When Sarah Ismail was on the hunt for a new kettle, she found something which turned out to be exactly her cup of tea.
When our broken kettle needed replacing, I recalled a Twitter conversation last year with a disabled person who bought a Breville HotCup. Off I went to Amazon to find out exactly what they were.
It instantly looked accessible as it was obvious from Amazon’s pictures that it would not have to be lifted very far for water to be poured into mugs. If you’ve ever seen a kettle tipper, you’ll know what I mean when I say I thought it was a kettle tipper without the tipper. If you haven’t, a kettle tipper is a stand which enables you to pour from a boiled kettle without lifting it from the surface. But I found out when I used the HotCup for the first time that it actually went one automated step further.
What looks like a conventional kettle “sits” on a tray with a slot for a mug right under the spout. This is officially called a “no mess drip tray.” It is silver and made up of holes which any excess water drips into. To use the kettle, you simply place a mug on this tray, insert tea bag or coffee granules and flick the switch. You should do this in that order though- because as soon as the kettle’s boiled, it pours the water straight into the mug all by itself!
Amazon claims that it boils faster than an average kettle. But then it is smaller than average so it would. I realised this almost straight away when I turned it on before placing the mug on the tray and watched water coming out after about half a minute.
It will take some getting used to, as until now I’ve usually made at least two hot drinks at a time. The Breville HotCup, however, lives up to its name in that it only holds enough water for one full “hot cup” at a time. So, if you wanted to make more than one hot drink, you would need to refill the kettle each time and switch it on each time. According to Amazon’s description this is supposed to save energy.
The self-pouring function is perfect for me, though, as I’ve never liked lifting full, freshly boiled kettles – mostly because I’m very scared of getting burnt by freshly boiled, steaming hot water.
The HotCup also lights up in a lovely shade of blue while it’s boiling, which may be useful for people with limited eyesight.
So if you’re disabled and looking for a kettle, the HotCup is safe and easy to use. I don’t know if its inventors had accessibility in mind, but it’s definitely disability friendly and comes highly recommended.
Breville HotCup from £34.99 from online stores and high street electrical retailers.