While electric tea kettles certainly aren’t a kitchen necessity, they can save you time when you’re making your morning French press or your cup of afternoon tea. They are generally faster than heating water up on the stove, and many of them can heat water to a specific temperature meaning you can rest assured that you won’t scorch that delicate green tea or brew your oolong too cold.
When it comes to choosing an electric kettle, you’ll want to consider your budget and what you’ll be using it... for. The basic models that are a fit for most people will boil water quickly, without a lot of bells and whistles. Once you get into variable temperature controls you’re looking at higher-end models with a higher price point. Here are the six best options on the market now. One of them is sure to be the right fit for your kitchen.
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The name of this electric kettle says it all. The Best Electric Kettle has a large 2-liter capacity, and ranks as the top-selling model on Amazon. In addition to its size the kettle has a cordless carafe that heats on an electric base, meaning you can heat water in the kitchen, and take the kettle itself to the table to top off tea cups.
The brushed stainless finish makes this unit fit right in with your other stainless steel appliances. And in addition to good design, it boasts a few safety... features that help make it our top pick. Once your water has boiled, which takes less than five minutes, the kettle will automatically shut off, ensuring that the kettle won’t boil itself dry. The lid also has a locking feature to prevent spills when you transport the carafe. And the cord wraps up securely under the base for easy storage.
While, we would love it if this model had variable temperature settings, for less than $25, this kettle is a solid choice for most homes.
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A fit for most kitchens, this model provides plenty of bang for your buck. A stainless-steel interior, covered by a BPA-free plastic exterior means the outside (and handle) stay cool to the touch while your water comes to a boil quickly. The 1.7-liter capacity is comparable to standard stovetop kettles, so you can fill your teapot or French press completely. The hot water will only come in contact with stainless steel, so there’s no need to worry about melting plastic or chemicals leeching into... your hot drinks.
Like many of the kettles on our list, the carafe of this model itself is cordless, and instead heats on a base that plugs into the wall. The only drawback with this model is that it only has one heat setting. So you’ll have to keep an eye on it if you don’t want it to boil completely. And the opaque exterior, which comes in red, black, or white, doesn’t allow for visual cues. Those factors aside, this is still a great, well-reviewed model for most kitchens.
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While both of our top picks are reasonably priced, there are even more quality, budget-friendly models on the market as well. This Proctor Silex kettle is a great bargain pick that will set you back less than $15, and bring your water to a boil just as well as the next kettle, and faster than your microwave can.
The simple white plastic construction won’t win any awards with design-minded folks, but this unit has enough features to make up for that. The detachable cord makes it easy to pour, and... a clear panel lets you see both how much water is in the kettle and when it's boiling. It also has an automatic shutoff feature, so you won’t have to worry about it if it starts boiling while you're out of the room.
The only two complaints about this model are that the cord is very short, so you might run into problems if you don’t have a lot of electrical outlets. And that the interior of the kettle is plastic not stainless steel or glass. But for the price, this kettle can’t be beat.
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Tea lovers, this is the kettle you’ll want. In addition to the sleek, stainless steel design, the stand out feature of this electric kettle is the fact that it has six preset temperature settings that are conveniently labeled with the type of tea each temperature is best for. So whether you prefer delicate white tea or black coffee, this kettle will bring the water to just the right temperature quickly.
Like most of the other models on our list, this cordless kettle heats up via a hot plate that... plugs into the wall. But this one also has a larger capacity at a full three liters, and plenty of safety features including auto-shutoff, a sleep mode, which kicks in after the kettle has been idle for five minutes, and a keep warm button that maintains the temperature you’ve selected. That way if you’re making your tea cup by cup, you won’t have to wait for it to reheat each time.
We also appreciate the LED lights that highlight your selection, the current mode of the kettle, and the water tank, making it easy to see just how much water is in the carafe. One small complaint from users is that the text on the buttons does fade slightly with frequent use, but not to the point of illegibility.Continue to 5 of 6 below.
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If you need a smaller model either for your office or to take on your travels, this small electric kettle is the best pick. The half-liter kettle is enough to make about two cups of tea, so it’s ideal for making instant oatmeal or an afternoon tea break.
The lightweight model comes with two plastic travel mugs and spoons, and takes only a couple of minutes to boil. Like our budget pick, this model is almost entirely plastic, but it also includes an auto-shutoff mode so you don’t have to worry... about causing a fire hazard if you forget to turn it off before you rush off to a meeting.
This might not be the top pick for your home kitchen, but it’s a great personal unit for smaller tasks.
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If you have a bit more to spend and are concerned with both form and function, the OXO Cordless Glass Electric Kettle might just be the choice for you. The sleek kettle is made mostly of borosilicate glass, with stainless steel and black accents. It’s a sure fit for any modern kitchen.
The heating base allows the carafe itself to be cord-free, and the soft-open lid prevents too much steam from escaping or hot water from splashing making it easier to pour. The kettle holds a 1.75 liters of water,... and has easy-to-read measurement markings on the glass carafe. The auto shutoff feature means you won’t have to worry about it boiling dry. The easy-to-grip handle stays cool to the touch, so you’ll be able to easily carry it from heating dock to table without worry. The only feature missing from this kettle is the ability to choose different water temperatures.
If you have hard water, you might have to occasionally clean it with vinegar or a descaling solution to prevent mineral buildup. But that’s good advice for all of the electric kettles featured here.