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Reasonably priced tea kettle??

Midlife May 21, 2010 01:07 PM

Our polished metal (probably aluminum?) tea kettle is beginning to show bare metal on the inside bottom where the polished surface has been worn through.

1. Am I right in assuming that this may be harmful to use as it continues to deteriorate?

2. What's a good, reasonably priced ($25?) branded kettle to look for? I think the one we have we bought at Costco? All it says on the bottom is "professional quality", "made in China".


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    Jemon RE: Midlife May 23, 2010 10:27 AM

    Since it's just a tea kettle, (for only boiling water I assume?) I just get the $15 one at Ikea. With the water around where i live, they are disposable anyway because they are nearly impossible to clean the buildup out of. For a tea kettle, cheaper=better.

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      comestible RE: Jemon May 23, 2010 01:57 PM

      I'd suggest, since you'll probably chuck the old kettle anyway, that you get a new electric one. It'll boil your water a lot faster, and you won't go back. Durable, attractive ones are about $60, but standard-issue Chinatown metal ones (with element in corded base) may be much cheaper. I guess they work fine, but some of them looked flimsy to me.

      (I drink a lot of tea and became a convert a couple of years ago, myself.)

      Of course if your stove has a hellacious 22K BTU gas burner or something, maybe that's just as fast with a teakettle. :)

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        Jemon RE: comestible May 24, 2010 09:16 AM

        I have a 40" 1953 Wedgewood. My burners will heat up a kettle with 32 oz of water to boiling in under 3 minutes! I personally don't see a reason to have an electric kettle around if you have a decent heat source for a standard one.

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          thew RE: comestible May 24, 2010 09:18 AM


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            Midlife RE: thew May 24, 2010 10:06 AM


            For some reason an electric tea kettle seems almost sacrilegious.

      2. Paulustrious RE: Midlife May 23, 2010 03:40 PM

        Yje surface will not be alumin(i)um. Al is a highly reactive metal that corrodes exrremely quickly. HOWEVER, when the aluminum reacts with oxygen the oxides produced form a barrier which stops further corrosion. (As opposed to iron which will continue to corrode after it forms an oxide (rust) layer. You can verify this; scratch a piece of Al and it is shiny. A few hours later it is not. Copper is similar.

        As comestible says, go electric. I know it is one extra device, but it is just so useful.

        If you do have an interest in that route then here is a thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/607513 Very few people (none that I know of) return to their stove top.

        1. free sample addict aka Tracy L RE: Midlife May 24, 2010 09:51 PM

          Tuesday morning, TJ Maxx, and Ross has great deals on better brands of stove top kettles. I got a Chantal years ago at Tuesday Morning that was beautiful and had a nice weight to it. I now own an electric one which I am happier with. I have a little problem with letting kettles run dry.

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            Beckyleach RE: free sample addict aka Tracy L May 25, 2010 07:10 AM

            Yeah, I got an awesome "Train Whistle" Chantal at T.J. Maxx (retail $100) for $25. When I forgot it one time (empty! NO whistle when empty...Pooh) and burned up the bottom (ceramic lining flaked off) I went back and found ANOTHER (in red, this time; first one was a rather ugly green) for the same price. Yipee!

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              hobbybaker RE: Beckyleach May 25, 2010 11:17 AM

              Becky, last month I got a nice Chantal kettle at TJ, too. The outside is enamel in Onyx color. I think mine was $19.00. I used the predecessor, a copco tea kettle, for 10 years and the plastic part of the lid cracked. So, this is a time for change and the old one is now for watering flower pots! Agree that TJ Maxx/Homegoods/Marshalls are good places to look.

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                happyandlucky RE: hobbybaker Jun 15, 2010 12:32 PM

                Has anyone bought the Indigo stovetop kettle by Grosche? Ive seen the pics on their site, and it loooks excellent, i just cant find it in store anywhere so far.

                Ive had bad experiences with metal kettles in the past. the bottom fell out of a cheap $7 kettle from Wal Mart some years ago and spilt boiling water all over the floor and barely missed my daughter... since then ive stayed away from the el-cheapos. Lately ive been going with glass kettles like a Glasgow kettle (and infuser teapot) that I bought on ebay last year. Works great, and i can use it as a kettle or us e the infuser when I want to make tea using loose tea.
                The thing with glass is there is no metallic leeching at all. Its 100% safe at all time. There is no guarantee as to the impregnations and imperfections in the metal these people use - but with glass its 100% sealed, non porous, perfectly sanitary, and see-through so I know there is no buildup of any crud in there, ever.

                Anybody else switch to glass kettles?

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                  SanityRemoved RE: happyandlucky Jun 15, 2010 03:51 PM

                  How warm do the handles get on the glass kettles?

                  While I love the metal kettles that whistle, having an electric kettle is much faster than my electric ceran top stove. Plus it frees up a burner and cleans up nicely with vinegar.

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