This kettle has so much wrong with it. I bought this when I started college, and it was all right for getting some hot water going every once in a while, but the negatives far outweigh the positives of a cup of hot chocolate or tea. This is completely plastic, except for the metal plate inside. I can't imagine that it is safe to have boiling water surrounded by plastic, there must be so much plastic chemical leaching its gross to even think about. Plus, the metal plate inside it quickly got discolored and odd looking. This was impossible to clean off, so I don't even know what else was getting into the water. The only plus is that I did get a lot of use out of it and it was still functioning correctly when I decided I had to stop using it for my health, and that was about 2 years after I bought it. I upgraded to a stainless steal electric kettle with an auto off function. Way better, safer, and cleaner.