If there is such thing as comfort activity, then preparing and enjoying our favorite hot drinks will pass as one. Traditionally, stove-top kettles are used but today electric kettles are becoming popular and widely used because the latter is more convenient to use. In this review we hope to guide you in finding for the best electric kettle to serve your specific purpose and needs.
Usage and Benefits of Electric Kettles
Generally, electric kettles are easy to use. All you need to do is put water on it, plug it on electrical outlet, wait until the water boils and you can have your hot water ready to use.
A research was made which rank rough efficiencies of boiling water using microwave, tea kettle on electric stovetop, electric tea kettle and tea kettle on induction stove. Excluding induction stove tea kettle which is found to be 85% efficient, electric kettle comes in second with 80% rating. Although the efficiency of different electric kettle, depending on design and construction, varies, with the right electric kettle you can give back to the environment by using an energy efficient device in your hot water preparation.
Also, electric kettle is a wiser choice than stovetop kettles because most electric kettles have automatic shut off settings so there is no need to rush turning off the appliance when you are doing something more important.
Electric kettles usually look stylish on your table or countertops than stovetop tea kettle. Some electric kettles have cool touch features hence will not pose as hazard in your tabletops.
What to Look for in your Electric Kettle?
In looking for the best electric kettle to suit your needs, consider the following factors: function, capacity, materials and aesthetics, safety features, maintenance, efficiency and other features for added convenience.
Here, we will discuss some of these features so you can figure out your specific needs for an electric kettle. This way, you can choose which product best suits your requirement.
Some electric kettles are programmed to have multiple temperature settings and thus you can alter the water temperature and boil to your desired needs. Different drinks are best made with the perfect temperature so that you can have the best version of your drink with a great taste and aroma.
Most electric kettles have boil only function while some have pre-set temperature settings like the products that we will mention below.
Cuisinart CPK-17 Electric Kettle,
Bonavita BV382510V Electric Kettle
and Aicok Electric Kettle have 6 pre-set heat settings
while Breville BKE820XL Kettle have 5 heat settings.
Adagio Electric Kettle
and T-fal BF6138 Electric Kettle also allow you to adjust to various temperatures settings depending on your preference.
Whether you are a big or small household, it is better to consider the volume capacity of the electric kettle of your choice. Among the products that we reviewed,
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while DeLonghi Electric Kettle SJM010J-GR has the smallest capacity of 0.75 Liters.
Materials and Aesthetics
The best electric kettles are made of stainless steel, glass or plastic. Here, we will briefly discuss the qualities of an electric kettle depending on their material composition.
Stainless steel is the most common material used to produce electric kettles. Stainless steel is stronger and tougher. Stainless steel is a poor conductor of heat thus it is an ideal material especially for those kettles that are designed with cool touch feature. Stainless steel gives a classic touch to beautifully designed electric kettles.
Color coated stainless steel electric are slowly becoming the favorite just like the following:
DeLonghi Electric Kettle SJM010J-GR,
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle 40894
and Secura SWK-1701DB Electric Kettle.
Electric kettles made of plastic are usually the cheapest buys. But, comparing to stainless steel kettles, plastic-made kettles are less durable.
When you decide to choose for plastic-made kettles make sure that the plastic are BPA-free. Among the plastic kettles that we reviewed, the following are confirmed as BPA free:
Proctor Silex K2070YA Electric Kettle,
T-fal BF6138 Electric Kettle,
and Ovente Electric Kettle (KP72G).
Glass-made electric kettles although still less durable than stainless steel types are becoming popular because the glass brings elegance to the design. Also, seeing the water actually boils inside the kettle does not fail to amaze most users.
Because electric kettles use electricity to boil and the fact that handling of hot water can actually cause hazard if done without care, most electric kettles are designed with safety features to eliminate these hazards.
Cool touch feature characterizes an electric kettle when it has an insulated body so that the outside remains cool enough to touch even when the water is boiling inside. Secura SWK-1701DB Double Wall Electric Kettle has this feature.
Auto Shut Off and Boil-dry Protection
This feature automatically turns the kettle off if it doesn’t contain enough water or when the water is already boiling. This characterizes most electric kettles in the market today.
Power Light Indicator
Most kettles have lights to indicate when they are switched on. These power indicators vary from simple light to lighted buttons or for glass-made kettles, the entire body illuminates when powered on.
Electric kettle spout varies on different products from short to long and from simple to angled spout. Spout design can be a crucial part of an electric kettle to ensure control over water pouring. Safe, slow and graceful pouring can be made possible by electric kettles with gooseneck spout just like Bonavita BV382510V Electric Kettle.
Electric kettles need regular cleaning to function better and for them to last longer. Kettles with larger lid are easier to clean than those with narrow lid. Kettles with removable mesh filter and concealed heating element are also more convenient to clean than those with built-in filter and exposed heating element.
When cleaning your electric kettle make sure that it is cool and unplugged from electrical outlet. Use soft cloth and warm water to clean the outside of your kettle. To clean the inside, fill half of the kettle with warm water and add a cup of white vinegar. Leave the solution for 20 minutes then dump out the vinegar solution and scrub the inside of the kettle then rinse a few times with warm water.
The products included in this review have 1000 to 1750 watts power ratings. Higher wattage kettles are more powerful and boil faster. However, similar power levels do not always boil at the same speed because there are factors that can affect the efficiency of your kettle and one of them is your own behavior when using them.
Conserve Energy with Your Electric Kettle
There are ways to conserve energy when boiling water. Consider the following the next time you boil your hot water:
- Just boil what you need.
- Buy the right size of kettle in accordance to your needs.
- Use the hot water right away.
- Look for kettles with insulated bodies.
Features for Added Convenience
Other features to look for in a kettle are explained below. Having these features equipped in the kettle of your choice can give you much more convenience.
Water Level Indicator
This feature allows you to see the amount of water you are boiling. Most of the kettles included in this review have this feature.
Electric kettle handle should be soft and comfortable to grip. It should also be cool to touch even when the water is boiling.
A lid is the covering of the kettle. The lid matters especially when refilling and cleaning the kettle, the larger the lid the better in this instance. Secure lid is important in conserving the energy when boiling as well as to keep the water warm for some time.
Electric kettles are called cordless because the cord attaches to the separate power base or is concealed at the base. This way you will not be restricted in pouring, refilling and moving your kettle.
Some electric kettles are designed to keep the water inside warm after boiling for 20 minutes to 2 hours. The following products included in this review have keep warm feature:
Cuisinart CPK-17 Electric Kettle,
Bonavita BV382510V Electric Kettle
and Aicok Electric Water Kettle.
Most kettles now have 360-degree base. This feature allows users to place the kettle on the base to face in any direction.
This is the mesh filter usually located near the spout and filters water before it is poured on your cup. This filter ensures that your hot water is free from annoying flowing particles. A great electric kettle has removable and washable mesh filter.
Now, that we have set the parameters on what to look for in an electric kettle, we are now ready to choose the best electric kettle to cater to your specific needs.
The Best Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
We choose Hamilton Beach 40880 Electric Kettle as the best stainless steel electric kettle with boil only function.
This kettle is designed with safety features including auto shut off with boil-dry protection. There is a light indicator when the kettle is on. Cleaning the kettle is easy with its concealed heating element and removable mesh filter. Spout is drip free and the handle has an easy grip design. The unit has 1500 watts power rating and quickly brings the water to boil.
So, if you are looking for the best boil only electric kettle, then this is the product that we recommend with the perfect features for your safety and convenience as well as for great efficiency and durability. The capacity is 1.7 Liters, perfect for bigger household
The Best Color Coated Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
We choose Secura SWK-1701DB Electric Kettle as the best color coated stainless steel electric kettle.
What makes this product special compare to others is its double wall stainless steel construction that boils water quicker and keeps it warm longer right after. The body is cool to touch from the outside even when the water is boiling.
The kettle can serve big household with 1.7 Liter capacity per batch. The heating system is made of British Strix control inside and thus it is designed to last longer. For maintenance, the product has large lid and washable filter. Just like most electric kettles, it has automatic shut off function.
If you are looking for a long lasting product with all stainless steel components, popular and rated highly then you can check out this product from Secura.
The Best Plastic Electric Kettle
We choose T-fal BF6138 Electric Kettle as the best plastic-made electric kettle.
Made of BPA-free materials, this kettle from T-fal does not just boil it allows you to also control the temperature setting for your perfect brewing needs.
At an affordable price, you will get a product with the complete features of a great electric kettle including: 360-degree swivel base, concealed heating element, locking lid, water level indicator, removable anti-scale filter and an automatic shut off feature that is an essential safety element of a great kettle. This product is also backed by rave reviews from several users.
The Best Glass Electric Kettle
We choose Ovente Electric Kettle as the best glass-made electric kettle.
Made from high-grade borosilicate glass, this kettle from Ovente has a concealed stainless steel heating system, automatic shut-off and boil-dry protection.
The blue LED lights up the glass body when powered on making it amazing to watch when it boils. The stay-cool handle is comfortable to grip and the washable filter ensures that you will have the best results.
So, if it is the elegance of glass design you are after for, then this popular and affordable glass kettle from Ovente is your best choice.
The Best Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
We choose Aicok Electric Kettle as the best variable temperature electric kettle.
This electric kettle from Aicok can boil your water at 6 temperature settings depending on which drink or food you want to prepare. Here are the temperature settings per particular food/drink preparation as recommended by the maker:
- 160°F For Delicate Teas,
- 175°F For Green Tea,
- 185°F For White Tea,
- 190°F For Oolong Tea,
- 200°F For French Press Coffee, and
- 212°F For Black Tea or Instant Cocoa, Oatmeal, Noodles, and more.
For safety considerations, this kettle has auto shut off feature and stay cool handle. The kettle can keep your boiled water warm for 2 hours and allows you to continuously boil water at the same temperature with the last one so long as you return it to the base within 90 seconds. The product is equipped with removable scale filter and 360-degree swivel power base for convenience.
What is surprisingly great about this product in addition to its overwhelming features is its affordability making it a perfect choice for those who are specifically looking for a kettle with pre-set temperature settings.
Best Electric Kettle for Gift
We choose Cuisinart CPK-17 Electric Kettle as the perfect electric kettle to gift a friend or a loved one.
A widely accepted electric kettle with high rating, this 1500-watt kettle boils faster and can set your water to 6 different temperatures to help you prepare a fine drink with the right flavor and aroma. It can hold your water’s temperature after boiling for 30 minutes so energy is conserved when you need more time to prepare your favorite drink. You can continuously boil water at the same temperature as the last after each batch within 2 minutes. The kettle is big enough to serve a large household of 1 2/3 Liter of water per batch.
The design is especially great for gift. It has a classic and compact look. The kettle is cordless and the heating sytem is concealed. The blue LED indicator light tells you when the kettle is turned on. The kettle is easy to use and maintain, as it is equipped with 360-degree swivel base, water indicator window and removable scale filter. For safety consideration, it is made with auto shut off and boil-dry protection features as well as stay cool and nonslip handle.
Great as gift especially for tea lovers recipient, classic and elegant, and well accepted by users, surely you will not go wrong in choosing this item for yourself or for your friends and colleagues.
The Best Value Electric Kettle
We choose Ovente Electric Kettle as the best value electric kettle. We exclude plastic-made electric kettles that are included in this review in choosing the best value electric kettle, as the latter is not on the same footing with those that are made of stainless steel.
At a great price, this kettle from Ovente has all the features of a great kettle including a concealed heating element, on/off LED light power indicator, water level indicator, removable spout filter, stay cool and comfortable handle and large lid for easy maintenance. It has auto shut off and boil-dry protection features for safety considerations.
Now, we believe that you are ready to make your own choice of electric kettle so you will find comfort and convenience when you are preparing for your own cup of your comfort drink.
Kettles especially electric kettles for that matter are also great gifts for friends and loved ones and finding the best is possible when you fully understand how they work and how they are usually designed. You can surely pick the best for your preference as well as for the ones you want to share your kettle with.