Whether you’re an avid tea drinker, love a great coffee pour-over, or just like the look of a kettle on the stove, you’ll want the perfect tea kettle. Here’s how to find the best pot or kettle to prep your favorite drink or just add some style to your stovetop.
Choose a Classic Tea Kettles
For long-lasting value, choose a classic cast-iron tea kettle. They’re strong enough to last a lifetime and will keep the water hot longer. A standard-size kettle or teapot has a capacity of about 8 cups, but you can find models that hold up to 12 cups. Stainless steel teapots won’t absorb the flavor of your tea, so you can brew different types without affecting the taste. Metal teapots are also easy to clean and more durable than ceramic or glass versions.
Types of Kettles
The old reliable whistling tea kettle will remind you when it’s time to take your water off the stove. But today’s kettles come with special features that help you skillfully heat water for your tea, coffee or soups. Consider the following options when selecting your kettle:
• Tea kettles with infusers prepare tea with no mess. They allow you to steep loose tea leaves and keep them brewing to your desired strength.
• Electric tea kettles heat the water more quickly and to exact temperatures. Newer models come with added benefits like cordless power.
• A copper tea kettle conducts heat especially well and resists trapping flavors. It’s also a stunning way to add a vintage look to your stovetop. There are classic hammered designs as well as models with a clean, ultramodern look.
As a mainstay on your stove, your kettle should match your kitchen. They come in a variety of colors. Choose a blue or red tea kettle for an eye-catching pop of color. Or go with a more traditional black kettle to blend in with your other appliances.