Hamilton Beach 40898 Cool-Touch Cordless 8 Cup Electric Kettle

  • 64-ounce electric kettle with concealed heating element
  • Cordless design for easy serving; 360-degree power base
  • Automatic shut-off; locking lid; drip-free pouring spout
  • Stay-cool stainless-steel housing; mineral-deposit filter
  • Measures 8-1/2 by 6 by 10 inches; 1-year limited warranty
Product Description
Hamilton Beach Brushed Stainless Finish Cool touch tea kettle – has 8 cup capacity, and cordless base for easy pouring & safe operation. Concealed heating element & thumb activated lid for easy filling. Automatic shut off when water boils. On – Off light & mineral deposit filter …. More >>

Price: $48.61



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5 Responses to “Hamilton Beach 40898 Cool-Touch Cordless 8 Cup Electric Kettle”

  1. andrewc says:

    Most importantly, my wife loves it, and she is a gadget-phobe. I just bought a second one for my mother.

    We have been using it for two months now, and no problems so far.

    After my usual exhaustive search, I selected this tea kettle because it had the best combination of features.

    PRO:

    - All metal: stainless steel liner and no exposed heating element to accumulate scale buildup. The lid is plastic but it doesn’t come into contact with the water. I really didn’t like the idea of boiling water in contact with plastic.

    - Cool touch exterior for safety and also it insulates the water inside, keeping it hotter after the kettle shuts off upon boiling.

    - Nice balance for the handle – I find the electric kettles with the handle on the top to be much more difficult to lift and pour. This one has the handle on the side – much better.

    - Wide mouth top is easy to fill and clean. The lid pivots in the middle – too hard to describe so I added a clip from the user manual. Easy to remove lid to clean, though as others mentioned it does get in the way a bit when you’re filling the kettle.

    - As with many other kettles, it is cordless — the kettle lifts easily off and on from the corded base, and you can hide any extra power cord inside the base.

    CON (none of these matter to me or my wife):

    - No water level indication, but then if there were you would probably have connections that could leak over time and potentially plastic parts in contact with water.

    - Water temperature is not adjustable.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  2. I’ve had the Hamilton Beach Cool Touch Tea Kettle for two years and I’ve had no problems with it. I love it for the following features:

    Pros

    —-

    - Stainless Steel

    The most important reason I got this kettle is that its interior is made of stainless steel, not plastic. Boiling water in plastic just doesn’t sit well with me what with the talk about the health hazards from harmful chemicals (e.g. BPA, DEHA) in plastic leaching into food and drinks.

    - Seamless Metal

    Inside and out, I simply can’t find a a metal seam – the kettle is a one-piece stainless steel construction and have absolutely no joints where pieces of stainless steel are welded together. There is, therefore, no need to worry about the water being contaminated by lead from solder.

    - Quick Boil

    It boils 40 oz of water, the maximum capacity, in 4 minutes. (I actually timed it. Boil times will of course vary depending on altitude and the initial temperature of the water.)

    - “Cool” Touch

    When boiling water in the kettle, the exterior of the kettle is warm, not hot, so you don’t risk getting burned.

    - Wide Opening

    The wide opening makes it easy to fill it with water and to clean.

    - Easy Plug In and Plug Out

    To “plug in” the kettle to the power supply, simply sit the kettle on the base unit. Similarly, simply lift the kettle to “unplug” it. It’s a one-handed operation, and there’s no cords or plugs to mess with.

    - Spring-Loaded Lid

    The spring-loaded lid flips open with the press of a button on the handle. The lid can also be easily detached by pressing a button on it to release a catch.

    - Auto Shutoff

    When the water starts to boil, the power button pops up, the green LED indicator turns off, and the kettle automatically shuts off. There is also an audible “click” as the power button pops up.

    - Looks

    The kettle looks attractive with its simple curves and brushed stainless steel finish.

    As for Cons, there’s just one for me:

    Con



    - Hard-To-See “Max” Water Fill Mark

    The interior has a “Max” mark to indicate the maximum water level but it’s not easy to see it. Work-around: The lid is hinged in the middle, so when it is flipped open, the bottom half of extends below the rim of the kettle. It so happens that the bottom of the lid lines up with the “Max” mark, so you can use the lid as a marker for gauging when the water level reaches the mark.

    Conclusion

    ———-

    The Hamilton Beach Cool Touch Tea Kettle is attractive, easy to use, and boils water quickly. I don’t think you can go wrong with this one.

    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. S. Jang says:

    One of the best features about this kettle is that the all metal interior is seamless! No metal stamped or welded together unlike other stainless steel kettles out there. Guarantees me of no leaking and no grooves to corrode or collect junk. The other great feature is that the entire lid can be removed leaving you the ability to insert your whole hand in to clean the interior. There are no sharp edges either! The flip open lid allows easy filling. I’ve been searching and researching for a long time, and this was the best $40 spent! My old stove top kettle is out in the recycling bin!
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. ConsumerToo says:

    I bought this kettle a month or so ago. I agree with other reviewers that it’s a well built appliance that boils quickly and doesn’t impart any taste to the water (that I can detect). I chose it because of it’s steel container, having read too much about chemicals leaching out of plastics. But it won’t pour! The darned thing must have been designed by an industrial artist to look cool, and I bet they didn’t build a prototype and check it out before launching into production. I’ve tried everything to get it to pour cleanly, but it always trickles water back down the outside of the canister and all over the counter or table top. I’ve tried removing the plastic filter, pouring quickly, slowly, etc, but nothing prevents a pool of hot water that has to be wiped up afterwards. It seems to be inherent in the shape of the lip. The only thing that minimizes(but doesn’t prevent) the problem is to open the lid and pour extremely slowly. It’s really a major irritation with an otherwise pleasing product.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  5. C. Simpson says:

    Finally, an electric kettle which doesn’t have plastic parts soaking in the boiling water, leaching chemicals you can smell and taste! I had a very hard time finding one that didn’t pollute the water this way…

    The important thing, it seems to me, is that there are no plastic parts below the water line – this kettle is seamless stainless steel inside. There is plastic on the inside of the lid, but it doesn’t come into contact with the water much, so there is far less opportunity for nasty chemicals in the plastic to transfer into the water.

    Beyond all that, this is simply a nice kettle… the brushed finish and styling looks sharp, the lid mechanism seems to work well, and the double-wall is a great idea for preventing burns and also being energy efficient. Less heat loss means it’ll take less electricity to boil, and keep the water hot for longer. Common sense engineering. I also like the fact that the cord coils up inside the base, so you only have as much cord sticking out as needed.

    Since I just got this kettle, I can’t yet say how well it will hold up, but I’m hoping for the best.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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