Product reviewed: KRUPS Cool Touch Electric Kettle
Temperatures rise and fall with general predictability as the seasons change, but a warm beverage provides comfort any day of the year. No matter the weather, hot water for a mug of cocoa, tea for two, or a pot of French press coffee is only moments away with the KRUPS Cool Touch Electric Kettle.
Utilizing 1,500 watts of power, this quiet electric kettle needs only six minutes to heat the total capacity of 1.5 liters (less time for smaller amounts). The smart appliance automatically shuts off within 30 seconds of reaching a full boil, while its double layer of insulation keeps both the external surface cool to the touch and the water warm for up to 30 minutes — safety and efficiency features that those with children or who frequently multitask in the kitchen will appreciate.
Made of sleek black plastic on the outside and a full lining of stainless steel on the inside, the lightweight materials belie its sturdiness and quality, with a design that neither looks nor feels cheap. The kettle itself is cordless for ease of pouring, sitting on a corded rotational power base that allows for replacement at any angle. There is no gauge or window to check water level when filling, but the maximum capacity is clearly marked inside the carafe.
In addition to using less energy than a traditional stovetop kettle, the KRUPS Cool Touch gives off virtually no heat — which is particularly advantageous in my kitchen, as I enjoy cocoa mid-afternoon practically every day of the year. I am very happy with the kettle for preparing hot beverages, as well as for getting a jump on boiling water to cook dried beans and more quickly prepare breakfast porridges.
As the company’s saying goes, “for Krups, every detail counts,” and the Cool Touch Electric Kettle is no exception. Although heating water in a stovetop pot isn’t difficult or much more time-consuming, this safety-focused electric tool is a welcome daily convenience that merits its own spot on our kitchen counter.