It’s normal for different people to like and dislike different things. When it comes to cookware, China is the producer of most items.
However, some people have found that kettles from China aren’t the best in quality.
They are cheap to produce and this makes them affordable to most in the market compared to other kettles. In this article, I selected the best kettles from other countries to make your work easy when you are looking to buy a kettle.
FACTORS TO CONSIDER WHEN BUYING A TEA KETTLE
It’s every mother’s wish to choose a kettle that will serve them over a long period of time. However, this isn’t always the case. I’m sure you have fallen a victim of buying a poor-quality kettle.
Here are the factors to consider.
The question you should ask is which material is the best for a high-quality kettle?
You can have kettles made using different materials or a combination of different materials but, the best materials to choose from include glass, ceramic, stainless steel, enamel-on-steel and copper. They are all praised for getting the job done. Their durability level and need for maintenance differ.
A good example is the fact that stainless steel kettles are durable and easy to maintain while copper kettles should be polished and cared for to remain shiny.
How many litres the kettle hold is a question you should always answer. This is because you are the only one who understands the amount of tea you need to prepare every so often. Nevertheless, there are kettles that fit a cup or two then those that will heat up to 12 cups of tea.
Electric vs non-electric
Would you like electric kettles? They heat water very fast and to the level you want it to. On the other hand, the traditional non-electric kettles are not only beautiful but also functional.
A good kettle remains cool whenever it’s heating the tea. I know of kettles that get very hot on the outside when cooking. These are single-walled kettles. The double-walled ones are the best because they remain warm on the outside.
If you can get a kettle with the handle that stays cool even when hot, they are your best choice.
The kettle should have a way to pour out the content easily. It should assume a good handle that is sturdy and well balanced to carry as you pour out the content. Also, the pour sprout should control the flow.
Check the top opening
Is the top opening and lid wide enough?
This determines whether the cleaning is easy or not. It should be wide enough to allow your hands the ability to clean all sides of the kettle.
Is it durable?
A good kettle is the one that doesn’t let water or the tea content leaking out from the different parts that join up to make the kettle. Always go for a sturdy construction one-piece kettle that doesn’t have joint kettle pieces or a kettle with the stout constructions around the seams.
Is the kettle rust-resistant?
There is nothing so annoying than the kettle that rust on the inside. Because at some point you will drink rusty tea. It’s had to completely stay off the rust when the water meets with the kettle material but, you can choose one that minimizes the rust.
The heat source
Depending on what you use as a heat source at home choose the suitable kettle. If you use gas at home, find a kettle that can be powered by gas and if it’s a stove or the electricity choose one that uses either.
DIFFERENT KINDS OF KETTLES
Unfortunately, as you cook it’s possible that the tea kettles introduce toxins to your tea. Most of our kettles will introduce some form of toxins to our tea. There are vast materials used to make the kettles but the ones that are openly known to introduce toxins are listed below:
Plastic is never the best especially the untested ones. They will contain some BPA materials and phthalates.
Aluminium is linked to various diseases which include anaemia, Parkinson’s and other blood disorders. Do avoid aluminium and choose stainless steel instead.
The unprotected copper. Whenever the copper mineral which is essential to your body leaches into your food and your body consumes more copper than it needs it will be toxic.
1. Kettles made using ceramic
The ceramic material is the traditional material used to make cookware. Today the ceramic used has been modified to suit the changing times and environment. These kettles feature an elegant design with a kitchen décor that compliments your kitchen.
Unlike the metal teapots, the ceramic teapots if made with purely natural materials they won’t give you a cup of tea with a metallic taste. The ceramic kettles are easy to clean and never affected by rust.
For that hot cup of hygienically made tea after a tough day at work, choose this teakettle. It has 5 temperature presents to help you make sure you never burn your tea or coffee. It has an electric base that you can detach.
Its auto shut option makes it easy to stop the burning possibility. As earlier stated, the material that makes this kettle will not have harmful toxins leak into your drink. The kettle further features a sturdy construction with a perfect design for your kitchen décor.
It’s a family size kettle that is made using the unique and carefully selected material.
Decades ago, the world saw a rise in the need for non-stick cookware. But ever since there have been questions as to how healthy it is to use them. Most people still claim that they aren’t hazardous but truth be told, if you breathe in Teflon when it gets hot, you are harming yourself.
Choose the ceramic coated kettles or avoid glazes altogether. It’s true to say that for teapots, glass is the safest kind to use. The glass to use is called borosilicate glass which can withstand high temperatures.
2. Glass and non-toxic kettle
This kettle is made using the safest material of all kettles called borosilicate glass. This is non-toxic and heat resistance. It’s an electric kettle that has the LED lights at the bottom of the jar that changes the intensity of the blue color as it continues to heat up.
For more safety, it has a thermostat that automatically switches off when the water is heated. Its heating base features a 360 degrees rotation and is further safe because it has a hidden cord design. It heats your water quickly while avoiding the possibility of heating up when empty.
Aside from all that, it’s durable and features an ergonomic design.
3. Tea kettle made in the USA
Finding a tea kettle made in the USA isn’t easy. It’s harder to find those that are fully made in the US. But, why do buyers prefer products from the US? The reason is that they thoroughly scrutinize their products to make sure they meet the international standards before allowing them into the market.
Besides, people believe that the items are mostly of high-quality standards. Unfortunately, it’s not easy to find the tea kettles from the USA as it is to find one from China or other European countries. You will find kettles that have their materials from a different country then the assembly is done in the USA.
The kettle is colourful and it features the porcelain enamel material. It not only adds the elegance to your kitchen design it also functions perfectly. It has a strong and sturdy handle for a firm grip whenever you are using it on the stovetops.
Its versatile and has a removable lid which eases cleaning. Its color fits in the kitchen and may act as a focal point. Lastly, it has a whistle to alert you when your water is hot enough. Being a USA kettle means its high quality, no wonder KitchenAid company gives you a lifetime warranty.
4. Stainless steel kettle made in the USA
This is a stainless-steel kettle that is made in the US. The unit is made using the high-quality stainless steel with a great polish for finishing. It has a wide bottom for enhanced stability on whichever surface.
It’s long and wide handle with a tight lid assures you safety as you pour the tea. You can use this kettle on any cooktop including the induction cooktops. It further has a visible line that shows the water level maximum and minimum.
It features a classic design that is easy to clean and is dishwasher safe. The kettle is handcrafted in Pennsylvania and the steel used is an American steel. The kettle features a sturdy construction and is built to last.
5. Electric kettle made in the USA
This product is made in California and it features a unique design with a high level of functionality. It’s easy to use and pour the content in a cup. Its fluted tip makes pouring easy and it doesn’t drip out. It has a 1200 wattage heating ability.
The temperature ranges from 105-212 degrees and you can control it using the temperature knob. You can also hold it on your desired temperature when you press the hold button at the back. Its aesthetic value fits any kitchen design.
6. Whistling tea kettle made in the USA
This is made using a borosilicate glass that is from Germany although the assembly is done in America. The kettle features a sturdy and unique design that is durable. It has a removable lid to ease the process of filling in water and cleaning it.
I love the sprout design because it enhances safety. Furthermore, the handle is heat resistant and you can use the kettle in electric and gas stoves.
However, consider using the kettle only on low and medium heat and remove it from the heat source immediately the water boils. Worry not about knowing when your water boils because it will whistle to alert you.
7. Electric kettle from Europe
This kettle heats the water faster than other electric kettles. Epica focuses on the safety of the user and the kettle’s functionality. The kettle’s exterior remains cool to touch as it heats the water and it’s made using the high-quality stainless steel.
Although the handle and the lid cover have a plastic finishing its top is lined with stainless steel to keep away any effects or contamination from plastic. The insulation of the kettle is unparalleled. It will keep your water hot for a longer duration.
For more safety, it has a detachable corded base which makes it safe to lift when you wish to pour the content in a cup. The kettle is originally from Britain and that’s why it doesn’t compromise on quality since Britons love tea.
8. Tea kettle from France
This is a unique and sturdy construction tea kettle also acts as a teapot. It’s made using the cast iron material which makes it sturdy and durable. Its simple and aesthetic value makes it fit in any kitchen whether modern or traditional.
It has a round and flat bottom surface to rest on any surface and you can use it for any heat source including induction. The exterior gets hot when it’s heating the water/tea so don’t use it without protection.
The wide lid makes it easy to clean and fill up again. Its handle though wide and raised gets warm so consider using a protective gear.
9. Tea kettle made in Italy
The Alessi kettle is unique in structure and has a bird whistle to alert you when the water is hot enough. It’s made using the stainless-steel. Its base has an 11-inch diameter for enhanced stability and it automatically shuts off once the water boils.
Though it has a bird covering on the tip of the spout it’s easy to remove but be careful so that you don’t get burnt. This durable kettle doesn’t whistle and its easy to clean. Always fill the kettle with water when cooking your tea to help it boil faster.
10. Tea kettle made in Germany
The kettle design gets better with this German product. It has a porcelain teapot and strainer for your tea. The kettle uses the concealed heating method.
It works by letting the water reach the boiling point and then the gadget switches to an energy saving mode. This maintains the temperature of the water and that of the content in the teapot above it. Its interior is made of stainless-steel while its exterior is made of a synthetic material.
For enhanced effectivity, it has two auto thermostats to regulate the temperature. The gadget is dishwasher safe and easy to clean since it doesn’t get corroded.
11. Tea kettle made in England
If you enjoy a classic tea kettle from England then this will never disappoint you. It’s a handmade product of England that has stood the test of time having existed for over 100 years. It’s made using solid copper and nickel lining and with a great mirror chrome finishing.
The unique design fits in any of your kitchen décor plus you can only use it on your gas appliance. When your water boils, the kettle emits a pleasant whistle. They feature the elegance of the Victorian design while functioning effectively.
It’s easy to use and clean just make sure you fit in the lid properly.
12. Tea kettles made in Japan
This is the perfect fit for your family and guests. Its body and bottom are made using the stainless steel while the handle is made using the wood to avoid heat conductivity and the whistle is made using nylon. You can use it in any kind of stove top.
With this gadget, you are sure to have a flavourful coffee and tea. When the water boils it whistles and it’s also easy to clean.
13. Good quality kettle
This is my personal favorite tea kettle. I wouldn’t finish this article without mention the kettle from OXO. They are known to produce high-value items and this kettle is nothing less than that. Made using a high-quality stainless steel it guards it against rust.
It has a soft and non-slip handle to give you a firm grip as you pour your tea. It has a perfect stainless-steel finish for easy cleaning. It’s compatible with non-induction stove material and the handle doesn’t heat up when the water boils.
It also has a loud whistle to alert you when the water boils. For safety, the classic kettle has a spout cap that you flip down as the tea continues to brew and flip up to pour the tea.
With all these kettles I must say that it’s harder to find kettles not made in China and worse to find those from the US. Nevertheless, the list above gives you some of the best kettles not from China.
They are all effective and of good quality but I trust and have used both the OXO and KitchenAid kettles and they aren’t only effective but also durable with an elegant design.