The Bodum Ibis Electric Tea Kettle offers a good combination of features and value, say reviewers. With a 7-cup capacity, it is both larger and slightly cheaper than other highly rated kettles, including the top-rated Chef's Choice Cordless 677 (*Est. $50) . Reviewers say the Bodum kettle pours easily and is comfortable to hold, with an automatic shut-off, a detachable jug, a visible water gauge and a filter to catch minerals deposited by water. It boils a full tank in less than five minutes. With a carafe made of plastic, the Bodum Ibis Electric Tea Kettle doesn't win style points, though it is available in four colors and the plastic is free of bisphenol A (BPA), a chemical found in some plastics that has been linked to health issues. Some users warn that its plastic carafe and base are prone to melting, however.
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute, Reactual.com and About.com provide the best comprehensive overviews of the Ibis. However, these resources don't indicate that they tested it alongside other kettles. The Bodum Ibis Electric Tea Kettle gets about 100 owner-written reviews at Amazon.com, providing a good idea of how this product performs over time.
1. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute provides profiles of their favorite electric tea kettles, although testing criteria is not discussed. While the Bodum Ibis Electric Tea Kettle's design is praised, editors criticize the kettle for being "not particularly user-friendly." They say the handle is hard to hold, the kettle is difficult to clean and there is no cord storage.
Review: Best Electric Teakettles, Editors of the Good Housekeeping Research Institute
A contributor includes the Bodum Ibis Electric Tea Kettle in a list of most efficient electric kettles. The kettle makes the list for its large capacity and quick boil time (under four and a half minutes). However, the reviewer complains that the kettle is made of "unstylish plastic."
Review: Best Electric Kettles, "Siel"
The Bodum Ibis Electric Tea Kettle receives somewhat mixed reviews on Amazon.com, earning an average rating of 3.5 stars out of 5 in more than 30 owner-written reviews. Satisfied owners praise its size and efficiency. Negative reviews say steam escapes from the lid or the heating element broke.
Review: Bodum Ibis Cordless Water Kettle, Contributors to Amazon.com
The Bodum Ibis Electric Tea Kettle is listed No. 2 out of eight kettles. A short review says it boils fast and the carafe can be easily lifted from its base, but it isn't clear whether Sean Paajanen actually tested or examined this kettle -- or any of the kettles included in this roundup for that matter. (Note: ConsumerSearch is owned by About.com, but the two don't share an editorial affiliation.)
Review: Top 8 Tea Kettles, Sean Paajanen