For many people, hot water is a natural part of their daily routine. Whether it’s to make a piping cup of herbal tea or it’s to create the perfect cup of coffee, it’s imperative that they have quick and easy access to boiling water. Overall, the best way to do this is with an electric kettle.
So, let’s look at some high-quality kettles. On top of that, we’ll also look at the various considerations you should make beforehand so that you can be sure that you’re getting the best model for your needs.
Epica 6-Temperature Variable Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
Secura The Original Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric Water Kettle
Royal Electric Kettle (BPA Free) - Fast Boiling Glass Tea Kettle
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
KitchenAid KEK1222PT 1.25-Liter Electric Kettle
Aicok Electric Kettle Precise Temperature Control Hot Water Kettle
Hamilton Beach 40880 Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
OXO On Cordless Glass Electric Kettle
Elechomes CK1701 1.7L Stainless Steel Electric Water Kettle
T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 4-Cup 1750-Watt Electric Kettle
How many cups of coffee or tea do you like to make at once? If the answer is more than two, then you will most likely need to find a kettle that can accommodate your requirements. Also, if you are making hot water for other people as well (such as in an office), then a larger kettle will be necessary.
Most electric kettles come in sizes ranging between one to two liters. On the smaller end, that’s worth about two or three cups, but on the larger side, it can be up to six or seven. For our money, we highly recommend kettles with a capacity of about 1.5-1.7 liters.
When looking at different electric kettles, you will notice that there are three primary materials from which you can choose. Glass, metal, or plastic are the most common, but you can also find ceramic models as well. Let’s go over the pros and cons of each.
This material may not be as strong as steel, but the main advantage is that you can see your water levels more clearly, as well as watch the whole thing boil. The disadvantage of glass, however, is that it can stain easily, as well as get remarkably hot once it’s boiling. However, these kettles are both durable and stylish, so it’s worth checking them out.
For the most part, we highly recommend stainless kettles over the competition. The reason for this is because they are much more durable than plastic or glass, they don’t create any odor or leech chemicals into your water, and they are built to last much longer.
The downside of steel, however, is that it’s harder to figure out how much water is left, and you do have to worry about rust. Nonetheless, if you clean your pot on a regular basis, that shouldn’t be too much of a problem.
Usually, people will opt for a plastic kettle because it is so much cheaper than the other materials. However, there are plenty of reasons to upgrade to something more durable, and here’s why. Plastic kettles can emit a strong odor and leech material into your water.
Cheap models have an exposed heating element, so lime scale residue is another problem. Finally, plastic can melt at high temperatures, so your kettle won’t last as long. Overall, plastic should be avoided if you can afford it.
Since you are dealing with scalding hot water, it’s imperative that you handle it safely. As such, look for these bonuses when picking out a kettle.
With most electric kettles, they work in an incredibly simple fashion. All you have to do is push a button and wait for the water to boil, and that’s it. However, if you are a bit more particular in your tea or coffee choices, then you might want a machine that is programmable so that you don’t risk overheating your favorite blend.Usually, higher end kettles will provide the option of multiple temperature settings, and sometimes they may even be really high tech and come with an LED screen or something.
Starting us off is a sleek and high-tech kettle from Epica. As we mentioned, sometimes you may want to have more control over the temperature of your water, and this particular model offers six different preset options. They are specially designed for various kinds of tea, so if you are a connoisseur, then you will love this kettle.
Even if you aren’t planning on utilizing all of the different program options, this model does have one thing that you can’t find on most other units. A thirty-minute timer allows you to maintain a higher water temperature, which is ideal when you have multiple people drinking out of the same pot.
Besides the high-tech features of this kettle, you also get plenty of standard benefits as well. This model has a 1.7-liter capacity and comes with a water level indicator on the side for your convenience. As far as efficiency, it has a robust 1500-watt heating element, meaning that it only takes a few minutes to get a full pot to boil.
If safety is your top priority when picking out a new kettle, then you will love this model from Secura. Not only does it have a 100% stainless steel interior (meaning no plastic or harsh chemicals), but it is double walled and insulated, meaning that the exterior stays cool while the water boils inside. Overall, if you are most concerned about burns, this is your best option.
Another reason to buy this kettle is that there are five awesome colors from which you can choose. Whether you want fire engine red, jet black, or something a bit more playful, you can add some extra zest to your kitchen.
As far as performance goes, this kettle has everything you need. While we do lament the fact that there is no water level indicator, it does have a 1.7-liter capacity and comes with a 1500-watt heating element. Also, it has a two-year warranty, which is more than enough for us to recommend this kettle to anyone.
If you are interested in getting a glass kettle, then this model from Royal Electric may be an excellent choice for you. It uses both tempered glass and stainless steel to create a luxurious design that will add a sense of style to any kitchen. Best of all, the whole thing is BPA free, so you don’t have to worry about chemicals leeching into your water.
When talking about performance, this unit has everything you need. A 1500-watt heating element ensures that you get boiling water in minutes, and a mesh filter keeps your water clean. It has a 1.7-liter capacity, and the glass is marked with various measurements for your convenience.
The other really cool thing about this kettle is that it is illuminated. The on/off button emits a beautiful blue glow which also fills the pot, making it look even better while it’s working. Overall, this is a gorgeous kettle.
Next, we have another high-tech kettle, which means that all tea connoisseurs should pay attention. This particular model is from Cuisinart, so you know that it’s high quality. This brand is well known for making excellent products, and this kettle delivers.
Like the Epica unit above, the CPK-17 has six different preset heating options for you. This allows you to warm your water perfectly for various kinds of teas, meaning that you can mix and match as you see fit. Also, it has a 30-minute warming option, which is perfect for households with more than one person.
Other features included with this kettle include a robust 1500-watt heating element, a 1.7-liter capacity with water level indicator, and a wide mouth opening so you can reach in and scrub the insides. It also comes with a removable and washable lime scale filter to keep your water clean, and the water level window has a blue LED light, making this one of the prettier kettles out there.
Like Cuisinart, KitchenAid is another brand that is synonymous with quality products. In this case, however, the main selling point of the KEK1222PT Kettle is the fact that it adds a bit of traditional flair to your kitchen. Not only that, but it comes in seven gorgeous colors that make this one of the most attractive kettles you can find.
Performance-wise, this model is fairly standard. It has a robust 1500-watt heating element, but it only has a 1.25-liter capacity. As such, this particular kettle is better for one or two people, rather than a whole family or office.
Another standard feature of this unit is the 360-degree cordless base. If you’re not familiar with that term, what it means is that you can remove the pot for pouring without having a cord in your way. Also, because the base is round, you can put it back in any position, and it will still work.
Finally, this kettle comes with a hassle-free one year warranty.
Usually, when looking at high-tech electric kettles that offer multiple heating options, you will have to spend quite a bit more than a standard model that just comes with an on/off switch. However, this particular unit from Aicok is both affordable and highly advanced, meaning that you can become an avid tea drinker on a budget.
Like the others we’ve already seen, this kettle comes with six different preset heating options. However, what sets this one apart from the rest is that it also comes with a 90-second memory, meaning that you can heat, pour, and refill the water and then turn it back on without having to reset the device. Also, it can keep your water warm for up to two hours, not just thirty minutes.
In addition to the gadgetry that comes with this kettle, you also get a 1500-watt heating element, a stay cool handle, and a water level indicator. It also has a 360-degree cordless base, and it comes with a remarkable two-year limited warranty.
So far, we’ve seen some incredible kettles that offer more features than you can need. However, if you are not swayed by such bells and whistles, then you might prefer something more like this model from Hamilton Beach. It’s simple, durable, and reliable, which makes it an ideal choice for those who value affordability and convenience.
As far as performance goes, this kettle is pretty standard. It comes with a concealed 1500-watt heating element, a 1.7-liter capacity, and all of the safety features that you would expect.
The one notable feature of this model, however, is the extra-large water level indicator on the side. Most stainless kettles hid it below the handle, making it hard to see. However, this is almost as good as a glass model in that regard.
When it comes to glass kettles, most of the time you are running a bit of a risk because the material is somewhat fragile, not to mention the fact that it can get stained easily or produce a strong odor. Fortunately, this model from OXO has none of those issues because it is made with borosilicate glass. This makes it odorless, flavorless, stain resistant, and shock proof. Overall, you get the benefits of a stainless steel kettle with the bonus of being able to see inside.
The other great thing about this model is that it is safe. The button for the lid forces it to open slowly, meaning that you don’t have to worry about steam or hot water splattering your face. It also comes with boil dry protection and an automatic shut off, making it about as safe as you can get. Other features include an LED light in the pot, water level markers on the side, and a 1500-watt heating element.
If you like the idea of having an insulated kettle that won’t pose any kind of burn risk, then you will love this model from Elechomes. Much like the Secura Kettle from above, this version will ensure that everyone in your household stays safe. However, what sets this one apart is the fact that it is triple layered, which provides even more protection.
The other main selling point of this kettle is that it has a keep warm function. Unlike the other models that shut off after thirty minutes or so, this will hold a hot temperature until you turn it off or until the pot is empty. While you may think that this could pose a hazard, the fact is that because the outside is insulated it shouldn’t be an issue. Also, once the water evaporates, the whole thing shuts off by itself.
The third primary reason to get this kettle is because of its cool retro look. It appears as if it came straight from the 1960’s, so if you want a more traditional aesthetic, this is the model to get.
For the most part, plastic kettles are not an ideal choice, but we will make an exception in this case. T-fal is a high-quality company, and this model is much better than most plastic kettles you can find out there. That being said, if you smell a strong odor or if your water starts to taste funny, then ask for a replacement ASAP.
What we like most about this kettle is the heating element. It is much more powerful than the rest since it uses up to 1750 watts. The other really cool thing about it is that you can adjust the temperature as you see fit, thanks to a dial on the side.
Otherwise, this kettle is mostly okay, but we wish that it was made of another material. Also, it only has a one-liter capacity, so it’s designed for one or two people. Overall, though, as far as plastic kettles go, this is one of the best.
Considering that we’ve seen so many excellent electric kettles, it’s hard to determine which one is better than the rest. So instead, we are going to break it down into two categories: smart and simple. A smart kettle is one that has preset functions, and for that, we highly suggest getting the Cuisinart unit. If you want something more simple, however, then the Elechomes is your best bet because of its triple-layer insulation and safety features.