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May 21, 2010 01:07 PM

Reasonably priced tea kettle??

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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  1. 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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    1. re: Jemon

      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. :)

      1. re: comestible

        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.

          1. re: thew


            For some reason an electric tea kettle seems almost sacrilegious.

      2. 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: Very few people (none that I know of) return to their stove top.

        1. 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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          1. re: free sample addict aka Tracy L

            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!

            1. re: Beckyleach

              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.

              1. re: hobbybaker

                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?

                1. re: happyandlucky

                  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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