Porcelain enamel on steel tea kettles. Copco, a Wilton Industries Company. Wilton industries in Woodridge Ill, wilton.com, copco.com, Made in Thailand.
This is a really good kettle. After using this kettle for 9 months we found the finish lasts. We heated water in this kettle every day for coffee. For the last 3 months we did not clean the outside of the kettle but simply rinsed it out at night and used it again the next day. For the product picture we used soap and warm water to wash off the cooked on grease from the cooking stove where the kettle spends each day. It was covered with brown spots, It took a short time and a light scrubbing with a scrubbing sponge to get the results shown. It pretty much looks like it did when it came out of the box
We bought this kettle because we liked the store display at Target where a kettle was out of the box and also it was very inexpensive.
After 9 months of use the water does not taste funny and the inside stays clean with very little effort.
There is no loosening of the parts. The construction is as solid as when we bought it, despite being heated and cooled every day one or more times a day.
Some very minor drawbacks are; First the handle. It does not move. Therefore, it tends to be in the way somewhat when cleaning. We found that to be a bit unhandy but if you have a small hand it is not a big problem. Since it cleans easily with a 3m scrubber even if you have a big hand it will not be too difficult. It is a bit smaller than many kettles on the market so we fill it all the way for a full thermos of coffee.
The other problem is something about the shape of the kettle makes it pour badly when you get down to under 1/4 full. This is not a problem most of the time as you simply hold the water close to the target so that as the water starts to sputter out of the sides of the spout, you don’t get it on the table. However if you need pin-point accuracy in your pour you will find it difficult at best once you start to reach the end of the water.
The spout cap has a hole in it which allows it to whistle when the water gets hot. However, the water has to be boiling for a while till the pressure builds before the whistle sounds, if you fill the kettle up to the top. It you fill it to a level just up to the base of the spout the whistle feature works a little better.
WARNING: To pour water brought to a boil, you need to remove the cap which is very hot. Remove it with a quick deft motion or wear mits or use a hot-pot holder when removing.
The problems we found with Copco’s porcelain enamel on steel tea kettles are very easy to deal with and the wear-ability attractiveness and sturdiness of this very inexpensive item makes it well worth the money. Over all we give it a strong recommendation. The last tea kettle I bought for myself personally from an upscale store, I paid three times the amount for and it began to fall apart in less than five months. The Copco kettle is a budget friendly, durable, long lasting, attractive, solid value.