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The Best Electric Kettles in 2023Show contentsOur Favorite Electric Kettles of 2023
- Chefman Electric Kettle - Best Overall
- Cuisinart Cordless Electric Kettle - Runner Up
- Cosori Speed-Boil Electric Kettle - Best on a Budget
- Bodum Gooseneck Electric Kettle - Best Electric Gooseneck Kettle
- KitchenAid Electric Kettle - Classic Kettle Style
- Willow & Everett Electric Kettle - Easy Rapid Boil
- Smeg Retro Style Kettle - Retro Aesthetic
What to Know About Electric Kettles
Whether you’re a tea lover or a coffee enthusiast, you need an electric kettle. For some teas, you need your water at a certain temperature to ensure that the tea steeps properly so your cup isn’t too weak. If coffee is your beverage of choice, an electric kettle gives a perfect pour-over every time. Even if you don’t like hot beverages, electric kettles are great for quick instant ramen, oatmeal, and more.
Unlike a stovetop kettle, most kettles save energy because they shut off as your water boils, allowing you to walk away. Electric kettles heat precisely, so there’s no more “adding 30 seconds” on your microwave every time your water is still cold. Have I sold you on it yet? If not, our team reviewed and tested some of the best electric kettles for every budget. From function to style, these kettles hit all the right notes. We’ve updated our list with the most popular brands, and styles, and even threw in a viral “dupe.” Don’t leave without checking our list of the best electric tea kettles, from Cuisine’s kitchen to yours.
Our Favorite Electric Kettles of 20231– Best Overall
Chefman is known for its high-quality kitchen products, and its electric kettle is no exception, checking every box it needs to and more and making it the best electric kettle on the market. Available in either stainless steel or borosilicate glass, it’s not only durably built but intuitively (and beautifully) designed. With a drip-free spout, 360-degree swivel base, and LED indicator lights, this kettle is easy to use from fill up to clean up.
Despite being able to hold up to 1.8 liters of water, you’ll find yourself with a hot cup in just 3 short minutes, thanks to the fast-boil technology. With the automatic shutoff, stay-cool handle, and boil-dry protection, you’ll have peace of mind whether you’re running out of the house with a hot cup of coffee in the morning or making hot cocoa with your little ones.Key Features
2– Runner Up
- The bonus removable tea infuser allows you to boil loose-leaf tea directly in the kettle
- BPA-free and CETL-approved
- Easy to clean with a soft, damp cloth
While the other kettles are primarily built with stainless steel, this one is made of quality borosilicate glass material, preserving the water’s pure taste. I love how the whole kettle lights up blue when the water is done boiling (it’s like a party in my kitchen).
This kettle also has premium safety features at a much lower price point. The thermostat automatically shuts off the kettle after 30 seconds of boiling for safe operation. It also has boil-dry protection that closes off the kettle and makes sure your kettle interior does not catch fire when water is dried up inside the kettle.
Its no-drip spout will have you pouring cups of tea with ease. And as someone constantly cleaning my appliances, I love how the wide lid pops off for easy cleaning. You can fit your hand in there with a rag to easily wipe out any residue, and Cosori recommends using lemon and baking soda to reduce limescale in your kettle.Key Features
3– Best on a Budget
- Shuts off automatically when water is boiled or when the kettle is empty
- You can lift the kettle off from its base for cordless usage
- LED light indicator tells when the water has started boiling
Where the others were primarily stainless steel, this one is made of quality borosilicate glass material, preserving the water’s pure taste. I love how the whole kettle lights up blue when the water is done boiling (it’s like a party in my kettle).
Like the others, this kettle has premium safety features with a much lower price point. The thermostat automatically shuts off the kettle after 30 seconds of boiling for safe operation. It also has boil-dry protection that shuts the kettle and makes sure your kettle interior does not catch fire when water is dried up inside the kettle.
Its no-drip spout will have you pouring cups of tea with ease. And as someone constantly cleaning my appliances, I love how the wide lid pops off for easy cleaning. You can fit your hand in there with a rag, to wipe out any residue, and Cosori recommends using lemon and baking soda to reduce limescale in your kettle.Key Features
4– Best Electric Gooseneck Kettle
- Easy pour mechanism because of lid attachment
- Has a large-sized spout that allows easy pouring
- Several safety features ensure a great experience
From a brand that’s all about making “slow coffee”, this kettle is anything but slow. Making a pour-over does take more time than a K-cup, but I think we all know what tastes better. Whether you’re making a pour-over or antioxidant tea, this simple kettle is a great pick.
Bringing back the sleek, minimalist features of the Poliviar kettle, Bodum is a third of the price. Though the temperature is less customizable, it is very easy to use. Just flip the switch to get started (it will shut off automatically when it’s done).
We have this kettle in our office, and it’s a crowd-pleaser. I love the comfortable handle and sometimes having fewer options takes the stress out of heating up my water. I also have the compact plastic Bodum kettle that I used in my dorm room many moons ago (same functions, less style for under $30).Key Features
5– Classic Kettle Style
- Auto shut-off for stress-free boiling
- Minimal design with a chic cork handle
- Great price point
For those who crave the look and style of a stovetop kettle, we have the pick for you. This pistachio beauty looks just like a classic stovetop kettle. If you have other KitchenAid appliances, you can match this kettle to other product lines, which we love to do.
Looks aside, this kettle comes with convenient cord storage under the base, has a large capacity of 1.25 liters, and it boils in minutes with the flip of its LED switch. You can remove it from the base and take it anywhere you need when it’s done boiling.
It also includes a limescale filter to keep your kettle clean. Although it has fewer features, this kettle is an all-in-all solid pick.Key Features
6– Easy Rapid Boil
- Easy boiling with a switch
- Convenient cord storage
- 1,500 watt boiling power
We love this electric kettle from Willow & Everett. It’s an excellent choice for pour-over coffee and tea fans. With its 1000W power, hot water can be boiled quickly and conveniently, so you can enjoy that cup of joe or tea in no time (great for those of us who are a little impatient). This electric kettle features a unique gooseneck spout which provides a slow, controlled flow to ensure the optimal flavor when brewing. I love the safe materials this kettle is made of, from the BPA-free handle to the chemical-free interior. All of the stainless steel is 100% food-grade so your water has a pure taste.
For added peace of mind and convenience, the kettle has an auto shut-off function to ensure that it powers down after boiling and a small, airtight, spill-free lid that prevents scalding hot messes. It also looks great on your countertop (this is not another bulky appliance you’ll want to hide away). For an excellent cup of coffee or tea every time, this electric kettle is an ideal choice.Key Features
7– Retro Aesthetic
- Various temperature settings with labeled recommended uses
- Keep warm setting to maintain temperature for up to 30 minutes automatic shut-off feature for safety
This kettle is loved far and wide for its beautiful 1950s-era aesthetic. I mean look at the embossed lettering!
It comes in a variety of colors that TikTok and Instagram influencers have been featuring in their dreamy kitchens. Aesthetics aside, this kettle is equipped with all of the electric kettle must-haves. Smeg’s kettle includes auto-shutoff so you can walk away while boiling. The feet are also grippy so your kettle won’t be at risk for falling. And if you’re like me and hate the look of excess cords lying around, this kettle has hidden cord storage underneath. If you love to keep your kettle clean, Smeg has a removable limescale filter and a wide opening for easy, thorough cleaning.
Jackie Aina, a lifestyle and luxury influencer on TikTok loves her Smeg and also has some tips for cleaning and reducing any buildup which you can see after the buying guide below.Key Features
- Limescale filter that you can clean
- 1,500 watt power
- Cord storage and no-slip grip
What to Know About Electric Kettles
Some homes always use an electric kettle, and then there are ones that have never had one. If you’re like me, you just found one in recent years and can never look back. People who enjoy them give four main reasons to buy a good quality electric kettle: they boil water quickly, are to use, are energy-efficient, and are precise. Electric kettles provide a convenient way to boil water to make tea, coffee, oatmeal, or ramen. If you want your coffee ready in a snap, you need an electric kettle for quick water boiling.
Before buying the right electric kettle for your kitchen, make sure that you learn all about electric kettles with our buying guide.
Material and weight
The base is almost always made of plastic, and the water tank, handle, and lid are often made of plastic, stainless steel, or glass. Usually, the combination of these three makes up the whole kettle.
Some people have a preference regarding the material to boil water for tea. In that case, a glass body is the most popular. I also like the glass body so I can visibly see how much water is in the kettle.
Electric kettles made of plastic are usually cheaper than glass and metal. There is no difference in the efficiency or the range of functions that the plastic kettles can perform. The main downside is that the plastic starts to look worse sooner than glass and stainless steel. This is because plastic is more prone to scratches than other harder materials.
Longer warranty periods, a bigger water tank, and temperature control are some of the features that add to the price of a kettle.
Warranty and life
Electric kettles usually come with a warranty of 1-year for any malfunctions and breakdowns. You can also make use of an optional additional 1-year warranty, which is sometimes offered by the manufacturers. The average life of an electric kettle came out to be 4.4 years based on some research done in the UK.
Tea enthusiasts know that ground tea leaves brew at different temperatures. The basic electric kettles seldom have any temperature control other than the boiling point, but high-end electric kettles provide more precision control through a knob or digital settings. It only takes around three minutes to boil water in an electric kettle, but that varies depending upon the wattage of the kettle.
The exterior of the electric kettle is fairly insulated in the case of plastic or metal but not so much in the case of glass. Glass absorbs heat as the water boils inside the kettle, and it is unsafe to touch it directly. Insulation also helps with the noise reduction that boiling water can produce.
The auto shut-off function makes electric kettles safer for home use. If the kettle has this function, as soon as the water starts boiling, or reaches the preset temperature, the kettle automatically shuts down. Apart from this function, safety needs to be practiced by the users.
- The kettle base should be kept dry at all times so that no short-circuiting happens when powered.
- Manufacturers mention the minimum and maximum water levels on the electric kettle, beyond which the user should never use the kettle. These levels are necessary for the temperature sensor to work and perform an auto-shutdown function.
The mouth of the electric kettle should be large enough to wash from the inside. If that is not possible, then it should be washed using a brush. When using for instant noodles or boiling pasta, you will have to wash the kettle after every use.
Features of Electric Kettle
Auto shut-off: Electric kettles with an auto shut-off feature make sure that the kettle shuts off when the water starts boiling. It prevents overheating of the kettle base. In addition, it saves energy by shutting down the kettle when boiling finishes.
Cordless: Electric kettles that can be detached from their base without a cord are very convenient to use. Detachable cords are also easier to store.
Water gauge: A water gauge that is visible can tell you about the exact water level inside the kettle.
Comfortable handle: An electric kettle handle with a strong grip and anti-slip properties will let you balance the weight of the kettle while you are pouring the hot water. The handle should be big enough to help you fit your fingers around while lifting the kettle up. The handle should not be too heavy and should help you lift up the kettle comfortably.
Size of spout: The size of the spout should be wide enough so you can thoroughly clean up the interior of the kettle. The spout should have a lid closing for safe boiling and pouring.
Electric Kettles FAQQ: Is it safe to use stainless steel electric kettles?
A: Stainless steel kettles are perfectly safe to be used because the exterior is separated from the electric circuit underneath the kettle. There is no way for the electric current to reach the stainless steel. Most kettles are made from 100% food-grade stainless steel which is perfectly safe, just be sure to clean occasionally to reduce limescale buildup (this happens in all kettles).Q: Can I leave water inside the kettle after using it?
A: Leaving water inside the kettle is not recommended because unused water can leave limescale in the kettle. We recommend that you drain out any leftover water if you aren't going to use the kettle for more than 3 hours, especially if you are using hard water. Also, it is better to rinse your kettle thoroughly after every use to wash away any scale buildup on the walls or in the bottom. Check out the TikTok video above for more ideas on cleaning your electric kettle.Q: Should I buy electric kettles or stove kettles?
A: Electric kettles can be more energy efficient so they are a great pick. A few other benefits include: auto-shutoff (the kettle turns off once the water is boiled), exact temperature boiling (for tea and coffee), and speed (hot water can be yours in just minutes).Q: How easy is it to clean and maintain an electric kettle?
A: Most electric kettles are easy to clean and maintain due to their stainless steel construction. They can be wiped with a damp cloth or soaked in a solution of warm water and vinegar or baking soda, then rinsed off with clean water before being dried thoroughly. If it includes a filter, that should also be removed regularly and cleaned when necessary.Q: What safety features do electric kettles have?
A: Most electric kettles come with a range of safety features including automatic shutoff, boil-dry protection, thermostat control, and cordless designs with stay-cool handles that reduce the risk of scalding or burns from hot surfaces.Related Reviews