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Whistling Kettle Review - Revere Copper Bottom Teakettle

By Edited Jun 14, 2015 0 0

The Revere whistling kettle has a stainless steel body with a copper bottom. This copper bottom conducts heat better than other materials and allows water to be quickly boiled. The design is rather unique in the sense that there is no lid, unlike normal kettles. That means you need to fill it up from the spout, which is quite a large diameter. The "Revere" line of kitchenware is well known in American households for its high-quality copper bottomed products. Many old customers have been using the same whistling kettle, pots and pans for decades without replacement.

The old Revere copper bottom teakettle is solidly built of high-quality stainless steel. Many a Revere copper whistling kettle has become a family heirloom still giving loyal service even after 30 or 40 years. As long as you use it correctly, the handle remains cool to the touch. The whistle is loud and reliable - you will know the water is boiling even if you are a few rooms away from the kitchen. The entire whistle and spout cap assembly is reliable and robust.

Unfortunately, that's the old warhorse design made in the USA up to the 1980s. The designs subsequently outsourced to Korea were not too bad - they worked well and easily lasted up to a decade or more. Quality control remained strict and many owners never noticed any difference.

Sadly, the same cannot be said of the new Revere copper whistling kettles that are actually made in China. It is clear that corners have been cut and quality control is seriously lacking. Many customers have complained of various problems, many of which can be traced to lower quality materials and poor workmanship.

The most serious is the use of not only less but lower quality stainless steel and copper. Owners of old Revere copper teakettles who weighed their new and old kettles found a clear difference in weight - their old made in USA whistling kettles weighed at least 25% more than the new made in China kettles. The new kettles actually feel flimsy.

That is not the only problem. The new whistling kettles also rusted very easily. More than one new Revere kettle has been returned to the retailer or thrown away within just a few weeks or months of purchase. There have also been complaints of the sides of the kettle splitting. Customers have also complained of leaks: leaks appearing in the seams between the steel and copper parts; leaks appearing in the seams between the spout and the body of the kettle.

The new whistles on the Revere copper teakettle have also shown problems. A number of customers have returned their whistling kettles because the whistles are too soft or just do not work. Sometimes this is due to a real problem with the whistle, sometimes it is because the spout cap which houses the whistle cannot close properly so that steam builds up to make the whistle work. Regardless of the reason, a whistling kettle that does not whistle is nothing but a piece of junk.

Even the handle is not free of problems. The old Revere kettle handles did not get hot but the new ones do. So much so that new owners never grab it with their bare hands but use a damp towel or oven mitts instead.

Tips for buying a good quality Revere copper bottom whistling kettle

If you own one of the old made in USA Revere teakettles, good for you. Take good care of your treasure and it will give you many more years of good service. But due to the manufacturing and quality control problems, this is not a whistling kettle you want to buy online.

It is actually better to look for this whistling kettle in flea markets where you can actually look over the kettle to see where it was made. For example, the new China-made Revere teakettles bear a stamp on the bottom showing the country of manufacture. If you see this, give it a miss.

You may also want to try eBay and Craigslist to see if anyone is letting go of an old family heirloom. If the condition is still good and the price is right, you will not go wrong buying it.

There actually find several different sizes and designs of Revere copper bottomed teakettles on the market today. There are 3 sizes - 6-cup, 2-1/3 quart and 3-1/2 quart. Each size has a different design handle and trigger for the spout. They each have their own advantages and disadvantages, largely to do with the size of your hand. You should test it out to see if both the handle and trigger suits you.

Tips for usage and cleaning

Most people find that soap and water is good enough to clean the outside of their Revere whistling teakettle. To remove the build-up of scale inside their kettle, they use vinegar and water. Some just swish the mixture inside their Revere kettle then wash it out, others boil the mixture then wash it out, and a few use a mix of vinegar, water and baking soda.

You should never fill the Revere copper kettle to the brim. You should also never fill this whistling kettle with cold water when it is still hot - the copper bottom might become permanently deformed.

Recommendations

If you can find an old Revere copper-bottomed whistling kettle made in the 1980s or earlier, but it. You will not regret it. Those made in Korea in the 1990s are also fine. But give the new made-in-China teakettles a miss - you are getting much less than what you are paying for. You are better off paying $20 less for a Medelco glass whistling kettle instead.

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