Your fave little teapot here to help you humans explore one of the most important items at tea time: the tea kettle. (The teapot is, of course, #1 – TOOOT!)
The first thing to know is that a teapot is never used to heat water. Never ever. That is the job of the tea kettle. On the other hand, a tea kettle can sometimes be used to steep tea. But more about that later in this guide.
Buying the Right Tea Kettle
The key ingredient in tea is water, specifically hot water, and the way to heat water is most often in a tea kettle. There are tea kettles galore and new ones being introduced every day, so it’s pretty easy to get into hot water. It’s a little trickier, though, to select the kettle that’s right for you.
A number of articles have appeared about tea kettles — about how to choose one and also reviews of several models. So, this guide is more of a celebration of the diversity among tea kettles. Ever one to take joy and delight in being free to make personal choices, I want to share this information with you humans so that you can make choices to enhance your own tea time delight.
Rule #1 – Go for a great style
Yes, I go for function over form mostly, but think about it. The kettle just sits there for hours between steepings. You either hide it under a kettle cozy (not sure there is such a thing — you might have to make your own) or get the most stylish yet most functional tea kettle available.
A few options (click on each photo for details):
Rule #2 — Don’t forget functionality
- Heating method — I’m strictly a stovetop kinda gal. It’s a bit romantic. However, many swear that electric kettles heat faster and more efficiently.
- Capacity — Since hubby and I don’t mess around with steeping less than a 6-cupper (48 ounces) teapot full, we need a kettle that holds at least that much. Many kettles range from 1 liter/quart to 2 liters/quarts. In tea kettles, size does matter!
- Pouring spout — A spout that can stand up to being tossed at a stone walls is good. (Even drywall, though, can make a dent, especially if your aim is spot on and you hit a stud.) A spout that is slightly curled downward at the end is also good since pouring is smoother. Kettles with whistles tend to have spouts that are straight across, and they don’t pour as well (at least mine doesn’t).
- Whistle or not — I’m personally not a fan of the tea kettle whistle on most stovetop kettles. Other tea drinkers like them, saying they allow the user to wander off to some other task while the water is heating and then calls him or her back when the water is boiling; the drawback is that it only whistles when the water boils, meaning that you have to watch the kettle if you want water heated to less than boiling for more delicate teas.
- Settings — If you’re going with an electric kettle, look for various settings to assure that your water is heated just right for the tea you are preparing; they can also have automatic shut-offs that prevent an empty kettle from continuing to heat and other features.
- Cleaning — As I stated in a previous article, an unclean kettle is a horror to behold. A kettle with a wide opening that you can reach your whole hand in is best, therefore. Glass electric tea kettles make it easy for you to see when a good cleaning is needed.
A few functional kettle recommendations:
Before you buy, though, read on here…
A Word or Two on Kettle Spouts
The spout of the kettle is quite important – it’s shape, it’s length, even just having one. The spout focuses the pouring water so it will go where you want it to go. A bad spout, therefore, can be worse than none at all.
Some tea loving humans think that narrow spouts are best, that they have several benefits:
These seem like valid reasons for those of you who use small Yixing teapots or gaiwans to steep your teas and who tend to steep more delicate teas.
For others who like strong black teas or even more roasted oolongs, a kettle with a more stubby spout should do fine, but be prepared for a bit of spillage.
Kettles that have whistles will almost always have those short stubby spouts, but the whistle alerting you to when the water has reached a boil can amply compensate for that bit of spilled water. My humans have a big tray under their teapot so that any spills are caught. Those who use tea boats (big bowls or trays with an area to catch spilled water) can also rest easy and use that stubby spouted tea kettle.
Comparing Stovetop vs. Electric Kettles
Stovetop tea kettles can be inexpensive aluminum vessels or expensive, stainless-steel and copper kettles that look beautiful on the stove in between times of boiling water. Many come with a whistle – as the water heats to the point of producing steam, the steam tries to get out the small hole in the whistle and in doing so produces the whistling sound. You fill the kettle with clean water and set it on your stovetop (or hotplate) burner. Then you are at the mercy of that heating element. Some are fast, others slow. Gas stove have better control over the heat, but you have to keep the flame low enough so that it doesn’t flare up over the sides of the tea kettle, causing scorching and possibly being a burn hazard for you.
The electric kettle has it’s own heating element and plugs into a standard household outlet. Over the years these have improved greatly. (See Teapot Styles – Electric.) These days, you can find ones where the body is made of glass and the heating element is in a base that stays on the counter while you pour the water. This avoids the cord getting in the way. A good feature is auto-shut-off, especially important if the kettle has no water in it. A water filter inside the tea kettle can be helpful if your local water is overly hard; your tea will taste better and cleaning the mineral deposits out of the tea kettle will need to be done less often.
Both types have their pros and cons. My humans and I are quite happy with our stovetop tea kettle. For others, the electric kettle provides speed and style.
Advantages to using an electric kettle:
- Efficiency – Tend to be much more efficient than stovetop kettles used on electric stoves (6 cups of water can heat up in 3-4 minutes, compared with closer to 20 minutes using a range with a heating element). Energy is focused toward heating the water vs. stovetops where heat doesn’t come into effective contact with the water.
- Convenience – Can be used in situation where a stovetop or hotplate is not practical. Examples are hotel rooms and college dorm rooms
- Safety features – Auto shut-off is the main one. This is good when your kettle reaches full boil but you are stuck in another part of the house (getting a child’s head out between a small opening, for example). It’s also good when the kettle is empty, saving it from burning out.
- Better control – Green and white teas need water heated well below boiling to prevent incorrect steeping that can cause bitterness and harshness. Taking a conventional kettle off the stove at the correct temperature can be difficult, since there is really no easy way to measure the temperature while it is inside the kettle. Boiling the water and leaving it to cool to the correct temperature is an even more difficult proposition. Luckily, some electric kettles have specific temperature settings that can be adjusted and an internal thermometer to shut off the kettle at the right time.
Addressing Some Tea Kettle Hype
Tea kettle innovation has picked up the pace. New materials. Kettle whistles. Electricity. Something new seems to be coming out every day. So do the articles about which one is best. All you have to do is search online using the term “tea kettle comparisons” to pop up tons of opinions, experiments, and even some fairly scientific assessments. Some of these are helpful, some are trivial (as in “I liked this tea kettle better”), and some are downright misleading (comparing gas stove heating to electric kettles, for instance).
To save you some time, I have digested a big chunk of this information and am presenting some pared down versions.
1. Reality of electric kettles vs. stovetops
For some reason, claims that electric kettles heat more efficiently and faster than stovetop modelss seem to be based on comparisons with gas stoves (at least, all the ones I found did). The idea is that the flame from the gas burner heats air around it in addition to heating the kettle sitting on it. This is empirically evident. Heating air instead of the kettle is inefficient, so I can agree with the assertion that gas stoves heat less efficiently than electric kettles.
Setting aside gas stoves, electric kettles should be compared with electric stoves and microwaves. What makes the electric kettle so efficient at heating water is that the heating element directs the majority of the heat to the kettle and thus to the water.
As for electric stoves, there are two kinds: those with coil burners and those with a smooth glass top. Hubby and I have the latter. The coil burners have the same issue as a gas flame, that is, some of the heat will go into the air around the coil, not to the kettle. Glass top stoves are another matter. As long as your kettle fits the size of one of the heating areas on the glass top stove, you will get heating close in efficiency to a microwave and possibly an electric kettle.
And, no, watching the kettle does not prevent it from boiling (see more info on this below).
2. Things affecting heating time
Some of the comparisons I’ve seen don’t take everything into account. Other things that can effect how fast your water boils:
- The temperature of the water to start with (warm water reaches a boil sooner than cool water).
- Keeping a lid on the kettle during the boiling process speeds up the boil.
- The more water in the kettle, the longer it takes to boil.
3. All this talk about oxygen in water
See also: Water and Oxygen and Tea.
The claim is that overboiling removes oxygen. Really? Water is two molecules of hydrogen (H) and one molecule of oxygen (O) locked together. Contrary to a lot of chemicals, water reacts differently to freezing. It gets less dense when frozen (why ice cubes float) and more dense when it’s room temperature. But it reacts to heat fairly standardly, that is, the molecules start to get active. When they get sufficiently active, the molecules start to break apart, with the hydrogen saying “Bye Bye” to the oxygen, and fleeing the scene in the form of steam. People talk about boiling the oxygen out of water. However, the hydrogen floats off in that steam, too, so the ratio remains same. If you keep the lid on the kettle while it’s boiling, the steam is mostly caught on the lid and reforms into water molecules (condensation). Choosing a kettle with a lid is, therefore, rather important.
4. The “icky” side of kettles
Both stovetop and electric kettles have their “icky” sides. Some are poorly designed (metal handles too hot to touch, whistles that you have to remove to pour, etc.), while others are hard to clean (you can’t use bleach and ammonia on stainless steel, for example). Glass kettles let you see water levels, but you see the calcium build-up, too. Yuck! The good thing is that you don’t have to judge by the funny taste of your tea when a kettle cleaning is needed.
5. The assumption that faster is better
Electric kettles may heat your water faster, but, then, would you get that “me time” you need to think through deep issues, that is, to be a tea kettle philosopher? Sometimes faster isn’t better. Of course, if you’re desperate for a cuppa…
Key Factors When Selecting an Electric Kettle
Choosing the Right Electric Kettle for You – ready
There are many different factors that should be considered when shopping for the right electric kettle. This little teapot helps you consider them here:
- Price – The range is generally from $20 to around $1,000 for the very top end models. Something for every taste and budget. The higher priced models are usually more technologically advanced with features such as several programmable water temperature settings in addition to boiling. Useful if you plan to use the heated water for preparing other beverages or foods but not necessary if you only plan to steep tea. Assess your needs carefully and buy the kettle that’s at the right price for you.
- Safety – Some of the pricier models have better safety features, so be sure to consider these. Spending $40 instead of $20 for a kettle with auto shut-off will be well worth that bit of extra money. And it could avoid safety hazards such as burning out the kettle if it continues trying to heat while dry or even starting a fire.
- Capacity – Most of these tea kettles hold about 6 to 8 cups of water. You may not always want to heat that much. So a kettle that has markings for 1 cup, 2 cups, etc., is a good idea. You can fill to the right amount of water for you. On the other hand, if you drink a lot of tea or want to use the kettle to heat water for other purposes (instant soup, etc.), you will want a larger kettle.
- Style – You will be seeing this kettle a lot during the day. Having one that is attractive and can be tolerable to see all the time is a good idea. You humans are funny that way. Appearance is very important to you. There are several styles to consider from sleek, metal electric kettles to ones that are designed in a more retro style and come in various colors to add a little flare to the room. Ones with a glass body are tops on our list.
- Quiet – While having a whistle alert you to the water reaching its proper temperature, sometimes you need the kettle to let you know in a quiet way. A feature to let you do this is becoming more prominent in electric tea kettles. Why quiet is good:
- Consideration for sleepers around you. Some humans are light sleepers, especially those of the infant persuasion. Even many of you adult humans are light sleepers, and the last thing you need is that shrill sound coming from the kitchen just as you have drop off to slumber land.
- Consideration for co-workers. No need to forego that hot cuppa to perk you up during the work day. And you can even do the prep in the comfort and privacy of your own work space (office, cubicle, etc.).
- Consideration for nearby hotel room guests. Your red-eye flight gets in, then it’s a long taxi drive to the hotel, you check in, but you still want a hot cuppa tea. Many hotels are a step ahead of you and have equipped guest rooms with quiet electric kettles. No loud whistling that will waken humans in the next room or, for that matter, your traveling companion who collapsed on the bed when entering the room and instantly fell asleep after the long journey.
The variety of electric tea kettles seems to grow every day. They all use electricity to heat the water, but from there they can vary quite a bit.
A few things to look for (click each photo for details):
Don’t forget an automatic shut-off when the kettle is empty. (Leaving an empty stovetop tea kettle on a hot burner is not good.)
Some Electric Tea Kettle Options
Some great options here (click on each photo for details):
No matter which you choose, it looks like these kettles will not be able to pull any foolery on you!
Does a Watched Tea Kettle Really Boil?
There’s an old adage that says a watched pot never boils, but what about a watched tea kettle? I can say unequivocally that, even with my humans staring down into their Asta tea kettle, those molecules of H2O succumbed to the effects of the heat and came to a full rolling boil, bubbling and hissing as if the humans weren’t even there. (Apparently, Asta is not the least bit shy.)
For this experiment, my humans boiled the water in the tea kettle but left the kettle lid off. Normally, the kettle lid is on to speed up the boil.
The visual portion of this tea experience went through predictable stages. The bottom of the kettle, sitting directly on the burner of the electric stove, heated first, so the water molecules at the bottom naturally heated first. Heat causes water molecules to expand and get lighter, as well as to become active, resulting in them working their way up through the cooler molecules toward the water’s surface. This looked like little “water worms” about one eighth to one quarter inch long that danced around the bottom of the kettle (actually, my humans were seeing the shadow of the clumps of active, hot molecules) toward the kettle sides, their easiest route to the top. First, there were only a few, but each tick of the clock’s second hand saw more and more of these “water worms.” Cooler molecules were falling and crowding out the rising hot molecules. This process went on, getting faster and faster.
After a few more minutes, they started to hear a sound. This was from the increased activity of rising hot molecules and falling cooler molecules bumping and jostling each other.
Maybe this all sounds silly, but it only took a short time from setting the kettle on the stove burner to the water achieving the desired rolling boil. The old adage was disproved (score one for reason, logic, and the scientific method). All in all, a very useful teatime pastime.
The Tea Gang Tests the Simplex Tea Kettle
My Tea Gang were the recipients of a free copper kettle from Simplex Kettles as winners of their contest on Facebook. A true beauty, but could this kettle deserve a place in our ranks? Read on to see how we tested this kettle.
Tea kettles are an important part of a tea lover’s arsenal. So, this Tea Gang has welcomed a couple into our ranks, but they have to live up to our standards. The first kettle was made by the Asta company, now out of business, and did a splendid job of heating the water, had a wonderful dripless spout, and was free of any annoying whistle. She eventually developed cracks and had to be “put out to pasture.” We found her replacement at, of all places, the local Walmart store.
This replacement kettle was simple in design and had a whistle that my humans could use or not as they chose, which at first they did not. Over time, my humans started using the whistle and are now quite dependent on it to alert them to the boil of the water. The kettle is in good shape so far and could be useful for quite awhile. However, when Simplex Kettles alerted this little teapot through my Twitter account (@LittleYelloTPot) to their contest posted on Facebook, I encouraged my humans to enter. They won and specified the model of kettle they wanted, one that could be used on a hot plate according to their website. Here’s a screenshot taken on 11-11-2013 9-59-39 AM CDT (click on thumbnail to enlarge). As you can see, it says this kettle is suitable for gas or electric hot plates.
But before we go further with this story, we need to set up a bit of background:
A few months ago my humans stuffed me in a large, protective cookie tin, surrounded me with things to keep me company and cushion the bumps in the road, left me there awhile, eventually moved me to the new location, and released me into our new home. One of the things that was different was the lack of a stove (I’m pretty quick to pick up on these little details). My humans said they didn’t need one. They had two microwave ovens, two crockpots, a toaster oven big enough to bake scones and biscuits and pies for tea time, and so decided to add a couple of hotplates instead of a full stove. The Oster single burner hotplate shown in the photos here and a Farberware double-burner hotplate were purchased at a much lower cost than a stove would have been. They complete our cooking arsenal by providing a way to heat things in saucepans and to boil water in a tea kettle.
Now on with the story of our kettle test.
We received the new Simplex Kettle and christened him “Coppie.” He has a tin lining and a handle made of brass and ebonized wood.
“Coppie” is quite attractive. Plus, he brings a real touch of nostalgia to any kitchen, especially at tea time. But a kettle’s worth is not in its appearance. We needed to see him perform, since that’s where, as you humans say, “the pedal hits the metal.” And the key here is how long it takes for that kettle to boil water, plus since a special feature of this kettle is its whistle, we wanted to be sure that worked, too.
We followed the vendor’s instructions for first use, prepping the kettle by a thorough rinsing of the interior and filling it up to the seam line with fresh water. We set it on the hotplate and turned the knob to the “Medium” setting, per the instructions. [Note: This may be part of the problem since getting water to boil at a medium heat setting is dubious at best.] Then, we set the stopwatch function going on our timer. And we waited… and waited… 10 minutes… 15 minutes… 20… 26… no boil, no whistle… we cranked up the heat setting just a smidgeon… 30 minutes… no boil, no whistle. At that point, we turned off the hotplate and set the kettle aside, dumping out the hot but not boiled water. Time to try our faithful but not as shiny tea kettle who has been boiling our water for quite awhile. We let the hotplate cool first to assure a true comparison.
We filled the tea kettle to the fill line inside (remember that “Coppie” was only about half full and should have boiled faster than if full). Then, we set him on the hotplate and set the heat on the “High” setting, which is what we normally used. Again, we used that stopwatch feature on the timer. As he has done countless times before, he got that water boiling at 20 minutes, and his whistle gave us good notice of this, filling the air with its shrill cry. My humans couldn’t capture the steam coming out of his spout in this photo, but there was plenty. TOOOT!
The two kettles competing (click on photos for details):
Well, it looks like “Coppie” is handsome (at least until he tarnishes) in spite of the dents in him but not as talented at water boiling as his less attractive and flashy cousin. We’ll still have him as our Tea Gang mascot kettle, though. A pretty face is always nice to have around.
Kettles, Teapots, and Kettle Teapots
There are kettles. There are teapots. And there are kettle teapots. Yep, I said “kettle teapots” … or even “teapot kettles” as some call them. They have been around about as long as humans have been drinking tea, but they tend not to be as in the public eye. Time to give them some exposure, starting with pointing out which is which.
Generally (I have to qualify things here since you creative designers out there keep coming up with all kinds of new designs that blur the lines of distinction), kettles are have a handle that arcs across the top of the kettle’s body. Teapots, for the most part, have handles on the side. Some are directly opposite the spout and others are at a 90° angle. A side handle tends to be more graceful for pouring at table.
How They’re Used
Generally (once again qualifying), kettles are used to heat water while teapots are used to infuse the tea leaves in the water that the kettles heat. As such, kettles tend to be made of heat-conducting materials that won’t be damaged by an open flame, the heating element of a stove or hot plate, or the heat generated by the plug in the wall. Teapots, as the vessels of infusion, need to be made of less heat-conducting material so the tea doesn’t cool before the leaves have a chance to steep. Some do this better than others. Silver teapots are recommended for black teas but tend to conduct heat so well that many have wooden handles so you don’t scorch your fingers. Special clay teapots from China called “Yixing” are much better at holding in that heat. Glass teapots are visually fascinating but again let the tea cool fast. But then I guess that’s why teapot cozies are so plentiful.
Kettle teapots (or teapot kettles) meld together the two designs but not necessarily the two uses. Their handles are arced across the top but they are made of ceramic, porcelain, silver, and even glass. They are mainly about style, it seems, and not about function. They infuse the tea leaves but are a bit awkward to pour from in my estimation and certainly are not fit for sitting on an open flame – the exception is some cast iron teapots that are glazed inside so that they can be used to heat water and infuse the tea leaves. I have such a cast iron kettle teapot in my personal collection, and there are plenty of other examples out there.
Whatever style you go with, the kettle teapot will be a great addition to your bevy of teawares!
Mr. N. Kettle from Across the Pond
This little teapot gets to meet some nice folks via sites like Twitter and Facebook. Recently, we met (virtually, not physically) Mr. N. Kettle. His “parents” are the knowledgeable humans at Netherton Foundry in Shropshire, England. Their motto: Timeless designs, Made in England. Just one look at Mr. Kettle, and you’ll think of those fireplace hobs where the kettle would sit patiently waiting for some human to prep the teapot and lay out the cakes for tea time. Real tea time nostalgia. TOOOOT!
So who are these parents, and is Mr. Kettle more than just a “pretty boy”? Well, a couple of good things off their site says “Use finishes and materials that can be restored and even improve with age” and “Be easily repaired with simple tools. We will ensure spare parts are available.” Too many fellow tea kettles are tossed aside, turned into planters, or, worse yet, end in the trash due to a little dent or ding or tarnish. This really hurts their feelings. I mean, really, how would humans like being tossed aside because of something minor like a pimple or a hangnail? Totally rude and callous. They also like to work with smaller stores. Now, my humans and I see nothing wrong with those big stores (I do have to be careful not to get trampled), but smaller, more specialized stores can often carry some of these more special items, like Mr. Kettle. We passed their names on to a local shop and hope it all works out for them.
Check out their site and, if you live near a shop that carries their products (in addition to Mr. Kettle, they also make other great cookwares), stop in and see them for yourself.
Disclaimer: My humans and I get no compensation for this posting. We just like to tell you about neat tea stuff.
See also: Cast Iron Makes a Comeback!
Signs Your Stovetop Tea Kettle Needs to Retire
That old faithful workhorse of your daily tea time may need to retire. “Retire?” you ask. Yes, as in “let the poor thing rest and go play a round of golf or two.” No pension involved here, though. Just a bit of kind-heartedness and common sense.
As you can see, the signs that show your tea kettle needs to retire are practical as well as emotional. They are also ones that, if heeded, will assure you a great tea time as the new tea kettle comes “into service” and the old tea kettle grabs that bag of golf clubs and heads to the course. Fore!
See also: Putting Your Tea Kettle “Out to Pasture”.
Additional Information on Electric Tea Kettles
While my humans and I tend to prefer the stovetop style of tea kettle, we are realists and therefore know that many of you opt for the electric styles. Being of a helpful nature, I want to pass along some sage advice, therefore, about electric tea kettles in addition to what has been presented above.
Being Safe with Your Electric Kettle
Safety is always important, especially where there are young children – they are curious and do not fully understand the dangers of touching the electric kettle. Here’s how to stay safe, though, and heat the water you need:
- Electricity and water should stay separate. Keep the electrical components, including the cord, away from any source of water. That includes having wet hands when you are touching the cord or buttons when the electric kettle is plugged in, even if it is not turned on at the time.
- Electric cords are not indestructible and can be in the way. The cord might become tangled around other things on the kitchen counter and cause the kettle to be pulled from your hand if you do not have a firm grip when you are pouring the water (a good reason to go with the style of electric kettle that has a base that is plugged in and the kettle sits on it). If a section of the cord is left dangling off the edge of the kitchen counter and there are young children in the home, they might accidentally pull the cord and cause the electric kettle to fall on top of them. They could get a serious injury from the impact of the kettle or might get burned if some of the hot water in the electric kettle spills on them.
- External heat could be a factor. While many electric kettles are made so that the outside of the electric kettle is usually cool to the touch, but you should still be careful whenever you lift one or touch the exterior during heating of the water. Lightly touch the electric kettle to be sure it is cool to the touch before you pick it up to pour the hot water.
- Be careful when pouring. The water will be hot. Even water heated to a relatively cool temperature (for tea steeping) of 160°F can cause mild burns. Boiling water will cause severe burns. Hold the electric kettle close to the mug or other container that you are filling so that the water is less likely to splash on you. If you have a cordless electric kettle and plan to carry the container section to a table or other room before pouring the water, you need to be sure that there is nothing in your path, especially young children, which might cause you to trip and spill the hot water on yourself or others.
Of course, a lot of the above can be said for other small appliances in your kitchen, such as toasters, crockpots, and blenders. But it’s good to know anyway.
Your Electric Kettle Needs Special Cleaning
Just as we teapots need to stay clean to steep up the best tasting tea, your kettle needs periodic cleaning to remove mineral build up. How often will depend on your local water. And cleaning an electric kettle is a bit more special than cleaning a stovetop kettle. Here are some tips:
- Be sure the kettle is cool before cleaning and/or repairing it.
- Be sure the kettle is unplugged (unless it is the kind that sits on a base).
- Use a soft cloth and warm water to clean the outside of your electric kettle.
- Mix about a half kettle of warm water with a quarter cup of white vinegar (not any other kind!) and pour it into the kettle.
- Let the mixture site about 20 minutes so the white vinegar can eat away at the scaly water deposits.
- Dump out the mixture and use a scouring pad to scrub the inside of the kettle, and then rinse it a few times with clean, warm water.
- Dry the electric kettle thoroughly before plugging it in and turning on the power source or you might get injured when the water and electricity come into contact with each other.
- Don’t forget to clean the mesh screen filter that keeps any loosened scaly deposits from accidentally being poured out of the kettle with the water. Otherwise, it will clog and cause the hot water to splash out instead of flowing evenly from the electric kettle. Scrub the screen with an old tooth brush or other small brush that has soft bristles and a small amount of dish detergent.
- Routinely check the electrical cord for holes, kinks, frays, etc.
- Check and tighten any screws in the electric kettle that appear to be loose; even though it sounds like a minor thing, it could result in the handle coming off while you are trying to pour.
Other Reasons to Use Your Electric Kettle
- Small Kitchens – Small efficiency kitchens and many workplace kitchens do not have large stoves. They often also do not have a lot of counter space for a hotplate. But an electric kettle will usually need less counter space and can be easily moved out of the way. In addition, it can be used to heat water for soups and other dishes, saving you from having to use the stove (tip: get a kettle with water level marks on the outside so you can heat only the amount you need). This keeps your small kitchen from heating up as much as it would by using a stovetop kettle.
- Portability – My personal opinion: if you have a perfectly good house, why go anywhere else? TOOOT! Seriously, humans, the urge to travel hits most of you, especially during Summer and during holiday seasons. But there is no need to leave tea behind. And your electric kettle can be part of the fun. Sure, there are some great kettles designed for camping, but if you are traveling somewhere that has electricity, bring along that electric kettle. You’ll need hot water for more than tea. ‘He’ humans need to shave. Dishes and pots and pans need to be washed. And after a long day of hiking or wandering around that amusement park or from museum to museum, etc., you can even heat some water for a nice foot soak.
- Cooler – Using an electric kettle avoids heating things up too much. An electric kettle is a quick and easy way to boil water for tea. It does not produce excess heat like a stovetop burner.
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