Sure, modern-day electric kettles are convenient, inexpensive and get the job done, but we feel they’re often lackluster in design and just … lacking some pizzazz.
On the other hand, stovetop kettles give your kitchen a retro feel and free you of all those plugs cluttering up your counters. Stovetop kettles are making a comeback and therefore are available in all sorts of designs and colours.
You may be thinking back to that vague memory of using a stovetop kettle and it performing less than adequately. You’d be correct in thinking that your old family kettle often took way too long to boil and made strange noises that often sounded like it was threatening to explode, however, the good news is that modern stovetop kettles have been greatly improved upon and actually can often outperform electric alternatives.
I think we can all agree that kettles are a must-have in all British households, as 165 million cups of tea and 95 millions of coffee are consumed every single day. Kettles are also helpful tools for cooking and baking, as well as doing little jobs around the house.
Safe in the knowledge that we need kettles to survive (almost), let’s have a look at the top five stovetop kettles that you can purchase on the market right now.
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Now we’ve had a look at some of the best-rated stovetop kettles on the market, let’s look at a few pointers to remember before committing to the purchase of your new kettle. While it is tempting to choose the most attractive kettle that matches the theme of your kitchen, make sure to keep the below factors in the back of your mind while choosing your model to ensure you get the highest quality stovetop kettle with a long lifespan.
There are a few different materials that stovetop kettles can be made out of, all with individual benefits and drawbacks. We’ve listed the most popular materials below:
This is probably the most commonly used material for stovetop kettles, as it’s durable enough that it won’t dent easily, and it’s very easy to keep clean and free of rust. Moreover, the finish is attractive and makes your kitchen look clean and sparkly.
There are not too many big drawbacks when it comes to stainless steel stovetop kettles, which is why it’s the material you’ll see used for most stovetop kettles on the market.
Kettles made of cast iron are durable and great at keeping the water hotter for longer. The kettle will be heavier than models made of other materials, however, this is the key feature in keeping the water warmed through thoroughly.
The main drawback of cast iron is that it is prone to rusting. Having said that, many stovetop kettles made of this material are coated with porcelain enamel to prevent this.
Aluminum kettles are cost-effective because it doesn’t take much energy to heat up the water. Aluminum is heat resistant, so you won’t find yourself burning your hands as you try to use these kettles, and it’s also reasonably durable.
The reason we say aluminum kettles are reasonably durable is because the material is quite thin and therefore can be dented easier than stovetop kettles made from other materials. This is the only major downside of aluminum kettles, so they’re a good choice as long as you don’t drop your kettle too much.
Glass kettles allow you to see the water through them and show you how far into the boiling process you are. While glass kettles are attractive and dainty looking, they’re obviously much easier to break. This is why you won’t see many glass models on the market, and if you do they’ll be more for aesthetic purposes rather than convenience. You may find blackening from gas cookers take away from the attractiveness as well.
Ceramic is another ideal material for your stovetop kettle to be made out of, as it’s very easy to clean and won’t go rusting on you any time soon. Moreover, it is great at keeping the water warm between uses and it’s an attractive material to add to your kitchen.
Copper has recently become a desired design choice for many kitchens, and more and more people are choosing copper appliances to use in their kitchen. What better way to begin your copper journey than to choose a copper kettle? They’re efficient and durable, so you won’t be disappointed with the results. The only thing you’ll need to do is give it a polish every now and again.
The size of the stovetop kettle you choose is going to depend on the size of your hob rings. Choosing a model that is much bigger than your hob will most likely cause uneven heating of the water as there will be parts where the heat source cannot reach. This will lower the overall efficiency of your stovetop kettle, so make sure to measure your hob rings before choosing the kettle you want.
Everyone wants a large kettle, just in case they have a large gathering where all their friends and family show up and all want a cup of tea. Unfortunately, a large capacity will take longer to boil and therefore take more gas to heat, so don’t just opt for the kettle with the largest capacity you can find. Consider your household and how many guests you’re going to cater for (realistically) in one sitting, and choose the capacity accordingly.
Electric kettles are so popular because they automatically turn off once the water has boiled – a feature that stovetop models don’t possess. However, sometimes you don’t have enough time to stand over your kettle and wait for it to boil – a watched pot never boils, of course – so a whistle is a great way to alert you when you need to turn your kettle off.
Ensure the whistle of your chosen kettle is not too loud that it wakes up the whole street when making your early morning coffee, but not too quiet that you can’t hear it when standing more than a metre away from it.
You’re not going to want a stovetop kettle that falters after a couple of weeks or months, so it’s vital that you choose a durable model with a long lifespan. While glass kettles are pretty and aesthetically pleasing, they may not be the best choice as they’re much easier to break than other models.
Stainless steel or cast iron stovetop kettles are considered the most durable models, as long as they are maintained properly. Make sure to choose a kettle with as much durability as you need in your household – if it’s just you and you’re not likely to drop your kettle, an aluminum or glass model may suit you just fine, but if you live with children who often accidentally knock things over, a more durable kettle might be the better choice.
For many British people, the kettle is the main attraction of a kitchen. If you like a uniform kitchen and have a clear theme for your space, you’re going to want a kettle that fits in with this and doesn’t stick out like a sore thumb. Alternatively, you may want a bright kettle that grabs your attention as soon as you walk through the door. Either way, the design of the stovetop kettle you go for is all down to personal preference, so pick one that you enjoy the look of.
While your stovetop kettle should be pleasing to the eye, it should also be convenient in terms of its features. For example, the spout should be in the ideal position to easily let water out of the vessel, and you shouldn’t have to put your fingers in danger trying to reach the push button to open the end of the spout.
Similarly, the opening should be large enough to maneuver around the handle. Stovetop kettles are known for big handles getting in the way of the opening, so make sure it is large enough for you to properly clean inside the kettle regularly to prevent rust or limescale building up.
Boiling water is no joke, especially when inside a metal kettle which can get very hot to the touch. Ensure the model you choose has a heat resistant handle and offers some safety towards the hot metal to prevent you from burning yourself while using it.
The speed of your kettle will affect how much energy will be used each time you boil your water. Obviously, the quicker your stovetop kettle is will lessen your bills, so try and choose a model that offers a fast boiling time. Not to mention, waiting for a really slow-boiling stovetop kettle to whistle is rather annoying.
The quickest stovetop kettles will be made of stainless steel, and the slowest will be made of materials such as glass. The former will also keep the water warmer for longer than the latter, so you don’t have to use all of it straight away.
Frequently Asked Questions
Are stovetop kettles better than electric kettles?
Stovetop kettles need slightly more energy and time to get the water within boiling, however, they take away those pesky cluttering wires from your countertop. Stovetop models are also more aesthetically pleasing and let you know when they’re finished boiling, so you know as soon as you can use your water. Moreover, they’re portable and can be taken on holidays, such as camping, where there is no mains power to plug your electric kettle in.
Ultimately, the decision to go for an electric kettle or a stovetop kettle is up to you, depending on your personal preference. We would say that both types of kettle have their advantages and drawbacks, so neither is particularly better than the other.