For those who've ever wondered if a watched pot ever really does boil, it may be time to invest in an electric kettle. The gadget gets you boiling water fast, whether you need it for tea, coffee, or even cooking. Aside from convenience, electric kettles are also considered safer than boiling water on the stove or in the microwave. If you still need convincing, our recent pick for best electric kettle is currently marked down on Amazon. Why not get one and try it out for yourself? You'll wonder how you ever waited so long for your French press before.
BUY IT: KitchenAid Electric Kettle,
While there are a wide array of kettles available, KitchenAid's took top marks in our testing for both design and function. The build is compact, while still holding plenty of water—1.25 liters, or just over one quart. We also like that the base is removable, meaning you can move it around, plug-free, as needed. A flick of a simple on/off switch (with an LED light to let you know when it is, indeed, on) is all you need to get hot water in minutes.
But perhaps just as importantly, we loved the colors. There are six to choose from, with prices that range slightly, from $59 to $75 dollars. You may even be able to get one to match your other KitchenAid equipment, like standing or hand mixers. Our pick, the adorable Pistachio, is currently $64, marked down from the original price of $100.
Color aside, the small spout and handle also give the kettle the same fun vintage feel we've come to expect from the cookware line. In fact, we feel like you could almost call it kitchen decor if it wasn't so functional, a rare win/win for countertop equipment.
While coffee and tea are two obvious uses for electric kettles, there are other reasons boiling water fast can be handy. Instant oatmeals and noodles, like Ramen, can be cooked even faster. You can even boil an egg in one.
Do you have any unusual uses for electric kettles? Tell us in the comments.