.
~*~ My Tesco Kettle! ~*~
I seem to have big problems with electrical appliances - I either blow them up, drop them, or in the case of mobile phones, drown them. So, after killing my beloved kettle (it was one of those super sexy ones that the light changes colour when its boiling - I shall be reviewing that later!) I went on the search for a suitable replacement. If you're interested, I killed the previous kettle by overfilling it one too many times. I've learned my lesson.
~*~ The kettle ~*~
The kettle is stainless stell with black plastic edging and looks like pretty much every other stainless steel kettle - although not as sexy as some of the more expensive models. It is 2.2kW and is cordless. I don't think I could survive with a corded kettle now (especially with my clumsy ways). It has a capacity of 1.7L capacity, I get about five good sized mugs of tea out of it if that makes it easier to judge the capacity.
~*~ The competition ~*~
Tesco offers a rane of own brand kettles, including a white plastic version (for under a fiver!) and a stainless steel traditional style kettle (the short, fat round ones) which is currently selling for £14.69. I'm not a big fan of these types of kettles, and it was more expensive so I didn't go for that one. The one that I did like the look of, however, was the illuminating kettle for just under £18 - this is the type like my old one that lights up a different colour when it is boiling.
~*~ The price ~*~
This is currently selling for £9.97 at Tesco, which I think is a bit of a bargain considering I paid over £40 for my last one! This is one of the best prices I've seen for a stainless steel kettle which is why I went for it, and considering its style I think it really is a steal!
~*~ The good bits ~*~
The best bit about this kettle is, for me, the price. I couldn't bring myself to part with (a dress) £40 for something to boil water with again and was therefore looking for the cheapest option that wouldn't look out of place in my kitchen (all my appliances are stainless steel) and also didn't look too cheap or tacky, and this one fit the bill!
The kettle also appears to be quite durable (I haven't managed to break it yet!) and being cordless is very handy.
~*~ The bad bits ~*~
Stainless steel can be a nightmare to clean - it shows up every little finger print, bit of dust or dirt instantly and then takes ages to remove! However, for those of you that dont know, vinegar does absolute wonders for cleaning this material. I apply undiluted vinegar to a piece of kitchen roll, wipe at all the marks and the whole surface and then rinse. Then, wipe again with a dry piece of kitchen roll and you are left with a brand new shiny kettle... and hands that will smell of vinegar for days.
The other bad bit of this kettle that took a while to get used to is the fact that you cant see how much water you have put in. Obviously you can judge, but there is no indication like there is on many kettles of how much water you've put in and how many cups of tea that will make (or coffee... I do love tea though...).
~*~ My verdict ~*~
I've been very pleased with the performance of this kettle! Ok, so it isn't the sexiest kettle on the market, but for that price what can you expect? It does the job and fits in nicely with my kitchen so I am, overall, very happy!
I purchased my JK27 Cordless Jug Kettle from Tesco just over a year ago when I moved into my house. A kettle was a must have for my morning cup of coffee, however I did not want anything fancy with lots of gadgets and this kettle fitted in perfectly with what I wanted.
The kettle is mainly made of chrome with a black handle, lip and base, the shape of the kettle is quite round and fat, without being too bulky. The base has a small red light in it which indicates whether kettle is switched on or off and a button on the lid which when pressed opens the lid. Inside the kettle has a small mesh scale filter which catches any flakes of lime scale and prevents it from going into your drink, this is removable making it easy to clean. There is a switch on the handle almost like a light switch which when pressed down turns the kettle on to boil, lighting up the red light on the base. When the water has come to the boil the switch automatically flicks off to prevent the kettle from over heating. One thing I particularly like about this kettle is that it is cordless, the cord which goes from the base to the plug is actually quite short, however I do not find this a problem, the kettle being cordless means you can easily move the kettle around when using, there is not restriction like there is with corded kettles.
There is no indicator on the outside of the kettle to show how much water is in it, this is on the inside and consists of a small metal pole with a minimum and maximum marker at the top and bottom. Although the water indicator is inside the kettle it is still easy to see how much water you are putting in the kettle. This kettle holds quite a lot of water (although not indicated) there are only 2 of us in our house and I only ever fill the kettle up to the minimum level, this is plenty of water for 2 drinks, when the kettle is filled to the minimum level there is enough water for 4 regular cups of tea or coffee. This kettle would be ideal for a large family due to the amount of water it can hold.
Another feature of this kettle is a safety devise which will switch the kettle off if you try to boil it without enough water in it, meaning if you do not fill the kettle up to the minimum level indicated and then try to boil it it will turn itself off to prevent any damage to the kettle.
The kettle jug itself is not too heavy meaning that even when filled with water it is easy to pour, the base is just as light therefore the whole kettle is easy to move around should you require.
If there was one thing that I had to complain about with this kettle it would be that a chrome kettle is quite hard to keep clean, the shiny metal of the kettle shows up any little mark to splash of water. With the kettle obviously being in the kitchen it does sometimes get splashed with grease meaning that unless cleaned regularly the kettle does look dull and dirty.
This kettle can be bought from Tesco and only cost £9.97, apart from its modern stylish appearance the price was attracted me to this kettle. It was a real bargain and has been very hard wearing. I use this kettle on a daily basis and have done for the last year and have had not problems with it whatsoever. If you are looking for a modern looking and stylish kettle which is also cheap and a real bargain then this is perfect. Other than the fact that the chrome body of the kettle can be quite hard to keep clean I have no other criticisms with this kettle.
I bought the Tesco JK27 kettle around a year ago when my last kettle gave up the will to live!! I had previously bought a shops value appliance, and it has been ok and as I liked the look of this kettle, I thought I would give it a try. I'm not a massive brew drinker but sometimes I just have an urge for a cup of tea or cup a soup so I had to have a kettle.
I was drawn to this particular kettle as it was silver and I much prefer silver items for my kitchen than the plain white ones - I don't think they look as cheap personally. This kettle has a stainless steel finish and has a black base, handle and spout. It is extremely easy to keep this kettle clean, and I regularly give it a wipe as being stainless steel it shows every fingerprint! The kettle is a chunky round jug design and is cordless and sits on a plastic black base, and I much prefer the fact that its cordless as my last kettle wasn't and its kind of restricting!
Capacity (Litres): 1.7
Colour: Black, Stainless Steel
Limescale Filter: Yes
Power in Kw: 2.2
Rapid Boil: No
Water Level Indicator: No
The capacity of this kettle is great, much more than my needs ever require but for a family I would imagine it can make more than enough. It boils faster than my last kettle did, and like most kettles as soon as it has boiled it switches itself off. To fill the kettle you simply lift the lid with the small handle and fill, or alternatively you can just fill it through the spout. The only thing to note with this kettle is that there is no water indicator on the side so over-filling can happen!! The on/off button is on the side off the kettle is at the top of the handle and there is a red light at the base of the kettle to show you when it is turned on and it will go off as soon as it has boiled.
I think this is a cracking little kettle, it looks great in my kitchen and is so easy to use. It is a little heavy but I don't see that as a problem really, as it isn't over heavy if that makes sense. This kettle cost just under £10 which I think is a good price and though I don't use it every day it is showing no sign of wear and tear and is still in as new condition. What more can you ask for a tenner?
Tesco stainless steel jug kettle model JK27
Why review a kettle you have had for five years?
I have read so many reviews on kettles from people who seem to change then as often as they change their bed linen so I thought I would write about my trusty little kettle that is well over 5 years old now and still looks good. I've probably given it the kiss of death by writing this but I can't complain after five plus years of service anyway.
We are not especially careful and for a good two or three years have had older children, who are not that careful with our things, living at home with us. The kettle is boiled at least seven times every day and sometimes more so it does get good use. I am not a superbly house proud person but I give the kettle a wipe over every now and then and sometimes it even gets a spray with the stainless steel cleaner but that only happens if I am having a blitz cleaning session.
Where did you buy this?
This kettle is still available at Tesco and if ours should go wrong I would happily replace it with the same model at the price of £9.97 you really cannot go wrong. It may not win any prizes for beauty but for function and reliability despite the fact it was made in China I have not complaints. According to feedback on the Tesco website it scores 7.6 out of 10 from customers and the usual complaints were it was noisy and slow to boil but all commented that it was a great price and looked okay.
What does it look like?
It has a polished stainless steel finish which I find is really easy to keep clean with just a wipe every now and then. The base with the cord and the handle and lid are all black plastic which looks quite neat I think and obviously these don't get as hot as the body of the kettle does once it has boiled. The kettle I own is a Jug design so it is shaped like a jug and it is cordless so safer than those with cord attached.
Features of this kettle:
It has a 2.2 kw boil which is not a rapid boil and can hold up to 1.7 litres of water which is a good tea pot full and more than enough for most tea and coffee making requirements. I find it boils reasonably quickly and I usually only have enough time to do a couple of small tidying jobs in the kitchen before it has boiled. Another safety feature is an automatic shut off switch which stops your kettle boiling dry when stupid people( or sons living at home who should have left home) put it on to boil with no water in it.
There is no external water indicator and you fill it through the black plastic lid so you can see how much water is in the jug once the lid is lifted. There is a stainless steel maximum water level marker which is really obvious so that you don't overfill the kettle.
The element is in the base so that there is less opportunity to gather lime scale and there is a removable 'anti scale' filter which filters the water as you pour out through the spout.
The on/off switch is a basic one on the handle and a red light shows near the base of the kettle when it is one although as it is pretty noisy you are not usually in any doubt that it is on. Once the water has boiled the spout is easy to pour out from and it does not drip like most teapots that I have owned seem to.
.What do I think?
I bought this after we had a new kitchen and wanted my extras like kettle toaster, bread bin etc to all be stainless steel and when I saw this in Tesco I thought it had to be worth a try at the price. It looks okay and is quite smart as well as being cordless so I could wind the cord into the base and not have electric leads hanging around the kitchen side. It is not too heavy when full of water and the lid is really easy to open with a pull back catch. The on/off switch on the top of handle clicks down for on and automatically flicks up when the water has boiled. As a cordless kettle it sits on the base power unit and the kettle can be turned around without wires tangling and dragging around the place
This is not a rapid boil kettle so in the interests of this review I filled it with cold water to the top water level marker and boiled it. It took just under four minutes which isn't too bad as the so called rapid boil ones seem to boast three and half minutes, I don't think half a minute is worth getting too excited about.
I think this is a great value kettle that looks quite smart on my kitchen side and is extremely good value price wise at under £10. As we have had it over five years now it has cost me £2 a year so far and I really don't think I could ask for more than that. It is a bit noisy when it is boiling but I think that often happens with kettles that have concealed elements and as it boils in less than four minutes it is not a noise that you have to suffer for too long.
Weird ratings about sound and picture quality please ignore!
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Short name: Tesco JK27