I've been using the Bonavita Variable Temperature Gooseneck Kettle for many years now and suffice to say, I'm a very happy customer.
So when Elementi reached out to me asking if I'd be interested in reviewing their electric Gooseneck Kettle, I figured it would be a good opportunity to see how other gooseneck kettles compared to my beloved Bonavita's version.
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Upon unboxing I realized that the Elementi Kettle looks a lot like Bonavita's, but with a few small differences.
In terms of size, it holds 1 liter of water like the Bonavita, but weighs a little bit less.
The handle is also different, and frankly, less ergonomic. I found my hand cramping up during use, and it happened more than one time.
The baseplate where the kettle sits looks like a very thin, cheap piece of plastic. Still, it seems to get the job done without taking up any extra space.
The last major difference is the inside of the kettle itself.
There doesn't seem to be any plastic/silicone ring for temperature gauging, and the fill-line indicator is a stainless steel piece that makes it really easy to see where your water level is.
The Elementi kettle pours well, and the gooseneck really isn't any different when compared to most of the gooseneck kettles currently available.
One thing I did notice was that the gooseneck is welded to the kettle itself in a somewhat shoddy fashion. In fact, the first time I used the kettle, water seemed to be leaking from the base of the gooseneck (where it's welded to the body).
I nearly threw the kettle in the garbage after this, because it would have certainly made the kettle useless.
Fortunately, I gave the Elementi another chance (and many more chances after that), and I was not able to replicate what happened during the first use. Still, something to keep an eye on if you plan to purchase this kettle.
Quick Boil, Easy to Use
Although there's no temperature control or temperature hold like the Bonavita, the Elementi is very easy-to-use and quicker to boil.
One switch turns the kettle on and off, and when I tested it head-to-head with the Bonavita it boiled the water at least one minute faster than the Bonavita.
The kettle shuts off once the water reaches a boil, so you will need to make sure your coffee is ground and ready for brewing, as the water will not be reheated unless you hit the switch again.
The Elementi is a decent gooseneck kettle if your budget is small and your needs are simple.
If you're looking to experiment with water temperature in your coffee brewing, then I'd probably stay clear of the Elementi unless you're willing to use a separate thermometer.
I'd also avoid the Elementi if you're the kind of person who forgets that you are heating up water and therefore are not present when the water finally boils. In other words, this kettle will not hold its water temperature, so you need to make sure your present and ready-to-brew by the time the kettle reaches a boil.
Otherwise, the Elementi is a pretty good entry-level Gooseneck kettle for brewing pour over coffee.
You will be able to accurately and evenly saturate your ground coffee and control the water flow during a pour over, just as you would with any other gooseneck kettle. It's also electric and retails for a very fair price.
The Elementi is a nice entry-level gooseneck kettle for those who want to control their pour over coffee technique at home.
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