Folks, if you're looking for a plastic free kettle this lovely looking item is NOT the one for you. There is absolutely a plastic ring INSIDE the kettle around the stainless steel heating element on the bottom. Those of you who are saying in your reviews that there is no plastic, sorry to burst your plastic free bubble. Hard to see, but take a knife and gently poke the space between the heating element and the glass wall of the unit. You will feel the very soft gummy plastic. I don't know, maybe it's silicon. But I don't love that either, mine is going back.
It's two weeks later and I want to make an amendment to my review. I think I was harsh. I had read so many questions and answers and reviews saying there was no plastic and then when I received it I was very disappointed because there is plastic. Or silicon, to me it's the same thing. But if you don't mind the plastic, it is a very lovely item and I have to say that customer service was top-notch. They saw my unhappy review and immediately contacted me and offered me an alternative product. So I decided to try it, it's a stainless steel Kettle and even though I wanted glass I have not been able to find any glass kettle with zero plastic in it. The stainless steel kettle is lovely.