The Benefits of Electric Kettles

There are a number of advantages to using an electric kettle instead of a conventional stove top kettle, and some are more obvious than others. The most easily recognizable advantages of electric kettles are those associated with convenience. Since they are specifically designed for the purpose of heating water, electric kettles tend to be much more efficient than stove top Cup of Teakettles–a couple of liters can heat up in 3-4 minutes, compared with closer to 10 minutes using a range with a heating element. Additionally, an electric kettle focuses most of its energy toward heating the water, while different stove tops present a varying amount of electricity waste caused by escaping heat that doesn’t come into effective contact with the water.

In some cases, a stove top kettle is not even an option–college dorm rooms and hotel rooms are often ill-equipped to accommodate the simple pleasure of a cup of tea, and an electric kettle is a portable and extremely easy solution. Kettle Starter KitFinally, if you’re forgetful like me, you might sometimes find yourself racing across the house to silence the ear-splitting shriek of a tea kettle that has been boiling too long. Electric kettles also solve this problem by automatically shutting off when the water temperature reaches boiling–many even have a feature that prevents the kettle from boiling dry, which can result in disaster for a stove top kettle.

Though the efficiency and energy-saving auto-stop features of electric kettles make for a strong economic argument (who wouldn’t want a kettle that eventually saves enough money to pay for itself?), there are some deeper, less obvious benefits that will make even the quickest cup of tea even better. Many people are not aware that water loses its vibrancy if it is boiled for too long–over-boiled water tastes flat, and tea made with it usually won’t live up to its full flavor potential. Again, the auto-stop electric kettle feature easily remedies this problem. What’s more, many electric kettles have extra insulation to keep the water hot and prevent the need for re-boiling.

Chef's Choice Electric Kettle

Electric kettles are perhaps most indispensable to tea drinkers who love green and white teas, which require considerably cooler water to prevent incorrect brewing and unpleasant bitterness and harshness.  Taking a conventional kettle off the stove at the correct temperature can be difficult, since there is really no easy way to measure the temperature while it is inside the kettle. Boiling the water and leaving it to cool to the correct temperature is an even more difficult proposition. Luckily for green and white tea lovers, some electric kettles have been sensitively designed with the specific needs of these teas in mind. Specific temperature settings can be adjusted and the kettle’s internal thermometer provides exact measurement when it is the most crucial.

Electric kettles can be found for a variety of prices–many are even less expensive than conventional stove top kettles. Though some may prefer a less technological method of water preparation in favor of a more old fashioned aesthetic, electric kettles have become a viable, economical, and reliable option available to optimize any tea lover’s daily ritual.

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9 thoughts on “The Benefits of Electric Kettles

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  3. geneva saville


  4. Thanks for the info on the Benefits Of Electric Kettles, very helpful, i have a Aroma electric kettle that work for years now and no problems so far.

  5. Marque Lampert

    Sorry my computer ate my post!! Go for a stainless steel pot and avoid the off gases from plastic! I use an electric kettle and for all hot water needs,oatmeal in the morning,hot packing vegetables for preserving,and the best “cuppa” in the neighborhood (my pot holds 75 ounces!)! Works wonderfully for sauces and gelatins too.

  6. wyatt krajeski

    I have used an electric water kettle for sometime now and am concerned about reports of heavy metal toxicity that have surfaced over the past few years. Does anyone have any advise on choosing a good brand?

  7. Carolyn Chrzan

    I use an electric kettle most of the time (Always at work). It’s fast and efficient and actually boils the water- which we all know is essential for a proper cup of tea. My only problem is that there is no signal when it has boiled. The power switch just goes off, I’m busy doing something, come back, and the water isn’t freshly boiled and I must start all over again. I once used a kettle that gave a resounding “Ding!” when the power switched off- audible from far away! Why can I not find this brand? Why doesn’t anybody design one that makes a noise when it finishes? If anybody knows of one, can they tell me the name? Thanks for any info!

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