An electric water kettle can be a handy small appliance to have in the kitchen. Rather than having to boil water on the stove, electric kettles are simply plugged into an outlet. With the many attractive styles of electric kettle manufactured today, the appliance can be left out conveniently on a counter top ready to use to make tea, gelatin desserts or many other possibilities. Designed with a main section in which to hold cold water for boiling, electric water kettles should have good pour spouts to avoid spills. The best electric water kettle to choose is also one with safety features in a size that matches your kitchen needs.
If you only need the kitchen appliance once in a while, such as to make a pot of tea for guests, you may just want to buy a small, plain electric kettle and keep it stored in a cabinet. On the other hand, if you'll use the electric water kettle often and wish to keep it out on your counter top, then it's best to purchase one that suits the holding capacity you'll need, plus is attractive looking. There are many different models of electric kettle from which to choose today, making it easy to find a look that fits in with the style of your kitchen. For instance, the handles and outside kettle color choices are available in metallics and neutrals as well as bright, bold colors.
While it's not a good idea to leave the kitchen when you have an electric kettle plugged in and are waiting for the water to boil, it may be easy to forget and do just that — especially for elderly people. Some electric water kettle models have an automatic shut-off feature. They allow the water to boil for only a certain period of time as a safety measure. When a kettle without the shut off safety feature is left too long, the boiling water may eventually evaporate, or disappear, into steam and allow the appliance to become waterless. Without water, the kettle boils dry and may cause a fire.
An electric water kettle should fit comfortably in the hand with ample space between the handle and the body of the appliance. Your fingers and palm should be able to easily grip the handle. A paddle type of handle may help prevent slipping as well as provide added comfort for people with conditions such as arthritis in the hands.