Electric kettles are popular in many homes because they can be used for so many different things. They aren’t just made to boil water for your tea or coffee. You can also use them to make soups, heat milk, and even boil eggs. Most kettles are made of stainless steel, but there are also some very stylish ones made of glass. What kind of kettle is the best? Here’s what we think.
Glass vs stainless steel kettle: Which is best?
Glass kettles are made of heat-resistant materials like tempered glass or borosilicate glass, which can handle temperatures up to 170°C. Most electric kettles only boil at a temperature just above 100°C. Tempered and borosilicate glass don’t rust or oxidize either.
Glass kettles are the most stylish kettles you can buy because they look modern and have a clear glass body. They aren’t as common as plastic or stainless steel kettles, though, and only a few stores carry them. Glass kettles are easier to keep clean than stainless steel or plastic kettles because glass isn’t sticky and tends to attract less residue.
Pros & cons of a glass kettle
Here are some things that are good and bad about glass kettles.
Glass kettle pros
- It’s easy to see how much water is in the glass.
- Less limescale builds up, making it easier to clean.
- Design that is elegant
Glass kettle cons
- heavier than kettles made of stainless steel
- liable to break (if dropped or knocked)
- Costs more to buy
Stainless steel kettles
As the name suggests, stainless steel kettles have a body (mainly the jug and handle) made of stainless steel, which is very strong and resistant to corrosion. These are the most popular and least expensive types of kettles on the market (besides plastic kettles). Most stores that sell appliances and department stores sell them. There are many different styles, sizes, colors, and capacities of stainless steel kettles, so they can be used in most homes.
Pros and cons of stainless steel kettles
Here are some advantages and disadvantages of stainless steel kettles.
Stainless steel kettle pros
- More durable (less likelihood of breaking)
- Steel kettles are lightweight
- More designs & models available
Stainless Steel Kettle cons
- Need to be rinsed often so that nothing sticks to the bottom.
- The outside can feel hot
- No way to see how much water there is.
Which is safer: a glass kettle or one made of stainless steel?
Glass kettles don’t rust and don’t have any leftover metal in them. This means they don’t have the problems of having a metallic taste, rusting, and releasing heavy metals into boiling water. Many people think this is better for your health and the environment. Versions made of glass are also better for brewing tea, and they can be used safely in the microwave. On the other hand, stainless steel is still being praised as the safest material for a kettle. No matter what, make sure that no plastic parts are in the kettle you buy.
Which kettle has more features: one made of glass or stainless steel?
Even though they look different, glass and stainless steel kettles have the same specs and safety features. Some things to look for are an auto-off switch, a water level indicator, a 360° swivel base, a push-button lid release, and an anti-scale filter. Most kettles also have safety features like auto shut-off and thermal cut-off. LED lights are also often built into glass kettles.
Which is more durable: a glass kettle or a stainless steel kettle?
In the long run, stainless steel kettles last longer than glass kettles. This is because: a) stainless steel is almost impossible to break, and b) it lasts longer than glass and most other materials, especially at high temperatures. Stainless steel is very durable and doesn’t wear down over time or with use.
Which is cheaper: a glass kettle or one made of stainless steel?
Stainless kettles are much cheaper than glass kettles, with basic models or budget brands like Kmart or Sunbeam starting at just $30. On the other hand, most glass kettles cost more than $100, but you can find great deals at times like the end of the financial year (EOFY) and Black Friday.
Which is better: a glass kettle or one made of stainless steel?
When it comes to durability, price, and all-around usefulness, stainless steel kettles are hard to beat. They also come in many different styles, colors, and sizes to fit any home. But glass is still the safest way to heat water because it keeps the water clean and does not leak.