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Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) vs Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB Side-by-Side Comparison

Our review shows which electric kettle is better. The stainless steel Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle 40880 or the glass Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB?

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Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) vs Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB

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The stainless steel Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle 40880 and the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB each have their own strengths and weaknesses. Upon a closer look, the former didn’t have as good a design but a better performance that won out in the end.

In terms of design, the Hamilton Beach has a water-level window with a white LED, while the Aigostar has water-level markings and a blue LED ring. The Hamilton Beach has unnecessary extra bottom stands that make the carafe slightly wobbly when boiling, whereas the Aigostar has awkward button placement

The Aigostar’s mesh filter isn’t removable like the Hamilton Beach but it’s not a big problem. Cleaning is more challenging with the Hamilton Beach unfortunately, due to its smaller lid opening.

Thanks to its higher power draw, the Hamilton Beach was significantly faster at boiling water while consuming just a bit more electricity. Meanwhile, the Aigostar, with its glass material, was quieter but didn’t have as good heat retention.

Pros & Cons

  • Stainless steel carafe
  • Fast boiling time
  • Low energy consumption
  • Quiet boiling phase
  • Removable mesh filter
  • Low price tag
  • Low energy consumption
  • Quiet boiling phase
  • Light weight
  • Easy to use
  • Small opening
  • Wobbly kettle-to-base assembly
  • Slow boiling time
  • Inconvenient button placement

Key Specs

Dimensions
L8.27 x W6.34 x H8.78 inches
L7.76 x W5.79 x H9.25 inches
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)
Material
Stainless steel
Glass and BPA-free plastic
Capacity
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
Power
1500 W
1100 W
Cord Placement
Base (cordless carafe)
Base (cordless carafe)

Where to Buy

Price at publication
$38.09
$21.95

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Analysis and Test Results

Performance

Overall Performance Scoring
7.8
6.9

Boiling Time

7.9
5.3
1.5 liter of water boiling inside the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880). The digital timer displays 07 minutes and 04 seconds.
1.5 liters of water boiling inside the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB. The digital timer displays 09 minutes and 43 seconds.
Room Temperature
80°F
80°F (26.7°C)
Water Volume
1.5 liters
50.72 fl. oz. (1.5 liters)
Boiling Time
7m 4s
9m 43s

Energy Consumption

7.6
8.2
The power meter reads the energy consumption of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) to be 152 Wh.
The power meter reads the energy consumption of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB to be 149 Wh.
Voltage
114 V
113 V
Current
11.40 A
8.092 A
Power
1290 W
916 W
Energy Consumption
152 Wh
149 Wh

Noise Level

8.7
9.4
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.
The Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB is boiling 1.5 liters of water. The noise meter displays the maximum sound pressure level to be 65.1 dB.
Noise Level
72.8 dB
65.1 dB

Keep Warm

7.0
6.5
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.
On the right is a Thermo Pro two-probe digital thermometer displaying 201°F and 202°F. In the middle is the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB with 1.5 liters of water and two probes inside. On the right is a digital timer on a 5 minute countdown.
After 5 Minutes
202°F / 95°C
201°F / 94.5°C

Design

Overall Design Scoring
6.9
7.4

In the Box

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.
On the upper right is the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB. 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 Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) is 8.27 inches in length, 6.34 inches in width, and 8.78 inches in height.
The Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB is 7.76 inches in length, 5.79 inches in width, and 9.25 inches in height.
Length
8.3" (21.0 cm)
7.8" (19.7 cm)
Width
6.3" (16.1 cm)
5.8" (14.7 cm)
Height
8.8" (22.3 cm)
9.3" (23.5 cm)
Weight
2.0 lbs (0.9 kg)
2.2 lbs (1.0 kg)

Carafe

6.0
7.0
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).
The carafe of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB sitting on top of its power base.
The carafe of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB sitting on top of its power base.
The heating plate with a LED ring around it of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
The heating plate with a LED ring around it glowing blue of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
The glass V-shaped spout of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
The lid opening diameter of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB is 4.06 inches.
The plastic black bottom of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
Capacity
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
57.5 fl oz (1.7 L)
Weight
1.6 oz (47 g)
1.7 oz (49 g)
Materials
Stainless steel
Borosilicate glass
Spout
V-shaped
V-shaped
Opening Diameter
3.0" (7.5 cm)
4.1" (10.3 cm)
LED Ring
No
Blue
Filter
No
Removable mesh
Water Level Markings
Yes
Yes
Tea Infuser
No
No

Handle

7.0
7.0
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
A hand holding the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB by its handle.
Materials
Cool-touch BPA-free plastic
Cool-touch BPA-free plastic
Type
Cool-touch, anti-slip
Cool-touch, anti-slip

Lid

7.0
7.0
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.
The black pop-up lid of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
The black pop-up lid of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
The pop-up lid of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB opens at an 80° angle.
The mesh filter attached to the pop-up lid of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
Materials
BPA-free plastic
BPA-free plastic
Type
Hinged
Hinged
Open Mechanism
Push-button pop-up
Push-button pop-up

Base

9.0
9.0
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.
The top of the power base of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
The top of the power base of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB.
The bottom of the power base of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB 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 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
The three-pronged round power cord of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB is 29.53 inches long (75 cm).
Type
two-pronged plug
three-pronged plug
Power
1500 W
1100 W
Rated Output
120 V ~ 60 Hz
120 V ~ 60 Hz
Cord Placement
Base
Base
Cord Length
26.18 in. (66.5 cm)
29.5" (75.0 cm)

Usability

Overall Usability Scoring
6.5
6.5

User Control

6.0
6.0
The metal black power switch of the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880).
The handle of the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB has two buttons, the one above is the lid button and below is the power switch.
Control
One touch
One touch
Indicator Light
Blue LED
No
Display
No
No
Temperature Control
No
No
Presets
5
No
Keep Warm
30 minutes
No
Automatic Shut-Off
Yes
Yes
Boil-Dry Protection
Yes
Yes

Ease of Use

7.0
7.0
A person in a grey shirt pouring water from the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle (40880) into a glass.
A hand pouring water from the Aigostar Electric Kettle 300104LCB into a glass of black tea.

Cleaning

6.0
6.0
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle (40880) Cleaning
A person in a white shirt holding the Zeppoli Electric Kettle ZPL-KETTLE by its handle on one hand and the other hand wiping the carafe interior with a piece of tissue. On the right is a bottle of white vinegar.