How to Choose a Kettle

How to Choose a Kettle

The first thing that is put on the stove early in the morning is the kettle. Previously, the most fashionable was the whistle kettle. Now you can just press the button, the water will boil, and the kettle will turn itself off. Or even “smart” technological kettles that can be controlled using a smartphone. We will tell you what is the best choice for your family.

Which kettle is better: electric or regular

A modern electric kettle is convenience, economy and safety:

  • heating water 3 times faster;
  • water stays warm longer (especially for models made on the principle of a thermos);
  • safe to use with small children in the house;
  • fire and electrical safety.

If you choose a regular kettle, please note

  • Teapots with a short spout “spit” water when full.
  • To make it easier for you to draw water from the tap, the handle of the kettle should be movable (bend).
  • The handle should have a protective heat-resistant coating. The metal handle will heat up and without the “potholder” you will not remove the kettle from the stove.
  • A whistle built into the spout or lid will notify you of boiling water and will not “burn” the kettle right on the stove.
  • Teapots designed for induction cookers have a special icon – a spiral with coils.
  • The heating indicator will allow you to heat the water to the temperature you need.

The main disadvantage of ordinary teapots is the lack of a self-shutdown function.

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How to Pick a Good Electric Kettle

To choose a good electric kettle, pay attention to several important elements: body material and flask for water, type of electric heater, volume and power.

The material from which the water flask is made:

Plastic is the most common type of electric kettle. The best plastic is polycarbonate.

PROS
  • low price, it is impossible to burn yourself on the body;
MINUSES
  • fragility, low-quality plastic can be used in cheap models, which spoils the taste of water and releases toxic substances.

Glass is transparent and comfortable.

PROS
  • environmentally friendly;
MINUSES
  • low impact resistance, easy to burn.

Ceramic – looks elegant.

PROS
  • no scale formation, environmentally friendly coating, does not create noise, keeps heat well, easy to clean, the most delicious water.
MINUSES
  • heavy, heats up longer than plastic and glass.

Metal – aluminum or stainless steel.

PROS
  •  aesthetic appeal, durability.
MINUSES
  •  you can get burned, noise when heating, aluminum can oxidize and release harmful substances into the water.

A heating element

The main element of an electric kettle is an electric heater (TEN). The operation and durability of the device depends on it. The main enemy of heating elements is scale.

  • An open heating element (shaped like an old boiler) is located directly in the water flask. Installed on budget models. In such teapots, scale appears faster on the element itself and on the walls of the flask.
  • A closed heating element is located under the metal bottom of the flask and is protected from water ingress. Water in such a kettle boils much faster. Scale forms less often and only at the bottom.

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Volume

  • a kettle with a volume of up to 1 liter of water is enough for one person;
  • a couple or a family with a child should choose a one and a half liter model;
  • for a large family, an electric kettle of 2 liters or more is suitable.

Power

The higher this indicator, the faster the kettle will boil, but also the greater the power consumption. Choose a model with an average power of up to 2.5 kW.

Additional functions

1. Thermostat. An important element for young mothers, as it allows you to set the required heating temperature for baby food.

2. The waterless switch will protect against accidental activation of an empty kettle and burning of the heating element.

3. Water filter – a mesh or a gilded grill inside the spout protects the mug from limescale.

4. Backlighting will give not only beautiful lighting in the kitchen, but also tell whether the kettle is plugged in and indicate the operating mode. Some models come with light plays, which is very interesting for children.

The cost

Teapot minimal maximum
Electric plastic 2,62$ 93,32$
Electric glass 8,21$
391,33$
Electric ceramic 11,75$
62,69$
Electric metal 4,26$ 252,18$
Ordinary 5,11$ 154,86$

* Prices are based on price analysis of major online stores.

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