Best Electric Tea Kettle

Electric tea kettles are a must-have appliance for anyone looking to boil water quickly, whether it’s for tea or faster pasta. Compared to stovetop kettles, they’re often quicker, quieter, and offer automatic shut-off features so you can walk away without risk while getting ready in the morning. The most convenient thing about electric kettles is that with a keep-warm feature, they keep water hot for much longer than a standard kettle.

In the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliance Lab, we rounded up the best electric tea kettles on the market. When testing, some things we considered were programmable temperatures and settings for different types of teas and coffee, size (some kettles boil up to 2 cups while one of our picks can heat up to 17), spout type and ease of pouring, plus overall ease of use. We also considered whether or not you can steep tea directly in the kettle.

We know everyone’s looking for something different, so here are our picks for the best electric tea kettles you can buy, from small to large, one-touch to ultra customizable, and traditional pour spout to gooseneck. Our picks are tested, used in our own kitchens, as well as ones with especially unique features that set them apart from others:

The 8 Best Electric Tea Kettles of 2021 - Reviews & Buying Guide

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric kettle

1. Best Overall Electric Tea Kettle: Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Electric Kettle

2 Mueller Premium 1500W Electric Kettle with SpeedBoil Tech, 1.8 Liter Cordless with LED Light, Borosilicate Glass, Auto Shut-Off and Boil-Dry Protection

2. Best Value Electric Tea Kettle: Mueller Austria Electric Kettle with SpeedBoil Tech

KitchenAid KEK1222SX 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle - Brushed Stainless Steel,Small

3. Most Popular Electric Tea Kettle on Amazon: Miroco Electric Kettle

4 Electric Kettle, Miroco 1.5L Double Wall 100% Stainless Steel BPA-Free Cool Touch Tea Kettle with Overheating Protection, Cordless with Auto Shut-Off

4. Best Variable Temperature Electric Tea Kettle: Breville One-Touch Tea Maker

Breville BTM800XL Tea Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel

5. Best Electric Tea Kettle for Coffee: OXO Adjustable Temp Pour-Over Kettle

Russell Hobbs KE5550RDR Retro Style 1.7L Electric Kettle, Red & Stainless Steel

6. Best Electric Kettle with Temperature Gauge: Russel and Hobbs Retro-Style Kettle

Smeg KLF03PKUS 50's Retro Style Aesthetic Electric Kettle with Embossed Logo, Pink

7. Quietest Electric Tea Kettle: SMEG '50s Retro Electric Kettle

Zojirushi America Corporation Hybrid Water Boiler And Warmer, 4-Liter, Stainless Dark Brown

8. Best Large Electric Tea Kettle: Zojirushi Hybrid Hot Water Boiler and Warmer

8 Best Electric Tea Kettles, According to Kitchen Appliance Experts

1.Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric kettle

  • 1500-Watt stainless-steel cordless electric kettle with 1-2/3-liter capacity and concealed heating element. Dimensions-8.8 x 6.1 x 9.7 inches. Bpa free. Cord length : 36 Inches
  • 6 preset heat settings for steeping tea at just the right temperature; blue LED indicator lights
  • 30-Minute keep Warm; 2-minute memory function; 360-degree swivel power base for cordless convenience
  • Blue backlit water window; removable/washable scale filter; boil-dry protection with auto safety shutoff
  • Concealed heating element to prevent mineral buildup. UC Cubic Feet: 0. 47
  • Limited 3-year

Serious tea-drinkers know that different types of teas steep at different temperatures. If you don’t already know this, you’ll be surprised how much more flavorful a delicate tea tastes when steeped at a lower temperature versus boiling. The folks at Cuisinart know this – their CPK-17 allows you to pick from six pre-programmed temperature settings that are labeled with the recommended tea and coffee options.

The settings are easy to press and operate with one hand, while the kettle itself is easy to pour with a thick, ergonomic handle. It’s also easy to remove from the base for pouring, as well as replacing for the keep warm setting (up to 30 minutes) and storage. We also like the easy to read viewing window that allows you to see how much water is in the kettle without opening the lid; not to mention, the three-year warranty!

2. Mueller Premium 1500W Electric Kettle with SpeedBoil Tech, 1.8 Liter Cordless with LED Light, Borosilicate Glass, Auto Shut-Off and Boil-Dry Protection

  • PUREST TASTING WATER – SUPERIOR QUALITY – Made with the finest quality Borosilicate Glass, which lasts a lifetime, 304 stainless steel and heat resistant copolyester for the safest, freshest water. A premium long lasting lid that stays shut when it’s supposed to for years to come, unlike the majority of the others on the market.
  • MAXIMUM SAFETY – High quality thermostat controller, auto shut-off within 30s after the water is fully boiling. Boil-dry safety feature where it turns off if it detects there is no water inside. Built with a Heat-Resistant Anti-Slip Grip Handle, no worries of it slipping out of your hands or getting burned while holding it. Will not contaminate liquids.
  • FASTEST BOIL – Equipped with bright LED’s which indicate the kettle is heating. The controller with Mueller SpeedBoil circuitry will boil the water lightning fast and be ready to use for tea, oatmeal, coffee, pasta and much more.

This budget-friendly pick is solid all the way around: It illuminates to let you know it’s heating and the glass allows you to see inside to see when your water is boiling. The plastic handle is wide and easy to grasp and stays cool and the large pour pour spout allows for a fast, easy pour.

3 KitchenAid KEK1222SX 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle - Brushed Stainless Steel,Small

  • 1.25 L capacity
  • Led on/off switch. Volts – 120 V.A.C, Hertz – 60 Hz
  • BPA-Free Interior and Removable Base
  • Smooth, aluminum handle with stainless steel body
  • Lime scale filter

For a compact kettle, the 1 ¼-liter kettle from KitchenAid is adorable and well-reviewed. It has the look and feel of a stovetop kettle, from the stainless steel body to the aluminum handle. It comes in six colors and has a wrap-around cord base, to keep your countertop free of excess cords. It’s easy to operate with a one-touch activation button and also easy to fill thanks to the lid that removes completely.  

4. Electric Kettle, Miroco 1.5L Double Wall 100% Stainless Steel BPA-Free Cool Touch Tea Kettle with Overheating Protection, Cordless with Auto Shut-Off

  • 100% Stainless Steel Interior: The double wall kettle liners, inner lid, spout & rim are made of food-grade 304 stainless steel, all plastic is 100% BPA free and does not touch the water to provide healthy water for your family
  • Extra-Safe Double Wall Design: The electric kettle’s double wall system made of quality PP material clad with stainless steel to resist scratching and protects users from scalding
  • Easy Access Kettle Spout: A wide spout and opening for easy filling and keeping the kettle hygienically clean
  • Extraordinary Safety: The electric tea kettle features British Strix thermostat technology, auto shut-off, to ensure user safety, energy saving, and durability

Amazon reviewers love this kettle. The outside is made of 100% BPA free plastic, which stays cool to touch and the inside, spout, and lid are lined with food-safe stainless steel. This is a one-touch button no-frills kettle, which boils water in six minutes and automatically shut off when boiling is done. Easy peasy.  

 

5. Breville BTM800XL Tea Maker, Brushed Stainless Steel

  • Tea Basket Cycle – Auto Lowers and Lifts
  • Auto Start. Construction Materials – Brushed Stainless Steel Power Base
  • 60 minute Keep Warm feature
  • Variable temperature control; Jug Capacity: 51 oz.
  • Time Since Brew – LCD timer; LCD Display: Accurate temperature sensor with real time display to monitor progress.
  • Settings: 5 Pre Programmed Settings. Auto shut off and boil dry protection. Voltage: 110–120 Volts.

Breville’s One-Touch Tea Maker is one of the most unique brewers on the market, perfect for tea aficionados. It comes with a brew basket that you fill with loose tea leaves and automatically lowers into the water when it has reached the perfect temperature. The brew basket is made of a fine mesh with a snap-tight lid to prevent seepage. 

Choose from five different temperatures based on tea, plus a custom setting, and three different steep times based on desired strength. In our tests, the buttons were smooth, easy to control and, like most Breville products, very intuitive to use. The electric kettle may be programmed from the night before so you can wake up to the perfect brew.   

6. Russell Hobbs KE5550RDR Retro Style 1.7L Electric Kettle, Red & Stainless Steel

  • Water Temperature Gauge – Achieve the optimal temperature for all varieties of tea, pour overs, and other recipes. The gauge on the front of the kettle shows the temperature of water inside the kettle, making it easy to stop boiling at the perfect moment.
  • Quick Boil Indicator – Level markings inside the kettle are visible from above, allowing you to accurately fill 1-3 cups of water for fast boiling.
  • Removable, Washable Filter – The filter attaches behind the pour spout to keep lime scale out of your beverages. Removable for easy cleaning.
  • Drip-Free Pouring – The pour spout is designed to prevent dripping by creating a single water stream that keeps the boiled water safely contained.
  • 1.7 litre Capacity with Level Markings – The large capacity makes this kettle ideal for families and for hosting events. Boil up to 1.7 litre of water, using the rear-facing water level gauge for accurate filling.

If you’re more of a coffee than tea drinker, this electric kettle is the one for you. The thin gooseneck pouring spout allows for precise pouring with a slow and steady flow, two important attributes when it comes to making pour over coffee. In addition to its design, this kettle also controls the temperatures in 1-degree increments from 140-212°F. The large range makes it ideal for both delicate teas and hot coffees. The built-in timer also stood out during our test, which helped keep an eye on your pour-over process. Additional features include a keep warm cycle, which automatically shuts off after 30 minutes for safety.  

7. Smeg KLF03PKUS 50's Retro Style Aesthetic Electric Kettle with Embossed Logo, Pink

  • 1.7 Lt/7 Cups jug capacity
  • 3D SMEG logo
  • Soft-opening lid. Polished chrome base. Chrome handle. Stainless steel spout
  • Double water indication Lt/Cup. Stainless steel ball lever knob. Removable stainless steel lime scale filter
  • Auto shut-off at 100 Degree C/212 and when no water is detected.

This retro electric kettle from Russell Hobbs will make a style statement on your countertop. It has a thermometer on the outside so you can check on the progress of your boiling water, or set the optimal temperature for your tea’s steeping. It also is very easy to use, with a one-touch activation button, and easy to fill with a lid that completely detaches.  

8. Zojirushi America Corporation Hybrid Water Boiler And Warmer, 4-Liter, Stainless Dark Brown

  • 1.7 Lt/7 Cups jug capacity
  • 3D SMEG logo
  • Soft-opening lid. Polished chrome base. Chrome handle. Stainless steel spout
  • Double water indication Lt/Cup. Stainless steel ball lever knob. Removable stainless steel lime scale filter
  • Auto shut-off at 100 Degree C/212 and when no water is detected.

It doesn’t come with fancy features, but SMEG’s 50’s Retro Style Kettle has real countertop appeal. It comes in six colors, holds up to 1.7 liters and includes a removable limescale filter. We found it quiet and quick to boil and appreciate that the cord can be wrapped underneath the base, keeping your countertop free of clutter. 

The base also has four little feet, which we appreciate because we often keep our kettle near the sink where it faces the inevitable splash. Another unique feature is on the viewing pane–it offers measurement markings in liters, but also in cups, so you have a better idea of how full it is.  

How We Tested the Electric Tea Kettles

To arrive at a lineup of kettles, I surveyed recent recommendations from other online review sites. I also looked at the highest-rated models on Amazon and polled Epicurious editors for their personal recommendations. I made sure that the final list of contenders represented models from all the major categories—basic, temperature control, and gooseneck. Many of the models on the lower-priced end of the electric kettle spectrum are made from plastic, but given current science, I feel strongly—for both health and environmental reasons—that it’s best to eliminate plastic from the kitchen when reasonably possible (and especially in situations when the plastic will be heated). We made the decision to exclude from our test any kettles whose carafes were made primarily of plastic. (Models with silicone or plastic handles were allowed given that hot water didn’t come in contact with plastic.) We were mindful to include a few budget-level stainless steel options among the candidates.

How fast can the kettle boil water?

We started by filling each kettle with four cups of cool tap water and clocking the amount of time heating the water to a boil took. At the end of the boiling cycle we measured the temperature of the water with a Thermapen instant-read thermometer to confirm that it really was 212°F.

Does the water taste good?

We noticed that some Amazon reviewers complained of metallic-tasting water or other “off flavors” coming through their kettles during brewing. So, after boiling, we let the water in each kettle cool slightly before drinking it and noted any unusual flavors.

Is the temperature control setting accurate?

When the models offered temperature control, either manual or preset, we tested the kettles at two different settings—175°F and 200°F—and measured the results of each with the Thermapen to gauge accuracy.

How does the kettle pour water? Is the spout precise?

When you’re dealing with boiling liquids, ease of pouring is not just an aesthetic issue, it’s a safety one. When using each kettle, we considered how the carafe felt in our hands (was it balanced? Did it have a nice grip?) and also how easily it poured. Did it leak or spill? With the gooseneck kettles especially—since they’re specifically meant to deliver more control when making pour-over, Chemex, and French press coffee—we kept an eye on the precision and the consistency of the water flow.

Is the kettle easy to clean?

Yes, you’re just boiling water. Nonetheless, electric kettles do get dirty over time—thanks mainly to mineral hard water build up—so regular cleaning is important. With that in mind, we paid attention to how easily we could wipe down the carafes and whether we could easily get our hands inside to scrub hard to reach corners. Some inexpensive kettles have exposed heating elements (basically, a coil of tubing that can be cumbersome to clean), so as a rule we tried to avoid those.

Does the build-quality of the electric kettle feel sturdy and safe? Is the design thoughtful?

On a basic level, we considered the construction of the kettles and the ease of use. Did they feel sturdy? Were they well-proportioned or bulky? Did they remain stable on the counter while boiling or did they wobble about? Were the carafes easy to fill? And once filled, did they have a window or a fill-line that made it simple to see how much was inside? Did they offer any appealing extra features, like chimes that sound to signal the end of a cycle or preset temperature settings for common beverages like green tea, black tea, and pour-over coffee?

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