Thursday, July 30, 2009

West Bend 53783 1-3/4-Quart Cordless Water Kettle, Black

West Bend 53783 1-3/4-Quart Cordless Water Kettle, Black

Price: $27.39
Manufacturer: West Bend
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West Bend Cordless Water Kettle has a concealed heating element, with cool touch exterior and handles. Convenient on/off switch with automatic shutoff and boil-dry protection. The filter is removable and washable.


  • Amazon Sales Rank: #3535 in Kitchen & Housewares
  • Color: Black
  • Brand: West Bend
  • Model: 53783
  • Number of items: 1
  • Dimensions: 6.00" h x 10.00" w x 9.00" l,
  • 1500-watt cordless kettle boils up to 1-3/4 quarts of water
  • Water-level marks in quarts and liters; washable filter; removable anti-scale screen
  • Convenient "on/off" switch; signal light; auto shutoff; boil-dry protection
  • Concealed heating element; cool-touch exterior and handle provide added safety
  • Measures approximately 9 by 10 by 6 inches; 1-year limited warranty

Product Reviews

Sophisticated in design yet practical for everyday use, this 1500-watt electric kettle boils up to 1-3/4 quarts of water quickly and quietly for coffee, tea, instant soups, and more. The unit features water-level marks in quarts and liters, a washable filter, and a removable anti-scale screen, which must be in place when heating. For convenience, the unit is designed with an "on/off" switch and a signal light, as well as automatic shutoff and boil-dry protection. Its concealed heating element and cool-touch exterior and handle provide added safety. The kettle is cordless for portability with cord storage in its base for tidy countertops. Turn the kettle off, unplug it, and allow it to cool completely before cleaning. The exterior of the kettle can be wiped clean with a damp cloth. Do not immerse the kettle, base, cord, plugs, or other electric parts in water. The water kettle measures approximately 9 by 10 by 6 inches and carries a one-year limited warranty.

If your an expat or just an anglophile and you are left wondering, "Why doesn't America embrace the electric kettle?!" then this is the item for you. Sleek and aptly priced.

I don't know why you'd pay around $50 for something that just heats water... brand loyalty? I wouldn't pay the extra $15-$30 just for the flat metal plate that the Braun or Philips has. (The West Bend kettle has a metal coil to heat up the water: Yes, you have to clean the coiled versions, but it's exactly the same as cleaning out a coffee maker... white vinegar once in a blue moon. Hey, the Brits and the Irish don't mind the coil, why should I?)

The stouter version of this I think is too small, unless you live alone and don't drink that much tea/coffee/cocoa. Between us, my brother and I drink six to eight cups of tea a day, plus hot cereal on top of that and this kettle is more than sufficient (1.7 liters).

Some more good things:
It turns of automatically after it comes to a roaring boil.
See-through panel lets you see the water level.
So quiet, you wouldn't know it's on...
That's why it has a little red light that goes on.
Has a locking top so as to avoid spills.
The black fits in with my kitchen's decor.

It also comes in handy for when I'm cooking, using up all the burners and need just a bit of hot water, quickly. Or even if I am cooking rice or pasta, it's easier to heat up the water in the electric kettle and then pour it into the pot on the stove.

Two complaints: The cord is thick and not very flexible (the cord itself is about two feet). I have this plugged into the same outlet as my microwave and cannot use the two at the same time or else I'll have a circuit short... but then again, whoever remodeled the kitchen did a bad job on the electicity.

Makes a great present for any hot beverage lover or college student.

Just ok
Given the price this Kettle works ok, but:
- it fails to shut off quite frequently, when boiling point is reached (which is why I ditched my old el. kettle)
- it doesn't shut off, when you take it off the base (so you put it back empty and it's trying to boil the little water left inside)
- you have to fit it onto the base (better models can be put on 360 degrees).

If you wanna use this a lot, get a better one.

Update: Yesterday I started boiling a quart of water and went to do something else in the mean time. Of course I forgot about my water. When I returned to the kitchen, the kettle had shut off - but only after a full quart of water had evaporated :(

Doesn't shut off
I was recently traveling in New Zealand and every where you went (hotels, RV's, etc) had an electric water kettle. This was great and I really appreciated the automatic shut off, because my boyfriend keeps burning up our tea kettles. So I saw this one, read the reviews and decided to get it. I am so disspointed. The kettle heats water great, BUT the automatic shut off doesn't work at all. This is something that a few other reviews mentioned, so I am sending it back. I do not recommend getting this model.

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