Getting a tea kettle that fit your needs

All electric tea kettles are not created equal. They come in a myriad of shapes and sizes, have varying degrees of wattage, and can contain various safety features. Don’t get intimidated though! Picking the right tea kettle is hardly a chore, and may just become one of your most used and beloved kitchen appliances.

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Here’s how to make sense of all the different features when choosing an electric tea kettle.

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For the Timer-Saver in All of Us

One thing that most electric tea kettles have in common is that they save quite a bit of time. If you were to run a little science experiment and test this claim using a stove top tea kettle and a microwave, you’d see the efficiency first hand.  A stove top tea kettle, filled with just five cups of water (the amount used to make two large mugs of tea) will generally take around five minutes to boil on typical electric glass-top stove set on “high.” The time is relatively similar using a microwave. In contrast, a nifty 1500-watt (120-volt) electric tea kettle can boil that amount of water in roughly two-and-a-half minutes.

Of course, everything depends on the type, power, and efficiency of your microwave and stove, as well as whether you choose one of the powerful 1500-watt (120-volt) electric tea kettles.

For the Tea Lover

Do you like to drink a lot of different types of teas? Certain varieties, including white, green, oolong, herbal, and Rooibos are temperature sensitive and develop their flavors best when steeping in water below boiling (212° F).

If you’re drinking any of these types of teas, look for a programmable temperature feature so you have the option to set the temperature between 110 to 212° Fahrenheit; or choose an electric kettle with pre-programmed temperature settings, which base their temperature on the type of tea you’re brewing.

If you like to sip tea throughout the day, you’d do well to choose a model with a ‘stay-warm’ feature that can be set between 110 and 190 Fahrenheit.