I’m Tim Barribeau with the reviews website, The Wirecutter. The Wirecutter is dedicated to bringing our readers best-in-class guides for a whole slew of different products – everything from camping gear to cameras to vacuum cleaners. It was founded by Brian zojirushi_donLam, who ran Gizmodo for half a decade and was an editor at Wired Magazine before that. The New York Times recently featured it as the first place columnist Sam Grobart goes to research technology purchases. While there’s a substantial home section for the site, we’ll be expanding it in the near future with a new, specialized site.

I’m in the midst of putting together a piece on the best currently available electric tea kettles – something I have a personal interest in as a long-time tea addict. Just so that everyone is clear, by “electric tea kettle,” I mean a kettle specifically designed to heat water to different temperatures for different types of teas. So what better place to come to than T Ching’s audience of tea experts. Specifically, I’d like your thoughts on to a handful of questions regarding what to look for (and look out for) in an electric tea kettle.

You may respond to my questions as a comment on this post, or you may send me an email (timb@thewirecutter.com) – whatever works!  So here goes:

  1. Do you use a kettle? Electric or stove-top?
  2. If you use an electric kettle, does it have variable temperatures or is it a simple boiler?
  3. Are you happy with your kettle? What do you like (or dislike) about it? How long have you been using it?
  4. How do you feel about plastic kettles? Does boiling water in a plastic container bother you?
  5. What kettle would you recommend to a friend or family member who wants to get into tea drinking?