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Kettles buying guide

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Introduction to kettles

Electric Kettles have now become the permanent replacement to the stove top kettle in the UK today.

I don't think that there will be a kitchen out there that the Electric Kettle does not live in, and if you don't have one it may be worth thinking about buying one. The main benefits to an Electric kettle, whether it be a Kenwood, Delonghi, Morphy Richards, or a Phillips, is that they boil quicker, hold more water and you can monitor the temperature of the water too.

The Electric Kettle is not just great for making your traditional tea or coffee they are great for heating up cocoa and soups too. They tend to be a lot safer as they have an automatic shut off feature to tell you when the water has reached boiling point! Anyone owning a stove top kettle will tell you this does not happen and therefore does not make it as safe.

Plastic kettles, we believe, are the most popular style of electric kettle, as they are very durable and you can move it around to your hearts content. The flexibility to move it around your kitchen is a distinct advantage. Also you will minimise the risk of nasty burns with an electric kettle unlike a stove top kettle.

We would suggest that you avoid some of the cheaper models, as you tend to find they are made out of flammable plastic, which would melt if anything was to go wrong with the kettle. You may also find that it may only be able to heat up one cup as a result of only being able to only hold a small amount of water. So please bear this in mind before making your purchase.

There are 3 main types of electric kettle, the glass electric kettle, the stainless steel electric kettle and the plastic electric kettle.

Things to consider before making your purchase

  • Space - Make sure that you have enough room on your worktops. Also ensure that you have enough electrical points too.
  • Little Extras - Large handles, non drip spouts and a detachable base are all an added benefit.
  • Glass, Steel or Plastic - Ensure that you pick the right one for you as the material of your kettle will affect certain things like how long it takes the water to boil, even down to the way that your tea can taste.
  • Ensure that you weigh up all your options and make sure that you have a good shop around. Electric Kettles start from around £25 up to around £250.

Buying Guide to Kettles
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