Coffee and tea snobs, we hear you. Stovetop kettles are often considered superior to electric when naming the best tea kettles. A stovetop kettle can achieve a water temperature above boiling, resulting in ideal conditions for coffee beans in your pour-over coffee and steeping tea (there’s also steeped coffee!). But it’s tough to beat the best electric tea kettles when it comes to daily convenience.
For those who enjoy tea szn year-round and can’t function without their daily hot cup of tea, coffee, cocoa or other beverage, an electric kettle provides a quick and safe way to get your water hot without a stove. Electric tea kettles require minimal counter space and typically have user-friendly designs. By sidestepping stoves, electric tea kettles are safer than stovetop kettles. They often have automatic shut-offs, which means no screaming teapots or boiling over if you forget the turn the burner off.
An electric kettle is a staple appliance available in many models to fit any budget. The best electric kettles are fast, efficient, and versatile for use in dorm rooms and breakrooms, home kitchen appliances to camping necessities. So, what is the best electric kettle on the market, and is the best electric kettle for tea the same as the best electric kettle for coffee? As daily tea drinkers, we’ve often wondered which is the best electric kettle to buy, and now we know (spoilers listed below).
1. Breville Variable Temperature Luxe Kettle
For an electric kettle that looks great and offers several high-end features, it doesn’t get more splurge-worthy than the Breville Variable Temperature Luxe Kettle. Users can choose from five temperature settings, which are labeled by beverage. The Breville makes it simple to get the ideal temperature for green and white tea (175°F), oolong tea (195°F), French-press coffee (200°F), black and herbal tea (205°F) and boil (212°F) while also heating water quickly, regardless of the setting. A soft opening lid ensures users aren’t burned by splashing water, and there is a Keep Warm function that will maintain the water temperature for up to 20 minutes. The Breville is available in several attractive colors, making this an electric kettle you’ll want to leave on the counter.
2. Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle
Form, function and fashion combine to create the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle. The Fellow Stagg, available in several colorways (check out the copper and warm pink), has a stainless steel gooseneck that makes pouring a cinch. This precision spout design creates a precise steam pattern with the “optimal pour-over flow rate,” ensuring a great cup of coffee or tea. The Fellow Stagg has an LCD screen and dial that allows users to select their preferred temperature, a stopwatch for steeping, and a Keep Warm function that maintains water temperature for up to one hour.
3. Smeg 50s Retro Style Aesthetic Electric Kettle
It’s tough to beat Smeg when making beautiful kitchen appliances, including their ’50s Retro Style Aesthetic Electric Kettle. Available in a handful of neutral and fun colors, including pastel green, the Smeg is a stainless steel electric kettle with a sizable seven-cup capacity. A lever allows users to switch the heat on, and the Smeg will automatically shut off when the temperature reaches 212° F. The Smeg doesn’t have the adjustable temperature or warming features of other kettles, but it’s backed by a highly regarded name. Plus, it sure looks cool.
4. SMEG Variable Temperature Kettle
SMEG enthusiasts know that more than one SMEG kettles on our list is valid. The coveted kitchen brand is not only a statement piece, but its high price point also comes with quality craftsmanship. For tea and coffee drinkers who want to splurge, the SMEG Variable Temperature Kettle has the same retro look as the kettle above, but also includes features like seven water temperatures ranging from 120°F to 212°F. For those who like to take their time with their drinks, the seven-cup SMEG will also maintain the preset temperature for up to 20 minutes.
5. OXO BREW Cordless Glass Electric Kettle
It’s easy to get a grip with the OXO BREW Cordless Glass Electric Kettle, which has a large, non-slip handle that is cool to the touch even when it is in use. An auto shutoff is included for safety on the OXO, designed with shatter-resistant borosilicate glass. The large, 1.75L capacity on the OXO is ideal for big families or group settings, and the OXO boils water quickly, with an illuminated LED power switch that will glow when the water is boiling.
6. KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle
BEST STOVETOP DUPE
If you like the looks of a stovetop kettle but want the convenience of an electric model, check out the KitchenAid 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle. The retro aesthetic of the KitchenAid gives it a faux stovetop finish. Available in several colors, the KitchenAid comes in a smaller 1.25L size and a 1.5L option. Made with a BPA-free interior and limescale filter, the KitchenAid has an aluminum handle and stainless steel body. An LED on/off switch finishes the user-friendly design of the KitchenAid, which can bring water to a boil in minutes.
7. Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle
If you like the features of the Breville and the look of the Stagg but not the price of either electric kettle, you will want to check out the Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle. Like the Breville, the Cosori has several preset temperature options organized by beverage type, including White Tea, Green Tea, Oolong Tea, Coffee and Boil. A beep function alerts users when the kettle has reached its desired water temperature, which takes only three to five minutes, depending on the setting. The Cosori is packed with user-friendly features, including a boil-dry function that will turn the kettle off if no water is detected and a Keep Warm function that can be used for up to 60 minutes.
8. Cuisinart Electric Cordless Tea Kettle
The Cuisinart Electric Cordless Tea Kettle can get your water to the perfect temperature for your preferred beverage, even when serving a large group. The Cuisinart has a generous 1.7L capacity and includes six preset water settings, the most of any kettle on our list. Choose from Delicate, Green Tea, White Tea, Oolong Tea, French Press and Boil on a kettle that includes a Keep Warm function that can remain on for up to 30 minutes. A blue LED light and backlit buttons create a user-friendly design. We also like that the Cuisinart has a memory function that will continue the brewing process even when the kettle is removed from the base for two minutes or less. Boil-dry protection and a removable scale filter work together to help prevent build-up.
9. Breville One-Touch Tea Maker
The Breville One-Touch Tea Maker may be the best electric kettle for tea ever made. If you can never get your cuppa just right, this kettle allows users to choose from five temperature settings and three brew strengths. The glass kettle includes a removable 10-oz. tea basket that automatically lowers and lifts to prevent oversteeping. Preset buttons on an LCD screen make selecting the ideal heat and strength for each cup of tea easy. Users will also enjoy other features like ‘delay start,’ ‘keep warm’ and ‘agitate,’ which loosens leaves to improve fusion.
10. ZWILLING Enfinigy Electric Glass Kettle
BEST FOR TEA PARTIES
Tea purists who scoff at electric kettles, you have met your match. Another contender for the best electric kettle for tea is the ZWILLING Enfinigy Electric Glass Kettle. It features a stainless steel steeper that sits inside the borosilicate glass kettle, allowing users to steep and boil in one spot. Four temperature controls and a timer bring this kettle into the 21st century. The Zwilling features enough room for brewing up to 14 cups at a time and water is heated in minutes, making this an efficient kettle for even the pickiest tea drinkers.
11. Capresso H2O Select Water Kettle
FEATURES 11 HEAT SETTINGS
If you’re still wondering which is the best electric kettle to buy, the Capresso H2O Select Water Kettle is a great option for those with exacting tastes. The 56-oz, brushed stainless steel kettle features a whopping 11 heat settings between 110°F to 212°F. The kettle can also keep water warm up to 190°F, has dry boil protection, a safety auto shut-off, a water level window, and a cordless design that makes it great for serving large groups.
12. Hamilton Beach Electric Tea Kettle
Listen, if you’re looking for an electric kettle that doubles as a décor piece, has several fancy features, and will steep tea for you, this isn’t it. If you want a durable electric kettle at an affordable price, the Hamilton Beach Electric Tea Kettle won’t let you down. Thanks to its sturdy build, excellent price point, and no-fuss design, it has a massive following. Hot water? It’ll do that.
13. HADEN Dorchester Electric Tea Kettle
It’s not a stretch to say that the Brits know a thing or two about tea. That’s why we added the British-inspired Haden Dorchester Electric Tea Kettle to our list of best electric kettles. Available in several attractive colorways, the Haden is made with faux bois details and accents of stainless steel. There are six preset temperatures for tea and French press coffee and a hold button that keeps water hot for up to 45 minutes. Haden sells several small kitchen appliances in matching colors for those who want to complete the set.
14. ZWILLING Enfinigy Cool Touch Kettle Pro
When asking our fellow hot bevvy drinkers which is the best electric kettle to buy, many agreed that the ZWILLING Enfinigy Cool Touch Kettle Pro should be on our list. Powered by 1500 watts, the Zwilling has six pre-set temperature options and a 30-minute hold button to keep water piping hot. We also like that it has a seamless stainless steel lining, which helps to keep the kettle hygienic.
15. Bodum Goose Neck 27oz Electric Water Kettle
BEST FOR POUR-OVER
The third gooseneck-style electric kettle on our list is also the most affordable and a great option for coffee drinkers. Bodum is known for its French press appliances, so it only makes sense that they have perfected an electric kettle specifically designed for coffee. The gooseneck design helps to ensure optimal water flow when pouring over brews. We also like that the non-slip handle and knob are finished in sustainable cork, keeping them cool to the touch.
16. KitchenAid Pro Line Series Electric Kettle
Want an electric kettle that does more than boil just water, but is easy to use? Check out the KitchenAid Pro Line Series Electric Kettle. Users can easily slide the lever to set the temperature between 50-100 degrees Celsius. The kettle also features a gauge that makes it easy to see the exact temperature of the water, even when the kettle is removed from its base. This specific style is made in partnership with Hearth & Hand™ with Magnolia and features a beautiful emerald green finish.
17. Mueller Ultra Kettle
The Mueller Ultra Kettle was our top pick for the Best Electric Kettle of 2022, thanks to its budget-friendly price point, modern design and durability. Boasting a 1.8L capacity, the Mueller is a great everyday kettle and can be used for entertaining. Made from borosilicate glass, the attractive kettle is built to last. A boil-dry safety feature turns the kettle off if no water is detected, and an auto shut-off powers the kettle off 30 seconds after water has come to a boil. The bright LED light built into the Mueller lights up the kettle while water is heating, creating a fun light show for your kitchen.
18. Ovente Electric Kettle
From campsites to dorm rooms, the Ovente Electric Kettle is the bargain electric kettle that can’t be beaten on price or design. Available in several fun and funky colors (yay, lime green!), the Ovente holds up to 1.7L of water and a BPA-free makeup. An auto-shutoff is included as a safety feature, and the Ovente also has boil-dry protection that will turn the kettle off if no water is detected. A water level gauge lets users see how much water is inside the kettle, and an LED light indicator alerts users when the kettle is in use. Best of all, customers get all this for less than $18.
19. Smeg Dolce & Gabbana Electric Kettle
We’re not sure who is buying this $700 kettle from SMEG that features artwork by Dolce and Gabbana, but it sure is pretty to look at. It has an auto shut-off, water-level indicator, and 360-degree swivel base, but at that price point, it may be less expensive to hire a barista to visit your house every morning.