An extensive testing process (and several cups of tea) led our experts to select the Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle with 5 Variable Presets as the best overall option. It heats quickly, holds temperature accurately, and looks sleek and modern. For a budget stovetop option, our experts' top pick was the Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, which offers some nice features and several color options for a great price.
The timeless whistle of a kettle has long been synonymous with tea itself. Today’s tea kettles do more than whistle, though. Some are electric and can be programmed to reach (and hold) specific temperatures; others have handy features like gooseneck spouts, trigger-action lids, and more. Even materials vary, from steel to stoneware to glass. Below, we touch on all of these categories and more, rounding up our favorite kettles and breaking down what we like and dislike about each one.
To help you make a more informed buying decision, our Lab experts researched and tested the kettles on this list. They spent weeks assessing each one and rating them on their usability, durability, design, capacity, and boiling speed, among other areas.
Whether you're heating water for a cup of hot chocolate, coffee, or tea, here are the best kettles, according to our tests.
Best Overall: Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle with 5 Variable Presets
Very accurate heating and temperature holding
Beautiful design that fits in any kitchen
Gooseneck spout is easy to pour from, stays cool
Outside of kettle gets quite hot
What do buyers say? 96% of 10,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
Many electric kettles did well in our tests, but the Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle still stood out. Its simple push-button base lets you heat water to five different temperatures designed for specific beverages, from 170 degrees for white tea to 205 degrees for coffee (and, of course, 212 degrees if you just want boiling water). The kettle heats very accurately and fairly quickly and will hold its set temperature for half an hour or more.
The Cosori's gooseneck spout design with a counterbalanced handle makes it easy to pour hot water into any vessel without spilling, and its matte black finish doesn't pick up fingerprints when touched. It's also fairly affordable for an electric kettle, especially one that works this beautifully.
The main downside our testers found is the kettle's small capacity. At a bit short of a quart, it's only able to make two or three cupfuls of tea or coffee at a time. If you're the kind of person who needs a mug of hot beverage all day long (or if you're brewing for a whole caffeine-loving family), you might find yourself having to refill and reheat multiple times.
Price at time of publish: $69.99
Capacity: 0.9 quarts | Dimensions: 11.6 x 9 x 7.7 inches (including base) | Weight: 3.5 pounds | Material: Stainless steel
"Besides its elegant design, the Cosori Original Electric Gooseneck Kettle offers a number of convenient features that make it easy to use and excellent for making tea." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Best Budget: Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle
Available in many colors
Not the most attractive
Lid holds water and can be hard to clean
What do buyers say? 86% of more than 17,000 Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
At its most basic, a tea kettle is supposed to heat water, and that's exactly what the Mr. Coffee Flintshire does and at a great price. Its heatproof handle that incorporates a latch for the spout cover is another nice feature that you'll only find on a few of the more expensive models we tested. The kettle is available in seven different colors, all of them selling for 25 bucks or less.
Our Lab found this kettle worked just fine, placing it in the middle range in most of our trials, but testers didn't love its plain look (though aesthetic may not be top-of-mind for buyers looking for a budget pick so long as it performs well). The lid also has an inner rim that traps water, which interferes with fully cleaning and drying the kettle.
Price at time of publish: $19.99
Capacity: 1.75 quarts | Dimensions: 8 x 8 x 8 inches | Weight: 1 pound | Material: Stainless steel
"The Mr. Coffee Flintshire kettle is basic, but its purposeful features and design make it an excellent value."
Runner-Up, Best Electric: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
Temperature hold function
Can program by single degrees
No indication for reaching desired temperature
What do buyers say? 87% of 4,400+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
With their narrow, sloping spouts, gooseneck kettles offer added control when pouring. This makes them an especially useful option for making pour-over coffee or brewing with another manual method, such as a French press or Chemex. Every detail of the Fellow Stagg EKG Pour-Over Kettle feels high-end, from its sleek silhouette to its many convenient features. Its simple dial and LCD display lets you set the kettle to any specific temperature between 135 and 212 degrees.
Our testers offered effusive praise after testing this kettle, saying the spout, exact temperature selection capability, and unequaled design make it worthwhile for both tea and coffee lovers. However, the Fellow Stagg EKG is one of the more expensive gooseneck kettles on the market, but it's available in a number of stylish designs that combine a variety of kettle colors and handle materials. One negative is that the item has a small capacity, at just under a quart (though this does help it heat up more quickly). There's also no visual or audible indication that the water has fully heated, so you'll also have to keep an eye on the kettle while it's coming to a boil.
Price at time of publish: $165
Capacity: 0.95 quarts | Dimensions: 11.5 x 6.75 x 8 inches | Weight: 2.75 pounds | Material: Stainless steel
"This is hands-down the most precise pour spout I’ve ever used. It was incredible how well I was able to control the water flow rate and direction of the water with this pour spout." — Cheyenne Elwell, Product Tester
Best Stovetop: Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle
Works on all stovetops
Easy to clean
Lid is somewhat hard to remove
Heavier than most kettles
Looking for a stovetop kettle that's long-lasting and top-of-the-line? Le Creuset has you covered. The company known for its cast-iron Dutch ovens also manufactures a line of stunning tea kettles (among many other kitchen goods). This stainless steel kettle is covered in porcelain enamel and makes an excellent registry gift or opportunity to treat yourself and upgrade your current tea kettle. It holds nearly 2 quarts and comes in nine gorgeous colors, including pale-blue Caribbean, bright-red cerise, and warm-gray oyster.
Along with being stylish, the kettle is highly functional. Our testers found that it heats quickly and efficiently, with a heat-resistant coating on the lid knob and spout cap that works like it's supposed to. The spout cap also makes a nice loud whistle when the water boils and is easy to flip back when it's time to pour. The clever handle folds down from a vertical to a horizontal position, which makes it easier to clean and potentially easier to store if you don't want to keep it on display.
This is a highly functional kettle, but a downside testers found is that the lid can be difficult to remove. It's certainly more expensive than average, but we think it’s a worthwhile splurge, especially because of its durability and the brand's five-year guarantee to cover manufacturing defects.
Price at time of publish: $115
Capacity: 1.7 quarts | Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 7 inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Material: Enamel on steel
"Considering how sturdy, beautiful, and easy to use this kettle is, we think it’s a worthwhile splurge." — Rebekah Joan, Product Tester
Best Stovetop Gooseneck: Hario V60 Buono Drip Kettle
Easy to use
Beautiful pour stream
Kettle and lid get very hot
Can overflow or boil over when full
What do buyers say? 91% of 9,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
If you're a caffeine nerd who loves the ritual of making pour-over coffee or other manual brewing methods, the Hario V60 "Buono" is the kettle for you. Its long, elegant gooseneck spout and ergonomic handle give you perfect control over the water stream. The Japan-based Hario brand is known worldwide for its high-end coffee- and tea-brewing equipment, and this model's scalloped look is iconic.
But just as you have to use care with pour-over coffee, you'll need to be cautious with the Hario V60 in general. The kettle doesn't have a fill line marked, and our testers found that it tends to boil over if filled up all the way. The kettle's base is also smaller than many other stovetop models, which means that you should use a lower heat level on a gas stove to make sure flames don't flow up around the sides and potentially melt the handle.
Price at time of publish: $66.67
Capacity: 1.25 quarts | Dimensions: 12 x 18 x 13 inches | Weight: 1.44 pounds | Material: Stainless steel
"The Hario V60 'Buono' has a VERY nice pour. It's super-easy and makes a beautiful stream."
Fastest-Boiling Electric: Smeg Electric Kettle
Heats water super-fast
Striking design available in many colors
Large capacity for an electric kettle
Not many features
What do buyers say? 89% of nearly 1,000 Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
Smeg is known for its high-end kitchen equipment—from stovetops and refrigerators to coffee makers and toasters—that combines modern technology with a retro look. And the Smeg Electric Kettle is no different, offering super-fast heating with a design that looks like it fell right out of a mid-century modern museum. Even though it's one of the largest-capacity electric kettles we tested, with a volume of nearly 2 quarts, it was also the fastest to heat up, bringing that water to a boil more quickly than any other model. And you can get it in any of six adorable colors.
Unfortunately, Smeg appliances carry a price tag to match their famous name, design, and quality. This model doesn't offer any temperature settings or other features beyond heating water to boiling very quickly, and our testers also weren't thrilled that it doesn't have any way of indicating it's done heating. Stovetop kettles whistle and many other electric models have lights or sound, but the Smeg Electric Kettle just makes a click when it shuts off, and it doesn't hold heat very well once it does.
Price at time of publish: $189.95
Capacity: 1.8 quarts | Dimensions: 6.75 x 9.75 x 8.9 inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Material: Powder-coated stainless steel
"You are paying a lot for the brand name, and there aren't a ton of features, but this kettle looks cool."
Fastest-Boiling Stovetop: OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle
Classic design with modern features
Rotating handle stays in place
Large opening for easy filling and cleaning
Stainless steel lid and spout get very hot
Kettle is quite heavy compared to others
Who else recommends it? Bob Vila, BestReviews, and Simply Recipes all picked the Oxo Brew Classic Tea Kettle.
What do buyers say? 86% of 3,700+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
If you're looking for a versatile stovetop kettle to help you prepare a delicious cup of tea, the Oxo Brew Classic Tea Kettle is a great pick. It fits perfectly on a standard stove burner and was the fastest to heat to boiling out of all the stovetop kettles we tested. Our testers liked its silicone-grip handle, which is comfortable to hold and pour, even when the kettle is full, and rotates to the side for easy storage. The large opening on top also makes it easy to fill and clean—it's large enough to fit your whole hand inside to get to all those hard-to-reach corners.
With the spout cap flipped down, the kettle makes a loud whistle when the water is ready, so there's no need to set a timer. In addition to the silicone handle, the kettle has a silicone lid handle and spout cap to protect your fingers from the hot steel surface, but unfortunately, our testers found that they can still get pretty hot when the kettle's on the stove. You may need to use a dish towel or hot pad when taking the kettle off the burner.
This kettle has a unique shape that suits both retro and modern kitchens, and the brushed stainless steel fits any decor. We also found the material to be truly stain-resistant, and according to customers who have used the kettle for long periods of time, it's rust-resistant, too. While there are some more affordable kettles out there, this is an excellent value for money overall.
Price at time of publish: $49.95
Capacity: 1.7 quarts | Dimensions: 9.75 x 8 x 9.75 inches | Weight: 2.65 pounds | Material: Stainless steel
"The Oxo Brew Classic Tea Kettle came to temp the fastest and held it well. Its straightforward design functioned properly, and the fold-down handle is a nice feature."
Best Large-Capacity: Susteas Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle
Heatproof handle and spout cover latch make pouring easy
Doesn't hold temperature well
Handle doesn't fold down
What do buyers say? 84% of 10,000+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
If you find yourself going back to the stove to make a second batch of coffee or tea every day, you might need a larger kettle. This bad boy can hold far more water than any of the other stovetop kettles we tested but brought it to a boil nearly as quickly as the other models. Its tall handle has a heatproof coating, along with a clever latch that lets you open the whistling spout cover without having to touch it directly. Besides matte black, it's also available in metallic Champagne and rose colors.
Our testers found the heatproof handle on the Susteas kettle to be very effective, but it doesn't fold down, which makes it take up a lot of shelf space. (On the other hand, it looks nice enough to live on the stovetop.) With that huge capacity, this kettle is fairly heavy and awkward when full, and our testers found that it doesn't hold heat for very long.
Price at time of publish: $42.99
Capacity: 2.64 quarts | Dimensions: 7.16 x 7.16 x 9.25 inches | Weight: 2.71 pounds | Material: Stainless steel
"This kettle looks cute on the counter, works well, and has a lid that's easy to remove, which is important for a larger-capacity item."
Best Splurge: Zwilling Enfinigy Electric Kettle Pro
Outside stays cool
Wide range of temperature options and settings
Sleek, modern design
Hand wash only
What do buyers say? 86% of 600+ Amazon reviewers rated this product 4 stars or above.
The design-forward Zwilling Enfinigy Electric Kettle Pro looks like it came from an art museum, but it's also highly functional. Its impressive six different temperature settings range from boiling all the way down to 104 degrees for warming up baby formula, as well as a keep-warm function that can hold a temperature for 30 minutes. Other electric kettles we tested heat up faster, but this one's big advantage is its double-walled configuration, which keeps the outside cool to the touch no matter how hot the inside gets. If you've got inquisitive kids around the kitchen (or if you're a little klutzy), it's a nice safety feature.
Of course, all those lovely features (along with the Zwilling brand name) are things you have to pay for. The kettle also can't go in the dishwasher like many stovetop models, though its stainless steel interior is easy enough to wipe down with a soapy sponge.
Price at time of publish: $170
Capacity: 1.6 quarts | Dimensions: 10.3 x 8.7 x 12.9 inches | Weight: 4.97 pounds | Material: Stainless steel
"This is one of the only kettles we tested whose body stays completely cool to the touch, even when the water inside is boiling. It's also extremely accurate, easy to use, and efficient."
Best Glass: Mueller Premium Electric Kettle
Holds temperature well
Cool LED lighting
No light or sound when water is ready
When you turn on this glass kettle, its blue LED lights kick on, and it's just cool to look at. It was also one of only a handful of kettles that managed to boil water in under four minutes in our tests. Testers liked that its heavy-duty glass body held heat well, and they appreciated the auto-shutoff safety feature that turns off the heat within 30 seconds of the water coming to a boil.
However, you really do have to watch this pot: There's no whistle, beep, or light indicating when the water is ready. Testers also found that the kettle pours well but is a bit heavy and awkward for its size.
Price at time of publish: $24.97
Capacity: 1.9 quarts | Dimensions: 8.62 x 6.25 x 9.64 inches | Weight: 3 pounds | Material: Borosilicate glass
"We liked the Mueller Premium Electric Kettle's straightforward features and ease of pouring. And we love its cool lighting."
Fast heating, smooth pouring, many temperature settings, and a beautiful design made our testers' top pick the Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle with 5 Variable Presets. If you're looking for a more basic stovetop model, we recommend the Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, an inexpensive option that nonetheless holds up to its pricier competitors in performance.
How We Tested
We purchased and tested 25 tea kettles—seven stovetop kettles and 18 electric models—to see what ones we recommend and which we would pass on. All of the kettles were evaluated together in our Lab, which allowed us to compare their performances directly. We timed each kettle's performance on boiling water and also measured the temperature after 10 and 30 minutes to see how well they held their heat. (Electric models that have specific temperature settings were also tested for accuracy.) Our testing team also rated each item on its design, as well as how easy it was to use and clean.
Other Options We Tested
- Zojirushi Ve Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer: This machine holds more than a gallon of water, but it took a long time to bring it to a boil. Testers also found it complicated to use, warning users not to throw out the instruction manual. But if you need a lot of hot water all at once for a crowd of coffee and tea drinkers, it might be a good solution.
- Chantal Anniversary Enamel on Steel Whistling Tea Kettle: This stovetop kettle has a similar look and is available in a similar assortment of colors as the Le Creuset model, which was our top choice, but at a lower price. However, it performed somewhat worse on our tests.
- Oxo Brew Cordless Glass Electric Kettle: This glass kettle heats up fast, and its lights look neat, but our testers found it bulky and somewhat awkward to use. It also didn't hold its heat as well as other kettles we tested.
What to Look for in a Tea Kettle
Electric vs. Stovetop
The first decision to make when buying a tea kettle is choosing between an electric or a stovetop model. Electric kettles are more convenient because they heat up faster, and some even have preset temperatures to suit specific types of tea. However, they are more expensive on average and will take up counter space. In contrast, stovetop kettles are cheaper, easier to find, and available in far more design options. Which style should you pick? Are you a frequent tea drinker who wants hot water fast, or do you gravitate toward a more traditional aesthetic and don't mind waiting an extra minute or two?
"When in the market for a stovetop tea kettle, find one that both appeals visually and is also made of durable material, like stainless steel. If you are interested in electric tea kettles, my pick is always for one with variable temperatures, especially when brewing green and white teas—just know there will be some limescale that looks like brown rust developing over time in the bottom of your electric kettle, which you can clean with a vinegar and water solution." — Annelies Zijderveld, Author of "Steeped: Recipes Infused with Tea"
Tea kettles come in many different sizes, though the ones we tested ranged mostly from 1 to 2 quarts. In general, electric kettles tend to have slightly lower capacity than stovetop ones (and our top-rated electric kettle is also the smallest one we tested). What's important is to match your kettle size to your needs. If you usually make a single cup of tea or fill a small French press, you might not want a huge kettle taking up space on your stovetop or in your cabinet. If you often entertain large crowds, however, it’s nice to be able to serve everyone without waiting for a second batch of water to boil.
For the most part, tea kettles are made from one of two materials: stainless steel or glass. You can't really say one or the other heats faster—each individual kettle's thickness and exact configuration determines how fast it boils—so it's really an aesthetic choice more than anything else. Steel kettles are sometimes coated with enamel for a colorful look, but this doesn't affect their performance very much. Glass kettles can be quite beautiful, though they are less durable, especially if you have rambunctious kids around who might knock yours to the floor. Glass is great on a gas or electric stove, but it also won't work on an induction cooktop, so keep that in mind if there's one in your kitchen.
When you're moving boiling water around, you want to do it accurately, and that's where a tea kettle's spout comes in. While it's not always easy to tell how a spout will perform just by looking at the shape, it's promising when a spout is longer, tapered, or comes to a point at the end instead of staying perfectly rounded. With their long, narrow spouts, gooseneck kettles fulfill all three criteria and offer the most precise and accurate pouring, especially for pour-over coffee or similar brewing methods. That said, many standard tea kettles have larger, shorter spouts that still avoid drips, splashes, and spills effectively.
Even though you’re only boiling water in your kettle, it can still build up scale and mineral residue. What's most important for cleaning one is being able to access the inside: A kettle with a large opening may let you fit your whole hand into the pot for scrubbing with a sponge, 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. It's also worth checking if a kettle is dishwasher safe or hand wash only before purchasing.
How do you clean a tea kettle?
The most popular method to clean a tea kettle uses simply water and white vinegar. Just fill your kettle with equal amounts of both, bring it to a boil, and then dump out the water-vinegar mixture. Once the kettle is cool, scrub the inside with a non-abrasive cloth or brush. Finally, rinse the kettle thoroughly (or boil plain water in it) until all traces of vinegar are gone. This process is suitable for both electric and stovetop kettles and removes any potential limescale buildup. It’s important to thoroughly clean inside a kettle at least once every three months; otherwise, mineral buildup can alter the taste of your tea or coffee, and it may prevent some electric kettles from working properly. Other household products like baking soda and lemon juice are effective descaling agents, too, and many household cleaner brands sell descaling solutions in liquid or powder form.
For the outside of the kettle, washing with water and dish soap is generally all that's needed, though the same combination of water and vinegar can be used to clean tough stains outside of a tea kettle. All you have to do is wet a microfiber cloth with either solution, gently scrub the kettle’s exterior, and dry thoroughly. Regularly performing this task eliminates scale buildup, prevents rust stains, and keeps your kettle looking good in the kitchen. If you're cleaning an electric kettle, try to keep the base of their machine (where the electrical components and heating element are) dry. You should absolutely not immerse the base of an electric kettle in water; water can damage it and render it unusable.
If you use a stovetop kettle on a gas burner, you may end up with some pesky burn marks. These are tough to remove and may need a couple of different cleaning tactics. First, soak the kettle in hot water and dish soap for 30 minutes to two hours. (Do not do this with an electric kettle.) Second, lightly cover the kettle’s exterior with baking soda, then scrub with a sponge or brush and a combination of water and dish soap until clean. Finally, rinse and dry the kettle as normal.
Before cleaning any kind of tea kettle, it’s worth consulting an instruction manual to know what products and methods a brand recommend. Individual kettles might have special finishes that might be damaged by certain chemicals.
What water temperature is best for brewing tea?
The ideal water temperature varies widely depending on the type of tea you are making. Gentler teas taste best when brewed at lower temperatures, while bolder teas require hotter temperatures. White tea, for example, is best brewed with water that is 160 degrees Fahrenheit. Green teas range from 150 to 180 degrees. Oolong is best at around 190 degrees. Moving into the stronger teas, black tea ranges from 180 to 212 degrees. Finally, herbal teas sit around the 212-degree mark. (Like black tea, coffee brews best at a relatively high temperature: between 195 and 205.) Many electric kettles can be programmed to reach a specific temperature, and some even come with designated temperature settings for different tea varieties.
Can you heat milk in a tea kettle?
No matter how strong your hot chocolate craving might be, it's best not to heat milk in a kettle, especially an electric one. Milk can damage an electric kettle’s heating element and may not initiate the automatic shut-off feature, which means a mess (or worse) might happen. Although it is not preferred, stovetop kettles can be used to heat milk; just make sure to warm the milk slowly and clean the kettle thoroughly immediately afterward. Heating milk in a pot or in the microwave is a better option than using a kettle.
Can you brew tea inside a kettle?
Unless otherwise specified, it’s not a good idea to brew tea inside a kettle. Tea kettles are pretty much solely designed to heat water. Placing tea bags or loose-leaf tea inside a kettle can leave stains and lingering smells, and the acids in tea can potentially damage the kettle itself. Pouring hot water over tea in a teapot is a superior alternative that will produce a much better flavor.
Why Trust The Spruce Eats?
This piece was written by Derek Rose, the coffee and tea expert for The Spruce Eats. He researches a variety of products, from measuring scoops to commercial espresso machines, and interviews field experts for their insight. He tested a number of kettles on this list, including the Le Creuset Classic Whistling Kettle, which he found to be an eye-catching yet functional piece that suits any kitchen.
The culinary professionals in our Lab, located in Birmingham, Alabama, also tested a large number of kettles (seven stovetop and 18 electric). Jason Horn, staff commerce writer for The Spruce Eats, updated this roundup to include the resulting insights and data.
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