Vektra Eco Kettle Review:
Working from home, I always drink a lot of coffee, and making the trip to the kitchen to boil the kettle and pour the water into a mug acts as a regular break. So when my old kettle stopped working I was delighted to be offered the opportunity to try on of the new Grunwerg Vektra Vacuum Electric Eco Kettles. The eco part of the kettle is that it uses a vacuum flask to hold the water with a heating element inside. So you get all the benefits of a vacuum flask with the added benefit that you can ‘top up’ the temperature – economical on water and electricity.
Vektra kettles come in a range of sizes, from 1.2 litre to 1.7 litre. They are also available in a range of colours, I chose the metallic silver (though my daughter really wanted the purple!) in the 1.7 litre size. This is about 7-8 standard size mugs worth of water, and just right for a family.
The kettle itself looks sturdy, with a smart non-drip pouring spout and a decent sized comfortable rubber gripped handle that doesn’t slip, even when wet. It sits on a circular power base that means you can swivel the kettle around for left or right handed people. Great for me as there are both in the household. The brushed silver doesn’t seem to pick up fingerprints so it always looks clean.
The lid is very like the top stopper of a regular vacuum flask, along with a thumb lever operated pourer. It rotates on and off smoothly, allowing the kettle to be filled without any fuss. There is a large neon blue on/off switch at the top of the handle that is easy to operate and nicely visible when on, which is great as the kettle is almost silent when boiling.
The water stays hot enough from boiling for about 2 hours without the need to re-boil, and as long as you remember when you last boiled you can just pour and go; exactly like a vacuum flask. So if you make a hot drink at 9am, then at 10am, a snack and another coffee at 11am you can do it all from one boil.
However, if you share the kettle and don’t know when it was last used then you tend to automatically turn it on to re-boil. But because this is a vacuum kettle, it keeps the water warm, so you find that it often only uses a few seconds of power before it is back to the boil, saving you time and money. Three cups and 2 hours later the re-boil took only 34 seconds.
And because it is a vacuum kettle, you can use it as a vacuum flask, taking the whole kettle outdoors with you or into another room. This is great if you want boiling water ‘on tap’ away from the kitchen without having to have a second jug just for that purpose.
The lack of a water content display means you need to either open the lid to check how much water is inside, or lift the kettle to get a feel for its weight. I found that within a day I could accurately predict how much water there was so I have not found this a problem.
In summary, this kettle works well, cuts down the use of power (and hence greenhouse gasses) and will save you money on your electric bill. Looking at how it works it seems so obvious you wonder why no one has done it before.
So with the Vektra Vacuum Electric Kettle you can help save the planet – one cup at a time.