Several reputable consumer tests rank the Cuisinart CPK-17 adjustable temperature tea kettle at the very top. That caught me eye. But so did its high price. It’s about $15 more than this all new Krups design. Both have the same 1.7 liter (57 ounce) capacity, with very...
Several reputable consumer tests rank the Cuisinart CPK-17 adjustable temperature tea kettle at the very top. That caught me eye. But so did its high price. It’s about $15 more than this all new Krups design. Both have the same 1.7 liter (57 ounce) capacity, with very similar features. I bought the Cuisinart first and find it fastastic. However, it’s quite heavy and some users note reliability issues and warranty hassles.
Several other companies have emulated the Cuisinart’s success at lower prices, including Hamilton Beach and Miroco. I’ll include links to my reviews of those capable kettles below. This Krups is a completely new take on adjustable temp kettle design. Does it compete? In my opinion, the highest quality appliances should be fairly priced, but reliable and also of long term value.
Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Krups BW802852 / Design and convenience:
As you can see in the photos, the designs are quite different. The Cuisinart weighs considerably more than the Krups, noticeable when filling or pouring. For those with limited arm mobility such as seniors, the Krups is absolutely the one to buy. Both have suitably wide lids for filling and the Krups is wider yet, making it more convenient for those with less pouring dexterity, yet both models have ample filling room.
All things considered, the ergonomics of the handle and design of the Krups is a considerable advantage unless you plan to store under a counter cabinet. Measure your space before ordering since the Krups is tall.
Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Krups BW802852/ Workmanship, safety and ease of use:
Outstanding workmanship for either brand. However, the Cuisinart has a big blue viewing window that shows the fill height. The Krups only shows a 1.7 liter line inside the kettle. If you plan to fill less than an entire pot, if you go with the Krups, you will need to fill a measuring cup with your water first before pouring into the pot.
A big difference is that the Krups is insulated. It’s cool on the outside even if boiling within. If young kids can access the pot, get the Krups.
Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Krups BW802852/ Temp choices and features:
The two kettles have virtually the same temp choice features, yet implemented in very different ways. With the Cuisinart, you press buttons on top of the unit for a choice of five presets. For example, 175 degrees is ideal for green teas. With the Krups, you press a button on top of the handle to toggle through the same temp options. The temp choice will show as a light blue color--easily readable--on the front of the teapot. The Krups also has a very neat count up thermostat feature I have not seen on any of the other six tea kettles I have previously reviewed. It’s a cool feature to show the real time temp although not a necessity.
Also of importance is the ability to hold the temp for up to 30 minutes. Each brand has this feature but the Cuisinart approach is smarter. So, what is different between the two brands? For the Cuisinart, the keep warm feature is on by default—it can also easily be turned off—either before or after brewing. For the Krups, the default is off and the keep warm button must be pressed manually. Due to busy mornings in our house, I prefer the Cuisinart design with the default to be on automatically. As an example, I typically wake up first, have a cup of green tea brewed at the proper 175 degrees and then wait for my wife to join me. Everything is ready to go with no additional button pushes needed. Later, we’ll pour water for oatmeal for our daughter. All can be poured at the same temp held by the kettle. However, if you typically would not need a second cup, perhaps you might prefer the Krups approach. Turning on its keep warm feature is adequate. especially if you enable before brewing.
Since we pour multiple cups, one other bigCuisinart advantage we really like is a memory feature. If you take the kettle off the base, then return it to the base within a couple of minutes, the Cuisinart keeps the temperature and hold setting. As soon as the Krups is removed to pour, when returned to the base, the tea kettle is fully shut off. This may be a disadvantage for some. However, to get back to the settings to hold the kettle for 30 minutes longer requires some button pressing. You just need to get in the habit of remembering.
Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Krups BW802852/ All important performance tests:
As both are 1500 watts, each has terrific, fast speed far surpassing stovetop kettles or microwave heating. For a full 1.7 liter pot (57 ounces), the Cuisinart shut off at the 212 degree boiling point in 7:06. The Krups took only 7:06—that’s a new kettle speed record in my ridiculously exhaustive kettle tests. In everyday real world usage, this is not a meaningful difference yet the Krups is slightly faster. For 24 ounces, the Krups finished in just 3:21 versus 3:31 for Cuisinart. For 16 ounces, Krups was ready to pour in only 2:22 versus 2:32 for Cuisinart. Plenty quick all around for either brand!
At the green tea setting of 175 degrees, for 24 ounces, the Krups took just 2:16 while the Cuisinart finished in 2:22. For 16 ounces, Cuisinart was the winner in a terrific 1:40 The Krups was not far behind at 1:51. for 16 ounces.
Both of these pots are very well insulated although the Krups is fully insulated. Even an hour or two after turning off, the water inside is still plenty hot. Each can be brought back to a full boil in just a minute or two, depending on how much water is inside.
Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Krups BW802852/ Temperature consistency:
When brewing to 212 degrees, both brands hit the boiling point and are ready to pour. Yet, it is likely that in buying a versatile temp variable kettle like these, you may also care about consistency at different temperatures, and in using the keep warm setting. For example, Chinese green teas are best brewed between 170 and 180, while delicate Japanese Senchas benefit from 10 degrees cooler yet. When using each kettle’s 175 degree setting for green tea, as soon as the brewer beeped and stopped, I used a Thermapen instant read thermometer and learned the Cuisinart measured 176 degrees. Excelllent performance indeed! The Krups was 173, also commendable.
Both are among the most consistent pots I have tested for maintaining temps—far better consistent than the less than satisfying Hamilton Beach clone of the Cuisinart I reviewed earlier. The Miroco is also impressively consistent.
What about temp consistency using keep warm feature? Once desired temp is reached, each kettle will sit idle until the internal water temp drops 6-8 degrees. Then a sensor kicks in, very briefly turns on the kettle for mere seconds, bringing the temp back in range. Both brands did well using the keep warm setting.
Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Krups BW802852/ Warranty and the long term:
Although Cuisinart has a laudable three-year warranty, several reviewers here complain that obtaining warranty service can be cumbersome and that the units sometimes go out before the warranty has expired. The buyer must pay for warranty shipping both ways. I paid $4 extra for the Assurant extended warranty. However, most warranties of this type only kick in after manufacturer warranty expires. We own four Cuisinart small kitchen appliances and have never needed warranty service, happily. My original Cuisinart food processor works great after 30 years.
Concerning the CPK-17 kettle, several reviews state the number markings can rub off in time. This is not a concern with the very different design—the markings lie beneath an acetate covering on the front of the kettle. Krups warranty is is an impressive 24 months.
Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Krups BW802852/ Conclusion: These are both five star machines. Until reviewing this all new Krups design, we have been keeping the Cuisinart at our main home and our Miroco at our vacation home. If arm mobility gets to be an issue, the Krups will become our go to kettle.
The day-to-day use differences between Cuisinart and Krups are mainly differentiated by three things: 1) The keep warm feature is the automatic default for the Cuisinart but can easily turned on with the Krups. 2) The Cuisinart has a handy two-minute memory feature that remembers the keep warm temp setting if the kettle is removed, then returned to the base. 3) If those features are considered crucial to some, the Cuisinart is worth considering as first choice.
If you would also like to see the Cuisinart CPK-17 compared to the Hamilton Beach 41020, here is a link. It''s also a good kettle that most would be happy with, yet in my opinion not in the same league as the Cuisinart or Miroco.
A far too detailed test of the Cuisinart Electric Kettle vs. Miroco and Hamilton Beech:
(I was so happy to read comments by one reader that called my earlier kettle comparison “the best product review I’ve ever read on Amazon.” Please forgive me for that small amount of bragging! When you take as much time as I do writing reviews, it’s nice to know they’re appreciated)