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.
Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle
Six temperature settings
Maintains temperature for 30 minutes
On the heavier side
Mineral buildup if not cleaned
This elegant stainless steel electric kettle holds 1.7 liters and has six preset heat setting for steeping different types of tea at the proper temperature, even if you can’t remember what 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 1,500 watts of power to 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.
Price at time of publish: $100
Capacity: 1.7 liters | Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 9.75 inches | Temperature Control: Yes | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 110 | Warranty: 3-year limited
Runner-Up, Best Overall
Hamilton Beach Glass Electric Tea Kettle
Easy to see water level
Automatic shutoff is unreliable
No thumb latch to open lid
This electric kettle boils water fast and can be set to six specific temperatures, each one suited for a different variety of tea. 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 is that the kettle doesn't have a push-to-open button on the handle.
Price at time of publish: $35
Capacity: 1.7 liters | Dimensions: 6.2 x 8.5 x 9.8 inches | Temperature Control: Yes | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 1-year limited
Fellow Corvo EKG Pro Electric Kettle Studio Edition
Fast and easy to use
Can program to heat ahead of time
Little difference between non-Studio Edition
With its combination of style and performance, the Fellow Corvo EKG Pro Studio Edition is one of the best electric kettles you can buy. It's equipped with an array of features—like a built-in stopwatch and temperature holding up to one hour, just to name a couple—and yet the item remains intuitive and easy to use. The Fellow brand sent us the kettle for testing purposes and we were highly impressed by the results.
It excels in the key areas: heats quickly, pours smoothly, and the handle stays cool to touch. We timed the kettle and found it takes just over five minutes to bring a full pot to a 212-degree boil, which is faster than average. Its capacity is on the smaller side at 0.9 liters, however.
Another possible drawback to consider before buying is that Fellow makes two other Corvo models at lower price points. The EKG Pro Studio Edition is the most advanced (and expensive) model, so if you don't mind splurging this is the one to buy. But the only difference between this option and the one a tier lower, simply known as the EKG Pro, is that it uses slightly nicer materials. Other than that, both kettles have the same features.
Two extra features we especially appreciate are that users can schedule the kettle to boil up to 24 hours in advance, and there's recommended water temperatures for different drinks, including coffee and tea. All in all, the Corvo EKG Pro Studio Edition is an outstanding kettle you can count on.
Price at time of publish: $255
Capacity: 0.9 liters | Dimensions: 8.74 x 6.77 x 7.7 inches | Temperature Control: Yes | Wattage: 1,200 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 2 years standard or 3 years with product registration
Cosori Glass Electric Kettle
Weak lid, doesn't fully open
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.
Price at time of publish: $40
Capacity: 1.7 liters | Dimensions: 7.9 x 6.1 x 9.5 inches | Temperature Control: No | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 1-year limited
Runner-Up, Best Budget
Mueller Premium Electric Kettle
Pleasant blue light
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 is hard to beat.
Price at time of publish: $28
Capacity: 1.8 liters | Dimensions: 8.9 x 7.4 x 10.2 inches | Temperature Control: No | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 1 year
Best Personal Size
Bodum Bistro Electric Water Kettle
Lid makes it hard to fill and clean
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 is designed to catch any sediment in the water.
Price at time of publish: $27
Capacity: 1 liter | Dimensions: 4.9 x 8.1 x 8.8 inches | Temperature Control: No | Wattage: 1,100 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 2-year limited
OXO Brew Cordless Glass Electric Kettle
Removable steel filter
Glass is durable
Easy to see water level
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 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.
Price at time of publish: $84
Capacity: 1.75 liters | Dimensions: 9 x 6.2 x 11.2 inches | Temperature Control: No | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 2 years
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
The Fellow Stagg EKG is not only the best gooseneck kettle 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, ideal 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 0.9 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.
Price at time of publish: $162
Capacity: 0.6 and 0.9 liters | Dimensions: 6.75 x 11.5 x 8 inches (0.9-liter model) | Temperature Control: Yes | Wattage: 1,200 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 1-year limited
Best Stainless Steel
Breville Variable-Temperature 1.8-Liter Kettle
Five temperature settings
Maintains temperature for 20 minutes
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.
Price at time of publish: $160
Capacity: 1.8 liters | Dimensions: 7.2 x 7.3 x 9.7 inches | Temperature Control: Yes | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 110 to 120 | Warranty: 1 year
Best with Teapot
Saki Turkish Tea Maker Gen 2.0
Matching kettle and teapot combo
Live temperature display
No temperature hold function
Saki's Turkish Tea Maker Gen 2.0 combines a tea kettle and teapot for a super convenient steeping experience. The design is inspired by a çaydanlık, which is a Turkish tea maker with two teapots stacked on top of each other. A çaydanlık is generally made for stovetop use, but Saki's iteration is electric and comes with several handy features as a result.
The item automatically shuts off after three hours of inactivity and has boil-dry protection to alert users when there's no water left in the kettle. There's also a live temperature display that helps owners brew tea at the proper temperature which, in turn, makes a significant difference in flavor. Keep in mind that the kettle can't pause at a specific temperature—a feature that some high-end models are equipped with. Instead, you'll have to keep an eye on the temperature readout and remove the kettle from the base at the right time.
A member of our team received the Turkish Tea Maker Gen 2.0 for testing purposes and said this is a minor drawback but that steeping is still quick and easy overall. He added that he was impressed by the tea maker's sturdy construction and the smooth pouring from both the kettle and teapot. As far as the price goes, it's on the more expensive end for an electric kettle but justifiably so considering it's a two-in-one device and feels built to last for years.
Price at time of publish: $130
Capacity: Kettle holds 1.75 liters; teapot holds 0.8 liters | Dimensions: 8.5 x 7 x 14.5 inches | Temperature Control: No | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 2 years
Best for Dorms
Zeppoli Electric Kettle
Heats up quickly
Push button to open
No heating element necessary
Short power cord
Lid opens forcefully
The Zeppoli Electric Kettle is an excellent choice for those who want to make tea or hot meals but live in a college dorm or small space without a stove. This electric kettle stands out because of how quickly it comes to a boil—in about 5 to 6 minutes when filled to full capacity—and how convenient it is to use, making it great for multitaskers often in a rush in the mornings.
The Zeppoli has a 1.7-liter capacity and is budget-friendly, especially considering the features it comes with: a lid that opens with a button press, a simple tab that lights up to turn the kettle on, and an auto-shutoff after 30 seconds. It also has a removable filter and a wide opening for easy cleaning. A bonus: the kettle's glass body, BPA-free plastic base and handle, and stainless steel accents give the unit a sleek look. It's lightweight, too.
Price at time of publish: $50
Capacity: 1.7 liters | Dimensions: 9.5 x 10 x 7.5 inches | Temperature Control: No | Wattage: 1,500 | Voltage: 120 | Warranty: 1-year limited
The Cuisinart PerfecTemp tops our list thanks to its fast boiling time, sleek design, and ease of use. As a cheaper alternative, the Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle is another worthwhile option with six preset temperatures options as well.
What to Look for in an Electric Kettle
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.
And the quality of your tea kettle can affect how your tea tastes. Shunan Teng, the founder and CEO of Tea Drunk, told us that an incorrect water temperature is one of three main brewing mistakes that prevent tea from reaching its best flavor. The other two mistakes are, first, brewing for too long or too short and, second, using too much or too little tea.
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.
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.
How do you clean an electric kettle?
Electric kettles need to be regularly cleaned inside and out to keep them looking nice and working properly. You can easily remove smudges and stains from a kettle’s exterior by wiping it with a soft cloth and cleaning product of your choice. A combination of vinegar and baking soda is great for removing tougher stains, but dish soap works, too. This should be done every week or so to keep your kettle shining.
Electric kettles also need to be descaled—a more rigorous process intended to remove the mineral buildup, commonly called scale, inside a kettle. The task should be performed at least four times a year. One method of descaling goes as follows: fill your kettle halfway with equal parts water and white vinegar, bring the solution to a boil, and let it sit for 20 minutes before rinsing inside with water. Lemon juice or citric acid is a reliable substitute for white vinegar. If your kettle has a water filter, it can be soaked in a combination of water and white vinegar for five minutes and scrubbed with a bottle brush to keep clean. Once finished with all these steps, it’s worth running a cycle of water through your kettle to make sure it’s entirely clean.
What water temperature is best for tea?
The best brewing temperature depends on the type of tea you are making. Each variety has its own temperature or range of temperatures that bring out the strongest flavor. White tea should be brewed around 160 degrees. Green tea ranges from 150 to 180 degrees. Moving onto the stronger teas, oolong is best between 190 and 200 degrees. Black tea ranges from 180 to 212 degrees, but the majority are best with water above 200 degrees. Pu-erh is brewed around 205 degrees. Finally, herbal teas should be brewed at a full boil of 212 degrees. Many electric kettles have preset options for specific tea varieties, so all you have to do is hit a button and the device will bring water to the ideal temperature for you.
According to Shunan Teng, the founder and CEO of Tea Drunk, one way to make better tea at home is to use hotter water for high-quality tea and lower-temperature water for subpar tea. "Hotter temperatures bring out the flavors in better tea," she says, "and lower temperatures dilute the flaws in lower-quality tea. With bad tea, the bitterness and astringency would come out with higher temperatures."
Can you heat milk in an electric kettle?
Users are not advised to heat milk in a kettle, whether it’s a stovetop or an electric model. Milk often leaves residue inside kettles that is difficult to clean and prone to an unpleasant smell. It can also damage the heating elements of an electric kettle and, in some cases, void the warranty. Heating milk in the microwave or in a pot on the stove are better options than using your kettle.
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 updated 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.
Shunan Teng is the founder and CEO of Tea Drunk and an avid tea educator. Tea Drunk was founded in 2013 and has a brick-and-mortar tea house in New York City. Its teaware and Chinese teas can be purchased online.
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