There are a wide variety of options, from the most basic models to kettles with specialty features such as hold temperature buttons and dedicated tea-steeping baskets. A button on the top of the handle makes it easy to open the lid safely so you won't get hit with any steam.
A digital display gives you a readout of what the brewer is doing and it has a keep warm button that helps your water stay hot for up to 60 minutes. In addition to that, the BTM800XL comes with a basket for your loose-leaf tea that automatically lowers when you select your options, as well as a teaspoon measuring spoon.
The $80 Kitchen KEK1222SX looks the most like a classic stove top kettle, but its on/off-only functionality seems limited for its high price. The $100 Cuisinart kettle has the largest capacity at 58 ounces, or 7.25 cups and nearly as many options as the very pricey $250 Seville BTM800XL tea maker.
Both of these kettles have custom heat options for the perfect cup of tea, whether it's green, black, herbal -- or another variety. The Event KG83B electric kettle has a great price and it's easy to use, but it didn't particularly stand out during my testing.
Sensors attached to this Riser thermocouple thermometer helped me track water temperature. Megan Fullerton/CNET To test our batch of eight electric kettles, I used a Riser thermocouple thermometer.
For the boil test, I watched the thermocouple display until the sensor tracking the temperature inside each kettle reached 209 degrees Fahrenheit. Keep in mind that the thermocouple readings aren't exact and that there will be slight variation based on placement during testing.
The Seville BTM800XL, Cuisinart CPK-17 and the Ox 8717100 each offered keep warm or hold temperature functions, so I did extra testing with these models. The Ox kettle was the only model of the three that allowed you to select a set temperature for it to hold.
The other two simply had “keep warm” options that prevent the water from cooling down as quickly as it might otherwise, but don't let you customize the temperature setting the kettle maintains. As soon as the temperature began to drop, the kettle would turn back on and heat the water up to around 205 degrees.
Regardless of the specific model you buy, start by thinking about how you plan to use your kettle -- are you a pour over coffee fiend? There’s more to a great kettle than just boiling water though, and the Good Housekeeping Institute has tried a wide range of models to find the best on the market.
If waiting for your kettle to boil isn’t a major issue for you, a lower wattage will work just as well. It’s worth bearing in mind though that these models can take much longer and use more energy to make your cuppa.
It’s a handy feature if you like to drink more delicate herbal and green teas, which should be brewed below boiling. For every milliliter of water you add to your kettle, an extra gram is added to its overall weight, meaning they can get quite heavy.
It's also worth checking the position and shape of the handle, which may affect the balance when pouring and filling. Most kettles have removable, washable anti-scale water filters that sit at the base of the spout.
These collect pieces of limescale from the water to prevent them from being poured into your drink, and they stop scum forming on the surface. It is equally important to check the water gauge to make sure your kettle hasn’t been overfilled, which could boil over and be a safety hazard.
It took just over three minutes to boil its maximum capacity of 1.6 liters too, making it a great choice for those who want a speedy kettle. The outside stayed cool, reaching just 35C with the kettle freshly boiled, but be wary that the stainless steel elements get hotter.
It’s also worth noting that the water level gauge is inside the kettle. We like that it’s easy to fill through the spout, pours accurately with no splashing or spitting and is lightweight, weighing just 680g when empty and 2.4 kg at full capacity.
The minimum quantity is 280ml, enough for a large cup of tea, and it takes a speedy 45 seconds to boil. The maximum 1.7-litre capacity is also quick to boil, taking just three-and-a-half minutes (only 30 seconds more than the winning kettle).
The casing temperature after boiling reached 63C, hotter than we'd like, but the handle remained cool and safe to touch. 4Swan Symphony Collection 1.7L Jug Kettle SK31050amazon.co.this kettle is among the most compact we’ve tested and the wide, rounded spout makes for fast filling, providing a clean and accurate pour.
When boiling a full kettle, the external casing temperature remained a cool to touch. The compact design also means it won’t take up much space on your kitchen counter.
It boils enough for a large cup of tea in under fifty seconds and one liter in just over two minutes. One thing to note is that it emits a lot of steam and wobbles on its base towards the end of the boiling cycle.
6Kenwood ZJP05. A0GY Abbey Grey 1.7L Kettle While it wasn’t the fastest in our tests, it performed well. While it took a speedy three minutes and twenty seconds for the maximum capacity of 1.5 liters to reach boiling point, we noticed it made a lot of steam in the process.
The detachable lid made it very easy to fill up and empty and the non-slip hand was comfortable to hold, too. We loved the sculptured resin finish and it’s available in distinctive colors, including bronze and metallic blue.
It's worth noting that while the handle remained cool, the kettle's exterior reached 63C (very hot! This content is created and maintained by a third party, and imported onto this page to help users provide their email addresses.
The three-year warranty is also quite a bit more generous than the coverage for similarly priced electric kettles we looked at. The Ox also reliably hits those settings, beeps when it’s ready, and will hold the temperature for up to 30 minutes before automatically shutting off.
It heated water just as quickly as the Cuisinart CPK-17 in our tests, and it shuts off automatically as soon as it reaches a boil (a good safety feature, but you’ll need to stay close, since there’s no beep to alert you when it’s done). She spent hours testing electric kettles in her home kitchen for our 2019 update and has also worked on Wire cutter’s guide to waffle makers.
Staff writer Michael Sullivan, who conducted testing for several previous updates, has covered everything from toaster ovens to drinking glasses for Wire cutter. Getting a variable-temperature electric kettle is the key to immediately improving your hot-drink game, whether you’re a tea collector or a coffee nerd.
While exact temperatures are up for debate and come down to personal preference, the general rule is that more delicate leaves require cooler water. Speaking of coffee, it’s worth considering purchasing an electric gooseneck kettle, specifically designed for pour-overs.
Many electric kettles come with a wide range of temperature settings to accommodate different types of beverages. Illustration: Sarah MacReadingIf you’re not a coffee or tea aficionado, you may just want a no-frills basic model that only boils water; we have a pick for that, too.
Photo: Michael Session great electric kettle should hit temperatures quickly and accurately, and it should preferably come with a few special features that make it pleasant and easy to use. We’ve also found it especially helpful when guides to the ideal temperature for various beverages are printed on the machine instead of hidden in the manual.
Accurate: Reasonable accuracy is important for kettles with multiple temperature settings because there’s no point in aiming for 200 °F and hitting 212 °F instead. That said, we realize that not everyone is a coffee or tea aficionado, so we also looked at kettles that do not have variable temperature settings and simply boil water.
With gooseneck kettles, which are primarily meant for making pour-over coffee, we looked for models that gave us total control over the speed and direction of the stream. Minimal plastic: We only tested kettles made primarily from stainless steel, glass, or ceramic.
Some people, including our experts, complain about plastic kettles imparting a funny taste or smell to the water. All the models we did test, however, contained some minor plastic elements, such as parts of the lid, a filter, or the water-level window.
Safety features: Kettles should have handles and lids that stay cool to the touch and keep your hands well away from any scalding surfaces. To make that process easier, we looked for kettles with wide openings that are easy to reach into for cleaning.
Solid warranties: Our research has shown that electric kettles have a high failure rate across the board. Nice extras: Waiting is especially a pain when a kettle doesn’t have audible cues to let you know that it’s reached temperature.
Photo: Michael Session started our testing by timing how long it took each kettle to bring a liter of water to a boil. Photo: Michael HessionThe Cuisinart CPK-17 Perfected Cordless Electric Kettle has been our top pick since 2013 thanks to its ease of use, speed, and accuracy.
Unlike many of the non-gooseneck kettles we tested, it has a high capacity (1 liters) but still boasts a simple streamlined design, so it won’t be an eyesore if you store it on your kitchen counter. This is very helpful if you don’t innately know the ideal water temperatures for making specific types of tea.
It then kicks into an automated keep-warm cycle (there’s also a “Keep Warm” button, if you’d like to select this option manually) where it maintains the temperature for up to 30 minutes. Photo: Michael HessionAside from its straightforward, easy-to-use design, we found the Cuisinart had an extremely consistent boil time.
Photo: Michael HessionThe Cuisinart CPK-17 beeps once when you press a button on the control panel, and several times when it reaches a temperature setting. The Cuisinart CPK-17 is easy to clean, with a removable scale filter in the spout and a lid opening large enough for you to get a hand inside.
Just avoid splashing water on the control buttons located on the handle, and be sure to clean them with only a damp cloth or a mild dish soap if necessary. Another standout feature of the Cuisinart CPK-17 is its limited three-year warranty, which is substantially better than what you get with all the other models we tested in this price range.
Given that constantly boiling water can be rough on a gadget, having triple the warranty coverage of the rest of the pack is impressive. Since this model has a slew of other noteworthy features and has been consistently reliable over years of long-term testing, we’re willing to forgive its minor temperature variances at the lowest setting.
We haven’t experienced this issue with the kettle we’ve been long-term testing, even with regular use, but a couple Wire cutter staffers have encountered the problem with this model. A representative from Cuisinart told us: “The only cleaning solution that should be used is a damp cloth and a mild dishwashing soap.
The Ox’s simple controls look sleeker than the many buttons on other pour-over kettles we tested and are intuitive to use: you twist the knob to adjust the temperature and then press it to start heating. We also like that ideal temperature suggestions for green tea, oblong, coffee, and more (along with operating instructions) are printed directly on the base underneath the kettle, a quick-reference feature we came to increasingly appreciate as we tested more models without it.
We appreciated that the Ox’s screen displays current water temperature as it heats, so you can clock the process visually. An audible alert tells you when the water’s ready, and like the Cuisinart, the kettle will hold the temperature for 30 minutes before shutting off.
And one nice bonus we didn’t see in any other kettle we tested: the Ox comes with a count-up timer that you can use during the pour-over process to modulate the speed and duration of the pour. Photo: Sarah Kobolds far as build is concerned, we like that this kettle is made largely of stainless steel, with no plastic parts coming in contact with the water.
Although a handful of Amazon reviews complain of durability issues, it’s important to remember that electric kettles tend to have a shorter-than-average shelf life compared with other small appliances. In that time it performed well, and even after leaving water sitting in it for days, we hadn’t seen any signs of rust or other durability issues.
Wire cutter staffer Michael Session has used his to make pour-over coffee every day for the past since May 2020 and was very happy with the kettle ’s performance until it recently broke out of the blue. I looked underneath and it seems like the little pin in the center of the coil was slightly off-center or bent.” Ox quickly offered to replace his model, noting that it seemed to be a fluke.
Photo: Michael Session recommend the Hamilton Beach 40880 Stainless Steel 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle for anyone who wants an affordable basic model that quickly brings water to a boil. This Hamilton Beach model is simple to operate: You flick the tab up on the base of the handle, and the kettle begins heating the water.
Once the water reaches a rolling boil, the kettle automatically shuts off, so you don’t have to worry about turning it off manually. To begin boiling water on the Hamilton Beach kettle, you flick the tab up on the base of the handle.
Photo: Michael Session our tests, the spout on the Hamilton Beach 40880 didn’t dribble water when pouring, and the wide handle was comfortable to hold. The main drawback to the Hamilton Beach 40880 (left) is the lid’s plastic hinges, which aren’t as durable as the metal on our top pick, the Cuisinart CPK-17 (right).
Follow the instructions in the manual for removing the filter, and clean it with a cloth or brush under hot water. The Artisan kettle features an LCD screen with controls allowing you to toggle to the exact degree you want, as well as a setting to keep your water warm.
At $150, it’s hard to imagine this being a better value than our current picks, but we receive quite a few questions about nicer-looking kettles for the countertop, and are curious if this one can combine form and function to justify the higher price tag. However, it takes longer to come to a boil than either of those kettles and lacks audible cues to let you know when your water is ready.
It took the same amount of time to boil a liter of water as the Hamilton Beach 40880, but the design is clunky, and we found it less comfortable to hold and pour. But ultimately we don’t think it’s worth the price, given its rather small capacity (just under a liter) and minimal heat safe surfaces.
Yes, you can adjust the flow rate on the spout for better pour-over control, but it requires lots of fumbling inside the lip of the machine, so you better make sure you’re operating with a cold, empty kettle. And although you can set temperature in 1-degree increments, a thermometer built into the lid is a lot harder to read than an LCD screen attached to the base.
We appreciated the reasonable price, intuitive controls, and clearly labeled temperature settings of the Willow & Everett Electric Gooseneck Kettle. We were disappointed to see the steep price of the Seville BKE820XL IQ Kettle, as it doesn’t have any features to differentiate it from the Cuisinart CPK-17 and make it worth the extra cash.
We also looked at the glass Seville IQ Kettle Pure, but it’s even more expensive than the stainless steel model and less durable. The Secure 1.8 Quart Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle did very well in our tests and is currently around the same price as our budget pick, but it lacks a water-level window.
Tea is the second most consumed drink in the world. This is not surprising, as tea is frequently tagged as a drink with many powers.
(3.9 / 5) The first thing you notice with the Circular Circles tea kettle is its elegance. Sold in three color variants, you can choose whichever best matches your kitchen.
At the handles end is a lever that opens your kettle spout in a one-touch motion. The stain resistant feature makes it easy to clean.
The Ox Good Grips tea kettle is a true classic. Retaining the shape of age-old kettles, it is always ready for business.
However, this kettle has several ultramodern features like its nice, brushed stainless steel finish, its ever cool handle, and its whistling feature. Aside from this, it is both rust and corrosion proof, so it holds up over time.
Home or office, or for dining table servings, the mirror finish of the KEK1222ER adds a unique and elegant touch to its surroundings. This makes it very durable and gives it the ability to stand the test of time.
This best cordless kettle heats up in record time. Thus, it is great if you are in a hurry or would like to make tea over and over again, e.g., in a restaurant.
It is quite capable, as it has a limescale filter in the pouring spout that ensures no residue finds its way into your teacup. The limescale filter keeps your drink residue free at all times.
Well, the Zeppelin Electric Kettle is sure to satisfy your curiosity. It won’t take long, though, as it heats up pretty quickly.
This feature is also helpful in monitoring the kettle content without having to open the lid. This best glass tea kettle is made from the top quality materials.
Its high-grade glass is complemented with polished stainless steel. Simply lift it and enjoy your cup of refreshing tea.
It also has additional safety features like its ever cool, non-slip handle. The ultimate safety feature, however, would be its simple cleaning.
There is no steam tube included, so no corners for germs to hide. Finally, this super kettle has a built-in porous filter.
Even if dirt somehow finds its way into your kettle, this ensures it gets nowhere near your drink, or your stomach! Sold in three size variants and fourteen colors, you have a wide range to choose from.
Outside its nice aesthetics though, this kettle has a lot to offer you. Its handle is heat-resistant and non-slip to make for a safe, comfortable experience every time that you use it.
The Le Crest tea kettle is quite durable, as its core is manufactured with steel. Its enamel coating is high heat-resistant and food safe so, no worries there.
Compatible for use with all stove tops, this tea kettle makes a great choice for home or office use. It will also make a great gift because you are sure that it will work on any stove top; ancient or modern.
The steel core makes for its superior durability. If there was a competition for drip-free spouts, the Fine 6576 is very likely to emerge the winner.
Everything about the slim pout is dedicated to making it totally drip free. The spout shape, though, is also a nice aesthetic complement to this kettle ’s brushed steel finish.
This gooseneck curve spout makes this kettle great for brewing. The slow water flow extracts the most flavor from your tea or coffee to give you the best end product.
This best tea kettle is sold in two size variants. To add to your comfort, they remain ever cool to the touch, even when the kettle is hot.
Constructed with high quality polished stainless steel, they are both durable and attractive. To give you an assurance on the product durability, you get a 1-year limited warranty.
What is unique about the Revere whistling tea kettle is its copper bottom. As in the name, it also has a whistling function that alerts you when your water is boiled.
Forms indelible spots at random places after some time. For users who prefer their tea kettle in colors, there are is a black and a red enamel coated variant.
Once done, this best tea kettle has a whistle to signify it’s time to enjoy a cuppa. Both features are great as you get your hot water in a shorter time.
The heat retention feature ensures that even when the stove is powered down, your water retains its hotness for the longest time possible. Featuring a lifetime warranty that guarantees you of this kettle ’s quality, you can’t get it wrong with the CTK-SS17.
Dishwasher safe, the first point of call of the Total C76220 is user convenience. Also, giving you an option to buy an electric Total, they take their duty quite seriously.
The stove top model is manufactured with heavy gauge stainless steel to give it ultimate durability. This material is then polished to a mirror finish to make it as attractive as can be; it is.
Moving to the electric, this as well “packs a fine punch.” It has a record boiling time of less than 100 seconds. Also, with its nice matte finish, it combines function and great looks.
This best tea kettle is cordless and can be placed at any swivel position (360 degrees). For one, it has an adjustable control, and an anti-scale filter to remove all impurities.
Finally, with its automatic shut off feature, water level window, and 1-year limited warranty, you are sure that you are making the best of your purchase decision. The anti-scale filter and automatic shut off feature make it safe to use (electric).
Not as fragile as you may think though, as it is manufactured from heat-resistant Scott Duran borosilicate glass. To make for even more comfortable user experience, it is as well dishwasher (top rack) safe.
Here are the important points to consider before buying a tea kettle. Taking these factors into consideration will ensure you find the best tea kettle for your particular needs.
However, an electric model is generally recommended for a number of reasons. An electric tea kettle usually requires less heating time and is generally easier to use.
However, making sure you get one with a quick heating feature is also essential in eliminating queues that might otherwise form during break times. This is essential because the solidity of your kettle reflects its durability and performance directly.
More importantly, the material you choose should be food safe, rustproof, chip, and stain resistant. Some have the keep warm function, temperature setting, automatic shutdown, anti-scale filter, a removable base, anti-slip handle, and others do not.
Know, of course, that the more options you have, the more flexible, safe, and easy to use your kettle will be. A quality pour spout is also great to look out for to avoid hot spills.
Also, the spout lid, in models that have one should be durable and not fail to whistle at any time. A product that has a water filling gauge as well is generally better.
This shows you to what limit you should add water before boiling. Using a pot or a pan, as well, can cause a lot more problems than just using a kettle.
Inexpensive and not requiring any skills to be used, a tea kettle is essential for every home and office. When you look at how good these kettles look, you probably won’t want to limit their use to your kitchen.
There are individual needs that need to be considered, so we recommend that you go through our buying guide. Available in a stove top and an electric model, these kettles are top of the line in both categories.
At its record 90-second heating time, nothing boils water quicker. Its other amazing details of this best electric tea kettle include its adjustable temperature control, anti-scale filter, automatic shut off feature, water level window, and 1-year limited warranty.
Perhaps not, but nothing beats the calming routine and sweet whistling of heating water in a kettle. So for the design-minded and slow going among us, I found 15 kettles that’ll look great on your stove top and make brewing your next cup of tea a little more poetic.
Today, these appliances have gained greatly in popularity as people realize that electric kettles are actually the most convenient way to boil water for coffee, tea, cocoa or hot chocolate. Additionally, they will actually shut off on their own without causing damage, as opposed to a stove-top kettle left to boil for too long.
This electric kettle has a very large capacity, a full two quarts, which will easily provide enough water for seven to eight cups of tea. The downside to the large pot is that the Seville does take longer to heat water than smaller models, five minutes or even more.
There are easy-to-read see-through water levels windows on either side of the kettle ; unfortunately, they’re marked in millimeters and not in cups, but that’s a fairly simple learning curve to master. As for appearance, the Seville BKE820XL is all stainless steel (except for the windows, lid and handle insulation) and has a stunning, modern look.
The Cuisinart Perfected does have several advantages over the Seville: it has one additional heating preset (160 degrees for “delicate”), the keep warm button works for 30 minutes instead of 20, it can operate in cordless mode, and it has a nice memory feature which maintains all settings if the pot is removed from the base for a minute or two. The reasons the review team chose the Seville as slightly preferable are minor ones, and certainly, don’t detract from the performance of this machine.
It’s simply a well-crafted and durable kettle meant to boil water quickly and it does that job extremely well. This machine has the usual useful functions you’d expect: automatic shut-off, a concealed heating element, and cord-free operation.
The inside of the kettle is stainless steel, but the outside is die-cast aluminum and can be purchased in any of eight designer colors: green, red, yellow, orange, magenta, blue, black or white. The DeLonghi will not only boil water efficiently and safely but add a real splash of color to any kitchen.
Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon. This smaller electric kettle is another model which lets you select the optimal water temperature for your tea but without fancy programmable functions or push-buttons. Unlike the Seville and Cuisinart models, the Adagio requires some trial and error to find the perfect setting for heating your water because the knob indicators are colored lines and not numbers, so they are just general guidelines for “hotter” and “cooler” instead of actual temperatures.
Highlights of the Adagio Teas 30 Ounce utility Variable Temperature Electric Kettle : Click on the photo to see the Price on Amazon. When you’d rather see how much water is in your kettle instead of trying to squint through a small window, the Chef’s Choice 680 is your machine.
It has a cool look to it, with its brushed stainless steel housing and black handle/lid/accents, in addition to the large (1.5 liters) glass tank. Unfortunately, there’s no signal to let you know the water has hit maximum temperature, but since you can clearly see when it’s boiling that’s not a major disadvantage.
Water that’s been heated to the sweet spot around 200° will provide optimal results for most types of coffee, while you’ll get the best cup at lower temperatures for some roasts. White, green, oblong and even delicate black teas are meant to be brewed at specific temperatures.
Sturdy construction, either one-piece or with solid welds, is important unless you don’t mind owning a leaky kettle after you’ve used it for a little while. As we mentioned earlier, the best electric kettles will allow you to select the target temperature for your water; the more settings there are, the more flexibility you’ll have.
They’ll also either have a timer or automatic shutoff feature plus an option to keep your water warm, and their handles will be wide enough to grab yet cool to the touch. Finally, the location of the heating element can make a huge difference in how easy it is to clean an electric kettle.
Use the “Quick Navigation” button at the bottom of the table to navigate straight to the product you are interested in reading more about use the “Check Price on Amazon” button if you know exactly what you want to buy Take your time and read more about the different types of kettles and buying considerations PRO: Fully featured variable temperatures, keep warm setting, large capacity, and easy to read water levels.
PRO: Variable temperatures (more than the Seville), longer keep warm setting, cordless mode, all the frills, but slightly cheaper. PRO: Simple yet very stylish kettle with no necessary features, removable limescale filter for easy cleaning, and comes in a variety of colors.
PRO: Selectable temperature, the cheapest variable setting model, small footprint, fast boiling speed. PRO: Looks cool, large capacity, the water only touches glass (no unwanted plastic taste to your drink).
If you want to sit back with a warm cuppa while you read the details, the Ox Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, is a combination of all these features and was selected the Best Overall” pick from our editorial team. We reviewed the top-rated tea kettles for you, listed the best features of each and determined what makes them top-rated.
Also, be sure to look at our buyer’s guide below that will give you heaps of additional information on tea kettles so you can know what to look for when starting your research. Nowadays it is enjoyed by many as a way to unwind after a long day and is also a great drink for someone who isn’t feeling well.
It is even a major part of European tradition as they enjoy their daily, afternoon tea time. Continue reading below to learn about some great tea kettles and see which styles appeal to you.
It has silicone touch points in crucial areas such as the spout cap and handle that resist heat and prevent burns. This brings back nostalgic memories for many as they think of their mother or grandmother making tea when they were little.
The large opening makes filling it very easy simple and cleaning it is a breeze too. The Ox Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle is made from seamless, high-grade stainless steel that protects the kettle against rust. The mirror finish looks great with any kitchen decor or color scheme and the black riveted handle adds some contrast to the steel kettle.
This great tea kettle comes with a limited lifetime warranty and can be used on an induction cook top, unlike the Ox brand which can’t. This tea kettle not only looks great but is completely functional with a 6-cup capacity, narrow spout and goose neck curve that allows users to slowly pour the water into the cups for a great tasting cup of tea or coffee.
This great tea kettle can be used on electric, induction and gas stoves and can even be washed in the dishwasher for thorough and easy cleaning. The angled handle stays away from the hot kettle pot and prevents you from burning your hands.
It is made of stainless steel with a beautiful mirror finish that looks fantastic in any kitchen. The cute design also fits in well to being a part of a tea kettle collection with the little black knob on the lid and the small handle.
This particular model does not whistle when the water is ready so be sure to keep an eye on it so it doesn’t boil dry. Best of all, you don’t have to go back in time to enjoy the classic styling and great performance of these top-rated tea kettles.
The top-rated tea kettles reviewed here are customer favorites for many reasons including their stylish looks, a whistle that doesn’t sound shrill, and sizes that are perfect for 1, 2 or more people. Below is a buyer’s guide that will give you some great information on tea kettles including what to look for when you start researching to determine which appeals to you the most. We’ll go over features, materials and more so you will have all the knowledge you need to make a great choice that you will enjoy, every time you have a cup.
Travelers and soldiers in ancient China would boil water to remove impurities that would make them sick. These kettles were heated in or over campfires, so they needed to be very durable and made from a material that wouldn’t burn.
For this reason, many of the tea kettles that cowboys used were made of copper which is a perfect heat conductor. There are two basic types of tea kettles that you can purchase: stove top and electric.
Some models of electric tea kettles have even included the whistling sound which alerts you that the water is heated. This type of tea kettle requires a stove top or burner of some kind to heat the water.
One of the enjoyable features of most stove top tea kettles is that they will emit a whistle when the water is done boiling. There are many styles and types of stove top tea kettles which is one reason they’ve become so collectible.
An example of this would be dorm rooms that aren’t near a kitchen or heat source as these are required for a stove top model. If you don’t have access to a burner or stove in the RV then an electric tea kettle will work nicely.
This makes them a very popular collectors item for the many people who love the different styles, materials and shapes they come in. There have been some questions raised on the long term safety of aluminum as a cooking material.
If there is not a rubber grip on a stainless steel handle it can get very hot, so using a pot holder will be necessary. Glass tea kettles need to be heated more slowly than other types of materials.
Copper kettles do involve more maintenance to keep them from tarnishing and it’s a softer material too. They need special cleaning solutions to prevent the pretty copper finish from being scratched.
By taking care of it properly, a layer of minerals will build up that will make the tea kettle virtually rustproof. We’ve got 10 of the strongest options at your disposal today along with the usual handy hints to make your life easier.
A close second in our our-over kettle collection, the Bonita with timer and digital thermometer is a powerful and pocket-friendly model with requisite gooseneck spout. For precision pouring with the ability to dial in the brewing variables for the perfect pour-over, this kettle punches above its weight.
We tested the adjustable temperature version which allows you to manipulate the heat in 1-degree increments between the ideal operating range of 140 to 212 degrees. Whether you’re making regular coffee, pour-over or tea, dial in the temperature to your precise requirements for consistency every time.
The timer means you won’t need yet another separate piece of kit in your busy kitchen making this kettle effectively a 3-in-1 appliance. The kettle will keep the water warmed and ready for another brewing session for up to a half-hour after which point it shuts itself off for safety’s sake.
Stainless steel build gives you a great lifespan, remarkable durability and perfect insulation. Crowned with a dependable 2-year limited warranty, this kettle is a masterpiece and a true essential if you fancy starting out with the pour-over method without needing too much separate equipment.
When you fire the kettle up first, you’ll appreciate the raw firepower of the 1000-watt unit and you won’t be waiting around long. The timer is a count-up style so you can keep precise notes of how your coffee turns out then, once you’ve got it dialed in, you can replicate the brew with ease.
With a generous 1-liter capacity and occupying a fairly small footprint at 11 × 7 × 7 ½ inches, the 1-year warranty removes any reason not to buy. Pro-grade stainless steel combines insulation with long lifespan in a unit built to withstand a few knocks.
If you’re looking to get started with the pour-over method of brewing coffee, you’ll find a gooseneck spout on your kettle is an absolute must. When it comes to pouring the water, you need to use a specific and very slow circular motion simply impractical with a standard-issue kettle.
This Coffee Gator gives you the reach and accuracy you need for optimum results with minimal fuss. The base of this stove top kettle is triple-layered ensuring you can use it on any kind of cooker and you won’t get any rust or taint either.
The fixed thermometer is a nice touch and gives you the ability to get the heat just the way you want it whether for coffee, tea or any other drink you care to make. While it’s not exactly cheap, this stealthy matte-black kettle from Fellow Stage is a standout weapon if you’re looking to make pour-over coffee in fine style.
The onboard stopwatch provides the other crucial element you need for proper pour-over, and you won’t have a kitchen overflowing with too much kit. There’s a crisp LED display showing you the temperature and the element lights up to keep you visually abreast of progress.
If you’re looking for a pout-over kettle that makes a real conversation piece but also does its job across the board, the Fellow Stage is well worth the investment if you’re serious about your coffee and you have a more flexible budget. The rugged stainless steel gives you all the insulation you need in a compact unit built to stay the distance.
For a perfect example of Japanese aesthetics and simplicity coming in at a very keen price-point, you can’t beat this kettle if you’re looking for performance on a budget. Back to an electric model next with an inexpensive multi-purpose kettle from Willow and Everett with the requisite long spout ideal for pour-over brewing.
The 1000-watt base ensures your water hits the temperature you want quick-smart and auto shut-off is a nice touch so you won’t need to worry about monitoring proceedings. As with most of the better kettles you get robust stainless steel build along with no BPA's, Teflon or any other contaminants to taint your drink and give you health concerns.
1-liter capacity should give you ample hot water whether you want a large pour-over brew or a full pot of your favorite tea. Where many of their products are fairly limited in terms of choice, you can pick up this kettle in multiple variants.
If standard silver is not to your liking, the stove top also comes in an understated matte black perfect for a minimalist kitchen. Whichever style and size you choose, you’ll get the same high-grade stainless steel and a slimline and elongated spout to promote the most controlled and precise pouring whether you’re making tea or coffee.
The stove top models all work on any type of hotplate including induction cookers so you won’t face any limitations at all. If you want a kettle that’s strikingly designed without looking overly fussy and capable of delivering the finesse you need for pour-over, it’s got to be Mario.
This kettle tips the scales at just under kg so it’s deceptively weighty considering its fairly slimline footprint. If you’re prepared to make a modest investment, this Kali ta will return many years of happy service from a brand you can rely on.
For drip and pour-over coffee brought to life, the aptly named Barista Warrior offers the complete package. Leading the charge is the long and slender gooseneck that serves up the control required for precise pouring.
The base packs a double layer of material, again rust-free, so you won’t end up with damage building over time like on many inferior kettles. While this brewing method requires some initial experimentation and fine-tuning, the beauty is that, once done, you can replicate results with the minimum of fanfare.
The onboard thermometer is a nice touch and stops you needing to pick up yet another separate piece of kit. For a gooseneck kettle that looks great and delivers fully on the performance front, this was among our favorites of the bunch we tested, and we can’t recommend it highly enough.
Rounding out our look at the best gooseneck kettles for pour-over coffee, we’ve got a classic set from Segovia coming in at a remarkably low price considering what you get thrown in. The 1.2-liter capacity translates to about 6 standard-sized cups so it’s great for the whole family and cuts down running around refilling on busy mornings when you’re all crying out for coffee.
The thermometer comes built into the lid so you won’t need to rely on guesswork or find your coffee spoiled by water that’s just off the mark temperature-wise. The kettle is expressly designed to work on any kind of stove top whether gas, electric, or induction.
Aside from a timer, scale and, of course, beans, you’ve got all you need to start making pour-over coffee straight out the box. While buying a kettle might seem like the easiest thing in the world, you’ve got a few considerations if you’re looking for one to make pour-over coffee with.
Check for the positioning as well as the design and make sure you don’t come across any negative reports of leakage or rust. Some kettles won’t work well on induction cookers, for example, so check closely before committing to purchase.
Electric kettles offer you the safety feature of a shut-off mechanism, and they also routinely come with temperature control. Since you’ll be taking your time to pour slowly and precisely, you should focus fully on a kettle with an ergonomic handle that will make your life easier in this regard.
While a kettle with a thermometer onboard is not mandatory, you’ll certainly find dialing in the brew a lot easier if you’ve got one in place. Making pour-over coffee might seem like something of a chore but, once you’ve tasted it, you’ll appreciate the fact it’s time and effort well spent.
Many of the better kettles on the market are capable of keeping your water heated at the desired temperature for anywhere from 30 to 60 minutes so ask yourself if this feature is one you’d be prepared to pay for. We very much hope you’ve found a suitable gooseneck kettle to add to your coffee-making arsenal here today.