Some electric kettles are plain, no gadgets or gizmos, they just boil water. Others have more extra features than a Swiss army knife. But if you’re looking for a simple, easy to use electric kettle, I recommend the Chief’s Choice Electric 679 Glass Kettle.
This kettle has many useful features, and a few problems. The lid pops open with one touch of a button; but after a few uses, the button stops working. It doesn’t present a problem, though, because the lid is easy to pull open.
The fill limit is 1.7 liters, more than enough for water for 5 to 6 cups of tea.* However, be careful not to fill past the marked maximum capacity , as there is a good chance of boiling over.
The simple on/off switch lights up blue when the 1500-watt heating elements are engaged, and when the water reaches a full boil (210° Fahrenheit or 100° Celsius), or if the kettle is removed from the base, it will automatically shut off. Other safety features include a cool-touch base and lid lock; it also boasts boil-dry protection, which keeps the kettle from turning on if there is not enough water to boil.
The kettle has a glass body, which gives a perfect view of the water, making it easy to watch it for a certain boiling point, if you need to. It also gives it a modern look, with the brushed stainless steel. This however, seems to be it’s worst downfall. Many customers complained of a very strong plastic smell coming from the seal between the glass and the base, which in some cases, seemed to have tainted the water. In my personal experience, I never encountered the smell, and neither did half or more of those who bought the kettle.
Although it may not be the cheapest electric kettle, the Chef’s Choice Electric 679 Glass Kettle is a great appliance, even with a few defects.
*Based on Amsterdam Tea Cups, capacity 6 oz.
- Easy to use
- Multiple safety features (boil-dry protection, auto shut off)
- Lid breaks
- Possible smell
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