Excerpt: This kettle worked just fine for three years. This morning, while I was boiling water, I smelled something burning and noticed what seemed like heavy steam coming out of the pot. I turned it off, unplugged the base and opened the lid, and smoke? steam? billowed out. I looked at the base and noticed the plastic was slightly misshapen - short story is that it appears the unit was overheating at the contact points and, perhaps, inside near the coil.
Pros: Adequate boil time Good capacity Fits in crowded counter space
Excerpt: Having drunk a lot of tea in Europe, I decided on getting an electric kettle while here in the U.S. I just received this Proctor Silex 1.7L kettle. I was a little skeptical because it is competing with the likes of Braun and T-Fal. But, I was pleasantly surprised by its performance. It will boil 1.7L of water in about 8 minutes. I thought that was a little long, but I attribute it to the 110 volt system here versus the 220 volt system in Europe.
Pros: Cordless design, easy access for cleaning, wide opening spout