What We Like
Contemporary design and finish
Durable stainless steel exterior
Large three-quart capacity
What We Don't Like
Hard to press trigger when holding kettle
Heavy bottom makes pouring more difficult
Not compatible with induction cooktops
T-fal is a kitchen brand known for its high-quality design, inexpensive prices, and top-notch construction. The brand, which has been around for more than 60 years, is well regarded for its lifetime warranties and consistent improvements and innovations. As an added bonus, it’s also one of the most affordable kitchen brands on the market.
We put the T-fal C76220 Stainless Steel Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle to the test, boiling water, making drinks, and cleaning it several times to evaluate the kettle’s heating capacity, design, and usability. Here’s what we liked (and didn’t like) about this popular product and what you should know before buying.
Design: Sleek and modern
At first glance, we thought the polished stainless steel finish gave this kettle a very modern look. In fact, we even considered leaving it out on our stovetop to elevate the appearance of our kitchen. With its 3-quart capacity, this slightly oversized kettle will naturally catch your eye if it’s sitting out. Fortunately, we did find that it was still easy to store thanks to its handle, which sits low to the kettle.
Material: Heavy-duty but thin
Since this kettle is made of stainless steel, heat moves from the burner to the water quickly. We found that the material also helped retain heat inside the kettle, which kept our water hot for longer periods. Plus, stainless steel is known to withstand more of a beating over porcelain (which chips), so that’s one less thing to worry about, too.
Surprisingly, the kettle was sturdy while still being thinner and lighter than others we’ve used in the past. It was easier to handle when it was full of water and not as weighty as you might expect for such a large kettle.
Surprisingly, the kettle was sturdy while still being thinner and lighter than others we’ve used in the past.
The handle, lid, and whistle are made of Bakelite, a synthetic resin that doesn’t conduct heat. That means that you’ll avoid any burned fingers when you’re moving the kettle.
Heating Capacity: Quick to boil
One of the best features about this kettle is its broad 9-inch base, which allows it to heat up quickly. We tested it by boiling various amounts of water and found that it was just as effective for larger quantities, too.
As the kettle heats up, we heard loud crackling and popping noises. If you notice that too, don’t be alarmed. These types of sounds aren’t totally uncommon with tea kettles, especially models that heat rapidly. Luckily, the whistle came through loud and clear—we could easily hear it from the next room, even over a loud TV.
Cleaning: Easy to wash by hand
This kettle has a large opening for the lid, which allowed us to easily fill the kettle with water from a sink faucet. It also made washing the inside a breeze; the average adult’s hand can definitely fit inside without issue. We had to use a thinner cloth or sponge on the whistle and spout, but its straight design helped us get every inch of the interior clean.
You can also wash this kettle in the dishwasher. Certain detergents may have a corrosive effect on the metal, however, so T-fal recommends hand-washing. Stainless steel is rust-resistant, so it’s fine to let it air-dry, but you can also use a soft cloth to wipe off any lingering droplets.
Helpful Features: An easy-open trigger on the handle
To keep your hands clear of the steaming spout, T-fal added a neat design element—a trigger opening on the underside of the handle. The action is forceful—the whistle will sling open quickly when the trigger is engaged—and we found that it was difficult to press when we were holding a full kettle. After some trial and error, we discovered that we could better control our grip by pushing the trigger while the kettle was still sitting on the stove.
We found that [the trigger] was difficult to press when we were holding a full kettle.
Price: A worthy investment for big families
T-fal is known for its affordable price points, and this kettle is no exception. It‘s less expensive than some smaller stainless steel kettles, and its lifetime warranty for manufacturing defects ensures that you can get a replacement if it malfunctions or leaks.
Competition: T-fal reigns supreme
OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle: The OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle has a fluted design that makes it more visually appealing, but it costs more and holds half as much water as the T-fal kettle. Plus, T-fal’s trigger sets it apart from OXO’s kettle. On the OXO model, you have to press a tab on the whistle, putting your hand near the hot steam.
Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle: The Circulon kettle is far more colorful than the T-fal stainless steel version, but it has a smaller 6-cup capacity and is only marginally less expensive than the extra-large T-fal kettle. Both kettles use heat-resistant resin to cut down on heat transfer, but the Circulon’s kettle lid is much smaller, which could make cleaning complicated.
- Product Name C76220 Stainless Steel Whistling Coffee and Tea Kettle
- Product Brand T-fal
- Price $35.99
- Weight 2.45 lbs.
- Product Dimensions 10.14 x 10.14 x 9 in.
- Color Silver (stainless steel)
- Material Stainless steel, Bakelite resin
- Warranty Limited lifetime warranty
- Model Number 2100096129
- UPC 032406059139