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best tea kettle?

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  • wow i'm a dog Aug 31, 2005 10:31 AM

i recently discovered that our le creuset tea kettle (we have this one: http://www.cooking.com/products/shpro... ) is all rusty inside. since i'm not sure if this may be a warranty matter, i'm going to contact them to see if it can be replaced, but just in case, i'm looking for a new one. i like the look of the simplex tea kettle for a gas stove available at the link below, but i don't know much about the brand.

what's on your "best kettle" list?

Link: http://www.peets.com/shop/essentials_...

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  1. I have a copper one and love it, though I don't have the one specifically for gas. I see that it "raises" the pot a bit - what is the reason for that?

    Find the Le Creuset one too heavy for early morning coffee making!

    1. The Le Creuset teapot that I got as a gift was a hunk of junk. It didn't last more than a year before it the handle fell off. The enamel also chipped off and it got rusty. Strange, since as a child we had an enameled tea kettle that lasted over 30 years.

      I ended up replacing it with a stainless steel electric kettle, which I love.

      1. I just used your old link and purchased a simplex tea kettle. Does anyone else have one? I have looked around and they seem to be the best.

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        1. re: javaandjazz

          After going through a LeCreueset and two OXOs (gorgeous, with tilt handle), I decided to try a Chef's Choice electric -- believe it or not, on the recommendation of the US Russell Hobbs salesman. It is great. I am never going back. Boils water fast, auto-shut-off, what more can you want? The OXO's enamel always seemed to chip at the bottom where the kettle met my smooth cooktop stove, or for the first one, my granite countertop. The LC seemed to get rusty.

          I've had this for more than a year.

        2. For more than 10 years I've gotten great daily service from a no-name stainless-steel kettle purchased in Chinatown for less than $25. It's attractively styled, can be filled through the spout or by removing the lid, and has a plastic handle that doesn't get hot. Nothing on it has rusted, broken, or come loose. When polished up with a little Bon Ami, it looks as good as it did when it was new. If you're going with stainless, I just don't see the point of spending a large amount of money for a kettle that bears the name of a high-end cookware manufacturer but is probably made in the same Chinese factory as my anonymous one. The Simplex, being copper and having an unusual construction, may be in a class by itself, but I still can't imagine that there's such a huge difference in performance.

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          1. re: Miss Priss

            Revereware copper bottomed kettle if you insist on a stovetop kettle. Otherwise I'd recommend an electric kettle with the highest wattage rating you can find.

          2. I use an electric hot pot to boil water and have it always available, and a Chatsford earthenware teapot to make tea. We also use the aeropress to make coffee (espresso and american).

            http://www.amazon.com/Tiger-Electric-...

            http://www.uptontea.com/shopcart/item...

            http://www.aerobie.com/Products/aerop...

            1. I use an electric kettle. I have a Copco that was discontinued the classic with the teak handle like you see on Rachel Ray. I also have a Castle Copper which is lined in stainless steel. I just got tired of polishing it all the time.

              LC is having a bad time with their kettles. We have stopped carrying them in the shop and won't have them until they get the problems fixed. For a kettle with color we are carrying Chantal. So far so good. LC kettles, btw, are not made in France, but in China

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              1. re: Candy

                I gave my old corningware tea kettle to my mom,could not use it anyway while waiting for the new stove to come in. My old travel electric kettle died on me last week and I still needed something to heat up the water til the new kettle comes in so I bought a very cheap ($12.99) Toastess electric kettle from my local discount store and you know, it does a great job heating up the water, it just takes up counter space that I could use. It looks pretty cool too! It's a Canadian company but the kettle is made in china.

                http://www.dealtime.com/xPF-Toastess-...

              2. I have been using my new Simplex gas tea kettle for about a month now and very pleased with it. I know it wasn't cheap but it is quality. It does boil the water a lot faster than my old corningware pot.

                http://www.peets.com/shop/essentials_...

                1. I used 3 different in last 2 years and can say Cuisinart is the best!
                  http://best-tea-kettle-reviews.com/re...

                  1. 25 years and the Russell Hobbs is still like new and as fast as a microwave for boiling enough for a pot of tea or press coffee. Two small electric appliances where I'd snap up the old ones if I came across the are old RH kettles and original (made in France) Cuisinart FPs.