Brother, behold the Chef's Choice Smart Kettle http://www.amazon.com/Choice-SmartKettle-Cordless-4-Quart-Electric/dp/B001I1BH98 *angels singing* through my magic powers (and the infamous Bed Bath & Beyond 20% off coupon) i did not pay nearly that much for it, but honestly, i would have seeing how solid this thing is. it is a TANK, far surpassing the others i've owned. It has been knocked off the refrigerator fill door at lease seven times (i mean full of water crashing to the floor) in the few months since i've had it. so it's got a learning curve. and i'm clumsy and have a tiny kitchen. poor thing is lookin' rough. ANYWAY... it is missing it's lid, the handle has cracked, but is still hold-able and still heats just like it is supposed to. i highly recommend it, especially if you do french press, which is optimal at 208 F. there IS a difference. We don't do soda or juices as a rule in the house so it's black, white, green or herbal teas and coffee usually if it's not water. I buy quality loose teas and put them in a brewer thingie called a ingenuitea. http://www.adagio.com/teaware/iced_ingenuiTEA_teapot.html?SID=4ca2828376fb73260bdf84297fab9cea i also get my teas at adagio because they have nice stuff and a good rewards program (anybody who wants to order, msg me - i've got a referral code with a $5 coupon) loose teas are more expensive at the outset, but the beauty of full leaf is that you can rebrew it at a higher temperature. and you don't get a weak, bitter, insipid cup of 'skim flavored water' like DH says, like you would with a tea bag - essentially shake - you truly get a different flavor profile from each steep. I take it to the obsession level by pairing varietal honeys, agave nectar and other sweeteners with each tea. i.e. blueberry honey with iced peach white tea (180F 3 minutes) or what i did this AM - mango black (208F 5 minutes) with pineapple infused turbinado sugar. the teas really need very little sweetening, more of a complementary thing. then tonight, i'll brew that same black tea (left in the brewer for no more than 8 hours) with dinner at 212F for 8 minutes and have a whole new pitcher. some green teas can be steeped 6 or 7 times so it's very economical in the long run. I figure if i go to the lengths to grind my own beans and do french press and also whole leaf teas with the brewing method i used, i should at least be doing it at the right temperature.