Why Is Stainless Steel Used for Electric Kettles?

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Why Is Stainless Steel Used for Electric Kettles?
Stainless steel kettles do not rust. (kettle and teapot image by Maria Brzostowska from Fotolia.com)

Manufacturers use stainless steel to make electric kettles because it is durable and resistant to corrosion. Stainless steel contains chromium, which, according to The International Stainless Steel Forum is what "makes stainless steel 'stainless.'"

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History

Early electric kettles featured metals such as copper, nickel and chrome-plated copper. Stainless steel kettles first appeared in the 1950s. The first fully automatic kettle was the stainless steel K1, produced by the British company Russell Hobbs in 1955.

Why Is Stainless Steel Used for Electric Kettles?
Early kettles were made of copper and nickel. (accéssoires 309 image by Jacques Ribieff from Fotolia.com)

Benefits

Stainless steel electric kettles do not rust or tarnish. Stainless steel can withstand high temperatures and frequent contact with water and still retain a bright and shiny appearance. This makes it an attractive material for use in electric kettles and other domestic appliances.

Why Is Stainless Steel Used for Electric Kettles?
Stainless steel is an attractive metal alloy. (Stainless steel background - pattern / texture image by Suto Norbert from Fotolia.com)

Considerations

Stainless steel electric kettles get very hot and need careful handling. In the 1970s, manufacturers began making kettles from polypropylene. Plastic kettles offer a safer, lighter and more heat-resistant alternative to stainless steel. Consequently, the majority of electric kettles manufactured today are made of plastic rather than stainless steel.

Why Is Stainless Steel Used for Electric Kettles?
Plastic kettles offer a heat-resistant alternative to stainless steel. (electric kettle image by yuri4u80 from Fotolia.com)

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