Another tea kettle thread - please help!

lboiseDecember 23, 2005

I've checked other threads including thr recent one; haven't found a convincing recommendation.

My mom has asked for a new tea kettle. She didn't specify any particulars, but knowing her here are some criteria:

- Clean, simple lines, maybe more contemporary styling. (i.e. not the Windsors at Wms Sonoma)

- No hot handles. (I've seen this complaint plenty with both All-Clad and Chantel)

- Spout must be big enough to easily pour water in. My mom has always done it this way, and you can't teach and old dog new tricks. (Her Oxo has been a nightmare for this reason. You have to tilt it to open the spout, and now you can't fill it.)

- Spout must easily open and close without burning yourself. (My wife just bought a Farberware because she liked the color. Didn't notice that there's just a tiny rubber insulator to help you open it, but you need a potholder to close it without touching something hot. Nice design, huh?)

- Whistle that works for more than a month would be nice, but we've come accustomed not to expect that.

- Must be available at a STORE, not just online.

Please help. It's the day before Christmas Eve, I'm hosting supper at 4 tomorrow, haven't planned the meal, haven't begun gift shopping, house is a mess inside and out, and I'm at WORK.

At this late point in time, money is no object. In fact it's a "main" gift so I want to spend a bit more for something nice.


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Recently bought (and love) my Le Creuset tea kettle. The handle stay cool. The spout has a removable part that does the whistling. Handle and "part" are phenolic. Once the whistle is removed there is plenty of size to the spout to fill it that way. I do. Is Le Creuset available to you locally? I actually found this in our grocery.

Here is a link that might be useful: Le Creuset Zen Kettle

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 10:26AM
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I should add, you need to wait (10 seconds) until the steam stops to pull the whistle out.


    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 11:00AM
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I don't know what to recommend but I can say NOT to get the Calphalon teakettle. I purchased it about 8 years ago thinking I'd love it and would never need to replace it.

Well, the latter is'll never need replacing and I'm stuck with it. You can't pour from it w/o a hotpad because the design is such that the hot steam goes back towards your hand/wrist. You can't get the lid off without using tongs when it's hot if you want to refill. There's no whistle (which I didn't want so that was ok with me).

So, I'm reading this thread with interest...cause I hate mine. It was costly, too.

    Bookmark   December 23, 2005 at 12:35PM
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Thanks Ken. To keep a long story long: I went to Williams Sonoma even though I "knew" from their web site that they don't carry LC tea kettles. They had a poor selection, basically the Uplift ones which we already didn't like, and a Chantal, where I could foresee the heat problems people are having. (I can't for the life of me figure out why anyone would design a kettle where you have to use a pot holder to hold or open it!!!) Went to Crate and Barrel, tons of Uplift (do people really like this klumsy design?) and a Chantal Professional which was insulated, looked great, but was way too huge for my little old ma. Got frustrated, left the city, then went to Bed Bath and Beyond because they were listed as a LC retailer. I didn't find the LC kettle there, but did find a Chantal that has heat resistant handle, lid and spout. Bingo, bought it. Went next door to a different Wms Sonoma for something else and lo and behold they had a LC tea kettle. Not the Zen, but another. Very nice, I would have bought it had I seen it first, but oh well too late. Honestly my mom likes to keep it simple and might not have loved the "removable part."

Chantal was $59. Of course I didn't have one of the BBB coupons that I get twice a day in the mail and they wouldn't let me slide. I'll let you know how it works.

    Bookmark   December 24, 2005 at 8:17AM
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Cool. Hope she loves it!

Merry Christmas,


    Bookmark   December 24, 2005 at 11:17AM
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Wish I had seen this thread sooner. I would have suggested that you buy your mom an Electric Kettle. Most of them would have met all of your criteria and as an added safety bonus most of them automatically shut off after they come to a full boil.

I'm sure that your mom will love the one that you got her.

Merry Christmas


    Bookmark   December 24, 2005 at 12:35PM
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I just bought the LC Whistling tea kettle from and am very happy with it, so far.

    Bookmark   December 26, 2005 at 11:08AM
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I've melted my last tea kettle, that's for sure - and yes, I even managed to destroy a $100 stainless steel Chantal whistling tea kettle. I guess I was out of earshot :)

My first electric kettle was a Russell Hobbs; when it met its demise after many years (it was a discontinued model and I couldn't get a replacement part for it) I then got a Krupps water kettle.

Don't know how I ever lived without one. It's really fast, it's convient, and it shuts itself off when the water reaches a boil. It won't boil dry, either. Frees up a burner on the stove, too.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2005 at 7:19AM
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Yes, I just converted to an electric kettle. We went on a vacation to England just before pulling our kitchen apart, so I bought an electric to get through the remodeling and have stayed with it.

    Bookmark   December 27, 2005 at 12:27PM
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I have an all-clad whistler and I love it. Absolutely NO problems with a hot handle and a very reliable and sturdy whistle. That being said, if I had the counter space, I'd definately look into an electric kettle. The reviews are just tops and they sound like exactly the ticket for mom.

    Bookmark   January 3, 2006 at 3:26PM
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My son bought us a xoxo tea kettle for Christmas, the spout opens automatically when you tilt it. Because we have a Wolf with big burners we tend to always burn the spouts, we are trying to be careful with this one, because we really like it!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2006 at 3:15PM
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Suzi AKA DesertDance Zone 9b

Copko! It doesn't claim to be whistling, but it will whistle until you can't stand it! Love my Copko!

    Bookmark   October 19, 2013 at 6:33PM
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