We used electric teakettles in my teahouse. My favourite was the Kenwood, which is made in Hong Kong or Taiwan (I forget), but hard to find these days. Next Russell Hobbs makes good ones, then Cuisinart would be my least favourite. On all of these, we used them so much -- and we had a battery of 4 going most of the day -- that we would burn out the cords. Fortunately we had superduper fused electric outlets! I found that computer cords would fit (with some sculpting of the plug with a moto-tool), and I used to get computer cords at Boeing Surplus for a buck apiece.
We have a Rival 40-ounce Hot Shot Express. It heats water faster than a microwave. You can heat soup in it, although I wouldn't use it for tea water after that! I think we got it at Sears for less than $30. My husband thinks it might have been less than $20. It works really well.
Upton Tea recommends the Hobbs electric kettle, which holds up to 1.8 quarts, and they sell for a mere $109.90 ($115.40 with sales tax in Massachusetts).
I love my bodum....Bought it 12 years ago and still going strong.... Countrygurl do you clean the kettle with white vinegar? I do every now and then and also use filtered water to keep minerals on the down side. I put a couple cups of vinegar and turn the kettle on then I let it set for an hour or so ...stinksssssssssssssss but cleans it real nice.Heidi
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