Electric Tea Kettle Review - The 7 Best Cordless Kettles In America
Although well known and widely used in the rest of the civilized world, the electric tea kettle is still unknown in most American households. The electric tea kettle is made to do one thing well - and that is to boil 1-1/2 liters to 1-3/4 liters of water quickly. And indeed it does this better than both the microwave and stovetop kettles which most Americans use whenever they need hot or boiling water. However, do not expect your electric kettle to keep your water hot. That is the province of the regular airpot and electric airpot.
Nowadays, most electric tea kettles are made cordless. A cordless kettle has several advantages over an old fashioned electric kettle with an attached cord. You can easily remove it from its base to pour hot water without hindrance from the cord, and you can refill it without having to drag its cord around or worrying about getting the electric cord wet. Additionally, a higher-end cordless kettle has an enclosed heating element, so cleaning the kettle becomes an easy task.
Americans who have seen a cordless kettle or electric tea kettle in action in Europe and Asia tend to be surprised by the speed at which they bring water to a boil - a good quality electric kettle can boil nearly 2 liters of water in 2 minutes. Unfortunately, this level of performance is impossible in America due to the low voltage of its power supplies. The 120V American power supply simply cannot supply as much power as the European or Asian 240V electrical power supply. However, even with the anemic 120V, a cordless kettle can still boil enough water to make one or two cups of tea or coffee within half a minute.
There are Americans who complain that electric tea kettles are not insulated and that anyone touching them will get burned. Everyone else simply says, "That's right!" A cordless kettle is just like any stovetop kettle, pot or pan. You have no business touching the body of the kettle with your bare hand, not even if the body is made of plastic. If you do that, you deserve to be burned.
Many people prefer to buy a stainless steel cordless kettle because they do not feel safe about boiling water inside a plastic container. Some people also complain of a plastic smell contaminating the water boiled in a plastic kettle. In actual fact, this smell will disappear after you boil a dozen or so kettles of water. No one drinks the water from the first few rounds of boiling, not even for a stainless steel kettle.
However, there is an important caveat. As more companies in the US, Europe and Japan cut costs and outsource their production to China, quality control has slipped. There have been increasing complaints of plastic cordless kettles where the plastic smell refuses to fade even after many boilings. It may be advisable to check where your kettle is made before buying.
Finally, here is the list of 7 best electric tea kettles in the US:
- Aroma AWK-115S 1-1/2-Liter Hot H20 X-PressWater Kettle; $30.99; Stainless steel
- Proctor Silex K2070 1-Quart Automatic Electric Kettle; $15.99; Plastic
- Breville SK500XL Ikon Cordless 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Electric Kettle; $99.99; Stainless steel
- Capresso H2O Plus Glass Water Kettle; $100.00; Glass
- T-Fal BF6520004 Vitesse 1.7L Electric Kettle; $69.99; Plastic
- Chef's Choice 677 Cordless Electric 1-3/4-Quart Teakettle; $49.99; Stainless steel
- Chef's Choice 685 International Deluxe Cordless Electric Teakettle; $79.99; Stainless steel
Note that the list price of these top 7 electric tea kettles are only for reference and are current only at the time of writing. You should be able to find better prices for these cordless kettles from online retailers like Amazon or Target.
Top 7 Electric Tea Kettles
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