In our opinion, most kettles really miss the boat. They are either too fancy, too heavy or too slick and the point of the exercise - boiling water - is overdone. For these reasons we have only bought two kettles that we are proud of: the Revere kettle and the Chinese restaurant kettles, which are harder to find and our personal favorite. However, in an effort to get a Best List together we scanned the horizon and found a bunch of worthy contenders...
- Revere Whistling Tea Kettle: classic, easy to clean, works perfectly
- Classic Chinese Restaurant Kettle: stainless steel, black handle, cute spout, and CHEAP - can be found in Chinatown shops and sometimes at Pearl River Mart
- Kettle by Sori Yanagi, 1994: A new personal favorite, this brushed stainless steel kettle has a distinctive, simple shape. The only problem is that it doesn't whistle (we've burnt a bunch of water).
- Alessi Michael Graves Tea Kettle: sooooo 80's (but it broke open the field)
- Bodum Osiris: A stripped down contemporary version. Post Graves, but with all the Graves taken out...
- OXO Uplift Tea Kettle: a bit over engineered, but sure to be a classic for it's ease of use and inventive pouring design.
- All-Clad Stainless Kettle: high end, clean lines and it whistles!
- Chantal Stainless Kettle: VERY FANCY, Kitchen bling, high end, clean lines AND a Hohner harmonica tells you when the water has boiled
- Chantal EVA Zeisel Kettle: This is a new entry that actually looks like the Chinese restaurant kettles. A Brushed stainless finish gives it a modest appeal.
- Russell Hobbs Cordless Kettle: best electric
- Windsor Quick Boil Teakettle: A little too ornate, but this old fashioned design really works. This baby boils FAST.
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