I am so glad that I sent for this kettle, out of all the stove top kettles that I have ever bought it is easily the best. It is a beautiful shape, but this also has a practical application, in that the bulbous shape ensures that the gas flames do not send excessive heat up the sides and in time crack/melt the whistle cap. The handle is easy to grip and doesn't get hot. It is well balanced, pours nicely, the whistle has a good tone, not a tinny irritating sound and the colour blends in well with just about anything. Overall a winning design.