Kettle Reviews

Electric Kettle Features

Researching electric kettles can be particularly difficult if you are unfamiliar with the terms used. Here I list and define several of the most common phrases associated with electric kettles.

Electric Kettle Features

- Limescale Filter: This one is self explanatory. Unfortunately kettles keep getting limescale. A limescale filter is designed to filter limescale. It is located near the spout. That is not to say that all limescale is filtered, but the amount of limescale which gets through is definitely reduced.

- 360 Degree Base: Electric kettles sit on a base which is plugged into an outlet. A 360 degree base is one where the kettle can be placed at any position on the base and be rotated around it. This is done purely for convenience as it means you do not have to fiddle around finding the right position for the kettle every time you want to put it back on the base.

- Water Level Indicators: Water level indicators show which water level height corresponds to the volume of water inside of the kettle. External indicators are on the outside of the kettle and internal ones are on the inside.

Electric Kettle Safety Features

- Automatic Shut-Off: Some kettles have an automatic shut-off feature which stops the kettle from boiling for longer than is necessary. It will shut itself off once the water reaches a certain temperature.

- Boil Dry Protection: Kettles with no water in waste energy and can potentially be dangerous. If a kettle is equipped with boil dry protection then it will shut itself off once the water has either completely evaporated or once the water level drops below a safe level.

Electric Kettle Heating Elements

- Heating Element: The heating element is a component in electric kettles which converts electrical energy into heat energy. You can identify the heating element by looking for a component with a looped metal rod.

- Concealed Heating Element: If you cannot find the heating element in your kettle then you probably have a concealed heating element. Such a heating element is usually concealed in the base. This has the advantage of it not collecting limescale. It is also visually more appealing.
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