The All-Clad whistling tea kettle is the highest priced model we’ve reviewed.
Is the high price justified?
Yes, most definitely. But not for everyone. In fact, for most, we recommend a different model.
More on that below toward the bottom of the review.
So why do we recommend a different model?
It costs less, but has more features. There are a few key things this All-Clad kettle lacks, like a stay-cool handle, and the competing model has those.
That said, if you don’t need those features and if you just love the sleek design, then the All-Clad is a great buy. Let’s take a closer look.
Review Of The All-Clad Whistling Tea Kettle
Overview and Features
All-Clad is known to produce some of the best tea kettles with whistles, mainly because their models are so versatile and designed specifically with user experience in mind. As long as you don’t need a high capacity kettle, this model is a great option.
It can make up to two-quarts per pot, which is perfect for that morning pot of tea for the whole family. But it is not enough capacity for hosting large get-togethers.
This kettle is made out of a single-ply polished stainless steel and features an innovative base design that helps prevent warping, and works on a wide range of stove top types. Despite the smaller capacity, this model is a best-seller thanks to its simple design and stick-resistant surface.
If you’re an avid tea drinker, you’ll love how fast and efficient this model is, allowing you to quickly prepare that perfect cup of tea.
- Wide handle for easier pouring
- Made out of 18/10 stainless steel
- Can withstand temperatures up to five hundred degrees
- Dishwasher safe
- Compatible with all stove top types
- Limited lifetime warranty
This model features an attractive, classic design with a beautiful stainless steel finish that’s sure to complement any existing kitchen decor.
Made out of 18/10 stainless steel, the highly polished surface is non-reactive and stick-resistant. It’s also tough enough to withstand temperatures up to 500 degrees.
It’s dishwasher-safe, for simple and fast cleanup. It features a tight-fitting lid and flat bottom, both of which will improve boiling speed.
The flat, wide bottom allows it to remain stable on any surface and allows water to heat faster because it makes full contact with the burner. The tight-fitting lid, combined with the riveted, wide handle will ensure safe pouring.
The single-layer construction also helps it to heat up faster, improving boil time and efficiency even more. So, if you’re tired of hanging around the kitchen and waiting for your outdated model to heat a full pot, you’ll love this model’s speedy performance.
This kettle can be used on any type of stove top, including induction. This is a big deal for induction stove top owners since so many kettles lack this type of versatility. It’s compatibility with many types of stove tops is due to the flat bottom, which makes perfect contact with any type of heat surface.
The kettle’s handle is equipped with stainless steel rivets for improved durability and safety. Unfortunately, it does not feature stay cool technology.
This means there is a risk of burns when removing the kettle from the stove top or handling it at any point when it’s still hot. The wide handle design does improve your grip when you’re pouring, even when the kettle is full, but you’ll probably need to use a pot holder, unless you let it cool down a bit before pouring.
This model is covered by a limited lifetime warranty.
The simple straight spout design will allow you to pour water into your waiting cup without spilling a drop. If you have a teapot with a narrow opening, the kettle’s spout design will allow you to fill up pots with even the narrowest openings.
The highly visible fill line shows you exactly how much water you need to add, based on how many cups of tea you plan to prepare, so it’s easy to precisely fill up the kettle.
With a traditional base size, users run the risk of burning the sides of the kettle, causing discoloration or worse. While enamel kettles are more prone to damage, even models made out of metal can become discolored if they have a narrow base and are left on a large burner for a prolonged period of time. This model’s wider base design will allow you to place it on any size burner.
Filling up the kettle, based on how many cups of tea you plan to make can be done precisely, thanks to the built-in fill line. On the stove, it heats water evenly and faster than most competing models, thanks to its flat bottom design, which improves the base’s contact with the heating element.
The lack of a stay-cool handle means you’ll probably have to use a potholder to remove the kettle from the stove once you hear it whistle. This seems like a big oversight on the manufacturer’s part since most modern models come equipped with this basic safety feature.
If the lack of a stay-cool handle isn’t a deal-breaker for you, you’ll love the other features this model has to offer, including simple kettle maintenance, a highly polished surface, straight pouring spout, and a classic look.
Care And Maintenance
This model is great looking, shiny, and features a touch of classic design that most tea drinkers will appreciate. Its highly polished finish will not clash with any existing decor in your kitchen and can even match your existing stainless steel cookware and appliances.
The fact that it’s made from high-grade stainless steel also ensures long-lasting durability and a natural resistance to scratching, rusting, and discoloration.
The biggest issue that you’ll have with this particular model is fingerprints. Unfortunately, stainless steel tends to get smudged fairly easily. Luckily, it’s very easy to clean.
To keep the exterior spotless and shining all you really need to do is use a small amount of dishwashing liquid, a microfiber cloth, and warm water. Gently polish the exterior, rinse, and dry promptly.
Drying the kettle immediately after washing is the best way to prevent discoloration and spotting. Never use glass cleaners to shine the exterior, since you’ll risk chemicals making their way inside the pot.
While the manufacturer claims that their kettle is dishwasher safe, I would recommend washing and drying by hand. It can be washed with a gentle, nonabrasive cleanser and a soft sponge. The spout should also be cleaned out to prevent mold growth and mineral deposit buildup.
Advantages And Disadvantages
- Flat bottom
- Compatible with all stove top types
- High polished finish
- Limited lifetime warranty
- Wide grip handle for easier pouring
- Visible fill line
- Handle is not equipped with stay-cool technology
- Exterior is prone to spotting
- Small capacity compared to competing models
All-Clad Versus Cuisinox Whistling Tea Kettle
This model has many of the features tea drinker want, such as compatibility with all stove top types, a simple design that makes it easier to clean, and a wider handle, which provides improved gripability.
It does have a smaller capacity than many models in this price range, which can be an issue if you’re looking for a larger model that you can use to host parties or afternoon tea.
The competing model, the Cuisinox Whistling tea kettle has a 3-liter capacity and like this model, is also induction compatible. It also has a 3-ply base design compared to the All-Clad’s single-ply design. It also has a handle equipped with a stay-cool feature which makes it safer to use and can prevent burns.
Despite its larger size, 3-ply design, and stay cool handle, it is available at a more affordable price than the All-Clad model. For that reason, we recommend the Cuisinox for most buyers. The All-Clad makes sense only if you want a smaller capacity or is you specifically prefer the way it looks.
All-Clad Tea Kettle Review: Conclusion And Rating
Our Rating: 9.2 out of 10
Even though the All-Clad Whistling Tea Kettle is not our top choice, it is still a high-quality kettle than is worth every penny.
It is constructed from durable stainless steel and features a highly polished finish that’s sure to make it stand out on the stove top. The wider base allows you to use the kettle on any type of stove top and burner size.
The handle lacks stay-cool technology, but it does feature a wider design that makes it easier to grip and pour. The lower capacity may be a problem if you have a lot of tea drinkers in the house.
If those issues don’t matter and you just love the sleek design, you’re getting a durable, low-maintenance and easy to use kettle. It earned a Let’s Drink Tea rating of 9.2 out of 10, or 4.6 out of 5.