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Jan 9, 2008 06:40 PM

I need a new tea kettle!

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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  1. 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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    1. re: charmoula

      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.

      1. re: MMRuth

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

        1. re: charmoula

          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.

      2. re: charmoula

        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.

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      3. 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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        1. re: JoanN

          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.

          1. re: RGC1982

            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.

            1. re: lavendula

              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.


              1. re: JoanN

                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.

                1. re: JoanN

                  Hi Joan,

                  So, you would recc. the bodum?

                  1. re: lavendula

                    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. ;-)

                    1. re: lavendula

                      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.

                    2. re: JoanN

                      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!

                      1. re: leebo130

                        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.

                2. re: JoanN

                  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.

                  1. re: ThreeGigs

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

                  2. re: JoanN

                    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. 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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                    1. re: alkapal

                      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?

                      1. re: RGC1982

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

                        1. re: alkapal

                          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.

                          1. re: RGC1982

                            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.

                    2. 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

                      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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                      1. re: MakingSense

                        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.

                      2. 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.