It’s uncommon to hear people talking about kettles as they would about any other appliance in their home because most of them are durable, and they’re only replaced once every so often. However, they do raise the following questions: When the time comes to buy a new electric kettle, what do people really need to look for? And what should we know before purchasing one?
Here are the 10 frequently asked questions before getting an electric kettle for your home:
1. When is it time to buy a new electric kettle?
Aside from when it just won’t turn on anymore, there are other hints that should alert you that it’s time to buy a new electric kettle. You should always keep track of how long it takes to boil water. A good-functioning kettle usually only takes between 2-4 minutes to bring water to a boil. If it takes less, then you have yourself an excellent kettle. If it takes more time, then it’s probably time to replace the kettle.
2. Which price range should I look at when I’m buying an electrical kettle?
Many “cheap” electric kettles are reliable and operate pretty well. That’s because its price is not an indication of its quality when considering a kettle. Most kettles are only expensive when the emphasis is placed on their design and size. Price does, however, matter when taking the voltage into consideration. Cheaper kettles tend to have lower prices and the lower the voltage, the more time it takes to boil the water. Kettles can cost a bit over $10 or over $200 depending on the particular features you’re looking for.
3. How should I go about choosing the right electric kettle?
Even though there are many features to factor in when choosing a kettle, it ultimately comes down to two things: does the kettle work properly and is it easy to use? You can go a long way when looking at those two factors unless you also care about its design. As mentioned above, the time it takes to boil the water is very important. This can save you lots of money on your electric bill over time. The kettle usage is another matter because it has to do with safety. You don’t want to burn yourself because of a hard to handle kettle. A non-slip handle is highly recommended.
4. Should the kettle turn off automatically?
As safety is concerned, it would be a good idea to get a kettle that turns off automatically. One that doesn’t turn off on its own when the water has reached its desired temperature can be a huge fire hazard.
5. Does it matter if I buy a steel or plastic kettle?
Getting a plastic or steel kettle only matters when you think about how you’re going to be using them. With both kettles, it’s not recommended that you leave water in the kettle after use and reboil it. Leaving water in either of the two for too long can give the water a strange aftertaste. Always try to boil only what you need. If the water tastes odd even though you don’t leave water in it for too long, then it’s time to replace it.
If you’re going to get a plastic kettle, it’s better to make sure that it’s Bisphenol A (BPA) free. It has been determined that BPA can cause the growth of cancer cells. “The U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC) found traces of BPA in nearly all of the urine samples (of cancer patients) it collected in 2004 as part of an effort to gauge the prevalence of various chemicals in the human body.” – Scientific American (February 19, 2008). So it’s something to keep in mind.
6. Hidden or immersed element?
Kettles with hidden elements have a smaller chance of causing build-up, while kettles with immersed elements don’t. That doesn’t mean that kettles with submerged elements don’t work as well, but it’s just easier to clean a kettle with a hidden element.
7. What size should I choose?
There’s a broad array of shapes and sizes for kettles on the market. It’s up to you to consider how many people will use the kettle at any given time. If you only need a kettle to make a maximum of 2 cups of tea at a time, then a 1 to 1,5-liter model is probably all you need. If you have a family of four or more, however than a larger model is recommended.
8. Should I choose a kettle with a cordless base?
Again, ease and safety come into play. A cordless kettle is far easier to use, and it can help you avoid spilling water. You can also quickly and effortlessly pour water into a cup without worrying about a cord.
9. How can I avoid choosing a noisy kettle?
Some kettles specifically mention their noise free boiling feature. Most have a higher price tag because of that. However, even these models can become noisier over time.
10. Should I buy a kettle with extra features?
This is entirely up to you. It depends on what kettle setting you want to use. However, one should always choose a kettle that has safety features. After all, these features should always be your top priority.