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Expert Review – Tea Kettle with Loud Whistle - For Electric Stoves

Revere 2-1/3-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle

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The listing of these products is for informational purposes and individuals must use their own caution and judgment when using these resources. Functional levels and changes in judgment and reasoning are highly variable in people with dementia. Interventions must be individualized and continually assessed because those that are effective for some individuals may only work briefly and may not work at all for others.

The kettle is made of stainless steel with a cooper bottom. When there is at least one cup of water in the teakettle, steam build-up sounds the whistle.

Loud whistle – some whistles cannot be heard from another room. We tested this teapot with a person who has limited hearing (but not dementia) and they were able to hear the teapot whistle from two rooms away.

Non-metal handle reduces burn risk – but we only recommend using this teakettle on electric stoves, as the handle can get very hot if the gas flame is on high or if the kettle is incorrectly placed on a gas flame larger than the kettle's bottom.

"Finger trigger" spout opener – an easy-to-use safety feature. Some newer models have an automatic spout, which opens when the kettle is lifted by its handle, rather than when a trigger is squeezed. This is a good feature for people with arthritis, but could present a safety hazard for persons with dementia.

Attached whistle – one less thing to lose.

Spout filler – teakettles that only have a spout filler may reduce burn incidents. Steam burns can occur in teakettles with midsection water fillers if opened while the water is steaming. However, if the person is currently using this type of teakettle (midsection water filler), they may find it difficult to switch to a spout filler style.

Light weight & easy-to-carry. Some kettles are heavy to lift, increasing burn risk.

Though the handle is non-metallic, it can get very hot if the gas flame is on high or if the kettle is incorrectly placed on a gas flame larger than the kettle's bottom; this could cause a burn when the handle is touched. We only recommend this kettle for use on an electric stove.

Whistles can malfunction (especially if dropped) and lose their sound; this happened during testing of other teakettle models.

Overfilling teakettles can cause boiling water to be forced out of the spout, increasing burn risk. Check to see if the person fills the kettle to the recommended level below the spout.

Persons accustomed to using a saucepan to boil water may not be able to learn how to use a kettle.

Loose long sleeves can easily catch on fire. Make sure your care receiver wears short or tight fitting sleeves while cooking.

Check regularly to see whether the person can use a tea kettle safely. At some point, the person may be unable to

Safely use the stovetop
Remember the purpose of the whistle and respond appropriately
Safely carry and pour a pot of boiling water

Regularly assess that it's still safe for the care receiver to cook independently. At some point, all people with dementia will need to be supervised in the kitchen.

Product Selection Criteria

Our goal is to teach you how to be a good consumer and to help you learn about specific products and unique product features that may enhance your safety and the safety and function of the person with dementia. The products shown in This Caring Home serve as examples only. Manufacturers continually change product specifications and the products represented may be different from those now on the market.

We realize this is not an all-inclusive list. Products featured in This Caring Home were chosen for one or more of the following reasons:
  • Affordability
  • Attractiveness
  • Availability
  • Color selection
  • Ease of use
  • Quality
  • Safety
We encourage you to discuss product selection with other caregivers and health care professionals.

How We Tested

"ThisCaringHome.org tested many products that are commonly recommended for best practices to identify the best use of these products and any potential problems in their use by caregivers and individuals with dementia. Each product included in an Expert Review was tested in a home environment, either an apartment or a single family home (or both), by at least two people. Rosemary Bakker, interior designer, gerontologist and dementia specialist, was one of the testers for every product. Whenever possible, we tested the product over time, sometimes days, weeks, or months, for:
  • Ease of use
  • Reliability
  • Potential safety issues
As a result of our testing, we're listing the pros and cons for using these products and including safety precautions for various products. These products were not tested by persons with dementia. We hope in the future to do case studies to learn more about what works and what doesn't work in a larger variety of caregiving situations and home environments."

Products listed on our website but not tested by ThisCaringHome.org are referred to as "Product Listings".

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