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Kettles have become an indispensable kitchen appliance and can be a good alternative to the saucepan in some cases. If you care about the design and look of your kitchen, the KitchenAid kettle might be a good choice. KitchenAid kettles are not only kitchen appliances, but also stylish accessories.
With our big KitchenAid kettle test 2023 we want to introduce you to this appliance. We have compared KitchenAid kettles with and without temperature control and listed their advantages and disadvantages. With our overview of important factors to consider before buying, you should be able to find the right KitchenAid kettle for you.
- 1 The most important
- 2 The best KitchenAid Kettle: Our Selection
- 3 Guide: Questions to ask yourself before buying a KitchenAid kettle
- 4 Decision: What types of KitchenAid kettles are there and which one is right for you?
- 5 Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate KitchenAid kettles
- 6 Trivia: Interesting facts about the KitchenAid kettle
The most important
- KitchenAid kettles are characterised in particular by a chic design and thus enjoy great popularity especially among design lovers. As designer models, they are a little more expensive than the average, but in return they also have a high quality of workmanship.
- Basically, one differentiates between KitchenAid kettles with temperature control and KitchenAid kettles without temperature control. KitchenAid kettles with temperature control have the advantage that you can adjust the water temperature according to your individual wishes.
- Before buying a KitchenAid kettle, you should consider many different factors, such as the power and boiling time, the safety, the spout, the material, the keep-warm function or the capacity.
The best KitchenAid Kettle: Our Selection
Guide: Questions to ask yourself before buying a KitchenAid kettle
What distinguishes KitchenAid kettles from other manufacturers?
However, KitchenAid kettles are more expensive than average. But considering their high quality of workmanship, their durability and their great design, the prices are okay.
The technical features also have a lot to offer. In addition to the high energy efficiency, KitchenAid kettles impress with many technically sophisticated refinements, such as the automatic switch-off.
KitchenAid kettles are available in different versions and colours – from a simple, modern style to a retro style. Thus, they are not only normal kettles, but also stylish kitchen accessories.
What are the advantages and disadvantages of KitchenAid kettles?
KitchenAid kettles are characterised by their high energy efficiency and fast boiling time, which is due to the double-walled housing. A specially shaped spout or spout allows for easy and drip-free pouring of the tea.
In addition, KitchenAid kettles are known for their high quality workmanship and stylish design. With some models, an individual temperature setting is also possible. Compared to other manufacturers, KitchenAid kettles offer the possibility to quickly prepare a cup of tea with individual temperature control due to their low minimum filling quantity of 200 millilitres.
But there are also some disadvantages of KitchenAid kettles that you should be aware of. For example, the housing of some models heats up a lot. Another disadvantage is the high price compared to other suppliers, although you have to point out the high quality and the extraordinary design – arguments that justify the high price.
KitchenAid kettles often have only a very narrow lid opening, which makes manual cleaning much more difficult.
What are the alternatives to KitchenAid kettles?
KitchenAid’s unique selling point, however, is its unique design with sometimes eye-catching colours. Especially the retro models are a must for real design lovers.
Other popular brands for kettles are, for example:
Decision: What types of KitchenAid kettles are there and which one is right for you?
If you want to buy a KitchenAid kettle, you can choose between two different alternatives:
- KitchenAid Kettle with temperature control
- KitchenAid Kettle without temperature control
The two types of KitchenAid kettles each have advantages and disadvantages. To give you a better idea and help you weigh up your decision, we will present the differences as well as the advantages and disadvantages in the following chapters.
What are KitchenAid kettles with temperature control and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
KitchenAid has kettles with temperature control or pre-selection in its range. With these kettles, the temperature (usually between 50 and 100 °C) can be set as desired before boiling the water. Some of the kettles also have a temperature display.
Since a KitchenAid kettle with temperature control can be preset to any temperature, it is perfect for true tea and fragrant tea lovers, as some types of tea and coffee, especially green, black and white tea, can only develop their aromas optimally at a certain water temperature.
KitchenAid kettles with temperature control stop the heating process as soon as the water has reached the desired temperature. This saves time and electricity. However, this is also a small disadvantage when preparing baby food, as this should only be prepared with boiled water.
For the preparation of baby food, it is therefore recommended to heat the water to boiling point and then let it cool down to approx. 37-40 °C.
Another advantage is that many appliances with a temperature controller also have an additional temperature display.
However, KitchenAid kettles with temperature control are more expensive than models without temperature control. They are also more susceptible to faults due to the additional technology.
What are KitchenAid kettles without temperature control and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
However, KitchenAid also offers somewhat cheaper models without temperature control. These always bring the water to the boil. The water temperature is therefore always 100 °C.
The advantages of such kettles are of course the lower price and the lower susceptibility to errors.
However, you cannot set the temperature beforehand. With some types of tea, this could mean that the flavour cannot develop optimally.
Alternatively, you can let the water cool down afterwards. However, it is very difficult to estimate the temperature correctly if you do not have a temperature gauge or do not want to use a thermometer.
For green tea, you need to let the water cool down for about a minute. For white tea, on the other hand, it takes about three to four minutes after boiling. With this type of kettle, you need more time. As the water is heated to boiling point each time, you also have a higher power consumption than with a KitchenAid kettle with temperature control.
Buying criteria: Use these factors to compare and evaluate KitchenAid kettles
In the following, we will show you which aspects you can use to decide between the different models of KitchenAid kettles.
The criteria you can use to compare KitchenAid kettles include:
- Temperature control and keep-warm function
- Limescale filter
- Power and boiling time
Temperature control and keep-warm function
With KitchenAid, you have the choice between kettles with temperature control and kettles without temperature control. KitchenAid kettles with temperature control are usually also equipped with an additional temperature display.
Some KitchenAid models also have a keep-warm function that allows you to keep the water at a certain temperature for a certain time.
If you are a tea lover and like to try different types of tea, you might want to choose a kettle with temperature control and invest a little more money.
KitchenAid kettles usually allow you to choose between 50 and 100 °C. However, some kettles allow you to adjust the temperature. However, some kettles only allow you to set the temperature between 60 and 100 °C or 70 and 100 °C.
Which model is best for you depends on what kind of tea you like to drink. In the table below you will find an overview of certain drinks and their optimal water temperature.
|Drink||Optimal water temperature|
|Herbal tea||approx. 100 °C (boiling water)|
|Fruit tea||approx. 100 °C (boiling water)|
|Rooibos tea||approx. 100 °C (boiling water)|
|Black tea||approx. 95 °C|
|Oolong tea||approx. 90 °C|
|Tea blossoms||approx. 80 °C|
|White tea||approx. 70-80 °C|
|Green tea||approx. 70-80 °C|
|Yellow tea||approx. 60 °C|
|Japanese green tea||approx. 60 °C|
|Ready-to-drink coffee||between 90 and 96 °C (depending on how the coffee is prepared)|
As you can see from the table, KitchenAid kettles with temperature control between 50 and 100 °C or 60 and 100 °C are suitable for all types of tea mentioned.
Optimum temperatures and brewing times may vary from tea to tea. You should check the packaging beforehand to find out which temperature and brewing time is recommended for the tea in question. The taste can also differ from person to person.
A keep-warm function is recommended if you want to keep the water at a certain temperature for a while after boiling. Models with a keep-warm function are double-walled, which means that the water does not cool down so quickly. Most KitchenAid kettles with temperature control are double-walled and can keep the water warm at about 70°C for up to 30 minutes.
When deciding what to buy, you should also consider the material of the body and the interior. KitchenAid kettles are made of stainless steel, glass or plastic on the inside and stainless steel, hard anodised aluminium, glass or plastic on the body.
But what are the properties of the different materials and what are their advantages and disadvantages?
- Stainless steel: Stainless steel is a widely used material when it comes to kettles. Stainless steel is robust and durable, easy to clean and also visually appealing. With stainless steel, you don’t have to worry about harmful substances being released into the water and the water taking on a plastic taste. Stainless steel kettles have a shorter boiling time because stainless steel conducts heat. However, this has the disadvantage that they can heat up a lot on your body if they are not sufficiently insulated. Furthermore, stainless steel kettles are somewhat more expensive because they are very high quality.
- Glass: Glass also does not release any harmful substances or a plastic taste into the water during the heating process. Glass is also a stylish accessory for the kitchen. However, glass can also heat up. So be careful not to accidentally touch the outer wall of the kettle. Glass also needs to be cleaned more often, as fingerprints or limescale deposits may be visible on the glass. Another disadvantage of glass is that this material is very fragile and would break immediately if dropped.
- Hard anodised aluminium: This special refined aluminium is particularly insensitive and scratch-resistant. Since KitchenAid only uses this material for the housing, there is no reason to worry about harmful substances being released into the water. However, this material is also a good conductor of heat, which can cause the outer wall to heat up if the insulation is inadequate.
- Plastic: Plastic has come under a lot of criticism because of the so-called BPAs. This abbreviation stands for bisphenol A, a chemical compound. Whether and to what extent BPA is harmful to health has not yet been clarified. When heated, harmful substances can be released into the water. In addition, the water can take on a plastic taste. The advantage of plastic is that it does not conduct heat well, so the water in the kettle stays warm for a long time. In addition, the outer wall does not heat up.
The so-called Lang study, published in 2008 in the Journal of the American Medical Association by Lang, Galloway, Scarlett and other authors, looked at the consequences of the chemical compound BPA and found that BPA could promote the development of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes and liver problems.
So if you want to be sure that the water from your kettle is free of any harmful substances, you should go for KitchenAid kettles made of stainless steel or glass.
KitchenAid kettles have different spouts. The so-called gooseneck spout allows for a particularly precise pouring of the water.
KitchenAid kettles are often praised for their easy and drip-free pouring.
KitchenAid has a special kettle with a gooseneck spout and 3-position precision flow control in its range. With this unique spout, you can choose between the following three flow speeds, depending on your preferences:
|Flow speed||intended use|
|Low flow||use when brewing coffee|
|Medium flow||use with tea|
|High flow||use with temple jugs|
The spout is shaped like a gooseneck. Due to its special shape, the water is always in flow when pouring.
KitchenAid kettles are available in a wide range of sizes. The capacity of KitchenAid kettles is 1 litre, 1.25 litre, 1.5 litre, 1.7 litre or 1.9 litre. Depending on how much water you want to heat per boiling process, a different KitchenAid kettle is suitable for you.
One-litre kettles are more energy efficient, but not necessarily the best choice for tea drinkers. Standard teapots have a capacity of 1.5 litres. With a one-litre kettle, you would have to boil water twice.
So if you like to drink tea or serve tea to your guests in the pot, a KitchenAid kettle with 1.5 or 1.7 litres might be a better choice for you.
Kettles have a minimum capacity that must be met. The higher the capacity of the kettle, the higher the minimum capacity. So with large capacity kettles, you can’t just boil one cup of water.
Never fill the kettle higher than specified, as this will prevent splashing and overflow. As a rule, the mark for the maximum filling height is two-thirds of the height of the appliance.
Not all KitchenAid models have a limescale filter. However, if they do have a limescale filter, it is replaceable or removable. Kettles with a limescale filter have a strainer with filter function attached to the opening.
Advantages and disadvantages of kettles with limescale filters are, for example:
Depending on the region you live in and the hardness of the water, it makes more or less sense to buy a kettle with a limescale filter.
Power and boiling time
The power and boiling time of the kettle are decisive factors that you should consider. Power refers to the wattage.
As a rule of thumb, the larger the capacity, the higher the wattage should be. The higher the power, the shorter the cooking time and the lower the power consumption.
KitchenAid kettles with 1 litre have an output of 1000 watts. With a capacity of 1.25 litres, KitchenAid kettles have a power of 2200 watts, with a capacity of 1.5 litres they have a power between 2000 and 2400 watts and with a capacity of 1.7 litres, KitchenAid kettles have a power of 2400 watts.
Some of the KitchenAid models also have a fast boiling function.
Although the power consumption is lower with a low wattage, the boiling time is significantly longer with a low wattage and therefore the power consumption increases again. So if the kettle has a higher wattage, more electricity is consumed, but the boiling time is also much shorter. Overall, it is therefore better to buy a kettle with a higher wattage.
If you boil a lot of water, it should be at least 2000 watts. However, it should not be much more than 2000 watts, because the electricity saving due to the shorter boiling time hardly pays off in relation to the additional electricity consumption due to the increased wattage.
Now a few tips on how you can save electricity and money with your kettle:
- Only heat as much water as you need. The more water you put in the kettle, the longer the boiling time and the more electricity you use. Note: 0.2 litres of water is sufficient for one cup of tea.
- If you have a kettle with a temperature control, you should set the required temperature beforehand. If you only need water at 70 °C, it is not necessary to heat the water to boiling point.
- You can also use the kettle for pasta or potato water to start cooking more quickly.
Safety also plays a big role in the purchase decision. It is important that the kettle has certain safety features to prevent fire from overheating, scalding or electric shock.
Important safety features are: Automatic switch-off (overheating protection), dry-boil protection (appliance cannot be switched on if there is no water in it), handle made of high-quality plastic (stainless steel handles can cause burns), non-slip base and good insulation (especially for stainless steel models).
KitchenAid kettles are considered largely safe and have the above safety standards. However, some models are not as well insulated, which means their kettle can get very hot. However, KitchenAid also has double-walled kettles with very good insulation in its range.
Trivia: Interesting facts about the KitchenAid kettle
How can I clean and descale a KitchenAid kettle?
You should clean and descale your KitchenAid Kettle regularly. The more often you use it, the more often you should descale it. Cleaning is very easy: just pour out the excess water and rinse the kettle with water from time to time.
The kettle should be descaled at least once a month. Chemical descalers are not recommended, however, as they can damage the kettle and impair the water quality. If you do want to use a descaler, read the instructions on the packaging carefully.
But there are many natural home remedies you can use instead. These are described in the table below.
|Vinegar essence||Put 500 millilitres of water and two tablespoons of vinegar essence in the kettle and heat the mixture until it boils. Leave it to soak for about 30 minutes. Then rinse the kettle with tap water and bring normal water to the boil again so that the vinegar taste disappears.|
|Baking powder||Baking powder is also a limescale remover. Boil about one packet of baking soda with water. Note that the baking powder/water mixture only fills the cooker about two-thirds full and that it foams. Afterwards you should let the mixture soak in (~ 1 hour), rinse the kettle with water and boil tap water.|
|Citric acid||Put 500 millilitres of water and one tablespoon of powdered citric acid in the kettle and leave the solution for about 45 minutes. After that you should rinse the cooker twice with cold water.|
What is the warranty on KitchenAid kettles?
You can find information about the warranty on the KitchenAid website. KitchenAid guarantees kettles for 2 or 3 years from the date of purchase (depending on the model).
If you discover a defect in your KitchenAid kettle within the warranty period, your appliance will either be repaired or replaced. After repair or replacement of the appliance, the warranty period will not be renewed or extended.
However, the warranty is only valid for kettles used in a non-commercial environment, i.e. for private purposes. In case of improper use or normal wear and tear, the warranty does not apply.
How popular are KitchenAid kettles?
How popular the KitchenAid brand is with regard to kettles is difficult to answer.
There are many competitive brands, such as AEG, Bosch, DeLonghi, Siemens, WMF and some more. However, KitchenAid kettles are repeatedly praised on test sites for their special design and functionality. The design is therefore definitely their unique selling point.
One can assume that KitchenAid is a popular brand especially among design lovers with a high willingness to pay.
What other products does KitchenAid offer?
The US manufacturer KitchenAid offers a wide range of large and small kitchen appliances as well as kitchen accessories.
The small household appliances include food processors, stand mixers, multifunctional cookers, coffee makers, coffee grinders, toasters, hand blenders, hand blenders, juicers and also soda steamers.
But KitchenAid also has larger kitchen appliances in its range: ovens, hobs, extractor fans, refrigerators, dishwashers, vacuum machines, ice makers or warming drawers.
In addition, KitchenAid offers kitchen accessories such as dishes, cookware or kitchen knives.
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