Our Top Picks
"Understated, yet high-performing tea kettle at a very reasonable price."
Runner-Up, Best Overall: OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle at Amazon
"Stainless steel tea kettle designed for ease of use."
Best Compact: Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle at Amazon
"2-quart kettle from Circulon with a compact build."
Best Electric: KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle at Amazon
"Holds 1 1/4 liters of water, heats in under five minutes and includes filter."
Runner Up, Best Electric: Zeppoli Electric Kettle at Amazon
"1.7-liter unit has a modest price tag and offers cord-free serving."
Best Budget: Medelco Glass Stovetop Whistling Kettle at Wayfair
"12-cup glass kettle made from thermal-shock resistant borosilicate glass."
Best High End: Le Creuset Classic Whistling Teakettle at Amazon
"Stainless steel tea kettle covered in porcelain enamel and offered in nine colors."
01 of 07
Best Overall: T-fal C76220 Stainless Steel Coffee and Tea Kettle, 3-Quart
If you're looking for a versatile kettle that will help you brew the perfect cup of tea, T-fal’s Stainless Steel Coffee and Tea Kettle reigns supreme. It’s an understated, yet high-performing tea kettle at a very reasonable price. The stainless steel body topped with a simple black Bakelite handle will blend in with just about any kitchen décor you can imagine. If you want a tea kettle that will do its job without overpowering your space, this is the choice for you.
The T-fal kettle holds up to 3 liters of water, and boils rather quickly for a kettle of this size. That can be a good or bad thing depending on how closely you watch your tea kettle while waiting for it to boil. You’ll know when it’s ready thanks to the loud whistle built into the spout. The handle has a one touch lever that opens the spout for easy pouring while keeping your hands away from the steam. As with all kettles, be sure not to overfill it to prevent it from boiling over and making a mess of your stove. Finally this kettle is covered by a lifetime limited-warranty, so you’re protected if anything goes awry.
02 of 07
Runner-Up, Best Overall: OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle
Made from high grade stainless steel that will never rust or stain, this kettle will last a lifetime, and it’s designed for ease of use. The handle rotates out of the way so you won’t have to tip the kettle to fill it from your faucet. There’s a large opening, so you can get your hand in to clean the sides and corners of the kettle.
This has a silicone grip on the handle, a silicone knob on the lid, and silicone tab on the spout cap, to keep you safe from the hot metal surface. When you flip the cap down, you’ll hear a loud whistle when the water is boiling, so there’s no need to set a timer or check the kettle. Flip the cap up, and you can easily pour from the precise spout that’s designed not to drip.
This kettle has a unique shape that would fit into a retro kitchen or a modern one, and the brushed stainless will fit into any décor.
This kettle will not work on an induction cooktop.
03 of 07
Best Compact: Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle
If you don’t need a large tea kettle, opt for this 2-quart kettle from Circulon instead. Available in capri turquoise, kiwi green, or stainless steel, this kettle has a compact build, but will hold enough water for most households. The kettle has a black handle that has a one-touch lever to open the spout for easy pouring. And the stainless steel lid fits snugly to prevent steam from escaping and burning your hand.
This kettle is a bit more design-minded than the T-fal kettle, with the rounded body design. It also features an audible whistle when the water begins to boil. It is a bit heavier than the T-fal kettle thanks to the enameled exterior, but it’s not too heavy to lift even when filled to the brim.
Circulon offers a lifetime limited warranty, so you can rest assured that you’re covered if anything goes wrong.
04 of 07
Best Electric: KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle
Built to last, with a design that will look good on the counter or table, this electric tea kettle holds 1 1/4 liters of water and heats it in under five minutes, so it’s faster than a microwave. It has a removable base and the on/off switch has an LED light for easy visibility.
The body of this kettle is stainless steel and comes in red, black, pistachio, or brushed stainless steel to match your décor or add a pop of color. The handle is smooth aluminum that’s easy to hold and it makes pouring easy. There’s a removable lime scale filter in the pouring spout for folks with hard water. The lid is removable for easy cleaning and the opening is wide enough to get your hand in to scrub it well.
While this is expensive for a device that will only be used to heat water, it’s great for someone who drinks a lot of tea and who appreciates the esthetics of a well-made design.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
05 of 07
Runner Up, Best Electric: Zeppoli Electric Kettle
One of the best reasons to use an electric tea kettle is because it’s safer than using a stove since it can’t boil dry. The downside is that it’s an extra gadget that has only one function. But, if you drink a lot of tea or make pour-over coffee, an electric teakettle makes a lot of sense.
This 1.7-liter unit has a modest price tag and offers cord-free serving, auto-shutoff turns on after 30 seconds and has a wide opening for easy cleaning. What's more your water will be boiling in five to six minutes, much faster than the old fashion route. The handle is slip free so you don't have to worry about spilling and is heat resistant so no need for a pot holder.
This model is a bestseller online and customers comment that it is fast, easy to use, and makes a tasty cup of tea.
06 of 07
Best Budget: Medelco Glass Stovetop Whistling Kettle
If you’re truly looking for a budget kettle, and don’t mind looking like you swiped one from a diner, this is the choice for you. This glass kettle adds kind of a retro feel to your kitchen. We say embrace the kitsch factor, and save a little cash at the same time.
The 12-cup glass kettle is made from thermal-shock resistant borosilicate glass (think the stuff you used in high school chemistry lab), and can be used on both gas and electric stovetops. And lest you think it won’t have all the features you’ve come to expect from a tea kettle, it doses still have the characteristic whistle that signals when your water is boiling.
This kettle holds a full 12 cups, and doesn’t require a spout to be opened in order to pour. And because the kettle is glass, you can see just how much water is inside. No more worrying about your kettle boiling dry or not having enough to fill your teapot. While this might not be everyone’s first choice, it’s a solid pick for those on a budget.
07 of 07
Best High End: Le Creuset Classic 1.75-qt. Whistling Teakettle
Looking for an investment piece? Then Le Creuset has you covered. The company known for their cast iron Dutch ovens in a wide range of colors, also has a line of stunningly colorful tea kettles (among other kitchen goods) as well. The stainless steel tea kettle covered in porcelain enamel is the perfect choice if you’re giving a registry gift or looking to upgrade your current tea kettle. It holds nearly 2 quarts and comes in nine stunning colors, including black, Caribbean, cassis, cherry, flame, Marseille, palm, white, and stainless. If you’re looking to match a specific hue, Le Creuset probably has you covered.
The heat resistant handle makes it easy to grip and pour, but unlike our other models this kettle does require that you flip open the pouring spout with a lever that’s not attached to the handle. While your hand will still be out of the steam’s way, this one is a bit more precarious to pour out of.
You’ll want to leave this kettle on your stovetop on display. But it’s a good idea to give it the occasional hand washing as well, even if you’re only boiling water inside.
Products Tested by The Spruce
How We Tested
We bought and tested three top-rated tea kettles. Our reviewers spent weeks on end heating up water, observing the kettles’ performance, and cleaning them. We asked our testers to consider the most important features when using these tea kettles, from their size to ease of use. We’ve outlined the key takeaways here so that you, too, know what to look for when shopping.
What to Look for in a Tea Kettle
Size If you’re usually making a single cup of tea or filling a small French press, you might not want a large kettle taking up space in your cabinets. But if you’re entertaining a larger crowd, it’s nice to be able to serve everyone without waiting for a second batch of water to boil. The kettles on our list come in a range of sizes — all you need to do is pick which one is right for you.
Material Tea kettles are made from a variety of materials, including glass, stainless steel, and coated metal. Note, though, that if you have an induction cooktop (instead of a gas or electric stove), your options are more limited — just make sure your chosen kettle is compatible.
Cleaning Even though you’re only boiling water in your kettle, you’ll occasionally want to make sure you’re removing any built-up scale residue. Kettles with a large opening may let you fit your whole hand into the pot for cleaning, while a smaller opening might require a brush. Glass kettles make it easy to assess cleanliness, while metal kettles are a little harder to examine.
Test Results: T-fal C76220 Stainless Steel Coffee and Tea Kettle, 3-Quart (Best Overall)
What We Like
Easy to clean
What We Don't Like
Heavy bottom makes pouring more difficult
Hard to press trigger when holding kettle
The size of this kettle won our testers over immediately. One reviewer broke it down: “A 3-quart kettle is a lot of water for a user,” he explained. “It's enough to make 12 cups of tea or coffee. I think it’s perfect for the next holiday event someone will have!” Our testers also loved its brushed metal finish as well as the fact that it was very easy to clean. One reviewer, however, experienced a problem with spillage due to the whistler: “As my water finished boiling, I got slightly burned by a splash of condensation that built up from the whistler,” he reported. “For users who are in a rush in the morning, this could be a moment when they spill accidentally.”
Test Results: OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle (Runner-Up, Best Overall)
What We Like
Easy to clean
Convenient swinging handle
What We Don't Like
Spout doesn’t open automatically
This tea kettle came highly recommended by our testers for its overall design and ease of use. One reviewer raved, “The visual appearance is beautiful and classic. It's also sturdy and designed to resist rusting, leaking, or seepage.” In particular, our testers loved the swinging handle, with one calling this feature “a dream come true for cleaning and filling the kettle.” In terms of downsides, one of our reviewers wished for a spout that automatically opened when you began pouring to keep your hand away from the steam. But while the price may be higher than other models, one of our testers explained, “the feel and the design of this one make it stand apart.”
Test Results: Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle (Best Compact)
What We Like
What We Don't Like
If you’re looking for a decorative tea kettle that also heats well, this Circulon model is a great option, according to our testers. Our reviewers liked the “pop of color” it provided, as well as the high arch of the kettle’s handle that made it super easy to fill. On the flip side, one of our testers found it difficult to pour all the water out because of the high spout and said water leaked out from the top. Its small lid opening also made cleaning tricky. One of our testers explained, “People who do not intend to use it a lot (cleaning it really is a pain) might really like this because it does heat really well.”