The 8 Best Electric Kettles of 2020

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Our Top Picks
"This electric kettle is compact but works fast - it can actually boil water faster than a microwave."
Runner-Up, Best Overall:
Cosori Glass Electric Kettle at Amazon
"A fit for most kitchens, this model provides plenty of bang for your buck"
"A great bargain pick that will bring your water to a boil just as well as the next kettle."
"This elegant stainless steel electric kettle holds 1.7 liters and has three preset heat settings."
"This is a well built, heavy duty kettle. Great for personal use or travel, this kettle heats just over two cups of water in about four minutes."
"Great for personal use or travel, this kettle heats just over two cups of water in about four minutes."
"It’s a sure fit for any modern kitchen."
"It can be programmed to heat up anywhere from 135 to 212 degrees, and the spout provides a precise and even pour."

While there is something timeless to the hiss and whistle of a traditional stovetop kettle, today’s electric alternatives are faster, easier to use, and include a variety of handy features. Some can be set to a specific temperature, others are designed to stay hot for hours. The added convenience makes electric kettles especially suitable for avid tea drinkers, but quick-and-easy hot water can also be used for oatmeal, pour-over coffee, and more.

This list details a number of our favorite options, breaking down what we like (and dislike) so buyers can get value for their money and find a product that fits their specific needs. Fill it up, flip the switch, and relax. Here are the best electric kettles to buy.

Best Overall: Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Tea Kettle

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Built-in filter

  • Easy to see water level

What We Don't Like
  • Automatic shutoff is unreliable

  • No thumb latch to open lid

This electric kettle is compact but works fast—it can actually boil water faster than a microwave. Made of durable glass, it holds 1.7 liters of liquid and has an auto-shut-off function for safety. You can serve hot tea or other beverages 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 mesh filter built into the spout, a wide opening for easy cleaning, and a handle that won’t get hot. You'll always know when the kettle is running, too, as it illuminates a soft blue light when on.

Customers love how quickly it boils the water, giving the kettle high marks in temperature control, as well as ease of use and easiness to clean. The item is extremely durable despite its glass body, as very few users had issues with chipping or shattering. One of the only drawbacks, according to reviews, is that the kettle doesn't have a push-to-open button on the handle.

"This kettle is a great value buy. Even though it can't be set to a specific temperature—a popular feature among pricier kettles—it's quick, simple, and reliable."Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats.

Runner-Up, Best Overall: Cosori Glass Electric Kettle

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Automatic shutoff

  • Sleek design

What We Don't Like
  • Weak lid, doesn't fully open

  • Possible leaking from base

  • Fairly loud

A fit for most kitchens, this model is a great value buy. The Cosori Glass Electric Kettle has a 1.7-liter capacity, which is comparable to standard stovetop kettles, so you can fill your teapot or French press completely. It's also equipped with a reliable automatic shutoff to safely prevent dry boiling.

There are some cons to consider before purchasing, however. First, the item is fairly loud when boiling; this may not be an issue to many, but it is worth noting nonetheless. The lid also doesn't open all the way, which can make it a little difficult to clean.

Other pros to the Cosori kettle include the pleasing blue light that glows while the item is in use, as well as the fact that both sides of the carafe are clearly labeled for easy measuring. Customers also say the water boils fast, so you won't have to wait long for a delicious cup of tea.

Best Budget: Mueller Premium Electric Kettle

What We Like
  • Automatic Shutoff

  • Fast boiling

  • Pleasant blue light

What We Don't Like
  • On the heavier side

  • Base feels cheap

Many electric kettles are reasonably priced, but the Mueller Premium Electric Kettle offers especially great bang for your buck. The item will bring your water to a boil just as well as the next kettle (and faster than your microwave can) for an even more affordable price.

The sleek glass design will look eye-catching in any kitchen, and there's even a blue light that is both aesthetically pleasing and functional as it lets you know the item is in use. It's equipped with an automatic shutoff feature to make it even safer, and many customers say it boils quickly. At 1.8 liters, the size of this kettle is right in line with the majority of other options on the market.

Some customers say the kettle is on the heavier side, so consider if that will be an issue before buying. Apart from that, the only other downside is that the base is a little on the flimsy side. But, for the price, this kettle can’t be beat. 

Best High-End: Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle CPK-17

What We Like
  • Six temperature settings

  • Maintains temperature for 30 minutes

  • Boil-dry protection

What We Don't Like
  • On the heavier side

  • Mineral buildup if not cleaned

Americans might not be as enamored with tea kettles as our friends across the pond, but they’re certainly handy to have. This elegant stainless steel electric kettle holds 1.7 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.

"Highly versatile yet easy to use. Tea drinkers love the various temperature settings, which can be set for green tea, black tea, and more."Derek Rose, Coffee and Tea Expert for The Spruce Eats.

Runner Up, Best High End: Breville Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle

What We Like
  • Five temperature settings

  • Maintains temperature for 20 minutes

  • Boil-dry protection

What We Don't Like
  • Occasionally turns off before reaching temperature

  • On the heavier side

This stylish kettle holds 1.8 liters of water and comes equipped with water level indicators on both sides, automatic shut-off when the water is ready, and a hold-temperature setting for up to 20 minutes long. The most impressive feature is its five preset brewing temperatures for different tea varieties. You can easily brew green tea, white tea, oolong, black tea, and water for French press coffee at their optimal temperature. And all of it is just at the touch of a button. Customers give the item sparkling praise, with especially high marks for ease of use, temperature control (as its name suggests), and, above all, that it consistently produces delicious tea.

Best Personal Size: Bodum Bistro Electric Water Kettle

What We Like
  • Affordable

  • Multiple colorways

  • Lightweight

What We Don't Like
  • Lid makes it hard to fill and clean

  • Durability concerns

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. 

Best Design: OXO BREW Clarity Cordless Glass Electric Kettle

What We Like
  • Removable steel filter

  • Glass is durable

  • Easy to see water level

  • Cord storage

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Rim prevents kettle from completely emptying

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. 

Best Gooseneck: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

What We Like
  • Stylish

  • Unique features

  • Precise pouring

What We Don't Like
  • Expensive

  • Occasional leaking from lid

The Fellow Stagg EKG is not only one of the best gooseneck kettles on the market but one of the best kettles, period. With the turn of a dial it can be programmed to heat up anywhere from 135 to 212 degrees, and there’s a setting to maintain water temperature for up to one hour. This offers the flexibility to heat water for specific types of tea—hotter for black and herbal teas, cooler for green and white teas.

The item’s design stands out compared to other electric kettles thanks to its tapered body, sleek matte colorways, and elegant gooseneck spout. Customers add that the spout provides a precise and even pour, perfect for those with a French press, Chemex, or other non-electric coffee maker.

Two drawbacks to consider are that the Stagg EKG is slightly on the smaller side (holding up to .9 liters of water) and it's quite expensive. However, the item earns especially high praise from customers for its versatility, durability, and ease of use.

Final Verdict

The Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Kettle tops our list thanks to its fast boiling time, sleek design, and value for money. At a similar price, the Cosori Glass Electric Kettle is another worthwhile option. Neither have the features of a high-end kettle, like specific drink settings or temperature holding, but they can reliably deliver hot water for years to come.

Why Trust The Spruce Eats?

Anthony Irizarry is a New York City-based freelancer who writes about home and kitchen products for The Spruce. He previously worked as an appliance reviews editor covering new releases, reviews, and roundups. He earned his bachelor's degree from Austin Peay State University.

This piece was edited by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of coffee products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. He typically uses non-electric coffee makers at home, alternating between the Bialetti Moka Express and the Bodum BRAZIL French Press.

What to Look for in an Electric Kettle

Features: Many electric kettles are simple: hit the switch, wait for the water to boil. But you can also find kettles with a number of convenient features, including preset drink options, temperature holding, and automatic shutoff. Figuring out what features you want will also provide a clearer idea of your price point.

Size: If you typically make one cup of tea at a time or own a small French press, you might not want a large kettle taking up counter space. But if you're an avid tea or coffee drinker, or if you need to brew beverages for multiple people, it's worth purchasing a bigger (and likely heavier) kettle.

Material: Electric kettles are primarily made from three materials: plastic, glass, or steel. Each one brings a different aesthetic to your kitchen and also affects the weight of the kettle. If you're worried about a kettle being too heavy, it's probably best to go the plastic route, though there are some great lightweight options in the glass and steel department.

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