From handy tea infusers and strainers to beautiful teapots for steeping, there are many fun and convenient tools available to help you prepare the perfect cup of tea. Since tea preparation must always begin with heating water, the tea kettle is arguably the most important tool of all. However, with several choices available in electric and stovetop varieties, which kettle helps to produce a superior cup of tea tends to be a matter of personal choice and opinion.
Traditional Stovetop Kettles
In order to draw out the complexity of most tea, fresh water needs to be heated to a rolling boil to begin the steps for tea steeping. For generations, this process mainly took place in the kitchen using stovetop tea kettles. It has long been known that the closed nature of the tea kettle causes water to boil more quickly, and is therefore much more efficient than using an open pan to heat water for hot tea. Tea kettles are pitcher-shaped and typically come with a handle, a pour spout and a lid on top for filling with water. Some have a steam whistle to indicate when water has reached its boiling point. Many popular stovetop tea kettles are made from stainless steel since it is lightweight and quick to heat. Our Click Kettle and Loop Tea Kettles are contemporary examples of these classic stovetop tea kettles. Feeling that it offers a more authentic and traditional tea steeping experience, many tea lovers still enjoy and prefer the stovetop method for heating water.
Electric Tea Kettle Convenience
Recently, the electric tea kettle has become a popular tool for preparing tea. In the late 1800s, the first electric tea kettle hit the tea scene. Since then, much advancement has been made and the use of modern electric tea kettles is growing increasingly popular among consumers. It is easy to see why! The electric kettles available at The Republic of Tea offer an enormous amount of convenience. They are easily portable and may be used when traveling, in the office, dorm room, or wherever there is an electrical outlet; there is no need for a kitchen with a stove, making it easy to enjoy your favorite teas even when away from home.
Electric tea kettles are safe with an auto-shutoff feature that turns off the heating element once water reaches a boil. All of our electric tea kettles are BPA-free and the Bodum 37-ounce Double Wall Electric Kettle has an inner glass, double wall system to keep water hot longer. They are environmentally friendly: The Bodum 17-ounce Electric Kettle is the most energy efficient method for boiling water. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, they are quick: Electric tea kettles such as the Bodum 34-ounce Electric Kettle are markedly faster than using a stovetop or microwave to heat water.
As long as you are steeping premium, high-quality teas such as those offered by The Republic of Tea, if prepared correctly, the results will generally be the same; you will end up with a soothing cup of delicious, aromatic hot tea. While it is easy to see the charm in using the traditional stovetop approach, with all of the conveniences they have to offer, it is obvious why many lovers of tea have been turning to electric kettles. After all, who doesn’t want to prepare their tea quickly and efficiently? The quicker your tea is steeped, the sooner it can be savored, sip by sip.