Electric tea kettles are very popular small appliances for homes and offices. They can boil water very quickly, even faster than a microwave, and they are very convenient when making tea, coffee, instant soup, or hot chocolate. With one of these tea kettles, it is possible to have better tasting tea. The advantage of an electric kettle is that most have automatic shutoff features, so it is not necessary to stop an activity turn off the kettle on the stove. Many electric tea kettles have cordless pots and sit on top of a base that is kept plugged in. After the water reaches the boiling point, the kettle automatically turns off. With these kettles, it is easy to start the kettle and have a cup of tea within a few minutes.
Stainless steel electric kettles have been very popular for many years, beginning as stovetop kettles that whistle when the water is boiling. Traditionalists who enjoy this whistle will not find this familiar sound with electric models, and for this reason, some people may prefer to make tea the way it has been made for years. If they are willing to give up the convenience of traditional kettles, they may very well find that electric models are actually much more convenient. There are many styles of stainless steel kettles sold today. A large kettle can boil enough water for several cups of tea at one time. There is a water-level indicator and a removable filter in most models as well.
Offices and home work areas will definitely want an electric model since there is no stove available in these areas. Thanks to the convenience of electric kettles, it is not necessary to leave the office to go out for tea. Instant coffee can also be made with the boiling water from the pot. Very little space is required, so the device can be placed in a corner, or it can be put in a break room or lounge for refreshment time. Little time is lost waiting for boiling water since an electric kettle boils faster than anything else. Heating a full pot of water takes about five minutes with an electric kettle, instead of the fifteen or twenty minutes it would take on a gas stove.
Different brands of electric kettles often have slightly different features. For instance, one kind has a blue light when the pot is turned on to boil, and when the water is hot, the light turns off. Pots are also made in different shapes from rounded to rectangular. Almost all of them sit on bases, which hold cords that start the heating element. The pots are generally cord free, another convenience when pouring and serving the tea because there is no cord to maneuver.
Electric tea kettles are also made of glass or plastic, but these are not as popular as stainless steel models that are made by every manufacturer of small appliances. Glass models may have polished chrome handles that stay cool when the kettle is picked up to pour the water. There are other styles that have black plastic handles. Plastic kettles come in a variety of colors, including orange, black, white, and other styles.
Some kettle models have temperature adjustments, rather than just having an on and off switch. This type of kettle is best for those who like teas that do not need such high temperatures. Green tea is one of these. When making green tea with this kettle, it is easy to set it to medium for hot water, rather than setting it to the high setting for boiling water. There are hundreds of electric tea kettles to choose from to make the perfect cup of tea.