The Simplex Tea Kettle: Hand-crafted Simplicity and Excellence

Simplex Tea Kettles by Newey and Bloomer Ltd.

Simplex tea kettles are made by Simplex or otherwise known as Newey and Bloomer Ltd. The Simplex tea kettle name derived from the combination of two words: simplicity and excellence. Established in London in 1903, their tea kettles have a following throughout the world. A world-leader in the manufacturing of fully functional whistling copper and chrome over copper tea kettles, the company prides itself on their mission statement, "to manufacture by hand, the highest quality kettles, consistently and without doubt produce the finest craftsmanship available."

Simplex Tea Kettle

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Simplex Tea Kettles

Although Simplex tea kettles cost more than the average tea kettle, you get what you pay for. Unlike the average tea kettle, Simplex tea kettles are entirely hand-made with their own individual characteristics. Manufactured to the highest standards, each kettle is checked up to 20 times during production. With their durability and classic, old-style design, their quality is unsurpassed.  

Features on Simplex Tea Kettles

  • Stay cool ebonized Beech wood handles in black
  • Hand-crafted
  • Kettles come in either solid copper or an easy-to-clean chrome over copper. Out of metal used for kitchenware, copper conducts heat better. Consequently, not only will your water boil faster, but it will save energy too. Copper kettles are lacquer free so there is no messy, exterior coating to remove.
  • Nickel lining
  • Gas models have a unique coil base design which reduces boiling time by 25%. The flat model bases can either be used on an electric or gas range.
  • All models whistle. All Simplex tea kettles have a patented, built-in whistling device. When the water boils, steam is prevented from escaping through the spout through a ball and valve assembly inside the spout and redirected to a hole in the kettle's lid. The whistle is sweet sounding rather than annoying when used on a low to medium heat and can be easily heard from a couple of rooms away.
  • The dripless spout pours cleanly
  • Lifetime warranty

Cons

Although the Simplex tea kettle is finely made and krafted tea kettle, there are a few cons. The copper models need polishing, the lid is tight, and it has a tendency to rattle when pouring.

Copper Simplex Tea Kettles Description

  • Heritage Tea Kettle - This quick boil coil case is designed for gas ranges only.
  • Heritage 2 Quart Tea Kettle - This flat base is designed for electric ranges only.
  • Mini Tea Kettle - With a 1-quart capacity, it has a flat base that is designed for electric ranges only.
  • Beehive 1.7 Quart Tea Kettle - This flat base is designed for either eiectric or gas ranges.

Chrome Simplex Tea Kettles Description

  • Heritage Gas Tea Kettle - This quick boil coil case is designed for gas ranges only.
  • Heritage 2-Quart Tea Kettle - This flat base is designed for electric ranges only.
  • Mini Gas Tea Kettle - With a 1-quart capacity, this kettle has the quick boil case designed for gas ranges.
  • Mini Tea Kettle - With a 1-quart capacity, it has a flat base that is designed for electric ranges only.
  • Beehive Gas Tea Kettle - This flat base is designed for either eiectric or gas ranges.

The English have more tea drinkers than any other country. Consequently, if anyone knows how to manufacture a fine tea kettle, it would be them. Considering the excellent craftmanship, durability, and lifetime guarantee, if you take care of it, a Simplex tea kettle should last a lifetime. More than likely, this is one tea kettle that will be passed down through the generations. If you're a tea drinker and you enjoy the finest things in life, a Simplex tea kettle is a top choice.

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Everett 6 years ago

It's too bad these traditional and elegant Simplex copper tea kettles are no longer being produced. When the stores are all sold out of the classic beauties, they will be gone forever. I am fortunate to have found and bought two Simplex tea kettles with the coil base (for gas stovetops) before someone else did. I am going to cherish these two gorgeous heirlooms.


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seamist 6 years ago from Northern Minnesota Author

Hi Everett

I didn't know they weren't being produced anymore. Considering this, they will be even more of an heirloom now. Thanks for stopping by and commenting.


Everett 5 years ago

Hello again,

Yes seamist, GB Metal Spinnings Ltd (renamed Leemark Spinnings Ltd) the parent company of Newey and Bloomer (the company which has been manufacturing the famous copper tea kettles since 1903) aren't saying much, but they did say Newey and Bloomer aren't producing kettles at the moment. One of the U.S. distributors (Cook's Nook) where I bought one of my Simplex Heritage Copper Tea Kettles - w/ the coiled base for gas burners - said Newey and Bloomer closed it's doors in April of 2010. And another source simply said N & B has gone out of business.

That is why I said in my last post, "when the stores are all sold out of these classic beauties, they will be gone forever". It's very unfortunate that there will be other potential customers who will miss out on owning Simplex tea kettles. They're timeless. Simplex tea kettles are both functional and decorative. I wish I were able to get the standard (no. 7 or 8) Simplex "beehive" tea kettle w/ the coiled base, but I think they're completely sold out.

But I am very happy with the two Simplex kettles I have right now. :)


simplex usa 5 years ago

To shed some light we did not go out of business. We are re making tooling and hope to have Kettles back in production in April and we will now be storing them in Tallahassee for USA distribution. If you need updates or info please feel free to mail me via this hub.

We will also be exhibiting the kettles at the world tea expo in Vegas this year and they will be available through major retailers and a web site.

Graham Tweed

CEO The British Tea Company


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seamist 5 years ago from Northern Minnesota Author

Hi Mr. Tweed

Thank you very much for the clarification; I appreciate. Your tea kettles are gorgeous and very popular. I am glad to hear you're not going out of business!


Aussie_Mummy 5 years ago

Hi Everyone, I have some FANTASTIC news. These beautiful kettles will again be made. The company that purchased Newey/Bloomer (Simplex Kettles in the UK) will begin production in May 2011. They are also in talks with a distributor here in Australia so maybe i wont have to purchase from America. These kettles are fantastic and i am the envy of all my friends, i am actually reluctant to tell them they are going to be made again as i know they will all purchase one and i will no longer be the only one that owns one..LOL just kidding im glad to to tell everyone they will indeed be available again. I just had an email from a lovely lady that works for them so my source is correct. Thanks and have a great day everyone. I can not wait to be able to purchase another of these great Kettles (I am awaiting a copper one to match my chrome gas teakettle) as they display beautifully an my Ascot 6 burner gas oven


joy 5 years ago

I saw the Simplex copper tea kettle at a fundraiser this weekend. I liked the look of the kettle but did not know anything about the manufacturer. I wrote a bid for $20 and it was accepted. Was I surprised when I came home and look it up. I think I made a fantastic purchase. When I looked inside the box, this kettle was purchased in 2003 from Newey & Bloomer in England.


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seamist 5 years ago from Northern Minnesota Author

Hi Aussie Mom

Thanks for the update on Simplex tea kettles. Right now, Amazon isn't even carrying them anymore. Hopefully, when they go back into production, they will stock them again. Thanks for the info!


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seamist 5 years ago from Northern Minnesota Author

Hi Joy

I would say you're a lucky gal! Congratulations on your new kettle.


Kevin 5 years ago

Hi Mr. Tweed.

I am also very very interested in acquiring a simplex kettle. I really do hope the production follows through! I'm really excited by this news!

-k


Jasmine 5 years ago

Hello everyone,

I wanted to let you know that Leemark Spinnings, LTD has just a few kettles left from the old manufacturer. On Friday I was able to order an old stock kettle directly from them, but the warranty will be void. I googled Leemark Spinnings, LTD to get the contact info enquiries@leemarkspinnings.co.uk . I was able to get a 1.7L Heritage Chrome over Copper, but I don't know if that was the last one. I know they have no 1.7L Heritage Copper, but as of Friday they had both colors in the mini kettle. They also had the beehive and the dome kettle in chrome. I'm not sure if they have them in copper.

Hope that is helpful!


simplex usa 5 years ago

We have experienced huge tool problems I am sorry to say in terms that the new tool fractured.

The news this morning is that the rebuild will be finished by the end of April which gives us a new delivery date of July. Not good I know but this is quite a complex product and will run fine once the new tooling is complete. It has to be sent to Poland for copper hardening which is going to take the time.

I will hold any order over and contact you nearer the time to see if you would want to change anything and our intention is to launch the kettle or re launch I should say at the world Tea Expo in Vegas in June.

Sorry this is not the news you expected but it is not ideal for ourselves as you can imagine.

Kind Regards

Graham Tweed


Greg 5 years ago

Graham, How is the tool overhaul coming along?


shashi 5 years ago

Graham, are you saying that the new Simplexes will not be produced in England? That was part of their trustworthiness and cachet!


Graham 5 years ago

They are still produced here in the uk but we had to have some tooling work done in poland. We have just started to re run production and will run fully after the two weeks holiday here in Birmingham starting tomorrow.

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