Adagio Teas 3 UtiliTEA Variable-Temperature 30-Ounce Electric Kettle

  • Electric stainless-steel kettle with innovative temperature-control system
  • Perfect for heating water to the right temperature for green and black teas
  • Quickly heats up to 30 ounces of water; concealed heating element
  • Cordless carafe; water-level gauge; power indicator light; flip-top lid button
  • Measures approximately 8-1/5 by 6-4/5 by 9-1/5 inches
Product Description
Green tea lovers no longer have to struggle to achieve the optimal steeping temperature, while darker tea drinkers can still expect impeccably boiling water. With an innovative temperature control system, this versatile device can heat to your preference. At last, an all-inclusive kettle for heating water for the perfect pot of tea. This durable stainless steel kettle is a must-have for tea lovers of all kinds…. More >>

Price: $47.95

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5 Responses to “Adagio Teas 3 UtiliTEA Variable-Temperature 30-Ounce Electric Kettle”

  1. TeaLover says:

    This kettle fills a long-time need in the electric kettle marketplace — one with a variable temperature control! For those who are real tea appreciators, you will appreciate finally having an electric kettle that allows you different temperature settings for your different kinds of tea.

    Other great features are that it heats the water quickly, in under 5 minutes. It has an automatic shut-off when it reaches the set temperature. It will not boil dry (I haven’t tested this feature, but the literature claims it to be true). It looks sleek and modern sitting on your countertop with its stainless steel and black stylings as compared to the white plastic electric kettles of yore. It also has the convenient design feature of the cord coiling into the base, so you only have to pull out as much as you need to reach your outlet.

    I only gave it 4 stars instead of 5 for a couple of reasons. Most importantly, because it gets hot hot hot to the touch. Be careful, or you will burn yourself. Make sure to only touch the plastic parts, which isn’t always so easy. Secondarily, because the temperature control knob and the on/off switch are made of flimsy plastic — the rest of it is well made, but the second time I pushed the on/off switch it popped off! Luckily, it is easily re-attachable.

    I am glad someone finally put one of these out on the market!
    Rating: 4 / 5

  2. I am a tea drinker and I find this appliance to be very useful. I drink green, oolong and pu-erh tea pretty much every day. I keep this little guy on a book shelf in my room where it is at a perfect height for me lift it up and set it down.

    The temperature control knob is designed as a general guideline, and I love that boiling water isn’t its’ sole function. I mean, I drink green and oolongs too, so to boil water and wait is misused energy. It shuts off after reaching the desired temperature. I tweak the knob personally, as it is just a guideline.

    Yes, the knob and kettle switch are not made of steel. They are in fact plastic. So please, don’t start wrestling with your tea kettle. I know it’s fun to use and it looks like a spaceship, but no wrestling…

    If you combine this with a Brita filter, you have two of the best investments for tea for the rest of you life. It is wise to use filtered water in this utilitea, otherwise you risk calcification and other mineral build up on the interior of the kettle. The buildup can diffuse into the water and changing the taste of whatever you brew.

    Although the lid retains a plastic smell even after some months of use, it DOES NOT adulterate the water. If it did, I would have returned it instantly…

    In conclusion, the ease of use, aesthetics, temperature control and reliability give this 5 stars. I’m someone who uses this everyday, I can say it significantly streamlined my life- tea is a large part of it!

    I also recommend for the coffee drinkers using a French press.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. The UtiliTEA is an excellent electric tea kettle– it’s comes in two parts, the base and the kettle. The base plugs in, the kettle rests on top of it. Fill it with (up to four cups) of water, fit the kettle on the base, set the dial to the desired temperature, flip the switch and moments later, you’ve got hot water when the switch pops back up. I’ve used mine endlessly since I’ve gotten it.

    A few gripes though, the UtiliTEA’s temperature gauge is color coded rather than providing any kind of numeric indication and the manual. It’s easy to use, but if you needed precision (and I don’t), you won’t be able to get it. More irritating is no real audible indication that it’s done– the lever clicks, but there’s no whistle, bell or anything else you’ll notice in the other room. Good news is, it’s really fast, even to bring water to a boil. A final thing I dislike– there’s no “off” switch on the base and they recommend pulling the power cord between uses. I’m not certain whether it’s unsafe to leave it plugged in, but I keep pulling the plug after every use which is quite honestly annoying. Mind you, I’m a new homeowner, I’m a little paranoid about such things.

    I realize my criticism is pretty harsh– the UtiliTEA does its core competencies fantastically, and I’ve used this exclusively as my water heating solution, but while it’s an excellent device, any potential buyer should be aware of its limitations.
    Rating: 3 / 5

  4. Shazam says:

    Electric kettles are an appliance where Americans are behind the curve compared to the rest of the world. In Europe and Asia, they’ve been well established on the kitchen counter for ages. They are portable, efficient and just handy. In the last decade they’ve been more and more popular in the US as well, but its been hard to find kettles that have impressed.

    Well color me impressed.

    The Adagio kettle has a few features I like:

    1. Temperature Control: I list this first, because its a rare feature. Green teas are quite popular, but most people who drink them don’t know they are generally supposed to be steeped at a lower temperature than black teas and herbal teas. (~180 degrees vs 215 degrees). So while you can just boil up some water for your standard breakfast tea, you’d be ‘overcooking’ a green tea if you steep it with such hot water. Why spend all that money on good tea, and for some people even more on a nice tea set if you don’t prepare the tea to bring out its best flavors. The Adagio has a very simple knob with two ‘zones’, one for green teas, and the other for black/herbal teas. As simple as it can get. My only quibble is a wish they had a numbers for the gauge as well so I can see the exact temperature rather than go by their judgement.

    2. Stainless steel: I’ve had plastic electric kettles in the past. They tend to suffer from two problems. First, they smell of plastic and leech plastics into the boiling water (even after the smell goes away.) More and more studies are showing our bodies have lots of environmental chemicals in them. Why not take a simple precaution to avoid adding more? Secondly, the plastic kettles just don’t seem durable. I had one at the office where one piece of plastic fell off and into the pot melting to the heating element. I was just glad it didn’t end up starting a fire.

    3. 360degree base. A good # of kettles have to be ‘fit’ onto the base with a specific facing. The Adagio can be put back on its base without that. Its a small issue, but both ergonomically and aesthetically I prefer the ease of it.

    I do feel it can be a bit slower than prior kettles I’ve had to heat water, but then I see less ‘flicker’ of the lights when its turned on or turned off, so I suspect its slightly lower wattage. This is fine, it works speedily enough and faster than a stovetop kettle still.

    Really its just a nice solid kettle, that doesn’t have the worries of chemicals from plastic, that can allow you to properly prepare green teas and black teas, and looks quite nice. Now to see how long it lasts with regular usage.

    From what I’ve seen so far though I heartily recommend it.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. David Tobin says:

    My wife and I have burned three kettles in the last 6 months. For the the last one, I was half way to work before realizing that I’d left it on for tea and got home home just as the last drops of water had boiled away, so safety was a big concern. I also bought this to brew drip coffee because I have to brew both decaf and regular at the same time and use filter cones, so convenience was also a factor. I like my water to be 90 C and use a multi-tester with thermocouple to check the temperature of the kettle. It’s a somewhat tedious process and if you boil it it takes a few minutes to cool down, not something I want to wait for in the morning. There are several good things about the UtiliTEA kettle. 1) it’s attractive and not too large. 2) it’s comfortable to handle, more ergonomic than a large tea kettle, 3) it heats water very quickly, and 4) you can vary the temperature. 5) Also it has the automatic shutoff as a safety feature. Here’s the bad part – the thermostat is imprecise and you won’t get the same temperature from the kettle two days in a row. I’m not sure what factors influence the shut off but I find that I still have to use my multi-tester to get my 90 C. However, and back to the good part, it’s still easier than a stove top kettle. I can get close to the 90 C, usually by undershooting it and then hold down the switch for a few seconds to get the right temperature. I would buy it again despite the imprecise thermostat.
    Rating: 4 / 5

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