bontrager Senior Member Joined: 31 Mar 2012 Posts: 10 Location: Maryland Expertise: I love coffee
Posted Sun Apr 1, 2012, 3:34pm Subject: Need a plastic free variable temperature electric kettle
I know variable temperature kettles have been discussed ad nauseum in the past based on the search results, but I'd like some input about finding a highly rated one for under $100 or so that has variable temperature settings (in Fahrenheit preferably) that does not have a plastic interior. I'd rather avoid the plastic taste and/or chemical leaching that may occur with a plastic basin.
Can anyone steer me to a 10 ten list or place that reviews them? I couldn't find them in the consumer review section of the site. Thanks!
Posted Wed Apr 4, 2012, 10:19am Subject: Re: Need a plastic free variable temperature electric kettle
I have the Breville variable temp kettle and love it for tea. It does have plastic windows on the sides, and the lid is plastic (not to mention the internal strainer housing). Breville swears it's BPA-free (if you're concerned about that particular boogyman) and I've never had issues with leaching or off flavors.
I've also only ever put clean, filtered water in it, and I've washed it a grand total of maybe 3 times in a year.
It has a "keep warm" setting, but it only lasts 30 minutes, and the kettle isn't insulated, so it cools down quickly. If you need hot water all day, maybe the Zojirushi or Panasonic water heater/dispenser would be a better choice (the Panasonic being much cheaper than the Zojirushi).
Of course, you could always heat the water in your kettle, then pour it into a Thermos Nissan thermal carafe or airpot for hot water that will stay hot for a few hours. Hot enough to brew tea, but not hot enough for pour-over coffee.
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