Review: Heat Water for Tea From Afar With the iPhone-Connected iKettle 3.0

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    Smarter's WiFi-enabled iKettle has been available for purchase in the UK for years now, but the newest version, iKettle 3.0, recently made its way to the United States.

    Priced at $150, the iKettle is a variable temperature kettle that can heat water to a specified temperature from 68°F to 212°F, making it ideal for tea that requires lower temperatures, baby bottles, and other similar applications.

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    iKettle connects to your WiFi network and communicates with your iPhone, allowing you to heat up water remotely, and it integrates with Alexa and IFTTT if you use those services. With Alexa integration, the iKettle can be controlled via voice if you have an Alexa device, and with IFTTT, it can be programmed to interact with other smart home products.

    Design

    The iKettle looks like your average kettle, with a stainless steel body that rests on a black base. It's taller than most other kettles that I've used, but not so tall that it doesn't fit comfortably on a counter.

    There are no buttons on the iKettle, and aside from a small drop-shaped LED on the side of the body, there are no other markings, for a sleek, simple look.

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    The base with the heating elements is thicker than the base for my existing kettle, which also contributes to making the iKettle rather tall. The base includes a single button that can be pre-programmed for one set temperature, so you can set water to heat up if your phone isn't nearby, and it has a cord that plugs into the wall. You can wind up a bit of the cord into the base, so excess cord isn't visible.

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    It's best to program the button on the base to the water temperature that you use most often because aside from that button, there's no way to activate the iKettle without your phone.


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  2. WilliamG macrumors G3

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    This is the kind of thing that shows up on tech sites on April 1.

    Also, I want one.

    Because nerd.
     
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  4. sorgo macrumors member

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    As an avid tea drinker and iOS lover, shut up and take my money!
     
  5. Leguna24 macrumors member

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    I want a HomeKit enabled waffle maker.
     
  6. Roller macrumors 68020

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    Don’t you have to be "a-close” when you use the heated water from said teakettle?
     
  7. iamgalt macrumors regular

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    Oh man, I'm definitely picking up one of these. I can't tell you how many times I'm at work, and thought to myself "I wish I could heat up some water at home, even though I'm not there.":rolleyes:

    When are companies going to learn that just because you can connect something to wi-fi, doesn't mean you should.
     
  8. H3LL5P4WN macrumors 6502a

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    I love the lockscreen wallpaper. Personal photo or is it available to share?
     
  9. FaustsHausUK macrumors member

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    You still have to fill it up by hand. How often do people fill a kettle but wait to boil it?

    I don’t get modern tech.
     
  10. gcliv macrumors member

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    Yet another solution in search of a problem. I'm enjoying embracing less technology these days.
     
  11. KeepCalmPeople macrumors 65816

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    My morning routine consists of:
    1) Get up
    2) Put the kettle on
    3) Make me and the missus a cup of tea

    This kettle will eliminate step 2). Kettle will have already boiled when I get up. Perfect.
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    Also love that it is more expensive in the US than the UK. That makes a pleasant change!
     
  12. macs4nw macrumors 601

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    Tea-lover's delight? As a coffee drinking nation, probably won't sell as well this side of the pond.
     
  13. ksnell macrumors 6502a

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    Companies will learn as soon as us nerds stop buying WiFi connected everything.
     
  14. JosephAW macrumors 65816

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    Using Iris by Lowes to turn on appliances. Much cheaper than $150.
     
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    My expresso maker heats water in less than a minute. Put in a special stainless adapter I use just for hot water, and I have my hot fresh tea done steeping in about 2-3 minutes.

    All without having to worry about me remotely setting my home alight at the touch of a button.
     
  16. Ivanovitchk macrumors member

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    Well, I do. I fill it the night before. It also has the added benefit to allow diluted chlore to evaporate over time.

    This kettle would be nice if it had an API that could trigger boiling via a Wake Up notification from a sleep sensor / apple watch...
     
  17. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    The best part is when you pull your friends / family / coworkers / random strangers over and ask them if they want to see something cool.

    You show them that you can turn on a kettle without even being near it.

    Then they ask you if it can fill itself up with water.

    Then you facepalm and look at them with dark, cold eyes and wonder how stupid they really are for asking such a dumb question.

    They look at you and wonder how stupid you really are for buying such a stupid product.

    Then you smile back and say, "nope, but I sure don't have to wait around for the water to boil."

    Then they smile back and say, "wow, that's really cool."

    And then you both go your own paths wondering how stupid the other must be.
     
  18. iBungie macrumors regular

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    Adjustable temperature does benefit coffee brewing where boiling water should ideally not be used on fresh ground coffee but you can get that effect by waiting a moment after boiling of buying an 'analogue' adjustable temperature kettle. I do not see the point of this device other than to waste electricity if you pre boil when not present then need to re-boil when you turn up to pour :)
     
  19. Analog Kid macrumors 601

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    This is the world I live in now... We’re one button away from not being able to boil water without good WiFi access...
     
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    It is my personal photo, but happy to share. Here's a link, it's the yellow one: https://imgur.com/a/KBKvX
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    I don't when I normally make tea, but with the iKettle, I was filling it up the night before so it'd be ready to go in the morning. Wasn't too much of a hassle and saved some AM waiting time.
     
  21. Westside guy macrumors 601

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    Turning on hot things from afar... what could possibly go wrong?
     
  22. Rlong405 macrumors member

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    In the UK (and therefore assume US too), the kettle integrates with IFTTT and also Alexa. Cue voice activated kettle.
    These are the big ticket functions, not sure why they are not mentioned in the review.
     
  23. chromite macrumors regular

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    ITT: “I have no use for a smart iced tea maker, therefore it’s stupid and no one else would like it either.”
     
  24. jclo Editor

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    I mentioned IFTTT and Alexa at the top. I didn't initially include Alexa since this is an iOS review, but updated to include it so people know that functionality is available.
     
  25. mariusignorello macrumors 65816

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    I want a HomeKit enabled oatmeal cooker. Dispense just the right amount, add water and cook it. I’ll even automate it to cook at 7AM every day!
    :D
     

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