A quick, efficient machine, the Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Cordless Kettle 40898 is a solid entry-level choice for the light to moderate tea or coffee drinker. Its smooth interior makes it easy to clean and its exterior stays completely cool. It has no variable temperature settings or water level indicators, but this workhorse will boil 8 cups of water at an incredible speed.
Fast, durable, well insulated. ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com says the cool-touch 40898 boils 2 quarts of water in just four minutes, making it one of the most powerful kettles on the market. Its stainless steel construction is extremely durable, and most Amazon.com owners say they're satisfied with the product. According to Good Housekeeping, the kettle lives up to Hamilton Beach's claims: All jug surfaces are cool enough to touch even when the water is boiling.
No water level measurement. Unlike other popular electric kettles, the Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Cordless Kettle has no water level indicator on the outside. While it does have a maximum fill line on the inside of the jug, experts and owners say it's difficult to make out. This kettle is a cinch to clean, however; Good Housekeeping and Amazon.com user reviews say its smooth, stainless steel interior and wide-mouth top make it easy to wash between uses.
Stainless steel components minimize BPA risk. One welcome feature of the Hamilton Beach 40898 is that it contains no plastic elements that touch boiling water, and Amazon.com users say its plastic spout filter can be easily removed. ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com reports that the kettle is made of one solid piece of steel with no welded joints, which is useful because welded metal can contaminate water with lead traces. Automatic shut-off activates with an audible click, and the green "on" light turns off once the water comes to a full, rolling boil.
1. Good Housekeeping
The Good Housekeeping Research Institute lab-tests products for performance, safety and ease of use. In this list of 24 high-quality electric tea kettles, the Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Cordless Kettle gets an A- rating. Editors call the kettle a bit uncomfortable to grasp, but say it's easy to clean and all parts remain cool even when the water is at a full boil.
Review: Hamilton Beach 8-Cup Cordless Kettle #40898, Editors of Good Housekeeping Research Institute, January 2010
This coffee-drinkers' interest website publishes articles on coffee recipes, coffee brewing and various products. In this informal, anecdotal review, Smith endorses the Hamilton Beach tea kettle despite having difficulty assembling it. He chose this model because it contains very little plastic, and contrasts its construction with that of Bodum's plastic electric kettle.
Review: The Hamilton Beach Cool Touch Tea Kettle Review, Michael Allen Smith, September 2011
This article notes that the Cool Touch contains no plastic parts aside from the spout filter, and its lack of welded joints keeps traces of lead out of the water. Editors appear to have tested the product firsthand, and wish the kettle had a water level indicator.
Review: Review: Hamilton Beach 40898 Cool-Touch, Editors of ElectricCordlessWaterKettle.com, Not dated
This tea kettle gets an overall rating of 3.8 stars out of 5 after more than 500 customer reviews. Users' most common complaints include the hard-to-see maximum level indicator and the lack of a water level indicator anywhere on the kettle. However, many say the 40898 is easy to clean.
Review: Hamilton Beach 40898 Cool-Touch 8-Cup Cordless Electric Kettle, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2013