Tea Time: Review of the OXO Stainless Steel Uplift Teakettle

We inherited this tea kettle from our daughter when she moved out of state a year ago. She only owned it for 6 months prior, so it was pretty new when we received it.

This is one sturdy, sleek looking teakettle. Although OXO makes it in several different colors, ours is a beautiful brushed stainless steel that matches the brushed silver on our kitchen lighting and cabinet knobs.

The dimensions are 8″ x 8″ x 9″, and it weighs over 2 pounds. Very heavy and well made.

The kettle gets the name “Uplift” because of the design of the handle. When you tilt the kettle in a pouring position, the spout lifts open all by itself. There are no levers to pull.

The handle is covered with a heat-resistant soft rubber material that makes it non-slip even when wet. It’s comfortable to hold and really has a good feel in the hand. As long as I keep the heat under the bottom of the kettle, the handle does not get too hot.

The lid opening is extra wide to make filling and cleaning easier. And that’s important because this teakettle can not go into the dishwasher, it has to be washed by hand.

The kettle has a low pitched humming type of whistle that won’t blast your ear drums. It goes off when the water is boiling, but yet remains loud enough to hear if you are in the next room.

It generously holds 2 quarts, so although it’s a bit oversized, it isn’t too intrusive on the stove top.

When I make hot water for tea, it usually is ready in under 5 minutes.

Usage Tips from OXO

Prior to using, wash inside, and then use low or medium flame to heat your water. After using, you can close the spout by pressing handle in a downward position.

Clean the unit by hand with warm water and dish soap. Avoid using any abrasive cleaners that might scratch the surface.

Empty water when finished using, but if any mineral deposits do form on the bottom of the teakettle, they can be removed by mixing 2 tablespoons lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of baking soda with water, and boil for 1/2 an hour.

My Thoughts

Although this teakettle doesn’t get used a lot, it does come in handy from time to time. When we take the motorhome out, we make sure and pack it with us. We don’t use our water heater because it uses a lot of propane, rather we heat water on the stove for dishwashing. This OXO does a great job, and I love the large 2 quart capacity!

The key to keeping the outside surface looking new is to keep the stove top flame low enough so that it doesn’t lick up the sides of the kettle.

This teakettle comes with a limited lifetime warranty, and OXO always stands behind their products. They say you’ll “like our product or we will replace or refund your money”.

Since this was given to us, I can’t tell you how much it cost, but it has proven to be reliable.

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