I drink coffee and tea every single day. This translates to a lot of variety of tea leaves and coffee beans. Each of these needs different temperature to bring up the maximum flavor / extraction of the tea and coffee. So an accurate electric water heater is necessary, or I would say, essential to my life. Most convenient appliance is the electric kettle. (There is tons of guide on what water temperature you need for each drink, I’ll put a link at the bottom.)
There are a lot of variable electric kettle, some even let you brew the tea inside the kettle, but I won’t recommend you that one because after a while the tea leaves a permanent residue inside the kettle, so no no never again.
The two we’ll be looking today is the Breville BKE820XL and the Cuisinart CPK-17. I love Breville’s industrial sleek design, those Australian sure knows about how to make design that pleases the eyes. However, as much as I love the Breville’s design, in this hot kettle contest, the Cuisinart is the clear winner. I own both products and I have to say the Breville’s button positioning is not as straightforward, not to mention the same size and look button for each function. The Cuisinart is almost 35% cheaper, and has a “Keep Hot” function which is actually useful when I want to brew the same tea over and over again.
|6 preset temperature with “Keep Hot” mode for 30 minutes.||5 preset temperature with “Hold Temp” mode for 20 minutes.|
|illuminated buttons on handles are easy to use.||Same looking small buttons and small texts on the base is not user-friendly.|
|10 x 8 x 12 inches; 3.5 lbs||9.5 x 7.5 x 11 inches; 3.4 lbs|
|3 years warranty||1 year warranty|
Both have approximate water capacity of 1.7L .
Both have steel brushed exterior.
Both kettles are detachable from base.
When you drink tea or coffee every day, your electric kettle will take a lot of beating. Heating up water to high temperature is no simple task as it takes lot of energy to do. More than aesthetics and usability, choosing a high quality kettle with great backing from reliable company will save you headache in the long-run. Both Cuisinart and Breville is reputable company, but Cuisinart offerings is better with 3-year warranty instead of Breville’s 1-year warranty.
|Cuisinart CPK-17 on Amazon.com||Breville BKE820XL on Amazon.com|
Between Walmart, Amazon, Bed Bath and Beyond, and Best Buy: Amazon and Bed Bath and Beyond have the lowest price for both Cuisinart CPK-17 and Breville BKE820XL. If you have the Bed Bath and Beyond 20% coupon, you’ll get the best deal there: Cuisinart CPK-17 on BedBathBeyond.com
Pro tip: If you don’t have the BBB paper coupon, you can always ask the store manager at Bed Bath and Beyond if he/she can give you the 20% coupon toward your purchase. Most managers I’ve met are very friendly and accommodating to such request.
And here is my favorite tea guide as promised: Time and Temperature Chart to Brew the Perfect Cup of Tea.
Cuisinart CPK-17 review by Whole Latte Love.
Breville BKE820XL by Breville.