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What should I do with my broken kettle?

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      Catt Link Parent
      Oh definitely. I use to work along side manufacturing and I know nobody will to pay for really anything that's not going to directly affect the sale narrative. And I believe most goods are...

      Oh definitely. I use to work along side manufacturing and I know nobody will to pay for really anything that's not going to directly affect the sale narrative. And I believe most goods are discarded and replaced well before their actual end of life.

      Overall, I believe is more important for individuals to consider what value they will assign to a good's longevity, repairability, and ultimately its end of life.

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        1. Greg Link Parent
          Money works. Include the cost of clean disposal in the upfront product cost and/or make the manufacturer directly liable for that disposal. The increased costs across the board encourage purchases...

          Problem is that I have no idea how to convince people of this.

          Money works. Include the cost of clean disposal in the upfront product cost and/or make the manufacturer directly liable for that disposal. The increased costs across the board encourage purchases with greater longevity, the funding for clean disposal reduces the amount going to landfill, and the repairable products can compete on a more even footing with the disposable ones (since the "true" price is charged for both, rather than the latter being effectively subsidised).

          Of course, even with the political will to implement it, the enforcement would be nightmarish. I believe and hope it wouldn't be impossible, but it certainly wouldn't be easy, and it'd have serious ramifications for international trade (the same way that manufacturing in countries with weaker pollution controls gets an effective subsidy now).

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      Nitta Link Parent
      Yeah especially a kettle. It's a thing where high heat meets water and temperature rapidly changes many times while not leaking, often with complex design with water level window and plastic body...

      Yeah especially a kettle. It's a thing where high heat meets water and temperature rapidly changes many times while not leaking, often with complex design with water level window and plastic body to prevent burns. This is one of the worst pieces of equipment to fix at home. Also that's why it's not recommended to cheap out especially on kettle, a good one can serve well for many years.

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        Bishop Link Parent
        on that note - any good recommendations for a good kettle? i've got a little 1L electric one right now that does me well, but i'm curious how more "high-end" kettles are different.

        on that note - any good recommendations for a good kettle? i've got a little 1L electric one right now that does me well, but i'm curious how more "high-end" kettles are different.

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        1. Nitta Link Parent
          Mine is a 1.7L Tefal, white plastic. Some old model, I don't see anything like that on Amazon. Parents have the same model for a few years longer and even theirs still works fine. I'd still...

          Mine is a 1.7L Tefal, white plastic. Some old model, I don't see anything like that on Amazon. Parents have the same model for a few years longer and even theirs still works fine. I'd still recommend the brand then, any suitable model with plenty of real positive reviews.

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        2. JuniperMonkeys Link Parent
          Bonavita makes nice basic stainless steel gooseneck kettles. Their variable temperature one is not very good, however. For variable temperature, I've had the best luck with Breville's. Nicely...

          Bonavita makes nice basic stainless steel gooseneck kettles. Their variable temperature one is not very good, however.

          For variable temperature, I've had the best luck with Breville's. Nicely insulated, good temperature control, and I've found it reliable.

          If you'd prefer one not made in China, Mulex has an awesome variable-temp samovar-style kettle that's made in Germany.

        3. Tau_Zero Link Parent
          If you're in the States, this review roundup The Best Electric Kettle for 2018 (thewirecutter) is pretty helpful. I had the top pick, Cuisinart CPK-17, for years and loved it. Sizable 1.7L, quick...

          If you're in the States, this review roundup The Best Electric Kettle for 2018 (thewirecutter) is pretty helpful. I had the top pick, Cuisinart CPK-17, for years and loved it. Sizable 1.7L, quick heating, smooth and easy to lift off the base, keep-warm functionality, a nice audible beep when it's ready, temperature selection for different situations, pretty easy to clean (smooth inside, no exposed coils to work around, etc), durable stainless steel.

          I moved overseas this year and had to give it up due to voltage differences (110/120v to 220/240v). Still looking for a good 240v kettle.

      2. Octofox Link Parent
        I got an ultra cheap kettle for about $15 a year ago and I have been using it about 4 times a day every day and its still working. I guess I'll have to see how long it lasts but it seams to be...

        I got an ultra cheap kettle for about $15 a year ago and I have been using it about 4 times a day every day and its still working. I guess I'll have to see how long it lasts but it seams to be doing ok.

        On the other hand the coffee machine at work broke so I took it home to see if I could fix it. I'm fairly good with electronics but no expert. I pulled it apart and saw some coffee had got on one of the circuit boards and shorted a high voltage line which I'm quite sure was the cause of the breakage. Unfortunately you can't just buy a replacement board and its all proprietary custom stuff I can't find details on. I then attempted to replace the transistors and caps on the affected traces with new parts of the same spec but I still wasn't able to power it on. At this point I gave up.

        I have far more skill and dedication with this stuff than most people and yet I was unable to fix this fault. The mostly good coffee machine is now useless trash because of a $10 PCB

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    DonQuixote Link
    Wow, I've lived a long time and never had a kettle. Always used coffeepots, carafes, and teapots. Amazing how you can go through life and miss things.

    Wow, I've lived a long time and never had a kettle. Always used coffeepots, carafes, and teapots. Amazing how you can go through life and miss things.

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    1. Catt Link Parent
      Coming from a very teaflowing family, I can't even imagine :p

      Coming from a very teaflowing family, I can't even imagine :p