Wednesday, January 7, 2015

An Ideal Electric Kettle: The Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle Delivers!

The Good: Boils water fast, Exceptionally easy to clean, Affordable, Fairly quiet
The Bad: None, really!
The Basics: The Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle is a distinct improvement on prior electric kettles I’ve used and reviewed!

A few years back, by which I mean almost a decade now!, I moved into a living situation where I was not able to have easy access to the stove to boil water. So, I was forced to buy an electric kettle. Where I live now, the water is fairly hard and the first electric kettle I owned started to get a build-up in it that could not be cleaned out, thanks to some of the angles for the heating elements and the like. So, when the calcification started chipping off into my boiled water, I figured it was time to finally replace the old electric kettle. Three months ago, my wife bought me an Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle . . . and it has been wonderful!

The Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle is, as its name suggests, a clear glass kettle used to boil water. With its bright blue light at the bottom where the heating coils are, I’ve discovered that the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle is not only an efficient household tool, but it is entertaining as well. I am embarrassed to say that I have sat and watched water boil since my wife picked me up the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle. The bright blue light and the eager formation of bubbles as the water boils is surprisingly entertaining!

The Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle is a two-piece electric device that is designed solely to boil water . . . fast. The Glass Electric Kettle is comprised of a black plastic base and the actual glass kettle.

The base is a simple five and seven-eighths inch in diameter plastic disc with a cord that plugs into a three-prong wall socket. The cord is only eighteen inches long, but for those who do not need a cord that has to stretch even that far, below the disc are tabs that allow the user to wind the cord up and contain it under the unit. This is handy and there are no issues (I've had) with keeping the base level after winding the cord under it. There are soft-rubber feet on the underside which both protect finer surfaces from any sort of scratching from the plastic bass. Moreover, the rubber feet provide friction so the unit is remarkably stable and does not move from any flat surface I've set it upon. Considering the whole point of this gadget is to boil water, stability of the unit is essential.

Atop the disc is a knob that comes from a slightly raised, contoured inner disc. This is where the kettle itself attaches to the base. The base simply plugs into the wall and sits where one leaves it.

The actual electric kettle portion is a seven and three-quarter inch tall glass pot that is accented with matte black plastic for the handle and flip top. The kettle sets on the base and when together, they are very stable and hard to tip over. The kettle has a 1.5 Liter capacity (in practical terms, this is two full steeping pots worth of tea!) and it takes eight minutes, twenty-six seconds to come to a very full boil.

Operating this is so simple it almost defies explanation: fill with water, place the kettle on the base (assuming it's plugged in), depress the "on" button on the back of the kettle (the bottom of the base of the glass kettle up neon blue when active) and wait. The unit turns itself off when it is done. Because it has an automatic shut-off, one cannot burn down their house with the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle!

And then all you need to do is pour your boiling water out and is it that simple. Refilling the unit is a snap because of the spring-loaded top which opens by pressing a button on the handle. Moreover, the button is positioned in such a way that makes accidentally opening the top and spilling boiling water on oneself virtually impossible.

Cleanup of the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle is impressively easy. First, I recommend only using filtered water in the unit. Whenever I fill the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle, I use water from my Brita Oceania Pitcher Filtration System (reviewed here!) and even with very hard water in my apartment, the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle has only required minimal cleaning. The glass sides of the pitcher make it virtually impossible for any build-up to build up on the surface of the electric kettle and the spout has a tiny, fine, filter to keep water coming out of the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle clean and pure!

A damp cloth may be used to clean the base after it is unplugged!

The Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle is arguably the best electric kettle I have used. Since starting to use it, there has been no demonstrable raise in my electric bill. So, shifting from one electric kettle to another does not seem to have resulted in increased energy usage. That makes it a bargain to buy and a low cost of usage for those who do pick up the Ovente 1.5 L Glass Electric Kettle!

For other electric kettles, please check out my reviews of:
Hamilton Beach K1050 Electric Kettle
Chef's Choice 675 Electric Kettle
Hamilton Beach 45802B Electric Kettle


For other kitchen appliances, please visit my Home And Garden Review Index Page for an organized listing!

© 2015 W.L. Swarts. May not be reprinted without permission.
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