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Looking for stainless steel Kettle, preferably not made overseas.

comfortablynumb Jun 4, 2009 05:13 PM

I'm looking for a new Tea Kettle, well actually have been for several years now. I want a stainless kettle, and prefer it to not be made over seas. Main reason I say that I've had 2 now that where assembled in China and they have been utter failures. My last one was a Wolfgang Puck, which had seems that rusted inside and hard to clean when it needed cleaning. It does have to be stainless steel though, I made the poor choice of buying a Chantel once, it's not cool when the interior starts chipping apart and sitting in your cup of tea, how it chipped with nothing touching it is a mystery to me.

For the last 8 months I been using a small german sauce pan, not ideal for boiling water, but it beats the Wolfgang Kettle by leaps and bounds.

Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated, and thanks in advance.

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  1. Politeness RE: comfortablynumb Jun 4, 2009 06:13 PM

    comfortablynumb, may I humbly suggest that you realign your criteria? "Overseas" is not a good criterion; "made in China" may be. There are many excellent products made in Finland and Japan, to name just two nations, that are very much "overseas" and yet are of very high quality. "Stainless steel," however, is going to steer you toward "made in China." China (PRC) dominates world production of stainless steel right now.

    I cannot tell where this http://www.chantal.com/stainless-stee... teakettle is made, but (despite your past mauvaises quartes d'heures) Chantal is a German company. You may want to attempt to find out where the item actually is made, because a stainless teakettle has nothing in it to chip.

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      comfortablynumb RE: Politeness Jun 4, 2009 07:44 PM

      Sorry i wasn't thinking and should of said China, I was just trying to think of a way to not offend anyone, it won't let me edit the topic now. I wouldn't mind purchasing anything made in Japan, Finland, Germany, etc...

      The Chantal I had was before they started there stainless line, I had the enameled version, and the enamel is what chipped and fell apart.

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        iyc_nyc RE: comfortablynumb Jan 19, 2011 05:17 PM

        Hey, careful -- some of us CHers are made in China and we're not that bad!

        I have this Pino electric kettle and LOVE it: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B001.... No plastic interior, variable temp, etc. -- i searched long and hard for this and it was the best I could find. Seems a bit flimsy in construction and recent Amazon reviewers at link above seem to have found QC problems with it, but I've had mine about a year now, use it several times a wk, and it's still going strong. But don't know where it was made - could've been China.

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          junescook RE: comfortablynumb Jun 1, 2011 02:23 PM

          We drink tea every day. We simply fill our regular ceramic, pottery, porcelain or whatever teapot with water, then put it in the microwave on high for 7 minutes. After the water comes to a boil we put in the tea ball or bags and brew our tea right in there. No need for another pot.

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        comfortablynumb RE: comfortablynumb Jun 4, 2009 07:46 PM

        EDIT to my first post (thank you to Politeness),

        I'm looking for something not made in China, so anything over seas minus China would be fine. I just need to phrase my words better....

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          VivreManger RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 04:31 AM

          Get an electric kettle.

          After we went through any number of kettles for a variety of reasons, we bought an electric kettle. We have it for over a year or two. It has not burned out. It boils water faster than a regular kettle on the cook top. It does not clutter the cook top with useless metal. True it does take up counter space, but when I am cooking on the stove, a conventional kettle must be removed to the counter so the clutter factor is the same.

          If you want to learn more about the electric kettle we bought I can see if we still have
          the specs. It was about $20 or less from Target, I believe. I suspect it might be Chinese, but it -- thus far -- seems to be well-made.

          ADDITION: Perhaps I misunderstood the request. Are you looking for a kettle or a tea-pot? A tea kettle could be either. A kettle simply contains water to be boiled. A tea pot contains the previously boiled water to which tea has been added. Please clarify.

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            MikeB3542 RE: VivreManger Jun 5, 2009 08:36 AM

            Good luck steering clear of "Made in China"! I think avoiding Chinese products is a pointless exercise. Even if the pot isn't stamped made in China, the steel itself probably came from there. It reminds of the scene in "Thelma and Louise" where Susan Sarandon insists on getting to Mexico without going through Texas.

            The trouble with electric kettles is that it is one more GD thing taking up space on the countertop. If all you want is hot water for tea, run it through a drip coffe maker sans coffee.

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              VivreManger RE: MikeB3542 Jun 5, 2009 08:54 AM

              But a kettle takes up space on a stove and there is usually more counter space than there is stove top space. BTW a coffee maker also takes up space on a counter and is usually less movable than an electric kettle.

              True confession: I don't drink tea or coffee so I regard electric coffee makers and kettles of whatever sort as wasting space wherever they may be placed. However my wife does drink both and we find that the electric kettle is the least intrusive means of quicking boiling water.

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          rainey RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 09:01 AM

          Not stainless but I posted this for someone else the other day. http://www.flickr.com/photos/75667634...

          It's glass. It's US manufacture. It's a workhorse. It's fun. And we love it!

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            Ninevah RE: rainey Jun 2, 2011 11:19 AM

            I love that. Thanks for the pic. Also drooling over your little staub kettle. WANT!

          2. David A. Goldfarb RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 10:13 AM

            I gather they drink tea in China, don't they? They must have some suitable way of boiling water.

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              Joe Blowe RE: David A. Goldfarb Jun 5, 2009 12:42 PM

              "They must have some suitable way of boiling water."

              They do: http://zojirushi.com/ourproducts/elep... . They're extremely popular across ALL of Asia. (And, the Zojirushi is made in Japan.)

              I have had one for a few years now, and I'll never go back to a mere stovetop or electric *kettle*.

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              comfortablynumb RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 01:03 PM

              Thanks for the replies,

              - I'm looking for a kettle to boil water; I have a teapot to prepare tea in

              - Country of Origin, again I'm not looking to ruffle feathers by saying I want something not from China. It's a preference, after many failed attempts with products. I'm fully aware even if it's stamped made in 'insert country here' it could have parts from anywhere and everywhere.

              - Material, I really prefer metal I have a glass top stove and worry glass with out a diffuser may shatter (maybe I'm wrong). I really want to stay away from plastic, thus why I haven't really looked at electric kettles much, I looked at a Russel Hobbs model that was all steel but it's not made anymore. Others even if metal have plastics inside, from what I can find online.

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                Joe Blowe RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 01:09 PM

                "I really want to stay away from plastic..."

                Can you elaborate? What are your concerns? It's true that some electric kettles have plastic interiors, but the better models do not.

                (Pssst, the Zojirushi has a METAL interior...)

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                  comfortablynumb RE: Joe Blowe Jun 5, 2009 01:39 PM

                  Main reason is due to some medical issues, I don't want water that's been boiled in a plastic interior.

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                  Politeness RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 01:54 PM

                  The (Edgecraft) Chef's Choice Electric French Press Plus (Model 695), http://www.edgecraft.com/tips_m695.html has a borosilicate glass cylinder atop a metal heating element; there is a silicone seal between the base and the glass cylinder, but none of the seal intrudes into the area where the water boils. It is made in Germany. It comes with two tops, one a French press strainer, the other just a top. The water never touches the top until you pour the water, but you could remove the top before pouring and then the water would not touch plastic even then.

                  We have owned and used the Model 695; it appears that the new Model 679 (which lacks the French press capability) also brews in glass: http://www.edgecraft.com/page2g.html I do not know where the Model 679 is made, however.

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                    comfortablynumb RE: Politeness Jun 5, 2009 02:13 PM

                    Thanks Politeness, that does look interesting, I'll add that to a very lonely list of possible candidates :)

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                      pamelay RE: Politeness Jan 18, 2011 04:39 AM

                      BUMMER- I just called the company- their electric kettles, including the French Press are made in China.

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                    CrazyOne RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 08:17 PM

                    I know you clarified the original post regarding origin of stuff, but if you really want to go crazy, All-Clad does make a stainless kettle. Even so you may have to check with them to make sure it's made in the US; it could fall into the category of stuff that they don't make here. (They don't make the lids of the otherwise made in US pots here either, for example.)

                    I suspect just about everyone here would think an All-Clad kettle would be overkill. I dunno how much it costs, but presumably you could get something far more useful, like the electric Zojirushi hot water gadget, for not a lot more.

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                      comfortablynumb RE: CrazyOne Jun 5, 2009 08:42 PM

                      Thanks for the idea, I just read some reviews at Amazon, and it's got some pretty bad reviews. I guess they sub it out and don't actually make the kettle, it's a shame you would think with the All-Clad name it would be a top notch product.

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                        Politeness RE: comfortablynumb Jun 6, 2009 03:54 AM

                        comfortablynumb "it's a shame you would think with the All-Clad name it would be a top notch product."
                        All Clad is a brand of Groupe SEB, maker of Téfal (T-Fal), Maxim, Krups, Rowenta, Moulinex, and Wear-Ever. Some of those are top-notch products.

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                      easily amused RE: comfortablynumb Jun 5, 2009 09:12 PM

                      I love my Oxo uplifts tea kettle...no rusting...sturdy. would not trade it!

                      Here is a link for you to check it out

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                        al b. darned RE: easily amused Jan 18, 2011 01:26 PM

                        I realize this is an old thread that got bumped, but...

                        +1 on the OXO

                        We've had an OXO uplift for about 10 yrs. The first one lasted about 4 years until one of the reeds in the cap (that made the whistling sound) broke. We called OXO and they sent us a whole new kettle. It doesn't have reeds, so the whistle is different, but it gets a lot of use and has served us well. I would not hesitate to buy another one or recommend it to a friend.

                        As an aside: Lets keep things in perspective. While "Made in China" has gotten some deservedly bad press, that represents a very small fraction of the things they produce, and most of it works well. I, too, try to buy "non-Chinese" whenever possible, but also recognize a well designed product from a company that backs it when I see it.

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                          Jay F RE: al b. darned Jun 1, 2011 02:28 PM

                          I love my OXO uplift kettle, too. I never again want one that requires two hands, or two hand motions, to pour water into a cup.

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                        comfortablynumb RE: comfortablynumb Jun 9, 2009 02:45 PM

                        Thanks all for the ideas, I'm still looking around..

                        The welds that hold the handle on my Schulte-Ufer sauce pan are breaking, so I guess I'll just have to buy anything at this point. I don't want to end up with boiled water all over me Ouch lol.

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                          canbush RE: comfortablynumb Nov 29, 2009 07:14 AM

                          I just spent a week trawling through forums and the web looking for a reasonably priced stainless steel electric kettle made in Europe and finally came up with Petra Electric's WK 42.00, which with the aid of a German English translation site I bought from www.amazon.de (not currently available in the UK). Still had to check with the company as some of their range is manufactured in China, but they were very helpful, and the kettle is absolutely fine. Its such a stupid situation that so much that we can and should be manufacturing in our own countries is no shipped out to China to be made simply to increase manufacturers profit margins.

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                            ciaolette RE: canbush Nov 29, 2009 12:52 PM

                            In the same boat, and just not interested in electric,I was on the verge of buying an expensive ( for me ) British stainless kettle, but then found this on Amazon, and thought what the heck, made in USA, except for the borosilicate glass which is from Germany, only $12-functional looking, but then, if I burn it, as I did my last Le Crueset, and as I seem to have the talent to do repeatedly, it's not a huge investment.
                            Medelco whistling glass kettle
                            Water boiled in glass is supposed to be better for making good oolong tea, and french press coffee, so that is a plus...

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                            cutipie721 RE: comfortablynumb Jan 18, 2011 06:23 AM

                            Alessi's kettle are made in Italy, but they're not cheap.

                            I know you don't want glass kettles. How about keep boiling water in the saucepan, and pour the boiling water in a glass teapot? I do something similar.

                            1. toodie jane RE: comfortablynumb Jan 18, 2011 07:29 AM

                              I was going to chime in with British-made Simplex kettles, but they've gone out of business. Glad I got mine last year--should be still going strong when I will it to my niece.

                              1. breadchick RE: comfortablynumb Jan 19, 2011 04:04 PM

                                I bought this kettle years ago, and love it - esp it's large capacity. AND, there's one even bigger, if needed.
                                Of course, NOW it's on sale. Of course, I paid full price.

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                                  markggg RE: comfortablynumb Jan 23, 2011 05:21 AM

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                                  1. Pedr0 RE: comfortablynumb Jan 23, 2011 09:24 AM


                                    $62, stainless steel, made in Japan. Think I'm going to buy one myself!

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                                      pickypicky RE: comfortablynumb Feb 8, 2011 09:16 AM

                                      Great thread, aside from the miscommunications. I KNOW exactly what you mean, comfortablynumb. IMO, electric kettles are brilliant! I was introduced to the concept by my English friends, the tea experts. For coffee, my husband and I use a French Press, and the electric kettle is much faster (hence less energy usage) than a stove kettle. First we bought the Capresa Electric Kettle because it had a glass karafe. Hated it. Gave off a bad smell for a year and the glass shows every mite of mineral deposit. Impossible to clean. It broke, thank goodness. Next we bought the Chef's Choice Stainless. Love it. Now I'm shopping for a second electric kettle while my husband and I live two different places for a new job (before the move.) I wondered the same thing: is there a US-made stainless electric kettle? Stainless sounds so safe, but then again, in this world, you can't ask too many questions. And who knows what's coming out in the boiling water?

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                                        will47 RE: pickypicky Feb 22, 2011 07:27 AM

                                        Did your Capresso have the plastic dome inside? They seem to have replaced that in the new model -- the ball inside is now apparently metal. The look is the same, but I think they've improved it at least somewhat.

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                                        Lana S RE: comfortablynumb Feb 21, 2011 09:15 AM

                                        I spent two months (!) looking for an electric kettle that is:
                                        1. stainless steel or glass with no plastic parts coming in contact with water
                                        2. not made in China (any other country is OK)

                                        So far, I couldn't find anything. I've found these ceramic electric kettles but can't find any information on the countries they're made in and on any plastic parts
                                        These ceramic pots seem to be something new. Has anyone seen those or even used them?

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                                          will47 RE: Lana S Feb 22, 2011 07:25 AM

                                          If you're that obsessive about it, just get a hot plate or induction plate and a stand alone kettle, and be done with it. That's what I did for a while. I do also use (Chinese made) electric kettles sometimes (at work, for example); at other times I pre-heat on the stove and then use an alcohol burner, with either a glass or earthenware (clay) kettle.

                                          I have seen earthenware / stoneware kettles before, but usually the actual heating element is metal.

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                                            Lana S RE: will47 Feb 22, 2011 07:35 AM

                                            I need a kettle to use at work. I tried the hot plate and pot (at work) and it smelled so horrible that I was afraid they'd think I'd blow out the office. At home, I simply heat water in pot on the stove.

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                                              will47 RE: Lana S Feb 22, 2011 08:37 AM

                                              Hm. I have a Waring hot plate and it works pretty well; it's a little slow to heat, though, and I imagine there might be more fire / safety concerns with a hot plate at work than with an electric kettle with some built in safeguards.

                                              I hate to say it, but you might need to compromise on one or the other of your points if you want to find something that will work.

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                                            dapaynee RE: Lana S Apr 19, 2011 09:57 AM

                                            Demeyere Apollo Whistling Water Kettle

                                            Not made is USA, but made in Belgium (not China)


                                          3. jcmods RE: comfortablynumb Jun 1, 2011 02:02 PM

                                            I went to a Chinese supermarket in White Plains NY and they had a large cookware section. Everything was made in Japan. I am wondering about stainless steel from china because I have a stock pot/spaghetti pot that seems to get a little rustier with every use. Is it dangerous to eat stuff cooked in a rusty pot? I can't really taste any difference. I guess if we are forced to buy chinese maybe there is a way to clean it? The pot in question is Martha Stewart. The strainer it comes with is fine.

                                            I actually bought a saucepan from Marcus Samuelsson which is more expensive but very good quality. Don't care anymore. I will pay more or walk out empty hhanded. Not sure if they make a Tea Kettle, but they might.

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                                              comestible RE: jcmods Jun 1, 2011 02:53 PM

                                              If the purpose of having a kettle is boiling water for tea, then actually a Chinese kettle might be a good idea. I recently bought an electric kettle that I noticed was in use in local tea shops and among tea-drinking friends. It was inexpensive, stainless steel, but its main virtue is a long, curved narrow spout. In some tea-making techniques, a controlled pour can be important, and this type of spout is ideal for that.

                                              I bought it in NYC's Chinatown. The design is plain and functional in a homey comforting way. Since it's not marketed to Westerners, it costs less than half those (also made in China) that are.

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                                                Lana S RE: jcmods Jun 2, 2011 07:17 AM

                                                Stainless steel shouldn't rust, as far as I know. I heard that Chinese "stainless steel" is below par, and they add some unhealthy metals to it that wouldn't be allowed here in the US. Japanese steel is one of the best.

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                                                  comestible RE: Lana S Jun 2, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                  When I was kettle-hunting I would have loved to find something from Japan, but alas, found nothing (or even in the online shops I found). I should have gone to the market in White Plains that jcmods found. I really like the little SS kettle in my Tokyo hotel room.

                                                  Actually I'm not sure my Chinese kettle is stainless. It may be polished aluminum...but I think it's stainless steel.

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                                                    seitenryu RE: comestible Feb 27, 2012 11:36 PM

                                                    This one is advertised as Made in Japan. That would make sense since all of Hario's glass and most of their coffee/tea stuff is made there.

                                                    That Chemex one looks awesome http://www.chemexcoffeemaker.com/prod...

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