DeLonghi Brilliante KBJ3001W
At first glance, the unusual design of the DeLonghi Brilliante KBJ3001W makes it look more like a piece of avant-garde art than a boring kitchen appliance — especially if you get the one with the pyramid pattern and sombre colour scheme. Even the smooth models in the bright block colours look absolutely delightful though, and help set the DeLonghi Brilliante KBJ3001W out as a far cry from the ugly kettles of old.
As a kettle, it’s pretty good. It’s cordless, which is handy if your kettle is on one side of the kitchen but your hob is on the other and you need to fill up saucepans. With a 1.7 litre capacity, the KBJ3001W’s abilities are relatively average despite the unit featuring a helpful water gauge, so you always know exactly how full it is.
If safety is a concern for you, the DeLonghi Brilliante KBJ3001W has lots of features that make it extra safe. With an auto shut-off function that will kick in when the water boils so you don’t end up with scalding hot water, the device also has a thermal cut off whilst a sensor ensures the kettle automatically turns itself off when the main jug is lifted from the base.
The boiling dry protection means you won’t damage the kettle as it won’t try to boil when there’s no water inside, and the 360 degree base makes plonking the kettle back on really easy. It boils quite quickly, too, and the spout pours neatly with little dripping.
The DeLonghi Brilliante KBJ3001W is extremely noisy to boil, however, so much so that if used in a building with thin walls it could potentially wake up sleeping housemates. Considering the price of the kettle, such niggles would be expected to have been ironed out.