Monday, June 07, 2010

Two eco-friendly teakettles

The Cuisinart PerfecTemp teakettle has a built-in thermometer on the side, so that you can remove it from the stove right when the temperature is just right for green tea (about 75°C, or 167°F).

And if you live in the UK, you can order Ecokettle 3. Like some other electric kettles I have reviewed, Ecokettle 3 has multiple temperature-selection buttons and shuts itself off automatically when the chosen temperature is reached, avoiding heating the water unnecessarily high. Ecokettle 3 also saves energy with its clever dual-chamber design (see image on right): After filling the kettle's inner chamber, you can release only the exact amount of water you need into the outer chamber, where the water is actually heated.

Getting the right water temperature is so important to green tea, and reducing energy use is important, too, so it's nice to have a tool that does both for us — and in an easy and aesthetically pleasing way, too.

—Mellow Monk


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