The Farberware Tiburon whistling kettle boils up to 2-1/2 quarts of water, and heats up quickly because its flared bell shape receives maximum heat from the stovetop. The whistle is inside the spout cap which can be locked open when you want to fill or pour the kettle. Overall, the design is interesting with its own advantages and disadvantages.

First is the spout cap of the Farberware Tiburon whistling kettle. There is a lever that you need to push down to open the cap, and pull up to close it again. Obviously you need to close both the lid and the spout cap when you boil water, especially if you want the whistle to work. While convenient, this extra mechanical feature also increases the chances of the kettle failing. Even worse, the whistle is in the spout cap, which I do not like because it puts too many important components together in one place, making it even more likely for everything important to stop working all at once. For example, in the older and more common whistling kettle designs, the whistle is part of the lid, and if the spout cap falls off, you can easily find a cheap replacement. Not so in this Farberware whistling kettle.

The spout cap and whistle of Tiburon whistling kettles made in 2003 had a lot of problems. Many of the whistles did not work at all, or stopped working within a week. There were also many reports of the spout cap melting. However, Farberware seems to have partially solved these problems in their later Tiburon kettles. They are still far from perfect, though. In the latest models, the whistling is inconsistent - some are loud, others are soft; some are shrill and piercing, others are pleasant to hear; some slowly grow louder as the water boils more strongly, others change to a strange whooshing sound when the water boils more strongly and there are still reports of whistles not working (thought these may be from old stock made in 2003).

The spout itself has quite a generous diameter. You can easily fill up the water through this whistling kettle's spout without having to open the lid on top. Speaking of the lid, it is a bit small in size. People with big hands will not be able to stick their hands in to clean the kettle. This means it is only good for boiling water. Those who are used to making their tea by dumping the leaves into their teakettles will have to look for something else.

The handle is high and sort of round - not a common shape at all. It cannot be said to be bad, but it certainly takes some getting used to. But if you grab the top of the handle, be careful when pouring out the hot water. It goes directly over the spout, so you could get scalded by steam if you do not wear mitts. Despite the fact that it is not hinged but fixed to the kettle, the handle seems prone to becoming loose or even cracking.

While the Tiburon kettles produced prior to 2003 fully deserved the famed Farberware name, the whistling kettles made since then have been plagued by uneven quality. The old Farberware Tiburon was solidly constructed without being heavy, but the new ones seem to be stamped from sheet metal. When you fill up the teakettle with water, you can see the bottom deforming slightly.

If you own an old Faberware Tiburon whistling kettle, take good care of it. It should be able to give you at least another decade of service. If you can get hold of old stock from before 2003, this teakettle is a good buy. But give the new ones a miss. They are way overpriced at $30. Do yourself a favor and get something else, for example the Medelco glass whistling kettle.