The 5 Best Variable Temperature Kettles June, 2018 (And 13 Other Models)
The water kettle has come a long way from the stovetop model your grand'ma used and the basic electric kettle your parents thought was state-of-the-art. Modern variable temperature elctric kettles are the wave of the future because water temperature is critical in bringing out the best qualities of tea and coffee. Coffee must be brewed at 200F and most tea varieties require brew temperatures lower than the boiling point of 212F. For instance, according to inpursuitoftea.com, white tea best brews at 165F while black tea requires 205F or more.
Aside from preset or programmable temperature settings, variable temperature models commonly have several other advanced features. They often have a keep-warm timer -- to keep the water at the set temperature for a given amount of time -- or programmable auto-start timers. Tea-centric models also have a tea basket and a tea-steeping countdown timer.
So if you are not kidding with the quality of your tea or coffee, make sure your next electric kettle has variable temperature settings.
Considering this electric kettle's aggregate ranking of 90%, we are confident that the Hamilton Beach 41020 is, as of now, Alphachooser's best variable temperature kettle 2018. Furthermore, we think that our 55 reviews sampled from our sources give us a high confidence level (more on confidence levels) that pushes us to label it a "no-brainer best choice."
Temperature range: 160 to 200 (F)
This variable-temperature stainless steel kettle earned a 4.5-star rating from a total of 1768 reviews, based on the analysis made by our system scanner. With its 6-temperature feature, majority of its verified users (most of them are tea enthusiasts) are satisfied alongside the keep-warm function, which holds the desired temperature for up to 2 hours.
Most of the reviewers who have ditched their old-yet-indispensable kettles, have purchased it for its resemblance to their old ones. Apparently, follow-up reviews of these users confirm that form follows function, adding its attractive vibe to their kitchen counters. One user mentioned that "it is lightweight," which benefits those who struggle to lift heavy appliances. Other compliments go on its cool-touch handle and its claim as a fast-boil kettle.
From another viewpoint, some of the buyers (who use the same temperature setting everyday) are disappointed about not having the option to save the last programmed temperature. This may be a shout-out to Epica (just in case they plan to do an upgraded version), since majority of these buyers still ended up with good recommendation. As we move on to the real drawbacks, dissatisfied users complain that its stainless steel jar gets way too hot after boiling. Although it has been mentioned that the handle remains cool, this is a major downside for a household of elderly people with potentially burn-prone thin skin. A considerable number of users whine about the lack of a beeping sound when the boiling is done, but some early-bird folks are equally happy for not having one (to avoid waking up everyone else).
The rest of the reviews talk about its water-level measurement showing "liters," compared to the usual liter-and-cup markings, while few others wish that the lid is removable for easy-reach cleaning. Based on our comprehensive review, we call it Alphachooser's second best variable temperature kettle 2018.
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More variable temperature kettles, sorted by the latest model first:
The 40996 has its own programmable alarm clock that can start boiling water at a specific time every morning.
The BKE820XL has dual-water windows (one on each side) for easy water level monitoring...