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Help on "hob kettles" versus electric ones


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Help on "hob kettles" versus electric ones

EnglishFoodSpotlight | Aug 27, 2010 04:31 PM

Hello, everyone.

It seems like pot luck when buying an electric kettle these days. Some seem to be programmed to self-destruct after a year or two, meaning even a stream of cheap ones can end up costing an arm and a leg over the years.

With that in mind, I've been stewing over whether a "hob kettle" (ie. one that sits directly on the stove/heat source) might be a better investment?

Can anyone provide some insider information on what to go for? I have an induction hob and need boiling water for tea/coffee and cooking on a daily basis. Do they boil as quickly as their electric counterparts, for example? Do they ever "break"?

I see that Le Creuset has a range made with "enamelled steel". And Alessi have a stainless steel one famously designed by Michael Graves with a whistling bird on the spout. Twit-twoo.

I hope you can help - I'm spitting feathers over here waiting for a brew!

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