How to choose an electric kettle
Advantages of electric kettles
Against the background of arguments about the cost of using electric kettles, it is useful to note their advantages:
1. Attractive appearance;
2. Rapid boiling of water (depends on the power of the model and other characteristics);
3. Descaling protection (depends on the model);
4. Water filtration (depends on the model);
5. Free placement;
6. Ease of cleaning;
7. Long-term preservation of product appearance (because they do not come into contact with an open flame on the stove, do not splatter during cooking due to the free location, etc.);
8. Easy water level control (except for kettles without transparent inserts on the body);
9. Support for the set water temperature (depends on the model) , etc.
Characteristics of electric kettles
What should I pay attention to when I set out to buy an electric kettle?
1. Material of manufacture. Most modern electric kettles are made of metal, glass, and / or plastic. Only the ratio of materials changes. Therefore, when talking about the material of manufacture, first of all we mean what the flask (container) for water is made of.
The most affordable plastic electric kettles. In addition, these models can have an unusual shape, differ in a variety of colors, and have numerous decorative elements on the body that affect its overall attractiveness. Plastic electric kettles are relatively easy to care for. They differ in sufficient reliability of the design (they are more likely than the glass versions, for example, to survive a fall). There are also advantages in terms of security. For example, it is more difficult to get burned on the body of a plastic teapot.
However, all the mentioned advantages are often overlaid by a single drawback. We are talking about a possible unpleasant smell. The body itself can smell when heated, and the water in the kettle. But there are other drawbacks. Plastic models often look less refined, can lose their appearance faster than their counterparts. These dummies sometimes lack of solidity.
Metal kettles can also provoke the appearance of an unpleasant smell or even stains in the water. It looks and feels not too aesthetically pleasing. However, these disadvantages are not common to all models. And they appear much less often than in plastic teapots.
Another disadvantage of metal kettles is the hot surface of the body when water is heated. It’s easy to get burned. For buyers with small children, this will be especially important.
As a rule, the manufacturer combines materials to minimize the risk of burns. Makes a plastic handle for a metal teapot, additional inserts on the body. This adds convenience when using, but subjectively reduces the effect of the appearance of the model.
Metal models often last longer than plastic ones, but they also weigh more and cost more.
A popular option is electric kettles with a glass flask. These models have an attractive appearance and a fairly high level of environmental friendliness. However, glass teapots are also seriously heated, and they are more fragile than other options. Often the price of such models is very high.
2. Design features of the heating element. There are two main options for placing the heating element: open and closed.
Visually, the open heating element looks like a spiral that is attached to the bottom of the kettle container. The closed heating element is made in the form of a metal plate covering the bottom of the device. It comes in contact with water when heated.
The first option is installed in budget models. This is understandable. It’s cheaper to produce. Models with an open heating element often heat water more slowly. For them, the concept of a minimum liquid level is relevant (the heating element must be covered with water in order not to fail).
The second option has clear advantages. These kettles are easier to descale and wash. They can be rotated on the stand 360 degrees, they are easier to control the level of liquid, heat the desired amount of it. But there is a drawback. Kettles with a closed heating element usually make more noise when working.
Nevertheless, we recommend paying attention to the closed structure. This option, even taking into account the difference in price and noise level, seems to be a better solution both from an aesthetic point of view, and taking into account consumer characteristics, as well as the level of security. And models with an open spiral are less common on sale.
3. The power of the electric kettle varies approximately in the range from 500 to 3000 watts. A more powerful model will boil water faster and cope with a large volume of liquid. But it also imposes more stringent requirements from the point of view of security. Old wiring may not be able to withstand excessive load.
“Kids” with a capacity of up to 800-1000 W are usually designed for heating water with a volume of 0.5-1 l.
Models from 1000 to 1800 W are slow workers who can cope with a sufficient volume of liquid without putting an excessive load on the power grid in the room. They can heat 1.5-2 liters of water in a few minutes.
Finally, electric kettles with a capacity of 1800-3000 W are suitable for a large family and a new apartment, as well as for those who are always in a hurry and drink hot drinks “on one leg”, saving every second.
4. The volume of the water tank also varies in a significant range. On sale, you can find options for almost road type (0.4-0.5 l), and giants that can quickly boil a few liters of water.
The choice should be made taking into account the volume of consumption of boiling water. For an office or a large family, a larger option is preferable. Compact models are also relevant for individual use. The tank volume of 1.5-2 liters is considered universal.
5. Noise level. Too loud sound during boiling water can cause significant discomfort. The noise is especially annoying for families who live in small apartments. One of the family members may still be asleep when the other tries to drink tea or coffee. And the hum of the electric kettle is not the best accompaniment.
At the same time, there are no unambiguous criteria for choosing a more or less noisy model. It is believed that more powerful models make more noise than less powerful ones. In fact, cheap plastic electric kettles designed for individual use and expensive glass models for a large family can be too loud.
When choosing, you should rely on reviews from other buyers. This is probably the most rational approach. But it is important to keep in mind that the noise level requirements may differ from one person to another.
6. The shape of the body rarely has a clear impact on the consumer characteristics of electric kettles. It is easier to pour water from teapots of a certain shape, and it is more convenient to hold them in your hand. But this is a matter of personal preference. Therefore, the search for the best option should be conducted taking into account your own opinion.
7. The weight of the electric kettle depends on both the materials of manufacture and the size of the device. For example, glass and ceramic teapots are usually heavier than plastic ones. Whether the selected model is right for you, you can only understand by taking it in hand. We recommend not to forget that a heavy kettle filled with boiling water is dangerous for both children and adults, so you should not dismiss the weight characteristics.
8. The thermostat allows you to set the water heating temperature and even maintain it at a certain level due to periodic switching on of the electric kettle. This function is relevant, for example, for tea gourmets who understand that different varieties of their favorite drink can be opened at different water temperatures.
The presence of a thermostat is also convenient for fans of drinks of a certain temperature, since it eliminates the need to dilute them with cold water or wait for them to cool down.
Modern electric kettles with a thermostat often support the selection of the heating temperature within the range from 40 to 95 degrees.
Additional features inevitably affect the cost of the model. Whether to pay extra for such functionality is up to you.
9. The cover mechanism. A special cover is provided on the body for filling the electric kettle. It can have different designs. A simpler option is a removable cover that is manually inserted into place. It is often more durable, but less convenient in everyday use. Moreover, for some models of electric kettles (for example, metal), such a cover may become harder to remove/insert over time (for various reasons). As a result, consumers begin to fill the water tank through the spout or use other tricks. This is inconvenient.
A more popular option is an automatic cover that opens after pressing a special button. The undoubted advantages from the point of view of convenience, it also has disadvantages. Over time, the lid opening mechanism wears out and fails.
10. Protection against accidental activation, automatic shutdown. The first function prevents accidental activation of the device if there is no water in it. It is present in electric kettles of the upper price range. However, in practice, it is often enough to choose a model with a good location of the power button, excluding its accidental pressing.
The second function is, in fact, the standard for modern electric kettles, without which it is difficult to imagine them.
11. Availability of filters. Most models of electric kettles are equipped with a coarse mesh filter that prevents relatively large debris and dirt from entering the mug with water when pouring. “Advanced” models can also be equipped with additional filter elements. For example, to soften water and reduce the scale level. However, the best recommendation is to fill the kettle with water of suitable quality, and not rely on built-in filters.
12. Base (platform). Electric kettles can be parked on the platform arbitrarily around its axis or in a certain position. The choice of the best option depends on the future location of the appliance.
13. Liquid level indication. The body of the kettle can be marked as a mark of the volume of water in common units of measurement, and symbols (for example, the number of cups). In fact, the specificity of the indication is a matter of habit. The second option is intuitively more convenient if we are talking about standard-sized circles.
Top 5 Best electric kettles
Electric Kettle, Miroco 1.5L Double Wall 100% Stainless Steel BPA-Free Cool Touch Tea Kettle with Overheating Protection, Cordless with Auto Shut-Off
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Cuisinart CPK-17P1 CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric kettle, 1.7 L
Chef’sChoice 680 Cordless Electric Glass Kettle In Brushed Stainless Steel Includes Illuminated On Off Switch Auto Shut Off & Boil Dry Shut Off Protection, 1.5-Liter, Silver
AICOK Electric Kettle Variable Temperature Stainless Steel Tea Kettle, Cordless Electric Water Kettle with 1500W SpeedBoil, Auto Shut Off and Boil-Dry Protection, 1.7-Liter
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