This tea kettle works fine. No problem with that. I also like the design and how it looks vintage. However, that handle is in the way. The lid is tight (of course) and you have to really pull up hard on the ring; and, if not careful I hit my knuckle on the underside of the handle, which is hard steel. Thus the 3 stars. With the older tea kettles like this, you can pull down the handle. Most handles are now on the side.