Another stove top kettle over the £100 mark, the Alessi melodic kettle 9019 is an interesting product to say the least. This is by no means a new design. The first version of this line of melodic kettles released by Alessi was designed by Richard Sapper and released in 1983.
Perhaps the biggest talking point of the kettle is the fact that it is known as a melodic kettle. That’s right folks, if you have ever wondered if a whistling kettle could actually be fine-tuned to make a musical, melodic note then you obviously have never used this Alessi model.
First things first, let’s talk about the design and build. It has been built from 18/10 graded high quality stainless steel with a copper base and mirror polished finish. The bottom line regarding how it looks is that it looks marvellous. The look is completed by a rather sturdy and comfortably big black handle.
Before we discuss the interesting whistle, we need to look at some of the aspects of this kettle that customers have discussed in their online reviews. For exampe, some customers have stated that the diameter of the kettle is a bit on the small side and that instead of building a kettle as tall as this model, they could have made it wider. The reason being that you need to be careful not to let the flame from a gas stove heat the handle and up the sides of the kettle, potentially discolouring it and damaging the enamel coating.
As for the weight, clearly most kettles that are made from steel, copper and iron are going to be heavy to some extent. It just really depends on what you are looking for in a kettle and if you are looking for a solid, substantial feel then this is a good choice. If you need a lighter kettle for some reason then you might find this one a touch on the heavy side.
Okay, so let’s move on to the most interesting part of this kettle – the amazing whistle. The premise behind the design of the whistle was so that it resembled the sound of a locomotive train, or maybe it was meant to be a harmonica – either way it does play a more melodic noise compared to most whistling kettles. The brass whistle as stated by Alessi has been pitched to play the notes E and B, and it can be good fun waiting and listening to see if it does this accurately.
So there you have it, the musical kettle. It is quite pricey compared to some other kettles available on the market that do a decent job. Having said that, if you are looking for a kettle that if you take care of and maintain properly could become a heirloom that you can hand down to other generations then this is the one for you.