Having a cup of tea in the morning, afternoon, or even before bedtime can be an important ritual for many. While tea has been made for hundreds of years by boiling water on a stove top, advancements in technology has allowed the teapot to evolve over time. In fact, this household staple has become so modernized that it is now available to be powered by electric. While the modern electric tea kettle is quite a marvel, the consumer should still be careful in picking the best one. This article will identify 3 tips for choosing an electric tea kettle.
- Total capacity. Before committing to a new electric tea kettle, you must consider how many cups of water you want your kettle to hold. If you are planning to host a tea party for several of your closest friends, it is important to purchase an appliance that can handle the demands of boiling water for more than one person.
- How long does it take to boil? Another factor to consider when looking to purchase a new tea kettle is how long it will take the water to boil. If you purchase a tea kettle that is electric but still takes a long time to boil the water, you might as well stick to the stovetop version. Your electric kettle should only take a few minutes to boil piping hot water. If it is taking longer than that, you may want to check your kettle for scale buildup as this can cause delays.
- Is there a keep-warm feature? While it is great to be able to plug a kettle into the wall and have hot water instantly, it is also a great feature to be able to keep your water warm or hot for an extended period of time. One of the biggest complaints of those who used the stovetop tea kettle is that the water would not stay warm for a long period of time. If this is an important feature to you, be sure to check and confirm that the appliance offers such a feature before making a purchase. It is not out of the ordinary for an electric kettle to be able to keep water warm for 30 minutes to an hour.
While these factors are important when deciding which electric tea kettle will be best for your needs, you may also want to keep in mind price, warranty options, minimum boiling amount, spout size, and the length of the chord. While these may seem like minor things to consider, they can cause substantial problems if you are not careful. For example, if you are excited about the tea kettle you have settled on and you take it to the register, you may be in for a big surprise and perhaps even disappointment if the kettle is out of your price range. Be sure to check the price before going to check out at the register. Another consideration is to be sure that you know that your kettle has the proper spout and is not going to splatter hot water everywhere.