Bonavita BV382518V Review
Pros: Precise temperature settings, easy pouring, temperature holding
Cons: 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.
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 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.
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
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.
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