Product Type: Tesco kettles
Newest Review: ... 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... more
Not quite what I was expecting from Tesco .... but still good.
Member Name: Randal
Advantages: Looks fairly stylish.
Disadvantages: Slow and noisy.
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.
Summary: It will boil water .... eventually!!
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