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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This electric kettle is compact but works fast — it can actually boil water faster than a microwave. Made of stainless steel, it can hold up to 1.7 liters of liquid and has an auto-shut-off function for safety. You can serve the hot tea or other beverage directly at the table — the kettle lifts off of the base easily, and you won’t have to worry about it being attached to the cord. There’s also a drip-free spout, push-button lid, two water-level windows, and a handle that won’t get hot.
Customers... love have quickly it boils the water although one warned that the container can get really hot so if you accidentally touch it or need to stabilize it, you can burn your finger. But the handle does a good job staying cool, so try to keep your hand only on that and you should be okay.
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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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Americans might not be as enamored of tea kettles as our friends across the pond, but they’re certainly handy to have. This elegant stainless steel electric kettle holds 1 2/3 liters and has three preset heat setting for steeping different types of tea at the proper temperature, even if you can’t remember which tea needs which temperature. A blue LED indicates when the water is ready and the 30-minute keep-warm feature holds the temperature in case you’re not quite ready to brew.
The cord is... attached to the base so the kettle is free to move and pour anywhere, and the base swivels 360 degrees so you can keep the cord out of the way, no matter where you keep the kettle. It has a 1,500 watts of power that heats the water quickly.
The kettle can be removed from the base for up to two minutes so you can pour water and return it to the base to continue keeping warm; after two minutes, the base shuts off automatically. The water window is backlit with an attractive blue light, so it’s easy to see how much water is in the kettle. The scale filter is removable and washable, so you’ll always have clean water. Boil-dry protection turns the kettle off if it runs dry.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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This stylish kettle holds 1 2/3 liters of water and has a water-level indicator, a simple on/off switch, an audible bell tone to indicate when the water has started boiling, and an auto shut-off so it won’t boil dry if you miss the notification. A full kettle will come to a boil in four minutes.
The pot has a brushed stainless steel finish with a soft-grip handle that’s easy to hang onto. The base unit is designed so the cord wraps for storage. This is a well built, heavy duty kettle that weighs... a bit more than similar pots that aren’t quite as sturdy.
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Great for personal use or travel, this kettle heats just over two cups of water in about four minutes. There’s a see-through water level indicator so it’s easy to fill with the correct amount, and measurements translate to standard cups used for making coffee or tea.
This kettle is available in black, red, green, or white and has a push button for easy on-off control and an LED power indicator. It powers off automatically when the water reaches a boil, and a mesh insert in the spout catches any... sediment in the water.
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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.
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