The Best Electric Kettles for Tea, Pour Over, and More

Brew a better hot beverage with an electric kettle, like our favorite, Zwilling’s Enfinigy Cool Touch Stainless Steel Electric Kettle Pro.

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Whether it's a Japanese sencha blend, black tea from India's Assam and Darjeeling regions, or a cuppa English breakfast or Earl Grey, different teas are best steeped at different temperatures. Dousing delicate tea leaves with water that's too hot, referred to as burning tea, results in an overly tannic taste. Water that's too cold results in a weak cup. When it comes to coffee, fresher beans should brew at a hotter temperature for proper extraction.

To achieve an accurate, precise water temperature, you can't beat an electric kettle. We tested 15 popular electric kettles with this in mind, noting factors like boiling time, heat retention, capacity, and how easily they pour. Reviewing our notes, the Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Stainless Steel Electric Kettle Pro stood out as the overall best option. Read on for our full list of the best electric kettles, including the best smart kettle, the best gooseneck kettle, and the best glass kettle.

Our Top Picks

Best Overall: Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Stainless Steel Electric Kettle Pro

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Also available at Williams Sonoma and Bed Bath & Beyond.

Pros: It's cool to the touch and chic on the counter.

Cons: It's hand wash only.

The Zwilling Enfinigy was far and away the top scoring electric kettle in any category for our testers. With seamless German engineering and a sleek design, this top-performing kettle also has the added feature of cool touch (electric kettles can get very hot) thanks to dual-walled insulation and a brushed stainless steel outer layer. It also comes in pink, black, and gold. Efficient and precise, it has six pre-set temperature settings for all your hot beverage needs, from coffee to tea to cocoa. According to testers, the kettle takes about six minutes for water to boil and a handy keep-warm feature lasts for 30 minutes.

  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic (exterior)
  • Window for water level: No
  • Capacity: 1.5 liters
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Best Smart Kettle: Breville the Smart Kettle Luxe

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Also available at Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma.

Pros: It has five settings for teas and coffees as well as a keep-warm feature.

Cons: It's relatively heavy, and its exterior shows fingerprints.

If you're on a mission to make the perfect cup of tea, quickly and quietly no less, this beautiful Breville smart kettle should top your list. Testers found that the precision of the Breville's brewing settings was spot on, made great beverages, and were intuitively easy to use. It has temperature pre-sets for black, green, white, and oolong teas as well as French press coffee. Its dual-sided water window allows you to easily heat an exact amount of water, while its automatic shut-off will kick in after the water has come to temp. Its soft-opening lid gently releases hot air, preventing any accidental steam facials. And to top it off, its power switch is illuminated for visibility.

  • Material: Stainless steel, BPA-free materials
  • Window for water level: Yes
  • Capacity: 1.7 liters
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Best Glass: Mueller Ultra Kettle

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Pros: Its blue LED lights let you know it's on and working, and the kettle automatically shuts off when no water is detected.

Cons: Its lid only opens to 45°.

For an affordable kettle that performs consistently well, look no further than the Mueller Ultra Kettle. Made of heavy-duty borosilicate glass, stainless steel, and heat-resistant plastic, it allows you to see exactly how much water you have and when it comes to a boil. The kettle has a boil-dry security sensor so that it turns itself off if it's empty, and its thermostat control automatically kicks in after 30 seconds of boiling. Testers found this kettle very easy to use, with glowing blue LED lights to indicate that it's on and working. Water boiled quickly and the kettle itself was cordless when removed from the base. The heat-resistant handle was easy to hold and pour with.

  • Material: Borosilicate glass, stainless steel, plastic (exterior)
  • Window for water level: Yes
  • Capacity: 1.8 liters
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Best Value: Cosori Double Wall Electric Kettle

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Pros: It automatically shuts off when it's dry, and its two-level lid prevents spills when pouring.

Cons: The material of the packs can rip and seems to collect dirt more easily than others.

Cosori, known for its gooseneck kettles, designed this classic kettle with a non-drip spout and two-level lid for easy pouring. The interior of this double-walled kettle consists of a single piece of stainless steel, which is easy to clean and helps to heat water quickly, while its outer shell protects from hot temperatures. A blue LED light signals that the kettle is on. It takes this kettle about four to six minutes to come to a rolling boil, and it automatically shuts off after 30 seconds of boiling. In addition, a sensor shuts off the machine when there's no water left. Its lid opens to 45° with the push of a button and then 80° for cleaning and filling. All in all, testers found the Corsi easy to use and even easier to pour.

  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic (exterior)
  • Window for water level: No
  • Capacity: 1.5 liters
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Best Classic Look: KitchenAid Electric Kettle

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Also available at KitchenAid and Crate & Barrel.

Pros: It's compact for storing, but you'll likely want to display this retro-inspired kettle on the counter at all times.

Cons: Top lid of the kettle becomes warm when the water is boiling.

Complete with a removable lid, the classic design of the KitchenAid Electric Kettle will never get old. Made of durable stainless steel and available in both modern and retro colors, from matte black to pistachio green, this is a compact electric version of the classic whistle kettle with a few added upgrades. Think a removable limescale filter in the pouring spout as well as a rotating base. It boils water in just about four minutes and has an automatic shut-off system.

  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic (exterior), BPA-free plastic filter (removable)
  • Window for water level: No
  • Capacity: 1.25 liters
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Best Design: Smeg Electric Kettle

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Also available at Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma.

Pros: Its nostalgic design will turn heads, and it works efficiently.

Cons: It's on the larger side, so counter space is a consideration.

The Smeg Electric Kettle channels 1950s design, with the modern perks you want in a small appliance. It boils water quickly, quietly, and to the perfect temperature, while its auto shut-off feature kicks in at 212 degrees Fahrenheit or when there's no more water. Testers liked how easily it pours. A soft-opening lid allows steam to escape before you pour, and a removable limescale filter makes a difference in taste and cleanup. For added convenience, its base has non-slip feet and can swivel a full 360°. The Smeg is the kind of kettle you want people to notice, and testers gave it top marks for aesthetics.

  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic (exterior)
  • Window for water level: Yes
  • Capacity: 1.7 liters
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Best Gooseneck: Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle

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Also available at Crate & Barrel and Williams Sonoma.

Pros: Its temperatures are the most precise of the bunch, and it comes with a Fahrenheit/Celsius toggle feature.

Cons: It doesn't hold as much water as other models and takes longer to boil.

Born on Kickstarter in 2013, Fellow responded to a need for innovation in coffee. The gooseneck design of its Stagg EKG kettle is ideal for pour-over coffee and loose-leaf tea, as it offers precision and measured pouring. The handle is reinforced for extra sturdiness, which means your pour can be as steady and slow as you'd like. Set a temperature between 135 and 212 degrees Fahrenheit on its LCD panel, and use its built-in "brew stopwatch" to time the extraction. It can hold its temperature for as long as 60 minutes.

  • Material: Stainless steel, plastic (exterior)
  • Window for water level: Yes
  • Capacity: 0.9 liters
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    Our Favorite

    We love the Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Stainless Steel Electric Kettle Pro for its programmed temperature settings, large capacity, and sleek design. For a gooseneck kettle with excellent precision control, the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Gooseneck Kettle is a worthy investment in your coffee or tea routine.

    Factors to Consider

    Capacity

    Are you boiling water for one or multiple people? Even on a large kettle, a smaller amount of water will heat faster. Every model has a slightly different hold time between 15 to 60 minutes, which can be a game changer when it comes to a fresh, hot cup.

    Material

    The choice between a stainless steel and glass kettle comes down to preference, mostly in terms of whether you want to see the water boiling. Kettles tend to contain some plastic parts, such as the spout and lid. Kettles, in general, are intuitive to use, but they will take up counter space. Deciding what you want to see gracing your counter every day is one of the most important parts.

    Care and Cleaning

    Electric kettles require hand washing whenever necessary but limescale is an ever-present hazard of boiled water and can build up over time. Some models come with removable filters but all will need to be cleaned at some point.

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    What Didn't Make the List

KitchenAid Pro Line Electric Kettle

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The KitchenAid Pro Line Electric Kettle is a beauty with an insulated dual-walled body, solid handle, and cool-to-the-touch exterior. A slide bar controls the temperature, and there's even an analog dial for temperature readings in Fahrenheit and Celsius. However, testers found that the 80-degree Fahrenheit setting clocked in closer to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. While this may not be an issue for every consumer, it was enough to knock it off the list.

OXO Brew Cordless Glass Electric Kettle

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This is a classic glass kettle with an LED power switch and blue light to indicate that the kettle is on. It has a slow lid release and turns off automatically when water is at a rolling boil. A removable perforated stainless steel filter helps to keep limescale out of hot liquids and holds up to 1.75 liters of water. While this is a solid choice, other similar kettles are half the price and serve just as well.

Cuisinart PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle

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The Cuisinart PerfecTemp has many of the perks of high-tech kettles: one-touch controls, a 30-minute warming window for water, blue LED indicators, a backlit water window, and six heat settings ready and waiting to help you steep tea at just the right temperature. Another perk is a two-minute memory feature, which lets you leave the kettle off the base for up to two minutes without disrupting the boiling cycle. Yet, testers found that the actual temperature was consistently five to 10 degrees warmer than specified, and the keep-warm function made the water hotter, measuring 198 degrees Fahrenheit after just fifteen minutes.

Hamilton Beach Electric Tea Kettle

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The Hamilton Beach kettle has everything you want: automatic shut-off, a drip-free spout, and an easy-to-see water level window front and center. The push-button lid opens easily and it can hold about 1.7 liters of water. In the end, however, testers found the design lacking and preferred other models with similar capabilities.

Zojirushi VE Hybrid Water Boiler and Warmer

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The Zojirushi Hybrid water boiler and warmer is a powerhouse kettle with four keep-warm temperature settings from 160 to 208 degrees Fahrenheit as well as a vacuum-insulated keep-warm function. A micro computerized temperature control panel makes it simple to bring water up to pretty much any temperature. There's even a melody or beep signal setting which can be turned on or off depending on preference. Testers found the hybrid difficult to use and noted that it took 13 minutes for the water to come up to temperature and the keep-warm function consistently measures 202 °F.

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Pro Panel Q+A

Q: What can you make with an electric tea kettle?

A: "Electric kettles are perfect for making a variety of teas, hot chocolate, or any other infusion beverage that you are passionate about. They can also help prepare instant foods such as soups, oatmeal, and noodles. Simply boil the water, and mix it with a packet of an instant food or beverage," says Christian Boscherini, Smeg's marketing manager.

"Electric tea kettles are such a versatile appliance to have on hand," says Matt Davis of Breville. "Every tea needs a different brewing temperature, and being able to lower the temp for drinks like americanos is really handy."

Q: Are electric tea kettles safe?

A: Electric kettles are safe as long as you pay attention to safety features and follow the instructions that come with the appliance, according to Boscherini. "For example, the Smeg Electric Kettle offers an auto-shutoff when water reaches a boil and when the kettle is lifted from its base. The soft-opening lid also prevents the sudden release of steam. Another safety feature that's very important is checking to see if a kettle is cool to the touch even while in operation," he says.

"Newer kettles all include a safety mechanism to prevent dry boiling – essentially cutting off the kettle if the water runs dry due to overheating or evaporation," Davis says. "Look for solid stainless steel or glass carafes for the best outcomes."

Finally, most units will have a shorter cord to prevent the unit from getting snagged and tipped over while in use. Never leave a kettle unattended while in use, and keep away from the edge of counters where it can be a tipping hazard, especially if you have pets or kids.

Q: How do you clean an electric kettle?

A: "Cleaning a kettle should be simple because you should only use water inside the reservoir," Davis says. "You'll notice some white powdery build-up over time, which is totally normal. Those are the minerals that naturally exist in your water and through the heating process will be left behind due to evaporation. To break it up, simply use a descaling solution – sometimes you can get away with a vinegar rinse."

You can boil one part white vinegar and one part water directly inside of the kettle to clean it, according to Boscherini. "Pour it out, then boil plain water in the kettle and pour it out. At that point, you can use the kettle normally again."

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Our Expertise

Alissa Fitzgerald is a chef, recipe developer, and food writer with over 15 years of experience in the food industry. For this piece, she used testers' insights and data, market research, and her own expertise to curate this list.

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