Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle Review – First Impressions

Preface

My Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle just arrived. In this post, I’ll tell you about my first impressions. So far, I’ve only used it for one Gongfu session, not more. If my impressions change in a couple of months, there will be a new post with the update. To begin I have to say that previously I used a very very old and cheap kettle, so the Bonavita was quite an upgrade for me and this is part of why I was so excited about it. But let’s take a closer look.

The Metal Rattle Kettle vs The Unenthusiastic Plastic Spastic. [Hey Brian, are we still allowed to use that word on the Internet? No? Well, it’s too late now, I already typed it.] Who will win?

Ok seriously, this isn’t going to be a comparison, I just wanted to show you my old kettle so that you can understand my excitement for the new one. I mean the only feature my old kettle had was heating water… And, occasionally leaking water if left in there for too long. Oh, how I’m going to miss you, buddy. Funny thing is they look as if they are nearly the same size, but the Bonavita at 1litre holds twice as much.

Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle Review

Specs:

  • 1 Liter Capacity
  • Temperature Display
  • Preset Temperatures
  • Single Degree Temperature Control (140°-212°F / 60° – 100C°)
  • Hold Button
  • Stainless Steel and BPA free plastic
  • Fahrenheit and Celsius Mode
  • 1000 watt heating element
I’ve got the EU version so those Specs might be different for the US version. In addition, there is also a 1,7L version available. The one-liter version cost me 99€, the US prices are a bit cheaper. Actually, at the time I’m writing this there is an offer for 44$ on Amazon.com. Maybe because they just brought out their new Interurban line, which is quite a bit more expensive at 129$. So, you might want to be fast if you want to get one of the older models for cheap. The newer ones look a bit nicer but don’t seem to really have any new features.

The Power cord of the base is somewhere between half a meter and a meter long and it looks as if you could shorten it a bit by rolling it up under the base.

The Base comes with a plastic cover that looks pretty ugly, but I guess it helps a bit to protect it from water and dust. I’ve planned to keep it on since it’s still easy to access the buttons underneath it.

There are six buttons on the base, which are quite easy to handle. The one on the upper left is to configure some preset temperatures. You can also use it to scroll through your presets. The button below it is for turning it on and off. Then we have the two buttons for adjusting the temperature, which work in single degree increments. After that, there is the hold button that keeps your water at the set temperature. And last but not least the button to toggle between Fahrenheit and Celsius. However, there are two buttons I want to talk more about.

The Plus (+) Button has another function when the Kettle is lifted from the base. The base will display zeros and after pressing the Plus (+) Button a timer will start to count up until you put the kettle back on. There sadly isn’t an option to keep it going after putting the kettle back on. This however, is only a minor flaw to me, since I’m using my own TeaTimer anyways.

The Hold Button – I’ve read a lot of reviews before purchasing and most reviews were criticizing that you had to push the hold button again after lifting the kettle from its base. The reviews also mentioned that you had only about 5 seconds to press the hold button or the temperature would reset. Well, either the reviews were wrong in that regard or Bonavita fixed it by now. You still have to tap the hold button again, but you can do it whenever you want and it will heat up to your previously set temperature. I quite enjoy this behavior for two reasons:

  • I’d rather tap it one more time than forgetting about it and having the kettle evaporate all the water and run dry. This could damage the kettle and be a potential fire hazard. 
  • I’m not using the hold function since it’s kind of a waste of energy to keep it at your desired temp the whole time, just pressing hold shortly before finishing your tea is enough. It’s up to your desired temp in no time since it won’t cool that fast.
Also, it’s worth to mention that there isn’t any real audible indication when the desired temperature is reached. You have to keep your eye on it for that.

A look inside the kettle

Plastic – There is plastic on the inside of the kettle, if you fill it normally however it shouldn’t be in contact with the water. There will, of course, be some water that touches it due to the condensation, but that’s so minimal, it really shouldn’t be an issue.

The Water Level Indication is only visible from the inside. This means you have to kind of guess when you have to refill it. On my first time using it I didn’t have an issue with it. It wasn’t too hard to tell by the weight. And the more you use it the easier it will get.

The Spout – The hole to the spout is pretty small, it definitely has a great pour, but it pours slower than your regular kettle. Also, the water might cool down a bit more due to the longer way it has to travel. Controlling the water flow is also pretty easy. At first, it takes a little bit to get used to, especially since you have to stop the pouring motion earlier, but other than that it’s a real pleasure to use.

The lid

There isn’t much to say about it, except it has a tight fit. And except for a tiny dot of plastic it’s completely made out of metal on the inside. 

But how fast does it heat the water?

I wanted to test how fast it can heat the water. So, I filled the kettle to the 1L mark. The water was exactly 20°C/68°F when I started and I measured at 10°C intervals.

  • 30°C/086°F  —  1 Minute
  • 40°C/104°F  —  1 Minute 45 Seconds
  • 50°C/122°F  —  2 Minutes 25 Seconds
  • 60°C/140°F  —  3 Minutes 5 Seconds
  • 70°C/158°F  —  3 Minutes 45 Seconds
  • 80°C/176°F  —  4 Minutes 30 Seconds
  • 90°C/194°F  —  5 Minutes 20 Seconds
  • 95°C/203°F  —  5 Mintues 45 Seconds
  • 99°C/210°F  —  6 Minutes 20 Seconds

It never actually reached 100°C/212°F although after 8min it shut off the heating. Maybe it reached it for a very short moment. At 95°C/203°F, it started to make a clicking sound, this was because of the switching of the relays. It occurs when the Bonavita shuts off the heating element and turns it on again. Therefore this clicking sound is also present when it’s set to hold.

Conclusion

Pros:

  • Great Pour
  • No plastic in contact with the water
  • Single Degree Temperature Control
  • Hold Function
  • Celsius – Fahrenheit Toggle
  • Protective Handle

Cons:

  • Slow-ish Heating
  • No Audible Signal
  • Timer only available while kettle isn’t on the base
  • Doesn’t go below 60°C/140°F

All in all, I have to say I fell in love with this kettle. I like the design, it has a great pour and loads of functions my old one didn’t have. There are a couple of cons that I found but to me, they luckily don’t matter that much, this might be different for other people and I understand that. The only con that bothers me a little bit, is not being able to set a temperature below 60°C. This would be useful for japanese green teas. It’s however really only a minor issue for me and you are still able to take the kettle off the platform when it reaches a temperature below 60°C you just can’t let it do it automatically.

Now we have to see how it stands the test of time. If rusting will become an issue or if the electronics might give up one day. If my opinion or anything about the product changes, I will of course write an update to this review.

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