Tuesday - Nov 21, 2017

A good kettle makes good tea


Kettles

Kettles are an essential tool in every home, and particularly in households where tea is regularly consumed. But, there is no need to buy the most expensive one, in order to boil water and pour it on your favourite tea. But, there still are some things to consider before buying a lovely kettle for your

Kettles are an essential tool in every home, and particularly in households where tea is regularly consumed.

But, there is no need to buy the most expensive one, in order to boil water and pour it on your favourite tea.

But, there still are some things to consider before buying a lovely kettle for your welcoming home!

First of all, define a budget to which it is better to stick before heading to the shop.

Secondly, try to define why and for how many people you will use this kettle: will you make one or two cups of tea a day and that’s it? Will use the kettle for boiling water to use in soups, too? And will it only be for you or as soon as friends/family are around, you will bring the kettle up?

So, to sum up, you need to define the capacity of the kettle that would be best suited to your needs: if you use the kettle to only boil one or two cups of tea a day, a capacity of one litre will amply suffice.

Then, it is a good idea to look into the time the kettle takes to boil the water: it is common for kettles to boil the water in 3 to 4 minutes; if you find a model with even less time for boiling, even better.

The more time the kettle you’re using takes to boil the water, the more energy you use, so it might be a good idea to compare boiling times and choose the fastest one.

Moreover, some kettles now offer an interesting feature for tea-fans: variable-temperature kettles which can adjust the temperature of the boiling water to the perfect heat that your tea deserve; and they even will keep the water warm!

Thirdly, it is good to think of weight and design: both are important; the weight because, if the kettle is too heavy, you won’t use it as often as you think, and design because, it is nice to have an elegant kettle that fits in well in the kitchen!

In order for your kettle to last you longer than a few boils before starting to leak, it is important to verify how sturdy the material the kettle has been built in, is.

Kettles can be made of plastic, stainless steel or glass, copper, cast iron or aluminium: plastic, glass and stainless steel are the most common material used for kettles.

One more thing that shouldn’t be overlooked is the grip: the handle of the kettle should be large enough to be gripped easily and rest comfortably in your hand; furthermore, the handle should be placed away enough from the body of the kettle to avoid steam burns.

Electric kettles should be fitted with an automatic shut-off system for safety purposes; this feature prevents the kettle from overheating.

If you decide to buy an electric kettle rather than a stovetop type, choose a model that has a detachable base: those models are safest than the non-detachable base and allow you more freedom of movement in the kitchen.

And finally, if environment problematic are of interest to you, a new generation of kettles has just emerged, “eco-friendly” kettles that are able to boil a cup of water in less than a minute, saving energy.

Now that you know what you have to look for in a kettle before buying one, we rounded up a quick selection of kettles, in order to help you narrow your choice.

Kettles don’t have to cost hundreds of pounds to be efficient and a report by Which has even emphasized the problem by demonstrating that a pricey kettle may not be as quick as a middle-range one.

This is why the “Philips Energy Efficient 1.7 litre kettle” ticks all the boxes: it is eco-friendly, quick to boil water and is sold at a price of £30.95.

With is white/grey design, this is kettle that you’ll proudly set on the counter of your kitchen whilst its unique cup indicator makes it easier to only boil what you need.

According to Philips, this kettle “should help you save up to 66% of the energy you would normally use”!

Morphy Richards is one of the best known brands in the UK and with reason! The kettle that attracted our attention has a brilliant red colour, is produced in partnership with Brita for better filtered water and sold at the price of £39.99!

The “Brita Filter Kettle: 43568 by Morphy Richards” possesses this very clever filter by Brita which will get rid of impurities in the water as it boils; moreover, the sliding lid makes this kettle easy to fill up when needed.

Then, for those who like quality design and quality material, there is the “Vintage Icona by Delonghi”: you can choose between three colourways.

Very chic and with its quick boiling feature, this is a kettle to display on a countertop in any designer house.

The price might make some grind their teeth (£79.99) but your Delonghi kettle will last you a long time.

Next, for those of you that want a kettle that offers a bit more than simply boiling water, the redaction has sets its eyes on the “Sage Smart Kettle”.

With its five separate settings to boil the water just right for your tea or coffee, its soft open lid, its sturdy stainless steel body and soft grip, this kettle would be perfect in any office around the world.

Although, you will have to convince your managers and bosses that paying £99 for a kettle will be essential to the happy continuity of your working day…

And to round up this quick selection, we wanted to talk about the “Magimix Kettle, a kettle that has a very sleek design with its polished stainless steel body and its quick boiling.

The ThermoSystem specific to this kettle means that it stays quiet during boiling time and keeps the body of the kettle cooler than other kettles, in order to minimize accidental burns.

Priced at £79.95, this is a kettle worth investing into!

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