OXO BREW Classic Tea Kettle
Last updated date: August 20, 2019
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From The Manufacturer
Make tea in style with the OXO Classic Kettle, a traditional-shaped whistling tea Kettle. The Kettle features silicone touch points on the spout cap and handle to help resist heat. Flip the spout cap down to cover the spout and listen for the Kettle to whistle when water is boiling. Then flip the spout cap back to reveal a precise spout that won't drip while pouring. Turn the handle down to get it out of the way when filling the Kettle or for storage. A large lid opening makes filling and cleaning more convenient. seamless, high-grade stainless steel guards against rust. Do not place in dishwash
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An Overview On Tea Kettles
Sitting down with a hot cup of tea is a simple, healthy way to add some relaxation to your life. Whether you’re switching from jittery morning coffee to soothing AM herbals, or if you’re constantly adding to an overflowing tea collection, you need a great tea kettle to bring out the tea’s flavors and healing properties.
There are two main categories of tea kettles: stovetop and electric. Stovetop kettles are the classic appliances that heat up water on your stove’s burner, then whistle when it’s boiling. You can heat water up to a rolling boil in stovetop kettles, which is actually hotter than a standard boil. A good stovetop kettle is made from quality materials, like stainless steel, and it emits a loud, clear whistle. The best stovetop kettles also have heat-resistant handles and hold enough water for several cups of tea.
Electric kettles boil water on your counter. When you plug it in and turn it on, an electric current runs through a built-in heating coil. The heat brings your water to a boiling point. Many electric kettles have an auto-shutoff feature that kicks in when your water boils. A good electric kettle is made from rust-resistant materials, and it will have a high wattage for faster boiling.
There are also some kettles that combine a classic teapot design with the convenience of stovetop boiling. They’re usually made from heat-resistant glass that’s sturdy enough to use on your stovetop or in your microwave. You can add your own tea leaves with a built-in infuser, so it’s perfect for creating your own blend.
Choosing the best tea kettle doesn’t have to take a lot of time and effort. We’ve done the research for you, so check out our picks (and our Tips & Advice) before you buy.
DWYM Fun Fact
Americans don’t usually add milk to their tea, but it’s a must for many tea drinkers in European countries. However, adding milk didn’t start because the British loved dairy — it had a lot to do with your financial state.
Low-quality, inexpensive teacups would crack if you poured hot tea directly into them. If your host added milk to your cup before pouring the tea, it offset the tea’s temperature and prevented their budget cups from cracking. Adding a splash of milk after you finished pouring the tea was a signal that you were a bit better off. You could afford teacups that would withstand the tea’s temperature.
Now that we have teacups made from stronger materials, this social dance around the milk in your tea is unnecessary. Pouring milk in first can make dark, overpowering teas taste much better, bringing out flavors that you wouldn’t notice otherwise.
The Tea Kettle Buying Guide
- First, you’ll have to decide if you want a stovetop kettle or an electric kettle. Stovetop kettles can be lovely, classic additions to your kitchen decor. Electric kettles are great for quicker boiling, and their added safety features are nice if you have young children in your home.
- Check out how much water your kettle can hold before you buy. Larger stovetop kettles can hold around 3 quarts of water, while most electric kettles hold between 1 and 1.5 quarts. If the kettle uses a built-in tea infuser, it might not be able to hold as much water.
- Heavier stovetop kettles made from stainless steel or glass will outlast kettles made from lighter materials. Glass electric kettles have a longer lifespan than plastic kettles.
- Looking for an eco-friendly way to enjoy your daily mug of tea? Try buying a stovetop kettle with a built-in tea leaf infuser. You’ll use less paper and plastic when you buy your own leaves. You can even reuse them for extra cups of tea.
- If you’re using a tea kettle with plastic components, make sure everything is BPA free before you buy.
- Take a close look at the cleaning instructions for your tea kettle. You’ll need to hand wash most electric kettles, but there are many dishwasher-safe stovetop kettles. Handwashing any infusers or accessories will help them last longer.
- You can remove tea stains or hard water buildup with a little bit of white vinegar. For stovetop kettles, boil equal parts water and white vinegar. Turn off the kettle and let it sit for a few hours, then rinse and repeat until your kettle is sparkling. For electric kettles, mix a solution of water and white vinegar and fill your kettle halfway or three-quarters full. Let the kettle come to a boil, then turn it off and let it sit on your countertop for about 20 minutes. Pour out the solution and enjoy your freshly-cleaned kettle.