Wednesday, January 16, 2008

Thumbs down for this electric kettle

Electric kettles are great for brewing tea at home or the office—they are a self-contained water-boiling system, great for places where there isn't a stovetop nearby. (And I just don't like "nuking" my water in a microwave.)

I've been using this Hamilton Beach stainless-steel electric cordless kettle. It worked fine for about a year, but lately the auto-off feature has stopped working: Even after the water reaches a rolling boil, with hot water splashing out of the spout and all over the wall next to where I have the kettle plugged in, it keeps on boiling and boiling, which is actually a little scary if you think of it.

I also see from the reviews on Amazon that I'm not alone in my negative assessment. Buyer beware!

Time for a new kettle. I searched on Amazon, and I'm thinking of picking up the Braun shown below.

This Braun electric kettle is popular and very highly rated on Amazon.

—Mellow Monk

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