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      25.09.2012 20:13

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      Very good way of satisfying your need for tea

      I got this unit after our 'normal' kettle died, probably under the strain of my family's tea addiction. The greatest advantage is this: from your hitting the start button to the unit finish pouring is close to 30 seconds. In the fairly unlikely event that you have not got a more typical kettle as a back-up, I find that the Hot Cup is fast enough to serve several people without anyone being conscious of how long they have been waiting.

      The amount of water dispensed is controlled by a dial on the top of the unit. There are 5 dots (rather than measurements that would be more useful) that let you pick how much boiling water you want.

      I broke out my measuring cup for this: The lowest setting dispenses 200ml, while the highest setting dispenses aprox 350ml. If you prefer a less scientific notation, the highest setting does not fill oversize mugs I own, but gets them well over 2/3rds full.

      Other reviews have mentioned faulty devices, this has not been an issue with my unit despite very heavy use. The only issue is that as I live in an area with hard water, there are lime scale deposits around the edge of the top of the unit where the water is poured in.

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      20.07.2012 23:28
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      Would definitely recommend this product to anyone for efficiency and a good cup of tea!

      Technical Details (off of Amazon)
      Second generation of Breville hot water dispenser
      Fast boil 3 kW concealed element for maximum efficiency and easy clean
      Variable dispense--choose from nine different cup sizes
      Manual stop allows you to control flow of water
      Large 2 litre illuminating water tank with extra-large rear water window

      This has got to be the future opposed to kettles! How often is it you boil a whole kettle because you need it! You fill it up, You boil it, You use one cup and then you boil it again an hour later for another cup!

      Setting up was easy you plug it in, put the tray in the bottom and fill it up! It's compact and doesn't take up a lot of space in the kitchen no more than a kettle i would say.

      This is a great machine you can set it to the size of cup you want! With nine different cup sizes I'm sure you can find one for you! It works quickly and efficiently every time! And all you have to do is fill it up like any other kettle (and empty the tray when you spill) .

      There has been some conversations about previous models not getting up to a high enough boiling temperature! But this one definitely does! We use it throughout the day for tea, coffee and also you it to boil water for my little boy's bottles (which is great cause i can change the settings and get the amount i want out.)

      Then there is of course the added bonus of using and saving electric! The water stays warm for a good half hour but to re boil it is a lot more eco-friendly boiling one cup than a whole kettle each time!

      Would definitely recommend this product to anyone for efficiency and a good cup of tea!

      (Not sure why on this i have had to rate picture and sound quality it does produce some clear water and isn't as noisy as a kettle! )

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        29.05.2012 16:26
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        Good Appliance, not Excellent

        We recently underwent a bit of an office refurb and with it we got some nice new, shiny gadgets in the kitchen. The Breville Hot Cup was one such gadget which we got to replace are old kettle, which was on it's last legs.

        The first thing I thought when I saw it out of the box was I wanted one for home. I thought, like a lot of the Breville products, it looked great. It was sleek and stylish and hoped that it wasn't more style than substance like so many of these modern kitchen appliances are.

        Taking it out of the box it was very straight forward to assemble and the instructions were good if you feel that they are required. The Hot Cup was up and running in around 5 minutes.

        As the Hot Cup replaces the need for a kettle any comparisons that I draw when reviewing this will be against the kettle, a device that has served me so well over the years and it's the product most people will be looking to replace if purchasing this I would think.

        The Hot Cup is slightly bigger than your average kettle, Dimensions (W x D x H): 17 x 27.7 x 28 cm and weighs around 2kg. There is a 2 litre capacity water tank, which lights up blue when the water is heating. The water tank is removable which makes refilling nice and easy. The water tank is quite heavy and an elderly person might find it quite awkward to refill compared with your bog-standard kettle.

        There is a small tray which you sit your cup on, which also collects any water if there happens to be any overflow or spillages. There is a manual stop switch which you can press if the cup size you have selected dispenses too much water for the size of cup you have, which is a nice little feature but I think essential for this gadget.

        There is a small chrome dial on the top of the Hot Cup which controls the amount of water that is dispensed. It can take a good bit of fiddling to begin with to find the right setting for the cup that you have. I also found that if you don't have enough water I find it is a bit of a chore to top up your cup.

        I found that the first 10 to 15 uses of the Hot Cup that this dial wasn't very accurate. However, the more you use if the more accurate it has become. There are 9 settings on the dial and I tend to use the 1 from maximum. You would not fill anything larger than you're average mug, probably something along the size of a medium Starbucks mug.

        There is a 3Kw heating element and it boils the water required for a cup in around 20 to 25 seconds, which I think it nice and quick. There is a good sized chrome button on the top of the Hot Cup which you press to begin boiling the water.

        One thing that I prefer about a kettle over the Hot Cup is you can easily micro manage with a kettle. By that I mean if you have taken your tea bag out of your cup and find that there isn't quite enough water in the cup you can easily top it up.

        On the whole, this is a good product in my view. Not an excellent one. The water boils quickly and the product is energy efficient as it only boils enough water for the amount needed for your one cup. I like the micro management a kettle offers too much to swap my kettle at home with one of these. It's also a little expensive at £50.00 for me. Also at home I prefer to make a pot of tea rather than a cup and this product is only designed for one cup at a time.

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          26.01.2012 20:03
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          would recommend 4 out of 5

          About two years ago my Mother went through a stage of buying loads of new gadgets, that she "had" to have. The Teafal fry, you know the one that cooks the chip for less than 3% fat, a few others, and this Breville Hot Cup kettle and what with her just having a new kitchen fitted she had the perfect excuse to spend on my Fathers credit card.

          The Breville Hot Cup can really only be described as a kettle although the compartment that holds the water is only enough for one cup of tea. Great for saving time, energy, and most inportant money. There is no wasted hot water as you would usually get when boiling a traditional kettle for one or two mugs of coffee.

          I have to say that making instant tea, coffee, and hot chocolate has never been so quick and easy. The reservoir holds up to one and a half litre of water but the heating chamber only boils 250ml at a time and dispenses it when it is ready, with a push of a button.

          The product itself when switched on has a nice bright blue illumination, there is a On/Off button at the top of the water reservoir to save electrricity when not in use. There is a lid release button which makes the reservoir easier to fill and saves you getting in a mess and missing where the water is meant to go. If you might have a shaking hand or parkinsons (like my Father) I suggest that you use a jug to fill it up, it will take it that bit easier. Remember to have a cup or mug of the right size or you might find that you've managed to "overflow", but if you do happen to overfill, there is a removable drip tray which holds over a cup of water.

          As with any new item an instruction book is included in with the box of your product. The booklet tells you how to use, clean, and descale your new kettle. There is also a "quick start" card for those (like me) too impatient to read the whole booklet first. I hate it when my Mother buys items then expects me to set it up for her, but as I love her I shut up and put up and does as she asks.

          I have to say that this is probably NOT something I would have bought myself as I love my hot watter bottles too much. Not only would it never fill a decent sized hot water bottle, if I was to do it in stages it would only lead to some one, most probably myself getting burnt. I think that the idea in theory is fantastic especially to someone like my Father who had many of accidents with the normal kettle in the past. It is also great for those that don't like to waste energy, water, or time but just not for me, perhaps if it was big enough to hold enough water for my hot water bottle I would buy one. My Mother swears by it and would never go back to the normal kettle. Combiding our opinions together we have come to the conclusion that although this is for some people but not all we would rate it a 4 out of 5. Thank you for taking the time to read our review, we hope it is of some use to you, thanks again.

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            05.01.2012 23:50

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            Breville kettle, fast, not furious!

            I know it sounds like I`m exaggerating when I say that this Breville Hot Cup boils water faster than light itself, but truly, I have never owned or seen a product capable of getting water to a boil faster than this very good product from the brand Breville. I bought this Breville Hot Cup for 49.88 a good while back, and I have been using it literally every day ever since! Water comes to a boil in about thirty seconds or less when I use this Hot Cup, and in my opinion, that is very fast! This kettle holds about five to six cups of water at a time, in other words 250 milliliters times five, which I find to be a very good capacity. This kettle is very easy and basic to use, it boils water easily and very rapidly and also, it looks cool and stylish on any kitchen counter. It`s also easy to keep clean and makes very little noise when bringing your water to a boil. I use this Hot Cup from Breville give or take every day, and I really do recommend this kettle to all of you looking for such a product, as it does its job very easily and quickly! With no negative aspects to mention, this is a clear recommendation from my point of view, simply a really good, fast working kettle, that saves you time every day, especially if you drink as much coffee and tea as I do!

            *****

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            03.01.2012 00:19

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            A Heated Product

            I was rather skeptical of this product when i first saw it as i am probably the fussiest tea drinker in the world and even when my fellow fussy tea drinker friend recommend it i still had doubts , doubts that were proved wrong by this amazing product.

            This very nice looking product is really compact and it surprised me that it can hold 2 liters. When its in operation it glow blue and although im used to it now it looks really neat to the new customer. It has a variable dispenser theoretically from a small cup to a mug and you turn the dial to suit. This is the one bugbear for me with it - the 'max' is just not enough for my favorite mugs, leaving the tea looking a little lost and lonely with 1/3 of the cup unfilled You could top it up but you don't really want to wait another minute or so which is pretty irritating and is the only thing stopping me from giving it 5 stars. If you only like half cups then this will be a 5 star product for you.

            You aren't going to throw away your kettle , if your making more than one cup or if you need boiling hot water for cooking then a kettle remains the more sensible option , But if you are in the position of going to the kitchen to make a cup of tea more than once a day then you will love this product.

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            23.12.2011 10:33

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            A Must Have For Every Household

            What can I say? This kettle is amazing! It takes much less than 20 seconds to boil a cup of hot water and is so easy to use. Simply fill it up, and press one button. It definitely saves money because you are not boiling any unnecessary water and when it is left plugged in, it doesn't use any electricity. It is a pleasure to wake up to in the morning. All I have to do is put my coffee in a cup and under the dispenser, press the button, and in less than 20 seconds, I have a cup of coffee.

            Yes, it does seem a bit expensive, at £60 it is deer. However, if you want a decent kettle, you might as well get a reliable one which will reduce your electricity bills.

            I have had mine for 3 months and it works fine. I used to have an older version for about 2 years, and that still worked perfectly. The only reason I bought a new one is because this one holds more water (2L) and I don't have to continuously fill it up. Also, unlike the older version, you can adjust the amount of water it boils by turning a dial to however much you want.

            I would say that every household should have one. It's just simply great!

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            12.11.2011 03:59
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            Boiling water in an instant.

            This is a novel idea from Breville a name you can trust when it comes to small kitchen appliances. The hot cup with variable dispense works as an instant hot water dispenser. It has a removable clear blue water tank which you can easily fill from a tap. This then slots into the back of the unit and with the press of a button located at the top it almost instantly boils the water. You first have to place your cup or mug under the nozzle like you would in a coffee vending machine and the water is dispensed. The words "variable dispenser refers to an upgrade for the original model. You can now choose from 9 different cup sizes while with the original (that is still available) you only have the one size.

            The main reason for anyone to get one of these is that you only boil the amount of water you are going to use and it boils far quicker than a kettle. This in turn will save you time, and also money on electricity bills. It has a removable drip tray as the water spout drips for a second or two after use. This model does not have a water filter and that makes a huge difference if you live in a heard water area. It has a 2 litre capacity.

            The main body of the unit is black while the base and spout are silver. It looks good and works fast although if I was buying one now I would go for the even newer model. This has lots of upgrades including the all important Brita water filter although that one is only 1.8 litre.


            This is a great idea for anyone that doesn't have the time or patience to wait around for the kettle to boil.
            And only costs £50 on Amazon.co.uk

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            27.07.2011 23:25

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            Must have appliance

            Sometimes you come across an appliance and you wonder how you ever managed without it This is one of those appliances. I like most people am trying to cut back on fuel bills and had looked at hot cups before only to read on the internet that if you wanted to make coffee they were great, but for tea they did not get the water to boiling point and tea making was never a success.
            Fortunately a friend had tried one and recommended it. These machines boil a cup of water in seconds, no more trying to boil a single cup full in a kettle which is always an impossible task, put in too little water and ruin your element, too much and pay electricity companies for heating water you don't require. No more phoning ahead at the end of a days shopping asking for someone to put the kettle on.
            The hot cup has a large water tank, fill, put mug and teabag under spout wait 20 seconds and cup of tea is made, great when you're running late in the morning or taking that instant chocolate to bed. The Breville works great for instant gravy or custard mix, you can alter the amount of water for different size cups or keep it on maximum and press stop button to avoid overfilling, need more water put a jug under the spout and press start 2 or 3 times and it is still quicker than a kettle.

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            23.07.2011 22:15
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            Smart, efficient and very good.

            Having recently had this product introduced to the legal office I work in I can say it is an utter dream!

            Boiling only 250ml at a time and automatically dispensing as programmed by you it is essentially hands free hot coffee. Turn it on with the black button on the top, place your cup under the dispensing nozzle, and you are ready to go.

            The easy to set volume dial ensures you can cater your drink to your cup (very useful in an office with individual mugs brought from home) and the boiling one section of 250ml at a time may at first seem to be inconvenient but saves a lot of fuss (no passing a boiling kettle around) and a lot of energy. The water is always hot and any overflow, should you set the dial incorrectly, is caught by the spill tray you rest your cup atop of. There is also a large, clearly labelled "STOP" button if you notice an impending overfill.

            The spill tray does hold a surprising amount - discovered of course by me forgetting to put my cup under it one early and undercaffinated morning. It is easy to remove from the body of the machine and pour out as expected.

            The machine itself is stylish in black with the cool blue backlight to show you exactly how much water is held ready, and lightweight enough that any cleaning/refilling can be done quickly and easily.

            Instructions that came with box and quick and clear, and a mini-review card is also included if you have no time.

            A side note here, but a very good investment for anyone with mobility or age/injury related issues with lifting. The quick rate of boiling, filling and the ability to cater the drink to the cup really do mean you have less worry about boiling water and dropping kettles. So much so that I have invested in one for my mother who has severe nerve damage, resulting in shaking hands.

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            28.04.2011 12:42
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            An easy way of getting a quick cup of coffee

            The Breville Hot Cup was received as a Christmas present last year and I can honestly say that it has been used every day since. It can really only be described as a kettle - but with a patented design which means that only one cup is boiled at a time which, of course, saves time, energy and money. There is no wasted hot water as you would usually get when boiling a traditional kettle for one or two mugs of coffee - or anything else that only requires one cup.

            I have to say that making instant coffee has never been easier because with this little item you don't even have to pout it out. The reservoir holds up to one and a half litre of water but the heating chamber only boils 250ml at a time - and dispenses it when it is ready. This does sound somewhat like a coffee machine but, for some reason, the coffee also seems to smell and taste better, perhaps due to being exactly the right temperature - or maybe only my imagination!

            Everything has a nice bright blue illumination when switched on - that is the On/Off button on the top and the water reservoir. This is exactly matched to my existing kettle which is also Breville, so it all looks very well together.

            There is a lid-release button and the reservoir is easy to fill. I tend to do it with a jug - simply because I always have a jug of water nearby - but it's not a heavy item to take to the tap. Of course, you have to be sure that you have a cup or mug of the right size or you might find that you've managed to "overflow", but even if you do, there is a removable drip tray which holds over a cup of water anyway so you're not likely to flood the place! This is very smart having a shiny stainless steel top for the cups/mugs to stand on. I have to say that I was really surprised to find that the drip tray held so much as it really seems too small but I did inadvertently switch on one day before putting the mug under the nozzle. After the first initial panic I found that all was well with no flooding of the kitchen! It is certainly very easy to remove to empty or clean. The base is where the power is - similar to any other cordless kettle - apart from the drip tray of course.

            There is a very comprehensive instruction booklet which gives instruction on how to use, cleaning, descaling and troubleshooting. There is also a "quick start" card for those (like me) too impatient to read the whole booklet first.

            I have to say that this is probably NOT something I would have bought myself but having used it so much I feel that I would be lost without it now and would certainly want to replace it should the need arise. I don't think it would really replace the 'conventional' kettle and I do feel that a larger model would be required to serve a family - they ARE available I believe - but for one or two people this is great.

            Would I recommend it? Yes - ours gets a lot of use!

            I thank you for reading this and I hope that it has been of some use and interest.

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              14.02.2011 10:36

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              great idea to save power when needed for a small number of people

              the breville hot cup is a wonderful idea that allows you to boil water to fill one cup at a time. this works well because it saves electricity that would normally be used to boil a kettle full. we brought one for about £50 which although may seem expensive there is a variety of standard kettles selling for this price.
              the hot cup is actually quite stylish and will fit in with most designs within the kitchen, its easy to use and has a jug which you can disconnect to fill with water and also has a drip tray which can be disconnected. this is ideal because it makes cleaning easier.
              its quite safe because although you can see the water and the fill levels you cant actually feel the heat on the machine itself.
              the only downside to the machine is that it does only boil one cup at a time and when you have guests around you do have to wait for each cup but this isnt a major problem as the boiling time is quite quick anyway. i do advise that you understand how much water is released out the machine each time as when using the water to make things like jelly or other items there can be excess.

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              07.02.2011 03:13

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              Handy for people on the go

              The breville hot cup is basically a kettle without the waiting, the machine produces enough hot water to make one hot drink. It cuts out the long boiling times that are the downfall of the common kettle and it also means that you are saving the electric that it would cost to heat a full kettle therefore saving more money.

              Simply pour water into the back of the machine ensuring not to fill above the max fill line, put your cup under the spout and press the button. The machine will boil just enough water for one drink saving on energy costs.

              The only downfall of this appliance is when it comes to making multiple drink as you have to individually boil for each cup, therefore I have found it useful to keep a kettle purely to avoid waiting around.

              Also a word of advise make sure your cups are big enough to hold the capacity of water that the machine expels it gets messy otherwise.

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              04.02.2011 18:53
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              the advantages outweigh the disadvantages when compared to an ordinary kettle

              The Breville Hot Cup 2L version is a hot water dispenser with variable settings for the amount of water needed at any one time.

              Price paid: £60.00

              We bought this after trying the cheaper 1.5L version as we found that to be completely unusable due to the fact that there is only one volume setting, which was too much for a cup yet too little for a mug.
              The Hot cup 2L has an adjustable volume setting which makes it much more versatile and user-friendly.

              The machine is very simple and easy to use. It has a pop up lid where you pour in water to the maximum level. It sits on a base connected to the mains. When you push the boil button, a separate chamber fills up with the right amount of water according to your chosen setting.
              This model is useful with the addition of the cup size dial, and you quickly get used to knowing what setting it should be on for the different vessels you want to fill. If you do happen to put the setting on for more water than you actually need, there is a stop button you can press which immediately cuts off the water as it is coming out of the spout. If you are not in a position to press the stop button there is a tray to catch excess water (this will need emptying from time to time). It is exceedingly fast compared to your average ordinary kettle. It takes about 50 seconds to boil enough for a large mug.

              We use our hot cup for cooking as well as making cups of tea and coffee, so we simply place a plastic measuring jug underneath the spout and it takes about 3 goes to fill when on the highest setting, which we then pour into our pan of pasta or whatever we happen to be cooking.

              We like the design, as it is sleek and modern looking. I love the fact that it lights up blue when you turn it on to boil. It would be better if you could choose from a range of colours though!

              It is easy to refill by taking the jug and filling under the tap, although our lid mechanism stopped closing properly after only a couple of weeks. It still works ok but it has caused me to think that the product is not of the best quality.

              In terms of safety, it is an ingenious innovation.
              It would suit someone with arthritic wrists or visual impairment because the water pours straight down into the cup requiring no heavy lifting and little chance of placing the cup in the wrong position.
              Also it only boils specific amounts of water at a time so immediately after boiling the rest of the water in the bigger compartment is completely cold removing the risk of someone scolding themselves if they knock it off the side.

              Overall I think they are worth the expense, just make sure you keep the receipt in case your lid breaks!

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                A brilliant product. Don't want to go back to the old style kettle.

                I have just had a new kitchen fitted with black and chrome/stainless steel appliances. Therefore I needed to change my white kettle to match in. After looking at many black/stainless steel kettles I couldn't find one I liked, then came across the Breville Hot Cup VKJ318. Being a bit of a gadget person I thought I would give it a go. I bought it at Comet for £49.95.

                My 85 year old mother, who lives with us, viewed it suspiciously and asked could we keep the old kettle as well. My husband asked how was he going to make tea in a teapot, as he doesn't like making tea in a cup.

                Having had this appliance for a week now, we are all delighted with it. You do have to learn which setting is right for which cup, but mostly we keep it on the same setting - at one end of the setting dial there is a picture of a small cup, with 7 small lines leading to a picture of a large mug at the other end. For a medium sized china mug, we set it at the second line after the smallest cup size. I will say that the dial is a little stiff to move, and my mother cannot move it, so we try to ensure that if we have used a different setting we then move it back. However, she is aware that if it is on the wrong setting for her, she can press the stop button at the front of the controls once there is enough water in her cup. Even if it were to overflow, it would just go into the drip tray beneath, so no harm done.

                For my mother it is fantastic. I make sure that I keep it filled with water, so that she only has to put her cup under with the teabag in and press the button. It is much easier for her than lifting the kettle up, filling it under the tap, boiling it and then having to pick it up again to fill her cup.

                We have found a smallish teapot which makes exactly 3 cups of tea. This will sit nicely on the stand and we just need to adjust the amount of water to a higher setting and press twice. My husband also thinks it brews the tea quicker - am not sure how that works, but it does seem to! I am not sure how we will cope with making more than 3 cups of tea at once. We do have a bigger teapot, but that won't fit under the dispenser nozzle.

                You can put the unit under the tap to fill with water, but I tried this once and it became very heavy with the water in it. So I now fill a large plastic 1 litre jug and tip that in, so we don't need to move the unit at all - much easier!

                I like the way it lights up blue when it is boiling up. Although it is larger than an ordinary kettle, I think it looks nicer and more modern. I would say it is fairly noisy, but no more than an ordinary kettle and after all it is only for less than a minute. To fill the water reserve tank to the maximum mark, it takes 1.75 litres. For an average sized mug it took 56 seconds from start to finish, but then I put another mug under and this time it was only 48 seconds. I think it either does the second one faster as it has already warmed up, or perhaps it is quicker when there is less water in the tank.

                At the smallest cup setting, the Hot Cup dispenses 150ml of water. At the largest mug setting it dispenses 350ml of water. Therefore to fill my 1 litre jug, I would need to press the start button 3 times in all on the largest setting. If I needed to fill a hot water bottle, or a pan, I would simply use the jug and transfer the water from there once boiled.

                I have recommended this kettle to my sister, who is visually impaired and struggles to know how much boiling water she has poured into a cup. I think it would be fantastic for anyone with sight problems, much safer than using an ordinary kettle.

                I have read reviews which say that the water isn't as hot as using an ordinary kettle. If it isn't, then it's not far off, and the other household members don't seem to have noticed, so it's good enough for me.

                I have kept my old kettle - it is now in a kitchen cupboard - just in case we find a need for it someday. But so far no-one has asked where it is!

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                The Breville VKJ318 Hot Water Dispenser dispenses boiling water at the touch of a button / It features a variable dispense system allowing you to choose from nine cup sizes along with a manual stop function allowing you to stop the water flow mid-cycle / Also includes a fast boil 3kw concealed element for maximum efficiency extra large rear water window for accurate filling blue illumination on boil no mess drip tray and a permanent limescale filter. / Short name: Breville VKJ318