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Cosori Glass Electric Kettle GK172-CO vs Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Side-by-Side Comparison

Our review shows which electric kettle is better. The Cosori Glass Electric Kettle GK172-CO or the stainless steel Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880)?

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Cosori Glass Electric Kettle GK172-CO

Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880)

Cosori Glass Electric Kettle GK172-CO vs Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880)

Overall Verdict

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The Cosori Glass Electric Kettle GK172-CO and the stainless steel Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) are two decent choices with separate strengths and weaknesses of their own. In the end, the former came out on top thanks to a better thought out build at a cheaper price.

With the same power output, both had similarly good boiling speed. The Cosori was slightly quieter than the already good result of the Hamilton Beach but its glass material didn’t retain heat as well after boiling. Unfortunately, it consumed significantly more electricity than its opponent.

Design-wise, the Hamilton Beach has a water-level window with a white LED while the Cosori has water-level markings and a blue LED ring. A notable feature of the Cosori kettle is its stainless steel inner lid as opposed to the Hamilton Beach’s plastic one.

When it comes to descaling, the Cosori’s limescale filter isn’t removable like the Hamilton Beach but it’s not a big problem. As for cleaning however, the Hamilton Beach’s lid opening is smaller, making it a bit more difficult. Moreover, the Hamilton Beach has some unnecessary extra bottom stands that make the carafe slightly wobbly when boiling.

Pros & Cons

  • Glass spout
  • Stainless steel under lid
  • Large opening
  • Quiet when boiling
  • Easy to use
  • Light weight
  • Stainless steel carafe
  • Fast boiling time
  • Low energy consumption
  • Quiet boiling phase
  • Removable mesh filter
  • High energy consumption
  • Cord doesn’t fit storage
  • Small opening
  • Wobbly kettle-to-base assembly

Key Specs

Dimensions
L9.13 x W6.22 x H10.25
L8.27 x W6.34 x H8.78 inches
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
Material
Glass and BPA-free plastic
Stainless steel
Capacity
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
Power
1500 W
1500 W
Cord Placement
Base (cordless carafe)
Base (cordless carafe)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$28.65
$38.09

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.3
7.8

Boiling Time

8.0
7.9
1.5 liter of water boiling inside the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO). The digital timer displays 7 minutes and 1 seconds.
1.5 liter of water boiling inside the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880). The digital timer displays 07 minutes and 04 seconds.
Room Temperature
80°F
80°F
Water Volume
1.5 liters
1.5 liters
Boiling Time
7m 1s
7m 4s

Energy Consumption

5.8
7.6
The power meter reads the energy consumption of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) to be 161 Wh.
The power meter reads the energy consumption of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) to be 152 Wh.
Voltage
114 V
114 V
Current
12.12 A
11.40 A
Power
1370 W
1290 W
Energy Consumption
161 Wh
152 Wh

Noise Level

9.0
8.7
The Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) is boiling 1.5 liters of water. The noise meter displays the maximum sound pressure level to be 70.4 dB. The power meter reads 114 V, 12.12 A, 1.37 kW, 0.63 Wh, 50 Hz, and 1.0 PF.
The Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) is boiling 1.5 liters of water. The noise meter displays the maximum sound pressure level to be 72.8 dB. The power meter reads 114 V, 11.40 A, 1.29 kW, 71 Wh, 50 Hz, and 1.0 PF.
Noise Level
70.4 dB
72.8 dB

Keep Warm

6.5
7.0
On the right is a Thermo Pro two-probe digital thermometer displaying 200°F for both probes. In the middle is the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) Keep Warm with 1.5 liters of water and two probes inside. On the right is a digital timer displaying 5 minutes on the countdown.
On the right is a Thermo Pro two-probe digital thermometer displaying 202°F for both probes. In the middle is the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) with 1.5 liters of water and two probes inside. On the right is a digital timer displaying 5 minutes on the countdown.
After 5 Minutes
201°F / 94.5°C
202°F / 95°C

Design

Overall Design Scoring
7.6
6.9

In the Box

On the upper left is the box of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO). In the middle is the carafe. On the right are two documents. Below the carafe is the power base.
On the upper right is the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880). On the left is a cardboard box. Below the kettle, on the right is an instruction manual and on the left is the power base.

Dimensions

The Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) is 9.13 inches in length, 6.22 inches in width, and 10.25 inches in height.
The Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) is 8.27 inches in length, 6.34 inches in width, and 8.78 inches in height.
Length
9.1" (23.2 cm)
8.3" (21.0 cm)
Width
6.2" (15.8 cm)
6.3" (16.1 cm)
Height
10.3" (26.0 cm)
8.8" (22.3 cm)
Weight
2.4 lbs (1.1 kg)
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)

Carafe

7.0
6.0
The carafe of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) sitting on top of its power base.
The carafe of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) sitting on top of its power base.
The heating plate with a LED ring around it of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The heating plate with a LED ring around it glowing blue of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The glass V-shaped spout of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The carafe of the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) sitting on top of its power base.
The carafe of the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) sitting on top of its power base.
The opening diameter of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) is 2.95 inches.
The mesh filter attached to the plastic black V-shaped spout of the Elite Gourmet Electric Glass Kettle (EKT-602)
The heating plate and extended heating element of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The plastic black bottom of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
Capacity
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
Weight
2.1 oz (59 g)
1.6 oz (47 g)
Materials
Borosilicate glass
Stainless steel
Spout
V-shaped
V-shaped
Opening Diameter
4.3" (11.0 cm)
3.0" (7.5 cm)
LED Ring
Blue
No
Filter
Removable mesh
No
Water Level Markings
Yes
Yes
Tea Infuser
No
No

Handle

7.0
7.0
A hand holding the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO)  by its handle.
The button for the pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The button for the pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Handle 1
Materials
Cool-touch BPA-free plastic
Cool-touch BPA-free plastic
Type
Cool-touch, anti-slip
Cool-touch, anti-slip

Lid

8.0
7.0
The pop-up lid of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) opens at an 80° angle and has a mesh filter attached to it.
The pop-up lid of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) opens at an 80° angle and has a mesh filter attached to it.
The lid’s pop-up button of the Cosori Original Electric Glass Kettle (GK172-CO) is located on its handle.
The pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The pop-up lid of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) opens at an 80° angle.
Materials
304 stainless steel
BPA-free plastic
Type
Hinged
Hinged
Open Mechanism
Push-button
Push-button pop-up

Base

9.0
9.0
The top of the power base of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The top of the power base of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The bottom of the power base of the Cosori Original Electric Glass Kettle (GK172-CO) has a cord storage and also three small anti-slip silicone pads.
The top of the power base of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The top of the power base of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The bottom of the power base of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) has a cord storage and also three small anti-slip rubber pads.
Materials
BPA-free plastic
BPA-free plastic
Type
 Swivel 360°
Swivel 360°
Cord Storage
Yes
Yes

Power Cord

The two-pronged plug of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The two-pronged plug of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The power cord of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) is 29.53 inches in length.
The two-pronged plug of the Elite Gourmet Electric Glass Kettle (EKT-602).
The two-pronged plug of the Elite Gourmet Electric Glass Kettle (EKT-602).
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Power Cord 1
Type
two-pronged plug
two-pronged plug
Power
1500 W
1500 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz
120 V ~ 60 Hz
Cord Placement
Base
Base
Cord Length
29.5" (75.0 cm)
26.18 in. (66.5 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
7.3
6.5

User Control

7.0
6.0
The clear plastic power switch of the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO).
The metal black power switch of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
Control
One touch
One touch
Indicator Light
Blue LED
Blue LED
Display
No
No
Temperature Control
No
No
Presets
5
5
Keep Warm
30 minutes
30 minutes
Automatic Shut-Off
Yes
Yes
Boil-Dry Protection
Yes
Yes

Ease of Use

8.0
7.0
A person in a grey shirt pouring water from the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) into a glass.
A person in a grey shirt pouring water from the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) into a glass.

Cleaning

6.0
6.0
A person in a black shirt holding the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle (GK172-CO) by its handle on one hand and the other hand wiping the carafe interior with a piece of tissue.
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Cleaning

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