In the summer, it's nice not to have to turn on the stove to heat a cup of water. In the winter, we're making cups of tea and coffee so frequently that it's nice to have hot water available almost immediately.
But on the other hand, an electric kettle takes up significant room on the counter or in the cupboard. It's not like it takes that much longer or creates that much more heat to boil water on the stove. If we have a microwave, that already gives us two options of boiling water - do we really need a third?
We're also surprised at how expensive electric kettles can be. Most models start at around $40 and move swiftly up from there. That seems like a lot of money for a gadget that just heats water.
What do you think? If you love your electric kettle, what do you think makes it so useful?
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