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Kettles: enjoy your afternoon tea and much more

Some seemingly simple kitchen appliances end up having a significant impact on our everyday lives, saving time and effort when we are at home to relax and enjoy our free time. Along with coffee machines and hot water dispensers, kettles and electric kettles are certainly one of them, since they allow us to heat water much more quickly than the classic method of the pot on the cooker. This great little ally, not only in the kitchen but also at work or in any situation in which hot drinks are consumed, has always been very popular worldwide, thanks to its practicality and ease of use.

To prepare a tea or coffee in just a few minutes, but also to heat the water and cook pasta or some broth, more and more people are relying on the convenience offered by an electric kettle. The kettle's operation is simple and based on the transformation of electrical energy into thermal energy. When you switch on the kettle, the internal electrical resistance heats the water to boiling temperature. However, there is currently a wide range of kettles, varying in material, such as glass kettle, stainless steel kettle or retro kettle, as well as power output, capacity, and additional features like temperature control.

How does an Electric Kettle work?

Basically, electric kettles are equipped with an automatic switch-off system triggered when they reach the boiling temperature. Similarly, there is often a water level indicator for precise dosing, and an indicator light shows that the appliance is in operation and should not be touched. Many models also have a spring-loaded lid-opening system.

High-quality kettles and electric kettles also allow adjusting the desired water temperature to less than 100 degrees that are known as temperature control kettles. Some teas require temperatures around 70 degrees, which makes it easy to achieve the desired result. Alternatively, some of our smart kettle models, such as those in the Aquavita Chalet series, feature a small integrated thermometer, to monitor the increase in temperature of the water inside the kettle.

The electric kettle’s power determines how quickly the device brings the water to boil for the same amount of water, such as:

  • A 2400 watt kettle takes about 3 minutes to boil
  • A model with 2200 watts takes about 4 minutes
  • With 1000 watts it will take around 6-7 minutes

However, some kettle systems make it easier to optimise the amount of water used, for example by indicating the number of cups to which this amount corresponds. When choosing the most suitable electric kettle, glass kettle, stainless steel kettle or retro kettle you should always consider how you mean to use it. Suppose you plan to use it very often to prepare herbal teas and hot drinks and speed up the cooking of the pasta. In that case, we recommend opting for a kettle with a capacity of around one and a half litres.

An important element affecting the electric kettle operation is the type of heating element. The coil heating element, typically used in a small kettle, is visible when the lid is opened and is characterised by its spiral shape. It takes longer to heat the water, but the main drawback is that its shape makes it more susceptible to wear, as it tends to accumulate limescale deposits. On the other hand, a flat heating element does not have this problem, as it is not placed entirely inside the kettle, where only its metal bottom can be seen. It generally allows shorter boiling times and is much easier to clean.

How to clean a Kettle properly?

Kettles need to be cleaned regularly. Limescale naturally builds up inside the water container. This can affect the taste of the water and causes unwanted insulation, which results in increased energy consumption. To descale the electric kettle, glass kettle, stainless steel kettle or retro kettle, various home remedies can be used in addition to conventional limescale tablets. For instance, if there are only minor deposits, it is usually sufficient to rub the inside walls of the water container with half of a lemon and sprinkle the bottom with lemon juice. This is poured on with water and then brought to boiling. A more effective remedy against limescale is a mixture of a few millilitres of vinegar essence and a glass of water. It is important to clean the kettle inside with clean water after the procedure.

How to save time and money with a Hot Water Dispenser?

With a hot water dispenser, you not only save a lot of time. You don't need to fill a tea kettle with water and put it on the cooker top, but you can fill your cup with hot water in seconds. With an instant heating system, you can have aromatic tea on the table in no time, or quickly brew a soluble coffee during a break. Hot water dispensers with a large filling capacity are often found in offices and even in restaurants, whilst hot water dispensers with less filling capacities can be comfortably used at home.

Furthermore, modern hot water devices have many useful functions. Some hot water dispensers offer a choice of different water temperatures: whether 70 degrees, 80 degrees, 90 degrees or boiling water. With a modern, high-quality hot water dispenser, this is no problem at all. Despite all the possibilities, you should follow the manufacturer's instructions when preparing various types of tea. Some types of tea should be brewed with boiling water to eliminate any germs in the tea.

Benefits when buying a Kettle or Hot Water Dispenser on Klarstein

When buying a kettle, electric kettle or hot water dispenser on Klarstein, the first factor to consider is the capacity of the kettle or hot water dispenser. Suppose you are not just looking for a kettle for tea and plan to use it to heat water for pasta or even prepare baby food. In that case, it's best to choose a larger model, for example with a 1.7 litre capacity: this capacity will allow you to easily get at least seven cups of hot water in just a few minutes. On the other hand, if you don't need large quantities, you could opt for a small kettle with a capacity of up to 800 ml, which is roughly equivalent to three cups. The intermediate size of a retro kettle, glass kettle or stainless steel kettle is around one litre, which corresponds to four cups.

When it comes to the kettle’s design and materials, glass kettles and steel kettles are the most resistant materials, less prone to dulling and scratches. For ease of use, check how the electric kettle is placed on its base, i.e. whether it is free-standing, rotate 360 degrees, or fi there is a docking position in place. High-end electric kettles are generally equipped with a limescale filter, resulting in purer water and protecting the coil.

On Klarstein you can find a wide range of high-quality electric kettles, retro kettles, glass kettles or steel kettles from affordable prices to the most sophisticated ones, including hot water dispensers of which the design resembles an electric teapot. Our smart kettles are all made with great care for materials that include a two-year warranty and free return of orders within the first 60 days. Find out what's right for you by browsing through the different kettle products, and when buying, take advantage of our best deals!

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