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January 25, 2013
I am trying to eliminate plastic from my kitchen and am surprised at how difficult it is. I searched far and wide for an electric coffeemaker without plastic but there doesn't seem to be one. They are almost completely made of plastic. I realized that I just have to toss mine and go back to basics. I have a french press that is glass, and I just ordered the large Chemex with the handle to make drip coffee.
I would love a plastic free electric kettle to heat water for coffee and tea rapidly. There are fewer plastic components in an electric kettle than in an electric coffeemaker, so I thought that I would have better luck. However, I am still unable to find one that is completely plastic free inside - that is, the interior of the carafe and the bottom part of the lid. I don't want water or steam in contact with plastic.
I would appreciate any leads!
August 29, 2011
Don't you just love the taste of the French press coffee? Since I gave up my coffee maker I haven't missed it one bit. Plus, I like the ritual of grinding fresh & preparing coffee each morning, and it really doesn't take any more time. (As a tip, to keep it warm I put it on a metal ring w/a tea light underneath & cover it with a flannel cozy I made, since I gave away my microwave last year). I use an old (6 yrs!) Sunbeam Hot Shot, that heats 16 oz. of water and dispenses right into a cup or small pitcher, but it's plastic (except for the water compartment) and I'm just waiting for it to die before replacing it with, yep, an electric kettle, so your question was a good one to get me thinking.
I found an electric kettle that actually is just like a tea kettle - stainless, but just a small amound of plastic: http://www.walmart.com/ip/1432.....38;veh=sem
There's another one that is mostly glass & stainless steel, with just plastic on the handle & lid, which I guess you could leave open while you heat it, so the steam doesn't hit the lid... http://www.chefscatalog.com/pr.....4AodpWUARg
Let us know what you finally decided on - good luck!
I found a kettle with no plastic inside! It's the Aroma Simply Stainless kettle and the model number is AWK-321. The outside is white plastic, but the interior is all stainless steel. It's the only kettle I've found so far that doesn't have a plastic lid or other plastic elements inside that is also electric.
I read a review of the AWK-321 and the person said that the underside of the lid is plastic that's painted to look like stainless. Gloria, can you tell if that's the case? If not, I want to buy it. Thanks, Marcia
Marcia - the Aroma Simply Stainless kettle and the model number is AWK-321's lid is indeed plastic painted to look like stainless. i just bought one and haven't used it yet because of this discovery. so, i'm back here online to continue my search. might just keep it to use until i can find one with no plastic touching the water anywhere. i know the lid doesn't touch it but i'm concerned about condensation dripping down. if i do keep it while continuing my search, i'll boil with the lid open. this is crazy with the plastic already.
What about an old glass Pyrex percolator instead that you put on the stove top?
Here's what a user posted about the Aroma Simply Stainless kettle on Amazon in a long thread about finding a truly plastic-free kettle: "I noticed that a few of the comments on the product's page said the inside of the lid was plastic made to look like chrome/stainless steel so I contacted the manufacture who replied that the interior of the lid is also stainless steel. Here is their response:
Thank you for contacting AROMA Housewares. The interior that comes in contact with the water is completely stainless steel including the underside of the lid and the pour spout. Please let us know if you have any other product questions.
1-800-276-6286 option 1
Mon - Fri 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM PST"
I just bought an Aroma Simply Stainless electric kettle AWK 321. The interior of lid was certainly metal. I tapped it and there was no question it was metal. (I wonder if the factories in China skimped and painted plastic on certain lines of this product, since I don't doubt the reports of other folks who experienced this.) All other parts are metal, including the strainer (which is not a fine strainer, however). There is no plastic viewing window; instead there are measurement lines in the interior indicating water fill amount. However, the kettle leaked from the seam of the spout where it attached to the kettle. I am sending it back for replacement, hoping this defect is not widespread, as this kettle truly does seem to be the only electric kettle out there that has a completely metal interior. It heated the water as quickly as my previous kettle, too.
Marcia, the kettle is definitely metal inside. I don't know why people are saying it's just painted. The outer part of the lid is white plastic and the inner portion is metal. The only problem I have noticed with this kettle is that the steam that tries to escape from the lid forms a bit of condensation on the white plastic, but that is it. I haven't found any other kettle without internal plastic so far. This is really something that manufacturers should take note of.
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