EDITOR’S NOTE: This is one of two Aldi tea kettles we’ve reviewed. The other is the Crofton 2.3 Quart Teakettle, which you can read about here.
When I first got to an age where I decided to buy my own tea kettle, I learned a small but important life lesson. I had, up to that point, assumed that a tea kettle was a tea kettle. I mean, how can you possibly do something that simple wrong? And yet I learned, the hard way, that not all kettles are created equal; my first kettle, from an unnamed big box store, was so poorly designed (in part due to a whistle that stopped whistling) that I had to go shopping for a new one a lot faster than I’d intended.
And then, a few years ago, I discovered the Aldi version. Aldi has made some very small tweaks since then, but by and large the kettle is still the same.
The Crofton 2.5-Quart Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, which shows up from time to time as a Special Buy (ALDI Find), is more or less what the title says. It’s stainless steel and holds about 2.5 quarts of water, or 10 cups. The kettle comes in a few colors, including the plain model shown above. (Ours is red.) It features a removable lid, a hinged spout with a whistle alert feature, and a hard plastic handle at top to help avoid burns. It is designed for use on either gas or electric stoves.
The tea kettle contains a small ridge near the bottom to mark the minimum fill line, while an imprint higher up, near the spout, marks the maximum fill line. The instructions warn against heating an empty pot, so be sure to fill it with water before running it over the stove. To prolong the life of the kettle, we recommend using no higher than medium heat.
Stainless steel kettles can take a little longer than other kinds of kettles to heat up, and larger amounts of water take longer than smaller ones, so if you’re looking to heat a lot of water this can take awhile. Still, it does the job well, heating reasonably fast and issuing that trademark whistle when it’s done. The push-button hinged whistle spout is extremely easy to use, making pouring water after heating simple and safe.
We also discovered a tea kettle has some nice uses above and beyond simple tea making. It is useful for boiling hot water for other uses, including non-chemical approaches to drain-cleaning. You can also open the whistle spout and boil a full pot of water to put a little humidity in the air during the winter, although we would add that you should keep close attention to the pot if you do; it’s very easy for the pot to boil dry, which can damage the pot. (Trust us.)
We had our Crofton tea kettle for a few years, and it generally held up well under frequent use. The lid snapped on and off as well as it did when we first bought it, and the whistle and hinged spout worked exactly as advertised. The red paint did start to come off with time, though, and the screws that kept the handle stable got eventually loose and wouldn’t stay tightened. Still, it was good while it lasted.
With a low price tag and good design, the Crofton 2.5-Quart Stainless Steel Tea Kettle is a safe choice for the person who wants a little hot tea — or hot water for other uses — in his or her life. While wear and tear did finally forced us to part with it after a few years, it says a lot that we would not hesitate to buy another. Recommended, especially for the price.