KitchenAid Teakettle 2-Quart Gourmet Essentials Stainless Steel Kettle , Brushed
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- 2-quart tea kettle made of brushed 18/10 stainless steel
- Round-shaped lid removes for convenient filling at the sink
- Soft silicone grips on handles and pouring-spout lever
- Tall loop carrying handle; whistles once water reaches a full boil
- Measures approximately 9 by 10 by 12 inches
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This 2 qt. teakettle features a comfortable, easy-to-grip handle. The handle is made of stainless steel accented with soft silicone rubber. The kettle whistles when water comes to a boil and has a removable lid for easy cleaning and filling.
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Rule #1: Read the directions and follow what they say. After my handle was indeed way hot, I decided to read the directions rather than simply thinking, man all those people were right. Guess what? The directions clearly say to heat the kettle over MEDIUM HIGH heat, not over CREMATE. I was thinking I wanted that tea NOW and so I had the heat turned way up. The handle got blistering hot, no doubt. But when I lowered the heat for the next pot, and the next, guess what? No hot handle. You can easily pour with your bare hands. It gets warm, but that's because of the conductive properties of stainless - and that's also why you can't just cremate the pot. The conductivity of the metal will overheat that handle, so keep the temp at the proper range.
Rule #2: Refer to Rule #1. Keeping the water level at the proper line prevents the whistler from getting goofed up. A lot of people were also commenting that the whistler worked one time, but after they drowned it (had the water level too high when it boiled), it never worked again. I don't know about that because after the first incident of the hot handle due to not following directions. So after that I paid attention and did not overfill the pot. As to needing to remove it from heat the instant it whistles, well, I was indisposed at the moment that it whistled, and it continued whistling merrily until I was able to get there. it has not ruined the whistler. Maybe because the whistler never got overfilled with boiling water.
So the moral of the story is, if you want to get the intended results, you need to follow the intended use instructions. My teapot looks grand, works just like a teapot should, and I couldn't be happier with it!
I haven't had any issues with rust so far. At first, I tried to be vigilant about emptying the water after use and opening the top to let it air dry. But I inevitably got lazy, and the kettle sits on my range with water in it and the lid on most of the time. Periodically when I open it to fill it up, I give it a good visual inspection, but no rust yet.
The handle has never gotten too hot for me to pick it up. I first used the kettle on a glass-top electric range, and the handle never heated up at all. It was always cool to the touch, and I heated the kettle on high (I only learned later that I wasn't supposed to do that!). Late last year, I changed to a gas range, and now the handle heats up when I heat the kettle. It seems to depend on how high the gas flames are, i.e. hotter if they lick around the bottom of the kettle. But I would still only call the handle "very warm", not too hot to handle.
I was a newbie to tea kettles before purchasing this one, so I never got used to filling a kettle from the spout. It is very easy to fill this one at the lid on top. The lid sits firmly in place but is easy to remove and replace. But if you're used to filling at the spout, that is going to be very difficult or impossible with this kettle, so it might be a deal-breaker.
Overall, it's a great-looking, substantial kettle. Although I use it at least daily, it looks the same as it did when it came out of the box--the rubber accents are intact, and the stainless steel is easy to keep clean and goes well with my appliances. The whistle is loud enough to hear from another room. After one year, I am very pleased with my purchase.
1. Boiling a full pot doesn't even get the handle remotely hot.
2. I was afraid the lid wouldn't stay open on its own, but it does indeed
3. This is well constructed, with heavy gauge metal
4. boils quickly
5. the axis for the lid is well made and simple, reducing the chances for mechanical issues.
6. produces a nice loud whistle
7. no issues with rust in the first month of use at least
Update: rust formed in kettle. Whistle volume decreased. The rust really bothers me.
So what are the negatives? The handle gets uncomfortably hot after heating the water. If you don't make sure the top lid is on tight, it won't whistle, and then one can boil it dry. I'll leave the guilty unnamed, though I will saying it wasn't me. The good news was that even after boiling it dry with some of the plastic parts becoming a bit "melty", all it took was some cleaning and the kettle continues to work fine.
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