This remote control kettle is worth pouring over

But is it spout of control?

Unless it actually hovers off its base and refills itself, I’m out. 

A common complaint. People seem to feel that they spend half their lives refilling the kettle or, the other one, doing up the poppers on a duvet cover. Whereas, if you actually measure how long it takes, and actually work it out as a fraction of your daily activity, you’ll quickly deduce that what you’re actually angry about is that your partner is a lazy so-and-so. Which isn’t something that we, nor any kitchen gadget, can do much about. Instead, check out that spout.

That gets the water out?

Check out that spout that gets the water out. Doesn’t it just look as if it’s going to produce the most wonderfully uniform and effortless stream? Water comes out of a normal plastic-fantastic kettle like a horde of Black Friday shoppers aimed at the last 32in TV. Ugly. The Stagg kettle, though, looks like it’ll release the hot stuff like a squadron of Shaolin freerunners. You could probably hold it way, way above your receptacle…

Stop that. And tell me that I’m not wasting my time here.

Technology! The more expensive version of the currently-Kickstartering Stagg kettle has a Bluetooth-connected app, with which you can remotely set the temperature of your boil and kick it off. You know, for that fancy tea/coffee/Pot-o-Nood that demands a specific water temperature. What’s more, whether you have the Bluetooth Stagg EKG+ for $149 (around ₹10,000) or the manual EKG for $109 (around ₹7,400), there’s an option to ‘hold’ the desired temperature for up to 30 minutes. Like a pro.

Yo, that sounds like an eco-a-no-no.

Ah, but is it, though? Which uses more energy – boiling a kettle three times in thirty minutes, or boiling it once and keeping it hot? We trooped round the corner to the National Physics Laboratory to ask… and were told to bog off, buy a power meter and find out ourselves. (Seems they’re quite busy, at the NPL.) Which we will, just as soon as the Stagg is funded and delivered in October.