OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed Stainless

December 3, 2013 - Comment

OXO’s Kettles – The Pressure is On In 1998, OXO introduced its first Tea Kettle. Safety and practicality were the guiding principles during the development process, and our little Kettle came complete with an innovative steam shield. Through user feedback, we realized we missed a key consumer insight – that a Tea Kettle, while a

Buy Now! $39.95Amazon.com Price
(as of April 17, 2014 10:24 pm PDT - Details)

OXO’s Kettles – The Pressure is On

In 1998, OXO introduced its first Tea Kettle. Safety and practicality were the guiding principles during the development process, and our little Kettle came complete with an innovative steam shield.

Through user feedback, we realized we missed a key consumer insight – that a Tea Kettle, while a practical kitchen tool, is often a centerpiece in the kitchen. Users would leave them out on the stovetop when not in use and some even coordinated their entire kitchen decor around their Kettles. While the steam shield was innovative, it was considered by many to be unsightly (some likened it to the “Flying Nun”!).

In 1999, we corrected the aesthetic flaws to our otherwise safe, practical and well-performing Kettle with the Uplift. The kicker is that all of its elegant aesthetics came as a direct result of making the Uplift safe and easy to use.

kettle1 OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed StainlessOXO Good Grips Uplift Tea KettleFun Fact:

The OXO Uplift Tea Kettle has an iconic shape that has become an instant American classic. It is the most requested OXO item used in propping television and movie sets. Look for it next time you watch “The Big Bang Theory!”

Problems Identified Handles on tea kettles are positioned too close to the steam and hot water at the spout, making it uncomfortable while pouringAngle of kettle handles combined with weight of filled kettle make it difficult for users to lift and pour without straining wristsFine motor skills required to open kettle trigger to pour hot water; difficult for many older users to maneuverSmall opening on top makes it difficult to clean interior of kettle The Process The quest for the perfect interaction point between the spout and the handle (so the kettle would not open when carried around filled with water, but would open easily when tipped forward) led us to the current connection between the spout and handle, one that resembles a splash of water.The same connection point was also designed to keep the spout open if the user chose, so that they could keep the Uplift’s whistle quiet while boiling water, which is especially handy when preparing an early morning cup of tea.While designing an opening large enough to be easy to clean, we needed to ensure it wasn’t so low as to limit the maximum water level, but we still needed to keep it in balance with the spout for aesthetic reasons.Through user research, we learned that steam would sometimes escape from the lid and unfortunately heat the handle, so we added a silicone seal to minimize any unintended heat transfer and keep the kettle safe and easy to use. kettle2 OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed StainlessOXO Good Grips Classic Tea KettleOXO’s Solutions Large, comfortable handle is angled away from the spout and is heat resistant and non-slip, even when wetHandle angle allows user to hold Kettle comfortably and without wrist strain, whether filled with water or nearly empty, by adjusting grip accordinglyWhistle spout opens automatically when Kettle is tipped to pour – no awkward buttons or levers to pressWide opening on top of Kettle enables easy access for cleaning and can also be used as an opening to fill Kettle

The OXO Story:

In 1990, OXO staged a revolution (of sorts) by offering an easy-to-use, high-performing alternative to uncomfortable and ineffective kitchen gadgets. OXO’s innovative take on the traditional Swivel Peeler, complete with its pudgy black handle, raised consumers’ expectations of what could be expected from household products.

Today OXO offers over 800 products, each developed with a close (some might say “obsessive”) attention to detail. Our goal is to deliver products that maximize comfort AND performance, illustrating our mission to create innovative consumer products that make everyday living easier.

Product Features

  • High-grade stainless steel construction guards against rust
  • Large lid opening for convenient filling and cleaning
  • Loud whistle signals when water is ready
  • Handle rotates out of the way for filling, pouring or storing
  • Silicone touch points on spout and handle resist heat

Comments

Uncle Willie says:

NOT non-stick, and it’s GREAT This is a fine kettle, and all the ‘cons’ in other reviews seem silly to me.I drink a lot of good tea, use good water, and I want a good kettle–and this one is it!(Isn’t it crazy how hard you need to shop for a simple water kettle? Well, search no more.)The PROS:1. Solidly made: 1-piece body construction (i.e. except for spout) with no bottom seam to get messed up.2. Heats quickly: wide bottom is smart design.3. Easy to fill: handle moves correctly,…

Kenneth Pierce says:

Great Kettle It took me two night of reviewing all the kettles on Amazon. So what do I do? I buy this kettle which at the time did not have any reviews. I am not sorry because this is a great kettle. First of all the brushed finish matches my GE Profile stove perfectly. I love the spout and it does not drip when you pour hot water in your cup. It does have a large capacity but so what just don’t fill it all the way if you don’t need to. When the water starts boiling you get the whistle like you would…

MBK says:

perfection This really is a wonderful kettle. It’s a simple, low-tech design with very little to wear or go wrong. There are no seams that might eventually fail, the top removes for easy cleaning, the spout easily flips up for a smooth pour (and to cancel out the whistling if you don’t want it), and the handle flips out of your way for compactness when needed. It also feels well balanced in your hand when pouring. All in all, it doesn’t get any better than this one. And I think it’s built to outlast…

Write a comment

*


*