Actually, there are some kettles that are sturdy and safe, but they aren't attractive. Since our kettle sits on our stove, always in plain sight, we want to admire the way it looks. There are a lot of really ugly kettles. Although I am dying to show you a few, I will refrain, in case you already own one.
Our kettle, a handsome steel and teak model by Bodum, has a swingy handle that makes the kettle sway as I try to pour it, occasionally burning the sides of my hands. The lid likes to fall off and it's burned me, too. I hate and fear the darn thing, and it seems to hate me, too. As a result I rarely make tea, except in the microwave, and I hesitate to fill my furry hot water bottle, weighing the likelihood of burns over the pleasures of a warm bed.
And I'm not alone. I've been researching kettles on Amazon with poor results. But the reviews are entertaining. Here are a few of my favorites:
"I bought this kettle because I have several le creuset pans, but its pretty awful - the whistle has broken off and the top keeps coming unscrewed. Also, the lid fills up with water vapor."(Le Creuset)
"This kettle is apparently for decorative use only, when I used it a few times the handle burned and the spout fell off." (Old Dutch)
"Although the tea kettle looks great - it leaks!!! The spout was not welded properly to the base of the kettle and therefore when you tilt the kettle to pour - hot water leaks out all over the table etc. Dangerous!" (Old Dutch)
"Don't buy this piece of junk. The bottom is so flimsy it buckles when placed on heat---soon the kettle is rocking back and forth until it wobbles right off the burner." (Joyce Chen)
"Please be careful if you are using this kettle!!!! Ours broke after 2 days.....the bottom just fell out, boiling water going everywhere! Several other reviewers had similar things happen....including one who got 2nd degree burns on their legs!!!! We are expecting a baby in 2 months, so will be returning our kettle and getting something SAFER!!!! I didn't want to give this product any stars....there is not an option to give it ZERO STARS!!!!" (Bodum)
"I have been using this thing for a week. Just now I found the lid broke in half. It was standing on a trivet, without anything in it, on the kitchen table, and without anything around it. It just broke by itself for no obvious reasons." (Grosche)
With visions of wobbling, breaking, cracking, leaking, and scalding tea kettles dancing in my head, the search continues. Any suggestions or endorsements are welcome!