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Old 08-26-2008, 11:56 AM   #11
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Here's mine - I still love it as much as I did back 1 years ago, when I posted it (someone else was looking to get one) AND it's fast!

Electric Tea Kettle?
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:12 PM   #12
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We've had ours for about 2 years and love it. When I brought it home Buck thought I was nuts. What did we need THAT for? I lucked out and got it at a closeout store, not Big Lots, and paid $7 for it. Holds up to 2 quarts, has cool-to-the-touch sides and auto shut-off. All features I appreciate. It's quicker than the stove, too.

We use it for all kinds of things such as heating the water to cook pasta so the stove doesn't heat the kitchen up. Coffee and tea, of course.

It's never been delegated to the back of a cabinet it is used so often.
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:31 PM   #13
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So Tatt, Jkath, and Katie, would you say the main draw is that it is quicker than the stove top?
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Old 08-26-2008, 02:42 PM   #14
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Waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay quicker.
And, you're not heating up the stove either,

I actually got rid of my copper teakettle from Williams Sonoma after I got this one.
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:30 PM   #15
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For me, in order:

First - speed of heating water

Second - doesn't heat up the kitchen

Third - frees up stove unit

Fourth - no boil-overs, no pot-watching (You know what they say about a watched pot!)
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Old 08-26-2008, 03:40 PM   #16
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In my area, natural gas is a much less expensive than electricity for cooking. That's true when you compare a gas stove to an electric stove. I've often wondered if using a gas oven or stovetop burner is cheaper than a smaller toaster oven or electric water pot.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:07 PM   #17
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Fourth - no boil-overs, no pot-watching (You know what they say about a watched pot!)
That alone for me is worth it.
I've completely forgotten about a boiling pot of water on the stove while watching tv or surfing the net. By the time I remembered, the pot was completely empty of water and the handle practically melted off. This has happened to me twice. Wife was totally pissed off. I had to go buy a new kettle at Costco.
Next time this happens I'm getting an electric kettle.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:18 PM   #18
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I lived in Australia for 11 years and upon my return I could not believe that EVERY home did NOT have one. In Oz, many people use the water for instant coffee or French press or for leaf/bag tea. It's also very handy for so many other things that need to be hydrated with boiling hot water (dried fruit/mushrooms, instant soups, etc).

As others have mentioned, they are much faster than stove top as they are designed specifically for one purpose... boil water fast. Make sure they have auto shut off when water is boiled (most probably have this feature)... and the cordless versions are always nice.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:45 PM   #19
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I love my inexpensive electric kettle. I have a tendency to walk away and forget something is on the stove, so if I do, it shuts off when the water boils so no more dry, burnt pots. I also use it to add hot water to something boiling on the stove, such as extra water when boiling pasta. My mom has the same pot and she loves hers also.
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Old 08-26-2008, 05:55 PM   #20
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How do they know when the water is boiling in order to shut off?

And can you turn it back on to bring the water to a boil again, or is there a reset period?
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