The Best Electric Kettles For The Best Possible Tea Time
Electric kettles are, in general, faster, more energy-efficient, and safer than stovetop kettles. Many can heat water to boiling in about five minutes and feature safety precautions like automatic shutoff and concealed heating elements.
Some even offer temperature controls so you never accidentally singe that gorgeous green tea you like to drink first thing in the morning. They’re also great if you need to boil water for pasta, oatmeal or coffee.
So what type of kettle exactly are you looking for? Something that looks super nice on your countertop? A kettle that can heat water to specific temperature in record time? Whatever your fancy, there’s something on this list for you!
Available in six vibrant colors, the KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle can be coordinated with any kitchen décor. It has a very small footprint and can be rotated 360 degrees, making it easy to grab when you’re in a hurry. The simple LED On/Off switch also makes this a great kettle for people who don’t want to learn a whole bunch of functions. Just turn it on and grab your mug!
Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle
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Cuisinart’s CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle comes in handy when you’re having a particularly hectic day and don’t have time to think about your tea. This kettle has six heat presets for steeping tea at just the right temperature, but most impressive is its 2-minute memory function. This smart kettle can be lifted off its base for up to 2 minutes without shutting off or losing its place in the heating process.
Ok, how adorable is this one? The BELLA 1.2-Liter Electric Ceramic Tea Kettle comes in gorgeous patterns and is built with a long gooseneck spout for controlled pours, a necessity when you have people over for afternoon tea! It’s also super easy to carry around and its concealed heating elements make it super easy to clean.
It’s party time! You know when you have a bunch of people over, it can be difficult to ensure that everyone gets a warm cuppa as soon as dessert is served. The Micom 4.22-quart Water Boiler and Warmer by Zojirushi heats water up quickly and maintains its temperature for as long as you need.
Best Budget Temperature Control Kettle
Full disclosure: I have this kettle and I am OBSESSED. This little one-liter guy heats up water extremely quickly—90 seconds to boiling if we’re only talking one cup. It also has a simple temperature control. Set the dial to low for delicate drinks like white tea, move it to the middle for green tea, and crank it all the way to high for black tea.
Best Kettle for People Who Treasure Silence
This German-made beauty is made from thermal shock resistant glass that has been through several safety drop tests. It quickly and quietly—seriously, this kettle is almost silent—boils water, putting only about 5 minutes between you and a fresh cup of tea. It automatically shuts off once boiling is complete for optimal safety.
Getting out the door on time in the morning requires a level of organization that some of us cannot achieve after we stay up all night binging Law & Order: SVU. (Don’t judge.) Luckily, if there isn’t time to boil a cup of tea before you leave, there is another option: The Uniox Car Electric Kettle plugs into your car’s power outlet and lets you heat water to specific temperatures at the touch of a button.
This is the ultimate all-purpose kettle. Forgoing traditional temperature settings, the Breville BKE830XL has five presets for green tea, white tea, oolong tea, black tea, and French Press coffee. Just press a button and you’re on your way to the perfect cuppa! Made from shock-resistant German Schott Glass, it looks pretty great on your counter too.
The Gourmia Travel Foldable Electric Kettle is perfect for when you’re on the go and don’t have a lot of extra suitcase space, or if you live somewhere lacking in cabinet storage. This thing literally collapses to fit into tiny places, but its small size doesn’t mean it’s lacking power. This kettle can boil water faster than a microwave.
Best Budget Stainless Electric Kettle
If you’re on a budget but want to boil your water without exposing it to plastic, the BESTOPE Electric Kettle is the one for you. The entirety of the inside of the kettle is made of stainless steel, and the only plastic is BPA-free and on the lid—where it doesn’t touch your water.
Even people on a strict budget need to be able to heat up a cuppa on a moment’s notice! The Ovente 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle is the perfect, no-frills option for people with tight finances. And even at such an attractive price point, the Ovente Kettle offers 1100 watts of power, heating water faster than a stovetop tea kettle.
Best Retro Kettle
Calling to mind a vintage car, this kettle is perfect for people with a retro aesthetic who want to boil their water while pretending they’re back in the fabulous 50s. The stainless steel powder-coated body is a beautiful pastel green color, and the stainless steel spout, and polished chrome base and ball lever knob are the perfect accents to the kettles overall vibe.
Best Electric Kettle That Can Also Make Pour-Over Coffee
While I am a tea-only type of gal, I know not everyone shares my loyalties. The Willow & Everett 1 Liter Gooseneck Electric Kettle comes with a double-walled filter with ultra fine mesh so that you can make pour-over drip coffee. This kettle is also super quick and can heat water in just two minutes.