If you're fond of stovetop kettles and don't mind paying more, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettle PTK-330W is a top-of-the-line model with useful features and sturdy construction. Its external temperature gauge comes in handy for making various teas and an iron core ensures a quick, efficient brew. Although the PTK-330W is considerably pricier than our Best Reviewed Revere Whistling Tea Kettle, it's backed by a limited lifetime warranty.
Temperature gauge gets kudos. The Cuisinart's porcelain-coated kettle has an iron core that heats quickly and maintains temperatures well, but users say the coating tends to chip over time and the iron can rust. The stainless steel version has no such issues. This 12-cup kettle's standout feature is a temperature gauge that indicates the ideal temperature for making teas and coffees and allows users to monitor the kettle's internal temperature. Some owners complain about gauges that stick after a few months of use, but most say they obtain replacements.
Handle makes pouring easy. The PerfecTemp PTK-330W comes with an angled, silicone-coated handle that makes it easy to pour and remains cool to the touch. An Amazon.com user finds that the temperature gauge can be difficult to read if you're left-handed, and others say the kettle must be emptied when not in use to avoid damaging the gauge. Some reviewers experience issues with rust, and one warns that cleaning the kettle with cold water immediately after use can cause tiny cracks in the metal.
No hazards here. The silicone-coated handle is designed to reduce the risk of burns, and most reviewers mention no issues with safety. However, one Amazon.com user says he has trouble flipping the lid spout without getting steam on his hand. Users say the whistle is loud enough to alert you when the water is ready.
This review names the five best tea kettles, but write-ups are very short and Hamilton doesn't indicate whether she personally tests each model. The Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettle PTK-330W earns the highest ranking of 5 stars out of 5.
Review: Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettle, Stephanie Hamilton, Aug. 5, 2011
About 70 owners post feedback about the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettle PTK-330W, giving it an average rating of 3.9 stars out of 5. Users love the temperature gauge, which they say gives an accurate readout of the kettle's internal temperature.
Review: Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettles, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013