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do you have a tea kettle you love?

I need a new one. I'm hoping to find one that has a whistle but one that's not horribly loud, that has a handle on either top or side that doesn't get too hot to touch without a mitt on, that doesn't leak when you pour the water, or burn you when you flip the spout to pour (if indeed you do have to flip it). Oh, and that I can leave some water in when sitting on the stovetop, without rusting it.

I'm hoping for one that comes in yellow but I'll settle for red or green. I don't want clear, silver or black - I use my tea kettle every morning and most nights, and like for it to offer a cozy feel that those modern colors just don't, for me!

I'm not thinking to go electric, at this point. There's just something about the look of the kettle on the burner, that appeals to me. Anyone out there have a tea kettle that you love that would fit the above bill? Or one that you love that doesn't fit the above, but you love so much that you'd want me to compromise one of my requirements? (enthusiasm is contagious so you never know!)

Thanks in advance for any replies!

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  1. I love the OXO Uplift tea kettle. I never burn my hands because I never have to touch the spout. It opens as you pour, all in one movement. I only need a mitt when I fill it to the top. It comes in butter yellow and six other colors.


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    1. re: Jay F

      Thanks, Jay! That looks like a definite possibility for me. Anyone else?

      1. re: Jay F

        Add my vote for the Oxo. We've had one for over 10 years and it is still going strong.

      2. I have a Chantal kettle that I use daily. These normally retail somwhere around $100, but I found mine in a Williams-Sonoma outlet for $10 because it was missing the screw that holds the handle on. DH fixed it in about 2 seconds with a new screw.

        This kettle is gorgeous. It's red and my kitchen is black and white. The whistle is pleasant but you do need to use a potholder to flip it back. It comes with a special potholder that fits over the handle to prevent burning hands, and i leave it on the kettle while heating the warter. I leave water in it all the time and after 5 years, no rust yet. It comes in a myriad of colors.

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        1. re: iluvcookies

          +1 for the Chantal and their harmonica whistle!

        2. I use the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp (got exact name from Amazon - didn't have that remembered, lol). It's electric and it has pre-programmed temperature controls for many different types of hot drinks. I love it, and it looks nice to me. It also works fast. I've had it for a year. I don't see any discoloration so far after daily use for making tea and french press coffee.

          Good luck!

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          1. re: TotoroO

            By the way, I wish I had been more careful in my reading about the tea kettle. You said no electric.

            If you happen to be using this for tea, however, you might consider electric. Temperature (just like time) makes a big difference with teas. Too long or too high can increase bitterness and the tanin. There are a wide variety of times and temps used for different teas. You also want this control for coffee if you use a french press.

            You might consider getting a nice pot for steeping and let it sit on the stove for looks! But a proper electric tea kettle allows for amazing quality control. Your tastebuds will thank you. And you may become more adventurous with the wide variety of teas and resulting tastes you can experience.

            Hot cocoa or instant noodles...that's another story!

          2. My Bodum electric is my favorite. Takes a very small foot print, is oval in shape and sits way back on my counter and is not in the way on my cooktop or getting spattered. I have a beautiful Castle Copper kettle from Ireland. I really got tired of cleaning and polishing it all the time. The electric is faster and it shuts its self off when a boil is reached.

            1. I love my Joyce Chen ceramic teakettle with the bamboo handle, but broke down and bought a whistling Copco one a few days ago, after DH had walked out of the room and let the JC kettle boil dry. The OXO kettle had an awkward handle for me, but I liked the look of it.
              The one I REALLY love belongs to my sister, who got it over 10 years ago. It has rockets on top that race around (and has a screaming whistle) when the water boils. It's out of production now, and according to one article I found, costs $300 to $700 if you can find one. I'll have to dig some more and see if I can get a good deal on one.

              1. This isn't a new kettle, but I have an old copper Revere one that I adore. It's super efficient and looks cool on the stove. It was a gift from early 70's, so eBay would probably be the only way to go if you wanted a vintage look.

                I also have a workhorse Demeyer 4 qt kettle that is the bomb. Perfect for mulled wine or cider for a crowd. Looking forward to some mulled wine when the air gets chilly!

                1. Thanks, everyone! I haven't decided yet. I keep getting scared away by reviews that talk about leaking water when pouring or handle that gets too hot, etc. I'm telling you, I'm spending more time thinking about this than much more major purchases! But once I decide and try something new out, I'll be sure to report back.

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                  1. re: lauracohenromano

                    Was in a store that had the Oxo Uplift in yellow so just decided to go for it. So far, so good - tho' I wish I didn't have to angle it quite as much to put water in it thru the spout instead of taking the lid off. But that's minor, and I'm enjoying the way the spout opens when I pour. To the Oxo owners: do you really need to pour the excess water out of the pot each time, the way the instructions say? (I do the other things, about not filling all the way, and not having the flame extend beyond the pot)

                    TotoroO, I AM a real tea drinker, and use many types of tea, so might someday take your advice on the electric. But right now our counter space is quite limited so I decided I wanted the teapot on the burner to really work and not just steep. I've gotten pretty good over the years at knowing when the water is at the right temp for me to enjoy my tea the way I like it.

                    1. re: lauracohenromano

                      Cool. I'm happy you have something that works. I was never good at temp control; I got frustrated with how the taste would change on me day to day. This was especially true with coffee.

                      1. re: lauracohenromano

                        Laura, I don't know if you *have* to pour out the excess water, but that's something I've always done when making tea, pour out the old water, and start with a fresh pot of water.