When it comes to kettles, you first have to decide if you are looking for a stove model or an electric model.
My preference goes to a classic teakettle that you put on the stove. I own a beautiful Italian design stainless steel whistling kettle. Many friends told me over the years that my kettle looks great. Unfortunately, my husband does not like a stove kettle. Therefore, we stopped using it. I stored it just in case.
But the latest innovation in teakettle, water temperature gauge may change my mind. The bright color of the porcelain enameled teakettle made me wish for a red Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettle.
The ultimate feature I have seen is the variable temperature electric kettle. Since we drink several types of teas at home, this will be heaven. It will ensure that I get the right temperature for his morning tea and my French-press coffee. The Breville Variable-Temperature Kettle beeps when water reaches the selected temperature and can maintain that temperature for up to 20 minutes.
+ Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettles $99.95 USD
+ Oxo Uplift Teakettle $49.95 USD
+ Dijon Whistling Teakettle $69.95 USD
+ Grenadine Round Teakettle by Staub $131.95 USD
+ Breville Variable-Temperature Kettle $149.95 USD
e.e.July 28, 2009 at 06:31
OMG, send one to Jeff Lewis at Flippin’ Out ASAP!
Doug DuCapJuly 29, 2009 at 10:59
For years I resisted getting an electric teapot, choosing to rely on a series of antique kettles I’d come across over the years.
But when I came across a working electric tea pot at a yard sale, out of curiousity, I gave in. After all, if electric teapots are popular in England (the home of so many delicious tea traditions) who was I to judge?
After having used an electric kettle for the last 6 months, I’m afraid I’m more than a little spoiled by the way it quickly boils large amounts of water for tea, coffee (I use a French press), and even pasta.
At Home with Kim ValleeJuly 29, 2009 at 13:04
Doug, you are right about the fact that electric kettles work faster. This is why I selected so many iron cast teakettles. I did not only select them for their gorgeous colors. I assume they should heat water faster than a stainless steel I have. Since I did not test them, I cannot say if I am right or not.