What are the factors to consider when buying an electric kettle?
- Comfortable handle
- Water level gauge
- Cord or cordless
- Water volume capacity
- Material finish
- Automatic shut off
In the past, people had to boil water manually using a pot and stove. Today, the creation of electric kettles made boiling water one of the simplest household tasks. Electric kettles are one of the best kitchen appliances in the Philippines that offer Filipino coffee and tea lovers convenience, speed, energy efficiency, and precision. They also come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and prices with different features. To avoid the pitfalls of buying the wrong unit for your home, here is a guide to choosing an electric kettle. We listed down the factors to consider when buying the right one.
It should go without saying that the electric kettle you choose should have a comfortable handle. You want it to feel lightweight and balanced, even when full of water. Does the electric kettle have enough finger room on its handle to offer you a secure grip and avoid spilling hot water? By addressing this question, it will be easier to trim down your options.
Water Level Gauge
Once you have determined the comfort level of the handle, you now have to check for a water level gauge. An electric kettle with a water level gauge is very practical as it allows you to identify how much water is inside without needing to open the lid. If you need to boil a specific amount of water for a drink or dish, you can end up with less or more than desired without a gauge.
Some electric kettles have water level gauges with almost invisible font sizes and colors, making them difficult to read. For this reason, you might want to look for clear water level gauges that can be read with a simple glance. Take the Hanabishi Water Kettle HWK112C as an example. It has a clearly visible water level gauge on the side with lines.
Cord or Cordless
An electric kettle with an attached cord will either have its cord connected directly to the jug or to the base of the kettle. If you want to be able to effortlessly refill your cup with boiled water, a cordless electric kettle will be ideal because you don’t have to drag the electric cord and risk accidents from spills.
Water Volume Capacity
You have to consider the kettle’s water volume capacity according to your household size. Standard electric kettles can boil up to 1.7 liters (7 cups) of water. There are electric kettles that can accommodate 1.9 liters (8 cups) of water like the Hanabishi Water Kettle HWK119SS, making them ideal for bigger families. If you live alone, however, smaller-sized kettles that hold up to 1.2 liters (5 cups) of water may be enough to meet your needs.
The material finish of an electric kettle will affect both its performance quality and aesthetics. The main material finishes of electric kettles are stainless steel, plastic, or glass. Each has its own advantages and disadvantages.
- Plastic Electric Kettles
The main advantage of plastic electric kettles is their affordable price. Since they are cheap to manufacture, the cost savings ultimately get passed to customers. In addition, they are lightweight and easy to lift or pour, lowering the risk of accidents associated with falling and burning.
The disadvantage of plastic kettles is that they run the risk of being a health hazard when coming into contact with boiling water. They can also leave a slight flavor or odor change on the water. Make sure to purchase a plastic kettle from a reliable appliance store that pays close attention to product safety and quality.
- Glass Electric Kettles
Glass electric kettles are well-loved for their classy look. Just take a look at the stunning Hanabishi Water Kettle HWK118GL. They are beautiful to look at once placed in the kitchen and they are also safe to use. However, they require extra care when handling because they are heavy and can shatter when dropped.
- Stainless Steel Electric Kettles
Stainless steel kettles are by far the most popular type of electric kettles. They are extremely durable, stylish, and do not pose any health threat. If you want the best value for money, go and buy a stainless steel electric kettle.
Automatic Shut Off
You’re not alone if you ever forgot to turn appliances once in a while. When you forget to turn off a kettle, all the water will turn to vapor. To avoid wasting your time, make sure to look for an electric kettle with an automatic shut-off feature. This way the electric kettle will automatically turn off when the water inside is boiled.
An electric kettle is a must-have kitchen appliance for anyone who wants to save time and effort in the kitchen. Now that you’ve read this guide to choosing an electric kettle, you can make sure you purchase one that meets your needs.
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