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lavendula Jan 9, 2008 06:40 PM

My last OXO teapot broke, the handle fell off - not the safest design I must say. I am looking for a good quality product, reasonably priced, that also looks great. I am really having a hard time finding one! Any ideas would be appreciated!

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    charmoula RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 06:34 AM

    Oooh, I had such a hard time finding an acceptable kettle when my last one broke (just before Xmas). I ended up getting a le Creuset enamelled one, because I liked the design. (The other designs I found within an acceptable price range were ... hideous, shall we say.) I didn't buy the full-price LC but a made-in-Thailand second at a local kitchenware discount place.

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      MMRuth RE: charmoula Jan 10, 2008 08:04 AM

      My mother had a LC one and one thing to bear in mind, which was an issue for her, is that it was very heavy.

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        charmoula RE: MMRuth Jan 11, 2008 09:44 AM

        Nah, I have a lightweight, cheapie enamelled aluminum LC. It isn't heavy, or any heavier than any other metal teakettle I considered.

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          gyozagirl RE: charmoula Jan 11, 2008 09:46 AM

          I don't have one personally so I can't speak to how good it is- but I've seen the aluminum LC tea kettles at Marshall's/TJMaxx/etc. numerous times, if you wanted to check that out, lavendula.

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        sirregular RE: charmoula Jan 10, 2008 08:12 AM

        There's nothing quite like a nice cast iron tea kettle. Teavana sells them, but just like everything from Teavana they're ridiculously overpriced. You can pick up decent cast iron tea kettles on Ebay for about $25.

        My Blog: http://www.epicureforum.com

      3. JoanN RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 06:51 AM

        Would you be willing to consider an electric tea kettle? I bought one at the insistence of my BF from London who thought I was out of my mind heating water on the stove. I bought it to indulge him, but I've never looked back. It heats water so much faster, that I even use it when I just need to bring a cup or two (or four) to a boil. I boil it in the electric kettle, pour it into the pot, and it's already simmering. I'll never go back to stove top again.

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          RGC1982 RE: JoanN Jan 10, 2008 07:21 AM

          I am an electric kettle convert. My Chef's Choice boils water incredibly fast and even shuts off automatically once it gets to a full boil for safety. I was skeptical, but I went through two OXOs, which looked cool in orange with tilting handles, in a short period of time. The enamel just chipped off the bottom edges. It might have been my granite countertops that were just too hard for it, but by the time I bought the second one, I was handling it very gingerly and resting it on a trivet most of the time, so I think it may just be a tendency of the OXO.

          I found Chef's Choice after it was recommended by the Russell Hobbs USA sales rep. If you drink a lot of tea, this is a really nice thing to have.

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            lavendula RE: RGC1982 Jan 10, 2008 08:36 AM

            Hmm...I have been hearing alot more about electric kettles so this is interesting. So what are the brands I should look for and what features? Automatic shut off sounds great.

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              JoanN RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 09:00 AM

              I bought the Bodum Ibis, first, because it was highly recommended by the folk at Zabar's who practically never steer me wrong and, second, because it's oval shape slotted right in on the countertop in my very-limited-space apartment. It does have automatic shut off, but then, I think most do. I've been very happy with it. Note that some electric kettles have exposed heating coils and some do not. The exposed coils heat the water faster, but supposedly acquire lime scale more quickly. I haven't had a problem with lime scale at all, but that could be because of my water, not the kettle.

              http://www.bodumusa.com/shop/line.asp...

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                Scrapironchef RE: JoanN Jan 10, 2008 12:42 PM

                I've had a Bodum Curl for more than 5 years, rocklike reliability and never a scale problem. Fast boil, auto shutoff, lighted switch you can see from across the room.

                Far more efficient than a kettle on a stove.

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                  lavendula RE: JoanN Jan 10, 2008 04:33 PM

                  Hi Joan,

                  So, you would recc. the bodum?

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                    JoanN RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 04:53 PM

                    I've had it for about two years now and I love it. If something happened to it, which seems unlikely any time soon, I'd buy exactly the same thing again. I guess you'd call that a recommendation. ;-)

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                      corgette RE: lavendula Jan 12, 2008 06:14 AM

                      I'm also an electric kettle convert, and I own the Bodum Ibis. It's fast and fits in my small apartment. I have had problems with lime scale lately, which apartently happens in NY more often say my unscientific sources.

                      I got it on sale for $20 a few years ago, and stand by it though.

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                      leebo130 RE: JoanN Feb 12, 2009 07:45 AM

                      HELP! I make a Mumbai style Chai which is much better without the bags (ie the ingredients roll around and give incredibly intense flavor. I tried it in my Kalorik electric tea kettle (with coils) and the ingredients stuck to the coils and burnt-the flavor was ruined! Anyways, I see that you know there are different tea kettles with and without coils. Its hard to find the different kinds because most descriptions fail to mention the coils or not. Would you (or anyone out there know what are the relatively lower priced (Im a po' grad student) electric tea kettles out there WITHOUT COILS?-I dont want a stove burner and a whistler kettle because I make it in my office, and its too much stuff... Thanks alot!

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                        karmalaw RE: leebo130 Feb 12, 2009 10:39 AM

                        I have a stainless steel hamilton beach cool-touch electric kettle model 40898 that I love -- cordless kettle (base is, of course, corded), super fast.. and zero coils or anything else on the inside that would make it difficult to clean. It has auto-shut off.

                        If you shop around -- maybe one of the other models is also smooth inside? I found mine (even though it still sells in the $50 range) on clearance at Target last year for... 9.94.

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                  ThreeGigs RE: JoanN Jan 10, 2008 11:05 AM

                  Electric kettles are great. Auto shutoff, fast, etc.

                  However a decent copper bottomed teakettle on a gas stove will bring your water to a boil faster than almost every electric teakettle, especially the electric ones available in the US.

                  That said, electrics are certainly more convenient, and my 1800 watt Tefal sees daily use.

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                    alkapal RE: ThreeGigs Jan 10, 2008 12:57 PM

                    what if inside the copper pot on the bottom it looks rusty? can that be fixed?

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                    free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: JoanN Jan 13, 2008 12:16 AM

                    JoanN, I was going to suggest the same thing-- I am not a huge electric appliance fan but I love my electric kettle. I got mine from Target, it boils water amazingly fast, shuts off after it is done boiling (a big plus in my book because I have left a couple of kettles to boil dry on the stove before) and it has a neat cord recoil space in the base. I also like how the kettle seperates from the base so you can take it to the table. It cost about 25% less than range kettles, which basically cinched the deal for me. If you use your kettle a lot I'd get a Bodum or another known brand, I opted for a budget brand as I don't use my kettle a lot.

                  3. alkapal RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 09:50 AM

                    i have a black and decker electric. love it. next time, i want one that the base w/ cord is separate from the kettle, so you can lift off the kettle without unplugging the cord, or having it in the way. definitely want an auto shut off, and a whistle feature.

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                      RGC1982 RE: alkapal Jan 10, 2008 02:57 PM

                      I'm not sure what you mean by separate from the kettle. My Chef's Choice has a base that plugs into the wall, and you can pick up the kettle and walk to a table or sink with it easily. The cord does not disconnect from the base. Is that what you are looking for, or is it something different?

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                        alkapal RE: RGC1982 Jan 10, 2008 07:47 PM

                        base with cord, kettle that sits on base, but is removable from base (thus, cordless kettle).

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                          RGC1982 RE: alkapal Jan 11, 2008 05:16 AM

                          The Chef's Choice is that in several models. The cord is attached to the base, but the kettle can be lifted off to completely separate and can be put down wherever. I thought you might have been looking for a base where the cord is modular, meaning it can unplug from the base as well to form three piece that are separate -- kettle, base and cord.

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                            alkapal RE: RGC1982 Jan 11, 2008 05:24 AM

                            yes, i have a deep fryer with that type of "magnetic 'break-away' cord". not so necessary with a hot water kettle as a large hot fat vessel, i suppose.

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                      MakingSense RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 11:09 AM

                      I went through quite a number of tea kettles - some not so cheap - before I bit the bullet and bought a Simplex which is available from Sur la Table
                      http://www.surlatable.com/product/sim...

                      There are some other models in stainless steel and some with built-in coils that supposedly boil faster. I read on CH that there are cheaper places to buy it. The total of what I wasted on other kettles is much more than what this great one cost.
                      I've had it probably 25 years now and it's still going strong. Wouldn't trade it for the world!

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                        charmoula RE: MakingSense Jan 11, 2008 09:46 AM

                        that kettle is a thing of joy to behold. I bought my LC kettle because it slightly resembled that one! (same handle)

                        Perhaps that's what I will get if/when my current one pooches out.

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                        polish_girl RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 11:25 AM

                        I also suggest an electric one. I will have to buy a new one soon, and decided on a Bosch ss finish at Fry's for around $70. They are so much faster! When I visit my relatives in Europe they all use electric kettles for years.

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                          uh ... art RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 05:51 PM

                          About eight years ago we got this Chef's Choice electric kettle as a gift:
                          http://www.amazon.com/Chefs-Choice-68...
                          I smiled and said "thanks!" of course but inside I was thinking, "what a dumb thing."
                          Boy was I ever wrong.

                          It's been in use pretty much every day since then. It's taken a real beating with no
                          problems at all. One unclear-on-the-concept guest even put it over a flame on the
                          gas stove one time, until the melting plastic set of the smoke alarm. The base is
                          a bit wonky now, but it still works just fine.

                          Useful for things beyond tea too. It heats up water considerably faster than the stove,
                          so when I need a pot of boiling water quick, I start it in here.

                          Highly recommended.

                          1. Honeychan RE: lavendula Jan 10, 2008 08:50 PM

                            I actually on a whim while shopping at Walgreens, bought an cheapo electric kettle for $10. While it mainly being plastic, my only misgiving was that the top became unhinged from the body, losing the pin in the process. It's one of the best $10's i've ever spent, and I know when it goes, i'm upgrading to a -real- electric teakettle! I love just how quick it heats up water.

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                              GeezerGourmet RE: lavendula Jan 12, 2008 05:56 AM

                              We recently purchased a steel enamaled tea kettle by Chantal. It is beautiful and made to last. If you are old enough to have ever heard the whistle of a steam locomotive, the whistle on this tea kettle will take you back in time.

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                                Nyleve RE: GeezerGourmet Jan 13, 2008 07:13 AM

                                Oh yeah. I have one of those - actually have had it for probably 5 years at least. Lovely design BUT (huge but here) you cannot pick the @$*&! thing up without oven mitts. The metal handle is attached behind the top lid, but curves forward over top of the kettle - and it transmits the heat remarkably well. HOWEVER I have just recently found the solution to the problem. I got a little insulated pot-handle sleeve that slides on over the metal handle. I guess it was made for regular pots and pans but it works brilliantly on the kettle. Stays on all the time and I no longer have to use my sweatshirt sleeve pulled down over my hand when I want to pour out the boiling water.

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                                Rm33 RE: lavendula Jan 14, 2008 07:09 PM

                                I am an electric kettle convert after spending time with European friends. I have a Breville which I love and is probably my favorite small appliance. It has auto shut off and the base which is unattached. It works great and looks great too. I use it everyday and have had no problems with it. A year prior, I bought a stainless stove top kettle at Costco and it works too. However, the electric kettle revolutionized my kitchen and drinking practices. If you drink a lot of tea or other hot drinks, I'd go with an electric kettle.

                                1. javaandjazz RE: lavendula Jan 16, 2008 01:23 PM

                                  I have an old corningware tea kettle from the 70's...you know the one with the blue flower on it. It's a bigger one. I don't know what the material but it stay clean easily. I got it from a yard sale many years ago. Richie

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                                    shaebones RE: javaandjazz Jan 16, 2008 10:12 PM

                                    I just bought a Farberware kettle from TJMax for ~ $15 It's be-u-ti-ful.

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                                    lavendula RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 02:35 PM

                                    Ok, so is there any consensus about "the best" electric tea kettle? I am considering the Breville SK500XL Ikon Stainless-Steel Electric Kettle. Any warnings or better contenders?

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                                      JoanN RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 03:03 PM

                                      I assume you've read the reviews for this kettle on amazon.com--and if you haven't you certainly should. Do you live somewhere where you could go into a reliable brick and mortar store and ask for advice (even if you decide to buy somewhere else)? The kettle is handsome, but someone at a shop would know whether or not there have been complaints and returns.

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                                        lavendula RE: JoanN Jan 22, 2008 10:23 PM

                                        Yeah, I read all the reviews on Amazon. Just like to check here too!

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                                          JoanN RE: lavendula Jan 23, 2008 03:42 AM

                                          Just wanted to make sure that you did indeed see them since I was taken aback at how negative some of them were. I know, you always have to take online reviews cum grana salsa. But after reading those reviews I, too, would be looking for as much additional information as possible. Hope you get it.

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                                            lavendula RE: JoanN Jan 23, 2008 11:26 PM

                                            Yeah, this has been a hard search!! Thanks for your help :)

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                                      lavendula RE: lavendula Jan 21, 2008 02:43 PM

                                      I also really like the Capresso 259.03 H2O Plus Glass Water Kettle, Polished Chrome - I love the way this one looks.

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                                        lavendula RE: lavendula Oct 28, 2008 09:30 PM

                                        Back to the electric tea kettle search! We bought a stove top that fell apart and are now ready for a change! I have read all of the reviews on Amazon and they just don't seem to have what I'm looking for: Brushed stainless steel that doesn't get too hot b/c I have 2 kittens at home.

                                        Any help would be most appreciated!

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                                          legourmettv RE: lavendula Oct 29, 2008 04:44 AM

                                          As a Canadian... The electric kettle has been on our counter-top since before I was born. My parents are still using the same electric kettle that's been boiling water for over 40 years!
                                          So. If you are taking the plunge; make sure to buy one that has an all metal (stainless or copper) interior - the plastic ones are really poor and impart an off flavour. My current kettle is a Black & Decker cordless (separate base and kettle) stainless model; with auto shut-off. I have seen this exact kettle sold under several brand names for $30 - $80. It lives happily on my counter, boiling 6-8 pots of water a day (my film crew drinks a lot of tea- you can often see it in the background boiling away).

                                          G.

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                                            karmalaw RE: lavendula Feb 12, 2009 10:44 AM

                                            Look for the Hamilton Beach Cool Touch -- mine is brushed stainless.

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                                          walker RE: lavendula Oct 31, 2008 07:31 PM

                                          I have had a Russell Hobbs electric kettle for many years, no trouble, use it nearly every day.
                                          Here's a link to Amazon:
                                          http://www.amazon.com/s/ref=nb_ss_kin...

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