Your Guide to Buying a Quick Boil Kettle

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Your Guide to Buying a Quick Boil Kettle

Having a quick boil kettle in the home can be a convenient investment, especially for those who cook regularly and require fast boiling water or for those who simply can’t wait for that morning cup of tea. It’s also the more conservative choice in terms of energy consumption. Today’s kettles come in a variety of materials, designs, sizes, and power capacities. Depending on the need, there are a number of brands and models to choose from.

About Quick Boil Kettles

The original kettle was designed to boil water over a fire or stove using the heat produced by the flames. Usually made of metal to retain heat and prevent burning or melting, the kettle was used originally in China so that travellers could conveniently produce drinkable water while on the road. It was also a means to carry water on a trip. Since then, the kettle has developed to boil water without the need of a stove-top or fire. This is namely due to the technological advancements in the late 1800s and the development of the electric kettle. The modern electric kettles or quick boil kettles use an internal heating system that boils water using the heat generated by the electricity charged into the apparatus. These kettles are usually made with sturdy plastic exteriors with cords to connect power although some brands have kettles that do not require a power plug. Once the water is heated to boiling, the power is automatically switched off to prevent damage to the heating device. Quick boil kettles can range in price and quality, with the more expensive choices being easier to clean, with extra features and stronger longevity.

Choosing a Quick Boil Kettle

Though it largely depends on individual preference, there are a number of different factors to consider when deciding to purchase a quick boil kettle. Material, size, weight, capabilities, and features are some of the considerations that can help make the decision.

Quick Boil Kettle Material

The material of a quick boil kettle could potential deciding factor as it influences much of the physical aspects of the kettle. These are things like weight, hardiness and design.

Material

Description

Heat Resistant Plastics

These are the most common type of quick boil kettles and most often the cheapest. While plastic wears quickly, it’s the cheapest and easiest to manufacture and simple to replace. Plastic kettles also weigh lighter and might be considered for families with small children.

Stainless Steel

The next most common type of kettle is the stainless steel kettle. These kettles are more sturdy and easier to clean and therefore a bit pricier than their plastic counterparts. The downside to steel kettles is the weight as they do tend to be heavy.

Black Glass

Mostly done for a polished look, black glass or obsidian is purely a cosmetic addition to a stainless steel kettle. The results are a beautiful finish, great for those seeking a stylish kitchen appliance.

Quick Boil Kettle Power Cords

Power cords are either connected directly to the kettle or cordlessly to a power base.

Type

Description

With cord

Older kettles usually have their power cords connected onto the body of the kettle. Kettles with cords are usually cheaper but can be slightly unsafe due to the fact that the cords have to be near water to fill the kettle itself. Some kettles come with detachable cords.

Cordless

Most newer quick boil kettles are cordless in that there is no cord attached to the kettle body. Instead, the power cord is attached to a base which is part of the heating unit of the kettle. When the kettle needs to be heated it is placed on the base. The cordless kettle can safely be filled by removing it from the base.

Quick Boil Kettle Element

The element of a quick boil kettle is the part of the kettles heating component that heats the water. It transforms the electric current it takes from the power supply and transforms it into heat. Heating elements are usually located at the bottom of the kettle’s body. Kettle elements can be concealed for easier cleaning.

Element

Description

Open Element

Open elements in a boil kettle resemble tubes coiled at the bottom inside the kettle itself. They tend to get dirty, however, due to grime and scale being easily clogged at the tubes.

Concealed Element

A concealed element kettle simply has the element hidden in a flat plate inside the kettle at its base. The element will still heat the water but will be easier to clean.

Quick Boil Kettle Specifications

Different types of quick boil kettles are also distinguished through features they have in common but are performed at varying levels such as capacity and heating power.

Specifications

Description

Capacity

The most obvious feature that can be compared between kettles is its capacity. Depending on the need, there are travel kettles that range from 0.7 – 1 litre and normal kettles that can store as much as 1.7 litres.

Power

The power or wattage of a quick boil kettle can be another deciding factor. Quick boiling kettles generally have a wattage higher than 2000W. Kettles with wattages over 3000W are considered among the faster boiling kettles. Naturally the higher the wattage the more expensive the kettle would be.

Quick Boil Kettle Features

Many different models and brands also include various features that help improve the kettles efficiency, convenience and safety. It’s always good to check the features when looking to buy a boil kettle.

Features

Description

Water Gauge

Having a water gauge on a kettle makes it simple and easy to measure and fill the kettle without having to worry about spillage and overflow. Some kettles feature two water gauges on each side to accommodate left-handers.

Filter

Some quick boil kettles come with filters that can help remove undesirable particles from the water to keep the kettle clean. These filters can usually be removed for convenient cleaning.

Swivel Base

Simply a base where the kettle can be replaced from any direction for convenience. It also prevents damage that can occur on the base of the kettle.

Cool-touch Handle

Designed with safety in mind, kettles with cool-touch handles have rubberised handles that is heat resistant and prevents burning. Households with kids should consider this feature.

Boil Dry Protection

Simply a system that turns the kettle off when there is limited or no water. Most kettles today have boil dry protection.

Limescale Protection

Limescale is the build-up of calcium and other minerals that can clog the interior of a boil kettle and reduce its efficiency. Most Limescale come from hard water, that is, water that has run through rocks and dirt and gathered minerals from them. When this water is boiled in a kettle, the heat causes the minerals to form deposits inside the kettle that can be difficult to remove, especially with open element kettles where the minerals can be clogged in tight spaces. Limescale is a poor conductor of heat and can directly impact a quick boil kettle’s performance. Luckily, many kettles have features that prevent Limescale build up. It would be a good idea to look into these features when considering a purchase.

Protection

Description

Limescale Filter

Some boil kettles are equipped with Limescale filters that help filer the water of unwanted minerals before they enter the kettle. These filters are simple to clean and are an effective way to deal with Limescale.

Gold Element

Heating elements made of gold are more resistant to Limescale and easier to clean. The downside, of course, is that they are expensive.

Water filter

While not installed into the kettle itself, a water filter can be helpful in preventing Limescale. Simply place the filter on the tap to filter out the unwanted minerals.

Find Quick Boil Kettles on eBay

Buying a quick boil kettle can be simple and easy. Just go to the eBay homepage, look under the categories section and click on the Home & Garden. From there, under rooms, click on the Kitchen tan then click Small Appliances and finally Kettles. For more specific searches such as a specific feature or type of kettle, just type some keywords into the search bar at the top of the page. For example, to search for a kettle with boil dry protection, type “boil dry protection kettle”.

Conclusion

Most homes have some sort of kettle in the kitchen. Rather than using troublesome stove-top kettles, most kettles today run through electricity and can boil water quickly. These quick boil kettles come in a variety of shapes, designs, sizes, and materials. Many have special features than can further enhance their efficiency, convenience and safety. These kettles don’t have to be very expensive, research individual sellers and shops to find the best price for a safe, reliable kettle.

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