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What Kettles You Should Avoid?


There are plenty of useful guides online on how to pick up a good kettle. Several tips let you choose a product which fulfils all your requirements and if you adhere to those guidelines you should easily pick up good appliance. In reality however things get more difficult. Kettles often lack some of the features described as necessary or crucial. Even if we find practical and fully functional kettle we might be not happy with the way it looks or performs. This is why we decided to write a short article on what to avoid when buying a kettle (electric, travel or stovetop). Avoiding poor kettle guarantees that at least some of your requirements will be fulfilled and no money will be wasted. Many of these tips are based on common sense.

1. Don’t buy a metal kettle if you have children younger than 5. External walls of metal kettle might become extremely hot. Children in certain age like to experiment with things and very likely will reach for a hot kettle. If you decide to buy one make sure you keep it in safe place so no kid can reach it.

2. Avoid buying glass kettle if you don’t intend to clean it often. Glass kettles look great and can match design of almost any kitchen. They do however require constant maintenance so they can look nicely. Glass kettle has transparent walls through which any limescale built up can be easily spotted.

3. Avoid buying stovetop kettle for busy family. It doesn’t make sense. Imagine morning rush with anyone wanting a tea or coffee. Busy family requires rapid boil electric kettle with standard capacity of 1.7l. Stovetop kettles boil water slowly and you may regret buying one if it doesn’t fit your lifestyle.

4. Travel kettles without automatic shut-off. It may come to your surprise but still many travel appliances lack a basic auto-shut off feature which makes kettle use dangerous. Chances are you will burn one in no time and you could consider yourself lucky if there will be no negative outcome.

5. Don’t buy electric kettle without concealed element. Concealed heating element is now almost a standard. Almost. Still plenty of models don’t have it. Traditional, not flat element makes interior more difficult to maintain. Interior without flat element builds up limescale faster what significantly reduces kettle’s lifetime.

6. Cheap or value kettles. They may cost you next to nothing but are short time investment. In my experience they don’t last longer than 3 months. They are usually poorly designed and made of low quality plastics. The lack some basic features.

7. Avoid kettles with small spout. Large spout allows for comfortable pouring while small one makes water spray around. Not only it might be messy but also dangerous as spilled hot water can burn the skin.

8. Don’t buy kettle with low wattage. Most of the kettles now has 3kW which guarantees rapid boil. Still, some of the kettles has less than 2kW and boil water slowly.

9. Avoid kettles with high minimum water level required. Good kettle should let you to boil minimum of one cup of tea. Many of models available on UK market however got pretty high minimum water level which mean you have to boil more water than you really require. That mean you pay higher electricity bills.

Avoiding the kettles mentioned in our list will help you to eliminate a risk of being disappointed with a product.

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