In a nutshell, the Breville HotCup is a cool twist on the instant kettle, with a fair capacity that delivers hot H2O on demand, combined with slick looks on the design front.

Instant hot water machines are becoming increasingly popular, even if you’re the skeptical kind that wonders why anyone would need one. After all, the greatest kettles on the market perform just as well, right? I used to think the same thing until I started using an instant hot water device that was supplied to me for evaluation. That was the extremely good YumAsia model, which we currently use on a regular basis.

Why all the adoration for something that appears to perform the same function as a conventional kettle? To be honest, we still prefer traditional kettles, but the quick hot water kettle adds a nice twist. It’s evident that it’s instant, which means you’ll always have near-boiling water on hand. Some models will even go up to 100 degrees. Press a button, adjust the settings to your liking, and you’ll have everything from a thimbleful of steaming H20 to jugs of the stuff ready in seconds. I’ll go into the extra advantages of this lower down the page.

However, there are numerous additional examples of the quick hot water item, which we’ll refer to as a kettle for simplicity’s sake. Take a look at our best instant hot water kettle buyers to guide to discover the wide selection of alternatives available, including the Yum Asia model. I was recently sent another good example, the Breville HotCup, which is a new and improved quick kettle that outperforms the original one in our guide.

Breville HotCup review: Price and Availability

The Breville HotCup is a good buy, with the RRP of $60 being dropped by retailers such as Amazon, making it an even better buy. However, because Breville is such a well-known brand, you should be able to find it in a variety of other places.

Spend a little more and you can get the higher capacity 2-liter variant from Amazon.

Breville HotCup review: Design

Breville did an excellent job with the design of the HotCup. The brushed steel effect case, which blends an angular design with some subtle curves, makes it appear more quality than I expected. The appliance looks great on your counter, and the rubber feet keep it from rolling around accidentally.

Aside from the metallic feel of the main casing, the rest of the components are simply plastic, but that makes it reasonably low-maintenance, and you can wash it down with a damp cloth from time to time. You place your cup on the front of the machine, and there’s a guiding line for minimum and maximum levels if that’s not evident. Water is poured from the nozzle above as you set your cup on the little shelf.

Filling the unit is done from the top via a lift-up opening that is reassuringly large to reduce spillage. Meanwhile, in front of it is a knob that may be twisted to designate how much hot water is dispensed. In front of it is a large emergency stop button, in case you just realized your cup is too tiny for the amount of water flowing out. That’s all I’ve got. Granted, the water tank isn’t the largest at 1.7 liters, but it’s adequate for a few cups.

If you need a higher volume capacity, go for the Breville HotCup machine with a 2-liter tank capacity. In any case, 3000 watts of power are available to complete the water heating task. It is quite compact, with dimensions of 25.1 x 19.1 x 29.2 cm and a weight of 1.75 Kilograms.

Breville HotCup review: Features

While the basic design highlights the eye-catching lines of the Breville HotCup, it won’t take you long to learn about its functions. There isn’t much to it, with most of the functionality centered on the dial on the top of the machine. There’s not much to figure out here, with the option of designating large or small servings with an intermediate in-between.

The drip tray, on the other hand, is luckily removable, as these can become clogged with time, especially if you live in a hard water area where all of your water-based equipment become encrusted with limescale. Breville has attempted to address this crippling issue by incorporating a permanent limescale filter, but only time will tell if this is actually successful.

Meanwhile, the water tank should be able to give 6 to 8 average-sized cups of hot water from the 1.7-liter capacity, while the 2-liter edition will certainly provide more, up to 10 in total based on our teacup-sized measuring process.

Breville HotCup review: Performance

I’ve had the Breville HotCup for a time now, and it’s unquestionably a useful addition to any kitchen or home office setting. To be sure, the portions are a tad on the small side. This is one of the model’s flaws in my opinion because I prefer to use my YumAsia quick hot water kettle for dishwashing.

A few 400ml bottles of water allow me to do the supper dishes without having to use the hot tap, avoiding the usage of the gas boiler. It’s quite useful. The Breville HotCup, on the other hand, can only be used to make hot beverages. Nonetheless, the Breville HotCup is useful for the purpose for which it was built. You get water that’s as close to boiling as you can get, with a cupful ready in around 60 seconds.

Even better, the water hasn’t been spilling all over the place, as it sometimes does with my trusty YumAsia unit. You’ll have to use it a few times to get rid of the first plastic-tinged taste that is prevalent with these gadgets, and an occasional descale with white vinegar is probably a good idea as well.

Pros

  • Hot water in sixty seconds
  • Saves energy and water
  • Useful for one-cup moments

Cons

  • Limited capacity
  • Not truly boiling

Conclusion

So far, I’ve found the Breville HotCup to be fairly nice, albeit I’d like greater capacity. However, if you only need a cup of near-boiling water for the occasional brew, it’s excellent. The adjustable shelf works well by limiting any potential splashing if your space between cup and nozzle is originally too large.

The machine is also very simple to maintain and can be easily wiped down. I’m also a big fan of the fit and quality of this gadget, and the style looks great on a countertop. The water window illuminates while in use, and an LED around the spout shines onto your cup. It’s especially useful if you’re stumbling about the kitchen in the middle of the night.

The nicest part about this machine is that it only boils the amount of water you require. It remains to be seen how much money you will save over time, but there is a certain feel-good component to conserving water and energy, even if it turns out to be insignificant in the long term. I’ll continue to use my Breville HotCup, while it’s no substitute for Yum Asia.