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Old 03-06-2017, 05:59 PM   #1
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Electric Kettle Recommendation

I am trying to drink less pop, so I've been making tea over the weekend for during the week at work. The only problem is that I only have a stove kettle and it takes FOREVER! I am looking to upgrade to an electric kettle. Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Old 03-06-2017, 07:51 PM   #2
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I've got a Capresso. It seems to work well enough.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:22 PM   #3
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The Brits laugh at our electric kettles, because theirs are wired for 220 and all of them can boil water in 3 minutes...

Both The Sweethome and Serious Eats say the same thing: Cuisinart CPK-17. They say it boils a liter of water in just over 4 minutes.

Now that I have looked for this, I want one.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:55 PM   #4
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We have a Philips and it works fine. You put a cup or two in for one cup of tea and it boils fast. You fill the whole pot to the top, and it takes much longer. So if you are one person, it doesn't matter much.
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Old 03-06-2017, 08:59 PM   #5
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important points are cordless, swivels on base. There are many available. Don't spend shitloads, they'll break in some way anyway. $25-30 should do it.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:03 AM   #6
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important points are cordless, swivels on base.
This. I agree on both points.
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Old 03-07-2017, 08:37 AM   #7
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OK.

I re-read the original post.

If you are making one big pot of tea on a stove burner to drink (iced?) over the course of the week, I don't think you'll find an electric kettle that much faster.

Doing a little google fu,
I see that a typical medium gas stove top burner produces around 9,000 BTUs which is the equivalent power in about a 2,500 watt burner. Coincidentally, a typical electric stove generally has a bigger burner that uses 2,500 watts. So average gas burners are about the same as the big electric burner at the front of many electric stoves. You can get more powerful burners, but they aren't standard.

So you want to look at the watts used by an electric kettle to get an idea how fast it will heat. Many use only 1,500 watts. I don't see how they could be faster.

I would start by timing your own burner and see how long a liter takes to boil. Then read reviews of electric kettles and see if they even reveal boil time. The kettle UT linked to looks very nice, with temperature control, but seems pricey to me.
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important points are cordless, swivels on base. There are many available. Don't spend shitloads, they'll break in some way anyway. $25-30 should do it.
This. All of this.
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Don't spend shitloads, they'll break in some way anyway. $25-30 should do it.
True. I think that must be a universal law of electric kettles. I have had expensive (relatively) and/or trusted brands, quirky, nice designs, and cheap as chips from a low-end supermarket or discount store.

Some of the cheap ones I had for a couple of years - some of the pricier ones died in 12 months.

I just buy the cheap ones now.
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Old 03-06-2017, 09:02 PM   #10
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Aroma I think is our favorite brand, although current one is Hamilton Beach, Back-up is Costco and Phillips have been good in the past. Kroger also had an acceptable one for sale recently, but I felt a second brand new back-up might be excessive. (We also have an emergency back-up that we take on vacation that was $10 from ALDI). And several partially broken ones that can still boil water...

What?
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Woo! Thanks for all the recs!

The Cuisinart and Capresso look nice, but too expensive, I think.

monster - that's the problem - there are sooo many!! I use one at work and I got hooked there. Brand names are good. I looked up Aroma and there is one for $15 on amazon, but I think I'll look at the other models, too. Hamilton Beach had one I liked, but it was going to take too long to ship, now it's out of stock and I would have had it by now.

glatt - My stove takes 10-15 minutes to boil if not longer. I believe the electric will be much faster. Plus, I won't have to move the damn kettle around when I am cooking.
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The Brits laugh at our electric kettles, because theirs are wired for 220 and all of them can boil water in 3 minutes...

Both The Sweethome and Serious Eats say the same thing: Cuisinart CPK-17. They say it boils a liter of water in just over 4 minutes.

Now that I have looked for this, I want one.

Hear me laugh at your slow, expensive kettles - Ahahahah.
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Hear me laugh at your slow, expensive kettles - Ahahahah.
OMG you have NO idea....... aaaaaaaaaaaaaaargh. This was one of the biggest culture shocks.
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Nice feature(s) for $25-30 kettle from grocery store:
Window to see inside, if boiling. Blue light that turns off when done heating.

Plus cordless swivel base --MUST HAVE. Useless without.
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Old 03-07-2017, 01:59 PM   #15
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It's a disposable item.

Not a bad thing, if used many times per day, every day.
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