For most households, a kettle is a must-have in the kitchen. Now more varieties of kettles are available than ever and deciding which one is right for you. If it’s unclear to you, let us break down the options so you can make an informed decision.

To determine if a kettle is good, we must ensure it can do its primary job of boiling water. Beyond that, we also look for additional features that make it easier to use and more convenient. These features could include an automatic shut-off when the water has boiled, an indicator light that shows when the kettle is turned on, and a removable filter to catch any impurities in the water. These features help make a good kettle for a great cup of tea or coffee.

Here are other key features for a new Smeg kettle or another brand.

A Comfortable Handle

When purchasing a kettle, it must be light enough to be comfortable to carry when full but not so light it feels flimsy. The handle should also provide a good grip and be manageable to hold easily. It should also be positioned to give enough space between your fingers and the hot body of the kettle.

A Wide Spout

Lids should be easy to open and close and securely attached to the kettle body. A wide spout makes filling the kettle more convenient without removing the lid.

A Few Controls and Indicators

If you're getting a new Smeg kettle or one from another brand, it may have the following:

  • Light-touch controls or a large switch for easier activation.
  • Indicator lights that are bright and obvious so you can see them regardless of the light levels.
  • A tone or an audible click to alert you that the water has boiled can be handy if you're looking for a quieter model.
  • Water level indicators that are legible from both sides for both left- and right-handed use.

For Electric or Stove?

When deciding between an electric kettle and a traditional stovetop kettle depends on the individual's preference. Many options for stovetop kettles vary in design and style, so it's up to the user to decide which one best suits their needs.

A few stovetop kettles can be subpar for convenience. It can be difficult to pry off the lid, and the handles are uncomfortable to hold. Furthermore, energy efficiency-wise, electric kettles are superior to stovetop kettles. Heat dissipates into the air when using a stovetop kettle, whereas electric ones are designed to keep most of the heat in to boil the water quickly. On the other hand, a kettle on an induction cooktop will still provide decent energy efficiency and heat up quickly.

As We Close

Manufacturers continuously add extra features to kettles, but they can still be straightforward. So while modern kettles will have bells and whistles for easier handling, always ensure they work with your electric or traditional stovetop for proper maintenance.

Discover Your New Kettle at Beales

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March 13, 2023 — Paul Masterson