Put a cork in it: The cool OXO Uplift Tea Kettle

Trying to agree on a tea kettle with the sigOth last weekend in a Maine gourmet shop was nearly as difficult as trying to agree on a baby name. The kitchen is more or less his domain (the culinary school degree grants him as much), so he tends to get his way with things like professional pots and pans, and way too many fancy knives.

Well wasn’t I thrilled when we agreed on the splurgey anniversary edition OXO Uplift Tea Kettle (Amazon affiliate link), with the stainless body and cork handles. I adore cork for its look, sustainability, and because it’s naturally heat resistant and non-slippy–how very innovative. While I had a wee bit of sticker shock, considering my last OXO tea kettle lasted me a good 12 years before the enamel exterior was utterly coated with crud, I figure it’s not a bad investment at all.

(Update, 2015: 5 years later, still going strong!)

We have the shiny stainless version, but I kind of like the brushed stainless which might be a bit easier to keep looking swanky if you use it as much as we do.

If you like the lines but want a cheaper kettle (and I wouldn’t blame you), you can save about 30% if you skip the cork and grab the original Uplift Tea Kettle by OXO. Then get ready for hot chocolate and mulled cider season; it will be here before you know it.

Find the anniversary edition OXO Uplift Tea Kettle with cork handle  from our affiliate Amazon, or a kitchen shop near you.


Liz Gumbinner is the Publisher and Editor-in-Chief of the Cool Mom Picks network. This makes her very happy.


  • Reply September 16, 2010

    Jennifer Riegel

    I have the regular uplift (with out the cork) and love it. I use Mrs. Meyer’s all purpose cleaner to clean the outside. It’s the best thing I’ve found to keep the crud off. Just a tip. -Jenny

  • Reply September 16, 2010


    How does it pour? I am so frustrated with teapots and kettles that drip—this was looks awesome, but how is it in the pouring factor?
    Love your website!

    Joann, the REAL girl!

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    Reply September 16, 2010

    Cool Mom Picks

    Hi Joann, thanks for the kind words! I’ve only had it about a week but honestly, no problems. No drips and I really really like it. It even whistles (which makes me happy more than it probably should). -Liz

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