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Bonavita BV382518V Review

A multipurpose kettle that excels at controlled pouring, and hosts several customization and ease of use features
Bonavita BV382518V
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Price:   $120 List
Pros:  Precise temperature settings, easy pouring, temperature holding
Cons:  Lacks an audible boil notification
Manufacturer:   Bonavita
By Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Sep 9, 2019
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Our Verdict

Regardless of what your hot water needs happen to be, the Bonavita BV382518V will handle them with style. This model has continuous temperature settings (140° - 212° F) for loose leaf connoisseurs and coffee aficionados. Additionally, it has automatic shut-off and temperature holding features for those who don't want to monitor their hot water. The model's gooseneck spout and a well-designed handle will further appeal to specialty coffee consumers as these features facilitate slow, even pouring over coffee drippers. This kettle has a large capacity, which is great for multiple users. Our only complaint is that it lacks an audible boil notification.

Our Analysis and Test Results

The gooseneck Bonavita BV382518V is unique among kettles as it can perform most specialty tasks with a high level of proficiency. The long, slender neck and beveled spout make the slow discharge and delicate, circular pouring required for drip coffee a breeze. The large water reservoir and adjustable temperature setting make it great for specialty drinks and multiple users. The kettle has a sophisticated look as well, so it won't upset your countertop feng shui.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Boil Time

Our boil time tests are straightforward. We start by pouring 4 cups of 57° F water into the reservoir of the kettle. We then suspend a thermometer in the water to standardize our boil temperature. At our lab's location water boils on average at 201° F, so we use that value as our cut-off. Finally, the kettle and a stopwatch are turned on at the same time. At 4 min, 38 sec the Bonavita doesn't claim the fastest time to a boil, but it's no slouch either.

The Bonavita provides all the adjustability that one could ask for...
The Bonavita provides all the adjustability that one could ask for in a kettle in a simple to use interface.
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The main complaint about kettles — particularly the models with large water capacities — is that they are unbalanced and as a result, they are hard to pour in a controlled manner. The Bonavita does not suffer in this regard. Its gooseneck, beveled spout, and well-thought-out handle design make slow pours a pleasure.

The beveled end of the Bonavita's gooseneck spout facilitates a...
The beveled end of the Bonavita's gooseneck spout facilitates a steady, even discharge of water.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use Features

  • Temperature selection: 140º - 212º
  • Temperature holding: Up to 60 minutes
  • Automatic shutoff: Yes
  • Inside material: Stainless steel
  • Lid attached or separate: Separate
  • Type of spout: Gooseneck
  • Max/Min capacity: 1.7L/0.75L
  • Water level indicator: "Min" and "Max" marked internally

Credit: Jenna Ammerman


By our definition, a value product offers greater quality and/or functionality than its competitors at the same price. Alternatively, value may be added if the product offers similar quality and functionality but costs less than its peers. To be sure, the Bonavita is not an inexpensive product. Yet, the kettle checks all the boxes for general and specialized uses. Additionally, the kettle has a sharp look. Accordingly, we think that this machine is one of the better values in the class.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman


The Bonavita BV382518V is a refined kettle that boasts ease of use across multiple applications. No other kettle in the class can make this claim. Regardless of what your hot water needs happen to be, this machine will meet and even exceed expectations. If you desire a do-it-all kettle, then look no further.

Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer