Review: EPICA 1.75 Quart Stainless Steel Kettle

The EPICA is a modern looking electric kettle to a reasonable price. The stainless steel kettle housing can hold up to 1.75 quarts. The concealed heating element will boil a kettle full under 3 minutes. It has of course safety features like automatic shut-off and boil dry protection.

Product Features

75 quarts capacity.
1500 Wattage.
Concealed heating element.
Automatic shut-off function.
Cordless serving.
1 year limited warranty.

EPICA 1.75 quart review

The EPICA kettle has a modern and sleek look that I really like. The stainless steel housing with its slanted top and the contrasting black plastic handle makes it look good. It is lightweight but without feeling flimsy in any way.

The kettle housing has a brushed steel finish that doesn’t easily attract fingerprints or smudges.

EPICA 1.75 quart has a nice brushed stainless steel finishThe kettle is standing on a swivel base that powers it. This base let you place the kettle on top of it from any direction. You can also store excess cord underneath the base if you do not need to use the whole 37-inch electrical cord. This is normal and could be expected from an electric cordless kettle these days. Details as the stainless steel band around the base is something that not every kettle has and especially not in this price range.

Capacity

The kettle can hold up to 1.75 quarts (1.65 liters) and can bring a full kettle to a rolling boil in less than 3 minutes.

The minimum amount of water you can boil is 3 cups, which is more than the average electric kettle. According the user manual the kettle needs at least 3 cups for the automatic shut-off function to work properly. I have tried to boil just 1 to 2 cups at the time and the automatic shut-off function still works great.  Of course, this increase the chance for the kettle to boil dry or even overheat so be careful. By not following the instruction from the user manual, you are doing it on your own risk and might not get anything back on the warranty if it breaks. The kettle has also a boil dry protection, which should turn off the kettle if the automatic shut-off function fails.

Interior with plastic parts

Even though the EPICA kettle is mainly made of stainless steel, the water is exposed to a few plastic parts inside the kettle. The water level indicator is made entirely of plastic and this part of the kettle will of course be in contact with water all the time. The other internal plastic parts are the spout filter and lid. These parts are only briefly in contact with water during pouring and serving.

I do not know if the plastic parts used in this kettle is BPA free or not.

EPICA 1.75 Quart Cordless Electric Stainless Steel KettleIn use

Filling up the kettle is easy, just lift it off the base, open the lid and fill it up either under the faucet or with bottled water.

The lid flips open with the push of the button on top of the handle. However, the lid doesn’t open fully (not 90 degrees) and you might therefore need to open it a bit more yourself to fill it up. This is not a problem if you fill it up under the faucet.

The water level can be check by having a glance at the water level indicator. The awkward location of the indicator, which is behind the handle, makes it hard to read of the level especially when you are holding the kettle.

When the kettle is filled up, push the lid down until it latches in place. When the lid is locked close it won’t open involuntary when pouring and serving.

The kettle placed back on its base; flip the On/off switch below the handle and the 1500 wattage heating element start heating up the water. The heating element is concealed beneath a flat metal bottom, which makes cleaning easy.

When the water has come to a rolling boil the kettle turns off with an audible click and the indicator light extinguishes. The click is loud enough for me to hear it from my living room with the door to the kitchen ajar.

The handle stays cool and is comfortable, but it is not well balanced. It is a bit awkward when pouring. This is just a minor issue, but I thought it was worth mentioning.

Conclusion

The EPICA is a nice stainless steel kettle to even nicer price. The building quality and appearance can compete against kettles twice its price. It is both quick and efficient, but not all is perfect. My two main complains are the high minimum amount of water allowed and the lid doesn’t flip fully open. I use the kettle with less than 3 cups, but am afraid it might compromise the longevity of the product. Overall, this is a great kettle and worth every penny.

Pros
+ Reasonable price.
+ Looks good.
+ Fast and efficient.

Cons
Minimum 3 cups.
Lid doesn’t flip fully open.