Moving away from your parents to boarding school or a college dorm room is exciting until you realize you have to cook your own meals. Most of us know what it’s like to quickly fix up some supper before sitting down to cram a whole semester’s worth of information into your brain before the next day’s big exam, but what to cook?
The hottest kettle on the list? I like the Viante Kettle at Amazon.
Electric kettles can be real lifesavers in these situations. You can use them to quickly boil some water and cook some ramen noodles after a night out playing beer pong or to make yourself some tea and unwind right before bed. Oatmeal, hot cocoa, soup, rice, hard-boiled eggs, the choices are endless.
Whatever your lifestyle, an electric kettle is versatile enough to suit your needs. I put together a list of the best ones for those of you living in dorms, so let’s dive in.
Oster 5965 Electric Water Kettle
I’ll kick things off with what I would call a “classic” electric kettle. It has a slim, conservative stainless steel design with a 360-degree power base for cord-free serving. Listed among its features are automatic shut-off, a water level indicator and a non-drip spout with a removable fine-mesh filter. You really can’t go wrong with this all-round kettle, especially considering the fact that it is rather affordable. Find it at Amazon.
Proctor Silex Electric Kettle
This is the most affordable option on the list, perfect for college students just starting to get used to living by themselves. See it at Amazon. It has a 1 Liter capacity, boils water quickly, has a detachable cord for non-hassle serving, dual water windows, and a lighted switch so you can easily tell if the kettle is on or off. Durability is a concern for a few reviewers, but its many features for its low price make this product a real bargain. In the words of the manufacturers: “Faster than a microwave and safer than a stovetop kettle”.
Viante Electric Glass Kettle and Tea Maker
This kettle is a must for tea enthusiasts who understand the importance of temperature variations to elicit the most flavor out of their tea. It has preset temperature settings for white, green, oolong, and black teas at its base, it is made out of brushed stainless steel, it has a keep warm feature and, to top it all off, includes a removable tea steeping infuser for loose teas or tea bags! See it here.
Chef’s Choice 681 Electric Kettle
Want to get more bang for your buck? This kettle boils water faster than a microwave, yet uses less than half the energy of an electric stove. It’s made of heat-resistant glass and brushed stainless steel, has boil-dry safety protection and a capacity of about 1.7 Liters. It has an easy-to-read water gauge, plus, its cord can be stored neatly into the base and can be adjusted to the desired length. Find the Chef’s Choice at Amazon.
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
This one is quite popular because of its versatility and ease of use. It has 6 temperature settings including a “boil” feature perfect for instant oats or ramen noodles. It is made of stainless steel, is able to heat water in approximately 4 minutes and, in case you didn’t read the full name of the product, is cordless so it’s remarkably comfortable to handle. The downside to this marvel of a product is the fact that it’s rather expensive, so those of you on a budget may not be able to splurge on this product. Find this kettle at Amazon.
Smeg 50’s Retro-Style Electric Kettle
I’ll close off the list with this adorable kettle that stands out from the rest thanks to its chic design available in 7 different colors, all in stainless steel. A water level indicator, removable filter and automatic shut-off function are among its perks. If you wish to add a little personality to your dorm without sacrificing quality, this is the kettle for you. Oh, by the way, you can choose from Smeg’s 2 variants of this product: the variable temperature kettle (which comes with 7 temperature settings) and the standard kettle which just boils water. The price gap between them is considerable, although they’re both quite expensive. Find this versatile kettle right at Amazon.
On a closing note, I must point out that any electric kettle you choose to buy will be a blessing or a curse depending on your personal style, needs and especially how well you care for it. Think long and hard about what you will use the kettle for and if you’re willing to keep up with its maintenance before making an investment.
Electric kettles are wonderful inventions, versatile enough to make your life easier regardless of your needs. But you don’t have to take my word for it, go ahead and give one of my recommendations a shot.
Looking for a kettle for your office? Find a few options in my review.