Whether you prefer loose leaf tea or traditional tea bags, there are plenty of things to consider when you’re purchasing a teapot or tea kettle. Let’s explore the options so you’re always prepped and ready to have a lovely spot of tea.
What’s the Difference Between Teapots and Tea Kettles?
There’s an important difference between teapots and tea kettles. Most teapots are designed to hold hot water for serving tea and should not be used on the stove to heat water. Teapots are typically made from ceramic, porcelain, glass and other materials that can’t handle the heat. However, if you find a teapot that has a stainless-steel base, then you know it can be used on the stove. Tea kettles or stovetop kettles are usually made from stainless steel and copper so you can efficiently heat water for your tea right on the stove.
What Are the Benefits of a Whistling Tea Kettle?
A whistling kettle is designed to get your water boiling (212 degrees Fahrenheit or 100 degrees Celsius) quickly and will whistle loudly when it’s done. How many times have you boiled water, then completely forgotten about it? The whistle of a tea kettle is a built-in reminder. You’ll receive plenty of notification when your water is ready. Whistling kettles are also known for their durability and reliability. Made from stainless steel or enamel-covered cast iron, they’re built to last.
Where Would I Use an Electric Teapot or an Electric Tea Kettle?
Electric tea kettles, electric teapots or electric water kettles are considered small appliances and feature batteries or a cord that can be plugged into an outlet. These are perfect for smaller spaces that don’t necessarily have access to larger kitchen appliances. This would make the perfect gift for the tea-lover who lives in a small apartment, dorm room or even an RV (we see you, road trippers)!
Now that you’ve got the tea basics covered, it’s time to shop! You’ll also find delicately painted teapot sets for guests and bold-hued mugs that’ll brighten your day each morning.
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