Everyone should have an electric kettle. We use ours all the time. It was an unexpected wedding gift that has proved extraordinarily useful. It boils water much faster than the stove. We use it mostly for preheating water. If you're making rice or pasta, it makes the water boil on the stove way faster. Even Alton Brown of Good Eats used one on his show the other night. If he uses it, it must be cool. I would like to have his KitchenAid, which is painted black and has flames on it. Ours is jus a boring white. I'm not sure, and I don't have any scientific data, but I'm pretty sure a mixer with flames on it works better than one with just a plain white finish.