An electric kettle is a must-have kitchen appliance. Tough it boils water only. But there are some amazing advantages.
The best advantages of using electric kettle are that you can drink hot healthier water and that too quickly by using less fuel.
The major disadvantage is that you will have to maintain it by cleaning it regularly after usage.
I have listed 9 advantages. I have backed some of my claims with Medical Research. Also, I have shared 3 disadvantages.
I have also shared personal experiences. These will help you in finding solutions to get rid of them. But before we go to them we will start with the pros.
1. Become Healthy
Using an electric Kettle will make you healthy. Now, are you scratching your head? Is it a tall claim? Well, What is the main purpose of electric Kettle? The main purpose is to boil water. Now you can use this warm or hot water for various things.
Now if you drink it or better if you only drink warm water you will remain healthy. You do not believe me. Well, you can check this research article.
This article in the European Journal of Pharmaceutical and Medical Research (ejpmr), suggests drinking warm water will help to enhance your health. They mention about six benefits you will get. You can read it here.
Another article suggests the right temperature for drinking. They suggest 136 °F (57.8°C) is the right temperature for drinking hot beverages. Well, stick to water rather than coffee or tea, throughout the day. But the choice is yours.
2. Drinking Healthier Water.
Again a tall claim right. But the fact is that before RO, UV came the basic modalities of disinfecting water was Boiling and Chlorination. Chlorination changes the taste of the water. Boiling does not.
You can read this article.
You need to boil the water at 100 degrees Celsius for about 20 minutes. So how will you know you are boiling at 100 degrees.
The best way will be to use a thermometer.
You also know that the boiling point of water is 100 degrees Celsius. The boiling point is when the liquid turns into vapor. Of course, it also depends on the adjacent environment. To know more about the boiling point you can read this article in Wikipedia.
3. Less time
Boiling water in an electric Kettle will take less time than boiling it on a pressure cooker. This means you will not only save gas but you will also save time.
4. Less energy.
Are you using electric Kettle to boil water for bathing also? That is good because boiling water for bathing with a geyser will consume more electricity. Well if you intend to do so, you better get an electric kettle with more capacity.
5. Save cooking gas.
Well, this point is especially for those who live in a hostel or have one mouth to feed. It is always not possible to get a gas connection everywhere we live. If you are living at your home, you should have one. But in case you are living for a few days or months, why to take a gas connection or transfer it.
Getting a stove is not enough. You will need to buy utensils. I know there are small gases available like for 5 kg. There are also stoves attached over the gas itself. I have used it. I almost had a terrible accident with one of them. Almost.
But you can simply, Swiggy food our get tiffin. That leaves you with drinking hot water, tea coffee, Maggie, etc. Well now, this electric Kettle will be your savior. It does consume less electricity.
6. It helps in cooking.
Now have you cooked rice, daal. If you have you will be in sync with me, with what I am saying. After washing and before putting them in a pressure cooker or microwave oven, if you let them soak in hot water for at least 5 mins, they will cook faster.
Now you can use your electric Kettle to make this hot water rather than wasting your gas.
Do you have a habit of drinking warm water or warm beverages like tea coffee? Then this electric Kettle is a must-have. Even if you have one for your home get a small capacity one. It is small, portable easy to use.
Take it to where ever you go on vacation. Especially in remote areas. Yes, you can buy coffee and tea. But about those places where the shops close early. And if, suppose you have a craving of tea and there is no shop nearby.
That is why you must always carry the small electric kettle, some tea bags, coffee sachets, etc. Do not pour tea directly in your electric kettle.
8. Easy to use.
Electric Kettle is the easiest and simplest kitchen appliances. Open the lid and pour water. Switch on. That’s it. The auto cut feature will automatically switch off when the water is boiled.
But if you are using it for the first time, rinse it once.
9. Affordable pricing.
Electric Kettle is one of the most reasonable and less expensive important kitchen appliances. You have a variety of ranges depending on the capacity and brand. You will get alternatives. It is not necessary to only get the branded one if you are using it for a short time.
Even the branded ones are also affordable.
Now, you have seen the advantages of electric Kettle. It is time to see the disadvantages.
1. White powder.
Does white powder appear when you boil water in the electric Kettle? It does for me. Now, this white powder might be calcium carbonate. Boiling water will result in some of the already dissolved minerals in the water to come out.
But I had checked this with boiling water in the cooker. I do find some. But the quantities are much lesser. So I thought it must be something to do with the TDS (Total Dissolved Solids) of the groundwater.
Then I used a stainless steel electric Kettle. This resulted in even less white powder. Tough calcium carbonate is not harmful. But I don’t like to see white powder in my drinking water. So I use a stainless steel electric kettle.
Cleaning the Electric kettle is very necessary. If you leave the mineral deposit for a long time, then it will be very difficult to remove. I have learned it the hard way. You can also use only Purified RO water. But that might not be available always.
3. Limited use.
Electric Kettle is only for boiling water. Do not get me wrong. You can do many other activities with it. Like you can make tea, Maggie, coffee, soup, etc. That is not the part. Doing it is fun.
But the pain starts when you start cleaning it. I swear I will never pour tea on my electric kettle again. It stains bad. You cannot remove that stain. I had tried many ways but the stain is still there. So, I had to get rid of the kettle.
Which one to get?
There are two variants. One made of plastic and another one made from stainless steel. There are also different capacities. (1 liter and 2 liters) I don’t like the idea of boiling water in plastic and drinking it. It is not that it will ruin the plastic or something like that.
But I prefer the stainless steel one. Especially that helps in decreasing the white powder. Which might be calcium carbonate, which is harmless. Yea with it you will not get options for different colors. But the stainless steel also looks good.
In this article, you can read the comparison between all three types of Electric Kettles on our website.
You can also read, The best Electric Kettle under Rs 10000.00.
The electric kettles are a must-have for every household. It is also one of the most commonly bought kitchen electric appliance. Now that you have read the advantages and disadvantages, let me know if the claims were tall or genuine.
Also, share your personal experience with the electric kettle. I am sure you have one. If not, then get one quickly.