Product Type: Tesco kettles
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Just put the hot tap on - because it will get hotter than this kettle.
Tesco JK07 Jug
Member Name: broxi3781
Tesco JK07 Jug
Advantages: Very good price, OK for cleaning, decent cord length, may be safer.
Disadvantages: Just doesn't get hot enough
We all have one household appliance we just couldn't live without, and for me, it is my kettle. I truly love my tea, and drink a phenomenal amount. I couldn't possibly wake up with less than two cups - in fact I often just pour myself two cups at once to save getting up for another. I have tea at the computer, tea when watching telly, reading a book, right before bed - I've even been known to take a cuppa into the bath with me.
So my kettle gets a fair amount of use for its intended purpose, but it also gets used for a lot of other things. I tend to be a skin flint on cleaning supplies. Why bother will all sorts of fancy cleaners, bleach and boiling water will clean most anything. In fact I am a bit paranoid where raw meat is concerned, anything that touches raw meat gets dumped in boiling water. I do have a dishwasher, but for a few pots and pans or odd items, it isn't worth firing up the boiler - I just boil a couple of jugs of water instead. Finally, I have my hot water bottles to fill - and that requires a kettle as well, so any kettle in our house gets a lot of use.
As you can all imagine, there is one reason I bought this kettle - price. I do not remember the exact price - but I know it was under a fiver. I'm not fussed with what a kettle looks like, fancy features, or even noise and boiling time ( although I would prefer quicker), I just want a nice cup of tea. So theoretically any kettle should do, they all boil water, what difference can it make?
Well I am afraid the kettle does make a difference, although I know this will not make much sense. Water should boil at the same temperature, regardless of the kettle. But I have found that this seems to bubble quite loudly, and then cut off just that tiny bit too soon. At first I thought it was my imagination, but my tea always seemed weaker. I do have some difficulty with my hands though, and I have on a few occasions dumped this kettle directly over my other hand, and once splashed all down my front. The first time, I had that instant of panic "Ahhhhh I'm burned!", followed by "that's odd - I'm not burned". Although this feels hot if you pour it directly over the skin - it does not do any damage or leave red marks. If I have my boiler on, I can get water out of my taps hotter than this. I have found, simply hitting the switch down again and allowing the kettle to boil a second time helps. At other times I have resorted to giving my cup an extra 30 seconds in teh microwave to get a good strong cup of tea. I have also found, that while I can get a passable cuppa from P&G or Tetley, using a cheaper tea results in something that looks more like bathwater than tea. I keep debating whether to give up and buy a new kettle. This is still working as well as the day it came out of the box after about 8 months, but that really isn't saying much. On the other hand, if I had a better a kettle, I expect I'd have had a few very nasty burns. Still I love nothing better than a really good cup of tea - I think it is worth the risk.
Besides the fact that this just doesn't seem to get hot enough - it really is not a bad kettle. It does take it's time to boil a full kettle (1.7 litres). This took 5 minutes and 10 seconds. However, pouring in and using a single cup resulted in a cup in only 90 seconds - not too bad. Boiling a single cup really is preferable with this model as well as it seems to get hotter before turning off. It is noisy, but I think most kettles are. It is not so loud that you can not hear someone speak, and on the plus side, being able to hear it in the next room means you know when it has finished boiling. This kettle is called cordless, but of course that just means the cord attaches to the base, not the kettle, as it does with almost all modern kettles. I did find the cord a reasonable length, about 2' would be a guess. This gives me enough room to pull the kettle out from under the cabinets when in use.
I do find this very difficult to pour, and feel that I splash more with this than other kettles, but my husband does fine with it. If you look closely in the picture you will see a line running down the handle, where this is made from more than one piece. I find this gets dirty very easily and requires extra scrubbing , but no major problems. The coil is easy enough to get to inside, and I give this a regular scrub as well to prevent limescale build up. There is a little screen which goes over the spout which I believe is called a limescale filter. This does fall off quite frequently though. The kettle features a clear strip to judge water level, which is clearly marked in litres and in cups. The writing has stayed on remarkably well. I tend to end up scrubbing the writing off most appliances. I have had many kettles just pack it in after only a few months, and this is still going, so another good point there.
If only this kettle were a bit more reliable on producing a very hot cup of water I would be very happy with this kettle. All of its other faults are minor, but the main purpose in owning a kettle is to produce a cup of tea. This just does not come up to scratch for its primary purpose. This very well may be only my specific kettle that has a problem, as other reviews for this seem quite good ( in fact I read them before I bought it), but I really can not award stars based on someone else's review of the item. My specific model does a very poor job so I can only give this 2 stars.
This item uses 2.2 kw of electricity, but because it really needs a second boil or another heat source ( microwave) I can not imagine this would be very energy efficient.
Summary: I'm afraid I could make a better cup of tea from the bath taps.
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