10 Best Electric Tea Kettles, According to an Appliance Expert
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It’s time for an upgrade! These top-rated electric tea kettles just might change your life—or at least your mornings.
Do you really need an electric kettle? After all, you do have a perfectly good stovetop to boil water on. Well, if you want the quickest path to a lovely cup of hot tea that’s perfectly steeped every time, you do. The best electric tea kettles heat up faster than traditional kettles, have a number of safety features, last longer, and, best of all, can be heated to the exact temperature you desire.
The key is finding the right one for your needs—and there are a lot of seemingly similar options to choose from. First, figure out what’s most important to you: Are you always running late, so you need one that boils extra fast? Do you hate it when your tea is too hot so you’re looking for something with variable temperature control? Or is a sleek style top of mind? Once you’ve figured that out, it’s time to shop! Take a look below to sort through all of the bells and whistles on the top-rated, expert-recommended models, including an incredibly affordable electric tea kettle with more than 36,000 positive reviews on Amazon, and you’ll be on your path to tea-drinking nirvana. While you wait for your order to be delivered, find out why the British drink so much tea and finally get a definitive answer to the debate on whether coffee or tea is better for you.
Mueller Electric Tea Kettle
For top-notch quality, look for kettles that are built with durable materials like stainless steel and glass, advises Meredith Abbott, manager of culinary content at Sur La Table. “They will be simpler to clean and will resist the wear of use better than most plastic models,” she explains. The Mueller Electric Tea Kettle is composed of durable borosilicate glass, as well stainless steel and heat-resistant copolyester, and it boasts a thermostat controller, auto-shutoff feature, and an anti-slip handle. But best of all, it heats water quickly and quietly, and a blue LED light lets you know when it’s boiling. With an affordable price tag under $30, it’s easy to see why this little teapot has earned more than 36,000 five-star reviewers on Amazon.
Cuisinart Cordless Kettle
Abbott turns to Cuisinart for her favorite compact tea kettle. Its 1.7-quart capacity is big enough for multiple cups of tea yet small enough to store in small spaces. “It’s also compatible with any kitchen’s decor, thanks to its sleek stainless steel color,” she says. Multiple reviewers also rave about its “keep warm” function and its easy-to-use temperature settings for every drinking preference. It’s definitely one of the kitchen gadgets you’ll wish you had years ago.
OXO Cordless Glass Electric Kettle
For the best value, Abbott recommends OXO Cordless Glass Electric Kettle. “Its classic design looks great in every kitchen, it’s easy to clean, and it has a stay-cool handle to allow you to pour without burning yourself,” she says. Like the others on this list, this OXO model is cord-free, so you don’t have to worry about wires when you pick it up and pour your cuppa, but it also comes with a removable stainless steel filter that strains water while you pour.
Zwilling Cool Touch Kettle with Temperature Control
Although all-electric tea kettles are pretty easy to use, this Zwilling kettle may be the easiest. According to reviewers, you can boil water in minutes with just the tap of a button—and without plastic parts or silicone coming into contact with the water. Plus, easy-to-use functions like precise temperature control and six preset program settings make it simple for anyone to learn how to use it…even your not-so-tech-savvy grandparents.
Smeg Retro Electric Kettle
To find the best electric tea kettle worth splurging on, you want to find one that will serve you well for many years, explains Abbott—and one that is super stylish certainly doesn’t hurt either. Get ready to be obsessed with this uber-cool electric tea kettle from Smeg, a company that’s known for its retro refrigerators. This little guy sports a delightful ’50s vibe while still incorporating all of the latest tech and it comes in seven fun colors. Simple home decor upgrades like this, by the way, can instantly make your home look more expensive. Its soft opening lid, auto-shut-off feature, and 360-degree swivel base will allow you to make delectable tea in a snap for years to come.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-Over Kettle
Preprogrammed buttons make life easier, sure, but sometimes you want to vary things up or get very specific. This stylish tea kettle from Stagg lets you do just that, says Abbott, with a variable temperature control that lets you choose temperatures ranging from 104 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit; it then displays both the selected temperature and actual temperature so you can see what’s going on as it heats up. Abbott adds that its ability to hold the heated water to a set temperature for up to 60 minutes is almost double what most other electric tea kettles do.
Breville Variable Temperature Electric Kettle
Looking for a kettle large enough to make tea for a crowd? Abbott recommends trying the Breville Variable-Temperature Electric Kettle. “Its 60-ounce capacity, five preset temperatures, and easy-to-clean design are truly top selling points,” she says. Plus, it has a safety feature to prevent it from boiling over, and it can hold the boiled water at the set temperature for 20 minutes.
Breville Smart Tea Infuser Compact
If you can’t bear the thought of not having 24-hour access to your beloved tea, you need a travel option, and this smart tea infuser from Breville is about to become your new BFF. “It has a compact footprint, five temperature settings, and times to steep the perfect cup of tea,” she says of this kettle, which allows you to steep your tea in it. No muss, no fuss! And it’s specific, with preprogrammed Green, White, Black, Herbal, and Oolong settings, though you can also choose your own preferred brew temperature and time. You can also use the infuser to make French-press coffee or simply to boil water for soups and whatever else you want to whip up on the go.
OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Electric Gooseneck Stainless Steel Kettle
Whether you love crafting coffee in your tea kettle or don’t have the space for both machines, this OXO kettle is just the solution. It’s made with built-in temperature control and a gooseneck-style pour spout, which Abbott recommends for brewing coffee. “The gooseneck-style spout gives you greater precision when pouring the heated water over your grounds,” she explains. This makes a great gift for coffee lovers and tea lovers alike!
Breville Variable Temperature Luxe Kettle
If you’re looking for the best temperature gauge electric tea kettle, you need to know a few things first. “It should be programmable to your ideal temperature and hold your water at the selected temperature for a decent amount of time,” says Abbott. One option that checks all the boxes is the Breville Variable Temperature Luxe Kettle. It has five temperature levels to bring out optimal taste and quality, brews water quickly, and holds the temperature for up to 20 minutes. Bonus: It comes in eight sleek colors. Next, check out these tea puns that will have you laughing oolong time.
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- Meredith Abbott, manager of culinary content at Sur La Table