Which one is better, the teapot or tea kettle?
If you’re considering revamping your electric kettle, but don’t know whether to go back to the teapot, then you have to know some differences.
Tea lovers around the world know that tea is prepared in one utensil and served in cups or glasses with another.
There are different names for the appliance in which the water to prepare the tea is brought to the boiling point and the pot in which the tea is made.
A teapot and kettle are two of those utensils.
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What is a teapot?
The teapot is the container in which the whole or crushed leaves of tea or infusions such as chamomile or pennyroyal mint, for example, are boiled.
To do this, it must be placed directly on a heat source that, generally, is the stoves or burners of a gas burner or ceramic hob.
They consist, regardless of the type of teapot we are talking about, of the following elements:
Container or vessel of cold porcelain or metal: Whistle cap or valve, strainer or internal filter and spout.
In addition, teapots are also used to serve the drink directly into glasses or cups of tea.
How does a tea kettle work?
Knowing how an electric kettle works is very simple, we do not need more than the device and a plug.
The electric current heats some resistors that are inside the device and that are in contact with the liquid causing it in turn to increase its temperature.
You can find two different types: the first of them works plugged directly into the electric current, that is, it has cable.
The second type does not have a cable, it has a base on which it must be placed to boil the water, and it is this base that has the cable that is connected to the electric current.
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What Is The Difference Between a Teapot and a Tea Kettle?
The Teapot is used simply by placing it on top of the stove.
These kettles are usually a little more expensive than electric ones because they are usually made of copper.
On the other hand, they are more durable than electric ones because they do not use more electricity than the stove may need.
The main disadvantages are that they have to be guarded at all times and take longer to boil the water.
The stove kettle has no thermometer or automatic shutdown function, which means that if you don’t control it, the water will overflow or boil excessively.
In addition, it takes longer to boil the water in the kettle of the stove.
This means you may also be using more energy if you use your kettle every day.
However, a stove kettle does not require a source of energy and is perfect for camping trips or hikes where it is far from electricity.
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The electric kettle, as the name implies, uses electricity to boil water through the heating element (or resistor).
The best thing about these kettles is that they have an automatic shut-off system.
There is a thermostat built into the kettle that turns off the heat when the water reaches a certain temperature.
This way, you won’t face an excess of boiling or overflowing water and can simply let the kettle do its job.
These are fairly affordable appliances and boil water very fast (about 2 to 4 1/2 minutes to boil water).
They come in a variety of sizes, styles, and colors. The speed of boiling water also leads to using less electricity.
They are more energy-efficient compared to the stove kettle. But, if you use gas to boil the stove kettle, which is a cheaper option than electricity, the consumption would be similar.
An electric kettle is easy to use and portable. Some models heat different liquids to their precise temperatures.
This is great because you can use them for different purposes, such as pouring coffee.
Some people find a whistling teapot charming, but that sound can be quite annoying to others.
The electric kettle does not whistle at all. But, if you’re nostalgic and like whistling, you might prefer the stove kettle.
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