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Breville the IQ Kettle Review

This general-use kettle offers a high-volume container and a plethora of pre-set temperature options, but it's pricey
Breville the IQ Kettle
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Price:   $130 List | $129.95 at Amazon
Pros:  Convenient presets, large capacity, temperature holding, well-labeled base
Cons:  Sloppy pouring, heavy, water comes in contact with a lot of plastic
Manufacturer:   Breville
By Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Sep 9, 2019
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67
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RANKED
#3 of 10
  • Pour-Over Ability - 30% 3.9
  • Boil Speed - 30% 6.5
  • Pour Speed - 20% 9.6
  • Added Conveniences - 10% 8
  • Filling - 10% 8.7

Our Verdict

Are you tired of waiting for your turn to use the kettle? Breville's the IQ Kettle is a high-capacity kettle that is great for accommodating a wide range of hot water needs while limiting the need to continually refill the reservoir. This machine has push-button temperature selection as well as automatic shut-off and holding functions that are convenient for those using and sharing a kettle regularly. However, this machine comes at a premium.

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Pros Convenient presets, large capacity, temperature holding, well-labeled basePrecise temperature settings, easy pouring, temperature holding, intuitive interfaceWell-insulated, option for bottle warmer/sanitizer, no contact with plasticExceptional pouring control, temperature holding, continuous temperature settings, built-in timerSimple design, minimal footprint, inexpensive
Cons Sloppy pouring, heavy, water comes in contact with a lot of plasticLacks an audible boil notification, not the fastestMust hold down power button to turn on, difficult for pour-over brewingSlower to heat, expensive, narrow functionalityNo adjustability, no temperature holding, not the easiest to fill
Bottom Line This general-use kettle offers a high-volume container and a plethora of pre-set temperature options, but it's priceyA multipurpose kettle that excels at controlled pouring and offers several helpful customization and ease of use featuresA standard spout kettle with adjustable brew temperatures and a timeless design that will look good on any countertopThis elegant kettle more than satisfies the temperature and pouring requirements of high-end coffee and tea drinkersA basic but effective kettle that is competitively priced and nice-looking to boot
Rating Categories Breville the IQ Kettle Bonavita BV382518V Zwilling Enfinigy C... Fellow Stagg EKG AmazonBasics Stainl...
Pour Over Ability (30%)
3.9
8.8
4.0
10.0
4.0
Boil Speed (30%)
6.5
6.5
5.8
3.6
6.0
Pour Speed (20%)
9.6
5.0
9.8
2.0
10.0
Added Conveniences (10%)
8.0
9.6
7.4
8.8
5.0
Filling (10%)
8.7
9.5
9.8
9.5
5.0
Specs Breville the IQ Kettle Bonavita BV382518V Zwilling Enfinigy C... Fellow Stagg EKG AmazonBasics Stainl...
Temperature Range Presets: 175ºF, 185ºF, 195ºF, 200ºF, 212ºF Temperature select: 140ºF - 212ºF
Presets: 140ºF, 176ºF, 185ºF, 190ºF, 205ºF, 208ºF
Presets: 104ºF, 140ºF, 160ºF, 175ºF, 194ºF, 212ºF Temperature select: 104ºF - 212ºF N/A
Temperature Holding? Yes Yes Yes Yes No
Auto Shutoff? Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Interior Material Stainless steel, BPA-free plastic water window Stainless Stainless steel Stainless steel Stainless steel, plastic water window
Lid Attached or Separate? Attached Separate Attached Separate Attached
Type of Spout Normal Gooseneck Normal Gooseneck Normal
Minimum Capacity 0.5L 0.75L 0.5L 333mL 0.5L
Maximum Capacity 1.8L 1.7L 1.5L 0.9L 1.7L
Water Level Indicator? Yes, window on each side Min and max level line inside kettle Markings on inside for every 2 cups and 0.5L, 1L and 1.5L Only a max line inside Yes, window on the side
Contact with Plastic? Yes, two BPA-free strips for fill level and a strip below spout Plastic is only hit by steam and is BPA-free None detected None detected Yes, plastic window, spout filter, and underside of lid

Our Analysis and Test Results

The IQ is a relatively expensive kettle, but you get a fair amount of functionality for the money. This machine has five preset temperature options, a reasonably fast boiling time, and a convenient (BPA-free) plastic water level indicator. The large capacity is great for multiple users, but not so good for promoting slow pouring as the machine is heavy and poorly balanced.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Boil Time


We time kettle boil speeds by depositing four cups of fifty-seven degree water into the reservoir then simultaneously turning on the machine and a stopwatch. Additionally, we added a thermometer to the water to establish exactly when the unit reaches 201° F — the boiling point at our location. The IQ yielded a below-average time at 4 min, 6 sec.

Pouring


Controlled discharge of the water is an important feature for those making pour-over coffee. Moreover, it simply feels nice to have control over the rate of pour without putting too much effort into the task. Like all of the non-gooseneck models, the IQ does not excel at this task. Conversely, this model can rapidly fill a glass if needed.

If you like to drink cup after cup of tea without refilling or...
If you like to drink cup after cup of tea without refilling or there's a lot of folks all needing hot water at once, a large kettle can keep everyone happy.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Ease of Use Features

  • Temperature range: 175º, 185º, 195º, 200º, 212º
  • Temperature holding: Affirmative
  • Shutoff: Automatic
  • Inside material: Steel (stainless)
  • Lid (separate or attached): Attached
  • Spout type: Pitcher
  • Min/Max capacity: 0.5L/1.8L
  • Water level indicator: BPA-free plastic window

The IQ has the largest maximum capacity in this review.
The IQ has the largest maximum capacity in this review.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


We define value as a measure of what one receives in return for the dollars spent on a product relative to the other products in its class. By this yardstick, we do not find the IQ to be a particularly great value. Other models in our review match this machine feature for feature and are quite a bit less expensive.

Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Conclusion


Breville's the IQ Kettle offers great functionality, but it is a bit expensive when compared to similar products. Accordingly, we suggest that one is interested in this model, look at some of the more competitively priced kettles in our review boasting the same features.

Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer

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