Buying guide: which kettle is best for you?

Buying guide: which kettle is best for you?

As you wander out of your bedroom each morning, what’s the first home appliance you reach for? Chances are, it’s your kettle.

Investing in the best kettle for you is a great way to add ease and convenience to your morning ritual. But how do you know which one to choose? Read through our buying guide to learn more and find your ideal kettle.


Stovetop vs electric kettles: which should I get?

Do you go for the convenience of electric, or choose a cosy stovetop number? That’s the question everyone asks.

Let’s start by looking at the pros and cons of electric versus stovetop kettles.


Stovetop kettles

There’s something romantic about lighting the gas stovetop and boiling water for your morning cuppa, the kettle whistling cheerfully when it’s ready. But is it practical?

For some, using a stovetop kettle rather than an electric kettle is a way of life, and there are certainly benefits to a stovetop kettle. If you find you have minimal bench space or no convenient powerpoint, then a kettle that goes on the stove might be right for you.

Or, you may have a large gas stovetop that can house a kettle on it full-time, making it a statement piece like our Typhoon stovetop kettle, which exudes style.

For busy family homes though, where the process of making a cup of tea is often interrupted, a stovetop kettle can be more difficult to manage.

 

Electric kettles

There’s no denying that electric kettles are vastly more convenient than stovetop kettles and they’re also safer to use, especially if you’re multitasking.

Often, they also have a range of settings that avid tea drinkers appreciate. These range from ‘keep warm’ settings to timers, temperature gauges and retractable cords.

The only downside to electric kettles is that they take up bench space. But with so many people dedicating a section of their kitchen to tea and coffee making, it’s clear that we’re generally happy to prioritise that kitchen real estate.

Interestingly, electric kettles are extremely cost-effective to run. Even when boiled a few times every day, they only use around $20 worth of energy a year.

Because the vast majority of people choose electric kettles, we’re going to take a closer look at our electric kettle range, including what you should consider when choosing the best electric kettle for your home.

 

What to consider when choosing an electric kettle

We’ve filled our collection with some of the best electric kettles in Australia. We know there’s only one thing equally important to a good cup of tea or coffee, and that’s beautiful homewares that work for you and your lifestyle.

But what should you take into consideration when choosing the best kettle for your needs?

Capacity

Do you live alone, or are you a family who lines up the mugs numerous times a day? Do you use your kettle to pre-boil water for cooking? Ask yourself whether a small or large kettle will serve your needs best.


Boiling speed

When you invest in a good quality kettle, you can expect quick and efficient boiling times. Unfortunately, one of the most common problems with cheap kettles is how long they can take to boil. The trade-off is price, so choose your kettle carefully.


Shape, weight and convenience

For some, a heavy kettle can be a hindrance, as can one with a thick handle. The ideal kettle should also have easy to use switches and a lid that opens with one touch - extremely handy during food preparation.

Cord length and kettle material

The best kettle in Australia won’t be convenient if the cord doesn’t reach your powerpoint, so keep this in mind. It’s also a good idea to be aware of the cleaning and maintenance requirements for each style, ensuring your kettle performs at its best for as long as possible.


Aesthetics

It’s a good idea to consider how your kettle suits the aesthetics of your home. Would you like for it to match your toaster? Or do you think your style is served best with a glass kettle?

 

Added features

Did you know that some kettles come with noise control solutions, various temperature controls and safety features like boil-dry protection and cool-touch exteriors? Consider whether these features are important to you.

 

Price and warranty

It’s important to consider the cost. It makes sense for avid tea drinkers and coffee devotees to prioritise bells and whistles (literally!). But for those of us who boil the jug just a couple of times a week, a top-quality kettle may not be a necessary investment. Always check the warranty offered, so you’re aware of all the details.

 

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Kettles – top FAQs

How do I clean my kettle?
To clear your kettle interior, fill your kettle with equal parts vinegar and water. Boil once and let stand until cooled. Drain the vinegar solution and rinse three times. Avoid using a scrubber or brush unless you can see a build-up that needs to be removed.

For the exterior, follow the manufacturer’s instructions. Different materials require different cleaning methods.


How often should my kettle be de-scaled?
This depends on how often you use your kettle and the unique qualities of your local water. As a general rule, quarterly de-scaling is a good idea. To de-scale your kettle, follow the “How do I clean my kettle” steps above.


What’s the average life of a kettle?
How long is a piece of string? How often you use your kettle, how well you care for it, and the quality of manufacturing are all factors that influence the lifespan of your kettle. You can get a good idea of lifespan from checking the manufacturer’s warranty. The number of years the warranty covers will represent the minimum lifespan you can expect from your kettle.


Why is there a taste to my boiled water?
If your boiled water has a taste to it that’s not present before boiling, there may be build-up, or ‘scale’ inside your kettle. It may be a good idea to de-scale and clean it, see above for our “how do I clean my kettle” instructions.


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