Many people enjoy a nice cup of tea from time to time, or even daily. One of the best, most time-honored, and effective ways to make a cup of tea is to use a tea kettle. They’re essentially specialized pots for boiling water that include a lid, spout, and handle. They allow you to heat, lift, and pour water for tea and other hot beverages, all from the same device. Tea kettles may be slower than just microwaving a cuppa, but this actually benefits your tea. Because microwaves work so fast, they can actually warm up your tea beyond its boiling point and cause it to overheat. This can lead to your tea losing some of its flavor. Some types, like green or white teas, actually require steeping at lower temperatures. Therefore, the gradual heating provided by tea kettles is both more effective and flavorful. They’re also great for group settings or making more than one cup of tea at a time, as you can heat enough water for multiple cups at once (how many cups depends on the size of the kettle in question). Here are a few tea kettles we recommend.
What to Consider in Tea Kettles
Here are a few things to think about before buying a tea kettle:
- Electric vs. Stovetop: When you imagine a tea kettle, you probably think of a large model whistling loudly atop a stove. These are certainly still available, but they aren’t your only option. There are electric models out there as well. Electric tea kettles tend to be speedier without the drawbacks of microwaves, and they’re a great alternative for anyone who doesn’t have access to a stove. They may have bonus features as well, such as automatic shut-offs and temperature control. However, this also means they’re more expensive. Traditional stovetop tea kettles are more affordable and easier to use, and they tend to come in more materials and sizes. And if you have a gas stove, they use less power and are thus more eco-friendly.
- Spout and Handle: Tea kettle spouts will generally either be wide and large or small and well-defined. Wider spouts give you an alternative way to refill water without opening the lid, but they are also less precise and more likely to spill during pouring. Smaller spouts may pour slower, but they also give you more control over the steam of hot water as you pour, meaning they’re less likely to spill. When it comes to the tea kettle handle, be sure that it and any knobs are made of heat-resistant materials so that you won’t risk burning your hand. Silicone, plastic, and wooden handles are all great options for this reason.
- Material: Tea kettles of both types tend to be made of stainless steel or glass; aluminum, copper, and cast iron are options for stovetop kettles, and plastic can be part of electric models. Stainless steel is low maintenance and durable, though it tends to heat slowly. Glass is very aesthetically pleasing and easy to clean, though it’s also fragile and prone to cracking if you heat it up too quickly. Aluminum is strong but lightweight and won’t scratch, though it tends to be pricey. Copper is beautiful to look at and energy-efficient, but it requires extra maintenance and is prone to denting. Cast iron holds heat very well and is incredibly strong, but it’s also heavy to lift and prone to rusting if not cared for properly.
Best Cordless Electric Kettle: Cuisinart PerfecTemp Electric Kettle
This premium 1,500-watt electric tea kettle with a sleek, silvery, modern design has plenty of modern features and settings for your convenience. It has a capacity of almost 2 liters and is BPA-free and cordless so that you can boil your water without an outlet or a power cord getting in the way. There are six preset, one-touch button heat settings for different types of teas and beverages, as low as 160 degrees Fahrenheit for delicate teas and up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit for coffees, a boil setting for instant cocoa, oatmeal, noodles, and more. A keep warm button will keep the water consistently warm for up to 30 minutes. The blue LED indicator light indicates which setting is active at any given moment. Other features include a 360-degree swivel base, a 2-minute memory function, blue backlit water window with measuring units, sleep mode, boil-dry protection with auto shutoff, and an open button for the lid. Topping it all off is a cooling nonslip handle, an anti-drip spout, and a scale filter that can be removed for easy washing. This tea kettle comes with a user manual that includes recipes if you’re feeling overwhelmed by all the settings and need some guidance.
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Cordless Electric Kettle, 1.7-Liter, Premium Stainless Steel
A cordless, premium electric tea kettle that has multiple heat settings and other modern conveniences.
Best Budget Electric Kettle: Mueller Austria Premium Electric Kettle
This electric tea kettle doesn’t sacrifice quality for affordability. Made with premium borosilicate glass, stainless steel, and heat-resistant co-polyester to ensure that this model will last you for as long as possible. It’s also equipped with a bright LED light that shines while the water inside heats up, and the circuitry ensures that it boils as quickly as possible. The lid is designed to retain its shape instead of becoming warped and bent out of shape, and the handle is heat-resistant and anti-slip for your safety during use. For additional safety, this tea kettle also automatically shuts off once the water is fully boiled or when it detects that there is no water inside. The kettle itself is cordless when removed from the base and is equipped with a high-quality thermostat controller. It has the minimum and maximum water levels marked on both sides for your measuring convenience. The kettle rotates a full 360 degrees on base, so you can check the measurements at any angle, and the clear glass body lets you see inside unobstructed. In addition to tea and coffee, this tea kettle can heat water for oatmeal, pasta, and other food and drinks that require boiling water.
Mueller Ultra Kettle: Model No. M99S 1500W Electric Kettle with SpeedBoil Tech, 1.8 Liter Cordless with LED Light, Borosilicate Glass, Auto Shut-Off and Boil-Dry Protection
A high-quality and safe electric kettle that heats up fast and won't break the bank.
Best for Stovetop: SUSTEAS Stovetop Whistling Tea Kettle
Whether you’ve got a gas, electric, induction, halogen, or radiant stove at home, this stainless steel tea kettle is suitable for all of them. The traditional, timeless round body with a vintage design, available in four different colors, can hold almost 3 quarts of water at a time. Once the water is boiled, it will make the famous whistling sound kettles are known for, so you’ll be able to hear it even from other rooms in your home. For all its classic elements, this tea kettle also comes with some more modern innovations, such as the three-layered, encapsulated base that makes the water inside boil faster. The layers are made of surgical-grade stainless steel for anti-rust properties, aluminum for better heat preservation, and an iron core for better heat induction. The extra-thick body will prevent water from leaking out and protect the kettle if you ever drop it by mistake. It’s also free of Teflon and BPA and has an ergonomic handle with a push-button for the spout’s lid to make pouring easy. You can fill this tea kettle either through the top lid or the spout. Besides the kettle itself, you’ll receive a pinch mitt holder to protect your hand and a gift box just in case you’re buying it as a present for a loved one.
SUSTEAS Stove Top Whistling Tea Kettle-Surgical Stainless Steel Teakettle Teapot with Cool Toch Ergonomic Handle,1 Free Silicone Pinch Mitt Included,2.64 Quart(BLACK)
A classic stovetop whistling kettle with some modern design aspects for increased efficiency.
Best Value: Hiware Glass Tea Kettle
This glass tea kettle is as aesthetically pleasing as it is convenient. Thanks to the teapot-like shape, handle, and spout coupled with the interior mesh infusion filter, this tea kettle allows you to boil, brew, steep, and serve your tea all in the same device. As long as you use medium-level heat, it can be safely used in microwave ovens, on gas or electric stovetops, or even on open flame teapot warmers. This makes it convenient if you ever need to quickly reheat your batch of tea in the microwave. It’s also safe to be placed in direct sunlight or even in the refrigerator if you ever want to make cold or iced teas in warmer weather. It has a 1-liter capacity. The entire tea kettle is handcrafted and made of strong, thick, heat-resistant borosilicate glass with a stainless steel filter. The spout is designed to prevent dripping, while the handle is ergonomic to ensure a steady, comfortable grip. The tea basket filter can be used for loose or blooming teas and can be inserted or removed at will simply by lifting the lid; note that whenever you insert or remove the lid, the tea basket will move with it unless you detach them from each other. This tea kettle is dishwasher safe (top rack only) or can be hand washed.
HIWARE 1000ml Glass Teapot with Removable Infuser, Stovetop Safe Tea Kettle, Blooming and Loose Leaf Tea Maker Set
A convenient, heat-resistant glass tea kettle that doubles as a teapot and is microwave, stovetop, fridge, and dishwasher safe.