When it comes to brewing tea, the right equipment can mean the difference between the perfect cup, and a passable brew. It makes us shudder to think about brewing an undrinkable cup of tea. But don’t worry we’ve got you covered. When it comes to the perfect tea kettle, there are a few things you need to keep in mind.
- Durable: Before you buy that fancy tea kettle, make sure it’s durable inside and out. Tea kettles can be made of plastic, glass, stainless steel, copper, cast iron, and aluminum. Choose a kettle that you not only love the look of, but that will last you for years.
- Comfortable: The handle of your tea kettle is just as important as the body. Choose a kettle with a comfortable and easy-to-grip handle.
- Cleanable: We hate cleaning. If we have a tea kettle that requires special tools or miniature hands to clean inside, we’re less likely to use it.
- Features: Fancy tea kettles can come with amazing features. Look for cool-touch handles and other features that will make your brewing more enjoyable.
Next, it’s time to consider if you want a stovetop or an electric tea kettle. There are benefits to each, but it’s up to you. An electric tea kettle bowls water twice as fast and is safer to use as it has an automatic shut-off. However, electric kettles are not going to come in as many styles and colors as stovetop models, so if you’re looking for something unique, stick with the stovetop.
If you’re looking for some fancy and fun stovetop tea kettles, here are a few of our favorites.
- Hammered copper, a wooden handle, and a traditionalGerman style will lend an old world vibe to your kitchen decor. Old Dutch Copper Hammered Teakettle, $52 USD, Sears.
- If the gooseneck spout on this vintage style kettle doesn’t warm your heart, than the price tag sure will. Take your pick of red, black, or white. Porcelain Enamel Teakettle, $35 USD, Amazon.
- With a curvy-form, stainless steel body, and acacia wood handle, this Bulbo Kettle is sure to make an organic modernist out of any chef. Nambè Bulbo Kettle, $125 USD, All Modern.
- With a see-through jug-style, you can easily see how much water you’re brewing. Then with its stainless steel and black accents, it looks like a kettle for a professional chef. Chef’s Choice Cordless Electric Glass Kettle, $70 USD, Chef’s Catalog.
- A lightweight model, this black jug-type electric tea kettle is attractive, easy to use, and convenient. West Bend Electric Kettle, $34 USD, Amazon.
- Stainless-steel and attractive, this feature-rich electric tea kettle combines everything you love about a stovetop tea kettle with the ease and convenience of an electric model. Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfectTemp Electric Kettle, $100 USD, Amazon.
Do you have a favorite tea kettle? Let us know.