Stovetop tea kettles are still a staple in just about every modern kitchen. Whether you’re a tea drinker or make your morning cup of coffee in a French press, Aeropress, or Chemex, a tea kettle is essential. Not only that, they are an easy way to add a bit of a decorative accent to your kitchen. Especially since most people leave them out all the time.
But aside from aesthetics, there are a few things to consider when choosing the right tea kettle for you. You want one that won’t leak as your... pouring, one that holds enough water for your purposes, and one that has a decent sounding whistle. Of course, for some an electric kettle will make the most sense, and there are plenty of options for those appliances as well.
To get you started finding your ideal tea kettle here are the six best options on the market now.
T-fal’s tea kettle reigns at the top of Amazon’s best-seller list—and for good reason. 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.
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.
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.
Interested in reading more reviews? Take a look at our selection of the best electric kettles.
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 an Amazon bestseller and customers comment that it is fast, easy to use and makes a tasty cup of tea.Continue to 5 of 7 below.
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. At less than $10, 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.
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.
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.
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