Hamilton Beach 40865 Electric Kettle Review

Hamilton Beach 40865 Electric Kettle Review

For some of us, boiling water is life. Whether it’s for a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, or it’s to help make our instant lunches, having ready access to hot water is what separates us from the animals. As such, if you’re looking for a fast and simple way to get a pot of the good stuff, then your search is over. The Hamilton Beach 40865 Electric Kettle will make your life so much easier (as far as boiling water goes), and it comes with an array of features that ensure that you are more than satisfied with your purchase.

Hamilton Beach 40865 Electric Kettle

Who’s it For?

Overall, this particular machine is built for those who want something quick and efficient. It has a simplified operation that allows you to go from tepid to boiling water in a matter of minutes, and it will work day in and day out without any problems. So, if reliability, convenience, and performance are all on your list, then this kettle checks them all off with aplomb.

Hamilton Beach 40865 Electric Kettle Features

Tempered Glass Pot

If you shop around for different types of kettles, you’ll notice that there are three primary options from which you can choose. First, you can opt for a plastic model, but those are not very good because they can leech chemicals into your water. Sure, they may be cheap, but you get what you pay for, so keep that in mind.

Second, there are stainless steel models, which are fantastic for a lot of reasons, including durability and speed. However, some of them may start to rust over time, which can pose a problem for your water.

In this case, however, the 40865 is made of glass, which preferable to the other two because it is easy to see how much water you have, how well the machine is working, and it won’t leech chemicals or rust into your beverage. The glass will get stained over time, but it’s super easy to clean, so that’s not even much of an issue.

1500-Watt Heating Element

As we mentioned, one of the main selling points of this kettle is that it is fast and reliable. That’s because it comes with a remarkable heating element that turns a full pot into a raging boil in just a couple of minutes. Even with an extra large 1.7-liter capacity, you can get the whole pot to temperature in five minutes or less.

Best of all, the element is concealed, meaning that you don’t have to worry about limescale buildup or other chemicals getting into your water.

Wide Mouth Top

One of the reasons that we love this kettle so much is that the top is removable. This not only makes pouring so much easier, but it allows you to clean and scrub the inside without any problems. Most models have such a narrow opening that it’s impossible to get into it, which means that you may have stains or rust spots that you can’t remove.

The other cool thing about this particular model is that you can also find a French press top for it. Thus, if you want some variety in your coffee options, this kettle offers solutions. The French press is sold separately.

Advanced Safety Features

Since you’re working with scalding materials, it’s imperative that you don’t accidentally burn yourself. Although the glass itself will get hot, the kettle does come with a stay cool handle to ensure that pouring is always safe.

Also, this unit shuts off automatically when it reaches the right temperature so that it doesn’t boil over by accident. Finally, it comes with boil dry protection, meaning that if you turn it on without any water inside (hard to do since you can see through the glass), it won’t activate. This saves the heating element from shorting out and extends the life of the device.


  • Durable construction
  • Easy to use
  • Cleaning is a breeze
  • Fast and efficient operation
  • One-handed pouring
  • Sleek design
  • Safe for the whole family


  • Glass will get scalding once the water is boiling, so be careful when touching the sides
  • In rare cases, the bottom of the pot (stainless steel) may start to rust
  • Heavier than other models

Feature Highlights

  • Durable glass and stainless steel kettle
  • Powerful 1500-watt heating element
  • Stay cool handle for easier pouring
  • Wide mouth opening for cleaning
  • One-touch button
  • LED on/off indicator light
  • Removable mesh filter
  • 360 cordless base
  • Extra large 1.7-liter capacity
  • Markers for different water levels
  • Automatic shut off
  • Boil dry protection
  • Soft blue illumination

Frequently Asked Questions

Are there any plastic components to this kettle? If so, are they BPA free?

Is the top wide enough to fit my hand inside for scrubbing?

Is the heating element concealed or does it touch the water directly?

Final Verdict

Overall, if you are looking for a high-quality electric kettle that adds a bit of style to your countertop, then the Hamilton Beach 40865 model is the right one for you.

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