How to Choose the Perfect Kettle

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The day starts with a wake-me-up cuppa. Followed by a keep-going-it’s-only-10am cuppa. Maybe even a sneaky lunchtime cuppa? Definitely a stay-awake late afternoon cuppa…. Finally, the post-dessert cuppa to give you that warm, cosy, ready-for-bed feeling.

It doesn’t matter if you love cappuccino, espresso, mocha or flat white. Whatever form, size or strength, coffee makes the world go. And every cuppa starts with the invigorating sound of bubbling, hot water in your trusty kettle. It’s no wonder that the once underappreciated kettle has become a statement piece in the kitchen.

How to Choose the Perfect Kettle

Colourful and retro, stainless steel and modern, cast iron and traditional – there’s never been more options to choose from! That’s why we put together a list to help you choose the hottest kettle for your kitchen.

1. Choose Whether You Want a Stovetop kettle or Whistling Kettle

Stove top kettles are all the rage and a durable choice
Stove top kettles are all the rage and a durable choice

Before we start talking about materials, looks and performance, you need to decide whether you want to go with an electric kettle or a stove top kettle. Here’s what you need to consider when looking at an electric vs stove top kettle:

2. Decide If You Want to go for a Quick Boil or a Slow Burn

A patient purist who enjoys the process of heating water and the nostalgic sound of a whistling kettle? Then a stovetop kettle is the option for you. Need your coffee fix pronto? An electric kettle is the speedier option. Take a look at the estimated time needed to reach boiling point:

Electric kettle: 1-3 minutes.

Stove top kettle: 3-8 minutes.

3. Consider Energy Efficiency

Electricity costs are on the rise. Cutting down on unnecessary electricity usage or aiming towards going off the grid is the way to go. Electric kettles generally are more energy-efficient than stovetop ones. This is simply because they boil faster.

That said, gas is still cheaper than electricity. If you have a gas stove, the stove top kettle definitely comes out on top. A gas stove also means load shedding won’t deprive you of your daily caffeine fix. All of it thanks to your stove top kettle.

4. Traveling? Go for a Camping Kettle

Going camping on the coastline or glamping in the wilderness? Coffee is a must-have on your getaway. The stovetop kettle is the perfect travel companion. It can be used on a braai grill top or a campfire. No electricity needed here!

The electric vs stove kettle verdict is:

Speed: Electric kettle, hands down!

Energy efficiency: Electric kettle. Unless, of course, if you have a gas stove. In which case, the stove top one wins.

Versatility: Stove top kettle. It works during load shedding (if you have a gas stove or a braai) and can go on holiday with you.

Just for looks or more than meets the eye?

When deciding on the aesthetic, it is important to take note of the material. More often than not, it has a deeper impact on the unit than simply the way it looks.

Love retro? Then this stovetop kettle is for you - available in silver, beige and red.
Love retro? Then this stovetop kettle is for you – available in silver, beige and red.

If the stovetop kettle is for you, your options are stainless steel. If you’re a tea lover, copper or cast iron. Unless you want to brew tea the traditional Japanese way, we suggest avoiding copper or cast iron. These are exceptionally heavy materials. They take even longer to reach boiling point.

Decided to go electric? These kettles are available in three different materials: glass, plastic or stainless steel.

We’ve selected a couple of factors to consider when deciding on what type of material to go for.

Other Considerations When Choosing the Perfect Kettle

Price tag: The sky’s the limit when it comes to price tags. Plastic kettles are the most affordable option. Glass and stainless steel ones are on the pricier side. However, they are totally worth the extra spend in the long run!

Weight: Plastic kettles are ultra lightweight and therefore easy to carry. Glass and stainless steel kettles are slightly heavier. However, they are still pretty effortless to lift and pour.

Health: Stainless Steel is the healthiest option. Even more if it has a built-in scale filter to prevent potential limescale build-up. Glass is a close second. Being clear, you can immediately see if there is any dirt or limescale build-up inside. Plastic is often frowned upon due to risk of containing BPA. Even if a plastic kettle claims to be BPA free, it can still give the water an unpleasant, plastic taste.

Durability: Glass kettles are the most fragile compared to its competitors. Plastic comes in second, and stainless steel takes the win.

Looks: Both glass and stainless steel kettles are elegant options. The pro to stainless steel is that you have more options. You can either go for the traditional brushed steel look or choose from a variety of colours. This makes it very convenient should you want to add a bit of fun to your kitchen.

Let’s start shopping!

We’ve selected a couple of our favourite options to make your life easier.

Add an elegant Skandi touch to your kitchen with a SWAN Nordic 1,7 Litre Polished Stainless Steel Cordless Kettle. The stainless steel body has a rubberized exterior and a removable and washable water filter. It also has auto cut off and is a powerhouse at 2150 Watts.

Go for a sophisticated and oh-so classy look with the retro-inspired Snappy Chef 2.2L Beige Whistling Stove Top Kettle. Suitable for induction stoves, this stainless steel beauty has a beige powder coated exterior. It also comes with a black, no heat plastic handle and lid. Furthermore, it has a 3-capsule induction base and a single touch open spout.

For a pop of colour, welcome the Hisense 1.7L Red Kettle to your countertop. This 360-degree rotational stainless steel kettle has a rear water gauge. It also comes with a boil-dry protection function.

For on-the-go convenience, choose the Companion 800ml Pop Up Kettle. This clever popup kettle is made from food-grade silicone. It also has a stainless steel base and polypropylene(PP) lid. What’s more, it can be used on gas and electric heat sources. This makes it ideal for camping or travelling. It also collapses to 6 cm in height, making it easy to store and pack away.

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