I've really enjoyed using this kettle over the past two weeks. I did a lot of research trying to find a kettle that had what I wanted (a notification sound once the temperature is reached, a large capacity, no plastic on the interior, good aesthetics, a keep-warm function, and a quality build). The Brewista matches these specifications (where few or no others did), though it fell short on a few things that would have made it perfect:
-The two notification beeps I would say are moderately loud, but I have missed them before because they are not super loud, and then come back to the kettle having cooled down slightly (when the keep warm function isn't on)
-the water level indication marks are on the same side as the handle, so when you're filling the kettle, they are not in front of you (unless you are holding the kettle at a weird angle or peering over the sink). It would have made more sense to put them on both sides of the kettle instead.
-it seems like it takes a little while to hit the last few degrees (e.g., from 203-206), and you can hear the heating element click on and off. I assume this is the kettle trying not to overheat the water.
-there is a count up timer feature, which only works while the kettle is off of the base. I wish instead that there were a built-in count-down timer (with notification) so I didn't need a separate timer to indicate the end of steeping/brewing for my tea and coffee. The count-up timer is a nice function when I'm making a French press and letting the grounds bloom for 30 seconds to a minute (but I also have to hold the kettle for the whole time, or find somewhere to set it down and be sure to not forget what I'm doing)
-the settings are not wholly intuitive. I had to read the guide and also show my husband how to use it; I wouldn't expect someone to be able to use it without instruction. Not a huge deal but I'll need to remember to leave instructions for friends when they house-sit.
-I wish the warranty was longer than 1 year. I think that's standard-ish for a lot of electric kettles, but for the price, I think 2-3 years would be more appropriate.
None of these things were deal-breakers for me, just little things that are slightly annoying and not enough to take off a star. These are the things I appreciate about the kettle:
-it remembers the last custom temperature you set it to, so if you brew most stuff at the same temperature, you only have to touch the on button in order for it to start. If you want to quick-boil, then you have to press just two buttons (on & quick-boil)
-It looks nice and feels like it's well made. I hope it lasts for several years.
-The handle is made in a way that it protects you from touching the hot metal; I looked at several that were designed in such a way to make it almost inevitable that you would accidentally burn yourself
-the lid fits on snugly
-it boils pretty quickly. I keep forgetting to time it, but it seems like 1 liter probably takes about 5 minutes, give or take
-it has a keep warm feature
-it pours accurately
-the temperature seems accurate, at least as compared to my digital kitchen thermometer, and the display shows the current temperature which helps to gauge how much longer it'll need to get to the right temperature
We're delighted with this replacement for our beloved but battered and discontinued Bonavita V-spout kettle. We find the Brewista to be as accurate as the Bonavita, also offering the same live temperature display as it heats (a feature we especially rely on) with the addition of a handy rapid-boil feature. The styling and materials are an upgrade from our old kettle, and the slightly more pointed spout pours very accurately. When heating water to 204F, we find the kettle hovers at 203F and is a bit slow to achieve that final degree -- but for us, this is actually helpful for managing timings in our breakfast routine. The Brewista kettle we received has a tight-fitting pull-off lid, which we like (the hinged lids on our Bonavitas all eventually broke). So far, a fabulous V-spout kettle, and a delight to use every day.