Thursday, May 20, 2010

Breville One-Touch Tea Maker (BTM800XL)

I was lucky enough to win one of these at a recent Steepster Meetup. This review has been much delayed but I really wanted to put it through its paces. I’ve had a Zarafina for years and still like it a lot but I feel that I’ve outgrown it in a lot of ways. Plus who doesn’t like to have something shiny and new? I have to say that this is just about the coolest tea gadget I have ever owned. Here is a list of everything I love about it :)

  • It looks great. The combination of the glass and stainless steel is great to look at. I’ve already had several guests exclaim “Wow, what is that?”
  • There are both preset times and customizable settings as well as a hot water button
  • There is a timer function, i.e. you can set it to have tea ready for you in the morning
  • It has a “keep warm” button
  • It emits a fairly loud but not annoying beep when done
  • It’s super easy to clean. The plastic on my Zarafina stained easily
  • Watching the basket mechanism in action is vastly entertaining
  • It has a small footprint. Space is at a premium in my kitchen so I appreciate that isn’t gigantic
  • The glass kettle (made of good thick glass too I might add) is very portable
  • Water circulates through the tea leaves very well

Honestly, one of the only faults that I could find was that the measurements are in milliliters. Being the silly American that I am this leaves me completely clueless. The minimum line is 500mL which works out to be a little over two cups. The line is so low that I constantly feel as though it isn’t enough even though two cups is more than ample for a single tea drinker. I don’t think I shall ever actually fill it to the maximum line. I also slightly wish that it boiled the water and then cooled it down rather than just heating it to the desired temp. These two are pretty minor complaints though. The Breville really is one of the best tea makers I’ve come across. Bottom line, even though this baby is pricey it is definitely worth it if you are in the market for a tea maker.

4 comments:

  1. Does this device have a temperature setting or allow you to heat water to different temperatures? This is the feature I most desire in an automated hot water kettle...and the one I find hardest to find.

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  2. You can heat the water to whatever temperature you would like. It has presets but you can also do custom.

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  3. I really wish that they had meetups in my area so I could win one..lol..

    I have looked into getting one but I don't like the fact that it will only keep the tea warm for 1 hour. I want a maker that I can brew up a large pot and just keep going back for more throughout the day. I would think for over $200 that wouldn't be too much to ask for.

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  4. The trouble with a keep warm setting is that it keeps cooking the tea. Even just one hour changes it.

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