Everybody has a beverage of choice; some prefer the dark, roasted taste of a good cup of coffee; others like sweet drinks like juices or soda; some, still, prefer the straight-laced pleasures of drinking water. But, there’s no doubt that few drinks have the cultural pervasiveness of tea. Whichever continent you visit, wherever you turn, there’s always someone pouring themselves a hot cup.
And the varieties are endless; chai, black, green, flavored — there’s an endless array of teas to choose from! But, regardless of your tea of choice, and the way you want to make your brew (fresh or dried leaves, bags), there’s a certain aspect you’re going to have to follow no matter what adding hot water.
And, unless you want to follow the old-school method and still want to use Grandma’s porcelain tea kettle because it’s a beautiful ritual for you, go for it! But, the rest of is in the 21st century are looking to more modern means of heating up our water.
And that’s why you’re definitely going to want (and need!) an electric tea kettle if you’re serious about your tea drinking. Simply put, it’s less time-consuming, more comfortable, and lets you regulate the temperature of water to just the way you want it. No more endless waiting until your cup cools down while you wait to eat your breakfast!
Let’s review some of the reasons why you should definitely consider an electric tea kettle to up your tea game!
#1 They’re Faster
Traditional stove-top kettles take a while to get going, and that’s a fact. Sure, sure, eight or nine minutes may not seem like an enormously long time. But, in the age of streaming and high-speed internet, it’s a veritable eternity — half a sitcom episode, for crying out loud!
Electric tea kettles usually get the job done in about half the time, meaning you can start setting up while you lay out the couch to get comfy. By the time you’re done, you’ll have plenty of hot water to grab a cup or two while you start your binge-watch sesh.
#2 They’re safer
This should go without saying, but do you want to be grabbing those small metal handles and singing your precious palms forever? Sure, some people have asbestos hands already, and that’s all well and good. We’re sure some Hollywood stuntperson is silently nodding in agreement while you willingly burn yourself, but there are safer ways to do it.
Traditional tea kettles tend to have metal handles, or that are made of materials that are not particularly heat-insulating. And you know how the rest of that story goes, right? Let’s just say, it ends with a visit to the emergency room at 3 AM, or with the application of some ointment or balm.
Electric tea kettles are meticulously designed so the only thing that’s piping hot is the water inside, not your hands. And that’s the way it should be.
#3 You Can Choose the Temperature
Now, not all electric tea kettles have this feature, but most worth your purchase do. What’s the situation with normal tea kettles? You have to wait until their boiling or whistling. But not everyone likes boiling-hot tea! And, to be frank, most of us are going to be left waiting until the tea cools down enough to start sipping. If that’s your thing, great. Patience is a virtue, and all that.
But, for the rest of us, we know that tea is best consumed at a temperature between 170 to 185 degrees Fahrenheit. And that ends up meaning that if you have a temperature regulator, you can end up enjoying safe-to-drink, perfect tea every time.
In fact, the temperature is even lower for Japanese green and spring teas! The perfect cup of green tea hovers at a range between 160-170 degrees. Unless you want to mess around with a thermometer, then you’re going to need the precision an electric tea kettle brings to the table. And, if you’re already bringing a modern implement into the equation, why not go full-swing and switch to electric while you’re at it?
#4 No whistling
Sure, most of the electric tea kettles beep instead of whistling, and many are divided as to whether they find that sound charming or maddening. Know what most people have fewer qualms about finding maddening? The piercing, anxiety-inducing shriek of a stovetop tea kettle coming to a full boil, while a scalding jet of vapor erupts from its spout.
Now, yes, many of you could consider this “the sound of tradition.” But, times, they are a-changin’, and traditions slowly fade and are enveloped by the gentle, pulsating “beep” sounds of electric appliances.
Then don’t just take our word for it! Check out this guide, and step into the world of modern tea lovers!