1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle from Bonavita

1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle

Product Description
Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle

The Bonavita Variable Temperature Electric Kettle is a 1.0 liter capacity stainless steel kettle with many unique features. Users can select from six present temperatures or can set their own temperature from 140 degrees F (60 degrees C) and up. The 1000 watt heater boils water quickly and will hold the set temperature for up to one hour. The kettle has a unique spout that allows for a very controlled water pour that is needed for manual brewing of coffee and great for tea steeping as well. Our kettles have been used by World and US Champion Baristas based on its build quality and pour control.

Features
Temperature set/hold for 60 minutes
Accurate to within 1-2 degrees F (or 1 degree C) to set temperature
Count up timer for timed coffee brewing or tea steeping
Actual water temperature displays on LED
1.0 liter capacity
Powerful 1000 watt heating element (AC 120V 60Hz)
Commercial UL certified (USA); UL rated in Canada

Accuracy
Six preset temperatures or user-selected in one degree increments from 140 degrees F (60 degrees C). Holds set temperature for one hour. LED display shows water temperature. Display accurate to +2 degrees F.

Versatility
Unique spout for pour control. Use for manual coffee brewing, tea, or your favorite hot beverage.

1-Year Warranty
The Bonavita BV382510V Variable Temperature Electric Kettle is fully UL Certified for safety compliance and features a 1-year manufacturer’s warranty.

Steepster owners include:
Ashley, Cheri, Chris Van Patten, Dinosara, Kat_Maria, Kevin, Kokabel, Lion Repshire, looseTman, Sarsonator, Stephanie, Tealizzy, Terri HarpLady, and TinaCHammonds.

Links:
YouTube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7g6c-MwtAKs

Reviews:
http://www.electriccordlesswaterkettle.com/bonavita-bv382510v-1-0l-variable-temperature-kettle/
- http://www.amazon.com/dp/B005YR0F40/ref=cm_sw_su_dp

TeaChat:
- http://www.teachat.com/viewtopic.php?f=36&t=19020

Website:
- http://www.bonavitaworld.com/products/k-main.asp
- http://www.bonavitaworld.com/products/kettle5.asp

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  • “What's not to like? This does not take up a lot of counter space and does exactly what it says. You can program any temperature you want to bring the water to. There are some standard presets...” Read full review
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    Kpfeifle 13 tasting notes
  • “Very happy with this. I was looking for a basic electric kettle to heat up water for between one cup to four cups, so I could have a random glass of tea. Or both myself and my BF could take...” Read full review
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    Kokabel 38 tasting notes
  • “I hadn't delved too deeply into the negative reviews before purchasing this kettle. Perhaps part of me stubbornly wanted to believe it would be as amazing and useful as it looks. Now that I have,...” Read full review
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    ShiningLion 70 tasting notes
  • “I've had this kettle for almost exactly a year. I love it! The only complaint is that it doesn't have any indicator sound to let you know it has arrived at your specified temperature. I love that...” Read full review
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13 tasting notes

What’s not to like? This does not take up a lot of counter space and does exactly what it says. You can program any temperature you want to bring the water to. There are some standard presets but you can use the up/down arrows to set your own. It remembers your custom temperature, so no need to reset if you use the same one. The spout is perfect, allowing you to fill even a very small teapot. Lastly, there is a built in count up timer, so you can time your steep.

looseTman

Kevin,
Can the Bonavita be used with a digital timer so that one’s tea water is ready to go at the desired temperature for that all-important first cup of get-one-going morning tea? Thanks!

Kevin

Yes it can. It has a nice built in timer so that your tea can be ready at any time you choose. I use this feature often, load up the water and tea the night before and then just transfer to a thermos as I’m heading out to work.

looseTman

http://www.bonavitaworld.com/docs/BV3825V%20Callouts.pdf specifically mentions a count up timer for accurate brewing. However, it doesn’t mention timer operation. Has Bonavita updated this model? What is the model number of your Bonavita?

Kevin

Sorry, I was thinking this was the breville thread…my mistake. No this model has no timer function at all, however it pretty quick to come up to temp, especially if the kettle is not full.

looseTman

No problem. Can the Bonavita be used with an external digital timer ( e.g.: http://www.intermatic.com/en/Products/Timers/PlugInTimers/Indoor_Timers/DT620.aspx) so that one’s tea water is ready to go at the desired temperature for that all-important first cup of morning tea? Thanks!

Kevin

Nope, it won’t work. Just tried it on mine. Set the temp and unplugged it. When I plugged it back in, it was shut off.

looseTman

Thanks for checking!

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Very happy with this. I was looking for a basic electric kettle to heat up water for between one cup to four cups, so I could have a random glass of tea. Or both myself and my BF could take traveler mugs to work with tea in the morning.

With cold water, Filled to max-level, it took about 10 minutes to get to 212 (F). When I finally made a cup of tea with much less water, it took only a couple of minutes to get to 180 for me. It has a nice hold function which keeps your tea at the temp you need. As well as preset temperatures (just click the “temp” button and you rotate through the options).

And I did NOT know this when I purchased it, but after you pour your tea, you just press the + button and a timer starts up, counting down. So you can use that to watch how long your tea has been steeping. It isn’t a very useful timer for me because I want an alert to tell me my 3 minutes are over. But- it does let me know how long it steeped exactly. Helpful!

So far I really love this. It’s going to get tons of use. I was weary at first because reviews on Amazon spoke about rust. But apparently there was an old batch that wasn’t coated or treated properly that had rust issues. It seems they’ve been replacing the defective models (if you dig through amazon comments you’ll find some of these).

Perfect for what I need!

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70 tasting notes

I hadn’t delved too deeply into the negative reviews before purchasing this kettle. Perhaps part of me stubbornly wanted to believe it would be as amazing and useful as it looks. Now that I have, I’m a little leery, but so far, so good.

The gooseneck spout is a godsend. It allows for a very precise pour and the speed at which the water comes out is just perfect. It takes about 4-5 seconds to fill it up the gaiwan and gives the tea leaves a nice swirl before leaving them to steep. Alternatively if I am brewing a very delicate tea that should not be agitated, the gooseneck allows for a very slow but steady pour that will not rustle the leaves much. In terms of pouring, this kettle is the best I have tried, hands down. The pistol grip is also very comfortable and the 1-liter size is perfect for what I’m using it for. I need a smaller kettle like this one so I can get a more controlled pour. It’s easier to maneuver since it is less heavy. It allows for more elegant motion of the wrists.

I am concerned, however, by the reviews I’ve read about potential electrical problems and rust after repeated use. These problems appear to be so frequent that I am already uneasy about the product and feel like I am using it with anticipation for something going wrong. Lucikly, there is a 1-year warranty so as long as you’re okay with having to wait on the company to replace it, in theory, you should be covered in the event something goes wrong. The 1-year warranty was a selling point for me because my last kettle from another company crapped out after 6 months of use and only had a 90 day warranty.

My biggest complaint from use is that the heating element makes a very noticeable sound, clicking on and off as it tries to reach the set temperature. Sometimes the element will click on and off every few seconds for a while, so the sound can be very frequent. If repetitive clicking sounds annoy you, this could be a bad investment for you. I was put off by this at first but learned to ignore it. I expect some noise from a kettle, and this one roars a lot less as the water heats than previous ones I’ve owned.

I don’t know if this is a real problem or not, but the LED screen flickers when the kettle is heating. I haven’t had this problem with my Pino Digital Kettle Pro, which has almost an identical temperature readout and base. However, as that was the kettle that quit working after 6 months of use, I can’t really compare whether this type of problem is worth fretting over or just a minor glitch. As long as it does not lead to the readout not functioning, I’m okay with it.

The included plastic screen to cover the base is a really nice accessory, though I’m not sure how necessary it is since the base doesn’t really appear to have many seams where water could leak into it anyway. The sticker included did say it is for commercial or frequent use. I guess it is meant to be used in an environment where the potential to spill something on it is high, or where there’s a bit of hustle and bustle or moving around of objects.

The plastic base of the kettle(not the control unit it sits on) is a bit wobbly on mine and does not sit flush with the stainless steel. While this doesn’t seem to affect the functionality or cause the kettle to wobble when seated, it feels like cheap manufacturing and I wonder if water dripping from the sides of the kettle (from condensation inside the lid when you remove it or put it back on) may get trapped in this seam and cause rust over time. In theory, it shouldn’t, since the product is supposed to be stainless steel.

The timer function is nice, but only operates when the kettle is not seated on the base, so prepare to sit the kettle down elsewhere if you want to run the timer. It counts upward from zero so you don’t have to set it, but you do have to pay attention to it as there is no beeper or anything to alert you when it reaches a certain time.

As for the preset temperatures, I feel somewhat misled by the product description. I thought it was possible to have user-defined presets, but it is not. The wording on that should be a little more clear. You can, however, cycle through the presets to get to a temperature close to where you want it and just dial from there to reach the desired temp. It saves time from having to dial all the way from a low temp to a high one or vice versa.

One other thing. I had this plugged into a power strip with some other appliances and it took substantially longer to heat up than when plugged into the wall outlet directly. It may be beneficial to only use this directly with an outlet. The cord is not as short as some reviews say. It is about 3 feet long and can be wound underneath the base to store it away, though this is more difficult than it should be and it can easily get stuck under there, so I’m not sure how useful the function really is or if I’ll be using it often.

It performs the core tasks I need it to: heat water to any specific temperature and hold it there, and offers a very controlled pour. Anything beyond that I would say is bells and whistles, but as far as the bells and whistles go, I’d say it’s important to deliver what you lead your customers to expect they’ll be getting, and not sacrifice quality or functionality for extra features. The preset and timer functions are a little half-assed to me, so not as great a selling point as I originally considered, but still they are handy to an extent. The missing points on the score I gave it are partly due to the features that could be better incorporated and partly due to the questionable manufacturing quality.

I would not really recommend ordering this kettle for the full price of 95 dollars, as I don’t think its quality or track record warrant anywhere near that price. It will occasionally drop in price on Amazon. When I ordered it it was 60 dollars, so keep an eye out. I think 60 dollars is worth the try, but 95 is putting too much burden on the buyer for the questionable quality.

Terri HarpLady

I got one of these in January, & your review was spot on, all the way down to the clicking, which initially irritated me, being hypersensitive to sounds, but on a subconscious level my brain catalogued it, so now I can tell the water is ready by it. It’s a lovely kettle, & I’ve had no problems with it whatsoever.

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I’ve had this kettle for almost exactly a year. I love it! The only complaint is that it doesn’t have any indicator sound to let you know it has arrived at your specified temperature. I love that it will hold it there for up to an hour though! I also really like that only metal touches the water, no plastic. Also the gooseneck makes it prettier than most electric kettles :)

kimquat

I’ve been thinking about getting this one as a second kettle for months! (:

looseTman

Thanks Stephanie!

looseTman

Is the 1-Liter capacity large enough for pu-erh Gongfu sessions?

Stephanie

It is for me and my little 4oz gaiwan :) I can get like 8 or so steeps without refilling. But it heats water so quickly it is no big deal for me to refill it in between steeps, too.

looseTman

Would there be any advantage to the 1.7 liter model?

Cheri

I bought the 1.7L version because it was a little cheaper on Amazon. (I actually wound up being happier with the larger size.) I love it. I have learned that if I’m not paying attention I need to just make sure I hit the hold button when I’m heating up water so it’s not cooled off again before I get back to it. (Mine is at work, so this happens a lot.)

Stephanie

Ooohhhh, I should get one for work!

Cheri

It’s wonderful having one at work. I wish I’d done it sooner.

Skysamurai

that sounds awesome. whats the smallest amount it brews?

Stephanie

Hmm, I’m not sure Skysamurai. I usually just put in a little more than I think I need. I don’t usually measure!

Skysamurai

haha ok. So like enough for one/two cups? The water kettle I have right now has a minimum of 4 cups and I just don’t drink 4 cups in one sitting …ever haha. IF this one does a minimum less then that that would be awesome

Stephanie

I just emptied it out and measured exactly 2 cups and it performed just as usual. Next I’ll leave just 1 cup in there and test it on the resteep!

looseTman

For those who may be considering a 1.7 L model, here’s some news from the World Tea Expo:
http://steepster.com/teaware/bonavita/47196-1-dot-7-liter-digital-variable-temperature-gooseneck-kettle

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I’m thrilled with this kettle. The temps are accurate and it’s fast to heat up. It also has a small profile; I keep it right on my desk so I can have tea at any time of the day.

One suggestion: it would be awesome if the kettle could emit a small chime when the water has reached the right temp. Sometimes I get distracted and forget I had water heating. This would probably need to be optional, but it would be a really nice option to have!

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