Toastess TGK486 Cordless Glass Kettle,Black
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- All the benefits of glass: elegant, clean and transparent
- Advanced heating technology with concealed element permits fast and easy cleaning
- Auto boil and off switch shuts kettle off when water starts boiling; Quickly starts reboiling at the touch of a switch
- Kettle shuts off if plugged in dry; Kettle shuts off when lifted off the roundpower base
- Lid snaps tight into place for safe use; On/off Indicator light
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TGK486 Features: -Made of high quality German Schott Duran glass.-All the benefits of glass: Elegant, clean and transparent.-Advanced heating technology with concealed element permits fast and easy cleaning.-Auto boil and off switch shuts kettle off when water starts boiling.-Quickly starts reboiling at the touch of a switch.-Kettle shuts off if plugged in dry.-Kettle shuts off when lifted off the round power base.-Lid snaps tight into place for safe use.-On / off indicator light.-Aquascreen water filter.-Handy cord wrap eliminates counter clutter.-Boils as little as 2 cups (500 ml) of water.-Faster than a microwave, safer than a stove top. Dimensions: -Dimensions: 8.8'' H x 9.5'' W x 12.1'' D.
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With that said nothing annoys and frustrates me more than the taste of a tea being polluted or ruined by the introduction of foreign flavors. I have owned a number of plastic kettles most of which I am sure based on their age contained BPA and even if they didn't often time gave a strange odor or flavor to the tea. I have also had some great stainless pots but recently (past couple of years) had to revert back to the plastic again.
I decided at Christmas 2010 that I wanted to finally get away from these and was originally looking for an all in one solution. You can imagine my delight when I saw the Breville One Touch Tea Maker and jumped at the chance of this. Long story short I got through 3 of them, the first 1 didn't work, the second and third however had a strange odor that seemed to come from the brewing basket lid. I was really frustrated that this didn't work out, especially with so may other great reviews of the product and the cost.
So, gave up with the all in one and went back on the search for a BPA free and ideally plastic free unit. I looked at the Hamilton Beach stainless and about every other kettle Amazon and others had including the Pino (which is the one I was going to go for). The problem was the BPA identification was either non existent or a guess even by the manufacturer !!! This blew my mind.
I found two Toastess models (1 being this one and the other being DLJK-459) and started the research here. I went for this one as the other Toastess (DLJK-459) had a plastic water window which I wanted to stay away from. I learned that the carafe on the TGK496 (this unit) was glass (in fact the same duran glass as used in the Breville carafe) had a stainless steel heating plate and absolutely no plastic touching the water when boiling. To confirm, the handle attaches on the outside of the carafe so no plastic touching there, the water marks are on the handle (on the outside) so again no BPA leaching viewing windows/water guages as used in other products. The only two pieces of plastic that exist in any proximity of the water are the lid (I know why can't they just get rid of this and replace with Stainless steel and cool touch top etc !!) and the water filter by the spout (this can be removed if you wish). I took this one step further and looked into the lid components (just in case there were concerns about condensed water dripping back) and can report that the lid is made of Plastic #5 (PP - polypropylene) which according to many health related websites poses no risks (who knows what time will show here).
So I finally found BPA free and as close to plastic free as I could and I have to say I love this kettle. Simple but great unit with a 1.7 capacity which is awesome when you have multiple tea drinkers in the house and want to fill a brown betty pot. Glass gets warm so watch out for that and power switch seems a little flimsy but those are the only small gripes.
If there was one thing I would want from this kettle and while I'm at it a please to all kettle manufacturers is to remove the plastic completely whether its touching water directly (crazy in this day and age) or from a condensing perspective, get it out of there !
Hope the information here was useful, please let me know with any questions and do yourself a favor, pickup this kettle. Its one of the few kettles that is BPA free and the closest right now to plastic free.
Go get yourself a cuppa and enjoy the purchase. Amazon as always was awesome !!!
Some months ago, I went to the Toastess International website and chose Customer Care. I live in the United States, so I specified that country. The company that handles US customers is Farnsworth Hill. I then saw a phone number 1-800-727-4296 and an email address. On Nov 19, 2013, I sent an email to "toastess at farnsworth dot com". No reply. So, today I called. I was on hold for nearly 10 minutes. Just as I was about to hang up, a nice person answered. Long story short, I have to buy the whole lid assembly. I cannot buy just the screen. So I did: $22.90. About half the price of a new kettle. I decided it was worth it. You may not.
I have cleaned the kettle from time to time with some vinegar mixed with water and then boiled it all. The method cleans the minerals off the boiler plate, but I think it also weakened the filter material. I know I poured out the hot solution through the filter screen a few times, and I think that's what weakened the screen.
As I understand it, the kettle has to have the filter screen if you want the auto shutoff feature to work. To test it yourself, leave the lid up when you boil water. I like that feature, so I want the filter.
If you are concerned about plastic, you can put the lid up before you pour the water, but be careful that you don't scald your hand.
Follow up: I ordered the replacement lid on Dec 9, 2013 and it arrived Mar 24, 2014. The old one was easy to remove and the new one waS easy to install. Lift up the lid so the screen is pointing as close to straight up as it will go and gently pry one side loose from where it connects to the handle. It's easy to remove the other side. With the new lid pointing screen-up, push it evenly down towards the holes on the side of the handle. It pops into place.
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