PerfecTemp Programmable Tea TEA-100 PerfecTemp
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High-watt, versatile electric kettle with tea infuser and programmable temperatures

If you are a hardcore tea drinker, the Cuisinart TEA-100 kettle & tea steeper was designed for you. It is both a standard electric water kettle and a tea infuser, so you can steep loose-leaf or bagged tea right in the kettle. The six programmable temperatures make it easy to brew a variety of teas, especially one that require lower temps. This is an expensive appliance, but if you drink tea like some people drink coffee, it’s worth it.

1500 watts and 1 -1.5 liter capacity

The Cuisinart TEA-100 has 1500 watts, which can heat up the 1-liter tea steeper in four minutes or less. The water kettle part of the Cuisinart can hold 1.2-liters, so you can use that pure water for other drinks, or oatmeal, soup, and so on.

Included removeable stainless steel tea infuser

The stainless-steel tea infuser is the star of the PerfecTemp kettle. It includes a full steeper assembly and lowers into the kettle to brew bagged tea or loose leaves. You can even add ice cubes to make homemade ice tea.

6 programmable temperatures

In order to taste their best, certain teas require specific temperatures. The Cuisinart Tea-100 has 6 presets, so you can choose 160-degrees for delicate teas, 175 for green, 185 for white, 190 for oolong, 200 for herbal, and then a rolling boil for black teas.


Countdown features

The countdown feature is very convenient and lets you keep track of how long to steep your tea. You also get a 30-minute keep warm feature and a 2-minute memory feature. The memory feature allows you to remove the kettle from the power base without canceling the cycle, so when you return the kettle within that 2-minute window, it picks up where you left off.


The Cuisinart Tea 100 is an extremely versatile appliance. You get both a tea infuser and water kettle, and can make everything from hot tea, iced tea, and hot water for coffee, soup, oatmeal, hot chocolate, and instant noodles. You won’t ever need the microwave for hot water again.

Safety features

To keep your kettle functioning at its best for as long as possible, there are two notable safety features: the boil-dry protection and spout filter. The boil-dry protection works by automatically shutting the kettle off when the water is boiling, so it doesn’t continue to boil away and damage the heating element. The spout filter helps keep minerals from affecting the taste of the water, and wearing down on the kettle.


Very expensive

This is a really expensive electric kettle. However, if you don’t really drink coffee and wouldn’t buy a coffee machine, but you do drink a lot of tea, this kettle definitely serves your needs and allows you to boil water much faster than with a microwave or on the stove. Unlike a lot of other kitchen appliances, it is multi-purpose, which justifies the high price tag.

Difficult cleaning

Cleaning out loose leaf tea from the infuser can be extremely annoying. Little flecks of the leaves get stuck, and though the infuser has a lid, it doesn’t come off, so you end up scraping away at the tea bits at an awkward angle. If you don’t want to spend a lot of time cleaning the infuser, stick with tea bags.

Overall Review

The Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable electric kettle is the tea lover’s equivalent of a coffee maker. It comes with a stainless-steel tea infuser that makes both loose-leaf and bagged tea, and six temperature presets for every type of tea you could imagine. With 1500 watts and a maximum of 1.2-liters, the water gets hot very quickly, and a countdown timer keeps you updated on steep times. This kettle is very expensive, but it is also very versatile, so if you consider yourself primarily a tea-drinker (instead of coffee) and use hot water (who doesn’t?), you won’t be disappointed with the kettle.