When it comes to choosing a tea kettle, there is no shortage of types and styles. Whether you are just looking for a decorative piece to display on your stove or counter, or you need something functional for brewing tea, you will be sure to find the perfect one that will meet your specific needs. Tea kettles are available in different sizes, shapes, colors and materials and range in capacity from small to extra large.
Stove Top (Traditional)
Stove top kettles are available in many different colors and styles to match any home décor. They are most often made from metal – such as copper, cast iron, stainless steel and aluminum. There are glass kettles available as well. Stove top kettles come with a whistler, either mounted onto the spout or detachable. They include a lid and a sturdy handle as well. When the water inside the pot begins to boil, it creates steam which causes the pot to whistle. This signifies that the water is ready for use. Different kettles make different whistling sounds.
Electric kettles offer more features than traditional or stove top versions. They most often come with a built-in whistle to let you know when the water is ready for use. Many of them offer various heat settings, water level indicators, as well as an automatic safety shut-off in case the pot boils dry. They are available with or without a cord. The cordless versions come with a power base that includes either a concealed or a non-concealed element.
Cordless versions are more convenient to use than corded ones because the pot is not restricted by the cord length and can easily be moved around. Electric versions typically boil water faster than stove top versions. They are most often made from metal, but are also available in glass.
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