Hot water has a way of transforming things; coffee, tea, and soup would all be very different without it. Like any transformative technology, it all has to start somewhere. Sitting on the kitchen countertop, electric teakettles are convenient devices that heat water quickly and efficiently. No matter what they look like on the outside.
The Panasonic NC-ZK1V Kettle with High Quality Stainless Steel and Violet Finish ($179.95; also available in a cool smoke finish) can become part of a kitchen's routine without blending in. The distinctive appliance, Panasonic's Breakfast Collection, is one way to deck out your kitchen that is sure to get noticed.
The new hot-water kettle seems to have been designed with usability in mind in addition to its high-end design. The unit swivels a full 360 degrees on its base and has integrated cord storage. The water gauge, an easily readable window centered on the body, blends in perfectly with the design. With a 1.4-liter capacity and a cool-touch exterior, the kettle is meant to combine style and ease of use. Whether or not it would transform the look of your kitchen, one thing is for certain: at $180 this kettle will transform the wallet.