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446 of 453 people found the following review helpful
on April 1, 2011
This is a fine kettle, and all the 'cons' in other reviews seem silly to me.
I drink a lot of good tea, use good water, and I want a good kettle--and this one is it!
(Isn't it crazy how hard you need to shop for a simple water kettle? Well, search no more.)

The PROS:
1. Solidly made: 1-piece body construction (i.e. except for spout) with no bottom seam to get messed up.
2. Heats quickly: wide bottom is smart design.
3. Easy to fill: handle moves correctly, lid correct tightness.
4. Easy to use and pour.
5. Good whistle that fits well.

About the supposed 'CONS':
1. NOT 'non-stick': The inside is simply not highly polished like the outside. Think about it: Why would a manufacturer spend extra to polish the inside or add an insanely useless non-stick coating?? (and I NEVER use anything 'non-stick'!)
2. NOT a rigid handle: Mine moves with an easy push but also stays upright, as it should. Do you want a loose handle that will drop to the side of the pot and get hot while heating?
3. Sharp edges? None on mine. Smooth as silk.
4. Leaky pour spout? Not on mine. Seamless, perfect construction.
5. Bubbles over? Read the filling directions! It fills my big English teapot.
6. Hot to open or pour? Not mine, not at all: spout opens and closes cool.

I'm not searching for the 'perfect teapot,' whatever that might be. (I've had both cheap and expensive pots. All I care about is function, though this one is stylish, too!) I'm absolutely delighted with this--A GREAT WATER KETTLE!!

(UPDATE JULY 2013) After using this pot for two years now, I must admit that the 'gurgle' or 'blub-blub' does sometimes happen, and it can be annoying. But it's easy to fix, and the great, simple solution posted in the "Most helpful Negative Review" takes care of it fast and easy. (Thanks for the tip!) The pot's seal just works too well--it prevents air from coming into the pot as you pour, so it sometimes goes 'blub-blub.' As the reviewer suggests, just pop the seal out and the problem is solved. As for the rest of my review, I stand by every word: the pot is still working great!
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222 of 228 people found the following review helpful
on January 3, 2011
It took me two night of reviewing all the kettles on Amazon. So what do I do? I buy this kettle which at the time did not have any reviews. I am not sorry because this is a great kettle. First of all the brushed finish matches my GE Profile stove perfectly. I love the spout and it does not drip when you pour hot water in your cup. It does have a large capacity but so what just don't fill it all the way if you don't need to. When the water starts boiling you get the whistle like you would with most kettles. What's also nice is when the kettle starts to boil and steam is coming out the cover on top the cover is large enough so that the steam comes out the sides which allows you to pick up the handle without burning your hands. Another point that I don't want to forget. The inside of the kettle is a one piece mold. Along the bottom of the kettle there is no seam along the bottom edge which means that this kettle is very easy to clean. Most of your cheap kettles have a seam in the corner which allow deposits of some kind to get stuck in the corner. You would not think this would happen with just plain water but it does. I gave this kettle to my wife for Christmas and she was very happy with it. It is a well made kettle that is very nice to look at when it is sitting on top of the stove. It is well worth the price.
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169 of 174 people found the following review helpful
on December 28, 2011
I was about to get on here and complain about the uneven pouring or "glugging." I've never had a teakettle behave in this manner, and it was extremely frustrating. Then I saw Les's review, which states: "There is an almost transparent silicone seal on the underside of the kettle's lid. Remove it and the problem with uneven water stream will be gone." We followed Les's advice, and it did indeed fix the pouring problem. The seal that he refers to looks like a clear rubber band. Other than the pouring issue, it is an attractive and functional kettle.
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142 of 146 people found the following review helpful
on February 17, 2011
This really is a wonderful kettle. It's a simple, low-tech design with very little to wear or go wrong. There are no seams that might eventually fail, the top removes for easy cleaning, the spout easily flips up for a smooth pour (and to cancel out the whistling if you don't want it), and the handle flips out of your way for compactness when needed. It also feels well balanced in your hand when pouring. All in all, it doesn't get any better than this one. And I think it's built to outlast me.

Update:

I'm perplexed by some of the bad reviews. My kettle does not spurt water at all, nor does the handle get hot. It pours perfectly. Additionally, I was concerened about the review that said there was a non-stick coating on the interior since I too do not want this. I contacted Oxo about this and they assure me that the kettle is stainless only with no non-stick coating. I'm still loving my example, but maybe there are some quality control issues with others? Still 5 stars from me.
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76 of 80 people found the following review helpful
on October 10, 2011
I spent a lot of time reading reviews of tea kettles and I finally decided on this one. I wasn't completely excited about the shape but since I've had it have gotten to like it. This is a great tea kettle. It pours without sputtering, the whistle is loud but not shrill, and the handle is ergonomically designed to be easy to pour even when hot. The handle also folds back for easy filling. And if you follow the directions to fill properly there is no water spewing from the top or spout when it boils. Also it has a nice capacity for 2 people. It also has no seams so no rusting or leaking. It is completely stainless steel so no toxic problems. I have many OXO Good Grips proucts and they all are beautifully designed. I very happy with this new addition to my colletion.
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82 of 89 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
Bought this kute kettle on 3/10 from Amazon because of large number of favorable reviews. It came on time and looked really pretty. The whistle is loud enough to hear in our house. The handle stays warm, sometimes hot but not that hot to grab. Some people complained about the lid being too tight. I found it ok although i have to use a bit force to get it on and off. The internal lining seems to be a covered material. That was a less concern now because i just found a couple days ago the rims on both the kettle and the lid are severely rusted! I have taken a few picutres to show how rusted they are. If it were genuinely made of stainless steel as it claims, there is no way it rusted so badly in just two and a half months. I'm convinced that I must have received a fake one as i didn't seem to remember any review mentioned this problem.

I'll contact Amazon for either a refund or another replacement (if they can garantee the quality). Otherwise I have to look elsewhere. Amazon usually sells good product. They let me down this time and I hope they can do something to save up their reputation.
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38 of 42 people found the following review helpful
on March 13, 2011
This is basically a good teakettle. I have used it for several months every day and while it is not perfect, it does the basic job of boiling water, whistling and pouring without the need of a pot holder quite well. I like the style and it looks great on top of my stainless stovetop.

My old kettle did not have an insulated handle so I was looking for one that did. I got tired of having to grab a potholder to pick up a hot kettle.

I bought this kettle even though there were no reviews at the time. It seemed that every review of other teakettles found something negative so I decided to give this kettle a chance. I'm glad I did.

There are a couple cons that exist, but are outweighed by the basic functionality of this kettle. Occasionally the boiling water will blast out of the spout. Also the handle that is advertised as adjustable to fill the kettle is hard to move. I guess you could say it is a bit tight, although it hasn't been a problem for me. I think I could have my husband put a little WD40 on the hinges of the handle if it was a big problem, but I found that feature to be unnecessary. I just tilt it slightly like other kettles I have used and it fills fine. The lid is tight, but not too tight for me and I do have some arthritis in my right hand. However if you have severe arthritis, you might look elsewhere.

The boiling water blasting out of the spout can be solved by simply waiting a few seconds after the teapot whistles to pour. I can see that this could be more of a problem if one is boiling a full pot and is anxious to pour immediately. Usually this isn't a problem for me as I only fill the pot about half full and am in the kitchen preparing something else, so I can get to the pot as soon as it starts to whistle. I turn the gas off under the kettle and by then by then it has just stopped whistling and is perfect too pour. If I am out of the room I can hear the whistle which means that the water is at a full boil by the time I get there, so again, if I wait a couple seconds I can pour just fine. If I had an electric stove, I would just move the kettle to another burner for a few seconds and then pour.

I have seen it recommended that to make a good cup of tea, the water should not be at a full boil anyway.

By the way, it does have a very nice whistle that has several pitches, high then low, if you wait awhile to get to it. I guess for some people this is important.

Overall I would recommend this kettle over most of the others I have found reviewed on Amazon. Its problems are minor and easily dealt with. I expect to use this kettle for years to come.
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33 of 37 people found the following review helpful
First I will say that I read hours of reviews and appreciate everyone who wrote in with their negative and positive experiences. Its surprising to find out how many things can go wrong with a tea kettle. I trusted the reviewers and got a great kettle. This, though not the shape I was most hoping for and bigger then a single person would need(though its always nice to accomodate guests), has proved true quality and excellent design. It has a nice polished exterior, solid components, a handle that does not get hot and stays where you angle it. The lid fits snugly, is wide for filling and washing and stays put when pouring. The handle and spout will hold up to decades of use. The interior has no crevices so cleans easily and is of a material that appears to be rust proof. Its solid and durable, but not has heavy as I'd have expected-the components are thick and strong, yet the body is lightweight. The whistle is not shrill, but proved audible even when on the far side of the house. I can see this being the kettle I hand down to my kids and recommend to my friends.
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24 of 26 people found the following review helpful
on January 1, 2012
Was looking for a new kettle to match our new SS appliances. Decided to try this OXO. Excellent choice. Great quality. Handle stays cool to touch, even with the SuperBurner and SuperBoil burners. Nice large bottom keeps flame off the sides of the pot. Nice one-piece construction with no interior seams to corrode. Only problem found so far? The lid is very air-tight...so, the water tends to "glug glug" when pouring. I fixed this by drilling a small relief hole in the lid. It does not affect the "whistling" as the steam chooses the path of least resistance. Pouring is smooth and even now. I highly recommend this product and hope this review helps.
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31 of 35 people found the following review helpful
on May 27, 2013
I am a tea drinker, so I use my kettle twice a day during the week (morning black tea, evening herb tea), and probably 3-4 times daily on the weekend. I read all the reviews, and I'm sorry I ignored the reviews talking about how this kettle "spurts"..... Please believe those reviews. This kettle spurts and gurgles more regularly than the Old Faithful Geyser. I HATE this kettle. I have granite countertops, so every time I use the kettle I have to lay out a dishtowel so I don't keep subjecting my beautiful granite countertops to hot boiling water. No matter how slowly I pour, no matter how carefully I ease that hot water out of the spout, it still spurts water out onto my countertops. I am now in the market for a tea kettle that does not spurt water, and quite frankly, I don't care how much it costs. As soon as I find that kettle, this one is going in the trash where it belongs.
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