They say a watched pot never boils. It can certainly feel that way when you’re waiting for water to heat up in a standard tea kettle for that first cup of coffee or tea. Use an electric kettle to boil water more quickly and save time standing over the stove.
Electric Kettle Benefits
Electric tea kettles use less energy and free up a burner on your stove. They range in size from a 2-cup electric kettle for personal use to a 17-cup kettle, perfect for large households or an office setting. An electric water boiler is also great for heating water to cook oatmeal, eggs and pasta. When you’re done using it, it can easily be stashed away.
Select a model with the following modern features for added convenience:
• Temperature Control. Many hot water kettles allow the user to control the temperature. More advanced models feature temperature displays and timers so you can keep your water at a specific temperature for an extended time.
• Auto Shutoff. When you leave a stovetop kettle on a burner for too long, you risk burning it. Electric hot water pots shut off automatically once the desired temperature is reached.
• Cordless Options. Cordless kettles travel easily, so you can move them around the house or take them with you on camping trips. The bottom and handle stay cool, so you can place it on any surface and won’t risk burning your hand or your furniture.
• Quiet Alerts. Some people find the whistle of a stovetop kettle bothersome. With an electric kettle, you have the option of a silent light display instead.
Choose a glass, plastic or stainless steel electric kettle. For a bright pop of color, try adding a red electric kettle to your morning routine. For something more traditional that blends in with your kitchen decor, choose a white electric kettle instead.
To clean an electric hot water kettle bring a mixture that’s equal parts water and white vinegar to a boil. Shut off the kettle and let the mixture sit, with the kettle unplugged, for 15 minutes or so. Then empty the kettle and allow it to air dry.