Selecting an Electric Tea Kettle

An electric tea kettle can be a time and energy saver for the avid tea drinker. Kettles generally hold anywhere from 1.5 quarts to 3 quarts of water. They are especially useful in offices and dorms.

Electric Tea Kettle

Many electric models are designed so that the heating element is sealed off so it limits direct exposure to water.

This could be important if you live in an area prone to mineral deposits, which can be difficult to remove and may damage your kettle.

Here are some available features to consider as you select your tea kettle:

  • Automatic shut off. The kettle will turn itself off when the water has reached boiling.
  • Boil dry safety protection. This keeps the kettle from continuing to heat even after it is empty.
  • Water level gauge. This ensures that you are filling the kettle to its full level.
  • Power levels. Many kettles note the watts of power. The larger the wattage, the more quickly the device will heat.
  • Alert when boiling. Some appliances have whistles or make other noises when the water is boiling.
  • Cord wrap. Some kettles offer a way to wrap the cord around the kettle base.
  • Lid. Some kettles feature a lid lock that ensures that the lid stays locked when the water is hot.
  • Spout. Some kettles feature a no-drip spout for easy pouring.
  • Warranty. Warranties can range from 90 days to a year, depending on the price of the product.

Many kettles grow very warm during the heating process, so be sure to keep the teapot where children or animals will not come into contact with the exterior of the appliance.

To care for your electric kettle, swish white vinegar around its interior to remove mineral deposits or follow the instructions that came with the appliance. For exterior spots caused by mineral depositions, wipe gently with a soft rag doused in white vinegar; rinse and then dry immediately with a soft cloth.

In addition to brewing tea, you can use a tea kettle to make hot water for oatmeal, powdered mashed potatoes, instant soup, hot chocolate and anything else that requires boiled water.

Be sure the read all instructions and check the manufacturer’s warnings prior to use.

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