Bonavita 1-Liter Gooseneck Kettle

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These days, there’s a premium version of everything: premium houses, premium cars, premium gadgets… it was only a matter of time until they started churning out (ostensibly) premium kettles. Bonavita’s 1-Liter Gooseneck kettle claims to be one such item, but is it really that much better than the competition and worth paying a little something extra?

While many kettle manufacturers look to innovate their products with new designs and shapes, Bonavita stayed true to the original: its Gooseneck kettle looks like it could comfortably belong in the last century (until you rest it on the hi-tech base, that is).

The fact that this kettle has an oldtimer look to it doesn’t mean it comes off as outdated, though. For one, the handle is notably fancy both in shape and finish, and the kettle as a whole looks sturdy and somewhat expensive – those concerned about bad plastic making its way into their system will be happy to hear that Bonavita’s Gooseneck is all-steel on the inside and outside.

As you might hope from a ‘premium’ kettle, the Bonavita Gooseneck has more features than most others looking to take its place. The kettle’s base even comes with a handy display that shows heat and temperature, eliminating any need for guessing from the moment you purchase this appliance. The display is nicely complemented by 6 different adjustment keys, proving that the Gooseneck is impressive in its ability to control the boiling process.

For instance, you could specify a temperature you’d want the water to boil at and then specify a period of time – Bonavita’s Gooseneck will keep it steady for as long as you’d like and will even let you adjust the settings on the go. Needless to say, most kettles can’t offer nearly as much control to the user, making the Gooseneck a clear pioneer in at least one area.

Bonavita’s pride isn’t as revolutionary in other aspects of kettlepreneurship, but it still manages to hold its own. There’s the detachable base, the auto shut off and the adjustable cord that are present in most of the finer models. It might be worth pointing out that this is a 1000W kettle, which is pretty neat considering its boiling power – some of its rivals consume nearly double the electricity for more or less the same results.

Unfortunately, the most prohibitive thing about Bonavita’s Gooseneck is the price. With a retail tag of a little over $70 when most kettles cost half that, ol’ Gooseneck isn’t going to be the most welcome addition if you’re working under a budget. In the end, it’s going to come down to how serious you are about your boiling ventures: if you always wanted to have a kettle that you can fine-tune and boil water exactly the way you’d like, you probably won’t have an issue with forking over that extra $30-$40. If you couldn’t care less and just want a quick and good-tasting cup of coffee, you’re probably better off going for a simpler and less-expensive model.

“Great kettle for making my green tea…” – Jackson G., Boerne, Texas

 

Chef’s Choice 673 Cordless Compact Electric Kettle

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Suggesting that chefs are using your kitchen appliances is a good way to make more money. Naming your company in line with this doesn’t hurt either. After all, who doesn’t want to have an appliance that says ‘Chef’s Choice‘ in their humble kitchen? Whether the 673 can really live up to its name, however, remains to be seen.

The first thought you’d have every right to have after unpackaging the 673 is that it’s… well, ugly. Fine, if you want to go all PC, we can call it aesthetically challenged. Bottom line is: with its outdated design and solid body, the chef’s boiling choice isn’t going to be taking home any beauty awards any time soon. Still, it would be silly to judge a kettle by its cover, especially one that takes itself seriously.

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Moving past the lackluster design, the 673’s features are pretty decent for a kettle in this range. The main selling point might be the option to control the water level directly from the handle. This will no doubt prevent some grisly accidents and provide more convenience overall. Can never have too much convenience in your own home, right?

The rest of the 673’s specs are nothing special, but also not particularly lacking. For one, there’s the auto shutoff upon completion that adds more safety and prevents your beverages from evaporating because someone’s at the door. Like with competing kettles, the 673’s body is also detachable from the base which lets you store the cord in a nifty compartment.

The kettle’s size leaves something to be desired – it’s one of the smaller kettles on the market and will hardly be a good choice for the quick serving of many different people. However, some people might enjoy the compact size, and if you’re one of them, the 673’s biggest weakness won’t be all that bad.

It’s also worth noting that the body of the kettle can get excessively hot due to the metal composition. While some other manufacturers opted to alleviate this issue by using heat-repellant materials, the guys at Chef’s Choice clearly have enough confidence in their customers’ ability to stick to the handle at all times. On the other hand, some might enjoy the fact that the kettle’s interior is solid steel – many are concerned about particles of plastic and other materials making their way into the beverages past a certain boiling point, and the 673 should ease such concerns.

The 673 might be small, but it boils fast: in fact, it has one of the quickest boiling times out of any kettle currently on the market. This is neatly contrasted by the kettle’s durability – owing in part to its simplistic design, the 673 should easily last for years without giving you any real trouble. The price isn’t all that, however – $40 is more than most kettles in the range and might be more than you’re willing to pay up if you only boil water occasionally. Our advice: get the 673 if it calls out to you.

“Love this kettle. Thank you for the recommendation…” – Luis V., Corpus Christi, Texas

T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living

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T-fal is a terrific kitchen appliance manufacturer, so it stands to reason that each of their products will come with high expectations. The T-fal BF6138 kettle should be no exception: after all, their marketing department suggests that it will pave the way for your balanced living, adding even more things to prove for this lil’ slugger.

If you put the BF6138 near a pot, it’s going to call the kettle black – T-fal’s Balanced Living kettle isn’t known for its aesthetics, coming in a fairly bland shade of matte black. Sure, some might prefer the simpler design with a smaller handle, and to be fair, the kettle’s key parts are colored in yellow which gives the whole thing a nice color combination.

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But who cares about appearance, right? While the BF6138 isn’t the ugliest duckling, it still better have some nice features to show if it wants to rival its cousins on the shelves. One feature that immediately stands out for its convenience and usefulness is the variable temperature switch on the side. Unlike too many kettles out there, the BF6138 will let you adjust the water temperature as-needed – ultra-hot all the time isn’t always a good thing, making the yellow-colored lever a blessing in quite a few scenarios.

As for other features, they’re pretty much what you’d expect from your better-than-average kettle: cord control, auto shut off and and a scale filter. The latter makes for a nice addition and will no doubt save you some cleaning efforts in the future should this kettle last you a while(and there’s no reason it shouldn’t, considering its brand).

The boiling speed is decent, but not exactly the fastest: T-fal advertises the kettle as being able to boil anything in 90 seconds. Some kettles offer to boil your water in nearly half that amount, making it clear that the BF6138 isn’t going to be participating in any heating races. The kettle’s size often makes the slightly-longer boiling time even more problematic as you’ll already be spending a lot of time on refills if you’re serving a lot. Still, 90 seconds could hardly be considered a long time, and the kettle’s 1-liter-carrying body might be well-suited for some smaller kitchens.

In the absence of glass and metal, there’s only one choice of material for a kettle: plastic. Some will undoubtedly take issue with the fact that the BF6138 is made of plastic – despite technological advances, there are still plenty of concerns over plastic kettle parts melting and polluting your beverage. You shouldn’t worry about it happening with any T-fal product, though – if anyone can produce functional and safe appliances, it’s these guys.

A price of $30 dollars isn’t the cheapest, but it’s still a good deal if you’re looking to buy a kettle for the long run. While the manufacturer issues a limited one-year warranty with the BF6138, this kettle might very well last you into the next decade without looking much worse for the wear. All in all, if you’d like a simple yet effective kettle that focuses on functionality more than on looks, give Balanced Living an honest thought.

 

 

Hamilton Beach 40865 Kettle

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So, you want to buy a kettle for the ages, eh? These things experienced quite a few advancements from their old ‘simple and sturdy’ metal forms. These days, kettles come in all shapes and sizes and will sometimes have more options than a rocket launch command center.

What’s the one feature that you want your kettle to have, the main reason you’ll choose one over the others? If ‘appearance’ is your answer, you might want to give Hamilton Beach’s newest gizmo some consideration.

From the moment you unbox it, the 40865 makes something clear: this isn’t your ordinary kettle. Clearly, a good amount of work went into constructing a kettle that looks far better than most of its competitors. Whereas many kettles still cling to their old appearances, the 40865 features as much glass as it’s safe to have – you’ll be able to see the action as it unfolds in real time, and you can even record the boiling and file it under family footage!

As if a transparent body wasn’t enough, Hamilton Beach went and added blue lighting to the kettle’s inside. Are you boiling some nasty-looking soup of questionable contents? No problem – the 40865 will illuminate the liquid and make it resemble a visit to the aquarium.

In terms of features, the 40865 is packed like your standard modern kettle and won’t really bother you with too many options and modes. Some might consider this a drawback – while some people want their coffee at the push of a button, others enjoy the feeling of control over their beverage of choice. For its part, the 40865 leans heavily towards the ‘push of a button’ suite of options, even advertising itself as featuring an easy on/off switch.

The 1700W engine under the hood makes this kettle more powerful than many others in the same price range, meaning it’ll serve hot and quick, but it’ll also burn more electricity which could be an issue for frequent servers. To protect you from all that tremendous heat, Hamilton Beach were kind enough to include a fully-insulated handle so you never have to worry about being burned as long as you’re following the instruction manual.

While not exactly a feature, it’s also worth mentioning that the 40865 offers cordless serving(as do many other up-and-up kettles) – whenever you’re done with electricity, you can safely store the cord inside a convenient pocket beneath the kettle’s body. The times of accidentally whipping the people you’re serving with the kettle’s cord are finally over!

Add in an auto shutoff feature, mesh filters for more control over your drinks and an easy-to-lift lid, and the case for Hamilton Beach’s slick-looking kettle becomes that much stronger. There’s also the price: for what the 40865 offers, a price tag of slightly under $30 shouldn’t be over anyone’s budget. Despite the relatively-low price, the kettle is fairly durable both in terms of handling heat and taking on the brunt of ages – many users report that this kettle still serves them well after years of rigorous boiling.