Copper has always been quite popular but it’s going through a major resurgence at the moment with more and more people looking for high quality traditional copper kettles for their stove top. Many people are looking for a non plastic kettle these days amid fears over BPA’s and other chemicals so in that regard copper is the perfect choice.
If you are looking for a copper kettle it is most likely going to be in a traditional design like the English Simplex range but there are modern copper kettles too. With that in mind we are going to look at some of the best available in both a traditional style and those with a more modern twist.
This kettle is absolutely gorgeous but it obviously has a very traditional feel so if you are looking for something modern this won’t be for you. If you are looking for first class traditional style then you are in the right place. Each kettle is still hand made in England and the workmanship is second to none. The kettle body is pure copper and the decorative base is made with tin embellishments. The handle is made from ebonised Beechwood and stays cool even when the water is boiling.
Of course like with any traditional stove top kettle this has a beautifully satisfying whistle to let you know your water is boiling.
These kettles are far from cheap but if you are looking for top quality then you have found it here.
SO first things first, this isn’t 100% copper. It is something called Duracopper which bonds titanium dioxide/copper material to stainless steel. You get all the beauty of copper with the benefits of stainless steel. It’s easy to clean, doesn’t tarnish and doesn’t need polishing like real copper.
We were struck by this model because of it’s modern design that has its roots in traditional kettles. It’s an eye catcher.
This combination of materials strikes us as a brilliant idea. As much as we love copper we don’t enjoy all the polshing that comes with it. There’s none of that here as it just wipes clean. There’s a few different designs in this range but none are as striking as this one. There is a pour over coffee style kettle though if you are on the lookout for one of those.
It has a 2.75qt capacity and comes with a whistle that lets you know when the water is boiling.
This kettle is much more reasonably priced than the English made pot but it’s not quite as nice in our opinion. It is a very well made kettle though, it’s incredibly durable and will last you a lifetime if you look after it properly. Copper needs love.
This ships directly from Japan so don’t expect next day delivery, it doesn’t take too long to come though.
Only problem here is that there is no whistle, so you really need to stay focused when using it. You don’t want to boil dry a copper kettle as it could end up tarnished.
This kettle is handmade by copper artisans in Turkey and as you can see is quite ornate. When you receive this kettle you are immediately struck by the weight of it. This is a solid piece of kit and they aren’t kidding when they say it is heavy gauge. It’s really well made. Like most copper kettles it is lined with lead free tin, copper can transfer a unpleasant taste to water so you will find most are lined with tin or stainless steel.
The handle is hinged so you can fold it out of the way if needed but it is fitted tightly enough so it stays upright when you want it to. The wooden handle stays cool so it’s easy to pick up after you have boiled your water. No whistle again though so you will have to be careful not to over boil.
This is really modern looking kettle but it is still a stunner that would look great in any kitchen. While not really copper we decided to include it on our list anyway. It’s stainless steel with a copper finish and because of this it will work on an induction stove top as well as gas and electric.
This is a great tea kettle as it has a large tea strainer built into it meaning you can start making loose leaf tea directly in the kettle. It also has a thermometer on the lid so that you can get the water to the exact temperature you want and make sure you make the perfect cup of tea every time. You will need to keep an eye on that thermometer as well as there is no whistle again.
The handle is angled away from the body so stays cool when in use. This is a high quality piece made with excellent materials. It feels like it will last a long time and as it isn’t real copper there is no polishing or tarnishing to worry about. It should stay looking great for years. Just a shame there is no whistle.
There are quite a few copper choices available these days. The 100% copper types tend to be in a more traditional style while the modern copper kettles tend to be stainless steel with a copper finish. If it being real copper is important to you then you will probably want to over look the modern styles.
If you are looking for the best quality then you can’t really look past the Simplex kettle but that quality does come at a cost. Personally I was a big fan of the Duracopper kettle as I thought it was absolutely gorgeous and the use of modern manufacturing techniques meant it had the copper style finish I was looking for without the down sides of polishing. I also was a big fan of the design.
Some of these kettles have whistles and some do not. If I was to make one recommendation when you come to choosing your copper kettle is that you should definitely get one with a whistle. The last thing you want is to spoil your expensive kettle by letting it boil dry on the stove, especially if it is 100% copper as they can tarnish. It’s really easily done as well, if you are used to an electric kettle with auto shut off or a whistling kettle it will take some getting used to going to one you have to monitor. Plus who doesn’t enjoy the sound of a kettle whistling!
Let us know in the comments which kettle you went for and why.