This might shock you, but for over a century scientists have been pondering why kettles whistle—and completely failed to find an answer. That's all changed now, though, thanks to two scientists from the University of Cambridge who have worked out how it happens.
Your phone has basically replaced an entire 1987 office building at this point, but your coffee mug still merely holds your coffee. That doesn't seem right. The Perk travel mug takes a step toward cramming as much stuff into your mug as your iPhone.
When tea's bigger brother coffee is constantly being treated to new coffee machine designs, it's hard not to feel sorry for the humble kettle. But here comes Denmark to the rescue, with the Menu glass kettle teapot, which costs $70. [Questodesign via Werd]
A porcelain pot with a perforated stainless steel cylinder that slides into the center, George Sowden's SoftBrew immersion coffeemaker is a close cousin to the teapot. He says it's less "violent" than a French press. It's pretty, at least. [NYT]
Because of my dependence on tea, I make sure I'm always within earshot of the kettle whistling—but if you're not, this smartly-designed kettle which tweets via Wi-Fi will alert you when it's boiling.
The Vera Electric Kettle looks way over engineered, but cool as hell. The design includes electronic controls to hit preset temperatures (113 and 212 degrees fahrenheit), and a handle with touchable controls and clock.
I've been thinking of getting an electric kettle for some time, and I think I've found the most simple, beautiful one I could ever hope for. The small container's power cord is stored inside the base, explaining that one seam you see running around the base of the unit. I'll have to pick this up in Japan or ask Doug…
Tea Drinkers of the Giz unite! And get me a Bodum Clara kettle for my birthday next month, please (I share it with Ringo Starr, useless-fact fans). Made of borosilicate glass, which keeps the water smell-, taste- and taint-free, it weighs less than 500 grams and holds 1.75 liters of water. The Clara has got a blue…
The Gadget: I'm not a big tea drinker, but I appreciate the Sorapot tea pot's design. It's been an object of desire since I first saw the renderings and the how to video.
Being as into tea as the British folks this Kenwood Response Kettle was made for, we're definitely looking forward to marveling at its color-changing capabilities. Not only is it a container to keep water from spilling all over the place while you heat it, the exterior actually shifts from blue (cool) to red (hot)…
Perfect for college students and the single guy, the Micro Kettle lets you microwave water or other liquids safely. We always thought we could use whatever glass was marked "microwave safe", but what do we know?