Chef’s Choice Glass Kettle 680 Review, 1.5-Quart Electric

We’ve been avid mint tea drinkers for nearly two decades. The   Chef’s Choice Cordless Electric Glass Kettle Model #680   is a great tool for a tea drinker. It quickly heats water, for those who just can’t wait for that tea.

The 680 glass kettle is not really cordless.  There is in fact, a cord attached to the base stand. It plugs into a fifteen amp outlet.

But the pot itself has no permanently attached power cord. So this makes for much easier filling and less dangerous pouring.

This is a substantial appliance. It exudes an air of durability and dependability that you’d probably like owning.  Nothing looks cheap about this cordless yet electric teapot.  It’s fun watching the water boil inside through the glass.

Benefits, Features, Pros, and Advantages of the Chef’s Choice 680 Glass Electric Kettle

Nearly 1.5 Liters

Heats 1.42 liters of water in approximately seven minutes here in Altoona, PA. It may heat more quickly at higher altitudes.

The Chef’s Choice Glass Kettle Heats Water Quietly

Low noise level, even when the water is boiling.

Non Slip Feet

The stand that supplies power to the kettle itself has anti-skid feet. These  prevent sliding of the whole unit, even when full.  These also provide sound isolation from the counter. So they help keep the kettle quieter as it heats.

Attached Plastic Lid

Features an attached black plastic lid. This latches open for near effortless filling. Then it stays closed to contain hot liquids while pouring.

Big Mouth

The large mouth on the top makes for quick and easy filling and cleaning with little slop and spill.

Adjustable Length Power Cord

You can wrap any excess cord up on the underside of the stand.

Pilot Lamp

A clear, lit lever makes starting and stopping the electric kettle a snap; literally.  The lights up while heating is in progress.

The Chef’s Choice 680 Glass Kettle has a Water Level Meter

A printed easy-to-read scale, located behind the handle, shows how full the kettle is.

Fast Water Boiling

Heats 1.42 liters of cold water to a rolling boil in less than eight minutes, through and through.  Indeed, more efficient than a microwave oven for fast heating of up to six cups of water.

Auto Shutoff when Water Boils

This heated kettle automatically shuts off soon after the water inside begins to boil.  The kettle will also deactivate if all the water inside is allowed to boil completely away.

The Stand for the Chef’s Choice 680 Glass Kettle is Not a Burner

The supporting stand remains cool to the touch, as it contains no heating element.  The heaters are sealed in the bottom of the removable kettle, beneath the glass part.

Glass and Stainless Steel Build

Has the modern look of a brushed stainless steel finish on its base and stand. Plus, it has black plastic for the handle and lid.  This trim compliments the metal and clear glass with a subtle yet contrasting look.

Insulated Handle

With the handle being plastic, there is little chance of electric shock from the 680.

Easy to Pour, Even when Full

The positioning of the handle provides great balance. Thus, you get ease of carrying this kettle from its stand to your teacup.  So pouring is a breeze.

The Chef’s Choice 680 Glass Kettle has a Small Footprint on Kitchen Counter

Takes up little space, as the pitcher part sits directly atop the base stand.

One Year Limited Warranty

Disadvantages, Cons, Limitations, and Problems

A Bit Costly

At nearly $60, the price was a trifle high, since competing brands cost less than half of this.  But the glass sides feature gives this kettle a more “ritzy” look that might compel people to pay the extra.

Can be Somewhat Noisy

Occasionally, this cordless electric kettle clicks and snaps, even hours after last use.  This is likely the shut-off switch inside cooling down. They could stop this noise by using a fully electronic thermostat system.

Plastic Parts Scratch a Little Too Easily

The plastic lid appears a bit too easy to scratch.  An upgrade for this would be a harder cover.

Our Rating on this Chef’s Choice Glass Electric Kettle

In total, we’re quite pleased with the Chef’s Choice International glass kettle, model 680.  It’s 1500-watt heater boils water faster than most any other heating method. Plus, it’s easy to clean, and affordable.  So, we recommend the 680  to anyone wanting quick hot water quick for beverages.  Our rating is thus 93 out of 100.

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