What Is a Variable Temperature Kettle And How Is It Different From a Regular Electric Kettle?
Variable temperature kettle works like any other electric kettle, it brings your water to boil whenever you need it. What makes it different though is that with a variable temperature kettle, you get to choose to which degree you want your water boiled. A variable temperature kettle, also referred to as temperature control kettle, allows you to pick from 160, 180, 195 and 200 Fahrenheit and so on. As with a traditional electric kettle, your water is boiled at 200F or so by default.
Why Do You Need To Choose The Water Temperature?
You might be wondering, do you really need your water boiled at different temperatures? Does it really make a difference or is it something that you need?
Variable temperature kettles are especially popular among manual brew coffee lovers because it allows them to make the variety of their coffee beans at different temperatures to get the best flavor out of it. Tea lovers use it too, as different type of teas require different temperatures for the best results. But choosing the temperature of your boiled water can be useful for a lot of things, one of them would be making baby formula, for example. You can boil the water at an exact temperature that wouldn’t be too hot for your baby without having to guess if the water is at the correct temperature.
What To Look For In a Variable Temperature Kettle?
- Available Settings: Different brands offer different settings. You’ll want to know before hand that the kettle you’re buying has a pre-set of the temperature you’ll want to use the most.
- Design: How the buttons are located, LCD display that will show you the temperature settings, and overall build of the kettle.
Best Variable Temperature Kettles To Consider:
Below, I’ll list my recommendations for best variable temperature kettles. These are mostly designed for any use including coffee, tea and more… however, they’re not the best for manual brew coffee (chemex, manual drippers and so on) as you’ll want a gooseneck kettle for that.
Secura Cool Touch Precise Temperature Control Kettle:
This kettle is the best choice for someone who is looking to get a variable temperature kettle at a reasonable price. It has a lot of great features:
- 8 temperature settings ranging from 100F to 212F. Click on the Temp button to set your desired temperature.
- Quick boil setting brings your water to full boil degree without going through all settings.
- Keep Warm setting holds the temperature of your water for up to 4 hours.
- Double walled design with stainless steel interior and plastic exterior (BPA-FREE).
- Kettle remains cool to touch even when boiling.
- Small LCD display shows you temperature settings.
- Safety lock and grip lid design keeps water inside even if accidentally knocked off.
The Secura kettle has almost everything you want in a kettle. My only problem is the plastic exterior, which I don’t like very much, but it’s an understandable design decision that is reflected on the price of the kettle. Another downside to the design is that is does not have an exterior window that shows you the level of water you’ve filled in, only markings on the interior.
Cuisinart CPK-17AMZ Perfect Temp Cordless Programmable Kettle:
The Cuisinart has a nice design that looks a lot like other stainless steel kettles, but of course,this one comes with variable temperature settings. The handle of the kettle features individual button for each of the temperature settings, which are labeled by temperature number and what it’s usually used for.
- It has 6 presets starting at 160F and up to 200F for variable temperatures. A ‘Boil’ setting for boiling water at over 200F.
- Keep Warm setting holds temperature for 30 minutes.
- Backlit window for water level indication.
- 1.7 Liter water capacity.
- Memory function allows you to lift the kettle off the base without it losing its boiling process.
- Stainless steel interior, exterior as well as lid.
In comparison to the Secura, the Cuisinart kettle has a better design. It’s a one-touch operation, fully stainless steel and has a water level indicator. However, it has different temperature settings and holds temperature for less time. And, it’s not a double-wall insulation design, so it is not cool to touch while boiling. Also, according to some customers, the labels on buttons tend to wear off after a while due to handling.
Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle:
Breville are always thoughtful with their appliance design, and this kettle has to be my favorite out of the three. Instead of Secura’s single setting button or Cuisinart’s buttons on the handle, Breville has placed its buttons on the base, which is the most comfortable design to use.
- It has 5 pre-set temperature settings, starts at 175F and up to 212F.
- Keep Warm settings holds water temperature for 20 minutes.
- Stainless steel interior and exterior. Clear plastic lid on top.
- Water level indicators on both sides.
This kettle is the most expensive out of the three, yet it has less temperature settings than previous two models (Cuisinart and Secura). The only reason you can justify its price is for the design. Although I don’t like the fact that it has a lid with a clear plastic window, the rest of it is made of solid brushed stainless steel. The base is nicely designed, too. The labels are written on top of the buttons and not directly on them, which means there’s little to no chance of labels getting wiped out after a while.
Which Of Kettles These Do You Choose?
As you can see, each of these kettles has its own pros and cons:
- The Secura kettle gets you the most value for your money. It has the most temperature settings, long Keep Warm time and a double walled design. On the downside it has a plastic exterior and no water level indication.
- The Cuisinart has a great quality and design. Only downside is that the labels are on the handle, which are bound to wipe out after a while.
- Last but not least is the Breville. It’s the most expensive, yet it has less temperature settings. But the price is reflected in its premium design for sure.
If you know exactly what you’ll want to use your kettle for (for tea brewing mostly, or just the usual tasks?) make sure the kettle has a pre-set for your most required task. That’s the most important aspect to keep in mind.