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April 9, 2013

The Kettle Condundrum

The little red kettle that used to sit on our stove has garnered lots of compliments from readers and friends alike.  Unfortunately, it was recently retired after enduring a battery of assaults.  First, Hubby turned it on empty, which is a huge kettle no-no, proceeding to burn some of the red enamel onto our element to boot.  Next the removable whistle, which was such a pain to remove when the kettle was whistling because it was piping hot and a really tight fit, was left too close to an element and melted.  Oops.  Lastly, a problem neither of us caused: a piece of the handle snapped off, leaving behind a sharp, hand slicing spot.  This was when we decided a new kettle was in order.


I had heard good things about Overstock.com (O.co) so I looked at their selection of kettles.



I immediately fell in love with a whole slew.  After running from store to store (and still coming home empty handed), it was such a time-saver to be able to compare different brands, features and colours at once.


I managed to narrow it down to two, very different styles: the Paula Deen Signature Olive Kettle and the Rachel Ray Curve Kettle in Orange.

I loved the vintage look of the Paula Dean kettle, but the Rachel Ray kettle came in Hubby's favorite colour!  Plus, the dress in one of my vintage posters is this same rich, persimmon shade.  I am warming up to orange, and knew that this vibrant colour would look great with my turquoise kitchenware and our glossy grey counters.


The major selling point for Hubby (who had strong opinion on the kettle purchase) was that the Rachel Ray kettle has a one-piece whistling spout (the lid flips up) and a nice, curved handle which has no moveable parts to break.  Overtock also features reviews, and the reviews were positive for this kettle.


Our kettle arrived quickly, and I've been making coffee and tea like a Barrista for weeks.  The kettle does not disappoint!  The handle is comfortable, the whistling spout perfectly contains the steam and is easy to flip up with the same hand that is holding the handle.  These are all luxuries to us and make us wish we'd replaced our old kettle ages ago.  The best part is that the colour online was really true to life and the exact rich, persimmon-y hue I was hoping for.  I'm pretty sure I'll continue getting compliments about the (new) pretty little kettle on the stove!  And we promise to take better care of this one.


For anyone who, like me, is a little nervous about buying things online, you should know I was really impressed with the shipping.  Now that I have an Etsy shop, I pay attention to these things.  The box was inside another box and stuffed with bubble wrap.  It arrived perfectly safe and sound (and fast!).


P.S. Overstock.com provided the Rachel Ray kettle to review.  However, I requested to review a kettle and selected which style I liked (with Hubby's input!).  I was not encouraged, prompted or asked to write a favorable review, nor was I asked to write about Overstock in general.  I was just so impressed with their selection and service, I had to tell you.  I will definitely turn to O.co next time I'm shopping for something, especially because they make it easy for Canadians by calculating duties and taxes at checkout and offering affordable shipping to us! 
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  1. I love Overstock! I've ordered everything on there- from my living room chairs right down to my wedding band! haha.
    Everything comes so quickly & efficiently, and I like being able to compare all the options whilst in my pjs.

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    1. Haha - pj shopping is the best!! I was having such a hard time finding a nice kettle in town and was really wasting a lot of time. Now I'm smart like you and have learned the value of one-stop shopping at Overstock. I can't believe how much time I saved. I'm happy to hear you've had nothing but positive experiences! That makes me even more motivated to shop from them when I need something next. I'm off the check out their jewellery section :)

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  2. When I needed a kettle close to my birthday my mother in law bought me the Il Conico kettle by Alessi. Beautiful piece, but worst design ever. The handle is made of metal and welded onto the kettle. Yeah. Hurt like hell the first time I picked it up without thinking.

    If I didn't like my MIL so much, I'd think she was being really passive agressive :-)

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    1. Oh my gosh! I would have done the same thing!! Sometimes it seems like designers don't even try out what they design. I got a milk and creamer set as a gift and the creamer wouldn't pour, it just flowed down the side onto the table no matter what angle I held it at. They produced millions without even seeing if it worked!

      It's too bad it's a gift - that always makes it tricky to return/exchange/or replace it. Well, at least it looks good :) Maybe she needs to give you a pretty set of oven mitts next . . .

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  3. Thanks so much for detailing the shipping process! I am also quite nervous about buying online and on the rare occasion I do, I find it much cheaper to have them ship it UPS in Ogdensburg, then I pick it up there. Will have to give Overstock a try now :)

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    1. I often have things shipped to a U.S. shipping depot to and then drive to pick them up. Sometimes I'm charged duty, sometimes not and then there's the cost of gas. Overstock seems to have Canadians in mind because they tell you up front what all the charges will be and try to make it affordable to ship right to your door. But, before making a purchase, make sure to compare Ogdensburg shipping and shipping to your address.

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  4. I love it! I knew you'd pick the orange before I scrolled down. Turquoise and persimmon are so lovely together. We have a turquoise sectional and orange damask drapes. I heart the combo. The townhouse is my favorite blog to visit!

    Mari

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  5. Loved your story & liked that you picked a bright color which will sparkle in your kitchen with all its neutral colors.

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  6. Hi Tanya

    I just wondered if there is correct way round to place your kettle on the stove as I noticed yours has the spout facing to the right? I, like you, have a husband who has just boiled my old orange kettle bone dry resulting in some of the enamel falling off and its beyond repair. Consequently I have just purchased a new tangerine orange stove top kettle here in the UK which was slightly dinted on arrival and I really don't want to go to the trouble of sending it back. I usually put my kettle on the stove with the spout facing left but this will show the dint so I've copied you which is actually ok as I'm left-handed to pour! I'm not sure it looks so aesthetically pleasing as I've noticed that most of the kettles photographed have the spout to the left. There really is nothing like 'kettle love' and I can't stop boiling it up at the moment just to listen to its sweet, come-and-get-me homely whistle! This kettle even has a knob on the heat-resistant handle to release the cover on the spout so no burned fingers into the bargain. Most people over here have electric kettles but I've always preferred the stove top variety as I think it makes a nicer cup of tea and I do so love the whistling, its almost like an old friend. Am I mad?! I thought you'd understand. All the best Barbara

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    1. Hi Barbara, you pose such an interesting question! I've never thought about which way to place a kettle - I have always just placed it this way because I'm left-handed too! My Hubby, who is so sweet and thoughtful, always put things away (like knives into the knife block) so it's convenient for my left-handedness, so it wasn't until your question that I pondered it. I think it makes sense to keep it this way if you're left-handed, and hiding the dent is a perk (although it's such a shame it arrived imperfect). I don't think you are mad at all - I also love a stove top kettle.

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    2. Hi Tanya, thanks for the reply. I thought I'd send you a photo of my new kettle but I'm not sure if I can attach anything to this comment section? If you send me your email, I'll send you one through if you'd like to see it? Bx

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    3. I don't think photos can be attached to comments. But I'd love to see! Here's my email: dans.le.townhouse@gmail.com. I'm also in Instagram, if you want to tag me on a photo (instagram.com/danslelakehouse - link in the sidebar on the right).

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