An electric tea kettle is a great appliance to have if you want to quickly boil water for pasta or tea. They’re quieter, faster, and have automatic shut-off functions. This makes them much more convenient than stovetop kettles. Electric kettles have a keep-warm function that keeps water hot longer than standard kettles.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances & Culinary Innovation Lab found the top electric tea kettles. We measure the time it takes for the kettles to boil, what settings are available for different types and how they maintain temperature and size. Because everyone is looking for something unique, we test our picks in our own kitchens. We also review those with special features that make them stand out from the rest. Picks will be available in a range of sizes, including small and large. There will also be basic picks that can be boiled or controlled more precisely.
- CPK-17 PerfecTemp Electric Kettle
Tea-drinkers who are serious about tea know that different teas need to be steeped at different temperatures. Cuisinart’s CPK-17 lets you choose from six temperature settings, each labeled with recommended teas and coffee options. The settings can be operated with one hand and the kettle is easy to pour using a thick ergonomic handle. It is easy to remove the base from the kettle for pouring and to replace it for the keep warm setting (upto 30 minutes) or storage. We loved the clear, easy-to-read view window that lets you see how much water has been added to the kettle without having to open the lid.
- Electric Kettle with SpeedBoil Technology
Although we have yet to test the budget-friendly option, we think it is solid. The glass allows you to see through the glass to see the boiling point of your water. The large, flexible plastic handle keeps the water cool and is easy to grip.
- Electric Kettle
This kettle is a favorite among Amazon reviewers. The kettle’s exterior is made from 100% BPA-free plastic. We found that it stays cool to touch in our Lab tests. Inside, spigot, and lid are lined with food safe stainless steel. The kettle boils water in just six minutes, and then automatically shuts off once it is done boiling. It’s simple.
- Electric Pour-Over Kettle
This electric kettle is for you if you prefer coffee to tea. This electric kettle has a thin gooseneck pouring spout that allows precise pouring and a steady, slow flow. These are two essential attributes for making pour-over coffee. This kettle can also control the temperature in increments of 1 degree from 140 to 212degF. This kettle is ideal for hot and delicate coffees as well as teas. During our Lab testing, the built-in timer stood out. This helps to keep track of your pour-over process. The keep warm cycle automatically shuts down after 30 minutes to ensure safety.
This electric tea kettle, weighing 17 ounces, is perfect for anyone who needs a quick and affordable way to boil water. This kettle is lightweight and easy to use. The lid was easy to open and close for filling, and the kettle turned on at the touch of one button in our Lab road tests. It is made of BPA-free plastic and comes with a 3-year warranty. This one is a favorite of ours, as it makes the best tasting tea.
- Electric Kettle
The KitchenAid 1 1/4-liter kettle is a small kettle that’s well-reviewed. The kettle has the appearance and feel of a stovetop kettle. From the stainless steel body to its aluminum handle, it is very similar. You can choose from six different colors. The base has a wrap-around cord to protect your countertop. During our Lab tests, the button was easy to use. The lid can be removed for a more convenient fill.
- Electric Kettle in Retro Style from the ’50s
Although it doesn’t have many fancy features, the SMEG 50’s Retro Style Kettle is a great countertop option. You can choose from six different colors and it holds up to 1.7 liters. It also includes a removable limescale filter. It was quiet and easy to boil during our tests. We also liked the fact that the cord can be wrapped under the base to keep your countertop clutter-free.
We love the four feet on the base, as we keep our kettle close to the sink and it is subject to the inevitable splash. The viewing pane also has a unique feature: it not only shows the measurement in liters but also in cups so that you can see how full your kettle is.
- One-Touch Tea Maker
Breville’s One Touch Tea Maker is a unique tea maker that will delight tea lovers. The brew basket can be filled with loose tea leaves, and the water will automatically cool down once it reaches the right temperature. To prevent leakage, the brew basket is made from fine mesh and has a tight lid.
You can choose from five different tea temperatures, as well as a custom setting and three different steeping times depending on your desired strength. The buttons worked well in our Lab tests and were easy to use. You can program the electric kettle from the previous night so that you wake up with the perfect brew.
- Foldable Electric Kettle
Loutytyou kettles are made from ultra-thin food grade silicone and BPA-free materials. It collapses easily into a compact storage pouch that is ideal for travel. We love the dual voltage feature, which makes it compatible with international travelers. However, this option has not been tested in our Lab. Before using, the voltage for U.S. customers must be set to 110V at the base.
- Hybrid water boiler and warmer
Although it doesn’t look like an ordinary kettle, this appliance heats up to 4 liters of water. This makes it great for large parties and groups. There are four temperature settings, as well as a quick reboil option for water that has cooled. In order to maintain the temperature, the boiler/warmer features a vacuum-sealed chamber. We found that this chamber works well even when it isn’t plugged in.
You can either transport it with the handle or leave it unplugged on the counter to keep it warm. You can always see how much you have left and the outside remains cool.