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The Best Plastic-Free Kettle (Healthy and Stylish)

Kymberly loves to cook, bake, and preserve. She'd love more time to experiment in the kitchen and come up with delicious (healthy) recipes!

Ottoni-Fabricca Alice Elegant stainless steel electric kettle

Ottoni-Fabricca Alice Elegant stainless steel electric kettle

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.

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).

BPA

Bisphenol A (BPA) is commonly found in polycarbonates and in some resins. In the human body, it 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]

Oleamides

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!

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 the 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 leached 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!

More About the Alice Kettle

Ottoni Fabbrica (now Metalgo), an Italian design company, has developed a range of super-stylish, all metal (stainless steel) 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.
  • 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.
  • 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 plastics 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.

A Note on Stainless Steel and Glass Electric Kettles

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!

References

  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, et.al., 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

Do you think we should avoid plastics in the kitchen?

Drink tea on April 05, 2020:

Dear Kymberly,

Do you have any recommendations for a water kettle fulfilling all the criteria you mentioned PLUS a temperature control? After hours of research I start getting frustrated! :-(

I am just looking for a kettle with the following specs:

- no plastic in contact with the water (silicone is ok!), which means either glass or metal (problem metal: leaking from the base!)

- temperature control (needed for different teas)

- shouldn't be very loud, I'd rather wait few more minutes

- should switch off automatically

Any idea HIGHLY appreciated!

KEVIN WILLIAMSON on November 16, 2019:

Hard to find a plastic free electric kettle in the uk?

I really wanted one both plastic free and not made in china?

easier to find the holy grail.

But at last i have one of the two sorted it is a Russell hobbs bubble kettle which i know is made in china but is stainless steel with only one plastic part which is a sort of fitting on the metal pipe inside and is not needed as it comes to the top of the kettle.Which can be removed easily then it is plastic free.

currys & amazon sell them in various colours but blue is in big demand.

Redskai on November 15, 2019:

I chose an all stainless bodied Russell Hobbs kettle here in the UK. I realise that it has a plastic internal lid so plastic molecules will drip into my water from the condensing boiling water, then there is the water level which is plastic so that'll also contribute to my micro plastic ingestion too! But at least I didn't boil my water within a plastic bodied kettle. I'm heading towards going plastic free, I've ditched all tea bags (they all use plastic polypropylene or PLA to seal them) at of 14th November. I bought an all stainless steel cafetiere as my first one was glass with plastic filter and lid parts, until it smashed after just three trial uses on the first day. I now use either loose tea or ripped open tea from tea bags, but then realised there's plastic in my kettle along with the plastic in my weekly 2ltr plastic milk bottles. Anyway plastic free is the direction I'm heading.

Anita Alexander on September 21, 2018:

I got this response when inquiring about US sales.

Dear Anita,

Thank you very much for your interest in our kettle. We inform you that at the moment our kettles can't be sold and used in the USA because are not certified by USA authorities and the voltage/plug are different. We are working hard to obtain all the necessary certifications, we should be ready to sell our kettles in the USA within a few months. If you wish, we can put on our mailing list so once our kettles are available you will be notified. I hope I was helpful, we remain at your disposal with

Kind regards

Alice Ottoni

Peter P on March 08, 2018:

Don't buy Ottoni. Mine split and leaked after only one year.

Marcie on November 14, 2017:

I can't even think of storing food in plastic. I have started to use canning jars in the freezer and all glass in the microwave. I don't like using the microwave but I am a widow with Fibromyalgia so cooking every day just isn't an option. I don't by take out food and since food is just a necessity I don't mind eating the same thing for days. I cook a big batch of whatever and jut re-heat dinner:) Thanks for trying to eliminate plastic. Our electric kettle of about 30 years has stopped and I have been trying to find a replacement. Yikes - so complicated!!!

tony on September 08, 2017:

Please give some good name for Best Plastic-Free Kettle in 2017.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on January 25, 2017:

Fabulous - thank you Paer!

Paer / Sweden on January 24, 2017:

They responded to me yesterday when I inquired them about shipping so I'd say they're alive and kicking. They ship to Sweden as well, by the way.

Viki on January 09, 2017:

Kymberly, sorry, I just saw that they are still selling it on amazon for delivery in Germany. And they do have it all up on their Italian site still, with a different, more traditional old style stove top kettle design version electric kettle as well.

Viki on January 09, 2017:

Penny, Paul, did anyone from the company reply to you about getting the kettle shipped to Canada?

Or is there anyone in Japan who found one similar or got one?

Kymberly, thank you for this! Do you think they are discontinuing this kettle as they are not responding? Even no more shipment to Germany?

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on January 05, 2017:

Hi Gail, Their email is: info@metalgo.it, website: http://www.metalgo.it/, phone: (+39) 0323 848884. Metalgo have been doing a lot of work on their website recently, getting rid of the Ottoni Fabbrica sections, and seem to have been not replying to email at the moment (I've sent a few, but have yet to receive a reply). Good luck and please let me know if you are successful! Kym

Gail on December 28, 2016:

Hi Kymberly:

I'm in America too and wanted to know if you could share the email and phone number to the company that sells the Ottoni-Fabbrica Alice kettle. From the comments below, I would need a "special order" to have all steel parts and American-friendly power base? Thanks for your kind assistance! Gail

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on December 05, 2016:

Hi Kari, Unfortunately not yet, but they may have been on holiday. I'll send another email, in case it got lost. Thanks!

Kari Tsey on December 04, 2016:

Hi Kymberly, Any word from the manufacturer? I too would like to get a hold of the Alice. I currently live in the US.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on November 08, 2016:

Hi Kenny! I'm surprised they aren't responding, as they are usually very quick. I'll try to get in contact with them.

Kenny Bright on November 01, 2016:

I live in the US. I have ben trying to purchase this product. Like you i don't like products with plastic. where can i get; amazon europe doesn't ship to US, the manufacturer is not returning call and emails.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on September 12, 2016:

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.

Mpapaya on September 11, 2016:

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.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on July 19, 2016:

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!

JR on July 17, 2016:

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.

Jenny on June 29, 2016:

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

Penny on April 11, 2016:

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.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on April 21, 2015:

Hi Paul!

You can contact the sales department of Ottoni Fabbrica directly: salesdepartment@metalgo.it or the customer service department: info@metalgo.it

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

Let me know how it turns out!

Paul on April 16, 2015:

Hi,

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?

Thanks!

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on September 04, 2014:

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!

Zivile on August 27, 2014:

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

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on June 24, 2014:

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

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on June 23, 2014:

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!

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on June 23, 2014:

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

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on June 23, 2014:

Hi Tan,

Sevenashbourne posted the email address above. salesdepartment@metalgo.it

Thanks!

Tan on June 15, 2014:

Hi,

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.

Dominik on May 11, 2014:

Hi.

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.

Sevenashbourne on April 11, 2014:

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.

Sevenashbourne on April 11, 2014:

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:

salesdepartment@metalgo.it

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on March 21, 2014:

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!

Kym

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on March 21, 2014:

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).

Yvonne on March 20, 2014:

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

Yvonne

Erika on December 14, 2013:

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

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on November 18, 2013:

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

Dan on November 17, 2013:

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

RTalloni on November 05, 2013:

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.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on November 05, 2013:

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!

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on October 25, 2013:

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!

Junior Marbles on October 24, 2013:

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.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on September 21, 2013:

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.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on September 21, 2013:

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.

cindy on September 08, 2013:

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

cindy on September 08, 2013:

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.

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on July 14, 2013:

Sandra - It is available from Amazon.de (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 Amazon.co.uk - La Cafetiere Electric Kettle. I haven't found it on the other Amazon sites, unfortunately!

sandra on July 13, 2013:

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

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on April 08, 2013:

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

anna on April 07, 2013:

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!

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on April 05, 2013:

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!

rumipeso on April 03, 2013:

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!

Kymberly Fergusson (author) from Germany on February 24, 2013:

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!

Dora on February 23, 2013:

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!