Are you one of those java drinkers that doesn’t like plastic parts in their coffee maker?  Do you believe that “Hot Water + Plastic = Bad”?  And if you aren’t one of those people, you might be wondering why I am even writing about this topic?  There are a couple of reasons why hot water coming into contact with plastic can be bad for of us.  One is that it makes the coffee taste bad and the other is estrogens.

Those people that can taste the plastic in their beverages use stainless steel electric kettles to heat their water.  You might think that the taste of plastic isn’t that bad, but there is that estrogen thing to think about.  The problem with this is that the compounds in the plastic that are called plasticizers can be estrogenic and carcinogenic.  If you want to minimize your estrogenic exposure you should get a stainless steel kettle and get rid of your plastic kettle.

The following kettles are affordable, made out of stainless steel and have their own beneficial features.

The Breville SK500XL heats up to almost 58 ounces of hot water.  It has an easy “on/off” switch and a “ready” bell that pings when the water has started boiling.  Some other features that you might like are the automatic shut-off and the boil-dry protection.  This kettle boils a full 1.5 liters quickly in about 4 minutes and it is sturdy, simple and elegant looking.  Unfortunately, if you are looking for a stainless kettle that has no plastic, this one has a plastic volume gauge that is exposed to hot water.

The Cuisinart CPK-17 can heat about 56 ounces of water to a rolling boil in just minutes.  If you are a tea drinker then you will love this next feature!  It has six different preset heat settings that will let you steep your tea at just the right temperature.  This unit has a memory feature that lets you leave the kettle off the base for up to two minutes before it goes into a standby mode.  Once you return the kettle to its base, it will return to the restart the heating and/or keep warm cycles where it left off.  It also has a keep warm mode, boil-dry protection, sleep mode, and an automatic shut-off.  The sidewall level indicator and the frame of the removable spout filter are made of plastic but the level indicator is part of a small compartment in which a very small amount of water will reach it and which has limited circulation and you can remove the frame of the spout filter.  The rest of the unit that touches water is made out of stainless steel.

The Hamilton Beach 40898 Cool Touch Tea Kettle can heat 64 ounces of water in about 4 minutes.  It’s all metal with a stainless steel liner.  It does have a plastic lid but it doesn’t come into contact with the water.  Some of its features include a cool touch exterior for safety and the water is insulated on the inside which helps keep the water hotter after the kettle shuts off upon boiling.  The unit is cordless so there are no cords or plugs to mess with.  It also has an automatic shut-off, a lid that locks, and a drip-free pouring spout.  This is an attractive kettle with its simple curves and brushed stainless steel finish. 



Of the three models, the Hamilton Beach Cool Touch has the largest capacity and the water does not come into contact with plastic.  It doesn’t have a plastic window gauge, but if you are concerned with the plastic and water coming into contact, this shouldn’t matter!


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