Have used this kettle only 4 months & now wonder how I tolerated my old inferior kettle. Looks so nice on my stove, I can leave it out all the time. Have not had any of the problems mentioned by a previous reviewer. She describes a vent hole on underside of handle allowing steam to hit her hand, but mine has no such hole, & its large handle has never gotten too hot to grip. You can easily hear the water start to boil & also see steam coming out the spout, especially if the lid's notch is properly aligned with the spout. It's a breeze to clean because my hand easily fits inside---but best of all, it's toxin-free!!!