Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle – Item of the Day

kettleEvery day I bring you an item on Amazon that I personally use or has been purchased by many members of the audience and I have researched enough to recommend.

Today’s TSP Amazon Item of the day the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle.  This item gets used daily.  Now I paid a bit more for mine to get a red one.  Why?  Dorothy likes and wanted a red one.  Well, when a woman puts up with all the crap that a full time podcaster and part time farmers wife puts up with and asks for red, by God she is gonna get it from me anyway.  By the way since the first time I posted this item, the cost of the red one has dropped to only about 10 bucks difference in price.  And I got to admit while red is not really my color it does look good.

In the end though red or silver they function identically and the silver one is only $24.57 with free shipping on prime.  What do you do with it?  Well clearly you boil water with it but here are my big uses for mine…

  1.  Making mead as seen in this video
  2. I make 4 boiled eggs with no effort in it at a time (more on that below)
  3. I make my tea or coffee with my French Press with it every day
  4. I pre heat water with it for boiling when I am doing a lot of cooking

Okay about those eggs, want perfect eggs hard boiled to this, with any electric kettle by the way.  Put 1-4 eggs in the kettle, fill about half way with water, turn the kettle on, most will automatically stop when they boil, this one does.  When it shuts off, set a timer for 12 minutes, let it just sit for that long.  Pour off the water, rinse with cold water to cool things off and remove your eggs.

Why does this work so well.  Okay when you do the same thing with a pot the eggs sit on the bottom and get hotter on the bottom and get hotter than the 212 it takes to boil the water.  And electric kettle is efficient, heat comes from all sides evenly heating the water, which is why it boils faster.

Due to this your eggs are heated to the exact 212 range of the water and boil to hard perfectly.  Add a tsp of vinegar and they will even peal more easily.  Oh, also use eggs about 2 weeks old for boiling if you have fresh from your own yard eggs, they will peal easily compared to super fresh ones as well.

In any event a good Electric Kettle is something I just could not live without in my kitchen, and the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle is the best value to price one I have yet found.  Consider that it has 4.5 stars over all with over 1200 reviews and it makes a lot of sense that it is a quality product.  In fact over two years I have sold several hundred of these and have never heard a word of complaint from the audience.  That says a lot.

My personal kettle is over 3 years old now.  I run an average of 3 batches of something a day in it.  3 x 365 x 3 = 3,285 mission this thing has run with my crappy hard water and it is still going strong.

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P.S. – While I have not yet reviewed it, I will soon review this awesome coffee carafe.  Teamed with this and the French Press I recommend this kettle makes the best coffee I have ever had.  I make up about three batches in the morning and with an initial pour of two cups it all fits in the carafe.

I do this with tea as well.  They are still piping hot hours later with no degrading of quality.  It has saved a lot of waste because one press makes about 3 big mugs of coffee or tea.  That third one was mostly being tossed out because it became tannic and nasty by the time we got to it.  So the way I look at it, the carafe pays for itself pretty quickly.




9 Responses to Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle – Item of the Day

  1. Perfect timing, I’ve been on the hunt for a well loved used tea kettle. I just couldn’t stomach the idea of buying a cheaply made new one knowing there are so many better built ones longing for a new home. For long enough have I boiled water in a sauce pan then gone into my office, forgetting it, only to find an empty burnt destroyed sauce pan later. I’m breaking down here and buying new but only because this will be more convenient. I could even move my morning coffee operation into my office once we’re moved.

    Also we’re moving in a week but thanks to Amazon Prime I’ll have it before then.

  2. Researched this, found one with no plastic exposed to water (BFD for my wife). Also bonus, it’s American made. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B011BE7V8W/ — been using it for a month, sits on my desk, pretty nice.

  3. I had an electric kettle before that sounded like a jet taking off. How loud are these kettles?

  4. I have the model of this from about 2 years ago. It is on my desk at work and I use it several times a day everyday to boil water for a cup of tea. Several work mates come by to use it as well. It brings them around for a bit of a social but rather than gossip, we actually discuss points of work while waiting the 2 minutes for water to boil. We have actually saved having to have dedicated coordination meetings because of these short pauses throughout the day.

    This is a well constructed pot that will surely continue to work for a long time. One tip, we only put in as much water as we need and it boils faster than a whole pot. Another tip, since I know I will want more in about a half hour, I just put in enough for 3 cups, get it boiling then leave it until we want a few cups. Tap it again to heat up and it’s ready in about 30 seconds due to the previous residual heat.

    Another buddy has one at another base he has used for over 18 months and he loves it too. It works just as good to heat water to stepe oatmeal. I would highly recommend this product for a lot of uses and long service.

  5. If i put vinegar in it to boil eggs does the vinegar smell leave when used next time for tea?

    • Steve, I haven’t personally used vinegar in my pot but since it is stainless steel then I don’t believe it would smell, in the same way my stainless saucepans do not keep a smell. I would just clean it by pouring out all of the old vinegar water, give a rinse with clean water, then refill the pot and boil the clean water and pour off. That could clean any leftover oder that may linger. Good luck.

  6. Just made 3 one gallon batches of mead with this.  This is the most utilized and reliable thing in our household recommended through TSP other than Jack himself.  It’s awesome!  We’ve used it everyday for years.

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