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Buying a new plastic free variable temperature Tea Kettle and the cost of corruption

Because FDA seems to work for industry and not the citizens of the United States I can’t trust that cordless variable temperature tea kettles for sale in the U.S. are actually safe. Is having BPA or other kinds of plastics in contact with boiling water o.k.? A functioning FDA would long ago have investigated and come to authoritative conclusions. So I’m stuck spending a ton of time and effort trying to find a kettle which seems as harmless to my family’s health as possible. When I first wrote this article in December of last year my choice of kettle was the Pino Digital Kettle Pro. Unfortunately all of four months later (but out of its 90 day warranty) it’s stopped working. I list below all the candidates, the final winner was nothing. I literally can’t find a variable temperature plastic free kettle that meets our needs.
I don’t trust the FDA to protect my family’s health. This is unfortunate because it means when I buy something I have to worry not just if it’s a good product but if it’s a safe one. One of the areas where this problem shows up a lot is with plastic and food. Beyond the well publicized issues with BPA which took the FDA forever to even notice I just don’t know what the potential health issues are of mixing plastic and hot water. So when it came time to replace our current kettle I had to not just find the functions I wanted but the safety as well. This means the purchasing process took longer and products that might have better met my needs were passed over because I couldn’t be confident of their safety. This is exactly how corruption causes so much poverty. Because the FDA appears to have been corrupted so completely (it’s called regulatory capture) I have to spend more time, more energy and avoid products in what is likely a futile effort to protect my family. This slows down economies, increases the cost of transactions and makes everyone poorer.
The irony is that for all I know the kind of BPA used in kettles or plastic in general might have no deleterious health effects. But since I can’t trust the FDA to look out for my family I have to err on the side of caution.
The following were the only kettles I could find that had no plastic in contact with the water, didn’t have issues (that I could find anyway) with silicon or other gaskets and were variable temperature.
Kalorik Cordless Electric Kettle Stainless Steel It’s made of stainless steel and has a 1.7 L capacity. The only plastic that comes near to the water appears to be the lid which only has contact via condensation. More than a few complaints on Amazon about its lid getting stuck. I couldn’t find a picture of its controls so I have no idea how they work.
Bonavita 1.0L Gooseneck Variable Temperature Electric Kettle This seems to meet my requirements that it only have steel (or glass) in touch with the water and nothing else. It also has o.k. reviews but consistent complaints about build quality. My big concern however is that it’s too small! Our previous 1.5 L kettle was a tight fit for a normal night’s tea, a 1 L just isn’t going to do it.
The following are variable temperature kettles I considered and my reasons for rejecting them:
Pino Digital Kettle Pro At 1.5 L it’s a decent size. The controls are a little fiddly but nothing awful. It appears that only stainless steel comes in contact with the water. There is a metal bit that lets you measure how much water is in the kettle but it fell off immediately and I never missed it. Unfortunately after only 4 months or so my kettle stopped working.
Bonavita 1.7 Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle At 1.7 L it solves the size issue I had with its 1.0 L sibling. But the reviews on Amazon are pretty consistently awful.
Breville Variable Temperature 1.8 Liter Kettle A nice user interface and great water capacity with a stainless steel interior. Unfortunately according to this review on Amazon the Kettle has plastic in contact with the boiling water.
Melitta 1.7 L Cordless Kettle Good size and stainless steel interior but it still has plastic in direct contact with the water for it’s fill meter. Also the temperature settings are kind of vague, based on the type of tea rather than the actual temperature and doesn’t appear to show the current temperature.
Zojirushi Water Boiler and Warmers These are really cool. They let you set up a temperature and the kettle will keep it there all day at relatively little electrical cost due to good insulation. The interiors are stainless steel but they do use gaskets that while BPA free are made of silicone or plastic.
Chef’s Choice 688 SmartKettle I owned this kettle (or one of it’s sibling models, I’m not sure). It does have plastic parts that contact the water and since day one it had issues with it’s water sensor incorrectly thinking that there was not enough water in the kettle. The problem has only grown worse with time so I gave up and ended up buying the Pino which of course also died and much faster than the Chef’s Choice.
Cuisinart TEA-100 PerfecTemp Programmable Tea Steeper and Kettle It’s a bit small at 1.2 L and the tea steeper accessor isn’t terribly useful to me (what a pain to clean). But you can easily pull it out. It does have plastic on the top and on the lid but a glass carafe. In theory the water only touches the plastic as either condensation or on it’s way out as being poured. It’s not ’marinating’ in the plastic. However I am concerned about the bottom which is steel. Traditionally they are connected with a silicone or similar type gasket which has its own issues with chemical leakage.
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle It’s big and stainless steel but unfortunately plastic does come in contact with the water.
Breville One-Touch Tea Maker At $250 the cost knocked me cold. Also it’s core mission, which is completely automated tea making, is cute but really, I don’t need it. Cleaning the kettle is a lot more trouble than cleaning a cup. Also it apparently uses a silicone seal to match the glass with stainless steel and I have no idea what that is leaching.
Capresso 261.04 TeaC100 Temperature Controlled Water Kettle It uses a design that mates a glass carafe to a metal base using some kind of gasket whose chemical qualities I don’t know. Also on Amazon there were numerous complaints about it breaking quickly.
The following are kettles that came up when looking for plastic free kettles, they aren’t variable temperature though.
Jura-Capresso H20 Water Kettle At around 1.4 L it’s kind of small but it’s container is glass except for a silicon/rubber washer around the heating element which seems to be the cause of a number of complaints of a noxious smell.
Precise Heat 1.5 Liter Electric Water Kettle It seems to only have stainless steel in contact with the water.
Cusinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Tea Kettle Porcelain, which is great! But rather than letting you set the temperature it just has a thermometer. It’s also not clear to me exactly how the thermometer works and if it uses plastic to connect the thermometer to the water.
Hamilton Beach 40898 Cool-Touch 8-Cup Cordless Electric Kettle Stainless steel and large size with no plastic.

52 Responses to Buying a new plastic free variable temperature Tea Kettle and the cost of corruption

  1. raye says:

    Try an old fashion electric percolator – just remove the coffee filter & tube. I gave up on a kettle after looking inside all the ones at local stores. I guess progress means plastic.

    • Administrator says:

      If I just wanted something to boil water in there plastic free choices. But I really enjoy green teas and so I want something that can heat the water just to the temperature I want, not boiling. As far as I can tell percolators just boil.

  2. IJ says:

    Here’s a lead for you. I have found some with no plastic inside but they were made in China an they either broke down quickly or people complained about bad smells coming from it. Here’s an Italian made one that I’m considering: The Alice Elegance by Ottoni Fabbrica which is available from the German Amazon store. Good luck!

    • Administrator says:

      It’s a beautiful kettle but insanely expensive! In my case however the key feature is temperature variability. I love my green tea!

  3. Raffi says:

    I really found this kettle comparison article interesting. I’ve been in the market for a variable temperature completely safe (not plastic) kettle. I live in Canada and we have far fewer choices, so I appreciated the names and models you provided – but unfortunately I see why you decided not to go with those.

    I was thinking of picking up this Cusinart model. It’s not electric, but there’s no plastic and there’s a temperature gauge.

    http://www.amazon.com/Cuisinart-PTK-330R-PerfecTemp-Porcelain-Teakettle/dp/B001D1D6IS

    Mixed reviews on Amazon, but over all more positive than negative.

    • Administrator says:

      I actually had that kettle on my list at the bottom. I said “Porcelain, which is great! But rather than letting you set the temperature it just has a thermometer. It’s also not clear to me exactly how the thermometer works and if it uses plastic to connect the thermometer to the water. “

  4. catherine says:

    Thank you so much for this info.

  5. Joe says:

    I’m on the same quest! I’m a tea fanatic looking for a variable temperature electric kettle that holds at least 1.5 liters and where no plastic or silicone touches the boiling water (I could live with a plastic lid). Any new leads? I’m surprised that no one seems to make a kettle that meets these requirements…

    • Administrator says:

      Unfortunately no progress at all. :( I just can’t find anything that has a variable temperature kettle with no plastic in it. Although I did see http://www.teavana.com/tea-products/tea-accessories/tea-tools/p/tea-thermometer-and-timer at Teavana. What caught my eye about it is that I could potentially use it with a glass kettle and it would beep when the water was at the temperature I wanted. I have no idea how well it works in practice though. The reviews aren’t good but the basic idea seems solid so maybe I can find one from another source that works better.

  6. lilliane says:

    I’m in the same boat with a variable temp electric kettle — trying desperately to get a good, BPA and possibly plastic-free, interior. I’ll spend more at this point! I did have the Pino, which only lately is not working – but it worked for years!
    It’s between the Bonavita and the Cuisinart but if someone can convince me (please) about the Zojiroshi I could be swayed for convenience sake. Any help re this bunch?

    • Administrator says:

      I explain in the article my issues with the Bonavita and the Cuisinart. Given the potential chemical issues if I had to choose I would choose the Bonavita but if the reviews are anything to go by I wouldn’t expect it to last very long. And I too am in love with the Zojiroshi but it still has plastic in touch with the water. :( Sigh… if I had any time left I would go start my own kettle company. But I’m too busy having fun with my day job (http://thali.codeplex.com).

  7. Oran says:

    My Pino just broke after three years and I thought surely there would be a better replacement by now, but sadly no. Seems like a great opportunity for a Kickstarter campaign…

    • Administrator says:

      Laugh all you want but I have given serious thought to a start up building plastic free variable temperature kettles. It’s just so far outside of both my knowledge and interest zones I haven’t been able to bring myself to do it. Manufacturing is, from what I can tell, a really cut throat industry. You really have to know what you are doing and I don’t.

  8. Sahalu says:

    Thank you kindly for all your hard work and help.

  9. Andy says:

    Anyone had any luck finding a completely plastic free variable temperature kettle? If not has anyone contacted a manufacturer to suggest it?

    • Administrator says:

      I’ve never even heard of one. I have to admit that I haven’t tried to contact a manufacturer. Mostly because my previous attempts at talking to companies about issues like this never went anywhere.

  10. Andy says:

    No worries. I’ll email a few of the major manufacturers. There’s clearly a market for one and if they market it in the right way it doesn’t have to be niche.

    • Administrator says:

      For both to the kettles I would have two questions.

      Question #1 – What is the lid made of? If one really wants a fully plastic free experience than having boiling water rise up and hit a plastic lid isn’t ideal. Although I would agree that this is probably preferable to having the plastic fully immersed in the water.

      Question #2 – Is the glass container fully sealed or does it work like the Capresso with glass on the sides and a metal bottom? If the later case then one has to wonder what was used to mate the glass to the underlying heating element.

      For the moment I am using the Precise Heat 1.5 Liter Electric Water Kettle. It isn’t variable temperature (it only heats to boil) but I can’t find any plastic in it anywhere. One odd thing about it is that it doesn’t make any noise when it boils. It just has a very soft click. I find that mildly annoying but everyone else in the house is really happy about it. Especially the folks who wake up early and need to boil water without waking everyone else up. So far thought it seems to work well.

  11. plastic free says:

    Here are two models marketed in Europe that seem to fit the criretia.

    I owned this one and it worked fine for about two years, then it suddenly stopped.
    http://www.amazon.de/Premium-Glas-Wasserkocher-mit-Temperaturwahl-Rosenstein/dp/B00861KJIS/ref=sr_1_3?s=kitchen&ie=UTF8&qid=1434136031&sr=1-3&keywords=rosenstein+%26+s%C3%B6hne+glas+wasserkocher
    It has several reviews of quality problems.

    Might get this one instead: http://www.amazon.de/gp/product/B00RGL66SQ/ref=s9_simh_gw_p79_d10_i1?pf_rd_m=A3JWKAKR8XB7XF&pf_rd_s=desktop-1&pf_rd_r=1JFJ47TA2HV21ACDCK14&pf_rd_t=36701&pf_rd_p=585296347&pf_rd_i=desktop
    ——————————
    Aus welchem Material besteht der Deckel?

    A: Der Deckel besteht aus Kunststoff (Plastik).
    ——————————-
    unfortunatelly, top is made from plastic and this article is about plastic free kettles

    If you can order in germany, then I would go for this:
    http://www.amazon.de/Ottoni-Fabbrica-Italienischer-Wasserkocher-Elegance/dp/B003GT8T6E/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1403625712&sr=8-4&keywords=Edelstahl-Wasserkocher+ohne+Kunststoff

    Unfortunatelly, they do not sell to UK :(

    • Administrator says:

      The Ottoni has actually been mentioned previously on this thread. But alas they don’t sell it in the US either. For the other two kettles you mention they both involve combining glass and metal. I have to admit I’m uncomfortable with that because it involves using some fairly serious chemical bonding agents to keep them together. Who knows what is in those bonding agents?

  12. Arun says:

    The Russell Hobbs is the best but not all are plastic free. I have had mine for 4 years! Use a long stainless steel meat thermometer or a milk frothing thermometer (for lattes) to gauge temperature. Customize if you want – drill hole on lid to hold thermometer for good! Slide out the plastic mesh/screen on some of the newer ones and you are good to go. Go to a decent kitchen supplies store and check them out or buy from online store with a good return policy. Smaller kettles with interesting colors are mostly sold on line from Korea but many of the 1.7 liters and larger are from US sellers. Took me long time to settle on this brand. Simple and has worked for me. Hope this helps. Sip on!!

    • Administrator says:

      Their kettles really aren’t plastic free and have plastic parts that can’t be removed that come in contact with the water. So they don’t work for my needs. Unfortunately my Precise Heat 1.5 Liter Electric Water Kettle was destroyed (quick quiz – Should you put an electric kettle on an electric stove? Alas we had a baby sitter who couldn’t answer that one correctly and we ended up with a house filled with smoking plastic) and it’s replacement (that I bought from a dodgy company) was a piece of garbage. It immediately started leaking water out the spout. I’ve seen a number of people complain about that. I just put in an order for a 3rd. Sigh… all this to avoid plastic.

  13. SG natale says:

    You can buy a tea thermometer from UPTON TEA. The color coded dial display assists with correct temp range for your tea. Leave lid loose a little and insert metal stem while kettle is on. Plastic window over dial does not contact water.
    My durable 15 year old Russell Hobbs workhorse kettle still shuts off anyway, when it boils, but I have to be the one to catch it in time and shut it off sooner for green tea temperature. No I do not catch this in time more than 50% of trials. Lid goes off to cool, or I add cooler water sufficient to make temp dial go down to desired level. I wish this great kettle was fully plastic free. Chef’s Choice is excellent American made brand. Let’s ask them to make kettle we need.

    • Administrator says:

      O.k. so this is nuts but my tea thermometer is a classic Thermapen. Total thermonuclear overkill but once a year I buy something just silly and a few years ago this was my choice. The thing works amazingly well and we use it for everything. Having a super fast and super accurate thermometer turns out to be really useful for things beyond tea.

      We lost ANOTHER precise heat kettle. This one died on its own. They are really not good quality but they have no plastic of any kind touching the water. At this point we just use a stove kettle since it’s all metal.

      Per your suggestion I did go over to Chef’s Choice website to write them a letter and they don’t even have a form or email address mechanism! You have to actually call them. What is this, 1980?

  14. Keith says:

    I am also on the search! I found what appears to be a great plastic free kettle, but still not variable. It’s made by Secura, you might give it a shot as a stand in. It gives me some hope as the design could easily be added onto for variable temperature but we shall see if anyone ever gets a clue!

    Secura SWK-1701DB Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric Water Kettle, 1.8 quart, Black https://www.amazon.com/dp/B011BE7V8W/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_PJLuybM122XFW

  15. Joanna says:

    I think you will like this concept, but it’s still in development stage – > http://www.miito.com/home/

    • Administrator says:

      Wow! Really! Wow! The Miito would really meet our needs. It will be interesting to see what the Miito’s performance is compared to more dedicated solutions, if they can figure out some of the issues with measuring temperature and exactly how many types of containers it works in. But I signed up to be notified when it’s available.

  16. JC says:

    I haven’t seen this one mentioned yet.
    BrewGlobal Brewista SmartPour Variable Digital Kettle, Stainless Steel (BKV12S02)
    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B01CFHAIBQ/ref=cm_cd_asin_lnk
    Here is what “amazon questions” states:
    Does plastic touch water?
    Answer: It looks like there’s a rubber seal ring where the spout connects to the pot. Other than that, everything is all metal.
    By L. Nichols on May 31, 2016
    Wrote to the vendor who responded with the following: “There is a silicon ring in the bottom where the temperature probe goes through the base and no plastic touches the water anywhere in the kettle.”

    I am leaning towards this or the 1.0/1.7 Bonavita. I have exhausted myself looking for plastic free so I might give up and settle for minimizing it.

    Although another option might be to get a stove top one, MUCH easier to find 100% stainless steel, then buy a variable temperature electric countertop stove.

    • Administrator says:

      For me the question is, what is keeping that silicon ring in place? Silicon in and of itself should, I think, be inert (it’s literally sand). But usually there is some kind of glue used to keep the silicon seals from moving around and it is that glue that can be a problem. For now we just use a stove top kettle. It’s not nearly as convenient as an electric but at least there’s nothing but metal.

  17. SG Natale says:

    I just found the Chantal Mia electric kettle. No plastic. Lists at 59.99, but can probably get via Bed,Bath & Beyond ubiquitous 20%off coupon, and probably also free shipping.
    Since I posted in September when I knew my 15 year old kettle was wearing out (it finally did), I too have had to decide what compromise to choose since I cannot have the European Alice Oterri, that I know of. The Mia is all metal, albeit only holds an advertised 32 oz, but at least is electric and has auto shut off. I would much rather have a high mounted, low profile spout above water line to resist corrosion from hard water, in addition to variable temp, and 1.7 liter capacity.
    This has more of a pour-over coffee kettle spout, but I didn’t like the sound of the lack of durability in the other kettles without plastic, and at least I had used a fine porcelain over steel harmonica whistle from Chantal for many years in the past, which they still make for the stove, which was of excellent quality. Due to that, I guess I’ll give their electric kettle a try.

    • Administrator says:

      The Chantal Mia actually looks like a great fit except for its size. It’s really pretty small. Still, now that I know it exists I might buy one anyway. Using the kettle on the stove is a real pain.

  18. SG natale says:

    Well, I have tried the Chantal Mia. It only has metal inside. Since it is a 1000 watt kettle, it is not that fast, but it was ok, and I was ok with the smaller 32 oz size. I found the handle distinctly uncomfortable, and definitely some will find it hurts hand and wrist. You have to twist wrist to pour. My stovetop Chantal’s handle was ok because it was mounted over the kettle, instead of from the side. Anyway, “I bought it, I got it”, so that was going to be it. Then I started noticing very small puddles on the plastic base. A couple times after that, water leaked out of the bottom of the kettle while I poured from it. It was very small amount, but is unacceptable at all. All this from about 7 days use. It has to go back.. There is a Sencor swivel base kettle I just discovered that may work out, even if it does have a faceted “crystal” knob on the lid. It comes in mainly bubble gum colors, but white is offered.

    • Administrator says:

      Sigh… why is it so hard to find quality construction? But thanks for the warning on the Chantal Mia. As for the Sencor, did you actually get one? And the colors… wow… I mean… wow… seriously…. it’s like someone doesn’t want you to buy it. As for the crystals, oy. BUT, having looked at http://www.sencor.us/electric-kettles/swk-40wh-nab1 it does look like it doesn’t have any plastic! And at 1.5 liters and 1500 watts it looks like it should be able to do the job well. But I’m having real problems finding any reviews of them. Hasn’t anyone bought and reviewed one of these yet?

  19. SG natale says:

    I actually think I may have found this one very early in its USA retail game, hence, possible explanation of scarce reviews. I called the company about color, because Kohl’s offered it on sale in “red” or yellow. No others available, but I inquired further because the “red” kettle was pink in photo. Sencor rep confirmed it would only be pink, and that others places have generated similar questions. She confirmed that the white one didn’t seem to have any availablity, that there is no plastic inside, and volunteered that she does not know of anyone ever sending one back! Possible indicator of quality. Since this has 1500 watts and no plastic, and even a better capacity, not to mention a high mounted spout, it seems that it could function as a winner, at least in a white color, and maybe some way to get the silly knob changed out for a useful loop to pull off the lid. With a removable lid, I should be able to insert my tea thermometer, and turn off at temp I choose. I wouldn’t be able to do this with most hinged lids that operate via a spring from a button. The Sencor rep also explaned that it might be until mid-March or so for a shipment to come into the US. I plan to explore this later. Sgn

    • Administrator says:

      Do let us know what your experience is. But I suspect I’ll crack at some point and just buy one. It does seem to check all the boxes, assuming it is actually reliable.

  20. Catherine says:

    Yowza, I’ve found my people! But no variable temp plastic-free electric kettles. Anybody here found anything over the last year or two? Or started manufacturing them yet? :)

    • Administrator says:

      Given the demand I’ve thought about manufacturing one myself but I know just enough about manufacturing to know I don’t know enough to pull it off. If you read the comments you’ll see that there has been some success in finding plastic free non-variable kettles but variable (my personal goal) has made no progress at all. :(

  21. Aristarco says:

    Xiaomi, also called Mijia Kettle is a great option, or at less for me, is all stainless steel inside and have temperature variable control with Xiaomi home app, that is now in english

    Pros:
    Is very fast, boil 1.5 L or water in less than a minute
    The temperature variable control is very accurate
    Options, cool down the boiled water Vs Warm up the water Up to the chosen temperature
    Custom Button, you have many temperature options
    Keep warm up to 12 hours and this is customizable
    Price (for functionality), Actually 47 USD, with free shipping in gearbest.com

    Cons:
    Requires a connection of 220 V and Chinese plug (I had to pay for that)
    Variable temperature control only available with app
    only pairing with one device, not multiple at time

    Actually I have two months with this tea Kettle, and And for me, then read dozens of articles, and try with several kettles (including one coffee kettle of coffee gator this the best option available in the market

    • Administrator says:

      I found the kettle at https://nis-store.com/appliances/xiaomi-mijia-smart-temperature-control-kettle-white/. But as Aristarco pointed out it is for 220v and uses a Chinese plug. So one would have to get a full power converter. Not just an adapter, but a converter. And not just any converter, one that can step up from 180v to 220v and support an 1800w load. The ones I found on line cost over $100! But that having been said this DOES look like it meets all the requirements! It is stainless steel and it handles variable temperature (even if via an app). So the Unicorn does exist! Now if we can just get one made for the US market.

      • Aristarco says:

        Hi Everbody, well, you dont need a converter, only one 220V conecction in your kitchen, many homes in United States have one (Can be made by joining the normal connections of 110), not me and for that’s why i had to pay, but only $40 for all work, The electrician technician finished in less than 20 minutes, Yes, in the end I paid almost $ 90 for all kettle and electrical changes, in addition to losing a normal plug in my kitchen (it was replaced by the Chinese plug at 220V) but at least I have the two main things I was looking for in a kettle, Variable temperature and all stainless steel inside, Not a unicorn but a nice white horse

      • Aristarco says:

        Hi, well, you dont need a converter, only one 220V conecction in your kitchen, many homes in United States have one (Can be made by joining the normal connections of 110), not me and for that’s why i had to pay, but only $40 for all work, The electrician technician finished in less than 20 minutes, Yes, in the end I paid almost $ 90 for all kettle and electrical changes, in addition to losing a normal plug in my kitchen (it was replaced by the Chinese plug at 220V) but at least I have the two main things I was looking for in a kettle, Variable temperature and all stainless steel inside, Not a unicorn but a nice white horse

        • Administrator says:

          Wow, you are committed! It makes sense but I have to admit that is a bit more work than I want to do. And I doubt I could get an electrician in Seattle for under $200/hour.

      • Skye says:

        Hi, thank you for starting this thread and a search for a plastic free, variable temperature kettle. My quest for the same brought me here, and I’m thinking of getting this Chinese kettle. However, I can’t find the right converter. You stated that you had found one online and I’m wondering if you might post a link to it?

        • Administrator says:

          I just did some quick searches for converters that looked about right. But I can’t swear that they really were right which is why I didn’t include links. Didn’t want to direct someone to the wrong solution. :(

  22. Keith says:

    I have found a new option! It seems to meet our criteria, I have not received it yet but according to reviews and info it is all stainless steel inside the unity. So far great reviews on Amazon. It’s variable temp, gooseneck pour, keep warm function, and seems to be a quality design https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0755CCBLC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_MJv0zbG5NG08D I will post again when I learn more!

  23. Samantha says:

    Check out this one!

    Variable temp and gooseneck and all stainless! There is one spot about 1/16″ on the lid that has a plastic “tab” poking through a stainless steel screw used to secure the plastic lid upper. Otherwise all stainless. And affordable. Sigh. I think I will get one, but it is a bummer that they came sooooo close to the holy grail.
    Electric Gooseneck Kettle with Preset Variable Heat Settings for Drip Coffee and Tea, Quick Boil, Stainless Steel with LCD Display, Auto Shut-off, Keep Warm Function & Strix Controller, 1.2L https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0755CCBLC/ref=cm_sw_r_cp_api_IwF3zbT436PEM

  24. Marcie says:

    WOW! This is so pathetic. I was looking at the Ottoni Fabbrica Alice Elegance electric kettle, available in Europe. Amazon.com.de does not ship to the US at this time. I have read some information that the company would re-wire for 110V but I guess not any more. When my husband was alive he probably would have re-wired it for me and although I have electrical experience, I would still worry about the 2400W heating element that, when calculated, would need 22.amps and at 80% usage, I don’t have an appropriate circuit in the kitchen.
    Why can’t we get proper plastic free appliances in this country? There is definitely something wrong here.

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