One may never know the importance of a tea kettle until they live with a Brit. I have been a coffee drinker my entire life. When the occasional guest would ask for tea instead of coffee, simple! Put some water in cup, throw it in the microwave and serve the tea. Well, that does not cut the mustard when you have an English or Irish person in the house. A stove without a kettle is like a dog without a bone.
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Spoiler alert! I picked the Fino Coffee and Tea Kettle.
Why water boiled in the microwave was different than boiling it out of a kettle beat the heck out of me. But, my new English roommate insisted that having a nice kettle was absolutely imperative for friendly cohabitation, so I had to investigate.
Why do you need a kettle?
You may also wonder, as I did, why can’t we just heat the water in a pot? Well, you can. But if you think about gas and electricity, the kettle is more efficient. A pot is open on top. A kettle is completely sealed. Maybe the solution is to put a lid on the pot, but then you have a pouring problem. The kettle is designed to easily and safely pour into your cup with no concern of spilling the dangerous boiling water. Want to go really fancy and get yourself a french press for your tea? I have you covered.
Why stainless steel?
For everyday home brewing, stainless steel is the most common material for a tea kettle. It is visually appealing and easy to clean and maintain. Stainless steel kettles are generally more economical than the other varieties; better bang for your buck! That being said, depending on what your economical and aesthetic necessities are, there is a stainless steel tea kettle perfect for you. Looking for cast iron instead? Here are my top picks.
Foodie Aide Kettle
Foodie Aide offers a great stainless steel kettle with a polished finish. It is very classy looking with its mirror-like finish and will look great on the stove top. The product has added safety measures with a lever for its spout and silicone handle to avoid burning your hands. This is a great middle of the road options. It’s not the cheapest kettle out there, but it is a good value for your money. Find it here at Amazon.
Mr. Coffee Claredale Tea Kettle
If you are looking for a more economical option, Mr. Coffee Claredale has a stainless steel whistling tea kettle. Cheap and cheerful. It has all the basic necessities of any kettle in any home. It has a flip-spout for pouring water with easy and safety. This is a very recommendable ‘beginner’ kettle. See it listed here at Amazon. Just beware – hand wash only, this kettle is not dishwasher safe.
Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle
For a slightly different aesthetic feel, Fino offers the Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle. The shape of the pour spout is more narrow than the traditional style of tea kettle. This produces a finer and more accurate pour when serving. You will not miss a drop. This kettle does not whistle, which to some, may be a bonus (not everyone loves the sound of screaming water). Find the Fino here at Amazon.
Alessi 9091 Tea Kettle
Want to go really high-end? The Alessi 9091 is one of the best of the best. The bottom of the kettle is made of magnetic steel which diffuses heat in a more efficient manner. This product has all the bells and whistles; literally. The central mechanism of this product allows the vapors to exit its brass spout and create an even pleasant, nostalgic tone. It’s not the most economical option, but talk about impressing your friends! Sound good? See it here.
No more microwaving water! And don’t be caught off guard. Whether you drink ten cups of tea a day or entertain the occasional guest, a stainless steel tea kettle is a must-have in every household.
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