plug in kettle or kettle on electric cooker hob?

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I'm looking to buy a kettle as I tend to drink tea at least once a day. Would it be more MS for me to buy a plug in one or one to use on my electric kitchen hob? I don't know if this is me being extreme on the MS hehe.

Hmm... that said.... I doubt I'll be drinking much tea in the summer though it would be nice on a rainy day inside :)
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  • nodwah
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    well i drink a heck of a lot of tea and my DH drinks loads of coffee- he tends to switch the kettle on whenever he's passing but doesn't neccessarily come back to make the drink :mad:
    So i got a old fashioned kettle with the whistle to put on the gas hob - not a great sucess - you couldn't see how much water you put in and it took ages to boil if it was full - also DH would put it on the hob without the whistle and forget abbout it so it would boil dry :mad:

    Anyway i have the feeling that a plug in one is more economical if you only boil what you need at the time
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  • thriftlady_2
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    I think if I were only having one hot drink a day and even fewer during the summer I'd just boil the water in a small saucepan.
  • Bitsy_Beans
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    I think if it was just once a day I'd heat the water up in the microwave!!!
    I guess you have to weigh up the cost of electricity of heating up cold water via the hob (takes longer therefore requires more energy) compared to an electric kettle which uses a decent amount of energy but it quicker (espcially for such small amounts).
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  • AndysDad
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    I'm looking to buy a kettle as I tend to drink tea at least once a day. Would it be more MS for me to buy a plug in one or one to use on my electric kitchen hob? I don't know if this is me being extreme on the MS hehe.

    Hmm... that said.... I doubt I'll be drinking much tea in the summer though it would be nice on a rainy day inside :)
    Gas on average is about a third of the price per kwh compared to electricity so assuming you are heating the same amount of water, Gas would be much cheaper but would take longer to boil.
  • Cardew
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    AndysDad wrote: »
    Gas on average is about a third of the price per kwh compared to electricity so assuming you are heating the same amount of water, Gas would be much cheaper but would take longer to boil.

    Whilst that is true, the OP has an electric hob!!
  • meanmarie
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    Would be inclined to think that a plug in kettle will be cheapest....don't think that it is ever cheaper to heat water on an electric ring, just boil what you want or buy a 'travel kettle' which will be smaller.

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  • gmgmgm
    gmgmgm Posts: 511 Forumite
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    Plug-in kettle.

    To boil a cup of water will always take the same energy: the question is "what else am I heating up at the same time"?

    For an electric hob, it will be relatively inefficient. Gas hob... not a simple answer. However, the potential saving will be pennies per year, so just buy a cheap electric kettle and don't worry about it.
  • Farway
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    Agree 100% with gmgmgm, kettle is more efficient, but in your case as stated the savings will only be pennies per annum
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  • AndysDad
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    Cardew wrote: »
    Whilst that is true, the OP has an electric hob!!
    I must go to Specsavers:o.....I agree the kettle must be more efficent.
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