Hamilton Beach 40885/40880 1.7L Electric Tea Kettle Review

Hamilton Beach 40885 (also known as 40880) is electric tea kettle with 1.7 liter (7.2 cups) capacity and 1500 watt heating element.


Hamilton Beach 40885 works just fine for a cheap electric kettle. It boils water reasonably fast however there are some models that are faster. Water smells and tastes pure. One thing to note is that the housing of the kettle can get hot but the handle remains cool to touch.

Unlike on other electric kettle you have to flip the power switch up instead of down like on other electric kettles. Feels a bit weird at first but you get used to it fast. It must be said that flipping switch down is very slightly more convenient so I wonder why the made the decision to make it other way round.


Hamilton Beach 1.7 liter electric kettle has following features: removable mesh filter, power indicator light, dual water windows as well auto shutoff with boil-dry protection.


Some consumers have reported the base leaking or insides rusting after some use. It’s hard to estimate how common these issues are but it seems like they aren’t too common.


Hamilton Beach 40885 works just fine for a cheap, basic electric kettle. Some more expensive models have cool features, better materials and a bit more powerful heating element that warms water faster however most consumers want something cheap that works reasonably well and this electric kettle does just that. Sure, some consumers have had issues with leaking or rust but they seem to be a minority.

Hamilton Beach 40885/40880 1.7L Electric Tea Kettle Specifications:

  • Voltage: 120V
  • Frequency: 60Hz
  • Power: 1500W
  • Capacity: 1.7 liters / 7.2 cups

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