Good day, everyone.
My Lagostina stainless steel pot really isn't cutting it, for three reasons: lousy pour, having to carry it from stove to tea table, and the constant threat of boiling the pot dry.
I've had my eye on some Kamjove kettles, but I've heard - anecdotally - that their quality can be spotty. A Teachat member posted photos of one with a disintegrating inner heating element after barely a year of use.
So I'll post my requirements, and hopefully clarity will soon follow. 1.
Stainless steel. An absolute requirement on the inside, and preferably as much on the outside as possible. Is there a better material than this?2.
Size. It doesn't need to be big at all. Big enough for one or two people is fine. I can see that a lot of the Kamjove kettles are smaller anyway, which is good, I think. 3.
I need the heating element to be on the outside, on the base. I *do not* want it on the inside of the kettle. 4.
Auto shut-off (to prevent prolonged boiling/boiling dry.) Would be nice to have a feature that keeps the water warm or at a similar temperature.5.
A thin, well-made spout. I'm looking for a great, controlled pour, which would enable me to pour around the sides of a gaiwan. 6.
I'm willing to pay more for quality. I'd like something that won't break/disintegrate/catch on fire/pose any health risk in less than two years. These things should last for years, anyway. 7.
Style. I don't want it to look ugly. Some of those stainless steel Kamjove kettles look very stylish, not at all out of place alongside nice teaware. 8.
Voltage/Power. I need it to work in USA/Canada. 9.
Reliable retailer. If I'm to order this online (though I'd prefer to find one in person, locally) I'd like to order from a reputable retailer. I would not be thrilled to have to wait for the item forever due to laziness.