Giveaway: Hamilton Beach Programmable Electric Kettle

February 11, 2013(updated on October 3, 2018)

Hamilton Beach Kettle front view

I came to the world of electric kettles fairly late. I was raised with a stove top kettle and thought it the best way to manage my hot water needs (plus, I’ve always liked the way they looked sitting out on a burner). But then in the fall of 2011, I went to visit my sister. She had a relatively inexpensive electric kettle that boiled water at miraculous speed. There was no ten+ minute wait for a pokey stove to heat and transfer its warmth. I was sold.

Soon after I got home, I ordered my first electric kettle. I got this fairly basic model that didn’t have any fancy features beyond the fact that it shut off after boiling and there wasn’t any plastic in the interior of the kettle (call me crazy, but I don’t love the idea of boiling large amounts of plastic on a regular basis).

Hamilton Beach Kettle side view

Soon enough, I was using it multiple times a day. It served up hot water for morning cups of coffee and tea. In the afternoon, I’d use the cooled water in the kettle to help feed my sourdough starter (boiling helps evaporate out any chlorine in the water supply that can harm or kill the sour bacteria. Just make sure the water is under 100F when you add it to your starter). During dinner prep, I’d heat water to hydrate spoonfuls of Better Than Bouillon or to speed up soup making.

I also found myself turning to the electric kettle during canning. As you know, I make a lot of small batches of preserves, and often I make three or four things in succession (I like to take advantage of a hot canning pot). These small batches range in size from two half pints to four or five. If I don’t plan well, I can wind up trying to process jars without having enough hot water to cover. Instead of adding hot tap water and hoping that the pot returns to a boil quickly, I can keep the kettle hot and top off the canning pot immediately. It has sped things up immeasurably.

This summer was also the first time I had the electric kettle during tomato canning season. I do the bulk of my tomatoes whole, peeled and packed in water (makes for a shorter processing time) and with an electric kettle, having that hot water takes no time at all.

Hamilton Beach Kettle display

Thanks to the kind folks at Hamilton Beach, I recently upgraded my electric kettle to their programmable model (my previous kettle was also made by HB, but I bought it with my own dollars, long before I started teaming up with them for giveaways). This guy allows you to select the temperature to which your water heats. That makes it particularly great if you have fussy coffee habits (I say this lovingly and as someone who regularly weighs her beans to ensure a close-to-perfect brew), drink green tea, or live at high elevations where water boils at lower temperatures.

It also has a outside fill indicator (the trade-off is that there’s a small amount of plastic inside the kettle to allow for this) and pours far more smoothly than my previous kettle. I also like the fact that it has a timer, so you can schedule the moment you want it to switch on to boil. With a fast boiling kettle, it’s not really entirely necessary, but I have been enjoying the luxury of walking into the kitchen each morning to a just-boiled kettle of water. It’s the little things.

Finally, the giveaway. Hamilton Beach has generously given me eight of these Programmable 1.7 Liter Electric Kettles to give away to my readers. Here’s how to enter.

  1. Leave a comment on this post and share your water boiling habits. Stove top kettle? Electric tap in the sink? Microwaved mug? If you don’t do hot drinks, what gets you moving in the morning?
  2. Comments will close at 11:59 pm on Friday, February 15, 2013. Winners will be chosen at random and will be posted to the blog over the weekend.
  3. Giveaway open US residents only.
  4. One comment per person, please. Entries must be left via the comment form on the blog at the bottom of this post.
Disclosure: Hamilton Beach gave me one Programmable Electric Kettle for review and photography purposes and they’re providing eight additional units for this giveaway. They did not pay for inclusion on the blog and my opinions remain entirely my own. 


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1,089 thoughts on "Giveaway: Hamilton Beach Programmable Electric Kettle"

  • I’m so old school I’ve been using a Mr. Coffee to heat my water for tea, hot cocoa, and even the water/sugar mix for the hummingbird feeder! Time for me to come out of the Dark Ages.

  • Nine times out of ten, I boil water on the stovetop in a no-nonsense small sauce pan. An electric kettle would be a godsend — especially with canning season coming up! Canning in my shoebox of a kitchen is nigh on impossible. There have been days when I’ve considered setting up a firepit in my backyard and attempting to can outdoors. (Possible? Maybe… my yard is bigger than my entire house, after all.)

  • If I’m feeling nostalgic and have the time, whistling tea kettle on the stove. In a rush, microwave. I’ve been wanting an electric kettle for a long time. . . just never got around to researching one and now you’ve done it for me 🙂

  • Guess I could really use this! I’ve been making my hot tea in the microwave… time to move into the 21st century!

  • I have an instant-on hot water dispenser built into my kitchen sink. A lifesaver for instant oats and tea! The problem with these things is that they inevitably, after a few years, start to leak. My loft has concrete floors… but the house I’m shortly moving to does not. I think I’ll be looking for a electric kettle soon. Thanks for the reminder. I used to love them when I lived in England, but had forgotten them since.

  • I have a coffeemaker that automatically brews in the morning. However, when I want a cup of tea, I use a plain plug-in electric kettle that I’ve had since my college days. This would be a great upgrade!

  • To make French Press coffee, I boil water on the stove in a pot! For hot tea, we have a Sunbeam “Hotshot.” But that can hold a maximum of only 2 cups.

  • i do stovetop and microwave, but i miss having an electric kettle. i had one in england, and i had a roommate with one – made tea making so much easier.

  • I’ve always been a kettle on the stove kinda gal for the same reasons as you. I’ve never given an electric kettle any thought, until now. I think I will have to give one a go!

  • I have the aluminum tea kettle that was my great-grandmothers, then my grandfathers, then my moms, and now mine, it takes a little less than 10 minutes, but not by much. I still love, but given that my husband wants a french press and I want tea, it would be nice to have both

  • Since my earliest memories we have always had some type of tea kettle for on top of the stove. We had metal ones, glass ones…made by the Corning Co. in NY…my home state:) Also whistlers and those that didn’t whistle….several whose bottom got “burned” due to forgetting that the stove was turned on. My favorite way to brew tea is with fresh, boiling water..I love it HOT. No flat tasting micro-wave tea for me. An electric tea kettle would be an awesome addition to my kitchen.

  • I have an electric kettle that takes the brunt of water boiling, although the microwave is a great for heating milk for cocoa and apple cider. My grandmother always kept a kettle on the stove at the ready for making tea and a percolator going for coffee on the counter. I have a constant rotation of hot drinks in the winter. Warms up these cold hands!

  • What a great appliance to add to my kitchen. We drink tea during the day and hate having to boil water in a pot. I love your blog, looking forward to canning.

  • I use a bunn coffee maker for my coffee – and heat water for tea in an old Revere Ware Tea kettle on my stove – would love to have this!

  • I have a pretty green kettle that is always on my stove. I grew up with a British stepfather who always had an electric kettle and I missed the whistle of the stove top version. Funny enough, but now I miss the ease and speed of the electric kettles.

  • I, too, use a kettle while canning. My supply of tomatoes is getting low and this year, I’ll be attempting tomato paste and sauce. The only thing that really stops me is the lack of jars…lol.

    The idea of an electric kettle is awesome. I’ll have to go check these out.

    Love your blog,


  • In the dorm, everything is run by my little coffee pot. I program it for coffee in the mornings, then when I want tea, I heat water in that. At home, we have a non-program-able coffee pot and a little electric pot for boiling water. At our camp we have a coffee percolator – it smells the best of all of them. The scent of coffee just permeates the whole building with that for some reason.

  • I’ve been microwaving the water for my morning tea on a per cup basis….not the most efficient way, but it’s helped limit my caffeine consumption… 🙂

  • Kettle on the stove if I’m brewing a pot of tea. Throw a mug in the microwave to heat it up after I’ve taken care of the kids and finally get around to that cup of tea at 10 AM!

  • We use a stovetop kettle with a busted-up spout. Every morning, I spill a little boiling water on my hands. It’s really what gets me going.

  • I use a small saucepan for boiling water on the stovetop. For my morning coffee, I like to brew a pot in the Mr. Coffee & then set three tall glasses to chill in the freezer.

  • I’ve boiled water just about every way possible. As a child we had a wood burning stove. When I first moved out on my own it was a Revere kettle on an electric stove–the smallest kettle because it was so cute! In College my roommate and I had 2 electric kettle/pots that were often used to make rice and Campbells Chunky Soup for dinner. Now a days at home I microwave water for single cups of tea and heat larger amounts in a pot on the stove. At work I use the bypass in the coffee maker to get hot water. Sounds like it’s time to simplify!

  • I boil water for tea in a kettle on the stove. If I won, I think I would give it to my brother who is living in a treehouse he build. He has electricity and water, but no stove, and I think it would supplement his hot plate nicely.

  • At home I just boil in a pot. I don’t even have a tea kettle or a microwave. At work it comes out of the hot tap in our water bottle. It’s so nice to have instant.

  • Wow, a company actually realized that life is different at altitude. We’re only at 5,000 feet but it has made learning to bake an adventure. Without an electric teakettle, we depend on our loudly whistling Chantal kettle.

  • On weekends with spare time, I use the kettle on the stovetop.
    On weekends without spare time, I hope my mom has her kettle hot when I walk through their door! (I help my elderly parents out with grocery shopping etc. so my weekends are fairly busy!)
    At work, I use the microwave to heat a mug of water for my teabag.

  • I grew up with a stove-top tea kettle user, but I rarely drink tea, so it wasn’t much of an issue for me. A few years ago I started drinking different types of teas and bought an inexpensive electric kettle. I love how quickly it works and wish I had invested in a better one.

  • I am a “boil in the tea kettle” kind of girl, but there are times when I miss my parent’s Hot Shot. I’ve been considering entering into world of electric kettles. Alton Brown likes them, so how can they be wrong? 🙂

  • Every day I make my morning coffee and evening tea using my electric kettle. It is a necessity in my life. I would love a new one as my current kettle is getting up there in years. Thank you!

  • I had always been a stove top kettle gal until I went to Kenya, where boiling was necessary for all the water we consumed! Our host owned an electric kettle that we used many times a day for tea and water. Needless to say having an electric kettle there was more than just a convenience!

  • I have a pretty green stovetop kettle! Except every morning I am reminded that it’s not so pretty, as it’s been in the line of fire of things on the stove for so long that it’s now covered in a thin layer of crud. Oops.

  • We use a tea kettle on the stove. Which worked out great when it was just me drinking coffee from a French press. Then my daughter started drinking tea. Then my husband started drinking tea. Now my youngest has started drinking tea as well, and on the weekends, when we all sit down for breakfast, the kettle is constantly being refilled and reheated. An electric kettle would be wonderful.

  • I have my English tea in the mornings, and heat my water in an old Corningware teapot on my glasstop stove. After dinner, I again heat water in it to brew the coffee in my glass Chemex coffeemaker because I’m really picky about not boiling things in plastic, just as you are! Now that I have bought a dehydrator, having hot water on demand would be absolute heaven, and I’d undoubtedly indulge in a little more relaxation over a cuppa tea during my days if I had something as wonderful as this electric kettle!

  • my first encounter with an electric kettle was the year i spent abroad… who knew something so simple could be so wonderful?

    these days my morning routine is an iced latte from a homemade tea concentrate. nothing fancy, but it’s quick, easy, and cheap!

  • I have an icky plastic, electric kettle I’ve been meaning to replace for some time now. I use it to speed up boiling time for anything–pasta, canning, etc. Mostly, I use it to heat water for tea or coffee.

  • I use an old and almost spent electric kettle like this to heat up water every morning. I have actually been planning to buy a new metal one as soon as possible! We make coffee in a french press, and I drink hot herbal tea throughout the morning. I make instant oatmeal or grits with it too. When the water cools in the afternoon, I use it to water my kitchen plants. A bigger, better, newer one would be amazing!

  • I would love this! I have a stovetop kettle at home. An electric kettle would be perfect for work where I always need a hot cup of coffee/tea/water to stay warm.

  • I drink tea all day- start with earl grey and then change to herbal in the afternoon. I use an electric kettle and love it but could always use a better faster one! Mine allows you to keep the water warm which I love. Thanks

  • I’ve been an electric kettle convert for years. I can’t imagine life without one to boil water quickly. I drink a ton of tea (and a fair amount of cocoa) so our kettle gets a great workout every day.

  • I love tea, but I don’t drink nearly as much of it as I’d like to because I hate standing around by the stove watching a pot of water in hopes of catching it when it’s just the right temperature. Also, having recently done my first ever bunch of small-batch canning recipes back-to-back in one day, I can totally see how this would make that sooooo much easier!

  • Generally, we heat water on the stove….but these electric kettles are great when you’re multitasking in the kitchen or when having a party. I love that they just turn off when the kettle boils. Easy!

  • We went to the UK right after I graduated from college (10 years ago!) and fell in love with the electric kettles we encountered in every B&B. An electric kettle of our own was one of the first things on our registry. So we use it for tea, canning, pasta – anytime we need boiling water. Ours is getting a bit old now, so I’d love a new one.

  • I love our basic electric kettle, but we’ve used it so much over the years it’s starting to get cranky. A new, programmable one would be super! Then I could have hot water ready for my Chemex right when I get up.

  • I boil water on the stove top in a standard kettle. I do wish it was easier to clean, though, since being on the stove top it gets exposed to splattering oil and such. My one roommate had a tendency to cook with a lot of oil and my kettle is now heavily soiled on the outside. 🙁

  • I use an old tea kettle each morning for my tea but would love to speed that process up each day with one of these beauties!

  • I usually use the microwave because it is fast. If I need really hot water, I use a tea kettle on the stove. I agree with others that say it is hard to clean!

  • I never heard of an electric kettle until I read this post. This would be a great tool to have. Right now I heat up water on the stove with a stove-top kettle.

  • I purchased an electric kettle for my office 6 years ago when I switched jobs (and actually got my own office!). It is the most awsome thing ever. I only drank hot tea (love the simplicity of English Breakfast tea) at the time and used the kettle every day. I’ve since mostly switched over to coffee but am finding that my stomach is not doing well with this change, so I’m in the process of switching back to tea only. I would love to have a kettle for my house – it would certainly help this process! Thanks.

  • I always use a stove top kettle to boil water for tea. But I got an electric kettle for my daughter for her dorm room, and now I’m kinda jealous!

  • I have a red stovetop kettle that I use, but the handle is broken! It’s a little wobbly, and I’m afraid it’s going to break sometime when I’m pouring hot water out, so I have to use potholders and hold it from the sides to pour. Pain in the neck!

  • i always just use a sauce pot to boil water and ALWAYS forget about it until i hear it boiling over into my stove. very very bad. i’ve wanted an electric kettle for awhile now and keep forgetting to grab one. great post. thanks.

  • Kettle on the Stove! Though friends of mine have an electric kettle and since witnessing their’s in action, it’s been on my ‘kitchen upgrade’ list.

  • Mostly do microwave, but I have a teapot for the stove when I want more than one cup or when my husband wants tea also.

  • I am actually considering changes in my methods driven by a desire to greatly reduce or eliminate the microwave. You mentioned not liking the idea of plastic…plastic in combination with a microwave is not healthy at all. So I have decided to acquire a french press coffe maker and needed to determine how I would get hot water for it. Looking at kettles but would certainly entertain an electric one on your recommendation! Thanks fo the feedback and useful tips.

  • I drink a lot of tea: green, oolong, mostly, so spend lots of time temp-approximating. This is fun, but. At home, we have a Tiger water heater (the water ninja) that olds at 190. At work I’m using an open coil plastic electric kettle & estimate how much room temp water to add. It’s not too bad, but I’d like to move away from plastic, too. The idea of temp wing right for a delicate oolong is very appealing.

  • I keep a pot of water boiling on the stove in winter (with a stick or two of cinnamon) to add some moisture to the air when the heat is on. I never really gave much thought to my water boiling habits, but if Marisa and Alton recommend an electric kettle, I’m all in!

  • What a coincidence to come across this opportunity to win an electric pot 3 hrs away from the deadline!!! I was researching which one is the better one to buy for my office. I have one that is made out of plastic and would like to move away from that feature, so it would be great to win this one…. or even the previous model that you stated had no plastic in the interior.
    I hope I am the winner!! 🙂

  • I use a stovetop kettle and it is looking a little sad from all the splattered food on it! I use my kettle daily for tea and to quickly and efficiently mix with cold water for washing my kids’ faces after meals, diapering, and cleaning. It is faster than waiting for water from my hot water heater! I’ve been coveting an electric kettle for 2 years now!

  • I don’t use hot water a lot (I don’t drink coffee and rarely drink tea), but I have wanted an electric hot water kettle ever since I first knew they existed — I just never thought I would use it often enough to justify the expense. However, if I got one, I am sure I would find ways to use it every day. Thanks!

  • It’s great to learn that you can use electric kettles for tomato canning season. My wife is wanting to make cooking easier for her and she was wondering how she could can tomatoes easily. I’ll be sure to tell her that we should look into getting an electric kettle.