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.