How to Select the Best Stovetop Tea Kettle

By EverythingForTea.com

Shopping for the best stovetop tea kettle is much about design and style since it is an ever-present essential in your kitchen. But you should also consider quality and the various types of material that the best tea kettles are made of.

Stainless steel is the most popular material among the best stovetop teakettles as it is durable, does not dent easily, comes in different finishes such as brushed or satin, is tarnish-resistant and is fairly easy to clean.

Top Pick > Exceptional Craftsmanship — Sori Yanagi kettle 

Sori Yanagi Stainless Steel Kettle - Mirror

 

 

 

 

Copper is another popular metal that is used to make top-rated stovetop tea kettles. Copper conducts heat better than steel but is slightly more malleable and prone to dings. Many love the color and shine of copper, which may need some occasional polishing to remove tarnish.

Top Pick > Solid Copper — Old Dutch Kettle

solid copper hammered finish tea kettle

 

 

 

 

Cast iron stovetop tea kettles are made of heavier, denser metal that heats evenly and retains heat best. Maintaining a cast iron kettle requires wiping it dry after use to prevent rust. Many cast iron kettles have an enamel coating that minimize rust but can be susceptible to chipping.

Top Pick > Iron Core — Cuisinart PerfectTemp kettle

Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enamel Tea Kettle, graphite grey

 

 

 

 

Of the metal kettles, aluminum is the least expensive and the most prone to scratches, dents, and tarnishing.

Glass is an attractive material offering a clear view of water rolling to a boil. Easy to clean and often dishwasher safe, a glass teakettle could be a purist’s option.

Top Pick > Design winner — Hario V60 Buono kettle

Hario V60 Buono Kettle

 

 

 

 

Other considerations when purchasing a tea kettle are the volume of water it can hold, the ease of filling water, that it is comfortable and cool to carry and pour when it is hot, pours smoothly, and whether it has a whistle feature to prevent boiling dry.

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One may also consider electric tea kettles, especially variable temperature kettles that take half the time to boil water and avoid some mishaps of boiling dry or boiling over when not attended. Tea Makers are another smart alternative for the avid tea drinker.

 

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