The Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle is a great electric kettle without plastic parts. Technically the handles are made of BPA-free plastic, but they never come in contact with the heated water you intend to drink. The body, lid and spout are all made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is durable and non-toxic. If you are looking for an absolutely plastic free electric tea kettle, we do make a comparison later on in the article.
Why avoid plastic?
There are a few reasons people try to avoid plastic parts on an appliance:
Durability: Plastic has the potential to degrade and weaken over time. It is quite reasonable to expect your electric kettle to be a long lasting appliance. An easy way to make sure it lasts for years to come is to avoid plastic parts coming into contact with heated water.
Health concerns: Many people try to reduce their exposure to heated plastics because they are concerned for their health. Numerous studies have shown that plastics release harmful chemicals over time, especially when they are heated.
Advantages of a plastic handle
Having a plastic handle for a tea pot is the best way to have a handle that will not heat up too much. There is always the option of using something like the Primula Cast Iron Teapot. This kind of teapot has a metal handle. Since the handle heats up you will need to use something like a pot holder to pick up the kettle. Something to also consider about the cast iron teapot is that you would need to either heat it on the stove or purchase a separate hot plate. We feel like the plastic handle on the Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle is a good compromise. It allows for convenient serving and still avoids plastic contaminating your drinking water.
Functionality of a gooseneck kettle
One of the great things about gooseneck kettles is their functionality. Since the spout is narrower than a traditional teapot, you can use them for delicate tasks like brewing pour over coffee. The narrow, easily controlled stream is a must to make sure the filter on your pour over coffeemaker does not overflow. The gooseneck is also great if you use smaller teacups for the same reasons.
The single downside to this electric kettle is that it will not whistle when the water is boiling. There is an automatic shutoff feature that turns the base off once the water has boiled. You will need to listen for the bubbling of boiling water instead of relying on the loud whistle of a traditional tea pot.
This electric tea kettle has a base that plugs into the wall. The kettle part does not remained attached to the base. Since the base and kettle detach you never need to worry about the length of the cord when you pour the hot water. This feature is less common than you might think and also very valuable to have.
All of these features added up make the Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle one of the best electric gooseneck kettles on the market. Be sure to check back for other reviews in the future, we made find a better one yet!
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