Ceramic kettles, according to some, have an unrivaled aesthetic appeal in the kitchen. When it comes to upgrading to a ceramic electric kettle, there appears to be a lot to gain.
Are ceramic kettles, on the other hand, safe? I look at what you need to know about electric ceramic kettles, as well as the benefits and drawbacks of using them.
Electric ceramic kettles are considered relatively safe compared to other options currently on the market, at least according to consumer reports. Let’s take a look at some of the most common questions about these kettles. The obvious questions are: are ceramic kettles safe, are they any good, how do they compare to regular kettles, and what are the advantages and disadvantages of using one?
Are Ceramic Kettles Safe?
Plastic-free or at least BPA (Bisphenol A)-free electric ceramic kettles are considered safe to use. However, a Proposition 65 warning label on some ceramic kettles is unsettling and causes some concern, so it’s worth looking into why this is. Continue reading.
It’s been over a decade since scientific research, most notably that published in Toxicology Letters, discovered that certain plastics release toxic BPA, an endocrine disrupting chemical (meaning it affects our hormones), when filled with boiling water.
Another issue with plastic is that it breaks down over time. Plastic electric kettles are known to powder, and I assume that this powder gets into the water that goes into your cup of tea. They also have a tendency to discolor and appear cruddy on the inside.
Other than plastic electric kettles, modern electric kettles are popular. Some people believe that the best thing about ceramic electric kettles is that they are essential and safe to use. As we explore the world of electric kettles, let’s make sure we don’t miss anything!
Electric kettles are regarded as one of the most useful kitchen appliances. To make tea or coffee, make hot chocolate, instant soup or noodles, or sanitize bottles and jars, quickly boil water. Are the ceramic ones, on the other hand, any good?
It’s convenient to be able to select a kettle that turns off automatically and has no (or few) plastic parts. When a product has plastic parts, they are frequently labeled as BPA-free, which is critical for food and water containers where plastic is sometimes unavoidable.
To begin with, ceramic is an inorganic non-metallic material, which appears to be a good thing. It’s even better if it doesn’t have any plastic parts.
This type of small electric kettle ceramic product is corrosion-resistant and long-lasting (but somewhat fragile if dropped). This is similar to clay-based ceramic cookware.
It’s worth noting that the ceramic used in these products differs from that used in ceramic knives, which is made of zirconia, and nonstick ceramic, which I discuss in my guide to buying ceramic cookware.
Advantages Of Ceramic Electric Kettles
The advantages of ceramic electric kettles are many but include these main ones:
- Presentation: The solid stone look of these adds a natural sophisticated feel to the kitchen.
- Convenience: Just a flip of a switch and your water is boiling!
- Energy efficiency: They heat water fast using less energy than heating a kettle on the stovetop.
- Versatility: Being cordless with a detachable base means a portable unit for easy filling and also serving, e.g., when hosting dinner parties.
- Clean operation: Optional scale filters help prevent mineral buildup.
- Insulation: Ceramic is insulating, which means the heated water stays heated for longer to enjoy those top-ups.
- Safety features: Automatic shut off. Plus, most ceramic kettles come with boil-dry protection.
- Non-corrosive interior: Ceramic interior apart from the heating element, which is typically a circular stainless steel plate or coil to ensure continued safe heating.
Disadvantages Of Ceramic Electric Kettles
There are also disadvantages. Here are the notable ones.
- Weight: Noticeably heavier than the metal or plastic types.
- Handle with care: Ceramic kettles can crack if dropped or chip if given a hard knock.
- Cost: You’ll pay more for good ceramic kettles over plastic or metal rivals.
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