So, some of us just use the microwave (shock and horror!) to bring our hot water to the boil. Some of us use any old thing with a spout, sitting on the stovetop. (That’s the hob, if you’re British!) Some of us like fancy-schmancy digital electric kettles with pre set temperatures plus keep warm controls. And for some of us – only a whistle will do! A whistling tea kettle that is.
Before the whistling kettle…
Due to the resemblance of its bottom half to the shape of a cauldron, a kettle (or in middle English ‘ketill’) was defined, back in the day, as a deep container for cooking, heating (water) or serving food. It was also known as a kettle drum. This was due to its large base. Think of the modern Weber kettle grill and you’ll see the trend continues!
If you love a traditional tea kettle on the stovetop as much as we do, you’ll love our selection!
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Love a Classic? Go for this Culinary Grade Stainless Steel Austrian Stunner
Here is our assessment – a review – if you like, of the design features and benefits of the Meuller.
The Ergonomic Cool Touch Handle provides you with the ability to feel the cleverly designed balance and weight of the kettle. That makes it easy to hold and pour without any risk or fear of burning your hand. It has a clever, no-drip pour spout. The wide base means the heating surface is maximised, contributing to the quick boil feature of this model, as well as user safety. As one owner’s review said:
“The wide base also makes it less likely that the flame will reach the upper part of the kettle, including the handle.”
The Meuller boils water in what seems like no time at all. This is because of the type of construction utilizing 5 layers of 18/10 Culinary Grade Stainless Steel. Even heat transfer occurs across the kettle bottom, meaning the water heats up quickly. Of course this means you have much less time to wait for your beverage! And, so it delivers a more energy-efficient tea or coffee brewing experience for you! Effortless!
Trusted European Quality
A review of the design details reveals that the Meuller combines European Quality with American Safety & Quality Standards by employing only first rate 18/10 Culinary Grade Stainless Steel, iron and aluminum. The product is 100% BPA free and Teflon free. This lets you be secure in the knowledge that your health is safe, even when you are relying on something you use frequently. It is a much better choice than buying something cheaper that is possibly tainted with hidden chemicals and questionable materials. Peace of mind.
Delivers Time and Again
The construction of 18/10 Culinary Grade Stainless Steel and special rust and corrosion resistant technology provides you the ability to enjoy owning a premium quality kettle for many years to come. This beautiful stovetop kettle withstands dents & scratches unlike any other. Furthermore, its’ mirror finish is easy to keep clean and shiny & you will love it. To enjoy every day.
Gets the Job Done!
11 cups or 100 oz capacity enables you to quickly and easily pour tea for the whole family to enjoy. Or, you can easily cater for a group for your High Tea. Just like discerning lovers of tea and coffee do.
You Are Sure to be Pleased With Your Choice
If you want to experience the joy of owning a beautifully crafted stove top kettle, look no further. This particular model makes it easy to hold and pour without any risk or fear of burning your hand. Because it’s super efficiently designed, you won’t have to wait so long for the water to come to the boil. So, you can enjoy a much more energy-efficient tea or coffee brewing experience.
We can’t over emphasise the peace of mind gained by a quality product – that you and your loved ones drink from. It’s reassuring to be secure in the knowledge that your health and wellbeing is protected – especially when you are relying on something you use so frequently. Rather than buying a cheaper product – that is possibly tainted with hidden chemicals and questionable materials – you know you have purchased well with this kettle. This could be the most exciting stove top whistling kettle you’ll purchase!
This kettle, originating from Austria, is a high-class item that allows every lover of tea and coffee to own a beautiful kitchen essential and enjoy the unique taste of properly boiled water with every cup. You will be a proud owner for many years more, because the manufacturing quality ensures it will withstand dents & scratches unlike any other. Furthermore, its’ mirror finish is easy to keep clean and shiny.
This lovely stove top tea kettle is an attractive addition and conversation starter in any kitchen.
What Do Owners Have to Say?
A quick review of some of the comments happy customers have made about this great purchase reinforces our research!
“… it is the best-looking tea kettle that I have ever owned!!” ~ Jack Davis, Amazon customer
“Great product and even better customer service!” ~ Steve Solomon
“I would definitely recommend this company and product again.” ~ BlueRose
How gorgeous is this review comment:
“Graceful little kettle” ~ tallcharlie,
“I have had several teapots in my life and have had some nice ones. This new Mueller Teapot however is extremely beautiful and is absolutely the best one that I have ever had!” ~ shaesdad
Order Yours Now! So you can pour tea for all to enjoy, or easily cater for a group for your Tea Party!
… a Cheery, Lively Party
Interestingly for us tea lovers, ‘kettle drums’ was also used as a term in the 18th and 19th centuries. The term was used to describe a large, informal, tea party! Guests would come and go at will and savor cakes, sandwiches, chocolate – and tea, of course. ‘Drum’ is thought to have been slang in the 18th century for a cheery, lively party. Probably where thought initiated on the invention of the whistling kettle!
Then came tea …
Through the Iron, Bronze and Copper ages, kettles were essential for survival. They were strong, durable, easily transferrable and provided a precious method of sterilization. In China, they started throwing green tea leaves into the boiling water for flavour…
Initially and by middle 18th century, tea in Britain was for the wealthy. This is because it was imported from Asia and it was expensive. Tea kettles were elaborate ornaments, often made of silver to ‘share equal billing’. You know – sort of like if you’re wearing an Armani suit but getting out of a Toyota, rather than a BMW!
In time, the British East India Company imported tea from China, making it affordable. The more affordable it became, the more popular it became! Cheaper kettles followed, with the copper stovetop kettle foremost in British homes. But, the actual whistling version is yet to come!
If you love the charm and warmth of a kettle on the stove top as much as we do, you’ll love our selection!
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Behold: This Unique Stainless Steel Rose Gold Beauty
This beautiful and unique looking tea kettle features an elegant and sleek design that suits all kitchen styles. It is made from stainless steel with a coating around the outside to prevent scuffs. Inside is mirrored to prevent rust spots. The design is suitable for all stovetops, even induction stovetops. It couldn’t be more convenient. This lovely stovetop kettle is sure to bring a smile to your face each time you use it!
Classic Whistling Sound!
This lovely Elitra tea kettle will release a loud whistle when the water has reached boiling point. So, when you’re focusing on your housework, homework, music, or anything else in any other area of the house, the teapot will trill to remind you when the water is boiling and you won’t miss it! The classic, joyous song will remind you it’s time for that refreshing cuppa!
Ample 2.7 Quart Capacity
This model can heat up to 2.7 Quarts (or 2.6 liters) of water. Or, in other words it can hold a capacity of around 13 cups (of 200ml size). So, the size is ideal for serving a warming beverage for the whole household, or even at a party or gathering. Just ideal for your Afternoon Tea event!
And, if you’re just making a single cuppa for yourself, it’s easy to fill with less water to save time and energy heating water you’re not going to drink right away.
Unique Handle With Simple Pour Spout
This Elitra kettle is equipped with an ergonomic handle for easy gripping and pouring. The pour spout also has a one-hand trigger mechanism that allows for a convenient-one handed operation. The teapot’s easy-to-use trigger button makes it easy to open and close the spout without worrying about getting steam burns. Your fingers and hands need not go anywhere near the hot end!
Easy to Care For
The large lid is easy to clean and hand washing is recommended. For best results, it is recommended to hand wash before use in warm, soapy water and dry thoroughly with a soft cloth. (Always avoid any abrasive cleaners or cleaning tools as this will likely scratch the surface)
Suitable for Various Stovetops
Our choice of this lovely, rose gold tea kettle is suitable for use on almost any heat source including:
- induction cooker,
- electric stove,
- gas stove,
- radiant stove.
Always use a small or medium flame or heat level to heat the tea kettle, as it heats very fast and saves energy. In the case of a gas cooktop, a smaller flame will also be less likely to ‘lick’ around the sides of the tea kettle. Flame that touches the sides is likely to heat and discolor the metal. That’s not the look we want to live with at all!
What Do Owners Have to Say?
“I love. I recommend it. … We have been using it for months and are very happy with it.” ~ John T, Amazon customer
“Over all I am very happy with this tea pot I wouldn’t trade it for anything. 100% would buy it again/as a gift.” ~ Mark
“This is a lovely tea kettle. I have a small vintage kitchen and it looks like it was made for the time period. I love the copper.” ~Victoria Conway
To find the price of this stunning Stainless Steel, Rose Gold, Elitra Stove Top Kettle product, CLICK HERE
… and the whistle
The invention of the whistling kettle is commonly associated with Londoner Harry Bramson. It was firstly Charles Coats, however, who sought patent rights in Feb 1888 for the whistle in the kettle. Invented purely for safety reasons he was granted them in April 1889. It was Jorgen Madsen who sought patent rights in May 1914 for the combined tea kettle AND signal, granted in Nov 1915. Harry Bramson sold the patented rights in 1923. And so the birth of the whistling kettle!
The vibration created by the movement of steam pushing through the spout produces the audible whistling sound. In physics, it is called a ‘tone hole’. Not always quite that tuneful a whistling. But, it usually heralds the imminent appearance of a hot cup of tea.… For us tea lovers an always, no doubt, joyful enough sound.
The fact that a shrill whistle commands your attention when it’s ready adds to the practice of making that cuppa. It’s all a part of the ritual of the practice and goes along with whatever its duty is in that moment. Solace? Celebration? Plain warmth? Comfort?
If you love a charming kettle on the stove top as much as we do, you’ll love our selection!
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Pure Elegance – Glossy White Classic Design by Susteas
Ultimate Pouring Control
An Ergonomically designed handle and push-button mechanism makes pouring boiled water a breeze. It also gives you the most control over where the water goes and how slowly it pours out. No messy drips or wipe up needed. Just what you want when dealing with boiling water and steam!
Durable and Sturdy
Because these white kettles are so well constructed, they are designed to withstand dents & scratches. The beautiful, glossy surface finish is easy to keep clean and shiny. Enjoy the beautiful finish for longer by not using any sharp or abrasive cleaning materials or pastes on your kettles.
Make tea for your entire family at once with this 2.64 Quart capacity large kettle. It’s also perfect for catering for a small party or afternoon tea for friends. No long waits between refills!
Pleasant Song to Herald the Arrival of Boiling Water!
Isn’t this why we use a classic kettle? The happiest sound is when your clever kettle signals that your beverage is almost ready! All the comfort of yesteryear with efficiency and cleanliness of today.
This classic white design is made with a 3 layered encapsulated base, meaning the uniform heating boils water faster. Along with a thickened body wall material, and a pleasing substantial weight to the kettle, the quality of this product is evident. Boil happily ever after!
Worthy of Gifting
No matter the occasion – housewarming, engagement, wedding, or anniversary – our chioce of this classic, white tea kettle makes for a magnificent gift for the coffee or tea connoisseur in your life. Or, perhaps a gift for yourself!
Safety is Priority
This white whistling kettle is 100% Teflon and BPA Free with a 1 Year Warranty. So, you can buy with confidence, knowing your satisfaction is assured.
Did You Know?
When boiling a kettle on a gas stovetop, it is important to use a low flame/heat setting. Due to the shape of the kettle, if the water is boiled with high heat setting, the flame will ‘lick’ arount the sides of the base and contact with the protruding side part of the kettle body. If the kettle body is colored – in this case white – chances are the flame will likely damage the finish.
So, in order to protect the kettle it is recommended to be sure to always heat the kettle on the right size burner and use medium or low heat when boiling water to ensure a longer lifespan.
Our 2.64 quart whistling stovetop kettle is crafted of high quality stainless steel. It whistles when boiling, can be used on gas, electric, induction, halogen, and radiant stovetops. The tea pot heats up quickly and retains heat well. Encapsulated bottom provides uniform and consistent heat distribution. Convenient, one finger flip spout trigger mechanism on the handle allows for safe and easy pouring. It has a removable lid for easy filling.
This sophisticated design of white stovetop whistling tea kettle is a perfect addition for your kitchen. It looks beautiful and is also useful – and efficient!
What Do Owners Have to Say?
“Very well made,handle does not get hot and its easy for me to hold and pour ,with my arthritis hands and thumbs.” ~ nana
“This is a great little tea kettle! We got it to heat up water for French press coffee on an induction burner, and it works perfectly in our setup.” ~ Anne D. Greene
“Probably the best tea kettle I’ve ordered” ~ Xavier T.
“HIGHLY RECOMMEND! … Looks amazing & does what it’s meant to!” ~ Diane
“One year later and still perfect” ~ Jennifer
So, what are you waiting for? Secure yours now and look forward to having afternoon tea for everyone in the house – and neighbors too!
To find out the price of this elegant white model by Susteas, CLICK HERE
What is ‘Culinary Grade’ Stainless Steel?
Culinary Grade (or Food Grade) Stainless Steel (SS) is designed to have excellent resistance to rust forming and from corrosion occuring. If you’re going to cook on this stainless steel, you certainly don’t want rust or corrosion on the surface! It’s the high proportion of nickel and chromium combined with the iron and carbon that gives the stainless steel these properties. Culinary Grade Stainless Steel costs a little more, but it’s worth it for peace of mind from something you eat off. It also is long lasting, so is good value for money if you purchase a reputable brand.
Do kettles need to be cleaned?
We think water is clean – and if you use clean water to fill your kettle, then – it is! However, water does contain minerals and possibly impurities, depending upon the water source. Over time, these inclusions can build up in the kettle. Scale can build up and depending upon your climate, there’s nothing to say there might not be other build up inside the kettle if it sits with water in it 24/7. Suffice to say – it’s worth giving kettles a bit of a clean on a regular basis! It does not have to be complicated.
How to clean a kettle:
- All you need to do is empty the kettle, then fill it with a solution of 50% water/50% distilled white vinegar, cleaning vinegar or lemon juice. Bring the kettle to the boil and then turn off the heat and let the solution sit for 20 to 30 minutes. This will loosen or ‘descale’ the minerals from the kettle’s insides.
- Tip out the solution and use a soft brush or sponge to rub off any left over mineral build up on the inside surface – the brush/sponge can be dipped in pure vinegar to help with the cleaning. Be sure to wear gloves or the vinegar will find any tiny cuts or scratches on your hands! Carefully clean the spout, the bottom and the inside walls.
- The outside can just be wiped down with a gentle dishwashing liquid and rinsed and dried carefully. For kettles with a special exterior finish, be sure to read the manufacturer’s instructions for any special care guidance.
- Before you make your first refreshing beverage from your newly cleaned kettle, do this next step! After a couple of rinses, fill the kettle to capacity with water and bring it to the boil. This is one more boil and rinse to get rid of any left over loose scale or vinegar remains. Once boiled and ‘slushed’ around (that’s a technical term) pour out the water. Then, the next boil is for the tea!
Is there any way to prevent the scale building up in my kettle?
The scale that builds up in kettles is known as limescale and is due to the magnesium and calcium that exists in a water supply. This is usually known as ‘hard’ water. If the water is left in the kettle between uses, it will lead to more scale build up over time. So, the only way to avoid this – effectively natural – process is to empty the kettle between uses i.e. cups of tea. And not only empty the water out – dry the inside of the kettle out so no water remains on the insides.
If this step is impractical in your household (I know it most definitely would be in mine) then the alternative is to consier a water softener. Installing a water softener in your home means you will avoid limescale in your kettle completely. A water softener removes the magnesium and calcium that is present in the water supply and produces what is known as ‘softened’ water. Discerning water and tea drinkers will be able to distinguish between the taste of soft water and hard water. Hard water is said to have a slightly metal taste.
Not just for your whistling kettle and tea quality is the benefit. The installation of a water softener will extend the life of many appliances – both kitchen and laundry. Kettles, taps, boilers, dishwashers, washing machines – you name it. Any appliance that has water flowing through it or stored in it for any length of time is subjected to build up of limescale. This can shorten the life of these appliances, so a water softener may well be worth the added cost of its purchase and installation. But that is a story and review for another day!
Can these kettles be used for cooking things other than just boiled water?
It is possible and it has happened, but it is not recommended! If desperate times hit – why not? It makes more sense to use any kitchen appliance available to sustain oneself than perish – but if we’re talking about beautiful, tea-worthy kettles – it would have to be desperate times!
I have heard stories of college students using the boiled water to pour over oatmeal and ramen noodles to provide a meal. And, in addition, you’ll find instructions for heating canned soup in the kettle (blasphemy!). To their credit, they do emphasize taking care to not boil the soup as it might make a mess inside the kettle. Oh, the vision… One particularly creative website discussed how to hard boil eggs for breakfast in the tea kettle. The mind boggles. I can’t work out how I’d get the eggs in the spout, let alone get them out. Eggs can have a funny taste and smell if they break, cook, burn. The same goes for milk. Imagine that inside your tea kettle? It would never be the same again. And tea would never taste the same again!
In short, I guess you can, but please don’t! Perhaps purchase a cheap or old kettle to test out!
Should I always use cold water in my kettle or is it okay to use hot water from the kitchen faucet?
The logic would seem to be that – the water is going to be heated anyway – why not start with hotter water from the hot water faucet? It makes sense! However, the answer is ‘no’. Whatever type of tea, food or beverage you are making that requires the addition of boiling water, you should always start the boiling process with cold water. There are two reasons for this.
- Stored water from the Hot Water System/Heater/Boiler doesn’t taste good. Water heated by a house water heating system – wherever it is located and whatever it is called – stores the heated water in a tank, usually a metal tank. Water stored in such a metal tank can potentially pick up some of the minerals and any impurities that build up in the heater’s water tank. The flavor of the stored heated water will also be transferred through to the tea kettle when you fill it up. So, to avoid drinking additional, potentially harmful impurities, fill the tea kettle with cold water.
- Cold water contains more oxygen. Without getting into a chemistry debate, the theory goes that although the chemical makeup of water (H2O) remains constant, the saturation point of oxygen in water will change and a lot more oxygen is released from hot water that is brought to the boil compared to cold water that is brought to the boil. As the oxygen content is integral to the flavor of the water – and thus the flavor of the tea, this matters.
So, always fill kettles with cold water from the faucet for the very best tasting tea!
Review Our Care Recommendations
Your tea kettles will stay cleaner and in good condition longer if you follow these simple habits.
- We recommend emptying your stovetop tea kettles after every use so the inside can dry out. (Of course, rather than waste the water, use it for dishwashing, rinsing or to water house plants!)
- Another care recommendation that is also a good safety habit to adopt is to stand by (or at least nearby in the same room) your whistling kettle while waiting for it to boil. Keep the heat of the stovetop high enough to heat effectively but low enough that excess heat does not escape from the burner or electric element and sneak around the base and up the sides of the kettle. This will prevent damage to your kettle – and the way it looks.
- It’s a great idea to move it off the stovetop when you are frying or cooking up meals that might spatter or splatter – to save the attractive exterior finish being coated in grease and splashes of food!
Review Our Safety Recommendations
You wouldn’t think there was too much that you could do wrong with boiling water! And, largely that is true. Whistling tea kettles are pretty basic and foolproof. However, there are some essential points to note to avoid damage to person or property!
- Be sure to fill the kettle about halfway with water before heating on the stovetop. Don’t overfill it – the water should remain below the spout level. Overfilling could lead to boiling water and steam splurting out of the spout, which is dangerous.
- Also, be sure to stay near the kettle when it is heating and don’t walk away and risk it boiling dry. Allowing kettles to boil dry is extremely dangerous. It can become dangerously hot and would cause serious burns to anyone touching it. Overheating like this will also cause structural damage to the kettle – including seams popping and the base warping as well as any non metallic parts melting or cracking.
A Whistling Tea Kettle to Love
We think whistling tea kettles are just the ‘bees knees’! Today you can choose a tea kettle in any variety of shapes, sizes, colors, with some patterned as well. Furthermore, the materials used include cast iron, stainless steel, enamel on stainless steel and also glass. Stainless steel proves most energy efficient. However, we think the charm of the whistling tea kettle is only enhanced with how pretty it looks on your stove top and how well it goes with the decor!
A good reason too why they still whistle in our kitchen today is most likely the evocation of many a warm childhood memory. And so we wait with practised anticipation – and with all the patience of a boiling (whistling) kettle! Bring on that refreshing and comforting cuppa! Electric kettles have their place, but it’s certainly not for brewing leaf tea!
If you love a whistling kettle on the stove top as much as we do, choose yours today!