The Best Plastic-Free Kettle - Healthy and Stylish

Ottoni-Fabricca Alice Elegant stainless steel electric kettle
Ottoni-Fabricca Alice Elegant stainless steel electric kettle | Source

Kettles are regarded by many as must-have tools in the kitchen.

Used for quickly boiling water for tea or coffee to sanitizing bottles and jars, they are regarded as safer than stove kettles, with little risk for boiling dry thanks to their automatic cut-off switches.

Even in households avoiding plastic storage containers and bottles, the ubiquitous plastic kettle, or a brushed steel version with a plastic fill indicator, spout filter, and plastic lid remains on the kitchen bench.

For those trying to go plastic-free, it can be nigh impossible to find an electric kettle with no plastic components in contact with both the boiling water or steam.

What's your kettle?

Which type of kettle do you have?

  • A stove-top metal, enamel or glass kettle.
  • A plastic electric kettle.
  • A stainless steel electric kettle.
  • A glass electric kettle.
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Health concerns about plastics

When plastic is exposed to heat, it starts to break down. As plastic ages, small cracks and imperfections develop, increasing the risk that unwanted chemicals can leech into the water boiled in plastic kettles.

Kettles are commonly made with polycarbonate (PC) or polypropylene (PP).


Bisphenol A (BPA) is commonly found in polycarbonates and in some resins.

In the human body, BPA mimics estrogen and disrupts the body's hormones, especially in unborn fetuses, babies and young children.[1]

Several studies have suggested may increase the risk of developing obesity, and has a lasting effect on the structure of the growing brain.[2]

PC and other plastics made with BPA are commonly used to make kettles and components for metal kettles (such as lids), and many food storage containers. It's also used to coat the inside of food and drink cans.

BPA has been declared a toxic substance in Canada, and BPA-containing plastics have been banned from being used to manufacture baby bottles and sippy cups in the US[3], Canada and the European Union. Japan has also stopped lining cans with resins containing BPA.[4]


Scientists discovered that even plastics used in labs were contaminating experiment results, with synthetic oleamides detected especially where polypropylene was used.

PP plastics are used a lot in food containers, and occasionally kettles.

Synthetic oleamide may interfere with the body's use of its naturally produced oleamides, which regulates the need to sleep and has an impact on depression.

The cordless base of my stainless steel kettle - useful and safe!
The cordless base of my stainless steel kettle - useful and safe! | Source

A note on metal kettles

Many stainless steel versions are only mostly metal on the inside, but many of them contain small plastic parts.

Watch out for

  • plastic fill-gauges
  • plastic spout filters
  • plastic lids that the hot steam condenses on, and then drips back into water
  • plastic handles that go through metal lids and kettle bodies, exposed to steam on the inside

If you want to truly avoid any plastic contact with hot water, then you will need to investigate their insides thoroughly!

My search for the perfect kettle

I knew I wanted a metal cordless one - preferably brushed stainless because it is easy to keep clean. Cordless is practical, and being electric, there was no danger that I would forget it on the stove!

I found that most of the kettles available hurt my hands dreadfully when lifted.

I have neuropathy in my hands, synovitis in my wrists, and fibromyalgia, so minimizing pain is important, especially as I have many cups of tea, coffee and herbal tisanes each day!

I needed to find one that had a handle I could easily hold and pour, that was cordless and metal (for ease of keeping clean).

I chose the Alice Elegance by Ottoni Fabbrica, not for being plastic free, but for the way it didn't hurt my hands. Plus it looks so stylish!

However, after reading much more about how chemicals leeched from plastics can affect our bodies, I'm really glad I bought it!

I was shocked when I found out the link between plastics and hormonal diseases, as I had extreme endometriosis which developed into untreatable adenomyosis because it was not detected until too late.

Just how much of an impact the plastic microwave and storage containers, plastic kettle, egg poacher and other plastic food appliances had on my endometriosis, I can't be sure. However, I will certainly minimize any future exposure for both me and my family!

The handle on the Alice kettle is easy to use for both left and right handers. Plus it looks gorgeous in the kitchen!
The handle on the Alice kettle is easy to use for both left and right handers. Plus it looks gorgeous in the kitchen! | Source

Alice - beautiful and all-metal

Ottoni Fabbrica, an Italian design company, have developed a range of super-stylish, all metal kettles, with the most popular being their Alice model - a cordless 1.7L electric version.

The Alice is available in a range of accent colours - pink, blue, cream, white, red, or black external plastic surfaces with a chrome finish, or black plastic accents with a matte black or shiny purple body finish.

5 stars for Alice Elegance kettle by Ottoni Fabbrica

An average of 5 stars from over 90 reviewers shows that this is of the highest quality, and loved by its owners!

→ The Alice Elegance by Ottoni Fabbrica is available from the German Amazon store.

If you order from outside the EU but have a compatible electricity supply (220-240V), send them an email and they will also change the plug to suit your electrical outlets.

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The free replacement stainless-steel filter for the Alice kettle.The only plastic on the inside of the kettle was to support the mesh spout filter. One email, and a replacement stainless filter was sent by post at no additional cost.The metal fill indicator.
The free replacement stainless-steel filter for the Alice kettle.
The free replacement stainless-steel filter for the Alice kettle. | Source
The only plastic on the inside of the kettle was to support the mesh spout filter. One email, and a replacement stainless filter was sent by post at no additional cost.
The only plastic on the inside of the kettle was to support the mesh spout filter. One email, and a replacement stainless filter was sent by post at no additional cost. | Source
The metal fill indicator.
The metal fill indicator. | Source

Although it ships with a plastic spout filter, Ottoni Fabbrica will send an all-steel filter without charge if you send them an email.

There is no water gauge, and even the inside of the lid is all metal.

The heating element is hidden, making the inside easy to clean if you have hard water like mine!

Of course, to minimize burns, the handle and the lid's handle are both plastic, but are absolutely not in water contact. The outside base is lined in sturdy plastic so it won't damage surfaces when placed down off its charger.

As with most metal kettles, the body does get quite hot on boiling, but the handle's design keeps hands away from the heat.

The handle design is easy to use for both right and left handers, and you can grip further back on the handle if you have wrist pain on pouring, making it a great choice for those with nerve or wrist pain.

All-metal for the American market

Precise Heat Electric Water Kettle, 1.5 L
Precise Heat Electric Water Kettle, 1.5 L

The inside of this stainless steel kettle is a similar design to the Ottoni Fabbrica range - no plastic touches the boiling water. The max-fill indicator is metal, the plastic handle is attached only to the outside wall, and there is no plastic on the inside of the lid.

Of course, the outside wall gets very hot - you should take care when moving it after it has boiled.

This looks to be a great choice in America, if you want to avoid plastic contaminants.


Aroma 1.7 Liter

The Aroma 1.7 Liter kettle is also all metal on the inside, and looks like a standard cordless kettle. As with all metal ones, the walls get hot when it boils!

Mostly non-plastic

Many stainless steel or glass electric kettles are advertised as being plastic-free, yet their lids are still plastic, or they still have a plastic water gauge in contact with the boiling water.

However, these are still better choices than a fully plastic one!

Almost no metal, and stylish

Bonavita 1.0L Electric Kettle BV3825B
Bonavita 1.0L Electric Kettle BV3825B

A small plastic knob goes through a mostly metal lid, and the plastic handle is anchored inside the body, but both are above the water line in this ergonomic little kettle. No plastic component is under the water line.

The unique spout makes it great to use with painful hands, or for when great pouring control is required.


How concerned are you?

Are you trying to minimize the plastics in your life?

  • Not at all - I don't believe that plastics have an adverse effect on health.
  • Sometimes - I try to avoid disposable plastic products to minimize it going into landfill.
  • Half-half - I try to avoid using plastic with hot foods or washing the plastic in the dishwasher, because I've noticed the plastic can become damaged.
  • Mostly - I use glass or ceramic storage containers for both hot and cold food.
  • Almost 100% - I try to avoid plastic in as many areas of my life as I can!
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  1. Bisphenol A: An endocrine disruptor with widespread exposure and multiple effects, B. Rubin, Journal of steroid biochemistry and molecular biology, Oct 2011;127(1-2):27-34
  2. Environmental Estrogens and Obesity, R. Newbold,, Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology, May 25 2009; 304(1-2): 84–89
  3. F.D.A. Bans BPA from Baby Bottles and Sippy Cups, Sabrine Tavernise, NYTimes, July 17 2012
  4. Companies reduced BPA exposure in Japan, Environmental Working Group, Accessed 23 November 2012

Your kettle

Do you have an all-metal version?

Why did you choose it?

Let us know in the comments below!

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Do you think we should avoid plastics in the kitchen? 40 comments

Dora 3 years ago

Hi, I was wondering whether this would need an adaptor in order to work in the United States and whether or not it would be safe if operated with the adaptor. I have broken a few hair dryers in Europe even with an adaptor, and wouldn't want that to happen to this kettle. Thank you!

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nifwlseirff 3 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Dora - Thanks for stoping by!

You may need a transformer to reach the correct voltage/herz. The kettle is rated for 220-240V, 50-60HZ.

Electricity voltage in America and Japan is different to much of the rest of the world, and as a kettle is a high power device (like hair dryers), it's important to get it right with a transformer.

You could contact the company, and ask if this kettle is available with a different base (suitable for American power supplies). The more people who ask for it, the more likely they will supply it!

rumipeso 3 years ago

Thanks, so much for this invaluable information; can not tell you how many hours have been spent by us looking for a **ACTUAL** all metal

electric kettle!

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nifwlseirff 3 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

rumipeso - I know the feeling - I spent so long to find this kettle, and I'm really happy with it! I hope you love it too!

anna 3 years ago

Thanks for the nice review. I was wondering how big the diameter of the kettle at the base is - maybe you can tell me? That would be so nice :) Thank you!

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nifwlseirff 3 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Hi Anna, The base of the kettle (and the corded base it sits on) is 19cm in diameter. Thanks for stopping by!

sandra 3 years ago

How did you buy this kettle? I can't seem to buy it on the German Amazon

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nifwlseirff 3 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Sandra - It is available from (through the link above), but they may have restrictions on which country they ship to. You can get the Alice kettle under a different name from - La Cafetiere Electric Kettle. I haven't found it on the other Amazon sites, unfortunately!

cindy 3 years ago

Hi Kymberly, first I want to thank you for sharing your great find. I am really interested in getting the Alice model but first have a few questions. How long have you had the kettle and is it still working well for you? Any parts needing replacement or coming off? How do I ask them to ship the stainless filter and see about a voltage that is can be used in the US when I order since I don't understand or speak German? Thank you for all your work/help.

cindy 3 years ago

oh and forget to ask; are there any rusting? Thanks again.

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nifwlseirff 3 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Hi Cindy - Sorry for the delay - I was on holidays!

I've had the Alice for 2.5 years and it's in perfect condition, no rusting, nothing wrong electrically, and it looks as good as I bought it. I do need to clean inside from time to time - the limescale builds up quickly with such hard water. But a boil with citrus scale cleaner returns it to brand new.

For the metal filter - I just sent them an email through the Amazon system, and they shipped the filter within a week. Voltage may be a problem (US is not 240V I think) - but ask them to see if they have an option that will work there.

They do speak English, so that's not a problem, and their customer service is fantastic.

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nifwlseirff 3 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Hi Willem! I haven't seen that particular model, and there isn't much about it on the net. Looks to be a nice kettle, but the one 'warning' in the user manual to "not tip the kettle backwards, or water may get into the control section" is a bit worrying. I find the max fill indicator only to be fine - I don't need a min fill!

If you are looking to avoid all plastic, I don't think this is the best model - from the photos the filter mesh is housed in plastic, and the mesh itself may be nylon, the user manual and photos are not clear. A water indicator will be plastic too.

Junior Marbles 3 years ago

I really like the looks of this kettle, but, as an electrical engineer, I have looked into this issue before: There is no safe way to operate a 2400W electric kettle designed for European voltages in a 120VAC environment (the U.S.) Aftermarket step up transformers, as used for international travel, would heat up to a dangerous level then melt. A 240 to 120VAC transformer, capable of delivering 2400W, would be of enormous size, and is only available in the U.S. for industrial purposes.

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nifwlseirff 3 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Thanks Junior Marbles!

With most high-power electrical appliances (kettles, stoves, ovens, microwaves, etc.), an strong transformer, not one for travel, is recommended for long term use.

To run a 220-240V 2000W-2400W kettle (such as this), I can easily purchase a step-up transformer in Australia online, rated for 2000W continuous use, for household appliances, for AU$210. Dimensions: 26x19x14cm and 18kg.

The only problem would be, in many households, power is limited to 1800W. I'm checking with Ottoni Fabbrica if this would cause problems with the operation of this particular kettle.

Sometimes, appliances can have an appropriate transformer built in (my rice cooker from Japan has a built in transformer so it can work in Europe and Australia).

Perhaps if enough people contact Ottoni Fabbrica, they will build one for the US market!

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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

I heard back from Ottoni Fabbrica - they are currently submitting Alice kettle for US certification, so hopefully sometime in the near future it will be available!

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RTalloni 2 years ago from the short journey

Thanks much for this review. Just this morning I was making tea and wondering whether I would be needing and new kettle soon and if so, what sort would I need to look for--planning to check back to see if you announce that Alice kettle is US certified soon.

The warning about plastics are important and I'm glad to see that you included information here to help people who are unaware.

Dan 2 years ago

too bad we can't get the Alice Buttoni Fabbrica in the US.

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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Dan - It is a shame - they are working on getting approvals for a US version!

Erika 2 years ago

What is your Ottoni Fabbrice Alice electric kettles colour? I don't wind the same colour anywhere. Your kettles colour is very beautiful.

Yvonne 2 years ago

Hey little sister :)

Im also looking like mad to find healthiest resolutions to apply into my house. The only question I would have is this - can you tell what quality of steel do they use? I'm a little concern about nickel ...

Would love to hear back from you

Thanks a lot


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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Erika - it's a matte black/grey - doesn't show fingerprints, unlike normal stainless steel kettles! It's available on the German Amazon site (link in article above).

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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Hi Yvonne,

There isn't any online information about the quality of the steel used (I've scoured forums, information sheets and their website).

You can email Ottoni Fabbrica directly through the German Amazon produce page (linked above) and ask - they are perfectly happy to answer questions in English and probably German.

Let us know what you find out!


Sevenashbourne 2 years ago

Hi - I've just received a fabulous cream and polished steel version - this is a high quality kettle - if anyone is wondering how to get one of these in the UK - I emailed their customer service team from their own website who were extremely helpful, I was able to make the order, pay via transfer wise (new paypal style facility that exchanges your GBP for other currencies) and receive the kettle all in a few days. You can see the range on the german amazon site but can't purchase as you cannot use a UK ship to address. I was able to select a UK plug and stainless steel filter (this is standard for a kettle for the UK). No plastic at last!

This is the email address I used to contact them:

Sevenashbourne 2 years ago

PS a comment on the German Amazon site says it is steel grade 1.4301 - 18/8 - the same as my kleen kanteen water bottles that I love. Note I haven't checked this directly with the company.

Dominik 2 years ago


I am looking for a 100% plastic free kettle for years and I must admit that it is a tough task. I've bought a ceramic electric kettle. Everything seemed perfect fut the fact that inside, one the very bottom, there is thin isolation layer between ceramic part and metal heating one. This isolation is made with some plastic-like glue. After boiling the water has characteristic plastic smell... Great disillusion! Plastic is everywhere. Does your "100% steal" kettle have isolation between metal container and metal heating plate? I found photos of interior of this kettle and I can see something that may be kind of joint between those two metal parts. I'm almost sure that this joint contain plastic-like isolation. Even if it is hidden.

Tan 2 years ago


I had visited the German site. Everything is in German and I was not able to send an email to purchase the kettle.

Do you have their English email address?

Many thanks.

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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Hi Tan,

Sevenashbourne posted the email address above.


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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Dominik - I've emailed the sales department, and will post their reply.

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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Sevenashbourne - thanks for the information about the steel quality, and that Ottoni Fabbrica switched the plugs for you - really happy to hear they'll do that!

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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Dominik - the sales department has confirmed that the steel join between the base and wall is welded - no plastic.

Zivile 2 years ago

Hi everybody. Thank you for all your comments and advises which were very helpful. I just wondering why nobody is saying anything about warranty? Does this kettle comes with warranty? Does Metalgo provides with it? International? Thank you in advance

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nifwlseirff 2 years ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Can anyone who bought it from overseas comment on warranty? (Perhaps UK readers)

In Germany it came with a warranty of 2 years.

I use it many times a day, also for boiling water for canning/etc. in summer/autumn, and it's had no problems in the last 3.5 years. Still going strong, and looking as good as the day I bought it!

Paul 18 months ago


I was wondering if there is any way to get this "Ottoni-Fabricca Alice Elegant stainless steel electric kettle" shipped to Canada.

The Amazon UK kettle name you provided does not seem to be there. Can you post the Amazon UK link if it exists? or any other link where there is shipping to Canada or USA?


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nifwlseirff 18 months ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Hi Paul!

You can contact the sales department of Ottoni Fabbrica directly: or the customer service department:

A previous customer from the UK got her kettle this way, with the UK plug attached already.

Let me know how it turns out!

Penny 6 months ago

Did Paul get his kettle shipped to Canada with the stainless steel filter and correct voltage plug? Any custom issue? How long did it take and how much did it end up with shipping & tariff etc.? I am in Toronto, Canada. I have gone through weeks of searching and found nothing better than this. Please kindly share your "import to Canada" experience.

Jenny 3 months ago

Thank you for this article! You saved me so much time.

JR 3 months ago

Thanks for this recommendation. Two issues: I live in the US and doubt that my travel plug adapter will be sufficient -- conversion would be necessary. Also, I'm looking for a variable temperature kettle, and there's no mention of that here. Does the Alice have that feature, and if not is there a plastic-free variable temp option you would recommend? Thanks very much.

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nifwlseirff 3 months ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Hi JR, Unfortunately, the Alice kettle would require a transformer to work in the US, and it isn't a variable temperature kettle. I haven't been able to find a variable kettle without plastic on the inside, sadly. I'm sorry I couldn't be more helpful!

Mpapaya 6 weeks ago

Both the Alice and the Precise have terrible reviews on Amazon with pictures posted for being low-quality metal that RUSTS! Any good quality Stainless Steel would never rust. I am looking very hard to find a glass electric kettle with no plastic but that may not exist. Maybe we should just MAKE the perfect tea kettle because it looks to me like we are being slowly poisoned with either BPA and PC or toxic heavy metals.

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nifwlseirff 6 weeks ago from Leipzig, Germany Author

Thanks for your feedback Mpapaya. With more than 350 five star reviews and only 12 one *and* two star reviews (mostly about how loud the kettle is), the Alice is much better than all other kettles available. Of course, if there is iron in the water supply, it will deposit rust in any kettle, and there will be the occasional manufacturing failure. But the Alice is made from the best stainless steel I have seen. The service from Ottoni Fabbrica is fabulous - you just have to contact them for an exchange or repair.

My Alice is currently 5 years old, and still going fabulously, with no visual defects inside or outside, and absolutely zero rust spots.

I haven't found any glass or ceramic kettles that have no plastic in contact with the water.

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