In Praise of the Electric Kettle

In Praise of the Electric Kettle

Jonathan B.
Jan 22, 2008

Everywhere we've been in Denmark, it seems like an electric kettle has permanent residence on the kitchen counter. It makes sense: it is January, after all, and the days are short, so coffee and tea are helpful ways to wake up and stay energized throughout the day.

It boils quickly. And an electric kettle is not only time efficient, but energy efficient as well, directing all of the energy it consumes into heating water. So what do we use at home?

Maxwell's favorite is the Russell Hobbs Cordless Kettle, but it's a big large for our space, so we went with a smaller Bodum model instead.

But we wish this one, which is widely available in Denmark, would work at home. (It will not because of the difference in voltage.) We like the snug lid and durable stainless steel of this particular model, which holds enough for three small cups of coffee or tea. It also doesn't have the painful tendency to leak steam like the Bodum Mini Isis we have at home.

Most of the stainless steel kettles available in the US are too big for our taste, and they tend to be not very attractive.

Any ideas for a small, stainless 110V kettle? Send them our way!

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