Product Type: Tesco kettles
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May not be beautiful but has been reliable
Member Name: catsholiday
Date: 24/06/10, updated on 27/10/11 (48 review reads)
Advantages: Reliable and efficient
Disadvantages: Quite noisy and uses a lot of power while boiling
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!
Thank you for reading and hope this has been of some use to some of you. This review may be posted on other sites under my same user name.
Summary: It boils water efficiently and has done for over five year
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