Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle (BV382510V)

Introduction

bonavita gooseneck variable temperature kettle

Bona Vita means “good life” in Latin (buona vita in Italian).
The kettle’s name suggests that life is better with one of them, and they might be right.

The elegant gooseneck spout in brushed stainless steel looks fabulous on your kitchen counter. It signals your visitors that you have style and know what you are doing (whatever that might be).

With a 1 liter water capacity, Bonavita is one of the smaller and lighter kettles.

The main features are the gooseneck spout and excellent temperature control.
Goosenecks allow a very measured and exact pouring, essential for drip coffee lovers.
The variable temperature settings are either pre-set or you can manually program any temperature between 140°F/60°C and 212°F/100°C.

The variable kettle is ideal for coffee and tea enthusiasts, fans of retro design and Bona Vita.

How does it work?

Homer simpson drooling temperature controlled kettle

Boiling time

Due to its smaller size, the Bonavita kettle boils water in about 4 minutes.
Perfect if you want a quick cup of something (Homer is always drooling about it).

Even when filled, it is light to lift (4.95lbs/2.25kg), perfect for controlled pouring.

Temperature Settings

Bonavita provides two ways to use the controls:
Convenience — six pre-programmed settings.
Choice — you can set your preferred temperature manually in 1° increment.

To select a preset temperature, turn the kettle on and press the “Temp Set” button. Starting with the lowest (140°F/60°C), it will jump through all five temperatures until you reach boiling (212°F/100°C).

You use the plus and minus buttons below the display for manual programming. Once you get to the desired temperature, the display will stop flashing, and the kettle starts heating the water.

temperature control panel
Temperature control panel

Here are three handy and helpful features:

  1. The kettle will always display the last selected temperature, even when you lift it off the base and return it (for another seven minutes).
  2. After turn off, most kettles will go back to a default temperature (often boiling 212°F/100°C). Not so the Bonavita. It keeps the last set temperature until you change it – forever if you like. It is handy when you use a particular setting all the time.
  3. With the push of a button, you can change from Fahrenheit to Celsius and back.

There is one tiny disadvantage with a gooseneck kettle for temperature fanatics.
The hot water will slightly cool down, flowing through the long spout. If you need an absolute steady water temperature (for some teas, for example), a short-spout kettle might be the better option for you.

More useful Features and Benefits

The temperature-controlled kettle has all the bells and whistles you would expect.
Boil-dry protection, automatic shut-off, concealed heating element, and it is BPA plastic free.

lid of bonavita programmable kettle

You activate the 1-hour keep-warm function by pressing the “hold” button when the display shows the desired temperature. Removing the kettle from the base will deactivate it. If you want a steady temperature, you just push the “hold” button again.

There is one very cool feature I particularly like:
You can adjust the tightness or grip of the lid.
If it is too loose or too tight, you can manipulate a little tab to adjust the lid’s fit.
That’s what engineering is all about, isn’t it?

Price

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Bonavita kettle is suitable for a $$ budget.

Prices vary and fluctuate from retailer to retailer.
To compare prices, keep an eye on the model number (BV382510V) because Bonavita produces two different but very similar looking kettles.
One is the same 1 liter size but without the temperature control panel (check it out here).
The bigger brother with programmable temperatures comes with a 1.7l capacity (have a look here),

To avoid any confusion, all relevant Bonavita kettles are listed at the bottom of this review.

Bonavita variable kettle with tea glass 
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The Good, the Bad, and the Conclusion

Pros

  • Pre-set and manually adjustable temperature settings.
  • Wide range of temperatures to suit all purposes.
  • Remembers your last programmed temperature.
  • The gooseneck spout for controlled pouring makes it an excellent choice for coffee enthusiasts.
  • Quick boiling time.
  • You can adjust the grip of the lid.

Cons

  • Not a family kettle – unless your family is small.
  • Pouring through a gooseneck spout decreases water temperatures – not ideal for specific teas.

Conclusion

You are getting some neat features with the Bonavita, which most other kettles in this price segment don’t provide.
Especially the temperature settings are practical, well thought-through and easy to use.

Gooseneck kettles appeal especially to coffee lovers and fans of retro design.
This particular model might not suit large families, but Bonavita has a bigger 1.7l version of the same kettle (see below for a Bonavita kettle overview).

coffee pouring gooseneck kettle

The price is fair, considering all the features and functions you are getting.

One last thing.
There have been reports and reviews from buyers about a particular error message at the temperature display (“Hi-Err”).
On the Amazon product page, Bonavita owns up to this fault and offers a free replacement of the base unit, which is excellent customer service.

Unfortunately, the link to the claims form they provide is broken and doesn’t work.

As my mother sometimes said:
Don’t tear down with your butt what you built with your hands.

The Kettle Whistler

Overview of Bonavita Kettles

Bonavita (BV382510V)Bonavita (BV3825B)Bonavita (BV382518V)Bonavita (BV3825B05)
Bonavita temperature controlled kettleBonavita kettle without temperature controlBonavita 1.7l with temperature controlBonavita travel kettle
1 liter with temperature control (this review)1 liter without temperature control1.7 liter with temperature control0.5 liter travel kettle without temperature control
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  • MIchel

    This is really the fanciest kettle I have come across. I never thought it would be necessary to adjust the temperature of the water according to what you are drinking. I just thought water had to be boiling for everything.

    I love that you have the option to keep the water hot for up to six hours. However, does this actually save energy, or would it be cheaper just to boil the water again?

    • kettle whistler

      Thanks Michel. The 6-hour keep-warm was a typo and I fixed it. It's just one hour which is long enough in my opinion.

  • Abel

    There are several things I like about this kettle. But I would like to highlight at least two of them. First, I like its quick boiling time. In this busy age of ours, this is always good. And second, I'm a bit of a coffee enthusiast so this gooseneck spout for controlled pouring is awesome.

    How do you clean this kettle before using it for the first time? Can I use vinegar?

    • kettle whistler

      Thanks Abel. Yes, you can use vinegar. Just mix it with water, let it stand for an hour and repeatedly rinse the kettle.

      Here is our blog about kettle cleaning and descaling https://thecoolkettle.com/kett...

  • Geoff

    This is an excellent review of the Bonavita gooseneck kettle.

    i suppose the gooseneck is probably useful for making coffee, but it a bit on the slow side for filling a tea pot.

    I think with all the temperature settings it is for the tea expert as otherwise you would simply be pouring boiling water over a teabag.

    Nor is it for the instant coffee drinkers, as they need boiling water too.

    It is therefore for a niche market who will use it correctly and get all the benefits that the temperature control brings.

    Thanks for bringing it to our attention.

    • kettle whistler

      Thanks Geoff. You are right - the gooseneck is not for everyone.

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