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Jan 1, 2009 08:46 AM

Need a Recommendation on a Tea Kettle


I need a new tea kettle and don't wanna set out and buy a junker that I have to replace in a year.

I'm not interested in an electric kettle, and it sounds like the All-Clad isn't constructed too well.

Would be willing to spend up to $60.

Any recommendations?

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  1. i was always wary of electric kettles, but after my last stovetop one broke i thought id give an electric a try - i like all different types of teas, so i wanted a pot that knew when to stop at 180f if i was making a tea that didnt require boiling.

    i've been converted. it is faster than the stovetop, and i get the water exactly where i want it.
    i ordered from

    1. Have you ever been to Teavanna? They also have a website. I got the tea kettle as a wedding gift and it's amazing! Even the tea is the best I have ever had, and I'm a coffee drinker! They have all kinds of varieties. I strongly advise you to check it out before purchasing a run of the mill tea kettle.

      1. I've got this OXO that is very well designed and very durable. When you lift the lid, it opens the pour spout.

        I had this Cantal with the Honer harmoica reed in the cap of the spout. It was a hoot but I let it boil dry -- despite the ear-piercing whistle I bought it for) and the whistle melted. =o The kettle, of course, still worked like a charm for years to come. In fact, I retired it simply because I was captivated by the design of the OXO.

        Here's another Chantal option I wasn't aware of. Cute as a button!

        I've got this Staub which I got at half price at W-S. I love the design. It's charming as can be and the double handle that opens to lift off the top is unique. The downside is it only boils a quart of water and those charming handles are HOT when the water is ready.

        I bet you'd be happy with the OXO that comes in many colors and stainless.

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        1. re: rainey

          i liked the OXO

          i went through 3 of them before i decided the whole assembly broke too easily

          1. re: thew

            agreed the OXO isn't very sturdy, and mine leaked like crazy from the spout. had problems with Copco too. and i'm not happy with my current Chantal either - the lid doesn't fit properly.

            i'm about ready to give up & buy an electric myself...

            1. re: goodhealthgourmet

              Man! I don't know why I have different results, but I use teakettles several times every single day and I can't wear them out. And they haven't got any problems or defects (I didn't cause) that interfer with their utility in the least.

              I boil them dry and otherwise abuse them but even when I want a new one for a change of scene, I can't justify it by saying that I "need" one 'cause the old ones haven't let me down. I've still got 2 Cantals (one has chipped enamel; one just isn't a color I like anymore) in the garage and the OXO that's at least 2 years old has never had a problem. It's the one I go to every day.

              1. re: rainey

                believe me, i wish i'd had better luck. like you, i use mine several times throughout the day & evening, so it frustrates the hell out of me that i can't find a reliable product for something i use so frequently. (i'm also still - endlessly! - searching for a sturdy, reliable blender that doesn't take up half of the kitchen counter, but that's an entirely different rant.)

                i'm sticking with this Chantal for now, but it's really working my last nerve.

                1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                  Woot is selling Breville blenders for a few more hours. Never used a Breville so it's not like I'm recommending it but they're "puréeing" Woot-Off lamps with it. ;>


                  1. re: rainey

                    thx, yeah...tried the Breville. it's enormous, and the gasket leaks. blends great though :)

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                    "i use mine several times throughout the day & evening, so it frustrates the hell out of me that i can't find a reliable product for something i use so frequently."

                    You don't need a stovetop kettle, you need a hot water dispenser:


                    We run our CD-LCC50 for 10 to 12 hours a day, and that costs less than 10 cents a day to operate. You can select the temperature that best suits your needs, and then always have hot water at the ready.

                    It really has changed the way we consume tea in our home...

                    1. re: Joe Blowe

                      i hate to have to keep something else on the kitchen counter, which is why i haven't yet broken down and gotten an electric kettle. but this is another possible option if i finally give in - and i can pick one up at the Mitsuwa market right up the street from me. thanks for the suggestion!

                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet

                        Don't think of it as a kettle -- you don't have to boil water every time you want a beverage. Think of it as an appliance that allows you to have hot water instantly (after the initial boil, of course).

                        That's why I said that it has changed the way we drink tea. Instead of filling a kettle and waiting for it to boil, repeatedly throughout the day, we just fill our Zoji in the morning and sip tea all day long. No waiting = higher tea consumption!

                        P.S. When we lived in NYC, my wife and I spent *a lot* of time at the Mitsuwa in Edgewater! A great place to buy a Zoji, but beware of their return policy...

                        1. re: Joe Blowe

                          the problem is that they can't keep water at an actual boil (or the water would all boil out) and so if you are drinking black tea it won't really be ideally hot

                          1. re: thew

                            208º Fahrenheit suffices. If you need 212º, hit the Reboil button. This is about convenience and encouraging consumption. If you're all about gongfu and hitting precise boiling bubble sizes, then take a pass.

                            1. re: Joe Blowe

                              i'm more about physics and chemistry, actually -

                            2. re: thew

                              actually, i drink mostly green tea, for which the ideal temperature is 160-170.

                            3. re: Joe Blowe

                              thanks for the heads-up about their return policy. i certainly don't need to increase my tea consumption - i literally drink it *all day long* - but i'd certainly be happy to adopt a more convenient and less time consuming method for the water!

                        2. re: goodhealthgourmet

                          VitaMix makes a 32oz work pitcher that allows the unit to fit on the counter under the upper cabinets. If that helps at all. No leaks.

                2. I'd love to have an all-glass one--especially this one--
                  I wonder if it would stay pretty?

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                  1. re: blue room

                    I've seen that one at Sur la Table and been sorely tempted by it but. But, somehow, I just don't feel like I can trust it. ...or myself with a glass tea kettle.

                    I don't think you'd boil that one dry more than *once*...

                    1. re: rainey

                      rainey, i had such a vision of glass exploding all over my stove when you said that! i'm pretty sure i'd either boil it dry or drop it on the marble counter within the first week :)

                    2. re: blue room

                      I know several people who use this glass one. it's not as edgy a design, but it works very well, and stays clear, at least for the people I know. They use filtered water in it. I don't know if that matters. Obviously it's a bit more fragile than metal and will crack if boiled dry.

                      I've never seen a satisfactory stovestop kettle. I have a Chantal because I like the look. However, the handle gets hot, the whistle can be too loud and it gets buildup of who-knows-what on the inside that has to be cleaned periodically.

                    3. I think the concensus is that stovetop kettles, even expensive, have become really crappy. Seems like I have gone through lots. I had a Berggren Traynor charmer that was a hand me down that lasted something like 40 yrs before becoming unusable. Since then, everything else has had some part poop out in a year or two. I hate the thought of another gizmo on the countertop so not crazy about an electric kettle. I suppose I can run water through the coffee-maker.