Sunday, August 26, 2018

Question for the Community: Who makes the best tea kettle?

Photo by Salt Water New England
Who makes the best tea kettle?  Do you prefer using an electric tea kettle or stovetop?  

36 comments:

  1. Many people believe the English made “Simplex” kettle is best. It is “Guaranteed Solid Copper.”
    Git one.

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  2. Sorry, distracted by those perfect silver sugar tongs.

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  3. I make black tea billycan-wise because I like to drink it all day long. I bring a saucepan of water to a boil on the stove, add the appropriate amount of loose black tea, and strain it into a thermos carafe five or ten minutes later.

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    1. Does it lock?

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    2. I'm sorry but I don't know just what might lock. The carafe?

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    3. My grandmother made tea that way. After straining the tea leaves, she would sprinkle them on her planting beds. Of course, she also grew mint for tea. Unlike most Southern cooks, her tea was served without sugar. I am now looking for silver sugar tongs.

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  4. My husband bought me a Simplex eight or nine years ago, and it is hands down the best kettle I have ever had. It has a pleasing, graceful shape, and a loud, attention grabbing whistle. No leaks when pouring, either! It was pricey, but I expect it will last my lifetime, so really, a money-saver in the long run. I love it!

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    1. Hands-down the best endorsement ever.

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  5. I have a stainless kettle that whistles that I have been using since I moved out on my own in 1988. I am not sure brand matters so much as having that whistle. How many times I have turned on the pot and then gotten distracted only to hear the whistle and say to myself, "Oh!"

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  6. Revere Ware whistling teakettle, originally made in Rome, NY, in my home county -- but now manufactured in China.

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    1. I still use the Revere Ware whistling kettle my mother gave me when I left for college. It has served me well for many years.

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    2. I have one, too. Bought it more than 30 years ago in New England and have been using it ever since. (But all my British friends use an electric kettle. Sorry, not sure what brands.)

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  7. Breville electric. Very pleasant to use.

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  8. Catamount Flameware 2.5 QT Sun Tea Maker Glass Microwave Pitcher Jar

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  9. My mother was a daily tea drinker,
    the tea pot always had 3 marbles in it.

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  10. https://www.vermontcountrystore.com/

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  11. Alessi Conico. Italian-made stainless steel, lovely minimalist looks, and won't rust and fall apart--like cheap chinese kettles.

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  12. My British best friend finally convinced me to go electric. I bought a Breville and am very pleased.

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  13. I'm rather partial to my Reston Lloyd teakettle with its matching burner covers, especially the "Country Morning" series with the artfully drawn roosters on beige enamel. Looks charming in my country kitchen here in this old Connecticut farmhouse.

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  14. Four years ago I received a Chef’s Choice glass electric kettle as a gift from a fellow tea lover and have never looked back. It’s easy to clean, water boils quickly, nice modern design, turns itself off - delivers my countless cups of tea in snap. Love it.

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  15. BRAUN electric for several years now however keep the old Revere Ware handy to use on the gas range when we have power outages which is frequent with West Penn Power! PA

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  16. I invested in a Simplex Buckingham flat bottom chrome tea kettle about 30 years ago and it's still in service. It sits on my stove and we use it daily to heat water for tea and the french press. It doesn't leak when pouring, the chrome is still bright and shiny, wood handle ensures a good grip when pouring and the whistle is not high pitched or annoyingly loud as some tea kettle can be. It has a few dents and dings but that only adds to the character. A great investment.

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  17. Dear
    Matthew CowlesAugust 26, 2018 at 9:44 PM

    Like this:
    https://www.canadianoutdoorequipment.com/billy-tins.html

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    1. I'm a coffee drinker myself but I appreciate the link.

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    2. Ah, sorry. I didn't mean to suggest that I actually use a billycan. Rather, that I boil the water and steep the tea in the same thing, as I think that people who use billycans do.

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  18. We have a Revere kettle that is at least 25 years old. I never thought we would use anything else. Then, an Irish friend who is a serious tea drinker, advise me to get an electric one. We got a Hamilton Beach, which was $19.99 at Costco. We like the electric for its convenience - it is much faster than the kettle on the cook top. We use it daily for tea and a french press.

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  19. I use an old Picquot Ware Kettle ( K3 model ) on the gas-fueled AGA ( when the AGA is running Oct-April ) . The rest of the year it's an electric .

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  20. Talking of AGA : do many readers here have one or have friends/neighbours who have one ?

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  21. All-Clad stainless steel whistling tea kettle - I love mine and use it every day!

    slf

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  22. I was a devout coffee drinker until I contracted a few tick-born infections including Lyme. For some strange reason, the infections erased my coffee memory and addiction and I now only drink tea. I prefer porcelain or ceramic cookware over anything metal and so I began heating water in my old Corning stove top percolator (without the perk). I hated using my stove burners so frequently throughout the day and feared they would fail. I began my search for a porcelain or glass electric kettle. I don't care for most things that are modern and trendy but after an exhaustive search, I decided to try the Bella Clover ceramic and the Ovente glass electric kettles and settled on the Bella. I didn't care for the modern clover design on the outer surface but I've been enjoying it several times a day for over two years. I really appreciate the safety feature that turns it off when it's reached temperature. I de-scale with vinegar 3 times a year. I must warn that this kettle is very heavy and sometimes difficult for me to pick up. If it were a plain white kettle, I would love it more. I also keep it covered after heating with a Spode Blue Italian tea cozy which keeps it warm enough that when its time for a reheat, significantly reduces heating time.
    I'm always shopping for a good quality black tea so, I have a question for the tea drinkers: What black tea do you prefer and would recommend? I prefer a strong smooth black tea- single origin if possible. I also prefer a tiny bit of half and half with mine. Thanks in advance for any recommendations!

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    1. One of my favorite black teas is Scottish Breakfast Blend from Upton Tea Imports. Upton has a fine selection of teas, including a wide selection of single-estate teas, and their quarterly newsletter is great reading -- and temptation -- for any tea lover.

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    2. London cuppa with Alkazone drops.
      And thank you and Bitsy for this tea information, it is appreciated!

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    3. Hu-Kwa, from Mark Wendell, a tarry-flavored Lapsang Souchong. My grandmother drank a pot of that every day of her adult life. (OK, she probably cut it with another black tea, but I don't know what.)

      I make a pot of it myself roughly every two weeks, and I do it straight, no addition/alteration.

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  23. I agree with the Simplex recommendation. I have owned one for over twenty years, still use it quite frequently, I clean the copper occasionally, and I have had no problems with it. Yes, they are pricey, but it's the last one you'll buy.

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  24. Alessi II Conica, you will not be disappointed and it's a great investment piece, they hold value!
    Happy kettle hunting!

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