Up until recently we have had a single cup one touch kettle, this was really good for making a cuppa quickly as you could push the button, put the cup under and get on with another job. Once boiled it would pour directly into the cup.
Perfect for making just the one cup but when I wanted to make custard or gravy or even a few cups it was a complete pain. Needless to say it wasn’t perfect for a busy household so when Euronics got in touch and offered to send us a Bosch Sky Variable Temperature Kettle I jumped at the chance to try it out.
Did you know that coffee and tea should be made at different temperatures? And black tea & white tea also different temperatures?
Well I didn’t!
This kettle can be set to boil at temperatures from 70 degrees to 100 degrees and it also features a much needed keep warm button, this will keep the water at the desired temperature for up to 30 minutes after it has boiled – absolutely perfect for fitting in 2 morning cuppa’s while getting the kids ready for school.
Designed with practicality in mind it is cordless with the cord able to be stored under the base and unwound enough to reach your plug socket. It actually has a longer cord than most kettles I have used which is always hand if you don’t want it sitting right next to the plug. Made in Stainless steel it won’t look out of place in most kitchens, it has a black base and a silver jug with black top and handle.
There are level indicators on the side showing how much water you are putting in, this is gauged in cups and Litres – 1 cup, 2 cups, 4 cups, 6 cups, 0.3L, 0.5L, 1L, 1.5L and 1.7L. This is useful if you only want to boil enough water for your needs.
The kettle can rotate 360 degrees on the base so you are able to have the handle wherever is easiest for you. To fill you just press the button on the handle and the lid flips up. It has a concealed element which makes it very easy to clean and a removable filter.
With 3000 Watts of power it boils rather quickly and is quiet too.
To use you fill, then choose the temperature you want it to boil to, press the number on the base (it will light up blue to indicate your selection) and press the power button. The power button illuminates red so you know it is on. When the kettle is boiling the temperature gauge will illuminate up the scale as it gets hotter, stopping at the desired temperature selection.
If you then want to keep it warm, just press the button next to the power button and it will keep warm for 30 minutes.
It also features a overheating and run-dry protection, this means that the element won’t be damaged if you forget to fill the kettle. It turns off automatically when it’s finished boiling, and when the kettle leaves the base.
This Bosch kettle can be set at 5°C increments from 70°C – 100°C, so you can get the perfect brew every time. As I mentioned earlier, different drinks should be made with different temperature water:
- Green and white teas are best with water at 70°C
- Black tea should be made with 85°C water
- The best temperature for coffee is between 91°C and 96°C.
Having used this kettle for a few weeks now I have to say I wouldn’t go back to our one cup kettle, I find this far better for our family needs and making custard or even gravy now longer requires the constant stirring while I am waiting for another cupful to boil to get enough water.
I really like the variable temperate setting as it makes making the kids hot drinks far easier, no longer do I have to wait for it to cool down before making their hot chocolate, instead I just boil at 70 degrees and it doesn’t take long at all for it to reach a drinkable temperature for them.
Of course, in the mornings my favourite feature is the keep warm button.
Available from Euronics for £99.99 and comes with a 2 year warranty.
Disclaimer: I received this item in exchange for this post, all thoughts and opinions are my own and have been independently formed.