So the iKettle looks interesting, but I’ll have to play with one to see what it can really do. The iKettle looks like a souped up Breville tea kettle that connects via wi-fi to an app on your phone. On the app, you can tell it to turn on when you wake up and then keep the water warm after it’s boiled. From what I’ve read, it’s not clear if there’s an option to program the iKettle to come on without you having to press a button. And like the Breville, it has precise temperature control (so you don’t burn your white and green teas), a stainless steel finish and a filtered spout.
I’m not sure if I would opt for the iKettle over the Breville BTM800XL One-Touch Tea Maker. If your main reason for wanting something you can turn on remotely is only so that you can have tea when you wake up, I’d much prefer having it fully brewed without any intervention from me when my morning alarm goes off, which is what the One-Touch does. What would be cool is if you could turn the iKettle on remotely from outside the home, say on your way home from work or after a chilly day/night outside. That would be handy! But it’s sounds like you can’t do that since the product pages says “control the iKettle from anywhere in the house with your smart-phone.” So your phone and the iKettle probably have to be on the same wi-fi network for it to work. Bummer.
Drawback of any remote start/programmable kettle – you have to make sure it’s set up to boil beforehand. Sounds like we just need a Justin the tea making robot in our house.
You can pre-order the iKettle’s now from Firebox, and it should be available in November 2013.