Hamilton Beach 7.2 Cup Electric Kettle Model 40882E
Great price. Works well and fast. Quality built.
Position of water level window. Compare boil speed to your own kitchen stove burners.
The Bottom Line:
A very good buy for the price. Does an excellent job and looks great.
This item just appeared (December 2012) at COSTCO for $19.99. It appears to be the smaller version of the 10 cup model. It is marked as 1.7 liters/7.2 cups, model number 40882E.
Before getting ointo the details, I found it necessary to evaluate whether I needed an electric kettle vs using the gas-top burner on my range with a standard tea kettle.
I did a test for four (4) cups of water versus a gas burner standard tea kettle. The Hamilton Beach took nearly 5 minutes to boil the water and cycled off. The gas stove took 6 minutes with the exact same amount of cold water, and, of course, needed someone to turn off the range.
The advantage of the Hamilton Beach is the the kettle powers off when the water reaches temperature. The only disadvantage I found was the the minimum amount of water required was 4 cups as opposed to no defined minimum in the stove top tea kettle. When I filled the Hamilton Beach to the maximum setting of 7.2 cups, the kettle took 7 minutes to reach temperature and shut off.
Since we originally had an electric range, I can attest that the electric top burners take much longer to heat water than the gas top range. You must make your own decision as to how much an advantage the electric kettle is over your own type of stove.
The Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle sits on a base thats is powered by 110vac line current to a 1500 watt internal heater. The kettle lifts off the base for serving the boiled water.
There is a water level window, marked in liters, abutting the handle. This is not the most convenient place as it is difficult to read. The level takes a little time to get to an accurate reading as you fill the kettle. There is drip-free spout with a mesh filter to keep splattering hot water from dripping out. The power indicator light comes on when you press the rear on/off swith. When the kettle reaches temperature, the on/off switch automatically switches back to the off position. The lid opens wide enough for an easy fill, and the lid opening button keeps the lid locked to avoid accidental spills.
There is an auto shutoff in case the kettle runs dry, but there is also a warning that the shutoff will not work unless the lid is closed and locked.
We picked this model specifically because of the stainless steel body. There seems to lots of complaints about the plastic kettles introducing stange taste to the boiled water and we found no funny tastes to the boiled water.