Summary: Many Amazon.com owners dislike its plastic viewing window and lid, saying chemicals in the plastic could leach potentially carcinogenic chemicals into the boiling water. A handful of reviewers report that the automatic shut-off function sometimes stops working after a few years of use, although one says at Amazon.com that he repaired his kettle by demineralizing it with white vinegar.
Pros: Elegant, gorgeous look, Easy to operate, Makes large batches of tea or coffee, Adjustable preset temperatures
Cons: Automatic shut-off may break after a few years, Viewing window contains plastic, BPA
Excerpt: A very well-constructed appliance, this electric kettle is made entirely of brushed stainless steel and has lots of bells and whistles
Pros: Easy to use. The button that opens the lid can be pressed with the same hand that's holding the handle, Very easy-to-read measurement markings on both sides of the water windows, Programmable temperature settings; clearly marked with what type of tea (or in one case, French press coffee) it's best for, A beep alerts you when the water reaches desired temperature, A keep-warm setting means water will come to a boil quickly when you want to refill teacups, Easy-to-wrap-...
Cons: Measurements are marked only in milliliters, Lots of settings add up to complicated programming, The price is steep
Summary: Any guy who is serious about his coffee, tea or even cooking, knows that precise water temperature is important. Coffee and tea particularly require water that is not heated to boiling temperatures, and in the case of steeping, you may want it even lower than that. In an effort to replace your usual boiling kettle, Breville has come to the table with the Variable Temperature Kettle, a pricey, yet handsome electric kettle that mixes good features with excellent heating...