Economical, handy and able to adapt to all needs, the electric kettle is a functional appliance in any home. It is the perfect solution when you want to boil water fast and safe in order to prepare tea, coffee, soup or instant noodles. The electric kettle models available these days come in various shapes, sizes or materials, for, mostly, affordable prices, the latter depending on the material and dimensions of the appliance.
Check out our buying guide for this very useful device. Find out in the following post how to choose well your electric kettle. What are the points to check and the choices available for you?
The Benefits of an Electric Kettle
One of the greatest features of the electric kettle is, undoubtedly, be its “autonomy”. The device can, in fact, operate without being monitored thanks to the automatic shut-off function with which it is equipped.
Consuming less energy and heating water faster than a traditional pot, it saves money. In fact, the appliance heats the water according to the principle of the Joule effect. An electric resistance immersed in water or integrated under its base transforms the electric current into heat and thus heats the liquid by heat transfer.
Practical and Simple
For easy and convenient use, manufacturers have provided the kettle with various features. For example, there is an insulating handle, which is non-slip and wide enough to facilitate grip. A spout allows an easy flow of the water while mineral deposits are avoided thanks to a filter.
For some models, the use of a new generation electric kettle also makes it possible to heat water to a precise temperature, the latter being adjustable.
And if you need to boil an exact amount of water, use the water level marked on the appliance.
Choosing a Kettle
Considering the wide choice the market has to offer when it comes to electric kettles, it is useful to know these few criteria in order to make the perfect choice. From a purely functional and/or qualitative point of view, take into account the available space and the type of material the kettle is made of.
Container capacity and Clearance
If you need a large kettle of 1.5 liters or more, for example, to prepare the tea for the whole family you should have a significant place to devote to it on the work surface. Install it alongside other small appliances such as the toaster or coffee machine, this will help you organize better to prepare breakfasts or hot drinks during tea time.
Requiring little space, small kettles- less than 1 liter- are perfect for couples or people who live alone.
Choice of material: plastic, glass or stainless steel?
Affecting the quality of the kettle, both in terms of aesthetics and performance, the choice of the material will be based essentially on the advantages and disadvantages that they present.
Plastic does not break. It is also very resistant to degradation and because it has a low cost to produce it is used to manufacture very cheap kettles. Cons? The existence – negligible in some brands – of bisphenol-A in translucent plastics, which requires a lot of rinsing of the appliance before any use. This material is favored by manufacturers such as Philips.
Transparent and shiny, the glass attracts by its chic and elegant looks. It goes without saying that its main defect is the risk of breakage.
Finally, besides making the appliances look beautiful, elegant and contemporary, the high-grade stainless steel makes up for a very sturdy product. It is preferred by Cuisinart( its kettle is one of the best sellers) as well as other popular brands like Hamilton Beach, Brentwood, KitchenAid or Breville.
Whether you prefer glass, plastic or stainless steel, in order to make sure you make the right choice and to find a durable and aesthetically pleasing kettle, it is advisable to check out the offers from renowned brands that are known for manufacturing high-quality, small, kitchen appliances. Check out the buyers reviews and make the decision that suits you best!