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eieio
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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013, 4:11pm
Subject: Electric Water Kettles: BPA-free, variable temperature or otherwise...
 

My Breville electric kettle of several years (just a plain on/off switch, non-variable water temperature), while visually entirely made of stainless steel, actually has a window with plastic on it that allows one to see the water level, and Breville has stated that it is NOT BPA-free.  

The best electric kettles I can find is the Bonavita Variable Temperature models - there are 2 models:  

(1)  a gooseneck version with no plastic window:

http://bona-vita.biz/products/kettle5.asp

and a non-gooseneck one with a plastic window: (but Bonavita emailed me to tell me that NO Bonavita products have BPA, though i'd still find the 100% stainless gooseneck one to be seemingly the safer bet).   The advantage of these Bonavita ones, besides being BPA-free, is that they are said to be accurate to +/- 1 C degree.   That is very convenient for my green tea brewing as well as my Aeropress, as i'm trying to fine tune my technique with the Aeropress:

(2)  Non-Gooseneck with a plastic water level window:

http://bona-vita.biz/products/kettle6.asp

Additionally,  I have heard that BPA is NOT the only undesirable substance emitted by various types of plastics, though I do not know what other undesirable substances they are.

May I ask if anyone has thoughts/experience about which electric water kettle has been "the best" in their experience?

Thanks in advance.
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Posted Fri Apr 19, 2013, 4:42pm
Subject: Re: Electric Water Kettles: BPA-free, variable temperature or otherwise...
 

I have the first one. It's great because the water has no plastic contact whatsoever below the maximum water line (there is a plastic piece at the very top inside that secures the handle to the kettle, but water does not touch it). Go with this one if you're worried about plastic.

Alternatively, if you want an ALL stainless steel kettle, you'll find a lot of them imported from Asia. I have used the below brand (Tiamo) in the past and the quality is great if you can boil water in something else and transfer it to the kettle.

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Posted Tue Apr 30, 2013, 7:55pm
Subject: Re: Electric Water Kettles: BPA-free, variable temperature or otherwise...
 

I have the gooseneck version one and it does pretty good.  I actually use the Hario Gooseneck Stovetop at home and and the electric Bona-Vita Gooseneck at the office.  I will make two comments that aren't a big deal, but annoyances nonetheless.

1) The cord is a joke, seriously.  It can't be but 2-3 feet long from the wall to the base that the kettle sits on.

2) Fill to below the "fill-line".  It is prone to leaking if you get to close to that fill-line.

The water gets hot, but I need to take a thermometer to it.  Honestly, I fill like I get better quality with my Hario.  But I literally have the timing perfect.  This many seconds on off the boil before I pour for optimal temperature.  With the elective Bona-Vita, I'm still trying to figure that out.
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