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Earlier in the year the rather swanky Breville filter kettle we owned stopped working. During our Argos catalogue based hunt for a new kettle, Mr CrazyEgg came across the rather stylish looking Breville VKJ666 available at a very reasonable price when bought in combination with the matching toaster. I believe it was in the region of £25-£30 for the two. Mr CrazyEgg was happy with the thought of his new toaster and I was similarly upbeat in anticipation of my new kettle. I know what you are thinking: didn't you read any reviews? For a kettle?- No. No I didn't. And I would rue the day, that I neglected to read the Dooyoo reviews, except when I did look, after purchase, there weren't any. So I felt better. There were lots of positive reviews for a slightly different model that looks exactly the same, but not this one. And the VKJ666 deserves a review because of all the kettles I have owned, this was by far the worst and lasted only a few months before expiring.
The good stuff:
It is a modern looking jug kettle with polished stainless steel finish, it is easy to wipe clean and retains its shininess.. It sits on a circular base which has a short flex that is tidily stored underneath the base exiting at one of three points at the owner's choosing- dependent on where their electric sockets are. The kettle lifts off the base easily, and you can plonk it back on at any angle; it will rotate 360 degrees. It has a blue light that goes on when you flick the 'on' switch downwards- groovy! It has 3kW element that facilitates rapid boiling, even when the kettle is full to capacity, this being 1.7litres- plenty of water to make a large pot of tea. It can also cope with small quantities so it is easy to boil just enough for one or two mugs. The element is sealed within the kettle so when you look inside you just see a stainless steel base. Somehow this does seem to scale less readily than an exposed element does, and so no limescale flakes emerged with the last dredges of water, at least not during my short acquaintance with this kettle.
The bad stuff:
You know, our previous Breville kettle boiled pretty darn quick so I thought this would perform similarly. However, there was one immediately noticeable difference and that was NOISE. This kettle drowns out conversations. You will have to raise your voice to talk over it, even if you are 15 feet away.
The lid is simple enough to operate if you know how, ir slightly over-engineered. You have to pull back a button in the lid and then the lid flips open. If you have not read this in the instructions it is not obvious. Our lid lever broke within the first month of ownership, probably because various visitors to the house who very kindly made their own tea grappled with the lid trying to prise or pull it off. The hinge is plastic and was obviously low quality. Still, at least we could still remove the lid in order to fill the kettle. (There is no possibility of spout filling as the spout is too small.)
The On-Off lever lit up in blue when pushed down in on position. It flicks up automatically when the kettle boils or if is taken off the base, so that when it is repositioned on the base it will be Off unless you choose to turn it on again. So, if you need to stop the kettle before boiling you don't have to fiddle about, you can simply lift it up- great!. But this mechanism failed on our kettle within a couple of months. It would go down, but it did not flick back up fully when the kettle boiled, or was removed from the base. This meant that the kettle that I believed was off would periodically reboil itself. This went on for several days during which time I tried to remember to leave the kettle off the base or manually flip the lever right up. Then the kettle then decided not to boil and instead simply make the water extremely hot, and then cut out. I didn't check this with a thermometer, I could just taste it when I made a cup of tea. Plus I could sip my tea immediately, when normally I wait a while. Hot water tea! Yuckety Yuck.
So in all, this kettle was cheap and performed well for a very limited period of time. It was replaced after about 4 months with a Russell Hobbs model, which so far I am very pleased with. Phew.
Drink endless hot drinks with this stylish Breville VKJ666 kettle / With a generous 1.7L capacity you will not have to continuously refill and a 3kW concealed fast boil element ensures that you get that cup of tea in no time at all! A handy 360-degree base allows for left or right-handed use and a rear water gauge ensures accurate filling / A blue illuminated power switch and a removable, washable limescale filter tops of this kettle and makes for easy, fuss free maintenance / Short name: Breville VKJ666