Chef’s Choice® International 1.5-Quart Cordless Electric Glass Kettle 680 Review

We’ve been avid mint tea drinkers for nearly two decades, and so, have often kept electric kettles like the   Chef’s Choice Cordless Electric Glass Kettle Model #680    on the kitchen counter for quick and efficient water heating.

The 680 glass kettle is not really cordless.  There is in fact, a cord that plugs into a fifteen amp outlet attached to the accompanying stand, that supplies power to the heating elements built into the pot.  But the fact that the pot itself has no permanently attached power cord makes for much easier filling and less dangerous hot water pouring into teacups. This is a substantial appliance that 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 watchin 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.

Operates quietly, even when the water is boiling.

No-slip feet.  The stand that supplies power to the kettle itself comes equipped with substantial anti-skid feet that definitely prevent sliding of the whole unit even when full.  These also provide acoustic isolation from the counter, and this likely helps keep the kettle quiet.

Integrated plastic lid.  Features an attached black plastic lid that latches open for near effortless filling, and latches closed to contain hot liquids while pouring.

Big mouth.  The large-diameter mouth on this cordless electric kettle makes for quick and easy filling and cleaning with little slop and spill.

Adjustable length power cord.  Excess cord can be wrapped up on the underside of the stand.

Medium visibility pilot lamp.  A clear, lit lever makes starting and stopping the electric kettle a snap; literally.  The light comes on while heating is in progress.

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

Rapid water boiling.  Heats 1.42 liters of cold water to a rolling boil in less than eight minutes, and not just around the water surface either.  Water is well-heated throughout.  More efficient than a microwave oven for fast heating of up to six cups of water.

Auto shutoff at boiling.  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 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 construction.  Has the contemporary look of a brushed stainless steel finish on its base and stand, with black plastic for the handle and lid.  This compliments the metal and clear glass with a subtle yet definite contrasting appearance.

Insulated ergonomic 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 and thus, ease of carrying this kettle from its stand to your teacup.  Pouring is a breeze.

Small footprint on kitchen counter.  Takes up little space, as the pitcher part sits directly atop the base stand.

One year limited manufacturers warranty.

Disadvantages, Cons, Limitations, and Problems

A bit costly.  At nearly $60, the price was a trifle expensive, particularly since competing brands of similar electric kettles 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.

Somewhat noisy.  Occasionally, this cordless electric kettle clicks and snaps, even hours after last use.  This is likely the mechanical shut-off mechanism inside cooling down, and could be remedied by incorporating a fully electronic thermostat system in future models.

Plastic parts scratch a bit too easily.  The plastic lid appears a bit too easy to scratch.  A definite improvement would be a harder cover.

Our Rating

In total, we’re quite pleased with the Chef’s Choice International glass kettle, model 680.  It’s 1500-watt heater boils water faster and more thoroughly than most any other heating method, is easy to clean, and is reasonably affordable.  So, we would recommend the 680  to anyone who frequently wants quickly heated hot water for tea, hot chocolate, soups, bouillon, and other hot beverage making.  Our rating is thus 93 out of 100.

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Revision History

  • 2017-02-09: Originally published.