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Variable Temperature Kettles??

I am currently reviewing and looking for a new kettle. I figured I might as well buy a variable temperature one. Anyone have any experience with these. I have sort of narrowed it down to two.

Cuisinart CPK-17C and the Breville Variable Temp

Has anyone had any experience with these?

Thanks

Kim

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Sil select said

I know Helena just recently bought the breville one and she is loving it! :) I’ve been looking in to these myself as I’m pretty sure i can manage to live without the breville tea maker lesigh

Helena said

Buy a Breville…Buy a Breville… you know you want to (swings watch hypnotically back and forth)

Sil select said

Actually hoping that there will be some deals between now and Christmas

Helena said

that would be nice :D They sell them at Future Shop and Best Buy which is a good place for deals :D

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I have the Cuisinart, and I like it a lot.
I have had it for about 9 months and use it about 6 times a day.
If you have hard water it can build up deposits in kettles like this, but if you boil a kettle full of vinegar water or hard water cleaner in it every once in awhile,its fine.
I love my variable temp kettle and won’t be without one now.

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Jaz said

I got the Breville last year for Chirstmas and I love it! I Probably use it 5-8 times a day and its held up really well. There are preset time/temperature combinations for green, black, herbal, oolong and white there is also a custom setting to choose your own time/temperature. I really like that it has a clock that you can set to start steeping at what ever time you want, I always wake up to a perfectly steeped cup of tea. Another feature that I really like is the “keep warm” setting, it will hold the temperature of the tea so that by the time you are ready for a 2nd cup it is still warm. The cord is a nice length and rolls up underneath if you want it to be shorter. Make sure you rinse it after you finish each pot or else it does stain, but it cleans fairly easily with some baking soda/water.

Sil select said

Jaz – i think the one you’re talking about is the actual tea maker right? which is a step up from just the variable tea kettle.

Jaz said

Oh shoot, you’re right! I forgot that there was also just the variable temp option.

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I have the breville, I got it last Christmas and it is still going great! It heats quickly and fairly quietly and the temperature presets mean the bf can use it for his coffee too. I like the feel of it, too. It is durable equipment, which I need in the morning.

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I have to keep singing the praises of my Adagio UtiliTea! Reasonably priced, perfect size for the countertop, and still going strong after 3+ years of daily use.

Donna A said

I LOVE my Adagio UtiliTea! It has great ratings and has held up well with constant daily usage.

I looked into that before I bought my Cuisinart, but I was under the impression that it only has two temp settings. Boiling and 180 degrees. Am I mistaken?

It has a dial that you can adjust the temperature with, so there are lots of different temperature settings. Only problem is that the temps aren’t labelled, so it takes a bit of guesswork. It’s not precise, but it works for me :)

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Uniquity said

My variable temp kettle is actually just a cheap-o Sunbeam that we picked up at Home Hardware for $30 or $40 and I love it. I can change it in five degree increments from 60 to 100, it’s fast, quiet, accurate. Huge step up from guessing the temps.

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I have the Cuisinart CPK-17C and I love it. But I’d love to go the next step up and get the Breville one touch. But until then. I do love the Cuisinart.

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ashmanra said

I am checking these out myself! I was really wishing I already had one tonight. I looked at the Breville and my only complaint is the plastic parts that touch the water. They are not BPA free.

Cuisinart used to be such a great company but it seems a lot of their products have fallen in quality recently, so I didn’t consider them.

Chef’s Choice gives you more control over the temperature than the Breville, but I do not find it as attractive. I need to look at the Adagio Utilitea!

Mostly, I am going on amazon.com and checking out the customer comments. That is how one pot got bumped off the list with no hope of rejoining it!

Donna A said

You should look at Adagio Utilitea-I love mine and have been using it many times a day every day for several months now. I got it after much research. The price was right and it had great reviews. The temperature dial shows ranges for green tea and “other”. I used a thermometer to calibrate the scale and with a sharpie pen, I marked some more specific temps, ie 175, 180, 195 F on the dial, but that’s because I’m a little obsessive. The water heats up quickly.

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Donna A said

Joy of Steeping, I actually looked into the 2 you mentioned but after a lot of research, I selected the Adagio Utilitea for it’s good ratings and price. See my previous comments to ashmanra and softrevolution. Some of the other brands did not seem to be as reliable.

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Josie Jade said

I have had the Cuisinart PerfecTemp kettle for about a year and I love it. I have been thinking about upgrading and giving the Cuisinart to my Mom. I want one that has a complete temperature range to choose from, like the Chef’s Choice kettle. I’m going to look into the Adagio kettle too, but I remember hearing some negative reviews in the past about a bad bunch of them that went out? The Chef’s Choice got excellent reviews from what I have seen so far.

Donna A said

The Adagio one that had some trouble was the VarieTea model, not the UtiliTea. That was why I got the UtiliTea, plus the UtiliTea is less expensive. But now, I think the bugs were fixed in the VarieTea and it looks like it is getting great reviews. It is BPA free and has the advantage of very exact temperature markings, which is nice.

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