If you are single or have a child about to go to college this is an absolute must have! Even if you are like me and have a family it is still very useful. It heats water in just a few minutes. I timed it, and one liter of slightly cool water takes four minutes and thirty seconds to come to a full boil. Hot tea, cold tea, ramen, cup-o-soup, and oatmeal are just a few things that come to mind that would be perfect to make with this useful little tool. I was planning to use it just for tea, but my teens quickly took it over for snack duty. One note though, it will only boil water, and nothing but water. It says all over the instructions to not place anything but clean water into it.
It is very easy to use. Plug it in, fill the kettle with water to the water line, place it on its base, push the button down, wait until the light in the button turns off, and enjoy boiling hot water. The base of the kettle fits up into a small hole in the bottom of the pot so that both sit snugly together, but the pot part can set flat on a cabinet or table without the base. Even after it is just heated the bottom of the pot is cool enough to do this. The sides do get hot so you will need to be careful, especially around small children, not to touch it. The pour spout is wide, which makes it easy to empty quickly into another container. The lid does not come completely off; it is spring hinged, which means you won't have to hunt it down every time you want to use the kettle. The handle is easy to grip and is cool to the touch. I have even picked it up with wet hands (not that I would advise you to do that).
When I picked this kettle out, for some reason I thought it was battery powered. This is not the case. It plugs in. Other than that I am surprised at how much I have used it in such a little time.