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Need a Recommendation on a Tea Kettle

ctworden Jan 1, 2009 08:46 AM


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. thew RE: ctworden Jan 1, 2009 09:13 AM

    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 adagio.com

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      lvtocook888 RE: ctworden Jan 1, 2009 09:37 AM

      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.

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        rainey RE: ctworden Jan 1, 2009 09:45 AM

        I've got this OXO that is very well designed and very durable. When you lift the lid, it opens the pour spout. http://www.amazon.com/Oxo-Uplift-Teak...

        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. http://www.amazon.com/Chantal-Enamel-...

        Here's another Chantal option I wasn't aware of. Cute as a button! http://www.amazon.com/Chantal-Enamel-...

        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. http://www.amazon.com/Staub-Theiere-R...

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

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        1. re: rainey
          thew RE: rainey Jan 1, 2009 11:27 AM

          i liked the OXO

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

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            goodhealthgourmet RE: thew Jan 1, 2009 01:45 PM

            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
              rainey RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 1, 2009 02:29 PM

              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.

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                goodhealthgourmet RE: rainey Jan 1, 2009 02:35 PM

                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.

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                  rainey RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 1, 2009 06:25 PM

                  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
                    goodhealthgourmet RE: rainey Jan 2, 2009 06:43 AM

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

                  2. re: goodhealthgourmet
                    Joe Blowe RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 2, 2009 08:00 AM

                    "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...

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                      goodhealthgourmet RE: Joe Blowe Jan 2, 2009 08:03 AM

                      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
                        Joe Blowe RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 2, 2009 08:46 AM

                        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
                          thew RE: Joe Blowe Jan 2, 2009 09:47 AM

                          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
                            Joe Blowe RE: thew Jan 2, 2009 11:19 AM

                            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
                              thew RE: Joe Blowe Jan 2, 2009 07:27 PM

                              i'm more about physics and chemistry, actually -

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                              goodhealthgourmet RE: thew Jan 2, 2009 12:05 PM

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

                            3. re: Joe Blowe
                              goodhealthgourmet RE: Joe Blowe Jan 2, 2009 12:07 PM

                              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
                          yayadave RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 2, 2009 05:41 PM

                          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. blue room RE: ctworden Jan 1, 2009 11:35 AM

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

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                    rainey RE: blue room Jan 1, 2009 02:30 PM

                    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
                      goodhealthgourmet RE: rainey Jan 1, 2009 02:36 PM

                      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
                      taos RE: blue room Jan 2, 2009 10:39 AM

                      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. MikeB3542 RE: ctworden Jan 1, 2009 01:12 PM

                      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.

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                        MakingSense RE: ctworden Jan 1, 2009 02:48 PM

                        I'm sorry that what appears to be a recent price hike makes this teakettle (yikes!) twice what you said you were willing to pay, but after having had one for decades, I can assure you it's worth it.
                        I "killed" several teakettles before I finally bit the bullet and sprang fro this one long ago.
                        I was so bad that I would wander off out into the garden and let them boil dry. The soldering joints on one melted and the spout fell right off. I'm lucky that I didn't set my house on fire.

                        This Simplex kettle has an insistent whistle that would wake the dead. It doesn't stop until you turn off the fire and I can hear it all the way up on third floor of my house. Loud!
                        The old copper now had dings and dents, but they add a certain je ne sais quoi and I'll have this kettle till I die. I polish it (actually, sort of clean the copper pretty well) about twice a year, because I sort of like a little tarnish. Why should it be shinier than I am?

                        Figuring that I've had it at least 25 years now and even @ $120, that's still less than $5 a year. Not bad for my trusty old Whistler.

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                          Leepa RE: ctworden Jan 1, 2009 02:54 PM

                          I love my Chantal tea kettle, the one with the harmonica whistle. Got my first one in the 80's and recently retired it for another one in a different color. Very often they can be picked up at TJMaxx or Marshall's stores for about half price. You do have to check them for defects though. Otherwise, it'd be out of your target price range.

                          That being said, usually those stores have a nice selection of tea kettles to choose from. Hopefully, you'll be able to find one you like.

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                          1. re: Leepa
                            koigirl RE: Leepa Jan 2, 2009 07:37 AM

                            I agree: if you want to buy a teakettle that will last forever (or at least a long time), invest in a Chantal Classic as suggested above. I'm a big tea drinker (Scot roots) and have gone through many tea kettles looking for the perfect one. My only gripe with the Chantal is that the handle gets HOT and you must always use a grip or hot pad to lift it after boiling. Otherwise it's indestructible. I've had a red enamel one for about 10 years. Several times my children have put it on to boil without checking the water level and heated it completely empty of liquid. I have come into the kitchen on several occasions to find it dry boiling and the enamel turned to a dark burgundy color. As soon as the kettle cools, it's good as new - back to the original color and no warping, etc. I can't say enough about the enamel coating and construction quality on this teapot.

                            I've also owned the Oxo teakettle (I'm on my third and it's almost shot now). I've had the same issues with durability as others above even though I love the design and rubberized handle. I have a Wolf gas range and I think the gas flame overheats the plastic spout cover, eventually melting/disfiguring it where the cover doesn't close properly, affecting the whistle. Eventually the lid comes apart (I guess the hot steam destroys the plastic seal inside the lid. Anyway, although I've loved the function of the Oxo, I won't be buying another for durability issues. Perhaps you'd be more successful with an electric heat source.

                            Be patient in checking with TJ Maxx and Marshall's. They have a great price on the Chantal teakettle, around $50-60, I think. The same kettle's $120 online at the various kitchen sites.

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                            VACluny RE: ctworden Jan 2, 2009 09:30 AM

                            I have to second the copper Simplex, it's my absolute favorite, and I've had many kettles. I had my last Simplex kettle for 10 years, survived hard use, particularly by our cook in Egypt for two years. But alas, like a moron I was using it to fill the bird bath outside my kitchen window, and dropped it, full of water, one full story down. Goodbye precious kettle. I couldn't believe how much the prices had gone up in ten years, but I didn't hesitate. I have a new one now (shiny again!) and am very happy. I won't be using it to fill the bird bath!

                            My one (small) quip with the newer one is that the handle on the lid is plastic now. My old one was wood.

                            Ahhhhh, well.

                            1. MikeB3542 RE: ctworden Jan 2, 2009 01:45 PM

                              TJ Maxx had a Cuisinart SS Whistling Kettle (model #BA-170) for $25, so figured it was a good chance to replace a Copco unit that broke after a year. The rap on this unit is that it does not whistle (I checked the reviews on-line after purchasing), but I have had no problems -- since the whistle is in the lid rather than the spout, the kettle needs to be at least half full or the steam escapes up the spout.

                              Marshalls had a Lecreuset model for $35 -- would have gotten, but a little smallish and wife hated the colors available.

                              1. javaandjazz RE: ctworden Jan 3, 2009 07:38 AM

                                I realize you only want to spend $60 but I highly recommend you buy this English Simplex tea pot. This model is for a gas stove which I have but they also make one for electric. You won't have to buy another tea kettle ever again.


                                1. roxlet RE: ctworden Jan 4, 2009 03:15 PM

                                  If there was any way I could justify spending the money, I would get this Oliver Hemming kettle, which I think is the coolest one I have ever seen. Seeing it on my stove would make me happy.


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                                  1. re: roxlet
                                    rainey RE: roxlet Jan 4, 2009 04:24 PM

                                    They are very beautiful!

                                    Isn't it fantastic when something useful is also something that you love to look at and touch?!

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                                      goodhealthgourmet RE: roxlet Jan 4, 2009 05:19 PM

                                      ooh, i'd love one of those kettles...and the french press while i'm at it.

                                      i wonder what the overseas shipping charges would be like...

                                      1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                                        roxlet RE: goodhealthgourmet Jan 4, 2009 05:36 PM

                                        Actually, I believe they're available at www.Unicahome.com, which is an American ecommerce site. Here is the link:

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                                          goodhealthgourmet RE: roxlet Jan 4, 2009 05:43 PM

                                          oh no, roxlet...you may have just gotten me into serious trouble ;)

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                                            yayadave RE: roxlet Jan 4, 2009 07:09 PM

                                            The nio and sixty-six espresso pots on this site are pretty nice, too.

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                                          yayadave RE: roxlet Jan 4, 2009 06:50 PM

                                          You say, "If there was any way I could justify spending the money . . . "

                                          I think, "Seeing it on my stove would make me happy." is enough justification.

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                                            roxlet RE: yayadave Jan 5, 2009 04:11 AM

                                            yayadave, you are very dangerous.

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                                              yayadave RE: roxlet Jan 5, 2009 08:00 AM

                                              Mark Twain said that the "The difference between the right word and the almost right word is the difference between lightning and a lightning bug."

                                              Two weeks ago I bot an electric water heating pot for twenty-five bucks. I assume when I get around to using it, it will do what it's supposed to for my convenience. It will not make me happy. At some point, throwing it out will not make me unhappy. Saying "Seeing it on my stove would make me happy." puts the nio in a special place. Every time you walk into your kitchen or make a cup of tea or sit at the table or counter and glance at it, it will bring you joy.

                                              I can go out to the local movie house and see a movie based on a comic book. (it's true!) I would leave dazzled by the graphics and with my ears ringing from the assault. Or I could go out to my near-by movie house and see a direct feed from the Met. I would leave uplifted by the pageantry and beauty.

                                              Occasionally it's good to keep track of "the difference between the lightning and a lightning bug."

                                              OBTW, your directive to unicahome.com gave me indigestion. Roxlet, you are very dangerous.

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                                                roxlet RE: yayadave Jan 5, 2009 02:05 PM

                                                I love the Mark Twain quote, but buying things that make me happy is a slippery slope. I can find incredible joy in all manner of well-made and beautiful objects -- and most of them are incredibly expensive! If I can manage to somehow poke a hole in the kettle I currently have, then I could close my eyes and punch in my credit card number with impunity.

                                                1. re: roxlet
                                                  yayadave RE: roxlet Jan 5, 2009 02:44 PM

                                                  Good luck with that can opener. TeeHee

                                                  1. re: yayadave
                                                    roxlet RE: yayadave Jan 5, 2009 05:40 PM

                                                    yayadave, you got that right!

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                                                      roxlet RE: yayadave Feb 14, 2009 10:29 AM

                                                      Well, I got it for Valentine's Day and it's better than a box of chocolates! I didn't even have to use the can opener!!!!

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                                                        yayadave RE: roxlet Feb 14, 2009 01:07 PM

                                                        That's great!!

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                                                          roxlet RE: yayadave Feb 14, 2009 05:35 PM

                                                          Yaya! I'm psyched.

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                                                            yayadave RE: roxlet Feb 14, 2009 06:15 PM

                                                            You'll be getting up a half hour early every morning just to have an extra cup of tea. Congratulations!! Better than a box of chocolates.

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                                                              yayadave RE: yayadave Feb 18, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                              HAH!! I just made a cup of tea with my water heater pot. Reminded me of that nio.

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                                                                roxlet RE: yayadave Feb 18, 2009 02:39 PM

                                                                It hasn't come yet! They're out of stock! Boo hoo. I still have to wait!

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                                            citybeast RE: ctworden Jan 4, 2009 06:16 PM

                                            i love my oxo uplift. i have used it twice a day for 2 years (manual drip coffee in morning and tea at night) and get pleasure from it every time. it is still in perfect condition, easy to fill, spout lifts up when you hold it, soft rubber handle stays cool. and it whistles. i have the stainless one.

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                                              Miss Priss RE: ctworden Jan 5, 2009 03:46 AM

                                              It's not necessary to spend a lot of money or buy a brand-name item to get a good and durable stovetop kettle. About 10 years ago, I bought a simple (and attractive) no-name stainless-steel stovetop whistling teakettle in a Chinese housewares store for under $20. I've used it almost every day since then, and it still performs perfectly. The only other advice I can give is to avoid enameled kettles (they invariably chip), and to get one with a removable lid so that you can occasionally scour the inside of the pot.

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                                                yamalam RE: Miss Priss Jan 8, 2009 12:45 PM

                                                How often do you scour the inside of your kettle? I never have. I try not to look inside and instead pretend that the boiling kills all the germies, which upon reflection, is probably ridiculous and a little gross.

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                                                  Miss Priss RE: yamalam Jan 8, 2009 06:39 PM

                                                  Well, maybe "scour" is too strong a word. I wash it out now and then. Boiling may in fact kill all the germs, but I like to be able to look inside and see that it's clean. A long time ago I had a kettle whose only opening was its spout, and at some point I became aware that there was some sort of mineral buildup in there--and I had no idea how long it had been going on, and no effective way to clean it. Since then, all my kettles have had lids.

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                                                    Robin Joy RE: Miss Priss Feb 14, 2009 08:02 PM

                                                    Slosh half a cup of vinegar into a half full kettle and boil. Allow to stand for a couple of hours then rinse a few times. All the gunge (lime scale) should now be gone. May need repeating for heavy scaling.

                                              2. flourgirl RE: ctworden Feb 14, 2009 01:39 PM

                                                I have a Chantal Classic and I love it. They can sometimes be found at the discount stores (Marshall's, Home Goods, etc.) for under $60. I paid $50 for mine at Marshall's. I've had mine for at least 6 years, and it's still going strong after almost daily use.

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                                                  pasta RE: ctworden Feb 18, 2009 09:21 AM

                                                  I searched for quite a while looking for a basic old fashioned tea kettle. Finally found it through the Vermont Country store. Basic stainless steel with an easy to grip handle.
                                                  Absolutely love it. vermontcountrystore.com

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                                                  1. re: pasta
                                                    yayadave RE: pasta Feb 18, 2009 11:16 AM

                                                    That's a nice pot.

                                                  2. sfumato RE: ctworden Feb 20, 2009 05:49 PM

                                                    This might sound silly, but I use a saucepan with a well-fitting lid, and I drink a LOT of tea. I don't know anyone who has been happy with their teakettle, so I gave up (as much as I love the way they look). Works well for us!

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                                                    1. re: sfumato
                                                      Joe Blowe RE: sfumato Feb 21, 2009 08:23 AM

                                                      You're right, that sounds pretty silly. If you drink a LOT of tea, see my post above...


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                                                        sfumato RE: Joe Blowe Feb 21, 2009 01:23 PM

                                                        Does the water in that thing get close to boiling? I know different teas have different water temp requirements, but most days I go with my Slavic tendencies and want just-boiled water to make my black tea. Does it really get hot enough in one of those (i.e. does that reboil function really boil)?

                                                        Also, how much counter space does it take up? We don't really have a lot to spare, so that's a concern.

                                                        Before I forget, I should mention that my mother had a Revereware teakettle for years and years, and she loved it. She got it in the early 70s, and it was still going strong when I left for college (1999). I think it finally bit the dust recently. However, now that Revereware's manufacturing location is different, I don't know how their products hold up to the older pots and pans that we all hang on to!

                                                        My grandmother has a suuuuuuuuuuuuper old cast iron teakettle that makes damn good tea, too. However, I am sure that a healthy dose of nostalgia is involved there.

                                                        1. re: sfumato
                                                          Joe Blowe RE: sfumato Feb 21, 2009 03:49 PM

                                                          Yes, *all* electric hot water dispensers (Zojirushi, National, et al.) bring the water to a full rolling boil, and then allow the water to go down to one of the pre-programmed temps (208F, 190F, etc.).

                                                          Most people forget the reason why tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world (after plain water) -- it's a great way to safely drink water. Water that has been brought to a boil and had any pathogens killed off. If these hot water dispensers didn't bring water to a full boil, they would be ignoring a huge percentage of the world's population that depends on boiled water for drinking.

                                                          The footprint of almost all of these dispensers are approx. 8" by 8".

                                                          1. re: Joe Blowe
                                                            DAWK RE: Joe Blowe Jul 29, 2010 02:15 PM

                                                            I have to agree with Joe. We drink a fair amount of tea in our house and an electric hot water dispenser definitely makes preparing tea easier. It's also is much more convenient having readily accessible hot water (heating baby bottles, etc.)

                                                    2. Hank Hanover RE: ctworden Jul 29, 2010 02:35 PM

                                                      I went to Amazon and did a search for teakettles and asked for rated 4 stars or higher and set $2 to $60 price range. Some of the better ones were

                                                      KitchenAid 2-qt.Teakettle $49.99 79 people rated it avg 4 stars http://www.amazon.com/KitchenAid-Gour...

                                                      OXO Softworks Click Brushed Kettle $34.95 4+ stars 2 people rated it http://www.amazon.com/Softworks-Click...

                                                      SoftWorks Red Pick-Me Up Tea Kettle $39.99 4+ stars 11 people rated it http://www.amazon.com/SoftWorks-Red-P...

                                                      Copco Cambridge Stainless-Steel Teakettle $34.95 4 stars 24 people rated it http://www.amazon.com/Copco-2501-9705...

                                                      Well, here is the link to my search on Amazon. You can look at them yourself.
                                                      http://www.amazon.com/s/qid=128043867... Bottom line I look on Amazon and pay attention to the reviews,

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