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100% All-Stainless Steel Interior, including the Lid and Pour Spout!
Reviewed in the United States on December 14, 2015
I have searched far and wide over the years for the holy grail of electric kettles: a 100% all-stainless steel interior. I first began with a Hamilton Beach 40898, which I thought had a stainless steel interior except I discovered that the inside of the lid was plastic. I have researched over 3-4 dozen models and this is only one of two models that I've found that not only has stainless steel in the bottom portion which is in contact with the boiling water, but also the inside of the top lid. Practically all the electric kettles on the market claim to have a "stainless steel interior," yet neglect to mention about a plastic lid. Although that lid is not in direct contact with the boiling water, the steam that rises will condensate on the lid and then drip back down into your water. In my perspective, indirect contact is equivalent to direct contact. Although manufacturers claim that any plastic that they use is "BPA-free," they fail to mention that plastic contains other components that have even more detrimental synthetic estrogenic effects than BPA. I believe that hot steam coming into contact with the plastic everyday for years will degrade the plastic material and result in "leakage". The Secura pour spout also is all steel and has a little steel lip to prevent any water coming into contact with the plastic exterior housing.
The other model I've found that has an all-stainless steel interior is designed by Precise Heat. I prefer the Secura for these reasons:
-Double-wall construction keeps the boiled water hot longer. Also exterior is cool to the touch.
-Secura feels more robust.
-Uses British Strix control to conserve energy when reheating already hot or warm water.
It's hard for me to allocate time to write Amazon reviews, but I took the time because I love my Secura kettle so much. With the cold winter weather, I find myself using my Secura kettle 3+ times per day. My only suggestion for this item is to offer a model with all stainless exterior as well, although the black exterior is not half bad.
In kettle news, I was very excited to hear about the new OXO On Cordless Glass Electric Kettle. The see-through glass container with all stainless steel seemed to be the perfect marriage of design, function, and safety. Alas, after doing some further digging, contacting OXO, I was informed that it has silicone seals in the bottom and a plastic inner lid on top. By the way, silicone has also not been proven to be 100% safe for human consumption as some types of silicone could contain siloxane compounds that may cause adverse reproductive, neurological, and immune effects.