Simplex Kettle: Is This Traditional Copper Beauty for You?

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The beautifully designed Simplex Kettle cannot help but transport us back to a “simpler time”.

Every now and then we all need to take a step back from our hectic lives and take a moment to re-energize, a moment to nourish not just our bodies, but our souls as well.

That nourishment begins the moment we start to fill the lovely copper tea kettle with water, knowing that in just a few minutes, the whistle’s warm, gentle song will let us know that soon, we will be enjoying a much-deserved break.

Whether it is some alone time with our cup of tea or tea shared with our friends and family, the beauty of this elegant copper kettle will nourish our souls as well.

Of course, there are other copper tea kettles available, but I believe that none of them can compare to the quality, the craftsmanship, or the elegance of this lovely piece of art. The Simplex Kettle is truly a classic!

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Where is The Simplex Heritage Copper Tea Kettle Made?

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The Simplex Kettle, made in England for more than 100 years!

The manufacturer of the Simplex Heritage Tea Kettle, Newey & Bloomer, began producing the prized copper tea kettles in the year 1903, in the town of Birmingham (the heart of the United Kingdom). The year, interestingly enough, coincides with the serving of noontime tea at the Ritz.

The never before heard or seen whistle, in the lid of the kettle, was patented by the manufacturer in the early part of the 1900’s; and to this very day, Newey & Bloomer continues to produce the Simplex Kettle by hand just like they did over a century ago.

It is important to note at this point that the whistle works on electric or gas stovetops. Please make sure that you are aware that it will not function properly on a ceramic stovetop, a glass stovetop, or induction.

Still following the same precise standards, they ensure us that nostalgia lives on through the song of the Simplex Kettle’s whistle.

The Simplex Kettle was born during the Edwardian period of Great Britain (1901-1910) when the reign of King Edward VII introduced a style that was greatly impacted by the arts and by European fashions.

Each one is individually handmade with time-honored details, sticking to the old Edwardian ways. Because of this, each tea kettle turns out with its uniqueness and personality.

How is the Simplex Kettle Made?

Luckily, copper is a metal that can pretty much be manipulated like clay when it is heated to maximum temperatures. So starting with just a simple, flat, round piece of copper, the artist (or Craftsman) can spin that metal disc at very intense high speeds, and by using special tools called mandrels, he can mold the metal and form the base.

The beautiful and perfectly shaped spout of the Simplex Heritage Tea Kettle is intertwined with the base in a manner that guarantees a perfect pour without annoying drips.

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Then, they start work on the shape of the lid which has to have the exact precise form to ensure the perfectly snug fit with the opening of the base. The wooden handle is also attached. A handsome wooden handle that will feel just right in anyone’s palm.

The closing act of this creation is to add the magic touch which will have the tea kettle singing its soft and enticing whistle that the name Simplex is famous for. The craftsman takes a slight copper ball and weaves it into the kettle’s spout.

When the water boils and the steam pushed upwards, the pressure created pushes the copper ball into a small indentation inside the spout. As the steam rises and departs through a small opening in the lid, the kettle sings its well-known melody.

As with so many pieces of art, a craftsman can take weeks to produce just one kettle. It’s very easy to understand how every artist is extremely proud of each and every one of his pieces!

Why Choose a Simplex Kettle?

With many other copper tea kettles available for purchase, why would someone be willing to spend their money on a Simplex Heritage Kettle? Well, I’d like to answer this question for you, but please keep in mind that, just like these kettles, we are all unique, with different tastes, opinions, and desires.

It honestly doesn’t bother us to invest a bit more in solid quality and timeless beauty because we know we will enjoy it daily and for a very long time to come. We love the look of style and sophistication that it brings into our homes. Knowing that we can also pass this down to our future generations makes us happy. Something like this, my friends, is heirloom quality!

Who Would Love The Simplex Heritage Copper Tea Kettle

This Simplex Kettle is for you if you are a traditional kind of soul. Maybe you remember growing up with one just like this sitting on the stove of your childhood home or you remember seeing it when you visited your grandparents.

It’s for you if you enjoy the process of preparing tea in a traditional way. If doing so is soothing and soul-nourishing for you.

It’s for you if you love your tea and also love to admire, hold, and feel the beautiful piece of art in which you prepared it. Remember, beauty itself is nourishment for the soul.

It’s for you if you would love to have a piece of functioning art to enjoy now and then pass down as an heirloom in the future.

It’s for you if you want to give someone a gift to be treasured and remembered forever. Kate and William received one as a wedding present. That’s certainly saying something!


Taking Care of Your Simplex Heritage Copper Tea Kettle

First, please let me just say that it is very important that you fit the lid on the tea kettle correctly. Make sure it is firmly in place and snug or you will have steam escaping from its seal. You don’t want this to happen because you will never hear that beautiful whistle if it’s not well sealed. Besides, it’s just not the right way to do it.  Now, that being said, the rest is pretty darn simple.

If you’d like, the inside of the kettle can just be rinsed and then dried with a dishcloth or paper towel. The opening is large enough that you should be able to accomplish this without too much fuss. You can always just let it air dry as well. Remember that your water quality will determine how often you will need to wash or rinse out the inside.

The copper on the outside will be all nice and shiny when your gorgeous kettle is brand new. With time, the color will soften up and mellow as it ages beautifully. If you like that vintage look, leave it alone and appreciate it. If not, you can bring it back to shiny youthfulness with any one of the many copper cleaning products that are available.

If you’d like to try to avoid too many spots forming on the copper, remember to wipe the outside of it with a cloth after each use. But again, if it does get spotty, it’s not the end of the world. Just polish it. And if you are someone who prefers to be green and stick with natural cleaning products, that’s an option as well. Here’s a short video where you can quickly view a green cleaning tip!

And just so you know, Good Housekeeping recommends using Ketchup and a little Salt on a soft rag to clean copper.


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Positive Qualities of the Simplex Heritage Copper Kettle

This kettle is made of high-quality copper in traditional Edwardian design. It will never go out of style as it is elegantly timeless.

Solidly created inside and out. The inside is lined with pure tin. The beautiful handle is made of smooth wood which stays cool for handling. It has a large enough opening that makes the kettle simple to fill.

Large Opening of the Easy to Fill Simplex Kettle, Copper Tea KettleImage Source


It will hold up to 2 quarts of water and will keep it nice and hot longer due to the even heating properties of copper. It’s nice to know you can have a 2nd or 3rd cup of tea without having to re-heat the water.

The lid of the Simplex Kettle fits very snugly in the opening of the base (proof of quality).  A great way to know that you have an authentic English tea kettle is that there is a real, well-fitting lid that comes off completely when needed. The firm, snug fit guarantees the blowing of the whistle.

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Now, as far as the whistle goes… it is NOT a shrill, ear piercing, make your hair stand on end, kind of whistle. I heard someone refer to it once as a warm sounding whistle. I guess this makes sense, as I suppose one could think of a shrill whistle as being cold.  However warm sounding, you will still be able to pleasantly hear it throughout the house without it waking your sweet sleeping children (being you have any). And that’s a definite plus!


Not So Positive Qualities of the Simplex Heritage Kettle

As in life, nothing is perfect. I feel that there are so many plusses about this lovely kettle, that they outweigh whatever negatives there might be. That, however, is my very own opinion. You will have to create your own, so I have researched and dug up a few negative things that others have said. After all, it’s only fair…


  1. A couple of years ago (roughly 2-3) there were some complaints that on occasion, a new Simplex Kettle was not whistling the way it should. It was determined that some of the lids were faulty. The company corrected the issue, customers were sent out either new kettles or new lids (free of charge of course) and the problem has since, it seems, been eliminated.


  1. I dug up one complaint where a person had to actually have the inside of their kettle re-tinned after a few uses. They claimed that the inside bottom had developed a black residue that would come off on the cloth that was used to dry it. No more problems after re-tinning and they have since then used it many, many more times. Even though re-tinning is more common for pots and pans, tea kettles can also be re-tinned.

  1. It seems that for some, the lid fits a little too snugly. But then again, unless it’s snug, the whistle won’t work properly. It’s supposed to be snug.


  1. Another complaint was that if it is filled beyond the “fill level” it leaks scalding water when pouring and your hand will burn. As with any product, one must be careful and follow directions. In almost all the reviews I read, people were very satisfied with the pouring aspect of the kettle.


  1. Someone complained that the copper tea kettle took longer than a stainless steel kettle to heat up to a boil. Copper distributes heat evenly, thereby keeping the water warm longer, but taking a longer time to boil the water as opposed to stainless steel. Stainless steel is not as good a heat conductor, so the heat from the stove will stay on the base of the kettle, which is why it boils the water quicker but also loses the heat quicker.


So What’s the Verdict?

While it may not be for everyone, I believe the Simplex Kettle is a beautiful, high-quality piece of functioning art that has stood the test of time (over 100 years). It is a piece that not only adds value to our daily lives but also adds elegance and style to our homes. I say you give it a try!

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Maria - Reply

Absolutely stunning copper tea kettle. What a beautiful piece of art which has usefulness as well. I am loving the look. Are there benefits to drinking from copper by chance. It so elegant to serve with and I really like that it has wooden handle.

    mecala - Reply

    Thanks, Maria. I love this kettle too! As far as drinking from copper goes, you’ll find mixed opinions on the subject. Years ago, it was thought drinking from copper vessels was good for us for many reasons. Anything from fighting cancer and aging to helping our digestive system and assisting us in weight loss. Some still stand by this today. However, since copper is a heavy metal which can build up in our bodies to unhealthy and dangerous amounts, it is now believed that it is better to have a nickel or tin lining to prevent copper from leaching into our drinks and making us ill. No worries with this gorgeous kettle as it is lined!

Ingrid - Reply

Oh what a fantastic article, I really enjoyed reading it. I do think attention to tea making is one ritual that is very simple yet satisfying. I know boiling the water in a metal pot for tea always makes it taste nicer. I am going to try a copper kettle, I think it would enhance my tea experience.

    mecala - Reply

    Sometimes I myself wonder what I love more, the tea or the dance. I’m glad you feel the same and thank you for your kind comments. So happy you enjoyed the article!

George - Reply

I really enjoyed reading this review! I agree completely that we should fill our homes with beautiful things we enjoy. This tea kettle would also make an amazing gift. I’m looking forward to getting more ideas from your great site. Thanks!

    mecala - Reply

    An amazing gift for sure! And it was certainly good enough for “Her Royal Highness the Duchess of Cambridge”. Glad you enjoyed the review and the site. Come back soon, George. We’ll have more interesting ideas for you!

Quinn - Reply

What a beautiful tea kettle! And I enjoyed all the background information so much. Thank you! This will make an excellent wedding gift, unique and very classy.

    mecala - Reply

    I’m glad you love it as much as I do and that you enjoyed the article. You’re sure to be lovingly remembered for a very long time when the lucky couple receives this special tea kettle from you!

Nick - Reply

I LOVE a nice cuppa, in the morning, and actually just about anytime of day really. Actually I’m drinking some tea right now 🙂 This copper kettle is awesome looking, do you know if the copper is treated in any particular special way? My concern is of SOME level of copper leaching into my tea, which would be bad as i have Pyroluria ( a condition which means you naturally have to watch out for copper toxicity) But anyhoo, it certainly looks really nice!! 🙂

    mecala - Reply

    Hi Nick. I’m having some tea right now too! Chamomile, because I am hoping for a good night’s sleep. A few years ago, I worked with a woman who had Pyroluria. I had never heard of it before then. I remember she tried to stay as stress-free as possible to avoid setting off her condition. So I sure hope you do the same (at least most of the time). As far as being concerned about copper leaching into your tea, no need to worry. The company lines their beautiful kettles with 100% pure tin!

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