If you never bothered with an electric kettle because of the “if it ain’t broke” philosophy, then you’re missing out. Sure, there’s nothing wrong with a traditional stovetop kettle. A steel stovetop kettle is inexpensive, easy to use and basically indestructible. But electric kettles offer unparalleled convenience that will make everything from brewing tea to cooking pasta significantly easier. Electric kettles are speedy, safe and convenient.
Electric kettles can bring water to a boil much faster than a stovetop kettle or a pot — the fastest kettles can bring water to a boil in only a couple of minutes. That can save you a lot of time when you’re cooking pasta or boiling an egg. Plus, you’ll free up burner space. Electric kettles are also safer. Most electric kettles have an auto-shutoff feature, turning the kettle off once a boiling temperature is reached. If you forgot you were planning on brewing tea, it won’t be that big of a deal. An unattended stovetop kettle, however, presents a fire hazard.
If you’re a coffee enthusiast, particularly if you’re a pour-over fan, you’ve probably heard of gooseneck electric kettles. They’re so named for their thin curved spout, which allows for a more precise pour. These can be a worthwhile investment for anyone who takes their morning brew seriously. For cooking, you might prefer something with a wider spout and a large capacity. Either way, we’ve rounded up some of the best electric kettles that you can buy on right now.
1. Miroco Stainless Steel Kettle
If you want a kettle that you don’t have to be afraid to have around children, then consider Miroco’s stainless steel kettle. It uses double-wall insulation, so the exterior of the kettle will be cool to the touch even after boiling water. All of the parts that come into contact with water are made out of steel, making it a good option for those concerned about the potential effects of plastic. It features an auto-shutoff and boil-dry protection.
Pros: Sturdy stainless steel with double-wall insulation to keep the exterior cool to the touch. Auto-shutoff and boil-dry protection. Kettle detaches from the corded base for convenient pouring.
Cons: Somewhat heavy.
Miroco Stainless Steel Kettle
2. Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-over Kettle
Fellow’s electric pour-over kettle is a great option if you’re looking for something precise for brewing coffee and tea. It features a sleek design that is available in various colors including this stylish matte black design. The gooseneck spout makes for precise pouring, but the thing that really sets it apart is the temperature control. You can heat the kettle to a specific temperature, down to a specific degree.
Pros: Aesthetically pleasing, precise option for coffee and tea. Features variable temperature control with a digital display.
Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Pour-over Kettle
3. COSORI Electric Glass Kettle
A glass kettle is an unexpected but surprisingly practical option. This glass kettle from Cosori features convenient markings for measuring the appropriate amount of water, and a blue LED indicator illuminates the water while it’s boiling. The kettle lifts off the base, making for easy pouring without the cord getting in the way. Another convenient feature is the lid, which opens wide for easier cleaning.
Pros: Stylish glass design with a blue LED indicator that illuminates the water while it is boiling. Kettle detaches from the base for convenient pouring.
Cons: Can take a while to boil.