Buying an Electric Kettle

Buying an Electric Kettle

Faith Durand
Jan 17, 2007

I am considering an electric kettle for my new office, something that will let me have my French press coffee, hot tea, and cozy oatmeal in the mornings. I am looking for something that will heat up fast and keep the water hot enough to make good tea.

Electric kettles are very popular in Europe; in Amsterdam or London my friends rarely put a traditional kettle on the stove. The electric version heats water so much faster. There are many options, ranging in price from low ($11) to high ($90). Some have cords, and others attach to a base for heating and lift off for cordless serving. Here's a few that I've looked at...

Proctor Silex 1-Quart ($11, Amazon) This small kettle is economical and fast, according to Amazon reviews. The cord detaches for easy serving. Some reviewers have complained of a plasticky taste to the water, however.

Presto Electric Tea Kettle ($17, Amazon) This one has a whistle, one of the things I love about traditional kettles. It also is fairly cheap and it has consistently good reviews.

Toastess Cordless Electric Glass Kettle ($59.99, Amazon) This one is significantly more expensive, but it's a cordless model. The base heats the kettle up quickly. There is also an auto-shutoff feature. The advantage, to me, is the glass kettle - it's beautiful and you can watch the water boiling.

Cuisinart Traditional Cordless 1 3/4 Quart ($79.95, Amazon) This one is nearly eighty dollars, but it's also significantly more attractive than the cheaper models. It looks like an old-fashioned teakettle, with a rounded body and curved spout. It also is cordless, with an auto-shutoff feature.

Have you used any of these? Have any other good recommendations?

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