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Hamilton Beach 40996 Programmable Kettle, 1.7-Liter

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  • 5 pre-set temperatures for a variety of teas, coffee, or cocoa
  • Programmable clock for wake-up ready hot water
  • Smart programming keeps water hot for one hour
  • Boils water faster than a microwave, safer than a stovetop kettle
  • Simple +/- buttons adjust temperature
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  • Product Dimensions: 7.1 x 9.2 x 9 inches ; 2.9 pounds
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Hamilton Beach Programmable 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle - 40996

Programmable 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle - 40996

Just as effective as the morning alarm, but not as noisy or unpleasant, the Programmable 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle can wake you up peacefully to ready, piping-hot water, right when it's needed most.

With 1500 watts, this electric kettle can rapidly heat up and retain a range of programmed temperatures for a variety of caffeine and herbal teas, coffees and hot cocoa. All disguised by a cordless base and brushed, stainless steel exterior that's compact, space-saving and appealing on the kitchen counter or at the table.

Overall, as an economical, high-performing kitchen accessory, the Programmable 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle offers modern functionality without the old-fashioned teapot look or a long, tacky cord to get in the way.


  1. Boils water faster than a microwave and is safer than a stovetop kettle
  2. Control panel/display includes 5 pre-set programmed temperatures, manual temperature buttons, countdown timer, programmable clock and automatic one-hour shutoff setting
  3. Brushed, stainless steel exterior hides fingerprints and conceals heating elements underneath
  4. Cordless kettle allows for cord-free serving and easy storage
  5. 1500 watt power base retains hot water for up to one hour
  6. Push-button lid opens easily with one hand and reduces spills
  7. Extra-large 1.7 Liter (L) kettle pot holds a large capacity of water for multiple cups
  8. Removable anti-scale mesh filter (inside spout) purifies water for drinking
  9. Water window on kettle handle equipped with pre-marked measuring lines for accurate pouring
  10. Boil-dry protection helps keep unit safe from damage and over-heating

Smart Programming

With built-in, pre-programmable settings and easy-to-use buttons, the Programmable Electric Kettle gives you the complete freedom to choose the type of hot drink and desired temperature setting. If there's no time to select a temperature, simply pick from one of the five pre-set temperatures that are already available. To do this, press the PROG button repeatedly until the desired temperature shows on the display. If you have a young child and need a slightly cooler temperature, select the PROG button and change the + and – until your desired temperature shows on the display. Remember to make sure the clock is set for the correct time of day. This will ensure successful heating without being awakened in the middle of the night.

Changes from °Fahrenheit (°F) to °Celsius (°C)

With adaptable temperature settings to read either Fahrenheit or Celsius degrees, the Programmable 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle is the versatile, low-cost solution for any hot beverage drinker – the tea lover, the coffee drinker, even the metric-minded individual. Simply press the + and – buttons at the same time to show the water temperature in °C, or repeat this process to change it back to °F.

Automatic Safety Elements Protect from Damage and Overheating

Concerned about the kettle floor discoloring or kettle pot boiling dry? No worries, this electric kettle is equipped with safety devices to give you the ease and peace of mind for during and after use. Also, if the kettle is accidentally switched ON without being filled with water first, don't fret. The kettle's automatic safety setting will automatically switch OFF.

Temp Chart

Beverage Temperature Guide

Not sure what the ideal hot water temperature is for your beverage? Complimentary on the exterior of this Programmable Kettle is an easy-to-follow guide offering novice tea drinkers and hot beverage enthusiasts the exact temperatures and times for preparing hot water to make green, white, oolong, black and herbal tea as well French press coffee and hot cocoa.

Easy Cleanup

Allow the unit to cool before taking off or putting on parts for cleaning or use. To disconnect electric kettle before cleaning, turn any control to OFF (O) and then remove the plug from the wall outlet. For optimum performance and a clean mesh filter every time, do not to use abrasive souring pads or cleaners since this may damage the stainless steel surface. Instead, rinse the filter periodically under running water and gently brush with a clean toothbrush.


Before use, fill kettle with selected amount of water with mesh filter in place, and ensure that water level is between 0.5 L and MAX on the water level window and on level surface before serving. Overfilling the kettle may cause boiling water to spit out of the spout. Do not use for any other purpose than heating water, as other liquids or food will contaminate the interior. If the kettle floor starts turning colors, don't panic. This is normal and tends to happen, and does not affect the kettle's performance. Note: Care must be taken when handling the kettle to avoid spilled hot liquid, scalding or burns – use knobs or handle.

Customer Reviews

It heats the water very quickly.
I love that it holds the water at a certain temp if you want it to, but that you can also brew tea several times a day at several different temperature settings.
Angela Oas
I had this kettle for 3 months and it stopped working.

Most Helpful Customer Reviews

100 of 100 people found the following review helpful By ydant on October 1, 2012
Color Name: Stainless Verified Purchase
I've been looking for a programmable kettle that didn't cost an absurd amount, and I think I've finally found it. This replaces my old on/off boil kettle also made by Hamilton Beach - the fact that kettle lasted for 5+ years (and was relatively cheap when I bought it) was a strong factor in my decision to buy another Hamilton Beach.

Pros (some of these comparing to some other kettles I've tried):

1) Nice brushed stainless exterior.
2) Push button handle to open the lid - a nice change from the detached lid my previous kettle had.
3) Pour can be controlled fairly well for pour-over coffee.
4) Temperature adjustment in 5 degree increments. That means I can set this to 195F and get exactly the results I want. Others I've tried only had a few settings.
5) Fairly accurate thermostat. I've tested this with my old standby the probe thermometer (which I've used to make coffee for years as well), and this kettle is always within a degree of my other thermometer. Both might be horribly inaccurate, but at least they are consistently inaccurate together.
6) Live thermostat reading on the display. This tells you exactly how hot the kettle is while it's heating up. That's handy for timing things.
7) 1 hour "keep warm" setting which periodically re-heats the water. Either this works really well, or the carafe holds the heat in better, but I'm experiencing no heat loss during the time it takes to make coffee. My old kettle would lose 10 degF in the time the pot took to brew. Either way, I'm loving this kettle.
8) Solid feeling. It's not super heavy, but it doesn't feel cheap.


1) Hard to read LED display - this thing's a pain under our under counter lighting in the kitchen. It's *good enough*, but crap.
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47 of 48 people found the following review helpful By Matthew S. Benefiel on December 23, 2012
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Ever since seeing a programmable kettle in a store I've wanted one. I make anything from Cold Brew coffee (212 F or boiling), French Press coffee (best at 180 F), Black Tea (Boiling again), to green tea (175 F to 180 F). The cost was always a factor though since I already owned a cheap GE kettle that has lasted five years and still going. I saw this on sale and decided it was time. It works really well. You just put the kettle on, click the program button till you find the temperature you want, then click on/off button. It boils a little slower than my GE, but it gets to the programmed temperature and then holds that temp for an hour, which can be nice. You can program it to turn on in the morning, which seems a little more complicated with only four buttons, but I haven't had the need so I haven't used it. The temperature has been right on, you can't go wrong with this. The inside is all metal, so no plastic taste in the water.
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49 of 51 people found the following review helpful By 26chairs on January 20, 2014
Color Name: Stainless Verified Purchase
You might wonder why two different brands/models of kettle that look like they are made of the same materials and look essentially the same are priced so differently... Well, looks like the difference is in the way they work, not necessarily durability or hardware quality.

This kettle is great if you want a very basic electronic kettle. It lets you set a temperature, has a "keep warm" setting, and heats up pretty quickly, and the thermometer seems pretty accurate. The biggest issue (which may entirely be a non-issue for you) is that it heats the water right past the target temperature. Whereas fancier electronic kettles seem to have mechanisms that enable them to hit the right temperature (ie: easing up on the heating as the target temperature draws closer), this kettle seems to heat at full power until it detects that the water is at the right temperature, then stops heating... which usually goes something like:

- Set temperature setting to 180.
- Start kettle
- 140...
- 150...
- 160...
- 170...
- 180... Cool, the kettle just turned off...
- 185...
- 187...
- 190...
- 192... Well, crap, better open up the lid of the kettle and wait a bit...

Now, as I said, this may be a non-issue for you. You can be smarter than the kettle and set the target temperature to be a bit lower than what you actually want, or turn it off a bit before it reaches the wanted temperature, or you can simply wait for it to cool off to the desired temperature...

It's annoying though. The whole point of buying an electronic kettle is that you won't have to monitor the temperature yourself with a thermometer. With this kettle, you end up having to do pretty much that, except you get a built-in thermometer and an electronic display...
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43 of 47 people found the following review helpful By C J on September 27, 2012
Color Name: Stainless
I purchased this tea kettle at my local box store for $10 off list price when it was on sale. I was skeptical that a kettle in this price range would be any good and I was pleasantly surprised. Yes, the clock setting is annoying but I just waited until noon and uplugged it then set the clock. I don't think I will ever use the time delay program because it heats so fast that I can turn it on in the morning and in a couple of minutes it's ready. It literally seems like by the time I get my cup & tea ready I've got hot water. Love that this is stainless steel, that there are temp setting for all kinds of tea (especially green which is my tea of choice) and that the kettle will keep water warm for 60 minutes after it's first done. When you take the kettle off the base the temp display will disappear but as soon as you put it back on the base the temp will reappear and the 60 minute count down will continue. I was considering spending $130 for a kettle with similar features and I'm so glad I did not and I have $90 more in my pocket. I highly recommend this especially if you get it on sale.
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