Are you also one of those who can’t imagine a day without a cup of coffee or tea? Then indeed, your kettle is already a rightful member of the household. So, therefore, when you meet this painful loss, and the family’s darling goes to the eternal hunting grounds, it is necessary to choose his successor. And maybe he’s got a name. But how to watch out for it and what to watch out for?
Buying Guide: Right Electric Kettle
It is important to remember how often and for how many people the water will boil. Therefore, it makes sense that if you want a kettle for two people, you will not buy it with a capacity of 1.2 l. For less consumption, there are models with a volume from 0.5 l. However, if you have frequent visits, a kettle with a book of slightly larger is recommended.
For example, if you are buying a kettle for work, it is worth buying a model with a larger volume. You can find ones in which you can boil up to 3 liters of water. The important thing is where he finds his place in the kitchen. Most often, it is on the line where it is most at hand. So when we put together the size of the space on the line and how many people the kettle will serve, we will also quickly solve the puzzle of how big it should be.
In addition to the energy consumption of the kettle, the power consumption of the kettle also shows us how long it will take for the water to boil. So there is a simple rule. The more power, the faster the boiled water. And also, the larger the kettle, the more emphasis should be.
The heating spiral is responsible for water heating. For older types of kettles, we can see it when looking inside. It heats water faster but does not prevent limescale from settling. If the heater is built into the bottom, it makes it very easy to clean. The disadvantage, however, is the slower water heating and thus the long wait for the morning life of the wake-up caller. Most of the more modern intelligent kettles have a hidden spiral.
We are clear on volume, power, and heating. But what material to choose? Again, we have a choice of plastic, stainless steel, glass, and ceramics.
- Plastic kettle – This type is the cheapest option. It is practical in terms of price and maintenance. However, sometimes it happens that after boiling water, a typical plastic smell can be smelled from it, which may not disappear even after several uses. There is, therefore, a risk of new variants of plastic-flavored coffee and tea.
- Stainless steel kettle – They are more expensive but odorless for it. They are also gaining increasing popularity, and since most kitchen appliances are made of stainless steel, you will perfectly fine-tune the overall look of your kitchen. But they can get hot when cooking. So make sure you don’t get burned.
- Glass kettle – Glass does not often overheat, but we know that everything can be seen on the glass. So you’ll have to clean the kettle more often. But if you want to pull out before a visit and attract attention, get one. It’s a significant design element for the home. This appliance doesn’t matter, so let’s see what to look at. On the other hand, it is a little heavier, which can be inconvenient when pouring more cups.
- Ceramic kettle – Ceramics is a piece for a change that will delight lovers of classics and retro. In addition, the original porcelain pattern resembles our grandmothers’ favorite dishes. Young generations are also increasingly returning to tradition. In addition, ceramics insulate noise very well and are thus among the quietest. However, thanks to the material, it can be hot and more prone to rupture after heating.
Kettle… But what’s more?
Nowadays, we want a little more from kettles than just heating water. Easy operation is a matter of course. First of all, we need to know that the device is in operation. This is done by backlighting. Of course, heating remains the primary function, but such an electric kettle with thermoregulation, where you can set the temperature to which the water heats up. That’s something! This feature will be appreciated, especially by lovers of tea rituals.
Tea enthusiasts will also appreciate kettles with a thermometer to keep their favorite drink at the desired temperature. Some have extra equipment compared to the competition. For example, a removable filter or a watermark can determine the water level on both sides. Another element is, for instance, ruling an electrical cable.
A kettle facilitates cleaning with a removable filter. The filter will catch all the dirt, and you do not have to de-deuce it so often.
Design is what’s going on here.
The material is what determines the overall appearance. And like we said, it’s plastic, stainless steel, glass, and ceramics. But, of course, designers also offer many patterns and shapes.
The design may well be shaped like a retro stove teapot. After all, the shape also changes over the years. Whereas previously, they were somewhat elongated and high, they are now lower and more comprehensive because of the savings. This shape allows better use and distribution of heat from the bottom, where the heating body is stored.
Are you resisting the acquisition of another electrical appliance? Never mind, the solution is to buy a stainless steel kettle, which heats the water on the induction plate just as quickly and does not get in the way of the line.
Quality kettles have a large number of protective elements. The first is automatic switching off after boiling using a safety fuse. This function is the absolute basis for regular kettles. Another safety feature is the fuse, which switches off the appliance if we raise it when boiling. Finally, there is usually a shutdown in cases where it would start cooking without water. This prevents it from overheating.
If you’re going on a long trip or camping and know you can’t do without coffee, you can get a travel kettle. It is mainly made of plastic and up to 0.7 l in volume, and in the accessories, you will find cups, a tea sieve, a spoon, a fork, and, in some cases, a pedestal for heating baby bottles. In addition, it has a plugin for the car lighter socket.
Travel kettles for the car can be easily attached to the wall or floor of the vehicle. Retro advocates still use travel cooking spirals on their camping trips. Unfortunately, they can be forgotten, and as we know, they don’t switch themselves off. So for spiral fans, watch out for that! It can easily cause a fire.
All appliances that use water suffer from scale settling. The amount of deposit depends on the hardness of the water. But we should clean the kettle from time to time anyway.
Four reasons to de-de-de-ed
- The scale layer reduces heating efficiency and extends it – it costs more money.
- It poses a risk of overheating the appliance and, therefore, possible damage.
- Edging peeled pieces of limescale into the water and further into beverages (unless we have a fine enough sieve in the kettle nozzle).
- Bacteria thrive in deposits, which are always defused by boiling, but their metabolism can produce toxic substances that remain in the water.
How to clean a kettle
What we need
- citric acid
- drinking water
- Vinegar and sponge to clean the nozzle and edges under the lid.
Citric acid is a suitable remedy because it effectively removes limescale and is friendly to the appliance and our health. Compared to vinegar, it has the advantage of not smelling. It can be purchased in drugstores or supermarkets in the canning needs department.
Let’s go clean
- Pour water into the kettle by line.
- Pick up a tablespoon of citric acid and sprinkle in water
- Could you turn on the kettle and let it boil?
- Let the solution act for 30-60 minutes.
- Pour out and allow clean water to cook at least once before further use
- With the help of vinegar and sponge, we clean the remaining parts of the kettle – nozzle, and edge
This procedure is sufficient for regular cleaning. If we already have a substantial deposit, after boiling, sprinkle 1-2 tablespoons of acid again and let it act overnight so that the bacteria do not multiply further.