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Cuisinart BA-170 Classic 2-Quart Whistling Kettle

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  • Classic, elegant style. Corrosion-proof 18/10 stainless steel interior.
  • Gleaming 18/10 polished exterior. Solid aluminum encapsulated disc in base ensures quick and even heat distribution.
  • Curved stainless steel handle with black nonslip cushioned handle grip for safe and easy pouring
  • Specially designed knob on the lid whistles when water reaches boiling point. Dishwasher-safe.

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Product Description

Designed for professional performance, top-rated for home use, the Cuisinart 2-Quart Whistling Kettle Classic has a corrosion-proof 18/10 stainless steel interior and gleaming 18/10 polished exterior. A solid aluminum encapsulated disc in the base ensures quick and even heat distribution. Once the water reaches boiling point, the specially designed knob on the lid will whistle to alert you. The curved stainless steel handle with a non-slip cushioned handle grip make for safe and easy pouring.

Product Information

Product Dimensions 9.8 x 7.5 x 7.5 inches
Item Weight 2 pounds
Shipping Weight 2 pounds
Department Kettle
Manufacturer Cuisinart
ASIN B0000UUZY6
Item model number BA-170
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3.5 out of 5 stars 144 customer reviews

3.5 out of 5 stars
Best Sellers Rank #170,536 in Home & Kitchen (See Top 100 in Home & Kitchen)
#464 in Kitchen & Dining > Cookware > Teakettles
Date first available at Amazon.com January 15, 2004

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I read the reviews about the whistle not working, and because I liked the look of the kettle, I bought it anyway. Sure enough, It did not whistle. So, I fiddled with it and after a couple of false starts, I reckoned that the steam would be attracted towards the spout and that a draft in that direction would be created. Then, I positioned the cover with the slit openings of the whistle facing the front and the spout. Sure enough when the steam started coming out of the spout, the sound started soon after, actually a pleasant harmonic humming, but loud enough for it to be heard in another room. And It doesn't shriek like a whistle, it's much easier on the ears, really. As for how the kettle performs, I find it excellent for my need to have a non drip spout. I like to make coffee by the pour over method and my old, heavy, whistling kettle's spout is round and drips all over the place. I couldn't do the delicate work of wetting the coffee grounds without a mess. The Cusinart is light and controlling the pour is much easier. All in all, a better solution for me and much less expensive than a highly touted Asian brand. I think this is a good product, but might need more attention in use and care. Keep the flame lower than you normally would. The heat conductivity is fast and permanent discoloration of the sides of the kettle can occur if flames lap around. Don't use abrasive cleaners or brushes because they will ruin the shine of the steel.
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After 9 months of service I took the cover off (have been filling through the spout) and discovered that the inside was completely rusted! This has to be a health hazard and I'm appalled that I've been drinking rust water for almost a year.

Yuck.

Cuisinart wants me to pay shipping both ways and a $7.00 handling fee to replace an obviously defective tea kettle under warranty. No refund offered. Another brain dead company. I have reported this defective item to the Consumer Product Safety Commission so that hopefully nobody else has to drink water that came into contact with defective, rusty metal.
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There is no way to make this kettle whistle, even when the water is filled up inside past the pouring spout, so no steam can escape through the spout, the lid still does not whistle. It is simply a design flaw. Otherwise it would have been the perfect kettle, beautiful, functional, handle high enough to not get too hot to hold, and easy to pour. We had to send it back. The most beautiful kettles don't whistle. It seems that in order to make a kettle do that, the designers have to create an ugly contraption , squat, lousy-pouring , tricky triggers, and handles that burn one's hand. How long has civilization been making water kettles?
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I received my kettle yesterday and was really impressed with its packaging. The two qt. kettle is classic just as advertised shinny and bright. What I noticed at first was that the handle did not pivot which gave me somewhat of a problem filling it. The next thing that caught my eye was the diameter of the molded on handle material. It seemed very small. I new right then that it would become too hot to lift when the contents inside the kettle was at boiling point. I filled the kettle about half full of water and fired up my burner for a test. The whistle did not go off but hot water started to spew from around the lid knob. I touched the small slender handle and as expected it was to hot to lift without using a hot pad. Then I filled the kettle to its two qt. capacity and fired off my burner once again. About 20 minutes went by when suddenly a sound from my kettle began. It reminded me of a frieght train in the distance. Not bad, I thought, I always like that sound. However, at the same time steaming water began to boil over from the pouring spout. It made a mess on my stove top. I suppose 3 quarters full would have set off the train whistle and not a geyser from the pouring spout. It's not perfect although I paid a nice price for it. It needs improvement but it will heat water and replace my old one I've had for more than 20 yrs. Today it sits on my counter ugly and tarnished and I just haven't the heart to throw it away just yet. It didn't have a whistle and it was something I wanted because it to boiled over.
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After a lifetime of buying inexpensive kettles, I was happy to buy a 'brand name' kettle that I hoped would be good quality. Mine didn't whistle, either, and after a month of use has developed cracks all around the outside bottom, at one inch intervals. Cuisinart has told me to return it to them, but I have to pay shipping in both directions if they decide to replace it. Definitely disappointed.
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Cuisinart BA-170 Classic 2-Quart Whistling Kettle

We purchased this item and began using it just around Christmas 2012, and TWO months later there is heavy rust inside the rim of the lid, on the rim of the kettle, and where the sides of the kettle join the base. The inside of the handle in the lid is rusted and so is the "whistling" arrangement inside the pot at the base of the spout. Not sure what metal this is made of, but it sure isn't stainless steel.

To add insult to injury, when my husband requested a replacement, Cuisinart customer service said they would be happy to send a replacement if we pay $7.00 shipping and handling -- plus pay for return of the item with tracking service. I don't see why we should pay anything for a defectively designed and/or manufactured tea kettle that will probably rust out just as fast as the first one.

I thought Cuisinart was a good brand but apparently it is no longer.
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