How to Choose the Best Electric Kettle for Seniors
10 Things to Look for in an Electric Kettle
When you choose an electric kettle for a senior family member or friend, it's important to think about the features you want for the best experience. Here are ten factors to consider when searching for the best light, small electric kettle.
1. Weight. The overall weight is one of the most important factors to consider. If the pot weighs too much, it's easy for a senior to lose control when lifting it. In fact, the Burn Foundation states that of most of the burns reported are caused by hot liquids versus flames. Keep an eye out for kettles that are about 7 to 8 cups or smaller.
2. Automatic Shut-Off Mode. The kettle should automatically shut itself off if someone accidentally leaves it on. With this feature in an electric kettle, you don't need to strain your ears to listen for a whistling stovetop pot either. It's on or off.
3. BPA-Free. What is BPA? BPA is a chemical used to produce plastic materials. When the plastic is heated, it can seep into foods or liquids. If you're choosing a plastic kettle, this is a significant factor to investigate. The interior of the pot (where the water boils) should be stainless steel. No plastic should come in contact with the water. The kettle's packaging should state whether or not it is free of BPA.
This kettle was perfect for us because it's a small , and it has every single feature we needed, and it's attractive with the glass body. You can see the water boiling, and you know when to add more. It also has a soft blue light. 7-Cup BPA-free Glass Electric Kettle, UK Strix LED Illuminating Cordless Water Kettle with Auto Shut-off & Boil-dry Protection
4. Concealed Heating Elements. When the kettle is turned on, electricity moves through the elements inside the base to heat it and the water. These heating elements should not be exposed and instead, be hidden in the bottom of the pot. This feature is sometimes called "cool to the touch" or "cool touch." You can see an example of exposed heating elements in toasters, which turn red when they heat up. Avoid these open elements to make the kettle as safe as possible when in use.
5. Sturdy Base. A stable base is an essential feature for you to consider because it holds the heating element. The kettle should have a non-skid foundation for safety and to help it to withstand daily use.
6. Drip-Free Spout. Nothing is worse than being splattered by hot water. Even the most careful pour can spill over and burn someone's skin, so choosing a kettle with a drip-free spout can reduce the chance of this happening.
7. Small Size. A compact size will help the overall weight of the pot to be low. Those large 12-cup kettles can get heavy when filled with water!
8. Stay-Cool Handle. The handle needs to be insulated and designed not to get hot when in use.
9. Water Gauge. It can be useful to know how much liquid someone is drinking throughout the day.
10. Cordless. Consider getting a cordless kettle to make it easy for seniors to carry and prevent tangling when pouring hot water.
My favorite small kettle for the elderly is the because it only weighs two pounds, and it holds one quart (one liter) of water. It has all the features I was looking for from automatic shut off to cool touch. For us the most important things was the weight. Make sure to think through each of these features to choose an electric kettle that seniors can use safely. Chef's Choice 673 Cordless Compact Electric Kettle