Breville VKJ953 Vista Polished Stainless Steel Jug Kettle – Attractive but flawed

The kettle is not so robust. It feels a little flimsy compared to my old kenwood kettle but it cost half the price of the kenwood. It looks fine and does the job.

Arrived when stated, good quality and well priced.

Ok, but difficult to know water level due to sight glass being hidden behind handle.

  • Attractive but flawed
  • Looks good and works well.
  • Better than it’s star rating

The kettle comes well packaged in the usual cardboard box, with however the usual unnecessary and environmentally damaging plastic bags inside. There is a short instruction leaflet which is clear and well laid out. It’s a neat and attractive looking smallish kettle with a short cord, not a problem so long as you can position it within a couple of feet of a power point. It’s easy to open and fill, and boils reasonably quickly. The first is that the water gauge is under the handle making it almost impossible to see, especially while filling it. Very annoying – almost no point in having one, and a simple design fault that surely must have been obvious to the manufacturer on testing. The second issue is that the wall of the kettle gets extremely hot – burning hot, in fact. So the user will always have to be careful not to touch it accidentally. The instruction leaflet says that it’s suitable for use by children from 8 years or up, if they’re supervised and understand the dangers. In my opinion, this is not suitable for a child of that age to use at all. The heaviness of the kettle when filled would lead any child to touch the wall with their free hand to support it when pouring, and this would be dangerous. A personal opinion, obviously, but i wouldn’t let a child use it till they had the strength to lift it confidently one-handed when full. (actually, i can’t imagine me allowing a child of 8 to use any kettle. ) it would also have the same issue for anyone with dexterity problems who may need to use both hands to support the kettle when pouring.

Feels a bit cheaply made but works okay. Has the specs of more expensive kettles but even they don’t last that long – two premium price bosch kettles in two years, then i got a £20 bosch plastic one and it’s fine. Just have to wait and see how long it lasts.

Features of Breville VKJ953 Vista Polished Stainless Steel Jug Kettle, 1.7 L, Silver

  • Red illuminated switch in boil mode, and 3kW heating element for rapid boiling times
  • Push button lid for easy filling, and removable, washable limescale filter
  • Rear water gauge makes accurate filling easy
  • 1.7 Litre capacity allows you to brew 6-8 cups
  • 360 degree base for left and right handed use

Although i’ve only had it a short i have to say i’m delighted with this kettle. With one niggle it does the job and it has an understated elegance to the design that works well without shouting. This is the fourth kettle i’ve had this year. The first one which was several years old, and i think a 4. 99 supermarket job died of age and very hard water. The second, which i’ve reviewed elsewhere was fine until i mistook it for our visually similar hob kettle one day before easter and set fire to it on the gas. ‘best buy’ apparently, but lasted just over a month before the lid stopped opening. This is the replacement, and as i say really quite pleased. The price isn’t prohibitive, the finish is good and the lid opens by simply pressing a button the handle. Where it is less successful in my opinion, and where the one immediately before was better, is the water level gauge. This one is hidden underneath the handle. It’s hard to see, and only goes as low as four cups.

Overall and quite happy with this kettle. You don’t have to sacrifice looks due to cost at only £20 it isn’t expensive. What you see in the pictures is what you get. The lid pops open very easily for filling with water and quite wide. The on/off switch lights up when on so u can clearly see when it’s ready on in use. It does get very hot to touch but that’s pretty standard with all kettles. The only real downside is the water gauge being under the handle making it a little harder to see.

This is an attractive looking kettle with a decent capacity, and the build quality feels good. When boiling, the kettle is quite loud, and the biggest problem with the device is the fact that it regularly switches itself off with no warning and for no apparent reason before it has actually boiled. This happens about 3 times out of every 7 uses, and is quite annoying. At least the fact that the kettle is so loud means that you are able to hear when it has not finished boiling before it switches off.

Looks good, boils well but very very noisy.

This kettle is never going to win any style competitions. It does have a nice polished stainless steel body but the rest of the kettle looks very basic and plastic. The lid makes it look a bit cheap but then the kettle is cheap. 7 litre capacity which is around 6 mugs of tea/coffee. One nice feature is the rapid boil, this works fast and it’s not too loud either. The water gauge window is weirdly placed under the handle, i’m not keen on this as its awkward to see. There’s also a little plastic switch under the handle which lights up red when boiling water. I would say this is a nice basic range kettle that would suit students or anyone looking for a cheap kettle. It works very well and good value at this price.

Good value and easy to operate.

2nd breville kettle nop problems.

Replacing this after faultless 2 years service from same model. Surprised to see the relatively low rating as it’s been great for us and used heavily.

It was a very nice looking kettle, but i could not see how much water was in the kettld.

This is a decidedly ‘ok’ basic kettle. It’s pleasant enough to look at, and it boils the water at a reasonable speed. However it does have one or two design annoyances. The main problem (for me), is that they gave it a see-through panel so you can judge how much water is left. However, the genius who designed it put the gauge right under the handle, where it’s hard to see. In practice, this means that i more often guess how much water is in the kettle by picking it up and feeling the weight, and the gauge is pretty much redundant. It sounds like a minor quibble, but if it annoys me, it might annoy you too. And that’s about it, except to note that the exterior of this does seem to get a lot hotter than my previous kettle – we have no young children here, so it’s not really an issue, but you should probably be aware of it. Bottom line: it’s a basic kettle at a basic price. But you might do well to compare it against a few others before deciding.

Looks nice, it’s a kettle.

A nice looking stainless steel kettle. Works well and easy to fill and pour. Not too heavy and seems well built.

Fits the purpose and looks niceplastic finishings not high standingmetallic surface gets extremely hot (no insulation) – be careful with burning.

Described as ‘a beaut’ by friends, i think that means it wins the aesthetics department. Boils quickly, not too loud, all that you’d expect from a kettle. The water capacity isn’t amazing, but otherwise tip top for the price.

Product as described, all good.

Does it’s job and looks and feels good quality but it is a little slow and very noisey. Good value i guess, but you get what you pay for.

Very good but a little hard to see filling.

We’ve been impressed by this kettle. Not too loud, easy to fill, boils rapidly enough. The only real minus is that it has a polished finish; this shows up the finger marks etc far more quickly that a matt finish or similar.

Comments

  1. 2.0 out of 5 stars Boils water well but spills it when pouring which is a bit rubbish really.
    Quite disappointed with this kettle; our previous breville was a much better build and lasted for several years but i can’t see this being the same. The lid is light weight and feels cheap whilst the sight gauge for filling is really hard to see when holding the kettle under a tap. We’ve had the kettle for 3 months now and it has developed a dribble when pouring; not ideal when you’re pouring boiling water really. The problem is something to do with the pour pattern from the spout rather than a leak but there is no obvious deformation or damage – it just seems to be a poor design. On the plus sign it’s light weight in comparison with other kettles but a kettle is supposed to help you wake up with tea, not a scalded leg.
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    Quite disappointed with this kettle; our previous breville was a much better build and lasted for several years but i can’t see this being the same. The lid is light weight and feels cheap whilst the sight gauge for filling is really hard to see when holding the kettle under a tap. We’ve had the kettle for 3 months now and it has developed a dribble when pouring; not ideal when you’re pouring boiling water really. The problem is something to do with the pour pattern from the spout rather than a leak but there is no obvious deformation or damage – it just seems to be a poor design. On the plus sign it’s light weight in comparison with other kettles but a kettle is supposed to help you wake up with tea, not a scalded leg.
  3. 1.0 out of 5 stars Do not buy.....

    This review is from : Breville VKJ953 Vista Polished Stainless Steel Jug Kettle, 1.7 L, Silver

    . Unless you want your tea and coffee to taste of tcp. I have never had this problem with any other kettle, so i know it isn’t my water. They know it’s a problem because they tell you how to get rid of these taste and smell in the instructions, but i’ve had the thing for 6 months, and their suggested cleaning process hasn’t made a difference.
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      . Unless you want your tea and coffee to taste of tcp. I have never had this problem with any other kettle, so i know it isn’t my water. They know it’s a problem because they tell you how to get rid of these taste and smell in the instructions, but i’ve had the thing for 6 months, and their suggested cleaning process hasn’t made a difference.

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