At first glance, this looks like an overpriced item, since you can get a good electric kettle for a lot less. But, this has a feature that the others lack - the ability to bring the water up to a specific temperature.
If that feature has you puzzled as of its value, then you're best off looking at a lower priced kettle. But, if you're a tea drinker, you know that certain teas must be brewed at certain temperatures for best results. For example, a green tea needs water at 175 degrees to really bring out the flavor. Hotter water will not brew a good cup of green tea. With the Breville, all you need to do is push a button, and a couple of minutes later you have 175 degree water. Need 212 degree for a black tea? Just as easy to do.
The unit is very well built. High quality materials that give the appearance of it being able to last a good long time. I was unfamiliar with Breville until I started looked at this kettle, and found that they make a whole line of kitchen appliances. Not cheap, but all appear to be excellent quality and well designed.
Easy to care for - just clean it out every so often with vinegar to remove scale. Snap to use - has easy to see buttons, each labeled with a different temperature. Just push the one you want, and you're done. Takes about 5 min to bring a full pot to a full boil. To get one cup to 175 takes about 90 seconds. Auto shut-off, and has a keep warm feature that will hold the temp for 20 min.
I was about to purchase a Zojirushi water boiler/warmer, but fortunately came across this product instead. The Zo is clearly a good unit as well - I have their bread maker and one of their rice cookers, and both are very high quality machines. The Zo water heater (and similar ones from Panasonic) are good if you want to keep a large amount of water at a certain temp all day. I, on the other hand, wanted to have 175 degree water for one cup, then perhaps 195 degree for a different tea, etc. The Zo is not designed to do that easily. The Breville lets you have a different temperature within a couple of minutes of pushing the corresponding button.
If you love tea, or want to give a great gift to someone who is a tea lover, this is a must purchase.
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A great gift idea for that tea-lover on the list, this variable-temperature kettle brings water to the perfect brewing temperature for a variety of favorite beverages, including the four major types of teas and French press coffee. Simply fill the kettle with up to 2 quarts of water and return it to its 360-degree stainless-steel directional base. Then make a selection from its clearly marked push-button control panel. The kettle's five pre-set brewing temperatures include 175 degrees F (80 degrees C) for green tea, 185 degrees F (85 degrees C) for white tea, 195 degrees F (90 degrees C) for oolong tea, 200 degrees F (93 degrees C) for French press, and 212 degrees F (100 degrees C) for boiling water and making black tea. A "Hold Temp" button keeps the heated water at the selected temperature for 20 minutes, so it's ready for that second cup. For added convenience, the "Hold Temp" function can be activated anytime--before, during, or after reaching the chosen temperature. The unit comes equipped with a 1500-watt heating element for fast results, as well as boil-dry protection with auto shut-off to prevent the kettle from heating without water inside. Other highlights include a stay-cool easy-grip handle, a nondrip pour spout, clear water-level indicators on both sides of the kettle--great for left- and right-handed users, a removable scale filter, and brushed stainless-steel housing. Adding both style and function to any busy kitchen, the electric kettle measures 7-1/2 by ...