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Buy a Stainless Steel Electric Kettle Online

Updated on January 23, 2010
Stainless Steel Kettle
Stainless Steel Kettle

Everywhere we look these days we are hearing about the benefits of tea and all the wonderful things that it can do for us. If you're thinking about getting into tea, or are already an avid tea drinker, you will find that an Electric Water Kettle can prove to be true godsend.

Not only does an electric water kettle provide the convenience of having hot water ready on demand, some of the higher-end models also allow you to monitor the temperature or even heat the water to a specific temperature. This means that you could heat water to boiling when needed, or to a lower temperature for a child's hot chocolate.

If you're looking to pickup a water kettle for a great price, shopping online can save you quite a bit of money.

There are a few things you should look for when buying a water kettle, these are:

  • Cordless, there are enough choices for all price ranges that you can pickup a cordless kettle at all price points, so I would make this a prerequisite for any kettle purchase.
  • Quantity, think about what you are going to use the water kettle for. If it's just for a cup of tea a couple times a day, then a smaller water kettle will work fine. However, if you might be making tea for many people, or might have a need for larger quantities of hot or boiling water, think about purchasing a larger sized water kettle.
  • Material, what the kettle is made out of can be important. Most of the kettles you find are either glass or metal. A glass water kettle can look very nice, but if you have a moderate amount of minerals in your water, you will find that it leaves a white residue in the kettle after a couple days of use. A metal water kettle will hide this better if you don't want to clean it every couple days.
  • Variable temperature, most of the kettles that you find bring the water to boiling and that's it. This works great in many cases, but if you are looking to use it to make beverages that need variable temperatures, then a water kettle that allows you to heat to a specific temperature, or one that has a temperature gauge that you could turn off when it got to that temp would be a good investment.

Here are a few options that really stand out.

Breville Ikon Cordless Kettle

The Breville Ikon SK500XL cordless water kettle is a good all around water kettle that is built for the home user.  The stainless steel finish is easy to clean and will hide any water deposits that build up in the kettle, but it also includes a viewing window so that you can see how much water is inside.  

This kettle is good for the home users because its 1.7 Liter capacity is enough for most people without making the kettle take up too much space on the kitchen counter.    The kettle is cordless, which as we said before, should be a requirement.  This kettle also includes a bell indicator that will let you know when the water is done.

Some of the other features of this kettle include a 1500- watt heating element, that should bring the full capacity of water to a boil in about two minutes.

1-year warranty; the warranty on the water kettle is an important thing to look at, particularly if you spending a decent amount of money on one.  The warranty on the product not only gives you piece of mind, but it also can speak to the confidence the manufacturer has in the product as well.

This kettle can be picked up for around $80.

Krupps Professional 2-Quart

The Krupps professional 2-Quart Die-cast electric water kettle is another good choice.  

Krupps is a leading name in the coffee and espresso maker market, and has built a reputation for quality products at decent prices.

As with the previous kettle, this one comes with a 1500-watt heating element to rapidly boil the water, as well as a 1 year warranty from the manufacturer.  

What makes this kettle really stand out is the design and capacity.  This kettle is designed for heavier use, so the dimensions and capacity have been enhanced to provide better performance of the water kettle.  The kettle itself is Die Cast, which means that it is a solid piece of metal with thicker walls than some of the other kettles.  Additionally the capacity of this kettle has been increased to give you a full 2-quarts.  

The list price on this kettle is significantly higher than some of the others (around $144), but shopping online you should be able to pickup this kettle for around $110 dollars.  

If your looking for a larger capacity kettle, designed for heavier use, and a unique look, the Krups BW4000 electric water kettle is a great choice.

Breville Variable Temperature Kettle

The Breville BKE820XL Variable Temperature water kettle, is one that is near and dear to my heart, as I personally own this one.  

This kettle is quite a bit more expensive than some of the others that we've looked at, but it introduces features that are not found on any of the other kettles; namely, variable temperature control.  The Breville variable temperature water kettle has individual buttons to allow you to heat water to the following temperatures:

  • 175 degrees - Green Tea
  • 185 degrees - White Tea
  • 195 degrees - Oolong Tea
  • 200 degrees - French Press
  • 212 degrees - Boil / Black Tea

In addition to the individual temperature buttons, this kettle includes a very useful "hold" button.  By selecting the hold button the kettle will heat the water to the desired temperature and then hold it at that temperature for up to 30 minutes.  I have found this to be one of the most useful features of this kettle and one that is sorely missing on the others I have tried.

The Breville BKE820XL electric water kettle also includes a 1 year warranty, stainless steel exterior and dual viewing windows to see water level.  Another nice feature is a button operated soft open lid, that automatically opens the lid and keeps it open for filling and storing.

This kettle is a little more expensive, but well worth the money if you're looking for a sold water kettle that will provide the years of enjoyment.  

The Breville BKE820XL variable temperature electric water kettle can be found online for around $150.

Sunpentown with Temp Display

The Sunpentown SK1717 electric water kettle is the least expensive water kettle that we've looked at, but it still adds some things not found on some of the more expensive water kettles.

This water kettle has the standard stainless steel outside with an external water level indicator.  It is cordless, which again is one of our requirements, and includes a one year warranty.  

What sets the Sunpentown SK1717 electric water kettle apart from the others in this price range is the external temperature display.  While unlike the Breville we looked at earlier, this water kettle does not automatically heat the water to the selected temperature, it does provide a temperature gauge that allows you to monitor and stop it at the desired temperature.  

This kettle provides some good features in a nice design and can be picked up online for around $50, about $30 savings over the list price.

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