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Le Creuset Kettle - Is it worth the outlay?

Updated on February 3, 2015

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Are you tired of replacing your kettle on a regular basis due to poor performance and durability...

Then you may do well to consider a Le Creuset kettle for your next purchase of this essential piece of kitchenware. They are celebrated for their durability and come with a 5 year limited Le Creuset warranty.

These items (sometimes known as teakettles) constitute functional, classically designed vessels for boiling water and they can add grace to your kitchen. They come in a multiplicity of designs, sizes and colours to suit your décor and preference. Consistent with this brand's high standards, not only do they look good, they “work good” too.

This page reviews a selection of the numerous designs and colourways available - highlighting both GOOD and BAD points. You can also view the full range of Le Creuset kettles, including objective user evaluations/reviews to judge for yourself.

A few tips for getting the best out of a kettle.

  • Do not overfill it, or allow it to boil dry.
  • Use a burner which is appropriate sized for the base of the kettle.
  • When not in use, avoid leaving water inside for long periods – this helps avoid limescale build up (particularly if you live in a hard water area).
  • Use a reputable de-scaler occasionally as necessary.
  • Save energy by not filling to the maximum level as a matter of course - the amount of water you put is is best suited to the task in hand.
  • Always refer to manufacturers specifications and guidance before purchase and use of any piece of kitchen equipment.

The Enameled Steel 1.6 Quart Oolong Tea Kettle, Cherry

Some of the features...

  • Constructed of enamel coated steel
  • Capacity - 1.6 quarts
  • Recommended for use on a variety of heat sources.
  • Removable lid with stay cool knob.
  • Handle is heat resistant/stays cool
  • Large base maximises contact with heat source for fast boiling
  • Whistles on boiling

The Good Points ...

In buyer evaluations special mention was made regarding it boiling water quickly and with little mess. Many admired the classic and attractive design, and ability to pour without steam/hot water reaching your hand. Buyers appreciated how the handle remains cool to touch, and the strong, pleasant whistle sound. Others felt the product was a good weight whilst maintaining ease of manoeuvrability. It was found to be functional as well as decorative, made a great gift, and co-ordinates with other items in this range of cookware.

And not so good ...

In particular, a reviewer complained that drops of hot water leaked out of the faucet.

By and Large ...

A robust vessel for boiling water - well designed, fast and efficient with the option to fill from the sprout. Based on 24 buyer ratings, 75% conferred 5 or 4 stars on this Le Creuset kettle. Overall the rating was 4.1 stars out of 5.


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The Enamel-on-Steel Demi 1-1/4-Quart Teakettle, Marseille

Some of the features...

  • Can be used on a variety of heat sources
  • Holds 1.25 quarts
  • Whistles on boiling
  • Enamel coated steel construction
  • Stay cool knob and heat resistant handle designed for ease of pouring

The Good Points ...

Le Creuset kettle buyers commented that the enamel coating is easily cleaned, pours well without leaking and handle doesn’t get hot. It heats water efficiently. The shape and colour is very appealing. It’s stainless steel hand brackets assist safe handling.

And not so good ...

Some felt that this water vessel was a little on the small side, so do check that the capacity will meet your requirements before purchase.

By and Large ...

An attractive, functional, easy to clean item, which would grace a variety of kitchen decors. With 13 ratings, 76% gave either 5 or 4 stars, the overall rating being 4.1 stars out of 5.


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The Demi 1.25-qt. Stainless Steel Whistling Teakettle - Stainless Steel

Some of the features ...

  • Classic styling
  • Whistles on boiling
  • Holds 1.2 quarts
  • Dishwasher safe
  • Heat resistant knob and handle
  • Recommended for use on a variety of heat sources

The Good Points ...

Reviewers have praised the design and construction of this Le Creuset kettle and appreciate that it doesn’t tarnish or rust.

It is a good weight, heats water efficiently and is easy to clean. Again it is a tasteful and well performing asset in the kitchen.

And not so good ...

A reviewer commented that they found it necessary to wait a short time to allow boiling water to settle to avoid splatters when pouring.

By and Large ...

Another winner from this manufacturer, this item was rated 4.5 stars out of 5 overall, which incorporates 83% or ratings being either 5 or 4 stars.




Some kettles come with matching mugs/cups

So - Are these kettles worth their asking price?

Yes - if you are looking for a stylish, classic, efficient and functional product for normal domestic use, then a Le Creuset kettle should fit your bill. Independent user reviews would indicate that overall they do stand the test of time. In addition they are quiet in operation and boil water in a comparatively short amount of time.

With regard to peace of mind, there is a 5 year limited warranty that the item is defect free in terms of materials and workmanship. Their warranty applies for normal household usage, and excludes accident, misuse and commercial use.

To inform your choice, before buying or using any item of kitchenware always check the manufacturers specifications, guidelines and warranty details.


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With the following link you can read reviews for the Le Creuset kettle described near the beginning of this page, and from there you can go on to see the full range including a gamut of independent user evaluations, full list of features for each one and much more.

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