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Jenny said

Variable Temperature Water Kettle

Hi everyone~

I’ve been saving up for a variable temperature water kettle, but as a college student on a budget I want to keep it to about $70 and under. Are there any products you would recommend for that price range? Thanks!

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Cofftea said

The only one at that price point i’d recommend is the PINO PRO it allows you to set the tempt in 1 degree increments. I firmly believe that any other kettle would really be substandard and not worth the money no matter how little it was.

http://www.amazon.com/PINO-ST-8706-Digital-Kettle-
Pro/dp/B001HC54O2/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&s=home-garden&qid=1287280820&sr=1-1

Chef’s Choice also has one for $30 more. http://www.amazon.com/Choice-SmartKettle-Cordless-4-Quart-Electric/dp/B001I1BH98/ref=sr_1_4?s=home-garden&ie=UTF8&qid=1287280718&sr=1-4

Cofftea said

oops sorry the link split. I have no clue how to fix it.

PupDogWags said

Jenny, I have used for the last 4 years a Supentown SPT SP3618, 5 temp kettle (Boiling, 208, 194, 176 & 140 degrees with cool down feature, 3.6L. Approx price is $56 – $99 depending on site. I love it. Replacement parts available. Check it out!

Jenny said

@Cofftea, I think I’m going to for the Pino! Thanks so much for all your advice!

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amandajo said

Nice…looks like this will be going on my Christmas list! For now I’ve been heating water on the stove and checking it with a cooking thermometer!

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Caitlin said

I got this for my birthday: http://www.adagio.com/gifts/holiday_utiliTEA.html?SID=ef392e94bd80aef5ef8b19e3afb74b17 and I love love love it!! It doesn’t have exact temps but it does have a white to black/herbal dial that I find to work quite well. Also you can get it with 4 tea samples!

Meghann M said

I just ordered this to replace the rusty kettle I destroyed (hence the rusty). Thought it was very reasonably priced!

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Lori said

I like the Pino for a kettle only. So much better than the kettle on the stovetop.

amandajo said

Oh I don’t even have a kettle, I’ve been using a saucepan! The kettle that I had was apparently not made for stove top use. Only used it once and it burnt a lovely little hole right through it!

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Jenny said

Has anyone tried the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1-2/3-Liter Stainless-Steel Cordless Electric Kettle?

It’s about the same price as the ChefMate one mentioned on this thread.
http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-CPK-17-PerfecTemp-Stainless-Steel-Cordless/dp/B003KYSLNQ/ref=cm_cr_pr_product_top

Cofftea said

It looks like a good kettle… I’ve never used anything Cuisinart. The question I would ask yoursef is “Why would I buy this when I can buy one that is customizable by the degree for less money?”

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Frolic select said

I’m thinking of asking for the pino for christmas(though I’d love the breville one touch that really isn’t in the budget). The Pino really seams like a great kettle a good value.

Cofftea said

Could you ask for money toward the Breville? As a woman on a limited budget, I totally get not being able to afford it, but if it’s something you really want and would really use, then putting money toward something sub standard doesn’t make sense either. Ah, in an ideal world. :)

Frolic select said

Hmm maybe with Christmas and my birthday combined over a few months…but they might all think I’m crazy knowing the money is going to a fancy tea kettle. Ah well they do know I’m a bit crazy when it comes to tea.

Cofftea said

Um… So? It is your gift after all. You should get what you want.

Meghann M said

I’m still trying to justify the Breville in my head. I have the money for it, but I feel bad not using it on something that my hubby will enjoy too. I just got the Utilitea in the mail today, so I think I will have to wait on the breville at least until after my birthday (early Nov) or Christmas.

Cofftea said

I know it’s mean, but it’s his fault he doesn’t like tea lol:) Just tell him “but honey… it’ll make making me a cup of tea sooo much easier… and you know how much I love when you make me tea.” That should work.

Frolic select said

Maghann If you can afford it get it! It sounds like you’d really use it. It’s totally different than the Utilitea and if you haven’t used it yet you can sell it on ebay(well you can even if you have used it you’d just get more).

Cofftea said

If she hasn’t used it she could return it as well I imagine.

Meghann M said

Think I’ll keep the Utilitea and get the Breville soonish. I will hold off until my birthday in two weeks and then check out the local stores. As I think I would have a hard time waiting for it to come by mail…but if Williams Sonoma doesn’t have it, I’m totally ordering online!

Does anyone know if Teavana carries it in their stores or just online?

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Oh my gosh … I totally need an adjustable kettle.

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Jenny said

My cousins were awesome enough to buy me a new kettle – but they got me the Pino Digital Express instead of the Pino Pro.

The Express is the 1st gen version of the Pro, here are the main differences:
Digital Pro:
1. It is our second generation of Digital Kettles and has several improvements such as;
2. Thicker stainless steel used for the body of the Digital kettle Pro.
3. New and improved temperature controller.
4. Digital components have been moved to the base rather than the bottom of the kettle where they are exposed to much more heat.
5. Base and kettle connector have been redesigned and it is easier to put the kettle back on the base.
6. The sprout is plastic free in pro but Digital Express has a filter made from plastic.

What do you guys think? Is it worth trying to return and get the Pro?

Cofftea said

Another big difference (and a deal breaker for me)… the express is in degrees C, but the pro is in F. I would definitely exchange it and get the pro. Or better yet, return it and put the money toward the Breville One Touch:)

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If cost is not an issue actually the very best Variable Temperature Kettle is made by Breville. For something even more amazing Breville makes a ONE TOUCH teamaker that automatically get your water to the correct temperature (digital) and then steeps your tea for the correct time and then will keep it warm for another hour. There is nothing quite like it but it is a bit more expensive than most kettles. You can watch a demonstration at our store: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qjg4Zm-Ng7s

Cofftea said

I completely agree, but since Jenny specifically mentioned being a college student and that money was indeed a huge factor, I didn’t bother to suggest something that I didn’t think she would even consider. I don’t like giving solutions that I doubt the person would be interested in. Although now that it’s the season for gift giving, I’d very strongly suggest she ask for one for her holiday gift or at least money toward it.

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Actually, different tea needs a different teapot. A suitable tea pot that is very improtant for the flavor of tea. More details in http://chinesetea-shop.com/article.php?id=218

Cofftea said

I disagree, as long as you aren’t cross using yi xing pots, you’re good. The only other exception may be if you find that you’re sensitive to plastic retaining scents and aromas of teas (I’m not). Other than those two rules of thumbs, love what you use and use what you love.

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