Review: KitchenAid KEK1222SX/ER/OB/PT 1.25L electric kettle

The KitchenAid KEK1222 is a lovely electric kettle with an old stove-top look. The kettle housing is made of stainless steel which makes it sturdy. It is available in 4 lovely colors, brushed stainless steel, red, black and pistachio (light green). The kettle is BPA-free.

Product features

Capacity of 1.25L (1.32 quarts/ 5.3 cups).
1500 watts heating element.
BPA-free interior.
Available in 4 different colors.
Cordless serving.
1 year warranty.

KitchenAid KEK1222 review

What I really like about the KitchenAid KEK1222 kettle is the look. It has an old fashioned stove top style that would look good on any kitchen counter. The kettle is available in 4 lovely versions, brushed stainless steel, empire red, onyx black, and pistachio. It is easy to fall in love with them all and hard to pick just one.

One thing I don’t really care for and I think is ruining the overall looks is the oversized KitchenAid logo on the kettle housing. A more discreet logo would have been preferred. KitchenAid have engraved their logo on the lid handle, which I think looks more stylish and fitting for an old fashioned stove-top look.

The lid covers the quite big opening, which would let a man sized hand to get access to the interior. This makes cleaning the interior very easy. The lid is solid and comes off with just the right amount of resistance. I like that KitchenAid has fitted a plastic “shield” underneath the lid handle to prevent fingers getting burned. The lid has a brushed stainless steel finish on all four versions.

The handle is of course mounted on top as a stove-top kettle would and should have. The handle looks and feels good, it is made of a thick piece of aluminum. The aluminum is nicely shaped and smooth, which prevents it to cut into your hand and fingers.

I was a bit afraid the handle would get burning hot since it is made of pure aluminum, but I had nothing to fear for. The handle is insulated with a piece of plastic in both ends. This helps the handle say cool to touch even though the rest of the kettle is hot.

BPA-free interior

The interior of this KitchenAid kettle is NOT free of plastic. However, the plastic used does not contain BPA (Bisphenol A). There are 4 different pieces of plastic inside the kettle, only 2 comes in contact with the water.

Spill free pouring with the KitchenAid KEK1222The two parts that comes in contact with the boiling water is the spout filter and filter holder. The spout filter has a plastic frame around the metal mesh filter. This filter can be removed complete if you like. However, the filter holder can’t be removed.

The two last plastic parts inside the kettle housing is the rivets for both the handle and the handle for the lid. These rivets are covered in plastic and is well above the maximum water level. If you don’t want any plastic, what so ever, inside your kettle this is not a kettle for you. I recommend you to have a look at the Secura 1.8-quart electric kettle instead.

In use

The KitchenAid KEK1222 kettles doesn’t really have any water level indicator. There is only a small metal ledge sticking out from a tube fitted inside the kettle housing that indicates the maximum level of water. I would be handy to have a couple of more ledges to help you out when refilling the kettle.

KitchenAid KEK1222SX with swivel baseThe kettle can hold up to 1,25 liters, which is the equivalent of 1.32 quarts and 5.3 cups. Underneath the flat stainless steel bottom, you will find the concealed heating element of 1500 watts. I am pleased with the performance; it can boil a full kettle (1.25l) in roughly 5 minutes.

When the water comes to a rolling boil the automatic shut off function kicks in. The ON/OFF switch flips up with an audible click and the LED light extinguishes. Simply lift up the kettle from its base and pour your cup of tea or coffee. The spout is pours well, without any spills.

The base is of the swivel type which let you place from any direction. You can also store any excess cord underneath the base to prevent any clutter on your counter top. The electrical cord is 3 and a half feet long.

Conclusion

The KitchenAid KEK1222 is a good looking electric kettle, but it is also well built and efficient. However, I think it is a bit pricey for an electric kettle without any advanced features. If you want an old fashioned styled kettle then the KitchenAid KEK1222 is definitely worth a closer look.

Pros
+ Good performance.
+ Looks amazing.

Cons
Pricey.