Our Top Picks
Best Overall: Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Kettle 40864 at Amazon
"This electric kettle is compact but works fast - it can actually boil water faster than a microwave."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: Secura Double Wall Electric Kettle at Amazon
"A fit for most kitchens, this model provides plenty of bang for your buck."
Best Budget: Proctor Silex K2070YA Electric Kettle at Amazon
"This 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."
Best High-End: Cuisinart PerfectTemp Programmable Kettle at Amazon
"This elegant stainless steel electric kettle holds 1 2/3 liters and has three preset heat settings."
Runner Up, Best High End: Breville Variable Temperature Kettle at Amazon
"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."
Best Personal Size: Bodum 17-Ounce Electric Water Kettle at Amazon
"Great for personal use or travel, this kettle heats just over two cups of water in about four minutes."
Best Design: OXO Cordless Glass Electric Kettle at Amazon
"It’s a sure fit for any modern kitchen."
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Best Overall: Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Kettle 40864
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.
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Runner-Up, Best Overall: Secura SWK-1701DB Double Wall Electric Kettle
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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Best Budget: Proctor Silex K2070YA Electric Kettle
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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Best High-End: Cuisinart PerfectTemp Programmable Kettle
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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Runner Up, Best High End: Breville Variable Temperature Kettle
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.
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Best Personal Size: Bodum 17-Ounce Electric Water Kettle
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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Best Design: OXO Cordless Glass Electric Kettle
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.