Let's face it here, tea kettles aren't exactly high-tech kitchen appliances. I could (and have) just used a pot to boil water and really, that's all you need from a tea kettle. The nice thing about a tea kettle -- and this one in particular -- is that it looks nice (especially when serving guests), boils water faster than the pot would (being enclosed and all), and is fairly easy to clean out. Performance Boils quickly and keeps the water very hot for a decent length of time. Safety I really like the handle shape on the Copco Harmony 2 quart Kettle. It is easy to grip, doesn't strain my wrist while pouring (and I have weak wrists) and the slant helps to keep my hands away from the escaping steam. A good design feature. Ease of Cleaning I just use this mostly for boiling water, rather than brewing tea in the kettle (I prefer to use an actual tea pot for brewing), so it is a piece of cake to clean out on occasion and only when i get a little hard-water build-up. Design I love the handle design and I love how "short and squat" the body is. Heats quickly and is easy to pour.