This is the 4th tea kettle I've purchased for my 97 yr old mother and if I have to buy another, I'll buy another one of these. The first three were the usual stove top tea kettles but they were very disappointing. ALL three whistles didn't work which is a big thing for a 97 yr old who has trouble hearing. The chrome plated one was very expensive and it's almost impossible to find an ordinary, inexpensive, common tea kettle here. The other electric tea kettle I looked at was just a coffee percolator without the coffee basket. AND NO WHISTLE!!!
I have to say that I'm overjoyed with this kettle. I know that sounds a bit over the top, but this kettle turned out to be absolutely perfect. And after 3 disappointments, that's something special.
I'd first looked at this tea kettle and rejected it. I thought it was too small, all plastic, and I couldn't see how the whistle could possibly work with an unsealed pour spout. Well the whistle works just fine. I won't go into how, but it's simple, foolproof, and works just fine. AND the whistle is loud enough for my mother to hear it.
It IS small. In fact when you see the box, it looks tiny. However, that turns out to be a plus. It takes up less space in the kitchen. You use all the water. It doesn't need left over water because it's not going back on the stove like a stove top kettle. That also means fresh water each potful. Moreover it boils a full quart of water, quickly (7 min for cold water), and that's plenty of water to completely fill a common tea pot. So size isn't the problem I thought it would be.
Lastly, it's not made of cheap plastic. It is sturdy, cleans easily, doesn't get too hot, and the shape and position of the handle is excellent.
And if it's not good enough that this kettle fits the bill perfectly, at $16 it was also, by far, the least expensive one available. I hate to say that because they'll raise the price.
If you're looking for something that's just perfect for making tea, one pot at a time, and esp for someone who is elderly, this is what you want.
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