Breville makes exceptional appliances, so it’s not surprising that they also make a terrific electric kettle.
The BKE820XL isn’t just a pot with a heating element; it is designed to heat water to the perfect temperature for five different types of tea or coffee, with five temperature settings available on its control panel.
You can select 212 degrees for black tea (or simply for boiling water), 200 degrees for French press coffee, 195 degrees for Oolong tea, 185 degrees for white tea, or 175 degrees for green tea. The design is perfect for “tea nerds.”
The BKE820XL has several other cool features, a button which will keep the water at your chosen temperature for 20 minutes, an easy-open lid which opens with the push of a button, and of course an auto-shutoff feature.
This electric kettle has a very large capacity, a full two quarts, whichth ease will provide enough water for seven to eight cups of tea. The downside to the large pot is that ii takes longer to heat water than smaller models, five minutes or even more. Of course, a comparable amount of water would take even longer to boil on the stove.
There are easy-to-read water levels windows on either side of the kettle; they’re marked in millimeters and not in cups, but that’s a fairly simple to learn. As for appearance, the BKE820XL is all stainless steel (except for the windows, lid and handle insulation) and has a stunning, modern look.
This variable temperature kettle may be overkill for many people who just want to boil some water. For those who are looking for more than that, it’s the best electric kettle on the market.
Specifications of the Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature Kettle:
- 1500 watts
- 2-quart kettle (roughly 1.9 liters)
- 5 pre-set brewing temperatures
- 360-degree stainless-steel directional base
- Push button control panel
- Hold temp button
- Boil-dry protection and auto-shutoff
- Water level indicators on both sides
- Removable scale filter
- 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 11 inches
- Warranty – 1-year limited product warranty
- Price: $102,03