Well priced on Amazon at £42.99 (at the time of writing with a further 15% reduction available) this is attractive and well designed CJ1701 kettle from PREUP offers some features not usually found at this price point.
The kettle arrived in a fairly basic mid-market box containing the kettle, base unit and a large and well-printed User Guide which I append to my unboxing video.
Build quality seems fine with everything made of robust plastic and metal with double walled glass for the 17Ltr kettle body. As with most kitchen top devices this one comes with a short 70cm cable and a prefitted UK three pin plug. The kettle features a touch panel base allowing a range of temperatures between 40C and 100C to be selected with a keep warm option to hold the kettle at that temperature. The kettle has mesh filter over the spout which hangs free and can be removed for cleaning. With every button tap or when the kettle concludes an operation, there is a loud beep, which so far as I can tell cannot be disabled and could be a nuisance when brewing up at unsocial hours.
To operate the kettle after filling with water and placing on the base you can either press the On/Standby button to begin heating to the maximum level or else press the Keep Warm button and then the preset button for the beverage or temperature you wish. This is clearly designed originally for the US market as tea is listed as a 70C selection – the others are 100C Dechlorination, 90C Coffee, 80C Sterilization, 40C Milk. When the selected temperature is reached the kettle will beep and the bright blue LED illumination will go off. When the Keep Warm feature is enabled the kettle will switch on and off automatically to keep the water at the selected temperature. How many of us actually need or may use this feature is open to doubt, but better to have it than not.
The kettle has a 13.1cm wide and easy to access mouth with a lid that pulls right back and so is easy to fill and empty. Take note that the filter is prone to popping out but can be easily clicked back in place, although this is a minor annoyance. The kettle lights up in a very spectacular way when in operation and certainly looks good in the kitchen, particularly at night!
If you want a well made and visually striking kettle with preset temperatures and a keep warm feature then this may be just what you are looking for.
Easy access opening
LED cannot be disabled