Summary: Bought this for my college daughter. When we took it out of the box and plugged it in (with water in it). The kettle simply did not work. Nothing. Zip. When I called Hamilton Beach they said the item was out of date and refused to take any action. When we first used the item it was beyond the 30 return policy of the seller.. Buy from another manufacturer....
Summary: I received this kettle as a gift three years ago. While it does the job of heating water and it does so at a decent speed, there are some significant downsides and I would not purchase this kettle by choice. First, it's not very quiet. The kettle makes noise for some time before the water reaches temperature. Not a huge issue on its own, but a strike against it. Second, all of the metal parts of the kettle heat up (predictably) with the water.
Summary: this time of year tea, hot chocolate, and instant soups are just part of the cold season regimine. This electric tea kettle saves me so much time. With the simple set it an forget it i don't have to worry about not turning off stoves or cleaning out microwaves. Just click the switch then pour and done.
Summary: This pot heats water quickly and is easy to pour; you don't have to fuss with trying to align it on the base. Downside: lid is a little awkward to remove and replace (would have been better to hinge it) and the exterior of the pot and lid become quite hot to the touch. For the price, and compared to others I've had in the same price range, a pretty good kettle.
Summary: Use extreme caution when ordering from Today's Concept....wish I checked the non-Amazon reviews. This item is still showing in stock but I have been told that they don't have it nor will they. Ordered close to a month ago and was shipped the wrong item. Returned it and was promised the correct item....that never showed up. Called again and was promised that it would be over-nighted to me...another empty promise.
Summary: Our family uses an electric kettle every day. Me for my coffee press and hubby is an instant coffee and tea drinker. I thought this would be a workhorse for us. We typically have to buy new ones every two years or so......they just seem to die after that. Purchased this Hamilton Beach kettle in December 2011 and it died today--June 2012. The lid is impossible to get off without using a "tool" like a large spoon handle to pry it off.
Summary: Kettle surface stays clean and high volume is a bonus. Protected element is essential for the water we have to prevent scaling. Does not have a light to indicate when on so you can't be across the room to see when it is done. Otherwise good buy.
Summary: HAVE BEEN USING THIS FOR A MONTH NOW AND I LOVE IT! IT WAS BOUGHT AS A REPLACEMENT FOR A CUSINART CORDLESS THAN FINALLY BLEW UP AFTER 7 YEARS FAITHFUL SERVICE. SO FAR SO GOOD. IT IS AN EXCELLENT PRODUCT FOR THE PRICE PAID. EASY TO USE, POURS WELL AND LOOKS MODERN AND STYLISH ON THE COUNTER TOP. IT WILL BOIL A MINIMUM OF .5 A LTR IF MAKING SMALL POT OF ASIAN TEA OR UP TO 1.7 LTRS. I CAN CERTAINLY RECOMMEND THIS PRODUCT. I HOPE THAT IT PROVES TO BE DURABLE .....
Summary: I love my hot pot...I boil water every morning to use in my French Press. It brings water to a boil much faster that the stovetop teapot BUT over time Hamilton Beach Teakettle leaks and gets worse each day. At first it was just a little leak at the bottom seal. Then the plastic gage window started to leak. Now, both leaks spread water all over my counter top if there is any water left between uses. Not a good design. I am ordering a new one but trying a different brand.