Ideal kettle size for 1-2 people
Easy to see the water level
Heats water very quickly
Requires maintenance to keep clean
I purchased this model for health reasons as I wanted a kettle which doesn't keep hot water in direct contact with plastic. This Breville model satisfies this requirement, and even goes out of its way to print "BPA Free" on the front of the kettle itself, to let you know that even the plastic components in the lid mechanism (which don't come into direct contact with water) are still BPA free.
The kettle itself functions like a normal kettle, and I've not found any quirks with it. It doesn't wobble on the base when boiling, it doesn't ta...ke ages to boil, it doesn't have a gimmicky ring of blue LED lights around the base like other glass models. Time will tell if the stainless steel rusts though. There is only one negative thing I can say about it, and that is the clear glass lets you see all the scale building up inside. I was shocked to find that I've already got a bit of caked on scale after only 1 week of use. I am using only cask spring water in it, so I imagine it would be worse with tap water. I've also noticed that if I boil the same water multiple times, this causes white calcium sediment to accumulate in the water, making it look unclean. According to a Google search this is normal as a result of evaporation during the boiling process causing the calcium to no longer be soluble in the water. So if you want your kettle looking clean and clear at all times, you will need to put in some extra work to clean it maybe once every week or two. I imagine this would be a dealbreaker for many people, however the steam and water droplets on the inside mask it to a point where it doesn't bother me. Update: after 10 days of use my unit started to make an unusual popping noise during boiling, and I have since returned it (thanks to David Jones who happily returned it without fuss). Update 2: I've since purchased another unit and it's the same deal. Dry inside the base section so doesn't appear to be a water leak issue. After Googling it seems to be related to the "hardness" of the water (I'm using exclusively cask spring water as I wait for a Southern Cross water filter to arrive) possibly in relation to the buildup of calcium scale on the base plate. Apparently this can cause a phenomenon called "cavitation" where water bubbles instantly form and then implode, causing the loud popcorn popping type noise against the base plate. Cleaning the base plate with isopropyl alcohol reduces it significantly, but it will return in a few days as calcium builds up again. I will still be keeping the kettle as I see no other plastic free alternatives, but I'm docking a star for this, as the Kambrook KKE760CLR did not suffer from this.
Purchased in February 2020 at David Jones for $62.10.
Bought this kettle to replace a 7 year old Breville BKE260. I was looking only at the kettles that did not have plastic parts touching the water, as there is no proven long-term health safety of plastics that are constantly in contact with food/drinks under high temperatures. At first, I was very happy to discover Compact Kettle Pure: it looked like it was designed that there was only Schott glass and metal in contact with water, nice size, wide lid opening (easy to clean), solid metal mesh at the spout (the plastic mesh in our old BKE260 was t...he problem: it disintegrated over time and after that the kettle would only turn off after excessivly long boiling, and that was the only reason why the whole kettle had to be replaced as it was impossible to find the replacement filter mesh). However, at fist use I was very disappointed to discover that the wide rim along the top of the glass body was all plastic, cunningly coloured in metal colour. Obviously Breville knew that people prefer metal and glass and made a good effort to disguise plastic as metal so that it was hard to spot the trick in the shop. There are also some sort of glue or silicone smudges all over the plastic rim that gradually come off and end up in the tea. The rim is bent inwards, catches water and the kettle cannot be emtied completely unless you use a towel. The silicone seal at the base of the kettle is also much wider than in the old kettle (which means more contact with water). Such a pity that Breville doesn't make BKE260 anymore. We will be looking for a healthier replacement for this new Compact Kettle.
Questions & Answers
I purchased this kettle a few months ago and have enjoyed using it, however the base plate has discoloured in a light brown horse-shoe shaped mark where the element is below the base plate.
I've tried boiling white vinegar 1:2 with water (and have also suffered a boil-over) and left it to stand over night before boiling it again with clean filtered water - unfortunately the stain mark is still there and makes the water appear murky at certain angles.
Is there anything else I can do to remove the mark in a safe and effective manner?
Can't help you there. Sorry. Maybe Breville has a solution.
How long would it take to boil water at an average?
With the kettle full (4 cups) at room temperature filtered water, it took 2:45 to reach boil, and held it at boil for a further 8 seconds for a total time of 2:53. Keep in mind that 1 cup = 250mL, and most coffee mugs are a bit larger than this, so you may only get about 3 cups.
The lip has some glue which seem like using for bond the lip with the kettle. The normal one doesn't have it? I am confused about that. I bought it from Harvey Norman.
I just checked mine, and found that it's true - the spout is attached to the body with some sort of clear adhesive! Not ideal. Possibly it is some kind of clear silicon sealant, rather than glue. If it is silicon, then maybe it's not so outrageous since the base already uses a silicon seal which slightly touches the water. I will send an email to Breville and ask them what the adhesive is made of and if it's BPA free.
On another note, my unit has started making a slight popping noise during the initial phase of boiling. It sounds a bit like the sound of popcorn popping. It goes away after about 10 seconds. It was not doing this when brand new. Does yours do this as well? Speculation: perhaps water has leaked into the base, beneath the metal plate and is wetting the heating element underneath, and the sound is the bubbling of those water droplets burning off?
Update: Breville has advised that it is a silicon sealant.
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This glass Breville Compact Kettle can hold up to 1 litre of water, is BPA-free and is quick to heat. In addition, it has:
- Slow release lid which prevents splashing of boiling water and gently releases steam
- Illuminated power button for visibility
- Auto switch off which turns off the kettle once the water has boiled
- Thermal resistant Schott glass for durability and sleek style
- Ergonomic handle
- 360 degree multi directional base
- 1L capacity which can make 4 cups of tea or coffee
- Modern glass kettle
- Easy to clean
- Durable, stain-resistant glass & stainless steel
- Cordless convenience
People felt that this was a convenient size for 1-2 people and had a very stylish appearance. The water is interesting to watch boil and it is clear how much water is in the kettle. It heats quickly, is lightweight and perfect for a small kitchen or family.
It contains some plastic in the lid but this is also BPA-free.
|Features||360° Swivel Base, BPA Free and Water Gauge|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Colour / Finish||Clear|
|Construction Material||Glass and Stainless Steel|
- MPN: 749 and BKE395
- GTIN13: 9312432021692
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