Over the years, electric tea kettle has become the best option to boil water, it is not only faster but also more convenient than using a micro wave or a stovetop tea kettle. Boiling water for preparing tea or coffee in an unavoidable chore in most households especially in the morning. And with the right selection of kitchen appliances, you could save both energy and time everyday. So if you don't have an electric tea kettle at home, then you are most probably not using the smart way for boiling water.
Electric tea kettle is generally made of durable plastic or metal based material which is resistant to heat such as steel and copper. Most electric kettles that are sold in the market today are equipped with an automatic thermostat that will turn off the kettle instantly when it has reached it boiling point. This is an important feature as it protects the heating element from being overheated and which eventually can lead to electrical shock and damages.
There are two types of electric tea kettle; the one with a plug-in cord and that one without the cord. Though the corded one is relatively old fashioned but both types are convenient and easy to use. The cordless electric kettles have a base that house a unique power element that connect to the electric main supplies. For plastic made kettle, it is advisable that you detach it from the base once the water is boiled. This is to prevent the heat from damaging the kettle.
Electric tea kettle does not need a stove in order to work, all you need is just the power supply where you can plug in the cord. For small offices that do not have boilers, getting one of this could be a great idea; it's a space saver and inexpensive. Now you can enjoy a cup of coffee without the hassle and mess.
Things You Should Know Before Buying an Electric Tea Kettle
One thing that you should note about both types of these electric tea kettle is that they only boil water. So if you do not store the boiled water in a vacuum flash, it will eventually become cold. By keeping the water in the flask, you can avoid having to boil water multiple times a day. Just pour the hot water out and you are ready to make your favorite cup of hot chocolate or tea.
An electric tea kettle normally have the capacity of ranging from two to four liters; bigger kettles can go up to five liters. Boiling a full tea kettle can consume the electricity of about one thousand to one thousand and a half hundred watts, which will take about five to ten minutes. Both stovetop and electric kettle provide an indication as when the water starts boiling.
However, the auto shut off feature that the electric tea kettle has is considered to be a better option than the whistling sound produced by a stovetop kettle. One turn off the electricity automatically while the other one still need you to be at the spot to turn off the gas stove.
For some advanced and more expensive models of electric kettle, there is also an option that allows you to preset the temperature for boiling water. So instead of waiting the water to boil at 100 degrees, you can set it to 80 degrees, which is ideal for making a cup or two of your favorite tea. This is of course not available for stovetop models.
If you are considering to purchase an electric tea kettle, perhaps you should consider getting the cordless style. Cordless kettle are more user friendlier as you do not have to drag the electric cord when refilling the teakettle. Cordless kettles are manageable because the base and the kettle body dock very well and they don't make you place look messy. On top of that, they also more contemporary compares to the corded one.
Where to buy an electric kettle?
You can buy an electric tea kettle almost anywhere. You can easily find them in departmental stores, supermarket, hypermarket, hardware store, electrical appliances store, specialty stores, retail chain stores and etc. If you don't prefer going out to get one, you can try going online and check out the various online marketplaces that offer such item.
One of the most popular marketplaces online is none other than Amazon. You can find a wide variety of electric kettle there; from the most basic one to the most sophisticated kettle with many special add-on features such as automatic thermostat, locking lids, preset temperature for boiling water, whistling and chiming noises.
For example, the Presto electric tea kettle costs only $18 and this basic small corded pot is ideal for single people who does not need to boil a lot of water when making a quick cup of coffee. On the other hand, if you want to go for something which is more advanced, Cuisinart PerfectTemp Cordless Electric Kettle could be a perfect choice.
This kettle can hold up to 1.7 liter of water and it comes with a 6 preset temperatures, one touch controls with blue LED indicators and a memory feature that allows you to lift up the kettle from its base for 2 minutes without shutting off or losing its place in the brewing process. The swivel heating base is just perfect, making it convenient when lifting up or putting down the kettle body.
Electric tea kettle can be considered as the most useful electrical appliance in the kitchen; compared to other kitchen appliances and utensils, this is perhaps the most regularly used. Whether it is for a single person or a family household, an electric tea kettle definitely serve it purpose and make your favorite cup of Joe in the morning.
Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle (CPK-17) Demo
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AllyWally from Subang, Malaysia on November 02, 2010:
The one without cord should be the best selection. I have seen some with lots of advanced features and of course, they do not come cheap.