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Choosing a Stainless Steel Kettle

Updated on October 2, 2010

If you’re looking for kitchen accessories that will look great in any kitchen and are durable and hardwearing, you can’t really go wrong with stainless steel. A stainless steel kettle looks impressive, is long lasting and works well in both traditional and modern kitchens. They are easily cleaned, boil quickly and come in a wide range of styles available from different manufacturers. It’s true that stainless steel kettles can be more expensive in versions made from plastic, but there are also a wide range of budget options available which look great and won’t have a huge impact on your wallet.

You can choose kettles in either brushed or polished steel, depending on the look you are going for and there are also colored variations available if you’re looking to brighten up your white kitchen with some bold accent colors. You can buy a stainless steel electric kettle for convenience, or you might prefer the traditional type that is heated on the stove.

When choosing a kettle for your kitchen, you should first think about the size that is suitable for you. Larger capacity kettles can boil more water at one time which is useful for large families or if you often have a lot of guests. If you live on your own or are a couple without children, using a smaller kettle will generally be more efficient.

Traditionalists will love both the look and the functionality of a stainless steel whistling tea kettle. These kettles can be placed directly on the stove and have a high pitched whistle to inform you when the water is boiling. Most models of stainless steel tea kettle will have a rubber handle to ensure you are not burned when lifting the kettle off the stove. If you find you have too many electric gadgets in your kitchen already or are concerned about the safety aspects of plastic kettles (studies have shown them to leech chemicals into the water) then this type of kettle is ideal for you.

If you’re looking for something a little more convenient and with a fast boiling time then you’ll want to consider a stainless steel electric tea kettle. Electric kettles are usually cordless these days, making them great for crossing the kitchen without having to unplug the kettle first. They can also be removed from the base and placed on the table at breakfast time or when you have guests, allowing them to pour their own tea. Look for a kettle with a built in fill indicator so you can always be sure only to boil the amount of water you need at any one time.

Stainless steel tea kettles look great, whether they are being used or just left on the kitchen counter. Steel heats quickly and evenly, ensuring a rapid boiling time and is a much safer material than plastic. A brushed stainless steel kettle will not show up finger prints and is very easy to clean and de-scale so you can be sure your kettle will stay looking great for many years to come.

Stainless steel kettles are available from several different manufacturers including KitchenAid, Breville, Krups, Cuisinart and more. There are many different styles to choose from so you’re sure to find something that is right for you, whether you prefer a traditional or modern look. Buying kettles online is easy – you’re likely to get a better price than you would shopping in a brick and mortar store and you can easily compare different models and read reviews without even having to leave your home. It is also easy to find other matching kitchen accessories such as toasters and microwaves to go with your new stainless steel kettle.

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