How I Found a Good Quality Teakettle

Farberware Electric Glass Kettle
Farberware Electric Glass Kettle | Source

I blew my teakettle by leaving it on the stove without closing the lid. So it never whistled and I forgot about it. Well, now that I was in need of a new one, I spent a lot of time researching teakettles online.

To my dismay, I found the process very stressful. And as I read reviews people left on Amazon and other sites, I discovered that many people have trouble finding a good quality teakettle.

It’s not only quality that’s important, but these days we are all concerned about toxicity as well.

Knowing more now about causes of Alzheimer's Disease, {1} I definitely would not want an aluminum kettle. So that’s ruled out right from the start.

But what about other metal kettles? Studying the chemical makeup of Stainless Steel, I came to the conclusion that this is the best, although I thought. I ran into comments people left in reviews about how hard it is to clean around the seams. Somehow rust develops by the seams.

I assume these people just don’t take care of their products that well. One has to take that into account when reading reviews. If you ever perused Amazon reviews, you’ll notice that they cover a wide range from terrible to great – for the same product. So we have to know what to ignore.


My First Find

Mr. Coffee Tea Kettle by Gibson

As I searched, I suddenly came across a 2-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle that was seamless. The entire body is made from one sheet of stainless steel that is bent into shape. It’s made by Gibson and is sold under the “Mr. Coffee” name. And it was under $20 on Amazon!


A Major Disappointment Inside

Mr. Coffee Tea Kettle by Gibson
Mr. Coffee Tea Kettle by Gibson | Source

It looked good online and had decent reviews, so I placed the order. When I received it, I immediately noticed that the inside looked like it had a Teflon coating.

Being that it was made in China, I didn't trust the safety of having an inside coating since it may contain toxic material. With all the reports lately, I just don’t trust products that may contain added chemicals when imported from China.{2}

So I called Gibson and spoke with someone by the name of Victoria. At first she insisted that there is no coating inside. When I said it looks like some type of coating, she said it’s all stainless steel. But I kept telling her that there is definitely something different about the inside and I’m worried about toxicity.

Victoria said they monitor all their products for toxicity. So I asked for a lab report and she said they don’t have that available. But then she said she would pull one of the kettles from the warehouse and get back to me.

She did. And she was able to confirm that the inside is sandblasted. That’s what I was seeing.

I decided to return this kettle since the sandblasting can cause premature rusting and I didn’t want to drink rust from stainless steel. All it takes is a little metal to leach into the water when it boils. In my opinion, the inside should be polished clean, not sandblasted. There are ways to protect stainless steel from rust. The process is known as Passivation.

I was disappointed that Amazon did not mention the sandblasting in the listing. I mentioned this when I returned the product. Let’s see if they add this information to the listing now.

At least Amazon is good at making returns easy. They even pay for the return shipping on any item that’s listed with the words “Fulfilled by Amazon.”


Passivation Treatments

How is Stainless Steel Protected from Rust

Inside view of Gibson Teakettle
Inside view of Gibson Teakettle | Source

I was so concerned about the sandblasting that I did a lot of online research. I couldn’t find a clear explanation for the reason for doing this on the inside of the teakettle. It certainly does not seem to be a method used for passivation.

Passivation is a process used to protect metal from premature rust. There are several chemical baths that are used, but this is beyond the subject of this article.

Stainless steel naturally develops a protective coating of a thin chromium oxide film when exposed to air.

In my opinion, I fear that sandblasting can damage the natural passivation and expose the rust-prone elements.


Back to More Searching and Considering Glass


I liked how the Gibson Teakettle looked and how it whistled when the water was hot. I also thought the fact that it had no seam was a plus. But the sandblasted insides really bothered me. So now that I returned it, I went back to online research.

I came to the conclusion that a glass teakettle is the way to go.


Reasons for Using a Glass Tea Kettle

Farberware Electric Glass Kettle 1.7-Liter~Red
Farberware Electric Glass Kettle 1.7-Liter~Red

I really was convinced to get a glass teakettle when I discovered this one made by Farberware.

Glass is easier to keep clean. It’s PBA-free. No chemicals or other toxins can leach into the water. You can even see how much water you’re putting in it. Avoiding overfilling speeds up boiling and saves energy.

This teakettle holds 1.8 quarts of water (1.7 Liter). It’s actually bigger (8 inches tall), but the max fill line avoids over splashing.

It looks pretty with a red top, red base and red handle. And since it’s a glass carafe, there’s no worry about metal leaching into the water either.

 

What I Like About It

Farberware Electric Glass Kettle and base.
Farberware Electric Glass Kettle and base. | Source

I fell in love with it as soon as I started using it. The design was ingenious. It’s electric. But the carafe is cordless. How can that be? Actually the carafe sits on a round base that plugs into the electric outlet. When the carafe is placed on top of this base, an electrical connection is made.

The heating element is built into the bottom of the carafe, but since the electric cord connects to the base and not to the kettle, it’s easy to carry around and to pour.

The way it works is clever. When the water boils, it shuts off. No, there’s no whistle. But you don’t need it. Since it shuts off, the hot water never can boil away.


Farberware's Built-in Mesh Filter.
Farberware's Built-in Mesh Filter. | Source

There is also a built-in filter screen that can be removed. I chose to use mine without the filter screen. But I think its main purpose is to avoid splattering, although I never have that problem.

I find it interesting that Farberware uses parts from various countries. The glass carafe is made in Germany. The plastic parts come from China. But no plastic comes in contact with the boiling water so it’s safe from toxicity. Obviously glass is PBA-free.


Features of the Farberware Electric Glass Kettle
• Cordless Kettle
• Anti Slip Base
• Built-in mesh filter
• Quick to Boil Water
• See-through Glass Carafe
• Water Level Marks
• On/Off Switch in Carafe
• Automatic Shut-Off
• Boil-Dry Protection
• Power Light Indicator
• 2-Year Limited Warranty

Similar Kettle – Different Design and Manufacturer

Hamilton Beach 40865 Glass Electric Kettle, 1.7-Liter
Hamilton Beach 40865 Glass Electric Kettle, 1.7-Liter

I also found a similar design under a different name on Amazon. This one has stainless steel accents with a black handle where the other is red.

If you prefer this look, check out this one from Hamilton Beach. Everything else is exactly the same as the Farberware that I bought.

 

Prices Vary in Different Locations

I found my red Farberware Electric Glass Kettle at Walmart for only $20. I was surprised because Amazon always has the best prices. I’m not sure what that’s all about.

If you want to save a few bucks, you should check that out locally before ordering online. Either way, I do recommend this teakettle. I’ve been using it for a month now and find it easy to use. I finally found my new kettle.


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ktrapp 15 months ago from Illinois

As a hot tea drinker, I am intrigued by the glass tea kettle. I never knew such a thing existed. Since I stopped using my stove top, whistling kettle I've been running hot water through a Keurig, but the glass tea kettle maybe a better alternative. Thanks for the useful info.


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Glenn Stok 15 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

Coffee makers such as the Keurig always need to be cleaned by running vinegar through it once in a while. That's why I like a regular tea kettle - much easier to keep clean. Thanks, Kristin, for stopping by.


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Jackie Lynnley 14 months ago from The Beautiful South

I had this same problem finding something I trusted and I just will not buy anything from China since it seems they go out of their way to add lead poison and more so since our government doesn't seem to care.

So what I do is use my coffee maker to heat water and I use a filter to help further clean the water. It is plenty hot without boiling.

You have a pretty pot; if I ever come across it at a good price I would buy it.

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Glenn Stok 14 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

Jackie Lynnley - It sure is amazing that so many products from China have lead in the paint and in the plastic parts. That's why I selected the one I have. And I see it's still at Walmart at 33% less than Amazon.


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GmaGoldie 10 months ago from Madison, Wisconsin

I too have used this for many years. Paid too much probably but live the convenience of Amazon.


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Glenn Stok 9 months ago from Long Island, NY Author

GmaGoldie - Thanks for your feedback on this Teakettle. It's good to know you were using it for many years.

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