It's just about to turn cooler and I can already feel my mind straying to thoughts of sweaters, boots and warming drinks. It's time to think about nesting, and for proper nesting you need a good tea kettle. Every home has one, usually sitting right on top of the stove. Aside from wanting to be practical, a tea kettle makes a significant design statement. Can you judge people by their choice of tea kettle? Sure you can, so let's do a rundown of those I like best. Got your own ideas? Please let me know in the comments.
• Kettle by Sori Yanagi, 1994: A personal favorite, this brushed stainless steel kettle has a distinctive, simple shape and is easy to clean. The only problem is that it doesn't whistle.
• Chemex Hand Blown Glass Water Kettle: This is a stunning new entry that I haven't personally tried, but here's a reader review: "I have been using one for about a year. I absolutely love it! The handle gets warm, but not too warm to hold it. It pours very well, and is a real work of art."
• Revere Whistling Tea Kettle: Old school, easy to clean, works perfectly
• Sapper 9091 Tea Kettle: A modern classic from 1983, "This was Alessi's first 'designer kettle', heralding a new season of kettle ideas for the design world. The true heart of this design is the brass whistle whose pipes sing two notes, 'mi' and 'si' when the steam blows through them, giving a particularly attractive melody."
• Adagio Teas Glass Water Kettle: Another lovely pure glass kettle and a new find.
• Alessi Michael Graves Tea Kettle: A modern classic, and sooooo 80's (but it broke open the field and established Graves as a tastemaker in the housewares 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
• Simplex Quick Boil Teakettle: A little too ornate, but this old fashioned design really works. This baby boils FAST. Made in England from tinned-lined solid copper.
• Demeyere Rondo 83oz Whistling Kettle: Nice recommendation by a reader, this "one combines the simplicity of the Revere with some actual good heat conductive metal and a pleasant whistle tone. This is my favorite kettle after looking at 30 kettles in the last month."
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