I just bought this kettle yesterday, so my review will not really touch on any long-term problems it might have.
When I went to purchase an electric tea kettle I was looking for one that would let me set the temperature for the different types of tea I would be drinking. There were only four options for me and this was the only one that provided that. It was about $50 more expensive than the other ones as well.
SET-UP: It provides you with 6 different temperatures for 6 different types of teas. Delicate, Green, White, Oolong, French Press, and Boil (for black). I adored this feature. There is also a small meter that lights up bright blue (I find this very cool) that tells you how much water you have in the pot. There is also a “Keep Warm” button that you can press, and it will keep your water at that temp for up to 30 minutes. Besides the open and start button, that’s it, which makes it super simple to use.
PROS: I’ve already used it five times since getting it yesterday and it has not let me down. It does what it is supposed to perfectly, and also looks really freaking sweet in my opinion. It’s also super fast I think.
CONS: However, it does get very hot on the outside, which was something I was hoping it wouldn’t do since I have a pesky cat who likes to jump on the counters and sniff everything. When I touched it after setting it to boil, I burnt my hand in almost a second, so I have to really keep on eye on it for awhile during my tea sessions. The beep the signals when the water is done is also very quiet and you can hardly hear it when boiling the water. Oh, and I also forgot to mention its very loud. Almost louder than my previous basic stove top kettle. I can also see how down the line, cleaning it may become very annoying. I haven’t had to do it yet, but it looks like it would be hard to fit your hand in there and simply scrub it out. It would be a tight squeeze.
Overall though, it does what I wanted it to do so I can’t complain. I enjoy it and it’s so much faster than what I had to do before with my basic tea kettle, waiting forever for it to get to the right temp. and having to keep a close eye on the thermometer!