Last Month Braun Household sent me their beautiful ID Breakfast Collection to test it and see if it is a fit for us. I was super excited because I am not only a fan of their products, but I have been having trouble with my own breakfast appliances because they didn't fit my expectations and needs. So here is my real review of the three and why they are a perfect fit for my family of three:
1. The Kettle:
First, this product is beautifully designed. It looks gorgeous in my kitchen counter. It is made of brushed aluminum, and the grip is so soft to the touch. The kettle rotates 360 on the base, which makes it very easy to put the "pot" back on the base. Perfect for me, because sometimes I have a crying baby on my arms plus a bottle of milk. It has the water level indicator on both sides and is easy to fill with water as it has a double filling system. This beauty has a bottom to descale it as well, and it reminds you when to do it. But none of these features is the one that I love the most..
Since Otis has been sick for months and we finally find out that he is highly allergic to many proteins, We had to change to special milk. My pediatrician told me that this new milk must never touch the hot water. Anything above 40 degrees will make it so bitter the baby wouldn't drink it. I thought I could manage to use a regular kettle or mix hot and cold water, but it didn't work. I found myself throwing milk down the drain or euros to the garbage bin. This milk costs about 700 euros per month, so each time I had to throw the milk, it hurt.
This kettle has 5 different temperature settings. The first one being 40 degrees, and that is just awesome for us. The warm setting keeps the water at the set temperature for up to 30 minutes, so If I started warming water to prepare milk and I need to rush to change a diaper or pick up something quickly, I just hit that button. I don't need to boil the water all over again. I use the other temperature settings to make the perfect tea, hand brew coffee, and fill my pot with hot water for noodles, as it takes 35 seconds to boil water to 100 degrees. And no need to mention how amazed I am about how silent this kettle is. Sometimes I think I forgot to hit the "on" button!
2. The Toaster:
This toaster is beautifully designed as his sister "the kettle," and it has excellent features like, it has a lid that prevents dust or dirt from entering the toaster so that it is clean at all times, a Bagel setting that toasts the bread on one side only. Thirteen browning settings, YES! 13! So it doesn't matter what your level of brown is, I can make it for you at home. But now why I think this toaster fit us:
You can defrost bread in it. It has a defrost setting! I usually freeze bread for Pepa because I can't eat regular bread, and a loaf will get dry or rotten if I wait for her to finish it, but defrosting bread is a hassle. I need to put it in the microwave, and it gets dry, or I need to plan in advance when and how much bread I let on the counter to defrost. Now I simply press a button and tadaaah! Ready! It has a warming setting as well in case we can't eat right away. Many times, we start making breakfast, and we need to stop and do something else. This keeps it warm and fuzzy until we can sit down again.
I don't eat toasted bread at home because I share the toaster with Pepa. I have celiac disease, and it is impossible to put the bread inside a toaster and keep the gluten away from it. The removable bun attachment helps us with it. I can toast bread for Pepa and toast my gluten-free buns without worrying about contact contamination... now I don't need to turn on the oven just for my bun.
3. The Coffee Maker:
Coffee. I am a coffee addict. But I never had a regular filter machine because most of them look cheap and they are made with loads of plastic, they drip and let's face it, the coffee tastes dull in comparison with other brewing systems. But this machine exceeded all my expectations.
First of all, I can fit my reusable KINTO filter and remove the filter basket to clean in the dishwasher. This is great because it makes it zero waste. I use the coffee waste on my plants, and I don't feel bad about unnecessary paper filters in my trash bin. At the moment, I need loads of coffee because I don't sleep as much as I should. Life of a single mother of two, I guess. All the brewing methods I used need time and make just 1 or 2 cups. Here, I make 10 cups, and I am sure I won't run out of caffeine. I can make 1-4 cups on a good day using their "small amount" button as well. The water tank isn't attached, so it doesn't make a mess, and it has the same descale feature as the kettle.
About the flavor. I was stunned about the flavor. It has the AromaSelect that adjusts the intensity of the coffee to your taste: strong, normal, or mild. This implies no dull coffee, and it has an anti-drip system, meaning: no more drops falling off the filter once the coffee is made. Remember those old coffee filter machines that dripped and the drops burnt on a plate? This doesn't happen here. The filter closes immediately after the jug is removed so that you can enjoy your first cup without dripping before the end of the brewing process.
And last but not least: You might be wondering how a person can drink 10 cups of coffee in a morning. A regular coffee filter machine has a glass jug. So the coffee inside would be hot for, let's say, an hour. I can't for the love of god drink 10 cups of Joe in 60 minutes. But here comes the catch, this machine comes with a stainless steel thermos with a double wall. Coffee stays hot for up to 6 hours in the comfortably designed stainless steel vacuum jug. And to be honest, it remains "warmish" for the rest of the day after those 6 hours. Ladies & Gents, this is how I drink that amount of coffee.
So why is the ID Breakfast Collection perfect for us? Not only is it beautiful and fit with the design of our flat, but it saves us time, money and makes our everyday life better.
We prepare milk faster, more comfortably without waste. We save electricity because we share an appliance despite allergies. We save time and needless planning for breakfast. It helps a coffee lover single mom get through the day without settling for a dull flavor. I can use all of the appliances with one hand while carrying the baby, and they keep our stuff warm when we can´t enjoy it right away. This was a PR sample to test, but this is my most honest opinion, We LOVE Braun in our home and breakfast table, and we can highly recommend it.
I am Andrea, or as my friends call me, Jinx. I am a foodie living in Berlin, eating my way through life. Here are my recipes, cooking events, dining experiences and more...