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The timeless whistle of a tea kettle is synonymous with the drink itself. It’s a hallmark of everything from early morning caffeine to cozy evening reading.
Today’s tea kettles do more than whistle though. Some are electric and can be programmed to specific temperatures, others have handy features like gooseneck spouts, trigger-action lids, and more. Even materials vary, from steel to stoneware to glass.
This list details a number of options for all different buyers. To inform our picks, we read customer reviews, consult third-party articles, and test many products ourselves. The perfect cup of tea starts with a kettle that’s convenient and reliable and that even comes in a design you love.
Here are the best tea kettles to buy.
Classic design with modern features
Rotating handle stays in place
Large opening for easy filling and cleaning
A little pricey
Stainless steel lid gets hot
If you're looking for a versatile kettle that will help you brew the perfect cup of tea, the OXO Classic Tea Kettle reigns supreme. 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.
One feature that really sets the kettle apart is its rotating handle. Our product tester reviewed the item and wrote that the swinging handle makes it very easy to fill and clean. She added that the handle is "comfortable to hold and pour, even when the kettle was full." There’s also a large opening, so you can get your hand in to clean the sides and corners of the kettle.
The item 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.
"If you’re looking for a reliable, fast-boiling tea kettle or want a pretty product for your kitchen, you get both with the OXO Brew Classic Tea Kettle." — Kimberly Holland, Product Tester
Easy to clean
Heavy bottom makes pouring more difficult
Hard to press trigger when holding kettle
Not compatible with induction cooktops
This kettle offers something for everybody, from its large 3-quart capacity to its convenient trigger-action spout. The item is dishwasher safe but also extremely easy to clean by hand. After testing the product, our reviewer wrote that "the average adult’s hand can definitely fit inside without issue" and that the kettle's "straight design helped [her] get every inch of the interior clean."
The large capacity and ease of cleaning make it a great option for families and frequent users. And while its stainless steel design may not be the most stylish, the material is durable enough to withstand years of heavy use.
There are a few drawbacks, however. First, the item cannot be used on an induction cooktop. Second, its size can be a possible hindrance. Our reviewer noted that the kettle is on the heavier side, making it more difficult to pour. She also wrote that the kettle "will naturally catch your eye if it’s sitting out" because of its size. Luckily, if you want to store the item away, its handle sits low enough to fit inside most cupboards.
"Given its extra-large size, the T-fal kettle is a highly functional, affordable option, especially for families, offices, or groups that use their tea kettle a lot." — Kimberly Holland, Product Tester
Ergonomic handle with spout trigger
Very quiet whistle
This classic stainless steel tea kettle is affordably priced and comes with a modern upgrade thanks to its ergonomic, Bakelite handle. Not only does the handle offer an eye-catching silhouette, but customers say it's extremely comfortable and easy to grip.
The Claredale holds up to 2.2 quarts of water, which is close to average capacity if not slightly on the larger side. Even with its reasonable size, the item only weighs about one pound, and users give it glowing praise for its lightness. Reviews are positive overall as well, with hundreds of customers awarding it five stars.
Another key feature is the spout cover, which flips up easily with the touch of the trigger button. The kettle also emits that signature whistle when the water is ready, whether it be for tea, hot chocolate, or more. Keep in mind, however, that hand-washing is recommended as opposed to the dishwasher.
Beautiful design and multiple colorways
On the heavier side
Potential for rust
Spout isn't the most precise
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.
Works on induction cooktops
Hard to pour all the water out
Handle occasionally gets hot
A little expensive for its quality
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 textured handle that has a one-touch lever to open the spout for easy pouring over loose tea or bagged. And the stainless steel lid fits snugly to prevent steam from escaping and burning your hand.
This kettle keeps style in mind with its rounded body design. It also features an audible whistle when the water begins to boil, so you'll know when the temperature is best for brewing. It is a bit on the heavier side 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.
Easy to use
Several plastic parts
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 aesthetics of a well-made design.
Value for money
Easy to see water level
Blue LED light when boiling
Spout doesn't have the smoothest pour
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.
Top-rack dishwasher safe
Not compatible with induction cooktops
Must remove lid to pour
High heat isn't best for glass
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 does 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.
Our Best Overall and Runner-Up, Best Overall picks come at a similar price and both feature a stainless steel design. The OXO Stainless Steel Kettle takes our top spot because of its convenient rotating handle and more precise spout, but the T-fal Stainless Steel Kettle is still a worthwhile option, especially for families, thanks to its large capacity.
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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 a Tea Kettle
Size: If you usually make a single cup of tea or fill a small French press, you might not want a large kettle taking up space on your stovetop or in your cabinets. 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. 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 remove 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.