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Simplex Heritage 2 Quart Tea Kettle, Copper

3.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews
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  • Pure tin lining for superior heating
  • Whistles when water boils
  • Will never whistle on either a ceramic, glass or induction stovetop
  • Suitable for gas or electric
  • Heirloom quality construction
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Product Description

Hand made in England for over 100 years, Simplex tea kettles are both timeless and durable. This "No. 1" solid copper model features a high gloss finish, pure tin lining, solid brass embellishments, and a beechwood handle. A unique and attractive addition to your kitchen, it is suitable for use with gas or electric stoves and emits a pleasant whistle when water comes to a boil. Due to their design, Simplex kettles will never whistle on ceramic, glass, or induction stove tops.

Simplex kettles are manufactured to the highest standards combining the virtues and traditions of Victorian design and elegance with the innovations of modern technology. Simplex still follows the original 1903 mission statement, "to manufacture by hand, the highest quality kettles, consistently and without doubt produce the finest craftsmanship available."

When the lid is correctly fitted, which takes time to learn, and snapped in firmly, the kettle will whistle. If you have steam escaping from around the lid, then it is not correctly in place. You should be able to lift the kettle by the lid when it is in place. The kettles, when new, always whistle loudest with the whistle hole in the cap facing the spout. When you shake the kettle you should hear a ball rattle in the spout. Fill to the water line, fit the cap correctly, and the kettle will boil and whistle.

8-1/2" diameter x 10" H, with a 2 quart capacity


Product Information

Product Dimensions 10 x 8.5 x 9 inches
Item Weight 3 pounds
Shipping Weight 2.1 pounds
Manufacturer RSVP International
ASIN B0000DE6VR
Domestic Shipping This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
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Shipping Advisory This item must be shipped separately from other items in your order. Additional shipping charges will not apply.
Item model number SIM-HF1
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3.6 out of 5 stars 44 customer reviews

3.6 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #100,899 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#298 in Kitchen & Dining > Cookware > Teakettles
Date first available at Amazon.com October 2, 2001

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We could not be happier with this product. For this price we expected a perfectly-made tea kettle, and we got it. We can hear the whistle clearly from every room in the house, and the spout pours precisely without any accidental drips. We like the way the copper color mellows over time and enjoy how beautiful the kettle looks in the kitchen. It is a sturdy handmade product that can last several lifetimes.
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This is a handsome copper kettle, made in England, nice workmanship, large capacity, will fill a big teapot with no problem. I love the kettle and only have one little complaint, which has nothing to do with the workmanship or performance of the kettle. The kettle came with a little sticker of the British flag smack dab on the top side of the kettle, one of those stickers that do not peel off easily, and I had the devil of a time removing it without marring the copper finish. One of my pet peeves-stickering products in a prominent place. If you look closely, you can see where the sticker was, and I find that really annoying, considering how much I paid for this item.
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Long story- I thought about buying this kettle after much research and time and when I finally bought it from amazon and got it in the mail I tried to use it right away. The packaging and look was everything I expected (beautiful) but when I put water in it it didn't whistle at all. I had to contact costumer service because I wanted to return it due to the no whistle the costumer service guy was so nice and helpful he's the only reason I'm giving amazon a close to 5 star rating. He explained the kettles have known to have problems with the no whistles and he said they were getting the old kettle lids back that won't let out asuch steam and will make the kettle whistle correctly. I didn't end up having to return it but I am currently waiting for the new lid ( which was free) and hopefully everything will go well. Honestly they were really helpful and nice I would Definitly recommend this kettle and if you have any problems like I did they will Definitly help you out.
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I have had my kettel for years and wouldn't trade it for any other kettle. I hate to clean copper. I initially took off the laquer because I wanted to use this kettle. I onlt wash it in soap and water and it has a nice patina that is attractive. The whistle is nice and loud and the water stays warm for a long time after it boils. Its perfect for a second cup of tea without reboiling the water.
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The Simplex Copper Tea Kettle is nice to look at but that is where the compliments end. It is made of very thin copper sheet metal that is very light (nothing like the 2mm + thickness of Mauviel, Falk or even Baumulu - I own several copper pots that I can compare it with). The handle stays rigid and the lid has to be really clamped down for the whistle to work - there is a vent in the lid that creates the whistling sound - the rattling ball in the spout is merely to "seal" the steam from escaping so that the whistle works. At least that is the theory - I can get mine to work only on occasion - so that is a hit or miss. One has to be careful about getting water spots on the outside of the kettle - I usually fill the kettle only when it is under the kitchen sink spout and then shut it off when the water level looks right - this keeps from getting any water on the outside and minimizes any cleaning.

Where Simplex has really missed the boat is in the lining inside the kettle - after the first 3 or 4 uses, the inside of my kettle became black - this black residue would come off when I used a damp towel to wipe the inside of the kettle. Not wanting to ingest something in my tea, I sent it to a company for re-tinning. They hand applied a coating of tin to the inside of the kettle and lid (not the spout as it is too narrow) and after I received it back, have used the kettle for at least about 20 times ......and no black residue whatsoever. So for those of you who are experiencing the black residue problem, get your kettle re-tinned (it cost me an additional $80).

The kettle takes much longer to reach a boil when compared to other kettles that I have used - while this might seem to be contrary to what others have stated think about this.
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While these are marketed as meticulously crafted, high quality "classics" (allowing them to get away with the the ridiculous price tag), buyer beware: If you intend to use it as more than a stage prop for a production of Pygmalion, you will not likely be pleased to find it living up to its reputation.

1) Getting the lid on and off is unnecessarily difficult. The metal it's constructed out of is fairly thin... Actually probably a standard gauge for this type of use, but the problem is that rather than having a rolled edge on the lid, you're just inserting the raw thin edge into the tight hole of the kettle, which naturally jams. There's really nothing that can be done about this because it's a factor of how it's constructed. And it quickly becomes a pain.

2) Unless you're using the polishing product on this a bare minimum of weekly, and probably more realistically every few days, it will look spotted with varying degrees of tarnish. (Don't imagine that it will have an even patina, as develops with oxidation on an uncoated copper piece that sits unused for a long time.) Realism: No one is going to do this, or to keep it up over time. The only practical solution to this is to just let it go and not worry about it: Just be sure you're going to be happy with this before buying.

3) The whistle is actually fairly muted. I find it depends on the heat level and the amount of water in the kettle. For example, too high a boil or too low a boil and you don't get much sound. Most whistling kettles I find tend to have a clearer sounding alert mechanism. I gather from the comments of other reviewers that this was different on older models of this kettle,

Overall, factors like these make this kettle disappointing.
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