, sometimes called a tea kettle
, is a small kitchen appliance
used for boiling
water. Kettles can be heated either by placing on a stove
, or by their own electric heating element
A stovetop kettle is a roughly pitcher
shaped metal vessel used to heat water on a stovetop or hob. Kettles usually have a handle on top, a spout, and a lid. Sometimes stove
-mounted kettles also have a steam whistle
that indicates when the water has reached boiling point.
Electric kettles are normally constructed of durable plastic or steel (with a plastic handle) and powered by mains electricity
. In modern designs, once the water has reached boiling, the kettle automatically deactivates to prevent the water boiling away and damaging the heating element
The word kettle
originates from Latin catillus
, which in various contexts is translated as bowl
, deep dish
, or funnel
. A kettle is probably the most ancient kind of metal cooking utensil
. Common materials were wrought iron
and pressed steel plate.
- A cauldron is a large kettle hung over an open fire, usually on an arc-shaped hanger called a bail.
- A fish kettle is a long slim metal cooking vessel with a tight fitting lid to enable cooking of whole large fish such as salmon.
- A kettle grill is a dome shaped grill with a rounded lid, resembling a cauldron.
- A kettle drum is a kettle (cauldron) shaped drum.