Summary: Because first of all this thing is 18/10 stainless steel which is somewhat hard to find in a quality tea kettle. second of all, this whistle is decently loud enough for me to hear throughout my entire house as long as everything is quiet. People may complain about the bird whistle not being loud enough, it is because you have to make sure the holes are positioned facing up and down and or make sure the water level is not too high.
Summary: I think it looks great and I've enjoyed it for years. However, it is on its 8th year and the handle is becoming unattached where it meets the "triangle" or tea kettle on each side. I'm not sure how long a tea kettle is supposed to last, but maybe more than 8 years? Oh, the bird trick? Well, I've learned it over years, but it is hard to maneuver, and I have almost burned myself several times. I guess I'll go for a different one next time around!
Summary: We love our Michael Graves tea kettle!! It's a work of art so we don't mind leaving it setting out on the stove. We've used this tea kettle almost everyday for three years and the finish still looks great. Too high heat will discolor the stainless as stated in the instructions. Heating on medium to medium-high heat has been just fine. The whistle is whimsical and useful.
Summary: I have owned, and used daily one of these kettles since 1982 and I love it. Wouldn't own another. It looks like it did the day I purchased it. I've had to replace the birds about 3 times, and once one of them did break after a few weeks. The other two lasted for years. I've developed the art of pulling the bird from the spout quickly and have never been burned.
Summary: I have Traditional kitchen and the kettle looks good in my kitchen! I think it looks good with the contemporary style as well. The bird whistle is so cute. Only one thing I don't like about is that I have to remove the whistle every time. It is hot! Over all, I love it!
An artistically beautiful tea kettle that is also practical
Y. Sudarman "60s child", Amazon
1 March 2009
Summary: This is a useful and artistically beautiful kettle. The whistle is not too loud but it whistles. You need to remove the bird whistle before pouring the hot water out and do not forget to use a glove as the escaping steam may burn your fingers. This kettle was considered a classic piece of modern art to merit a spot at the Musem of Modern Art in New York City (I believe the version there is the anodized one which is no longer sold in the USA).
Summary: It boils water. It looks pretty on the counter. It has maintained its luster. You can get your hand inside it to clean. Beyond that it is just an expensive pot that doesn't have the usual features of a Tea kettle. You can't pour water until you grab the hot plastic bird whistle and pull it out. With hot stream gushing out this is an interesting game.
Summary: We use a coffee press, and drink a fair amount of tea. This kettle, which we received as a wedding gift, was used for < 6 months and the bottom fell off when we forgot & left it on the stove too long! In addition, prior to this, the sides started to scorch, and no cleaning product returned it to it's shine. And, the whistle worked occasionally, but not consistently.
Summary: After frying my 3rd Alessi kettle,I ordered a replacement through Amazon from Urban Lifestyle. The delivery was very fast, the packing beautiful, and the product improved over my previous holdings. Great experience.