I have had the Tesco JKL36 kettle for about a year (after I broke our previous kettle packing it to take abroad- looong story!). Anyway, when we first got back from holiday we didn't replace the kettle and managed for several weeks by boiling water in a saucepan. The reason I mention that is because while some other reviews have suggested that the kettle takes longer than usual to boil, I didn't notice that. However, I had been boiling water on the hob, so perhaps it does, but a year later I can honestly say that the length of time it takes to boil has never concerned me.
As you will be able to see from the picture, it is a pretty stylish and modern design. I think the fact it is a silver and black design as opposed to white makes it look far less like the cheap kettle it actually is. I believe it would fit in well in the majority of modern kitchens.
The kettle itself sits in a base (which is black) and this is the part that is plugged in to the electricty supply. Like the majority of other kettles, this is useful as it means that the electrical plug etc do not go anywhere near the water when you are filling up the kettle. The lid (also black) is attached and can be opened by pressing on a button located at the top of the handle. This is well positioned and can be operated easily with your thumb while holding the kettle.
I have seen on other reviews that people have experienced this kettle leaking, I have not experienced this and have owned the kettle for about a year. The only minor complaint I do have it that I find the flex quite short, so the kettle has to be positioned right in front of the plug socket. Not the end of the world- just a minor inconvenience every now and then.
(NOTE- I am not sure why I had to rate the picture and sound quality for the kettle but couldn't post the review until I clicked something- I have clicked excellent- but please don't expect the kettle to play a movie!!)
I got this kettle from a friend for use in a mobile home, it is a very attractive kettle and looks very stylish in the kitchen.
When I came to use this for the first time I was greeted by an easy to use device, extremely similar to most other kettles. It has a round base that contains the plug for the wall socket and also the main kettle which sits on top and connects without any wires. it has a clear long window that allows you to see inside the water jug as it boils.
It is a bit slow to boil, taking longer than most kettles in my opinion (although in general I use the more expensive models that are available and therefore may have higher expectations) it can take anything up to five minutes to boil a FULL kettle of water, which is what I normally do for drinks for everyone.
Apart from that it is a pretty standard kettle, good looking but slow. One advantage and one disadvantage. Therefore I can only advise this kettle as it is pretty standard.
However, I have read a lot of reviews about how this kettle apparently leaks, personally I am yet to experience this and if I do then I will edit my review accordingly. Until then I am to assume that this is a perfectly water proof device.
I've read quite a few reviews from people over on Ciao lately about whether or not they could live without a TV; many of them do, or could do.
I wonder how many of them could live without a kettle?
Kettles are a much needed item these days, especially as most of the UK's population has an overwhelming tea (or coffee!) addiction!
I however, don't drink either of them (I have a Diet Coke addiction instead) and, up until last year, lived happily without a kettle!
Many of my friends and family can't believe how I ever managed without one, but it's not really an essential item, it's just quite handy for most people.
The Tesco JKL36 was a gift from my mother; I think that it was also a very large hint as to what she would prefer to drink when she visits!
It is quite a modern kettle, in black and stainless steel. It also has a clear section running down the body of the kettle that lets you see how much water is in it.
I find that this is quite handy as I usually try to boil just enough water for my needs, although I am aware that it needs to be above the minimum levels to avoid damaging the kettle.
The kettle will hold a maximum of 1.7 L, and the minimum amount you can boil is 0.7 L; I think that 1.7 L is a fair amount of water so this kettle should be big enough for the average family. The minimum level of 0.7 L is more than I usually need to boil, although I find that most kettles are usually a similar amount.
The kettle comes in two parts; a base, and boiling jug. The base is a chunky, but lightweight circular base with the plug attachment. The boiling jug, or the kettle part, then sits on top. It is secured by fitting into a small round plug in the base.
This is a nice feature as you can simply take the jug to fill with water rather than trailing the plug behind you, as you would with some other models.
You boil the water by pressing the flick switch; it is the basic style switch that you tend to find on kettles. The great thing about this kettle though, is that a blue light shines on the clear strip, telling you that the kettle is on.
I've lost count of the number of times that I've walked over to what I think is a boiled kettle only to find that I'd never turned it on in the first place! Maybe that's just my ditsy side showing through, but I'm sure I'm not the only one to have done this at some point!
So, a great start.
I was quite impressed and wondered why I had gone for two years without a kettle when I'd found this one was so useful.
Unfortunately, this didn't last. A few months ago I noticed that water was leaking from the bottom of the kettle and as I'd had it too long I couldn't return it.
After looking at a couple of other reviews, I found that this is a common problem for this model; I therefore wouldn't recommend that you buy it.
After price checking online, I've found that the kettle has been discontinued - probably due to this common fault, therefore you can't buy it, even if you wanted to!
Tesco have however brought out a very similar design, probably having addressed the problems with the JKL36; It costs £17.79 and is available in most stores.
When I moved into my new house last year I was on a bit of budget when it came to appliances and furnishings. As much as I'd have liked to buy all the moder, sleek and shiny looking household appliances that I came across while shopping it didn't really seem possible, unless I hadn't bothered with a bed or sofa (or another useless piece of furniture)! The majority of my small kitchen appliances came from Tesco as I had a number of club card vouchers and also gift vouchers from various family members. Despite the fact that I don't really drink tea and coffee I felt that I couldn't actually get away without buying a kettle and so decided to buy the sleekest one I could find for the smallest amount.
I settled on the Tesco JKL36 model which was on special offer at just £14.97 when I bought it, the last time I saw it the price was around the £20 mark. It's quite modern and smart looking with a polished silver chrome finish along with a black base, handle and lid. The capacity of the kettle is 1.7l which apparantly is quite standard and as a result, it holds a decent amount of water without appearing too big or bulky when sat on my kitchen work surface. The design is fairly simply, there's minimal decoration on the kettle itself apart from the capacity reader which shows how full the kettle is along with the minimum and maximum amounts of water that the kettle can actually hold.
Boiling the kettle couldn't be easier, even for a novice, simply press the lid release button to fill the kettle with the desired amount of water, press the lid back down and return the kettle to its round base. One thing I have noticed is that the base operates in a 360 degree fashion which means you can put the kettle down on it at any angle, there's no time wasted aligning the kettle so it sits correctly on the base. To turn the kettle on you need to press a small lever at the bottom and the capacity reader will light up blue to show that the power is on. The light goes out immediately when the kettle is disconnected from its base or when the water inside has reached the desired boiling point.
Obviously the boiling time for this kettle depends on the amount of water you put in it, a full kettle (1.7l) takes nearly 4 minutes to boil while enough water for just two cups of tea takes about a minute in total. The spout on the kettle means that there's no spillages when you come to pour the water and I've never had any accidents, even when the kettle has been full. The only negative I've found when boiling the kettle is that the outside of it can get quite hot so it's a good idea to keep your hands away from it, and also to keep it away from any children to avoid any accidents. The handle itself is always cold to the touch and none of the heat seems to be transferred to the handle.
The kettle is advertised as having a concealed element which in theory should prevent any build up or limescale and I've found this to be the case. I've had the kettle for a year now and the inside is perfectly clean, the outside however does mark a little (largely due to the stainless steel effect) and fingerprints do tend to show up on the exterior. Overall I'd thoroughly recommend this kettle, yes it is a very basic model and there's no fancy functions to it, but it does the job perfectly and with absolutely no hassle. Despite the other reviewers thoughts on this kettle I'm giving it the full five stars as I've never had a problem and it's still boiling up as much water as I need it to effectively!
Thanks for reading.
UPDATED - after 3 months this kettle started leaking from around the fill level window. The kettle has been returned and refunded. This could be a serious safety issue and, as such, this kettle is now no longer recommended.
I live in an area with particularly hard water and, as I have no softener fitted, I seem to go through kettles (and irons) at a great rate of knots. Each time I shop for a kettle I have few criteria:
1 - the kettle must be cordless with a 360 swivel base : I don't want to faff having to locate the kettle the right way round on the base and I don't want to be tied to a flex.
2 - the kettle must be as space saving as possible : I'm not short of space but a kettle is a utility item not a thing of beauty.
As I get through so many kettles price IS a bit of an issue but only in so far as I don't want to be throwing too much money away each time, but, if I like a kettle then I'll spend on it.
My last purchase, a Russell Hobbs Montana was a disaster purchase. Although, on paper it seemed to do just what I wanted in use it was poor quality and, at times, dangerous. Although not completely furred up I decided that I had one near miss too many with boiling water and I simply had to replace the kettle.
So, the search commenced. The fact that the lid of the Russell Hobbs had caused an issue meant that the lid was now something that had become a criteria. My husband then said that he wanted a clear side fill indicator so that he could see just how much water he was putting in. Kettle upon kettle was viewed and none seemed to be meeting our needs. A trip to a Tesco Home store changed that!
This kettle is finished in a polished chrome and has a very simple design. Despite its capacity being similar to most other kettles (1.7l) it looks quite neat and small which is something I like.
The handle is shaped to aid grip and the kettle is well balanced, even when full, and so carrying a full kettle is neither hard nor a safety hazard.
The kettle sits on a round base with a connector for the kettle in the centre. It truly is a 360 degree swivel base and it is incredibly easy to locate the kettle on the base from a multitude of angles. The base cord is not long however and so, if you are not placing the kettle near to a power socket then you may have to think again (or use an extension lead). I suspect that this will not be an issue for too many folk though.
Filling the kettle one has a choice: fill through the spout (which has a filter) or through the lid which lifts via a pop-up button. I find that it's easy enough to fill through the spout although this is not going to wide enough for many people's liking. The alternative of the lid fill is reasonably easy but the lid only lifts to an angle of around 60 degrees so, if you have low taps this too may be an issue. The lid snaps shut with a gentle push.
There's a viewing window on one side of the kettle (with the handle to the right) so that you can see how much water you have. This clearly marks the kettle out for right-handers (or at least for those who like their handle to the right) as those who like it to the left will have difficulty. The viewing window is narrow and I find it very hard to actually see how much water there is. I suspect that the window may well fur up after a while but we'll see.
When you set the kettle to boil the water level window illuminates with a blue colour - at this point it's much easier to see how much water there is and the whole things looks quite jazzy as the water boils. The light goes out immediately that the auto-cut-off operates. The on/off switch is a lever type situated at the base of the handle. This is easy to operate.
The kettle has a concealed element which, in theory at least, means that it's easier to clean and arrest any limescale build-up. Whilst I'd agree with the theory I've found that a concealed element will fur as quickly as a traditional element after a while.
A full 1.7l of water will take 3 mins 55 seconds to boil. A full kettle (or anything less) pours very well with a clean action and no spill. A godsend after the issues with my Russell Hobbs.
I have noticed that, like the traditional kettles of bygone years, the exterior of this kettle gets extremely hot - thankfully that heat is not transferred to the handle (and there's an additional bit of handle down the back edge of the kettle to protect your hands). As a result I'd not recommend this for the elderly or the infirm due to the risk of burning. The kettle also holds the heat for a long while (as an example I made myself a coffee about 20 minutes ago and the kettle is still too hot to touch). Maybe this is common to stainless steel kettles (I haven't had a stainless steel jug before) but I must remember not to check whether hubby has switched the kettle on by feeling the exterior or I could be in for a nasty burn!
Retailing at under £20 (as of Dec 09) this kettle is functional and reasonably understated. It doesn't offer the gadgets and gizmos that you can get on more expensive brands (such as selective temperatures or stay warm facilities) but it does its job.
NOT RECOMMENDED DUE TO DEVELOPED FAULTS
Just one question to Dooyoo team: Why am I asked to fill in the "picture quality" of this kettle? it does not take pictures, (nor does it promise to).
This kettle is apparently discontinued at my local Tescos- not sure if its just that store, (its still going strong on the website) or if its all stores. I paid £16.59 for it and I WILL be going back for a refund!
Its a shame really, I took a good 15 minutes playing about with each kettle, I see a kettle as something that will be in my life daily. It will actually be one of the first things I see every morning, and at winter time (hot water bottle) will be the last thing I see at night. All in all I need to have a good relationship with this object and it needs to to annoy me.
Initially, I chose this kettle as it advertised itself as "illuminating" something I thought would be a nice effect. (I'm a glutton for gimmicks!).
It seemed easy to use- I tested the lid came away easily to pour in water and the lid sprung up at me to show how effortless this would be (very useful first thing in the morning. I do NOT want to be struggling about with mal-fitting mal-shutting lids when I am barely awake!). Thumbs up.
It had a see through dial so I could see just how much water I was boiling and so didn't waste electricity on filling up too much. Thumbs up again. Most kettles have this feature, but for some its easier to see then others. This was easy to see as its right on the side of the kettle. Once you sit it down, its obvious.
I also liked the look of it. Smallish, it holds 1.7 litres max which is actually about the same as mu previously much larger kettle. It is a brushed aluminium kettle which looks kinda cute, and the inside/where the water level shows turns blue when I turn it on to boil, and off when its done.
It even seemed to boil fast when I took it home to test. I was impressed.
I have to say, at that point, the only bad thing I had to say for it was that it did not filter water itself (I used to have a Breville Kettle (£50 currently) with a Brita Maxtra filter before it just decided to stop working the previous week). I hate de scaling kettles as you can never be sure that you get all the scale/lime, vinegar or anitscale formula out. Your kettle water somehow never tastes quite the same way again, but I was willing to use a separate water filter to combat this problem.
And here is where the downside started: I went to boil the kettle and have a mug of my favourite Cadburys Highlights Hot Chocolate. A nice reward for the long 3 bus route home from my nearest Tesco Superstore.
And at the end of the rapid boil/mildly quiet boil of the water, I went for the handle.
Now the handle, as you can see from the image, is very clearly attached to the kettle. But its way too close for my hands- my hands are normal, women's slim-ish sized hands, I know I am slightly geared towards the clumsy side, but you would expect this to be accepted by the kettles designers.
OMG OMG OMG! I cannot believe the STUPIDITY of the designers of this kettle: the outside of the kettle heats up...to the same temperature as the water!
I seriously hope Tescos have covered their @**es on this one as I can see many a lawsuit coming from the "have you been injured or hurt in an accident that was not your fault...?" lawyers. It does not look good. My hands, knuckles and fingers are slathered in burns as each and every time I go to pour a cup of tea, I brush past the kettle itself and burn my hands again! I was actually woken up yesterday by my hand, throbbing as it had not been put under cold water long enough as a result of a last cup of hot chocolate before I went to bed.
Its one thing to think; you know, maybe you (meaning me) need just to be a little more careful, a little less slap-dash. But actually, I am really not that bad. I have not knocked the kettle on the floor, never spilt a cup of tea when pouring, I am clumsy, but I'm not that terrible. The handle although not touching the body of the kettle, is still just too close to the kettle to be safe. And even if it were further away, it would still not be any safer as you would need to steady the kettle with the other hand or fingertips.
Surely, this could have been resolved in the design mock up? Surely they could have included a tea cosy in the box?!
If you have small children, do not buy this kettle.
If you have older people who may not be so agile living with you, do not buy this kettle- worse still, do not buy them this kettle.
If you at all value the look of your hands, or if you have hands at all, do not buy this kettle.
I will be returning to Tescos with this product as soon as I get the time to. (Saturday) less then a week from purchase. Until then, I have no money for a new one so am anticipating many more burns, do not let this happen to you!
Short name: Tesco JKL36