If you’re a lover of coffee or tea (or both), you probably know that one of the keys to a perfect cup is your water temperature. But it’s not always straightforward to get optimal brewing temps with a Keurig or a stovetop kettle. That’s where electric kettles shine; many are easy to set to a specific degree or range, and they can also maintain water temperature for longer and won’t emit a shrill whistle when the water boils like stovetop models. We researched the best electric kettles from simple to smart-enabled worth investing in for a better brew.
This Oxo is an excellent option for anyone looking for the precise pouring of a gooseneck kettle. It’s one of the few that actually lets you adjust the temperature to whatever you want (between 140 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit) thanks to its dial in one-degree increments. The kettle’s timer will even track your pour-over brew or tea steeping, then it’ll stay warm for another 30 minutes. This one-liter stainless-steel kettle also has a silicone handle that’ll stay cool, plus a 360-degree swivel base.
Cuisinart’s CPK-17 is the top pick of many other reviewers like Wirecutter and Just Cooking Tools—not to mention almost 10,000 people who gave it a four- or five-star rating on Amazon. This stainless-steel kettle outshines competition with its large 1.7-liter capacity, six preset heat settings, and three-year warranty. It also boasts a 30-minute keep-warm feature, LED indicator, and blue back-lit water window, so you can easily fill it up to just the right level.
Having smart technology in every kitchen appliance, including a tea kettle, may seem excessive. But the Cosori Electric Gooseneck adds even more convenience to your ritual coffee or tea time with the help of the VeSync smart app, through which you can adjust its temperature, change the hold temperature time, and schedule time for it to boil all without having to venture to the kitchen. The boil-dry protection ensures that it won’t turn on if it senses there’s no water inside.
Aside from its smart capabilities, this gooseneck kettle offers fast boiling (between three and five minutes) and can hold a temperature for up to an hour. In addition to four temperature presets, you can also customize your own ideal brewing temperature between 104-212 degrees. Though its capacity is only .8 liters, it’s also a great value for all of its smart tech.
If you’re looking for a no-frills electric kettle, this one-liter option at just $25 from Hamilton Beach is your best budget pick. With an average of 4.7 stars from over 8,000 reviews on Amazon, it’s a reliable and efficient model with a rapid-boil system, automatic shut off, and a spout with a removable mesh filter. Though it doesn’t have set times to keep the water warm, we do like its simple automatic shut off with an illuminated on/off switch, its push-button lid, and its clear water-level window.
This KitchenAid kettle will give your kitchen a nice dash of style without sacrificing reliability and efficiency. It doesn’t demand too much of a premium, given its larger 1.25-liter size, stainless steel construction, and color options such as green and red. However, you’ll have to look elsewhere if you want more setting options than just an on/off switch.
If you’re a budding coffee connoisseur, the EKG is the most premium and iconic kettle you can buy. Beyond its sleek design, the high price tag affords you accurate temperature control and pour-over precision. After you set your desired temperature between 135 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit with the dial, you can watch the LCD screen display the temperature as it rises. Thanks to its counterbalanced handle, this kettle can pour much slower than others for a better brew. You can even choose between the matte black, matte white, polished steel, or copper designs. However, keep in mind this kettle only comes with a one-year warranty and its capacity is just under one liter.
For those who want the precision of a great gooseneck kettle on a budget, this Bonavita is a more affordable option that still looks good with a sleek stainless-steel design. Though Bonavita offers more expensive programmable options, this simple model has all you really need for a good cup. It quickly boils water, has an automatic shut off, and a decent two-year warranty to protect your purchase.
Glass kettles are often less durable than stainless steel, yet the Breville Crystal Clear promises to not only look good on your countertop but also hold up to everyday use. It boasts a large 1.7-liter capacity, a lid release button with soft opening, and an illuminated on/off button. Plus, its base even includes cord storage if you like to keep your counters looking even neater when not in use. Unfortunately, glass kettles like this one will come at a higher price than stainless-steel models with way more presets and keep-warm features.
Technically, tea infuses best when you pour water over your loose leaves, but we get that it can be annoying to have to deal with a kettle and a tea pot infuser on your counter. Breville’s premium Tea Maker solves that issue with its tea basket that automatically lowers into the water after it’s heated to your ideal temperature. It also boasts presets for the ideal brew temperature of black, green, white, herbal, and oolong teas. You can set a timer for it to automatically brew at your favorite time for a cup of tea, and it can keep water hot for up to an hour. There’s even a strength button to tune your tea to the desired potency, so to speak. Though the high price tag makes it only worthwhile for avid tea drinkers.
While this kettle doesn’t offer the same temperature control as others, it is one of the best if you’re looking for the classic ceramic look. Bella gave it a large 1.5-liter capacity on a 360-degree base with cord storage. It has automatic shut off, but no keep-warm feature, though the thick ceramic walls should be able to retain heat for a while. If matching the style of your kitchen is your biggest concern for selecting a kettle, you can choose from several ceramic designs, including blue Aztec, black floral, or silver tile.