The modern electric kettle is capable of a lot: the number of functions provided by new models is only increasing. But its main task is still to boil water. And the taste of a drink made from this water depends, among other things, on the material from which the body of the teapot is made. In this article, we will look at what materials manufacturers use.
Plastic still occupies a leading position. It is most often used to make the body of an electric kettle . The strengths of plastic cases are:
For the casings of electric kettles, only two types of plastic are used: polypropylene and polycarbonate, since they are considered safe enough for health. For this reason, they are used to make not only teapots, but also other kitchen utensils that are in direct contact with food.
Polypropylene is considered the cheapest material. Outwardly, it is easy to distinguish it by sloppy joints at the joints of parts and a characteristic smell, which may not go away even after one or two boils, which are recommended to be done before using a new product. He can stay forever, reminding himself of himself even in the prepared drink.
Polycarbonate is a more expensive variation of plastic, which belongs to materials of increased environmental friendliness. Products made from it have a neat appearance, there is practically no smell from them.
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The heat capacity of plastic is small, so the case is weakly resistant to heat loss. Consequently, the water cools down quickly. Still, the main complaint about plastic teapots is the fragility of the case. Under the influence of high temperatures, plastic “ages”, loses its shape and color, and becomes brittle.
After several years of operation, particles of plastic can be found in a cup with a drink, which is completely unacceptable. In this case, the kettle should be replaced with a new one. If replacing your kettle every few years is not to your liking, take a closer look at more durable materials – stainless steel or glass.
The recommended life of a plastic teapot is no more than three years.
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Silicone teapots are almost never found in a regular kitchen. Their element is travel. Due to the soft material of the body, such teapots are easily transformed, they fold compactly, which is convenient for transportation.
The silicone walls of the case are in contact with boiling water without any problems and practically do not exude a smell. Thanks to this, your favorite drink will do without foreign smells or aftertastes.
The soft body of the kettle must be handled with extreme care. First, contact with sharp objects is guaranteed to damage and irreparably ruin the silicone wall. Secondly, careless handling can provoke the “collapse” of the soft body. As a result, boiling water will splash out of the kettle, which may cause burns.
Metal and stainless steel
Among the materials from which the body of an electric kettle is made, various types of metals have been gaining more and more popularity over the years. These teapots are durable, combine well with other kitchen appliances, are designed for a long service life and are generally quite practical. Thanks to their laconic appearance, teapots made of metal, as well as glass, fit perfectly into the modern design of the kitchen.
In the vast majority of cases, stainless steel is used, since it tolerates constant contact with water without problems. Other metals, such as enamelled carbon steel and aluminum, are used primarily for external surfaces, and, as a rule, they do not have direct contact with water.
The main disadvantages of metal cases are:
soiled. The slightest dirt is visible on the polished surface;
heating of the case, which is fraught with burns if handled carelessly (models with a double wall of the case are devoid of this drawback);
более сложный уход, требующий применения специализированных чистящих средств.
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Despite the fact that the kettle’s flask is made of stainless steel, electrochemical reactions still take place inside it. It is not recommended to use water that has been in a metal kettle for more than one day for making drinks. It is better to pour it out and replace it with fresh one.
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Bubbling boiling water in a glass teapot, complemented by lighting, is a rather meditative process. In addition, glass teapots easily fit into any interior and successfully complement it.
Glass is a pure and chemically resistant material; it does not enter into any reaction with water. No harmful substances are released into the water, so the taste of the drink depends solely on the quality of the water.Electric kettle DEXP KG-1800 Smart silver
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The use of a teapot with a glass bulb is considered to be the most optimal and beneficial for health.
Removing dirt from the glass of the case will not be difficult, since they are formed exclusively on the surface and do not penetrate deep into the material.
Heat-resistant glass withstands high temperatures without problems, but heats up strongly when the water is boiled. When using the kettle, be careful not to touch the outer surfaces when boiling water is inside.
The main drawback of the material is its fragility. If the kettle is dropped, the case will most likely break.
The main component for making a ceramic body is natural materials – clay and various types of additives. Ceramic teapots have an excellent appearance. Often they are decorated with various patterns that give the model a unique charm.
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The body of the ceramic teapot has thick walls, as a result of which the operation of the device is practically silent, and the heated water retains its temperature for a long time.
The disadvantages of ceramic models are the large weight and fragility of the material. In case of careless handling, the body of the kettle can be easily damaged.
In conclusion, it should be noted that absolutely all materials used for the manufacture of teapots undergo mandatory certification for the possibility of their use in heating devices. Potential risks of water saturation with harmful substances are present only in metal and plastic models, and then they are available exclusively in the budget segment. When using a device from a renowned manufacturer, the likelihood that harmful substances get into the cup with the finished drink is practically reduced to zero. Such a danger can arise only at the initial stage of the operation of the electric kettle. That is why manufacturers strongly recommend boiling water in a kettle, and then draining it and only after that use the kettle for its intended purpose.