The dangers of plastic, BPA and certain cookware has been known for quite a while now. Plastic especially causes your body to absorb substances that mimic estrogen for your body which is bad for both guys and girls since it unbalances the natural ratio with other hormones like progesterone/Testosterone. BPA and other substances in plastic might explain partially why sperm count for males on average dropped 30% or so from 20 years ago. Wi-fi/cellphones are probably also to blame, and many other things.
From making sure all my pans (skillets) were in stainless steel (or ideally ceramic) to only using glass containers to store leftover foods or my homemade ice cream I thought I had removed all poisonous stuff in my house… But I forgot the most important one! My PLASTIC electric kettle. What an idiot, not only does the inside look rusty but this thing in plastic is being in contact with HOT WATER constantly. The only thing that could be worse I think would be if I put some fat or acid in there which would make it leech even more harmful components…
Here are my finalists when I was doing a personal review of the best plastic free electric kettle. My contenders pretty much ended up all being a stainless steel kettle because in terms of electric kettles it’s the only ones I felt like I could trust. Some other models use glass but can have parts of plastic or what not apparently. I was trying to get a kettle that I can pretty much remove all contact of plastic and water. As a bonus, most plastic free electric kettles have the heating element separated from the water it boils, this probably will help avoid rust in the long term and make it easier to clean.
So what are the requirements for the winner?
– Must have little to no plastic being in contact with the boiling water.
– Electric kettle, I don’t want to waste my stove’s electric inefficiency to heat up the water and electric kettle’s are faster to boil water.
– No contact with the heating element.
– Ideally no large “minimum” water requirement. It’s a waste of time & electricity.
So first off, the initial contender:
I was heavily considering the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Kettle since it was mentioned in the 4 hour chef by Tim Ferris as a non plastic kettle but…
– it actually contains a bit of plastic inside (Due to the viewing window for water levels)
Not THAT big of a deal but I already went to the trouble to go plastic free (certainly a lot less than the kettles I’ve been using 2-3 times a day for the past two years! But… might as well go 100%). And personally I don’t care to see the water levels, I can determine it by eye depending if I make coffee (1 mug) or tea (2-3).
So after looking at other brands and models and reviews on amazon I went with the:
This one has no plastic contact and only the tip has some plastic which you can remove to prevent ANY contact. The “cool touch” feature is basically because it contains two “rows” of stainless steel inside to make it a bit less hot in case you end up touching it. A nice touch but it does make it bigger than other electric kettles that can heat up the same volume. Not really an inconvenience for me.
Since it contains no plastic on the side, it’s hard to monitor the water level but that’s a non issue for me since I “know” the water volumes I want. It’s currently ~$40 on amazon.
Summary of benefits:
– No plastic contact is as close to 100% possible as you will find in any model, seriously it seems every kettle out there is either made in China and/or has some plastic in direct contact with boiling water.
– Cordless design, 360-degree power base, on/off switch & automatic shutoff.
– Cannot see the water level.
– No water “thermometer” for different drinks, coffee for example is good at 90 Celsius but white tea should be at 70, green at 80 or so to not burn it.
So both of these models look great. The the Hamilton Beach 10-Cup Stainless Steel Electric Kettle is good if you want to view water levels in exchange for a bit of contact with plastic and if you have no need for that, the Hamilton Beach 40898 Cool-Touch Cordless 8 Cup Electric Kettle will be perfect. I’ve been using it for two weeks and I’m very happy to have changed my kettle since I’m a fanatic against estrogen simulating toxins in my body (works against your sex drive, muscle building ability & fertility… and who knows what else if that’s not enough of a deterrent for you). I’ll make a post on other ideal household items to use in the future, especially which skillets are best to use as that is the other one that is the most problematic when handling acidic foods & heat. Also try to avoid food in cans, especially tomatoes.. Buy them in glass jars :).
2016 UPDATE: I have noticed that the Hamilton Beach cool touch is starting to be sold at a higher price. I was looking if there are better alternatives for my next kettle and it looks like this Ovente KS88S 1.7 Liter is marked as “BPA Free” and only $30. However it does have a plastic water meter (I would honestly rather have as little plastic as possible) but it might be a good alternative if you are mainly concerned by BPA.