Breville BKE820XL Electric Kettle.
Size and Appearance
Both of these machines are housed in stainless steel and have a very sleek design. On the Cuisinart cpk-17, the water level window is backlit with blue. This makes it very easy to see the water level at night. This could be very convenient if you, for example, have a newborn baby. You always need warm water for babies.
On both, there is a button located on the handle of the kettle. This button opens the top of the kettle. There are lots of buttons on these machines. The buttons for the Cuisinart are located on the handle of the kettle, whereas the Breville has buttons that are located on the base. I prefer the buttons on the base. It seems to me that there is a greater chance of you accidentally touching the buttons that are located on the handle when removing it from the base.
These are small kitchen appliances that really won’t take up too much space on your countertop. The Cuisinart cpk-17 measures 8-1/5 by 9-4/5 by 12 inches and the Breville bke820xl measures 7-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 11 inches. These are approximate dimensions, but technically the Breville is smaller, though not by much.
Power. Performance. Capacity.
If you drink hot drinks regularly the value of a kettle will be obvious to you. You want to be able to enjoy hot or warm beverages at any time without having to heat up water. Another benefit is that you can set the water temperature to the exact temp without overheating or boiling the water. Most people just fill up a standard tea kettle and let it boil. Then they wait until the beverage is cool enough to actually drink.
Both of these machines are rated at 1500-watts. According to the presets, the Cuisinart has a temp range of 160 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. The Breville ranges from 175 to 212 degrees.
The Cuisinart cpk-17 has six presets; delicate (160°F), green (175°F), white (185°F), oolong (190°F), herbal (200°F), black (Boil – 212°F), French Press (200°F). The Breville bke820xl has five presets; green (175°F), white (185°F), oolong (195°F), French press (200°F), and Boiling or black tea (212°F).
Both come with a keep warm button. The Cuisinart will keep your water at the desired temperature for 30 minutes whereas the Breville will keep warm for 20 minutes.
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The capacity for both machines is 1.7 liters or roughly seven cups. Both have water level indicators, but the Breville has them on either side of the kettle.
Another convenient feature that both of these kettles has is a 360° swivel. This is important because it prevents the cord from getting in your way.
Both models are easy to use and clean. I don’t think that there is an advantage either way in this department. They come with removable scale filters so that you can boil water continuously without your machine clogging up. You won’t have to worry about burning down the house with the boil-dry protection feature. Both kettles have this feature.
Cuisinart CPK-17 Electric Kettle.
The control panels are pretty straight forward on both models. The Breville’s buttons are more spread out across the base of the kettle. On the other hand, the Cuisinart kettle offers a much more compact back-lit control panel that is built into the handle of the kettle itself.
The warranty for the Cuisinart is three years while the Breville has a one year warranty.
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