Weight compromises convenience. Because of the Chef'sChoice 679's glass body, it's easy to see how much water is in the jug, if the water is boiling and whether the kettle needs cleaning. However, it also makes this one of the heaviest electric models on the market at 4 pounds. High points include a clearly marked water gauge that includes liters and ounces, and a swivel base that's convenient for left- or right-handed users. According to editors at Good Housekeeping, the button that opens the lid is easy to press with the same hand grasping the handle.
Reliability offers peace of mind. The Chef'sChoice Cordless Electric Glass Kettle contains some plastic elements -- namely the spout and the sealant between the base and the glass -- and Amazon.com users complain that it gives off a plastic smell. According to ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com, the smell dissipates after boiling eight or nine full pots of water. Other Amazon.com owners praise the kettle's automatic shut-off feature, which sounds a loud beep to let you know the water is ready. The 679 also features a cool-touch bottom so it won't burn your tabletop and boil-dry shut-off protection.
1. Good Housekeeping
Good Housekeeping lists 24 high-quality electric tea kettles, giving the Chef'sChoice Cordless Electric Glass Kettle Model 679 an A+ rating. Editors like its easy maneuverability and see-through jug-style construction that "takes the guesswork out of determining how much water's in the kettle or whether or not it has actually come to a boil." Products are put through rigorous laboratory testing for "performance, safety, and, with the help of volunteer testers, ease of use."
Review: Chef's Choice Cordless Electric Glass Kettle #679, Editors of Good Housekeeping Research Institute, January 2010
This comprehensive review notes the Chef'sChoice 679's key features and drawbacks. Editors say that although the kettle is one of their favorite models on the market, its plastic spout leaves much to be desired. Testing methodology is explained only as being based on first- and second-hand experiences, but it's clear that this evaluation is based on personal use.
Review: Review: Chef's Choice 679 Cordless Glass Kettle, Editors of ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com, Not dated
This teapot review site, which also offers tea recipes and information on the benefits of drinking tea, calls the Chef'sChoice 679 a "beautiful" kettle that heats water more quickly than a stove or microwave. However, it's unclear whether editors personally test the kettles in this review.
Review: The Best Electric Tea Kettles, Editors of TeapotAndKettle.com, Not dated
At this kitchen product retailer, the Chef'sChoice Cordless Electric Glass Kettle Model 679 gets an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5 after more than 75 reviews. Nearly all users say they'd recommend the product to a friend and highly praise this kettle's utility.
Review: Chef'sChoice Glass Electric Kettle, Contributors to ChefsCatalog.com, As of September 2013
More than 65 owners give the Chef'sChoice 679 an overall rating of 4 stars out of 5. Many say the kettle gives off a plastic smell, probably due to its plastic spout or the seal between the glass and the metal heating element.
Review: Chef'sChoice M679 Cordless Electric Glass Kettle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013