An electric kettle has a powerful element at the base which boils the water on command. When the water reaches boiling point, the kettle will automatically cut-out, so itís both safe and efficient. .
In certain areas of the country where the water is considered to be hard, prolonged use can result in a build up of lime-scale around the element of a kettle. This build-up can affect the taste and clarity of the water you are boiling.
To combat this problem, many models of electric kettle now have concealed elements and removable filters to ensure that you can clean and maintain them with the minimum of fuss.
ADVANTAGES OF ELECTRICAL KETTLE
Electric kettles can boil water twice as fast as the average stove top kettle.
These kettles are often safer because of automatic shut-off features that prevent fire hazards.
Plastic models (the most common electric kettle) are easily moved without fear of breaking--plastic is both flexible and durable.
Their handles are often fitted with plastic that stays cool above the burner (unlike stove top's metal handles).
DISADVANTAGES OF ELECTRICAL KETTLE
These kettles come in fewer colours, shapes and styles.
Minimum Water Amounts. You may be unable to heat up just one cup, as electric kettles often require a minimum amount of water to operate.
The cheaper models are often made with flammable plastic that can melt if malfunctions occur.
ELECTRIC KETTLE MATERIALS
TYPES OF KETTLES
Shaped more or less like a conventional teapot or water purifier.
May be made of metal or plastic.
Keep in mind that if you have a large pot, it will be heavy when filled with water. Therefore, a countertop hot water dispenser might be better if you have problems lifting heavy items.
Hot Water Dispensing Pot
Dispenses water down into your mug or bowl.
No lifting involved.
Can be bulky.
Can also drip, so make sure you have a good place to put it.
KETTLE SIZE AND CAPACITY
An electric kettle for the home should be able to hold in excess of 1.4 litres to be considered worthwhile. Smaller models are only recommended as travel kettles.
Try to choose a kettle with a high wattage, so that it can boil quickly. Many kettles have a rapid boil feature which will save a considerable amount of time.
OTHER FEATURES OF ELECTRIC KETTLES
With such power and heat running through the kettle, itís imperative that the model is protected by a cool touch casing, as you donít want a nasty injury to occur as a result of accidentally touching the main body of the kettle.
A concealed element will help with heat dispersion, allowing for a rapid boil and also means that the element is less likely to scale, so your kettle will be durable and the water will taste clean and crisp. An electric kettle with a concealed element is also easier to clean.
Many kettles have removable scale filters, which help to keep your water tasting great.
Wide spout: Being able to fill a kettle without the fuss of taking of the lid is handy, and itís also worth looking for a model with a non-drip pouring spout for added safety.
Cord vs. Cordless
The usefullness of a cordless model cannot be overstated. These models have a base station that plugs into an outlet. The kettle sits on the base to heat the water, and when it's ready you simply lift the kettle off the base. No cords to hold out of the way while you pour.
Of course, this only applies to the kettle-shaped style.
If you're just looking for the simplest, most basic model, you may opt for one with a cord simply based on price.
Ultimately, a cordless model pertains more to practicality than quality.
Simply a must, especially for the absent-minded. Avoid boiling off all the water and burning the kettle.
Water Level Indicator
It's good to know how much is in there.
A nice feature if you don't already have filtered water.
The difference between filtered and unfiltered water is particularly noticeable in tea.
Multiple Temperature Settings
Some products may require water that is just below boiling.
A useful feature on dispensing models that allows you to dispense from any angle.
Different brands and models of kettle have different warranty lengths, so check the product description to ensure that you are happy with the guarantee before buying your kettle.
TOASTER PRICE AND BUDGET
Set yourself a budget and stick to it. Many kettles are now extremely cheap but, as with all electrical products, you do get what you pay for.
Cheaper models often have thin casings, with exposed elements, lower wattages and less capacity As a kettle is one of the most frequently used appliances in the kitchen, you should be prepared to spend a little bit more on one as you will want it to be durable and perform well.
Extras may be included with a new Electric Kettle.
Check the product descriptions when choosing your kettle to see whether any extra items, such as replacement filters, are included as these can provide added value.