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My New Kitchen Kettle is Electric!

Updated on November 23, 2014

I was visiting my daughter in the mainland this past Spring and wanted to make myself some hot chocolate. It was a chilly day in Oregon and cocoa sounded lovely. Her tea kettle wasn't sitting on or near her stove in the kitchen, so I asked her where the kettle was. She pointed to this gleaming stainless steel electric kettle sitting on her counter and I stood there surprised and feeling a little lost.

Growing up, I raised her and her brother in a kitchen that utilized whistling tea kettles heated on a stove burner. I just didn't expect to have my daughter explain to me how to boil water. Ha! She had a good laugh and said she'd received the electric kettle as a gift and loved it.

Then she quickly showed me how it works.....

  1. Put water in the kettle.
  2. Set kettle on the electric base on the counter.
  3. Plug the kettle into the outlet on the wall.
  4. Push the "on" button.

In a very short time, the red indicator button clicked off quietly and my water was ready. I was so impressed with this kitchen appliance, I bought myself a new electric kettle when I returned home from my trip.

I chose this Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Electric Kettle because.....

  • It has a water level window that makes it easy to see when I've got enough water in the kettle. (my old kettle I always had to guess.)
  • There is an anti-scale mesh filter in the spout of the kettle (my old kettle did not have this feature). The filter is easy to remove to clean occasionally with running water and a soft brush.
  • The lid opening button on the back of the handle makes the boiling water easy to pour AND protects my hands from the heat. (my previous kettle had an opening button directly on the spout and I often burnt my fingers.)
  • The stainless steel exterior is easy to keep clean and it looks great! (my old red kettle needed a good scrubbing often as it attracted cooking oil from the stove).
  • My new electric kettle leaves all my stove burners free for cooking.
  • No annoying screaming whistle to wake up my shift-working husband (or future grandbabies!) :)
  • Best of all, my new electric kettle boils water faster, saves energy and therefore saves our household money.

This electric kettle is "my cup of tea". :)

Easy to Pour Electric Tea Kettle
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I think this is a perfect gift for absent-minded people or the elderly. It is much safer than heating water on top of the stove. When the water is done, this electric kettle shuts itself off!

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Red light is illuminated when kettle is in use.Water level gauge is convenient.Boil water quickly so you can get out of the kitchen and on to more important things. (Like that good book you've been reading.) ;)
Red light is illuminated when kettle is in use.
Red light is illuminated when kettle is in use.
Water level gauge is convenient.
Water level gauge is convenient.
Boil water quickly so you can get out of the kitchen and on to more important things. (Like that good book you've been reading.) ;)
Boil water quickly so you can get out of the kitchen and on to more important things. (Like that good book you've been reading.) ;)

Do you think you may gift yourself an electric kettle? Or do you know someone who would really enjoy one?

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      evawrites1 3 years ago

      I have the opposite situation... I just changed my electric kettle for a classic one :) I really love the whistling sound, I missed it with the electric one...

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      TerriCarr 3 years ago

      I have something similar to this....but this model looks like it is better quality than the one I have. I am absolutely one of those people who would let a pot of water boil dry!

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      DreyaB 3 years ago from France

      I've always used an electric kettle but I'm a Brit so it's been commonplace for me. I like Tefal products over here and may well be in the market for a new one, as I think my current kettle is about to give up after many, many years of reliable service... Thanks for your recommendation and making me aware of the differences between us all. :0)

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      getmoreinfo 3 years ago

      I am a big tea drinker, I like this electric kettle.

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      Dawn 3 years ago from Maryland, USA

      wonderful lens. Congrats on the win!

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      girlfriendfactory 3 years ago

      I've actually tried several different ones and can't seem to find one I agree with. My best friend has one (her mom is German so she has one, too) and they are convenient but I'm not big on using electricity (I have a gas stove). I also had issues with the auto shut off and the seals at the top so I just use the stove. Great review of this one though. If I ever look again I'll have to give it a second glance!

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      jennifer88 3 years ago

      @JohnTannahill: I grew up in America and moved to Australia in 2005 and had never seen an electric kettle before. Like the author someone had to teach me to use it, ha ha. I had also never hung clothes outside to dry! Now I would never use a tumble dryer, it seems strange and I'd be worried about my clothes getting ruined or shrinking. It is weird how we adjust :)

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      RinchenChodron 3 years ago

      I love your list of reasons for buying an electric kettle.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @JohnTannahill: Yes, I think it's so cool that what may be commonplace in one location is "foreign" in others. For instance, over here people remove their shoes before they enter a house (including their own.) It's considered rude not to do that. :)

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      John Tannahill 3 years ago from Somewhere in England

      I don't mean it in a bad way at all but this is so funny. I live in Britain and electric kettles have been the norm since Coronation Street was in black and white, or thereabouts. I think what I'm saying is positive. They do switch themselves off and they don't scream the house down. I'm just amazed that not everyone has one where you live but then Indian people here laugh at us because we don't all have a wet and dry blender. Isn't it weird?

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Scarlettohairy: I guess its just one of those everyday items that I didn't pay much attention to previously, so I'm glad my daughter "introduced" me to going electric. ha

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      I'm sure I would, but have never had an electric kettle. I like the way it looks on the counter - clean and classy.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @favored: Yes, the style definitely caught my eye too. :)

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      Peggy Hazelwood 3 years ago from Desert Southwest, U.S.A.

      What a great idea. I have seen these used a lot in British movies and TV shows! lol!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Nancy Hardin: Thank you bunches, Nancy; I'm very excited about this win! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Virginia Allain: My thoughts too, Virginia! :)

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 3 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Yes I do know a couple of folks who would like one or who could use one. Veryirie, I'm so proud of you for your $100 win for this lens. It's beautifully written, all the points for having one are presented well, and it's certainly deserving of the win! Congratulations!

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      Virginia Allain 3 years ago from Central Florida

      Good point about shutting itself off. I get engrossed in my writing and forget things on the stove. Very dangerous.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Merrci: Thank you; I'm enjoying this appliance!

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @ecogranny: I can't believe it had taken me so long to discover the convenience of going from stove top to electric. :)

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      Kathryn Grace 3 years ago from San Francisco

      Actually, I'm in the market for one now, since my old one died recently. Thank you for the review. I will check it out.

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @RussnJo: Thank you! :)

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      Pam Irie 3 years ago from Land of Aloha

      @Ruthi: I'm enjoying it so much. :)

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      Merry Citarella 3 years ago from Oregon's Southern Coast

      Interesting lens. May have to get one of these.

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      By the Way, congrats on your win!!!

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      RussnJo 3 years ago

      I had never given tea much of a chance, and now am enjoying all the wonderful options - this tea kettle looks like something I would like!

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      Ruthi 3 years ago

      I used to sip on hot tea throughout the day but have now switched to coffee. With this electric kettle I may find tea a pleasure again! It was a nuisance to have to put the kettle on every time I wanted a tea refill.