Perfect for one person use
The product images show it has a aluminium body but it has a plastic water level part on the side, The water level is difficult to look at there, I am not sure why it was designed. The aluminium quality is good and I found the whole unit quite solid. It is a bit noisy when boiling, a little bit noisier than my last used Chinese brand kettle. The size is perfect for one person, however, if you use it with 2 or more people, 1L could be too small.
Great Little Kettle
I bought this kettle for a small bed-sit kitchen and it's great. It holds plenty of water for its size and boils quickly. I think it would suit a standard size kitchen as well. It has a soft open lid (nice) and it's not too noisy. It's mostly made of metal and the stainless steel doesn't mark/show fingerprints, marks etc.
Pity about the plastic top
A great kettle but the plastic top on the lid soon became cloudy and cracked. No, I did not overfill it. I emailed Breville but they said the spare part was not available. That is not like Breville, in my experience, and my next kettle will be a different brand.
Nice compact shape looks good on the benchtop
Like the wide,soft opening see through lid and the design which avoids the overuse of plastics in the interior. This results in a limited view of the water level from the exterior but you can get a fair idea anyway by looking through the lid. Conveniently positioned switch on/off and opener.
Good kettle, annoying lid
Been using this kettle for eight months. One of the rather few compact kettles on the market, this model feels robust, looks nice and is comfortable to use. Doesn't save a huge amount of bench space versus a regular size kettle, but is easier to refill under a small sink. It's not particularly noisy for a kettle, nor particularly quiet. Water level can be a bit hard to see through the side window. Button-operated lid has a nice soft action and provides a wide enough opening to allow cleaning the element by hand if necessary. I'd rate it a 4-star kettle if not for one quite annoying flaw: condensation that forms on the lid tends to drip onto the top and sides of the kettle when the lid is open - water droplets need to be wiped off almost every time it's refilled.
UPDATE Jan 2019: Still using this kettle daily after almost four years. Impressed with the reliability of the soft-open lid. Three changes I think would result in a 5-star compact kettle: a lid that doesn't drip water onto the outer surfaces of the kettle, front and rear water level windows instead of side, and trading some capacity for reduced height so that it can be refilled in even smaller sinks. Like a BKE700 chopped down a few inches.
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