Breville Crystal Clear glass kettle review

Breville Crystal clear kettle

  • 1.7 litre, 7 Cup Capacity
  • German SCHOTT Glass Jug
  • Safety Locking Hinged Lid
  • Comfortable Soft Grip Handle
  • Lid Release Button
  • Multi Directional Cordfree Base
  • 2400W Fast Boil Concealed Element
  • Auto Shut Off
  • Removable mesh filter


The Breville crystal clear glass kettle is a modern take and design on the humble kettle. It is quieter than my previous steel kettle and seems quicker, takes about 3 minutes to boil 1.7 litres of water. It is slightly wider and bigger than my previous 1.7 litre steel kettle, making it a little heavy.

The great thing about this kettle is you can see inside, you can see how dirty it gets and when you need to descale. You can also see the bubbles forming as the the water boils. The glass isn’t as thick as I expected, so there is a greater fear of it easily breaking. Will have to wait and see (hopefully not actually!).

There is no mention in the manual about whether it was safe to pour cold water into a recently boiled but empty hot kettle. Best to avoid it.

Condensation forms (and remains until next use) inside the kettle after a boil and water emptied. For some this isn’t a big deal, for others (like myself) an annoyance that is solved by leaving the lid open until the jug cools down.

I noticed there are more mineral deposits (brown stain / discolouration on the bottom of the kettle caused by a build up of mineral deposits) if I use tap water as opposed to filtered water to fill the kettle.

Word of warning: Descaling

After a months use I descaled the kettle because of the discolouration on the bottom of the kettle. In the manual it states to put 2/3 full of water with 1 part vinegar, boil and allow to stand overnight.

I filled the kettle with one part vinegar and water to 1500ml and boiled it. To my shock when it reached the peak of boil the liquid shot out of the spout! This has happened more than once!

I have since worked out that you don’t need to boil and you don’t need to fill it with water to descale. When I notice some discolouration I pour some vinegar and almost immediately the discolouration disappears. Lemon juice works just as well if not better. Once the discolouration disappears just tip out the vinegar or lemon juice and rinse well and your kettle should look brand new again…just about!

My sister bought the same kettle and four months later it started to leak. I’ve had mine for 2 years now and no complaints from me! Luck of the draw I suppose.


  • Modern
  • Quiet(ish)
  • Quick boil
  • You can see inside
  • Easy to keep clean
  • Easy to pour and fill
  • Soft grip handles


  • Heavy
  • Breakable



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