Breville BKE820XL Review

Breville BKE820XL Review

Daily rituals are important. Whether it is brewing coffee or tea, making oatmeal or muesli, or simply popping a toaster pastry down in the toaster, what we do to start our day matters. Being able to control the temperature of our morning beverage or hot cereal of choice may seem like a luxury, but it is the little details that make our morning rituals matter. That is what the Breville BKE 820XL Variable-Temperature Kettle was designed for: perfecting the morning ritual. This premium quality kettle has everything in terms of features, quality, and durability. Let’s take a look at the many reasons this kettle is the ideal choice for discerning morning ritualists.

Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature Kettle

Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature Kettle Features

1500 watt 2-Quart Kettle

All that wattage with a half-gallon carafe means that this kettle gets your water to your desired temperature quickly. Making that perfectly brewed cup of tea or coffee that is precisely the desired temperature you want in a short amount of time provides the luxurious experience one would expect from such a high end product. The savings in time alone allows to you spend more time sipping and less time waiting. After all, isn’t time what the morning ritual is all about?

Stainless Steel Base with 5 Temperature Presets

A high quality kettle demands a high quality base. The Breville BKE820XL features an all stainless steel encased platform with a brushed metal finish and well-spaced, user-friendly buttons that are easy to read and operate. Furthermore, with five temperature presets, this model can brew any beverage to whatever temperature you most prefer. Various blends of tea also require specific brewing temperatures well below the boiling point of water. In addition to keeping your tea a readily drinkable temperature, being able to set a specific temperature means that your tea will not overbrew.

Boil-Dry Protection and Removable Scale Filter

When preparing water for tea or coffee, most kettles run the risk of boiling dry if left on for too long. Rather than the standard automatic shut off thermostat, the Breville BKE820XL has a hold temperature feature that keeps the water at the preset temperature without boiling the kettle dry and leaving an acrid, foul taste that can be extremely difficult to scrub out. Add to that a removable scale filter that make cleaning the minerals left by boiling water from your kettle, and this model not only prevents boil-dry, but also protects itself from long term damage that requires extended drudgery.

Attractive Design

As a premium product, this kettles features a premium design. The clear water level markers, the brushed stainless steel finish, the elegant control panel and base, all of these details contribute to a bespoke aesthetic of quality and longevity. Adding any appliance to your kitchen is a design decision, and such decisions require careful consideration. Fortunately, with its appearance and design evoking European style, the BKE820XL makes a delightfully luxurious addition to any kitchen.

Warranty

Even with all the high quality design, form, and features, there is the potential of any purchase for equipment failure or defect. Fortunately, Breville offers a comprehensive 1-year warranty that covers workmanship and component failure for all of their kettles. Should there be an equipment failure, all you need to do is contact Breville and request a unit exchange. They will promptly send you a replacement unit of the same model or one of comparable value and accept the defective unit back. Make certain that you register your warranty after purchase to ensure that your investment is protected.

Pros

  • 2-quart capacity
  • 1500 watt fast heating
  • 5 temperature presets
  • Boil-dry protection with removable scale filter

Cons

  • higher price point
  • less energy efficient
  • presets are fixed
  • warranty only for 1 year

Highlighted Features

  • High quality stainless steel build and design
  • Temperature hold
  • Preset temperatures
  • Fast-acting heating element

Frequently Asked Questions

Q. Is the kettle plastic BPA free?

A. Yes, the manufacturer states that the plastic used in this kettle is BPA free.

Q. How does this model compare to the Cuisinart PerfectTemp Stainless Steel Electric Kettle?

A. Most customers find both models are comparable, however the Breville model is preferred by most customers for its long term durability. The Cuisnart model may be less expensive, but it also features a lower capacity and its buttons wear off with use according to most customers.

Q. Where is the Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle manufactured?

A. This particular model is manufactured in China.

Final Verdict

For the discerning customer who values their morning ritual of a hot beverage, be that black tea or French-press coffee, there is no better kettle on the market than the Breville BKE820XL Variable-Temperature. The elegant design, premium features, and long lasting quality all make it the ideal kettle for brewing the ideal cup of tea or coffee. Select a preset, push a button, and give your morning ritual the time it deserves. Buy a Breville BKE820XL, and make your good mornings even better.

Karla Hines
 

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