In a post we published earlier this month about must-haves from kitchens around the world, I noticed quite a few comments about electric tea kettles and whether or not they were really better than a stovetop kettle. As someone who has exactly four electric kitchen appliances — a blender, a stand mixer, a coffee grinder, and a brand-new food processor, which I'm still on the fence about — I tend to favor anything that doesn't require a plug. My kelly green Le Creuset kettle sits on my stovetop, ready to go at any minute. I use it to make French press coffee most mornings and tea at night (when I'm being virtuous and not having a glass of red wine), and to fill up my hot water bottle (yes, I have one).
That said, there are good arguments to be made for an electric tea kettle. Here are five reasons for going to the electric side.