The Adagio Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle's most unique feature is its temperature control. That comes in handy when preparing green teas, which require cooler water than black teas. The kettle is cordless, made of stainless steel and has a concealed heating element. The kettle is also compact and fits easily on countertops. However, the Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle has only a 4-cup capacity, which is significantly less than the 7-cup capacity of the electric Chef's Choice Cordless 677 (*Est. $50) -- but the UtiliTea is a bit cheaper. It may by hard to find at brick-and-mortar stores; we found it available online at Amazon.com, Cooking.com, FoodNetworkStore.com and Adagio.com (the manufacturer's website)
The best reviews we found of the Adagio Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle were from Chow.com, Reactual.com and About.com. Although these reviews are not comparative and testing methods are not revealed, they still provide detailed profiles of this kettle. User comments from Amazon.com offer insightful user feedback.
Louisa Chu, a chef and food writer, recommends the Adagio Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle in her article on electric tea kettles. Chu praises the temperature control option but also likes the brushed stainless-steel body, plastic stay-cool handle and the fact that it's cordless. She says the kettle is compact, but the 30-ounce, 4-cup capacity may be too small for some users.
Review: A Watched Pot Never Boils, Louisa Chu, Sept. 20, 2007
A contributor calls the Adagio Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle a "picky tea lover's dream," referring to the variable-temperature control. The reviewer likes the kettle's temperature control and concealed heating unit, but the review is brief and states no other good or bad points.
Review: Best Electric Kettles, "Siel"
Sean Paajanen, About.com's former coffee/tea guide, provides a detailed review of the Adagio Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle and lists its pros and cons. Paajanen says the kettle is stylish and heats water quickly. The only con is the kettle's unclear controls. However, at the end of the article is an update that indicates a newer version of the kettle has incorporated clearer controls into its design. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: UtiliTea Kettle Review, Sean Paajanen
The Adagio Teas UtiliTea Variable Temperature Electric Kettle receives an average score of 4.5 stars out of 5 from about 120 users on Amazon.com. Most users say the variable-temperature control is the kettle's best feature. Other favorable features include an automatic shut-off, a functional design and good customer service from Adagio (one user said that when his UtiliTea stopped working, Adagio worked to get him a new one). In addition to reviews, Amazon.com also provides specific measurements and describes the Adagio Teas UtiliTea kettle features in detail. This is extremely helpful because the manufacturer's website gives limited information.
Review: Adagio Teas 3 UtiliTea Variable-Temperature 30-Ounce Electric Kettle, Contributors to Amazon.com