A kettle is one of the most crucial components in a modern day kitchen. Being able to make the perfect brew in the morning is a necessity and one that needs the right equipment. Sure all kettles boil water, that’s a-given. Some do it water in record time while others are quieter and more compact.
Before you buy a kettle for your kitchen there are a number of things to be taken into consideration to ensure it is the perfect fit for your home. To help you buy the perfect model for your home, we have compiled a buying guide so you know what to look out for to get the most for your money.
Before You Buy
Before you jump right in, there are a few things you will need to consider to get the right suit for your kitchen:
There are a number of different models out there, some of them cheap and cheerful while others are a tad on the expensive side. Buying a cheap model will still do the job, it may just take longer. It probably won’t be as durable as a quality model and could have the potential to break easily.
At the top of the spectrum, there are very expensive models where you’re really paying more for the brand rather than the quality of the kettle itself. That being said, it still isn’t a good idea to scrimp on quality because if it will be used every single day. It’s better to buy a model that is easy to use, quiet, powerful and lightweight to meet all your needs.
Though your kettle certainly doesn’t use as much electricity as some of the bigger kitchen appliances like fridges and dishwashers, you can still get some that consume less energy when in use. Think about how eco-friendly your appliance will be and if that will suit your home.
Power is important. The higher the power the faster it will be able to heat the water. Some of the cheaper ranges of kettles can actually take double the amount of time then compared to a quality model. If you are living a hectic and busy lifestyle or sharing with a number of people, it’s better to go for a faster, durable model to accommodate everyone in the mornings without a fuss.
Models with Fast Boil ability will generally have around 3000W of power, and will be able to heat an entire full capacity in under a minute.
Ease of Use
Let’s face it, you want to buy a kettle, not a sophisticated multi-functional water heating machine with bells on, so you are going to want a straightforward model that suits your lifestyle. Of course, there are some very good and helpful functions and features so make sure you know what you are looking for before you buy.
If you have certain needs then you are going to want to make sure you get a kettle that is fitted to these needs to allow you to use this appliance with ease. Make sure that the one you choose is easy to grip and comfortable to hold and pour.
Boiling water can take a couple of minutes and a loud, rattly appliance will quickly become an inconvenience. Kettles make a different level of noise depending on the model or brand you get. Just because your kettle is noisy, some are more intrusive than others so it’s important to find out how loud the model you choose actually is before you buy.
If your kettle is heavy even before you fill it with water, it probably isn’t the right one for you. Once filled with water, it will become extremely heavy and difficult to pour. Try to go for a lighter kettle where possible.
Consider how much space you have available in your kitchen to store your kettle. If you have a smaller kitchen then it may be worthwhile buying a compact model. But if you have more space than you could get a bigger one. A kettle is something that you use every day so you want to buy one that will be the most suited for you and your lifestyle.