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AmazonBasics Stainless Steel 1.7L Review

A nice looking, effective kettle at an affordable price
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Price:   $27 List | $29 at Amazon
Pros:  Sharp design, minimal footprint, inexpensive
Cons:  No adjustability, no temperature holding
Manufacturer:   AmazonBasics
By Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer  ⋅  Jan 28, 2020
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Our Verdict

The eponymous AmazonBasics Stainless Steel 1.7L kettle is a one setting machine that will satisfy all but the high-end tea and coffee crowd. The device looks nice on the countertop, and it has an all-metal reservoir. It reaches a boil in a respectable amount of time, and it has an automatic shut-off. What more does the average hot drink consumer need? Oh yeah, it's also one of the more competitively priced machines on the market.

Our Analysis and Test Results

This pitcher-style kettle is basic, affordable, and has a stylish design. However, it only has one setting — boil — so it's a bit of a one-trick pony. This machine boils water at a decent rate, so its trick is a good one. Additionally, it has an automatic shut-off feature, which can be a pro or con depending on your needs. All and all, this basic machine is a good fit for general use hot drink consumers.

This stripped-down design more than meets the needs of the non-specialty user.
This stripped-down design more than meets the needs of the non-specialty user.

Boil Time


The AmazonBasics kettle boils 4 cups of water in 4 minutes and 33 seconds — about average for the class. At our lab's elevation, water boils at ~202º F, so this time will be a bit longer for those of you closer to sea-level. For consistency, all boil tests are run with 57º F tap water.

Pouring


The AmazonBasics is a pitcher-style kettle and thus is not a great pouring machine. What do we mean by good and bad pouring? Slow pouring is the domain of the craft coffee folks as proper extraction (a.k.a. brewing) requires an exact pouring duration and volume. Controlled discharge isn't where pitcher-style machines shine, and the AmazonBasics is no exception. That said, the handle design of this machine is more balanced, thus making pouring easier than others of the same style.

This pitcher-style kettle discharges a broad stream that is less than desirable for high-end drip coffee but just fine for all other applications.
This pitcher-style kettle discharges a broad stream that is less than desirable for high-end drip coffee but just fine for all other applications.

Ease of Use Features

  • Temperature selection: No
  • Temperature holding: No
  • Automatic shutoff: Yes
  • Inside material: Stainless steel
  • Lid attached or separate: Attached
  • Type of spout: Pitcher-style
  • Max/ Min capacity: 1.7L/ 0.5L
  • Water level indicator: 0.5L, 1L, 1.5L, and 1.7L (plastic view)

The attached lid never gets lost and the transparent water level makes sure that the kettle is always ready to go.
The attached lid never gets lost and the transparent water level makes sure that the kettle is always ready to go.

Value


Given the consistent performance and low price of this kettle, we find it to be a good value. However, this assessment only holds true if the model meets your needs. This is a general use machine and will meet the needs of the general user. However, if you need a higher-end kettle that controls temperature and pours more smoothly than you will likely be shopping for a new machine in short order.

This is a one-setting device. Just depress the ON switch and wait for the audible click that indicates a boil has been reached and the machine is turned off.
This is a one-setting device. Just depress the ON switch and wait for the audible click that indicates a boil has been reached and the machine is turned off.

Conclusion


As the name implies, the AmazonBasics kettle is a basic machine. It has a sharp look worthy of the countertop real estate it will take up. More importantly, it boils a respectable rate and has an amply-sized water reservoir. All in all, this is more than enough kettle of most people's needs, and it comes at a very reasonable price.

Nick Miley, Michelle Powell and Austin Palmer