This little kettle is great for pour-over tea or coffee aficionados who want their high-tech hardware to look great on a kitchen countertop. Its variable temperature and stay-warm functions even make it suitable for use in a professional setting. Although it doesn't boil quite as quickly as some other electric kettles, it's simple and intuitive to use, and has a nice aesthetic.
Temperature control settings are well liked. Most expert and owner reviews say the 1-liter Bonavita kettle reaches peak temperature after an unimpressive six minutes, and question the shoddy build quality of the kettle's plastic base. A number of Amazon.com users add that their kettles rusted underneath the spout. Yet where the kettle really shines is in its programming. Kevin Haugen at CliveCoffee.com says, "you can continuously monitor the temperature via the digital display and adjust your target temp on the fly in both Fahrenheit and Celsius. In our tests, we found the reading to be accurate to within 0.5 of a degree."
Perfect for manual pour-overs. The Bonavita's gooseneck spout delivers a steady, uninterrupted flow of water. According to SeriousEats.com, "there's really no better choice for an electric kettle for making pour-over coffee at this price-point -- especially if you want to boil water for a cup of green tea from time to time, too." Users can save six preset temperatures for brewing a variety of teas, but the kettle's "handle is not as ergonomic and comfortable in the hand" as that on Bonavita's equivalent stovetop model, reports Haugen. ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com dislikes the lack of a water level indicator but says it's easy enough to gauge by just peeking inside.
BPA-free construction. Users make no complaints about the kettle's automatic shut-off switch, and it can safely hold temperature for up to 60 minutes, says CliveCoffee.com. However, the Bonavita doesn't have boil-dry protection. Amazon.com users say the kettle has no plastic elements that come in contact with the water, and ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com reports that customer support confirms the kettle is completely free of the toxin BPA.
This coffee enthusiasts' website reviews premium coffee brewing devices. Haugen tested a pre-production sample of the Bonavita gooseneck kettle and writes a comprehensive evaluation. "The Bonavita Variable Kettle is both well thought out and intuitive to use, and, being commercially UL certified, I would recommend it for both home and professional applications," he says.
Review: Bonavita Variable Electric Kettle: A First Look, Kevin Haugen, April 28, 2012
The coffee section of SeriousEats.com calls the Bonavita 1L Gooseneck Variable Temperature Electric Kettle a great choice for making pour-over coffee. It goes up against three other cutting-edge electric models including the Capresso teaC100, the Krups Personal Tea Maker and the Bodum Bistro 1.1L Double-Walled Glass Kettle.
Review: We Try 4 New Electric Hot Water Kettles for Coffee and Tea, Liz Clayton, April 24, 2013
This home and garden review source calls the Bonavita great "for those seeking a professional-grade kettle that delivers maximum control of coffee/tea brewing." However, the site's credibility is dubious since editors don't appear to personally test the products.
Review: Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Kettle Review, Nov. 13, 2012
This write-up notes the kettle's pros and cons based on the author's experiences with the product. He praises the Bonavita's variable temperature, hold temperature control and gooseneck spout, but says its small capacity can be an inconvenience.
Review: Review: Bonavita BV382510V 1.0L Variable Temperature Kettle, Editors of ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com, Not dated
Here the Bonavita electric kettle earns an overall score of 4.4 stars out of 5 after about 130 customer reviews. A number of users say their kettles began to rust shortly after purchase and a few question the build quality. Otherwise, most owners are quite satisfied.
Review: Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013