I am a kettle killer.
I still have visions of the charred remains of my Mom's copper-bottom Revereware kettle more than 20 years later.
Is it that the whistles don't work...or that I'm so distracted that by the time I notice the whistle it's a rasping fizzle?
And why did it take me so long to realize that there are electric kettles out there. With automatic shut-off, no less.
I guess I'm just a little mole burrowed in my own little world.
The Aroma Clari-Tea
It's an electric water kettle and a teapot. Features:
- cordless kettle the fits into a corded base
- swivels 360 degrees in its base
- min. capacity .7 liters
- max. capacity 1.7 liters
- glass body with stay-cool plastic handle
- features a stainless steel infuser
- switch lights up when it's on
- automatically shuts off as soon as the water comes to a full rolling boil (205 degrees F)
- stainless steel strainer in pour spout
- easy to clean
The infuser is spring loaded. Adding your tea leaves (or even tea bags), is easy peasy. Once your water comes to a boil, just remove the lid.
Hook the infuser under the lid and put the lid back on the pot.
It is a little tricky when you've got boiling hot water in there, but not so tricky that I couldn't do it (and I'm not the most coordinated person in the world).
What I like:
- Dual purpose! I can use it as a kettle or a teapot without cluttering my cabinet or counter with 2 things. And cabinet space is at a premium around here.
- It heats up the water fast: about 3-1/2 min. for about a liter (that's the equivalent of a 4 cup teapot).
- It's faster than a pot on the stove or the microwave...I just might start boiling the pasta water in my kettle.
- The automatic shut-off takes a load off my mind.
- The 360 degree swivel is great for the righty (me) and the lefty (hubby).
- It has a great pour! Absolutely no drips.
- It's nice and sturdy, does not feel fragile in the hand.
- Watching the water boil through the glass kettle is wicked cool, (ok, I'm easily amused).
- It only has metric markings. It would be nice to have cup or oz. markings on the other side of the handle.
- Minimum capacity is .7 liters...that's more than 2 large mugs. Since I'm the only tea drinker around here, I usually only make tea for one.
- The water very quickly cools down after boiling. By the time I'm ready for my second cup, it's not hot enough to steep tea...but it's still plenty hot to drink if I used the kettle to brew the tea. So, good for making a pot, not so good for keeping water hot.
- The white plastic tends to stain, especially around the spout.
- The spout strainer doesn't fit tightly against the glass, so tea leaves do get into your cup. Not that the leaves bother me, more that the strainer seems unnecessary, but it's not really designed to be removable.
Purchase your own Aroma Clari-Tea (AWK-161) from CSN Stores for $49.99
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