Practical Tool Review: Laica Visione Kettle
A clever cafeteria-style mechanism allows you to heat water in an induction hob without compromising the elegant style of a modern kitchen.
Induction hobs are modern and safe, but boilers designed to operate on induction hobs have so far been unsatisfactory. Why boil water with an electric kettle installed next to a cool high-tech stove that can do the same job?
To work on an induction hob, the boiler needs iron metal at the base. The magnetic field, generated in the furnace, generates eddy currents in the metal, which generate heat. For example, copper or aluminum pans can have a layer of steel at the base to make them compatible with induction. So most induction friendly boilers are old fashioned designs. Which seems at odds with a modern and elegant fireplace.
If a cottagecore whistling kettle isn’t your thing, but you want to use induction, the new Laica Visione is an interesting and innovative option. It has been successfully funded and has won the German Design Award and the Red Dot Design Award 2022.
It has a nice looking glass but its party trick is how to achieve that iron base. The kettle features a piston (reminiscent of a cafeteria design) with a metal disc at the bottom. Then, as the water boils, it quickly slides upward, away from the stove top.
If you have an induction hob, you will know that it turns off automatically shortly after the pot is raised. This boiler achieves the same thing: raising the metal disc turns off the burner. No whistle and no energy wasted due to excessive boiling, just clever design.
The filling is clever and simple. There’s a funnel-like shape on top, so you don’t have to aim into a filling hole and there’s no lid to lift. As long as the kettle is under the tap, it fills up well. Then you push the button on the top down to engage the piston – otherwise it won’t work on induction.
The capacity is 1.7 liters, which is quite standard for electric boilers, but stove models are often larger. The lower half of the kettle has glass walls, and the upper half is opaque. The handle is wide and comfortable to hold.
Boiling a liter of water (on a Whirlpool SmartCook SMP 778 C / NE / IXL stovetop on the top heat setting, with 1,900 watts drawn) took less than six and a half minutes. The water began to boil from four minutes. You can definitely turn off the heat a little early to make coffee with water that doesn’t come to a boil. This compares to about four minutes for an average 1,500 watt electric kettle and two or three minutes for a 2,500 watt kettle. So you will not save on electricity, but it will reduce clutter, since it does not take up space on the worktop.
Induction hobs are very quiet, only a slight hum, so the kettle is almost silent until the water runs out. You can see the progress through the glass. Bubbles occur for a while, like an electric kettle, before the piston pops. There is a button if you want to show it sooner.
Visione glass gives a cool modern look in induction but I can’t help but wonder what it would look like with limescale, the scourge of all kettles and especially glass. Which then made me think about the design of the boiler. It is quite bulky but only its lower half is used for water. If the top half could also have a built in water filter, that would be pretty cool.
However, unlike an electric kettle, you can put the Visione in the dishwasher. You remove the high-tech top, and then the entire jug is washed in the dishwasher. So this can help keep the limescale in place.
If you want a high-tech boiler for an induction hob, look no further. Literally. This is the only one on the market. But an electric kettle that provides a range of target temperatures is also convincing. Either way, the best way to save energy is to boil what you need. Both options are under threat due to the growing popularity of the boiling water tap.
Le Croze traditional kettle
This is Le Creuset’s largest 2.1L stovetop kettle, with whistle, in color-coated carbon steel or brushed stainless steel. The brand also offers smaller boilers, the smallest of which is a 0.7-liter drip boiler for pouring filter coffee.
From £110 lecreuset.co.uk
Gadge Stove Beep Kettle 3 Liter
Large 3 liter capacity makes this kettle a great choice for large families, for mug and cooking water. It’s elegant in polished 18/10 stainless steel and the trigger under your finger allows you to open the whistle cap without your fingers getting close to the spout. Epic 25 year warranty.
Russell Hobbs Brita Purity Filter Glass Kettle
One of the biggest challenges facing glass boilers is limescale. It’s usually out of sight and out of mind, but it’s very visible with glass. This 3000W electric kettle has a Brita Maxtra+ filter for limescale removal and more, but the capacity is only 1L.
sage smart kettle
A well-designed 2400W electric kettle that allows you to choose from five temperatures. This is not only good for coffee (95 degrees is ideal) it’s also good for getting water to the cusp of the boiling point when cooking.
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