Heats up quickly
Push button to open
No heating element necessary
Short power cord
Lid opens forcefully
We purchased the Zeppoli Electric Kettle so our reviewer could put it to the test in her kitchen. Keep reading for our full product review.
Are you looking for a quick way to heat up water? Sometimes you need something that’s a little more convenient than a stovetop kettle, and the Zeppoli Electric Kettle is just that. All you have to do is add water, press down a tab, and go about your morning while it’s heating up. Plus, there’s no high-pitched whistle when you boil water, and if you happen to venture out of the room, it’s no big deal, as the unit shuts itself off automatically.
An electric kettle is a simple solution for the morning multitasker, and we wanted to see if the Zeppoli Electric Kettle is a worthwhile alternative to a traditional kettle. Keep reading for our full review.
Design: Simple but effective
The biggest advantage of the Zeppoli Kettle is, of course, that it’s electric. If you want to make tea, soup, or other hot meals in a college dorm or office space, this is the perfect way to do it. Even at home, it’s often more convenient than using a stovetop tea kettle.
For easy filling, the Zeppoli Electric Kettle’s lid opens with the press of a button—in fact, it swings open rather forcefully. We ended up holding our hand above the lid when we opened it so it didn’t bounce too much. Because the hinges feel a little flimsy and the motion is fairly aggressive, we do question how well it will last in the long run.
There’s a simple tab at the bottom of the handle that turns the kettle on and off when it’s on its base. When we pressed the tab down, the base lights up blue, indicating that it’s on and heating up. It’s a clever little feature, and we have to say it looks really cool in the dark. The kettle also has a removable filter to strain out minerals that could cause possible limescale buildup.
The cord isn’t very long, so we had to keep it fairly close to an outlet.
One slight design flaw we noticed is that on the bottom of the base, there’s a hole for the power cord to be put through. However, the cord actually starts on the opposite end of the wraparound, making a couple inches of the cord completely useless. Because of that, the cord isn’t very long, so we had to keep it fairly close to an outlet.
Material: Sleek and light
The kettle’s body is made of glass, and the base and the handle are made of plastic. Plus, there are some tasteful stainless steel accents on the lid and the bottom that really give the kettle a sleek look.
Overall, the kettle is pretty lightweight—we actually felt that it was a bit on the flimsy side. However, if you treat it with care (especially the lid), we think it’ll treat you well in return.
Performance: Only a few minutes to boil
To test the unit, we used the Zeppoli Electric Kettle to make black tea and French Press coffee for several days. When we filled the kettle up to just above the minimum capacity (enough for a single serving), it only took two or three minutes to reach a boil. However, if it’s filled up to maximum capacity, it will take around five to six minutes to reach a full boil. Either way, we were impressed by how little time we had to spend waiting around for it.
When we filled the kettle up to just above the minimum capacity, it only took two or three minutes to reach a boil.
Something we thought was fun with this kettle is that, because it’s see-through, you can watch the water boil. As it starts heating up, little bubbles will form on the bottom, and as it gets hotter, you’ll be able to watch it turn into a rolling boil.
Cleaning: Not the easiest, but not the hardest
Because it’s an electric kettle, this appliance can’t be submerged in water, and you can’t put it in the dishwasher, either. This makes washing the unit a little more time consuming, but since you’ll only be boiling water in it, it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.
Price: Affordable and worth it
We have to say, for $39.99, the Zeppoli Electric Kettle is an inexpensive addition to your home, dorm, or workplace—especially since it doesn’t require a stove or hot plate. It’s a similar price (if not a little cheaper) then some of our other favorite tea kettles, and considering its great features, we’re confident it will be a welcome addition to your kitchen.
Competition: Plenty of other options
KitchenAid KEK1222ER 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle: For a classier (but more expensive) electric tea kettle, the KitchenAid Electric Kettle is a great option. It comes in lots of different color options—including two shades of red, Onyx Black, Pistachio, Brushed Stainless Steel, and Twilight Blue—and it functions similarly to the Zeppoli. However, it costs around $80, nearly double the price of the Zeppoli Kettle.
Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle: Want a classic, elegant stovetop kettle? The Le Creuset Classic Kettle is made of stainless steel coated in vitreous enamel, which comes in a rainbow of vivid colors. It features heat-resistant knobs and handles for ease of use, as well as a single-tone whistle to alert you when your water is boiling. This is a high-quality kettle, for sure, but it comes with the price tag to match, costing a cool $100.
T-fal C76220 Specialty Stainless Steel Coffee and Tea Kettle: If you’re on a budget, check out the T-fal Coffee and Tea Kettle, which you can often find retailing for under $20. While you can’t get it in pretty colors like the Le Creuset Kettle, it’s still very functional. There’s a trigger on the handle to open the spout, and the lid comes off easily. Plus, it has a 3-quart capacity, so it’s great for larger families. Oh, and did we mention that this tea kettle is dishwasher safe? It may be plain, but it serves its purpose well.
Great for those without a stove.
If you’re living in a dorm or stove-less apartment, the Zeppoli Electric Kettle is a worthwhile purchase, as it heats up quickly and doesn’t require a stove or hot plate.
- Product Name Electric Kettle
- Product Brand Zeppoli
- Price $39.99
- Product Dimensions 9.5 x 10 x 7.5 in.
- Capacity 1.7 liters
- Material Glass, plastic, stainless steel