Breville BKE595XL the Crystal Clear™ Reviews
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1 are "Critical"
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I wrote a review on Oct 01, 2013. The kettle is now barely 5 months old but has developed a fault. Unfortunately the rubber seal holding the top lid assembly in place has come loose, letting steam escape. I am a little astonished at Breville's design, and have sent them an email requesting a replacement under warranty. For the record, my family own a 35-year old K2 kettle that is still running as well as a new one.
Additional -6 BKE595XL the Crystal Clear™ Breville Reviews
December 9, 2013
I like how quickly the kettle comes to a boil. It's easy to handle. The best part is the clear glass construction. Not only is it a delight to see the water boiling away, it's also practical because you can see when it needs descaling. Given our water source, it needs just a few strong wipes with a microfibre cloth every other week. I also have a Capresso clear-glass kettle, which is nicer looking, but doesn't hold as much water.
Brands I'd also recommend: Capresso
May 31, 2013
from New York City
This kettle is simply the best. It looks beautiful, heats very rapidly, and has all the features you want for convenience and ease of use. Well worth the price.
January 22, 2013
from SF Bay Area, California
The right kitchen appliance can make life a little bit better!...like a cordless electric water kettle that heats 2 cups to boiling in just a couple of minutes (holds 1.7 L). Elegant appearance on my counter, too. Only stainless steel and glass contact the water, so no off-tastes or worries about carcinogenic vapors. Who knew how great the right water kettle could be?
October 1, 2013
from Palo Alto, California
I was looking for a kettle in the US similar to this Russell Hobbs one (which I bought for my sister), available only in the UK market. The Breville is large (I usually only fill it up a quarter of full capacity), sturdy (the glass is tough) and boils reasonably quickly. And it's also very quiet. Cons: In contrast to the Russell Hobbs, which is a pretty kettle, this one is not especially attractive. The Russell Hobbs, for example, has a ring of blue LEDs which illuminate the water when the kettle is heating. The Breville has a pilot light built into the on/off switch which is visible but only if you rotate the device to your field of view. This would mean that if your Breville is set up under a kitchen cabinet, and you have angled the spout away from the shelf (to avoid condensation), the on/off switch and pilot light would always be behind the device, making operation and observation of on/off status cumbersome. My biggest gripe about the kettle is the condensation which forms before boiling and remains there until the kettle is cleaned. This makes it difficult to see the water level, in spite of the brilliant glass walls. The Russell Hobbs does not have these problems (though, admittedly, the on/off switch is in the same position as the Breville's). The Breville is also rated at 1700W, compared to 3000W for the RH. This means that the water boils slower in the Breville, but the lower power rating is probably due to safety considerations, given the lower voltage of the US power supply. If you want a transparent kettle, this is a good choice for the US market. As far as utility goes, this kettle has served me very well.