Kettle’s on? Must be tea time. No matter what hour of the day it is, it’s probably a swell time for a cuppa and a scone. There’s not much that can’t be said about tea; it improves just about everything, for one. There are few problems in life that can’t be solved with a lovely warm beverage, especially if it comes in your favourite mug. Extra points if you’re home and out of the rain, or if your favourite tea mug matches your jumper. Overall, you’d be hard-pressed to find a kitchen appliance that delivers more joy than the loyal tea kettle.
Tea kettles have the distinction of being one of the most useful items in the kitchen, yet they come in enough shapes and styles to function as an accent that ties your colour scheme together or a talking piece in and of itself. If your guests are greeted by a cheery roly-poly whistling turquoise kettle that matches an accompanying toaster, you’ll be so engrossed in the details of where you found it and how many seconds it takes to boil (it took the first kettles ages—nearly twelve minutes—to boil water. The heating element was in a separate compartment), you’ll never fumble through a conversation about the weather again. A matching kettle and toaster set in your favourite shade is even more likely to drop their jaws.
Why is a kettle better than using a saucepan to boil water? If you’ve ever attempted to boil water in a vessel with an open top, like a saucepan you’d use for heating up milk (to go along with your tea), you’ll notice that it takes far longer. The humble kettle, with its enclosed shape, loses far less heat in the boiling process, reducing cook time. As a kettle is typically only used to boil water, the tea drinker is also assured that their tea will taste pure, and won’t likely be corrupted with smells, food residue or grease from other foodstuffs.
Who isn’t brought nearly to tears of joy by the sound of a whistling tea kettle on the boil? Though many prefer the ease and functionality of an electric kettle, whistling kettles remain steadily popular with Brits. So many tea drinkers prefer a whistling kettle that many manufacturers offer electric whistling kettles to recreate the effect. We’ve come a long way from the earliest kettles, made out of iron. Copper kettles also had their day in the late 1800’s; they were placed directly over the stove or a fire, where they tarnished with each use, requiring constant cleaning. Today you’re more likely to find copper kettles as part of a kettle-lover’s collection than on a stovetop; stainless steel kettles and ones made of glass or plastic have won the lion’s share of the market. Modern electric kettles, which stay far away from the fire (and closer to the wall socket!), are an excellent option for frequent travelers who can’t be guaranteed access to a stove (and can’t bear to go without a spot of tea, stove or no stove). Cordless electric kettles take this convenience one step further. A cordless kettle has two parts, a base that supports the rest of the kettle, which can be removed and passed around (or easily filled up at the tap), just like a stovetop kettle. Many run at 3Kw, ensuring a quick boil.
Why are glass kettles and steel kettles so popular? A glass kettle puts on a show, for one; some even come with lighting elements for an extra-cheeky disco effect. With a kettle made of glass, it’s also easier to see any damage caused by limescale; you’re probably more likely to give your kettle a good scrub if you can see any build-up as it happens. Of course, many kettles now come with additional features including a limescale filter, in order to avoid this exact problem. Stainless steel kettles, even more popular than glass, are extremely light and crack resistant. They also typically have plastic handles, in order to eliminate the potential of burning oneself while making tea.
No matter the material, many modern kettles come with automatic shut-off mechanisms to prevent accidents, making them a safe option for student dormitories as well. It’s important to note, however, that if the lid of a kettle is left open while boiling, there’s a risk that the automatic shut-off mechanism won’t activate; it’s always best to keep an eye on your kettle while it boils! Lastly, stainless steel comes in a variety of colourful finishes: if you’ve ever dreamed of a bright red kettle to complete your country cottage look, or if an ultra-chic jet black kettle is exactly what your modern home needs, chances are you’ll find the hue you’re looking for in stainless steel. Wayfair UK has a range of colour options to choose from—canary yellow, country cream, deep purple kettles—you’ll find them all when you shop online on our site. If you’re looking to match your appliances to one another, we also carry a brilliant range of toaster and kettle sets.
The kettles described above come in a range of sizes and capacities as well. Jug kettles are a great budget option for tea drinkers looking for a smaller vessel. It’s not uncommon to find a one cup kettle with a jug form; they take up little space and many are manufactured with the needs of an economical single tea drinker in mind. Larger kettles, with 2 litres or more, that make 4 cups, 6 cups, even 8 cups, come in both electric and stovetop varieties, and are excellent for holidays, thirsty families, and for the office. Morphy Richards, Breville, Prestige, Alessi, and Russell all make high-quality kettles in a variety of sizes; shop according to our handy search filters at the left to find the best kettle for you. Wayfair UK offers free delivery on all orders over £40. There’s never been a better time to shop online at Wayfair.co.uk.
Wayfair.co.uk loves everything home and décor, and we want to make sure that you do too. That's why we carry a zillion different Kettles for sale online. With options like Colour, Features, and Special Offers, it's easy to narrow down your online shopping to find Kettles that are right for your home. With great products like the Tenzo 2.5L Stainless Steel Whistling Stovetop Kettle and the Retro 1.5L Stainless Steel Cordless Kettle in Black you're sure to find the right Kettles that fit into your home.