Electric kettles are fairly useful space and stove savers for people who live in tiny apartments, or who happen to be stuck in dorm rooms for the foreseeable future. Most of these devices are largely designed to be useful instead of attractive, but Panasonic has apparently decided to split the difference and make something you won’t mind having on your limited counter space and won’t take up room on your stove.
Specifically the NC-ZK1H Kettle, part of their Breakfast collection and yet another demonstration that nobody at major electronics companies aside from Apple knows how to name their products something appealing. But aside from the name that sounds like a serial number, it does have some appealing features.
First of all, the kettle heats up using the base, which you can plug into any outlet, and can store the cord inside when not in use. The kettle itself stays cool to the touch, meaning you won’t have to worry about your roommate burning their hands on it in a drunken stupor, and is made of stainless steel. There’s a window in the side that lets you see how full the kettle is at any given time. And, in a nice touch for tea-drinkers, there’s a steeping basker accessory that basically lets you make tea in one shot, pour it into a travel mug, and get going.
Mostly, though, the big selling point that Panasonic wants to emphasize is that it’s not a hideous eyesore, which, honestly, is a bit subjective. The NC-ZK1H is all smoked glass and stainless steel, which is nice and all, but it’s also a box with a handle on it; not exactly aesthetically pleasing to some people. But, hey, at least it’s not white plastic. And it can be yours, for only $180.
Dan Seitz is an obsessive nerd living in New England. He lives in the Boston area with a fiancee, a dog, a cat, and far too many objects with processors.