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How Perfect Water Temperature Can Help You Live a Better Life: Breville BKE820XL vs Cuisinart CPK-17

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.

Winner

Cuisinart CPK-17
Cuisinart CPK-17 on Amazon
Runner Up

Breville BKE820XL
Breville BKE820XL on Amazon
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.

Cheers.


Cuisinart CPK-17 review by Whole Latte Love.

Breville BKE820XL by Breville.

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Why I Love the Cuisinart CPC-600 More Than the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 (And You Should, Too!)

Out of ideas to improve your dinner menu at home? Try the pressure cooker. I think the it is one of the most underrated kitchen appliances to this date. No one I know seems to know just how amazing this thing is. Most will tell me how inconvenient it is as you need to keep watching it to make sure doesn’t blow up due to the pressure build up. Untrue. The current modern electric pressure cooker is extremely safe, and cooks food so quick while retaining its natural flavor. The color of the cooked food is so vivid you’d think that it’s photoshopped in real life. It’s amazing. You just really have to try it to believe it.

Here we have the top two pressure cooker to date, the Instant Pot IP-DUO60 and the Cuisinart CPC-600. The main difference between these two electric pressure cooker is that the Instant Pot tells you the exact psi pressure when you’re cooking, whereas the Cuisinart only tells you low or high pressure cooking. This feature is important only if you take your pressure cooker to various altitudes to make food as you need to make sure of proper cooking pressure to set cooking temperature and time properly.

The other difference is that the Instant Pot uses stainless steel pot, whereas Cuisinart opt to use a non-stick pot. This, I think this is matter of preference and cooking style.

Both company makes great consumer products, but I will have to go with the Cuisinart CPC-600 as it is almost 30% cheaper with 3-year warranty instead of Instant Pot 1-year warranty. And also, I prefer non-stick over stainless steel for easier cleaning (Lazy me). While the Instant Pot exact PSI is a nice thing to have, I can’t seem to remember the last time I actually bring my pressure cooker up on a ski trip.

Winner

Cuisinart CPC-600
Cuisinart CPC-600 on Amazon
Runner Up

Instant Pot IP-DUO60
Instant Pot IP-DUO60 on Amazon

 

Non-stick pot. Stainless steel pot.
Pressure cooker function only. On top of pressure cooking, it has additional slow cooker function as well.
12.2 x 12.2 x 13.2 inches; 12.6 lbs 13 x 12.6 x 12.2 inches; 12 lbs
3-year warranty 1-year warranty

Both has low and high pressure cooking setting. The Instant Pot shows you the PSI pressure number, while the Cuisinart only shows low or high.

Both are the top latest very capable electric pressure cooker. Operating function for both are very straightforward, controls are in the front of the machine. The Cuisinart is slightly simpler to use.

Both pot capacity: 6 quarts

Regardless of which pressure cooker you get. I just can’t stress enough how underrated an electric pressure cooker is. To me, it is life-changing, I had never tasted vegetables or meat taste so natural. Food came out looks and taste very fresh.

Cuisinart CPC-600 on Amazon.com Instant Pot IP-DUO60 on Amazon.com

Amazon, Cuisinart, Rakuten and BestBuy has the same lowest price for both products.

Pro tip: Read the manual. Especially if it is the first time you use a particular appliance, e.g. electric pressure cooker.

Best for now.


Cuisinart CPC-600 by Cuisinart.

Instant Pot IP-DUO60 by Joey D.