It replaces a TFal Vitesse that failed after several years. This one is smaller, but large enough to suit my needs. I chose stainless steel after reading others' concerns about plastic. I boiled about 3 fresh pots of water before actually using it for my tea. No after taste at all.
Pros: Heats up quickly, keeps water hot for quite a while, attractive on the counter.
Cons: Exterior is hot to the touch, but that is true for all kettles of this type. The water level is very difficult to read; it's almost useless.
I think I liked my TFal Vitesse better. I probably would have purchsed another one of those if I had not wanted to switch to metal.