Okay, so you’re going to get yourself a kettle. But how will you know it is the best one for you? What you need to do is figure out exactly what you require from your kettle. Like the quantity of water you will need in one go, etc.
Do you want a sturdy piece that just does the job well, or do you want one that you can leave out and it will add to the decor? Is a whistle something that is a necessity or do you prefer open spouts? Will you be able to put up with using dish towels to hold the kettle or do you absolutely require a handle that stays cool?
For your tea kettle to be compatible with your wishes, you need to look into the following things in detail:
Material: Kettles come in steel, aluminum, and cast-iron… to name a few. Stainless steel is a good choice as it is lightweight and easy to clean, but it heats up a bit slower than aluminum, for example.
Copper kettles are very pretty and heat up well as copper is a good conductor of heat but the metal requires proper care like cleaning and polishing or it gets tarnished and starts to look quite ugly.
Aluminum is also a popular choice because it heats up quickly. In fact, many heavy-based kettles use aluminum in the base of the kettle so it heats up quickly.
Glass kettles are a pretty option and it’s fascinating to watch the water start to bubble. They do, however, require care because you don’t want to smash your kettle by knocking it into something.
Cast-iron is a good option as it heats up really quickly and also retains heat well but it is a bit on the heavy side and is prone to rusting if you aren’t careful with it.
Base: The base of the kettle is an important feature. It should be thick in order to withstand the direct flame. Kettles with thick 5-ply bases are great as they heat the water up very quickly and the base is also preserved well. Also, the base should fit well on the burner of your gas stove. Too big won’t heat up properly and too small will end up scorched and melted as the flames will lick up its sides.
Size: How much water will you require in one go? If you need enough water for one, a small, 1-liter kettle will make the best tea kettle for you. If, however, you need hot water to make tea for a large family, you should definitely go for a 3-quart kettle or something like that.
Whistle: A kettle with a whistle is not something absolutely necessary; you can make do with a timer as well or just by approximation. However, a whistle lets you know when the water is ready so you can do other things instead of waiting next to the stove. Also, it covers the spout so you won’t be having any accidental splashing.
Aesthetic appeal: The aesthetic appeal of a kettle is not the most important point to consider. You can always prefer function over the looks of the kettle. However, you might want your kettle to stay on the counter or the stove-top to add to the overall decor of your kitchen. For that purpose, you should get a kettle that looks pretty and functions according to your requirements as well. You don’t want to have to replace your kettle just after a few months because it has started leaking and has become just a decoration piece.
Cleaning: While looking for a tea kettle, you need to keep an eye on the size of the lids. A large opening will let you clean the insides easily while a small one will require a brush.
You might wonder why one would need to think about cleaning something that will only be used to boil water. True, but over time kettles acquire a mineral build-up that you will definitely want to clean.
This is it, people. You have all these kettles to choose from. The best one, in my opinion, is the Willow & Everette kettle as it packs everything in one piece.
Choose wisely, brew tea and live life!