Tea enthusiasts worldwide know that tea is made in one utensil and served from another. Kettle and teapot are two such utensils for boiling water and brewing tea, respectively.
- A kettle is typically made of metal and used to heat water to a boiling point, while a teapot is usually ceramic and designed to brew and serve tea.
- Kettles can be placed over an open flame on the stove, while teapots cannot due to their ceramic material.
- Teapots are often decorative and come in various shapes and sizes, while kettles are typically more functional in appearance.
Traditionally, a kettle is a metallic utensil used for boiling water, especially for making tea. However, it can also be used to boil water for other purposes. Kettles are circular in shape, with a spout in the front that sometimes includes a whistle to alert the kitchen user that the water has begun to boil. Earlier kettles were made of copper, but today, they are typically made of steel or aluminum. Kettles have a lid on top and a handle on the side for easy pouring of hot water into other containers.
A teapot, as its name suggests, is a ceramic pot used specifically for brewing tea and serving it into cups or glasses. Its main function is to allow hot water to mix with tea placed at the bottom, brewing the tea for consumption. Teapots are decorative and often brought to where guests are seated. They have a spout in the front for pouring hot tea into cups. Teapots are not designed to be placed on an open flame on the stove.
Kettle vs Teapot
- A tea kettle is used to heat water to a boiling point, while a teapot is used to brew and serve tea.
- Kettles are made of metal, mainly steel or aluminum, while teapots are usually ceramic.
- Kettles can be placed on an open flame on the stove, but teapots cannot due to their ceramic construction.
- Kettles are generally more functional in appearance, while teapots can be decorative and come in various shapes and sizes.
- Some kettles have a whistle in their spout to signal that the water inside has reached boiling point.
- Modern kettles are often electric, with an internal element to boil the water.