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Kittenna said

Non-Plastic Electric Kettles

Does anyone know if electric kettles exist that are made of a material other than plastic? My mom is on the lookout for a new tea kettle, and she wants something that will heat a minimum of two cups of water, which isn’t a difficult request, but she really wants one that isn’t plastic (so glass or metal). I found a few kettles that are listed as “stainless steel”, but I can’t figure out if it’s just the exterior finish, or whether it’s the interior as well (which would be what she’s after. Plastic-free.)

Any suggestions?

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Sil select said

Breville variable tea kettle? Lol

Kittenna said

I had found that one, but couldn’t determine via the internet whether the whole thing was stainless steel, or what. Also, I know she has no need for the variable temp function, so that would just be a waste of money (I bought her a thermometer for Christmas and it’s more than adequate). However, thanks for the suggestion! :D

Sil select said

there’s a wee bit of plastic. :) mostly i’m just in love with mine..

Kittenna said

Yeah, I guessed so, haha! The price was more of the turnoff for her. I think her limit is $50-60.

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WtFGoD said

i believe there is already a thread on this, recommending “kam-jove” or something to that effect.

some notes: most kettles have a metal interior with little things like windows/lids/filters being plastic or silicone – probably the cheapest/most convenient solution

only glass kettle ive seen was poorly reviewed and apparently had plastic peices that killed the taste of the water

and all metal kettles will probably be a bit hard to find, but you could probably order them online if you couldnt find one locally.

only really cheap 10$ kettles are really all plastic

Kittenna said

I’ll check for that thread – I find the forum search function on here is very tedious and dislike using it (although I did give it a shot before asking).

Thanks for your input though! I was thinking that most metal kettles would have some plastic bits (like a window, especially), but wasn’t sure. I suspect she is kind of asking for the impossible.

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Nicole said

I have the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle. No plastic. No window. Boils fast, no exposed heating element. I love mine. I am now on my second one – the auto shutoff should not be trusted! But otherwise, I use it for my tea parties at work and it works very well.

http://www.amazon.com/Hamilton-Beach-40898-Cool-Touch-Cordless/dp/B000ES7I8A/ref=sr_1_9?ie=UTF8&qid=1358045688&sr=8-9&keywords=electric+kettle

Kittenna said

Nicole – how little water can you put into it and still have it boil? My mom is looking for something that will turn on with as little as a couple cups of water in it.

Nicole said

Just tested. One cup, zero to boiling less than 60 seconds.

Kittenna said

That is fabulous to hear! Thank you so much! I found the kettle on Amazon.ca and I have a $10 credit from there, so that’s even better!

Nicole said

Happy to help. It doesn’t do subtle variations and you can’t set temperature, but you can flip the lid when you hear it start to bubble and catch it before it fully boils, so you can do a range of temp but it it very manual and very guess work. :)

The price was a plus for me as well. I wouldn’t use an electric kettle every day so I really couldn’t justify the $100 ones.

Kittenna said

No worries – she doesn’t want a kettle with temp variations; they’re too expensive and when you pour out the water, the temp changes anyhow. One of the problems she’s been having with her current one is that the kettle whistles before the water reaches a full boil, and then when she pours it out, it is already too cold for what she’s brewing. I bought her a thermometer for Christmas and that’s quite adequate enough for her.

I just gave her a call and she thinks she saw it at Future Shop today, and will go take a look at it before I possibly buy it for her on Amazon.ca :D

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Valerie said

I have the UtiliTEA from Adagio and it’s awesomesauce.

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ashmanra said

I love my glass Krups. I think the model is something like D70? It sells for $99 at Tin Roof Teas, and though Macy’s has it for $139.99 it is almost always on sale for $85-ish and you get free shipping. It is variable temp, BPA free, and more attractive (to me) than a lot of the kettles I looked at when selecting. You can infuse in the kettle with a retractable basket or just use it to heat the water, which is what I do.

My youngest daughter uses it all day. I also bought one for my oldest daughter and she says she uses hers several times a day at least. Her fiancé is very excited about the kettle as she used to heat water in the microwave and he, being Irish, wants tea and wants a kettle!

Kittenna said

Nice, that sounds like a great option for me when I treat myself to something nicer than my $10 kettle after graduating!

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Yes, Kamjove (one word) makes an extensive, fairly inexpensive line of different shapes and finishes of all metal electric kettles and other tea brewing accessories and sets. Most have a base that the pot fits on to heat and then you lift the pot off to pour. They have three settings, manual auto and stop. On the auto setting the power shuts off to the kettle when the water boils. Most have a steam hole on the top which I use to insert a milk frothing thermometer so that I can get just the right temperature for each type of tea.

The problem is that they are very hard to find in the US, but if you live near a “Chinatown” or large Chinese neighborhood several models and sizes are often widely available in appliance, grocery and tea stores in those neighborhoods. I believe JKTeashop and Redblossom tea both sell one or two sizes of the many dozens they make.

For a look at their full line: http://www.hailea.com/kamjove/E-kamjove/product.htm.

Be careful, though, if you buy one from overseas (like JKTea) it will probably be 220v and you will need an adapter. All the ones sold in the US are 110.

Kittenna said

Thanks for the info and the links! I have a small Kamjove infuser thinger (so am familiar with the bran), and I bet cities with more extensive Chinatowns have such brands available, but unfortunately my mom lives in Saskatoon, where it consists of about 1 street. However, that’s all good info to know, thanks!

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