“ Automatic release button on lid. 3 kW fastboil element. Rear water gauge for easy water level indication. 1.7 litre capacity. Neon power indicator. 360 degree rotational base. Concealed element. Removable, washable limescale filter. Non-slip feet. Cord storage. „
I made a schoolboy error with this, buying something purely because it had money off, and tut, tut, didn't read any reviews in advance. I also thought that kettles were pretty much standard on the market, and how could they really be any different.... oh dear!!
I did have a nagging doubt that Breville wasn't a well known brand for kettles (sandwich makers was the only thing that sprang to mind); however, it was discounted, so that swung it for me.
As a kettle - it does what it says on the tin. It boils the water, and I can have a cuppa.
It also matches the rest of my appliances (ah there was something else within my logic).
But, 2 major issues..... it makes such a racket when boiling, it initially sounds like its going to explode or even take-off, and if anyone is watching TV in the other room, I have to shut the door otherwise thay can't hear anything.
And the other problem is that it leaks. Not alot, but enough to make me a tad worried about the combination of water and electricity.
Bottom line - its a kettle, its boils water quickly, but when this does finally decide to pack up, I'm going to be alot more selective about the replacement.
As my other kettle died I sent my partner out for a new one and he came back with this...I was very impressed by the chrome effect and the design overall although I was quite shocked when I found out that he had paid £35.00 for this! His justification was it was £10.00 off...
The good points of this are it has a gauge on the side which measured out by cups so you wont need to overfill and waste electricity! It has an automatic cut off too also to stop wasting electricity. It boils relatively quickly and as it is cordless it is brilliant as it is suitable then for left and right handed people.
Apart from these few good points I am not quite so impressed by the rest of the kettle, the water filter which is sat just inside the spout area isn't brilliant and ours lasted just a couple of weeks (we live in quite a hard water area and you can really taste the odd chalky limescale taste sometimes but I did think it would last longer than 3 weeks!) and these are £3 to replace every time. The outside of the kettle does get very hot which for one isn't great for clumsy me, but if you had children that like to help in the kitchen this could prove to be a hazard, although it wouldn't get hot enough to burn....although Ive never held my hand against it for too long I guess it could cause quite a shock and maybe a mild burn. It is quite weighty so maybe for the elderly it would be quite heavy for them. The water gauge on ours has also stopped working so you always have to open it up to check how much water is left inside (although it is very easy to pop the lid up unlike some kettles) And lastly as it is a chrome effect it does show up water and dirt marks very easily but it is very easy to just wipe clean!
All in all I wish I had got a different one and the bad definitely in my opinion outweighs the good! If you want something done do it yourself ;)
There seems to be quite a variety of Breville Classique cordless jug kettles but mine is the JK85 in chrome effect, it was given to me by my mother after she decided to buy herself a new kettle, not because there was anything wrong with this one but just because she fancied a new one, she's like that. The JK85 is very modern in its design, the chrome and black fitting in with most modern day appliances and looking very stylish on any modern kitchen counter. The main body of the kettle is, unsurprisingly, jug shaped and in a chrome effect with the thick angular handle being made of sturdy black plastic, essential for stopping the heat travelling up the handle and making it impossible to pick up the kettle, the lid of the kettle is opened automatically by pushing down on the button at the top of the handle meaning there's no risk of scalding your fingers as you fight to open the lid after it's boiled. Being cordless the actual kettle is separate from the cord, it attaches to a separate base unit on which it can be placed facing any direction, this makes it suitable for any kitchen layout and for left handed people.
The kettle has a 1.5 litre capacity which is perfect for families who like a lot of hot drinks or, as in my case, need a lot of boiled water for baby bottles. It has a boil time of approximately 3 minutes, which is about average for a 1.5lt kettle, and an automatic cut off meaning it won't over boil or waste electricity, switching the kettle on to boil is simple by pressing down on the switch at the base of the kettle by the handle (you can also stop it boiling in advance with this switch) The water gauge is on the back of the kettle by the handle and can easily be seen whichever way the kettle is held (by the handle of course) it is measured in 5 stages which equate to cups, the first marker equalling 4 cups and the 5th marker equalling 8 cups, this is particularly useful to those wishing to save electricity by only boiling as much as they need, the gauge lights up when the kettle is boiling although I'm not quite sure of the point of that feature. The kettles concealed element gives it that added extra safety which is always essential in a home with young children.
As well as being able to fill the kettle by opening the lid you can also fill it via the wide, round ended spout, some kettles I've used in the past have spouts that are too large or too small which makes accurately pouring the water tricky, as I have to fill baby bottles I need accuracy in order to avoid spilling the water and scalding myself so this kettle is great for that. The JK85 also has a filter by the spout which prevents any nasty bits, lime scale etc... from ending up in the cup, tea pot, bottle........whichever vessel you are using. I have noticed it does make a strange metallic clicking sound when the water has finished boiling but this doesn't seem to effect it's use in anyway.
I've had the kettle now for around 6 months and my mum had it for several years before that, it's still in great condition, boils as quickly as ever and is going strong despite its age. It cost £36.99 new which is more then I'd usually pay for a kettle, unlike my dear mother obviously, but I can't deny it is good quality and has served my family well. It gets quite a bashing nowadays with Jack getting through 8-10 bottles a day, each one requiring freshly boiled water, it's probably wishing it was back at my mothers house being used for cups of tea or cheese sauce mix.
I do have a few issues with the kettle though which prevent it from being perfect. Firstly when it has finished boiling the chrome outer is very hot, I know that metal will heat up but you would think that because this was a household appliance they would be able to find a way of combining the stylish look of the chrome with some form of safe inner body which prevents the heat getting through, instead I have found myself catching my hand on the heat a few times and while it doesn't burn it is still momentarily painful, the fact that the chrome shows up every fingerprint and splash of dirt doesn't bother me though as it's easy to wipe clean. The JK85 also builds up lime scale quite quickly, which could depend on the type of water in your area, but if you don't keep it clean and on a regular basis then the scale will even build up around the outer lid of the kettle. Unfortunately the kettle is showing a sign of old age, which I suppose when you consider it's about 5 years old isn't too bad, in the form of a stiff button, sometimes you really need to press down hard on the lid opening button to actually get the lid open but this is down to the kettles age and not a fault in the kettle as it only started happening recently.
Overall I am happy with the kettle, it does help that it was a hand me down rather then having to pay for it myself, and despite the few faults I've found with it I'm happy to continue using it. As far as recommending it goes I would be cautious about using it in a home with toddlers who may accidently get near it just in case the hot outer body hurt them, also when it's full it can be quite weighty so I wouldn't recommend it to those with unsteady or weak hands, however it does it job well, lasts a long time and looks very stylish.
Check out the Breville Classique JK85 at-
http://www.choicebrand.co.uk/ scripts/PV/564/ Breville_JK85_Polished_Steel_Kettle.html
Spout filter lasts between 6wks and 6 mths. Not covered by warranty and costs £3. Breville customer service staff say " If you don't like it, you know what you can do"
Everybody Needs a Kettle!
Let's start with a nosey question. What's the first thing you do in the morning? Being definitely not a morning person I tend to wake up and slap the alarm clock, tumble out of bed and head downstairs for the kettle. Tea. It helps me wake up. (Coffee is for after breakfast)!
Recently our rapid boil kettle has been doing strange things, making odd noises and switching on and off willy nilly. Rather than being rapi-boil it was mega slow boil. I then began to imagine life without a kettle. The thought of impending visitors and a combination of 11 kids in the house and no coffee was enough to send me straight down to Argos for an emergency kettle.
Our now deceased kettle was a Kenwood and had only lived for 2 years, so that was definitely off my list. Having read a great review of a Breville Kettle, this brand was top of the list. However, we fancied a stainless steel one to match our new kitchen. These were the features I wanted:
~ Rapi-boil (essential)
~ Decent capacity
~ Water Indicator
~ Slow release lid (for safety).
To my delight the Breville JK85 model was on promotion in Argos at half price so instead of £49.99 it was £24.99. Meeting all the above criteria I purchased it quick! Let me tell you a little about this kettle.
The Stainless Steel Jug Kettle
The kettle is tall and jug shaped and has a shiny body with a black handle. It's quite nice looking as kettles go! There is a hinged flip up lid for filling which is also slow release and prevents the contents spilling out rapidly should you knock it over. There is a clear plastic water gauge at the rear which shows how much water you have in the kettle. The maximum capacity is 1.7 litres (or 5-6 mugs full).
The instructions say you should fill the kettle by opening the lid but I find I can fill it through the spout if I dont turn the tap on too hard, being a bit on the lazy side sometimes. (Although I have to admit to filling it the night before so it's just a flick of a switch in the morning when I'm in zombie mode)!
Inside the kettle is a filter to help keep any limescale out of your tea. As we live in area with soft water this is never a problem.
The kettle is cordless and sits on a round black power base. The cord can be shortened by winding inside the base. It is a rapid boil kettle and has a 3000W concealed element.
On the top of the handle is a button which flips up the lid for filling (if you're not lazy) and at the bottom of the handle is a little silver switch to flick to turn the kettle on. Having been used to turning the kettle on for the last couple of years with a switch at the top, I'm having a little problem mastering this!
This kettle is fast and like most rapid boil kettles, pretty noisy when in use. It is great; it looks nice, it boils fast. However if you are one of those people who have to touch everything, then you may burn your fingers if you touch the outside of the kettle. It does get pretty hot after use!
This is the best bit. A cool kettle! I didn't realise that it was a glow in the dark kettle when I bought it, but it glows a lovely blue inside when it is switched on.
This kettle in summary gets 4.5/5 from me. It loses half a point because it does make a disconcerting *ping* after it has boiled. This seems to be nothing to worry about because it does it every time the kettle boils. Two months on, it is working fine. At £25 it seems pretty good value but I'm not sure that I'd have paid £50 for it. Anyway, the novelty has yet to wear off, so if you fancy a cuppa pop in and see my new glow in the dark kettle...!
Thanks for reading!
Short name: Breville JK85