You’re here, like me, because we love the colour black.
Black kettles aren’t just about boiling water; they’re also about how it complements your kitchen.
One key factor is the finish: matte or glossy. Both finishes have their merits, but they suit different tastes and needs.
Let’s take a look…
- Aesthetics: Sleek vs. Shine | Skip to section
- Maintenance: Smudge vs. Wipe | Skip to section
- Durability: Scratch vs. Scuff | Skip to section
- Heat Retention: The Surprising Facts | Skip to section
- Cost: Is There a Difference? | Skip to section
- Your Lifestyle: What Suits You Best | Skip to section
- So What Do You Think? Matt Or Gloss? | Skip to section
Aesthetics: Sleek vs. Shine
A matte finish offers a softer, more subdued look (more premium in my opinion). It’s non-reflective, providing a smooth, even appearance that absorbs light.
This makes it a good match for modern or minimalist kitchens.
On the other hand, a glossy finish offers a shiny, reflective surface. It can make your kettle stand out, adding a touch of glamour and brightness to your kitchen.
Perfect if you’re going for a high-energy vibe.
Maintenance: Smudge vs. Wipe
Matte finishes are often better when it comes to hiding smudges and fingerprints.
They’re easier to clean on a daily basis; a quick wipe usually does the trick.
However, over time, they can collect grime more than glossy finishes.
Glossy finishes are quick to show fingerprints and smudges.
A glossy surface usually resists staining better than a matte one.
Durability: Scratch vs. Scuff
With matte finishes, they tend to be more resistant to scratches.
They offer a bit more durability, especially if the kettle will see frequent use (which let’s face it, a well deserved cuppa after some cleaning is always on the to do list!)
Glossy finishes, while shiny and attractive, they do tend to show scratches more easily.
If you choose a glossy black kettle, you might find yourself treating it more carefully than that of a matt finish.
Heat Retention: The Surprising Facts
You might wonder, does the finish affect the kettle’s function?
Some believe matte finishes retain heat better due to their non-reflective surfaces.
However, the difference is usually negligible.
Both types of kettles generally offer similar performance.
Cost: Is There a Difference?
Matte finishes are often seen as more “premium,” which could make them slightly more expensive than glossy ones.
However, the difference in cost is usually minor and shouldn’t be the sole factor in your decision.
For me, I went with the Matt Black Swan Stealth Kettle – which I highly recommend.
Your Lifestyle: What Suits You Best
Are you someone who loves to keep everything pristine?
If yes, then I would say a glossy finish is best for you.
If you lean more towards practicality and want a finish that requires less frequent cleaning, matte is the way to go.
So What Do You Think? Matt Or Gloss?
Matte and glossy finishes each offer their own set of advantages and disadvantages, from aesthetics to maintenance and durability.
Your choice will ultimately depend on your kitchen’s theme and your lifestyle.
Whether you go for a matte or glossy black kettle, you’re making a statement about your taste and the kind of functionality you expect from your appliances.
I’ve received a lot of compliments from friends and family when it comes to my matt black kettle.
So, which will it be: the subdued elegance of matte or the standout shine of glossy?
Either way, understanding the differences between them will help you make an informed choice.
After all, it’s not just a kettle; it’s a part of your home!