Glass Tea Kettle
A glass tea kettle is a type of teapot that is very common. It is called a “tea kettle” because it has an opening at the top to pour hot water into making tea. More often than not, the opening to pour hot water into will also have a lid that can be used as an infuser for loose leaf teas such as black or green tea or camellia Sinensis leaves.
Pros of glass tea kettle:
- Glass tea kettles have an excellent aesthetic appeal because they are made of glass, and people can see their tea as it steeps. This is an excellent option for those who like to watch the process of making their tea.
- Glass teapots are easy to clean since they’re not porous.
- Because glass is inert, it does not affect the taste of the tea as much as other materials would. In addition, glass is also transparent, so it lets light shine through. Most people note that this enhances the color of the tea and makes it taste better.
- Glass tea kettles are more durable than other types of teapots since they do not absorb water or heat up quickly, even when used every day.
- Glass teapots will not leave pockmarks or stains on your stove because they are non-reactive.
- Since the interior is made of glass, you can see exactly how much water is inside at any time. This makes it easy to measure out the correct ratio of herbs to water for steeping.
- You can also see right through the spout to see how much tea has been poured out. This helps avoid wasting tea by making it easier to measure.
- Because glass tea kettles are made of glass, they are easy to clean and maintain since you do not have to worry about cleaning layers of stains off other materials or discoloration from heating up.
Cons of Glass Tea Kettle:
– Glass can be fragile. It is not as durable as other materials, so it is more fragile than stainless steel teapots.
– It can be challenging to use a glass tea kettle for someone who has dexterity problems since the handle and lid are usually made of glass, and the spout is sometimes short and significant.
– The spout may also be too short for people who enjoy loose-leaf teas such as oolong or herbal infused teas since they will need to use a separate infuser if they wish to steep their tea correctly.
– Glass teapots are usually more expensive than stainless steel teapots because of their cooling effect.
– Many people do not like the way glass looks. They think it looks cheap and prefers stainless steel or clay because they feel it is high quality and stylish.
Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
A stainless-steel tea kettle is a teapot that is also very common. It looks a lot like a glass tea kettle because it is made of stainless steel. The primary distinction is that it does not have an opening at the top to pour water into the teapot because there is no need for one.
Pros of Stainless Steel Tea Kettle:
– Stainless steel teapots are durable because they are made of stainless steel. Stainless steel is an inert material, so it does not react with the tea leaves or water, making it less likely for the tea to taste burnt. Stainless steel is also non-porous so that it can be cleaned more effectively than other materials.
– It does not matter how long you use a stainless steel tea kettle because, even if it has hot liquid inside, no harmful chemicals are leaching into your tea. This makes stainless steel teapots suitable for everyday use since you will have no issues damaging their aesthetic appeal or functionality after years of use.
– Stainless steel tea kettles are sturdy and reliable, meaning that they are built to last. This is important if you are using your tea kettle every day.
– It is easy to maintain stainless steel tea kettles because there are no delicate layers of painting or designs to clean off. The whole kettle can be cleaned down to the bare metal instead of worrying about which parts need to be cleaned.
– Stainless steel teapots look modern and do not have any damage that other materials incurs while being used, making them an aesthetic choice for many people who like how they look.
– While stainless steel is a very inert material, it can leach chemicals into your tea if you use an older teapot with poor quality stainless steel.
Cons of Stainless Steel Tea Kettle:
– Stainless steel is generally more expensive than other materials. Some people don’t like the idea of spending money on a teapot they can’t wash in the sink. Others view stainless steel as cheaper in the long term, but it does wear down with heavy use.
– Stainless steel tea kettles are heavy if made of larger pots, especially when you compare them to glass tea kettles.
– It is difficult to make sure water is enough for brewing tea with stainless steel tea kettles, especially when using loose leaf teas like black or green tea or oolong with an infuser. This can be a problem if you do not want to add water after each cup because you will only find out when the tea is ready. You have no way of telling when it’s done when using stainless steel tea kettles, so it is important to pull the tea from the infuser promptly to avoid burning your tea.
– If you accidentally pour water into a stainless steel teapot, it may discolour due to prolonged use or can even crack if it’s dropped on its side.
– Stainless steel teapots are generally more difficult to care for than other types of teapots.
After considering all the aspects of the advantages and disadvantages of both tea kettles, it is clear why glass tea kettles are widely regarded as the best for enjoying tea. Not only are they easy to use and maintain, but they also look impressive and can be a great addition to your kitchen. However, if you wish to minimize the maintenance of your teapot, then a stainless steel teapot might be a better option for you. It is essential to keep in mind that although there appears to be a clear winner when it comes to glass versus stainless steel, as usual, there are always exceptions.