Product Type: Tesco kettles
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Goose is Dead!
Member Name: StampedingTurtes
Advantages: Shiny, looks good, cheap
Disadvantages: very noisy, very slow
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.
Summary: A loud, slow kettle sent to torture you!
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