Stainless Steel Kettle

A stainless steel kettle is highly practical: It is durable, resists rust, looks attractive…so it's no surprise that kettles made of stainless steel are extremely popular!

Stainless steel tea kettles are available in a variety of shapes and sizes. A common material for modern kettles, there are a lot of stainless steel versions to choose from. You are sure to find an eye-catching model for your own kitchen.

Stainless steel kettle
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Stainless steel is widely available in both stove top and electric kettles. They can be found with or without a whistle.

Look For: A Copper Bottom for Stove Top Kettles

Copper transfers heat better than stainless steel. Having a copper at the base of the kettle, where the kettle sits on the burner, will heat the water faster. The stainless steel exterior resists dents and tarnish better than copper. A stainless steel tea kettle with a copper bottom is the best of both worlds!

Advantages of Stainless Steel Tea Kettles

  • Sleek, shiny, and a great-looking addition to today's kitchens. The steel luster will not clash with any colors in your decor and will match other stainless steel appliances and cookware.
  • Long-lasting. Stainless steel is a sturdy material that resists denting, rusting, scratching, and discoloration.
  • Easy to care for. Stainless steel wipes down nicely.
  • Lighter than glass and cast iron.

Disadvantages of Stainless Steel Tea Kettles

  • Not transparent. You can't see the water level or whether the water is boiling.
  • Needs to be wiped down often. Fingerprints, water splashes, and other grime show up easily on the shiny stainless steel surface.

Keep That Shine!

Stainless steel kettle
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While the outside of a stainless steel kettle gets smudged quickly, it is easy to clean. To maintain that shiny look, simply wipe down the outside of the kettle with a small amount of dish washing soap, warm water, and a cloth. Rinse well and towel dry to prevent spotting.

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