Advantages Looks nice, boils well - perfect really!!!
Disadvantages Model no longer available…and the kitchen window crack???
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I have just looked through our wedding book (bring out the violins), and discovered that the kettle (described in our wedding book as “Stainless Steel Kettle”) was given to us by MY aunt and uncle, so it is by rights MINE anyway.I imagine that my ex chose this ‘old-style’ kettle as we/he wanted to go for a Stainless Steel/silver coloured look in our kitchen, not that we’d actually bought a house at that point but wanting a traditional/homely feel when we did. Prior to this I think I’d have associated Breville mainly with sandwich toasters, but judging my this kettle and my toaster, Breville are good for other small household appliances!
No idea what it cost, and no way of finding out really (I have spent too long searching the Internet to no avail), but an educated guess would say somewhere in the £20-£30 region.
What did it cost?
Unfortunately I didn’t keep a copy of our Argos wedding list with the prices on or a catalogue from that time (wish I had now – but I hadn’t discovered Ciao/dooyoo then!)…I have just been on the Argos website on the off chance that they kept old gift lists, but it doesn’t seem that they do!
The specifications/ bits which a consumer would find useful if this model were available:
Using the Kettle
There is a red bit inside with the maximum fill level, and it would be pretty difficult/stupid to go above this level. I think it’s perhaps harder to assess the minimum level, but it’s not rocket science making sure that you have enough water in it to boil. Some people might not like the fact that you can’t see at a glance on the outside of the kettle how much water is in it/how many cups this would fill (as it doesn’t have a display on the outside). However, I think that you get used to your kettle and know how much water is needed.
It’s dead easy to fill (even if your sink is full of washing up) as it’s short and fat rather than long and thin. Simply take the lid off the kettle and fill (if you’ve recently boiled and are wanting to fill and boil again, be careful of the heat – but this is the same with all kettles).
Making it work
After filling, simply press down the lever/switch thingy at the bottom of the kettle and wait!
For reviewing purposes I filled the kettle to capacity with cold water, and then boiled whilst clock/kettle watching. It took 3 minutes and 51 seconds.This sounds like a long time (to me anyway – it felt like ages!), however I NEVER fill it to capacity as am generally only making between one or two cups.
Now I’ve boiled the kettle I must have another cup of coffee even though as I write this review it’s nearly bedtime – but coffee’s the only hot drink I drink, and I don’t ‘do’ decaff unless forced to when not at home.
I must’ve wiped the surface of the kettle several times over the years, but having taken photos for this review I was struck by how filthy it looked, so took a Brillo pad to it – a minute later it was as good as new – hence the pictures with the shiny kettle!
So, hopefully I have a few years left in mine. It has been used pretty regularly over the years, and I am drinking more coffee than ever, so boiling it numerous times in a day.Unfortunately it does look like when the element goes that that will be the end of it…
The crack in the kitchen window?
This was one I took to the slightly psycho psychotherapist. Last November I noticed a crack in the kitchen window, which happens to start where the steam comes out of the kettle if it’s facing the window. I couldn’t help but see it as a sign that the cracks were beginning to show, and symbolising my imminent mental collapse. I have no way of proving or disproving that this is due to the kettle, but to be safe I now make sure the spout faces away from the window (although the crack does seem to be expanding – but that’s ok, I’m double-glazed for when it does collapse). Regardless of whether or not the kettle is responsible, I don’t think this can be blamed on Breville, it would’ve occurred with any kettle.
HOWEVER, the “Breville VKJ458 Traditional Kettle - Stainless Steel” looks to be fairly similar in style/design and is currently available in Argos for £29.99. If my kettle should fail tomorrow this is quite possibly what I would replace it with….on the other hand I might go for something completely different (or cheaper – like the £4.72 Argos value one I bought for work) as a step further in removing traces of the ex from my life.But really, why change? The ex made a lot of bad decisions and choices, but I think that this kettle was a good one.
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