There’s nothing like a hot cup of tea. For real tea fanatics, it can be difficult to get just the right temperature water for your brew and nuking H2O in the microwave is simply out of the question. That’s where electric kettles come in. They boil water faster than a watched pot on your stove, and the best ones even offer adjustable temperature settings to ensure that the water is just right for your delicate tea leaves.
It has a glass build, accented with black in the handle and base. At 12 inches tall, it fits nicely under most overhead kitchen cabinets, and the overall streamlined look of the kettle is attractive enough that you won’t mind keeping it on display on your kitchen counter. The design of the kettle has some nice features for safety and confident handling. The kettle itself is placed on a base to provide power to the heating unit. There’s a wide peg that the kettle slides onto to attach to the base, so it’s easy to place and lift free as needed with 360-degree rotation when in position.
Because the power cord is attached to the base, it doesn’t get in the way when serving; you can heat up your water in the kitchen, for example, and take the kettle out to the dining room for your guests. The base is wide and stable, so it will take an accidental hit and not tip over. It’s also got a burly cool-touch handle, which enables safe management of a full pot of boiling water when carrying and dispensing. The kettle is a premium glass kettle, made with high quality glass and a stainless steel bottom.
This kettle is easy to keep clean and doesn’t contain any unwanted paints or materials leaking into your water. The water boiler is equipped with a blue LED indicator light, which will light up as it begins to boil water and automatically shut off after boiling. The 1500 watts of power make the building more efficient than the stovetop kettle and microwave. It can boil up to liters of water in just under 5 minutes. Not only this but it also features a British Strix Thermostat which enables to kettle to be automatically turning off over 10000 times meaning you can use this for over 10 years, 3 times a day.
Next up we have the second-best electric kettle which goes to the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle. The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp electric kettle was formerly our top pick, and it’s still a great choice if you dislike the Aicok kettle or it sells out. Not only does it heat water quickly; it also brings the water to the perfect temperature for any kind of tea or coffee.
Cuisinarts kettle packs 1500 watts of power to ensure that the water heats up in about four minutes. The kettle has six different pre-set temperature settings so that the water is the ideal temperature for brewing any kind of tea or coffee. The controls are on the kettle’s handle, and you can choose between 160 degrees Fahrenheit for delicate teas, 175 degrees Fahrenheit for green tea, 185 degrees Fahrenheit for white tea, 190 degrees Fahrenheit for oolong tea, 200 degrees Fahrenheit for coffee, and “boil” for black tea.
You can also use the “boil” setting for instant noodles, soup, oatmeal, or anything else that requires boiling water. It’ll automatically keep your water warm for 30 minutes and announce when your water is ready with a single beep. Cuisinart built in boil-dry protection, so it will automatically shut off if there’s no water inside to boil. That protects the heating elements and ensure your kettle lasts longer. There’s also an auto-sleep function that will turn off your kettle after 5 minutes of inactivity.
A blue backlit water window lets you see how much water is inside, too. The stainless steel kettle is durable and easy to clean. It has a concealed heating element to prevent too much mineral buildup, which is great if you have hard water at home. There’s a removable and washable scale filter inside that you can clean. Reviewers from The Wirecutter, Best Reviews, Heavy, Best Products, and Apartment Therapy all loved the Cuisinart’s ability to heat water to different temperatures and praised its sturdy stainless steel design.
Positive user reviews highlight how accurate the temperature settings are within 1-3 degrees of the settings and many reviewers praise the device’s durability. One reviewer said her kettle has lasted five years. Although some reviewers on Amazon complain about durability and say their kettles rusted or broke quickly, The Wirecutter says that many of its staff members have used the kettle for years without issue.
The kettle does have a three-year limited warranty, which is better than you’ll get from most companies, so if yours is defective, you should be able to get a refund or replacement. Amazon’s 30-day return policy also applies in case you just don’t like the Cuisinart PerfcTemp electric kettle as much as expert reviewers and some users do.
Up next we have the best high-end electric kettle which goes to the Smeg 50’s Retro-Style Electric Kettle. Who says that kettles have to be boring and ugly? Smegs 50’s Retro-Style Electric Kettle adds much-needed flair to the boring old kettle with its 50’s color palette and fun design aesthetic. You can get it in two different versions one with variable temperature settings and one that just bring your water to a boil and multiple color options, including cream, blue, green, red, black, chrome, and pink.
If you have hard water, you’ll have to clean the filter more often. Smegs variable temperature kettle offers a variety of settings ranging from 106 degrees Fahrenheit to 212 degrees Fahrenheit. There are seven temperature settings that correspond to the different temperatures needed for different kinds of tea and coffee. An LED screen shows you the temperature, the kettle will also keep your water warm for a while, and it has an automatic shutoff function when your water is ready.
It also has a water level window so you can check how much water is inside.
You can also opt to get the standard Smeg kettle without variable temperature rates if you only need to boil water for coffee, black tea, noodles, soups, and so on. Although you can’t adjust the temperature, this kettle is still a great option, and it’s more affordable at $versus the $price tag of the variable temperature Smeg kettle. Anyone who loves fashionable, well-designed appliances or has a retro-inspired kitchen filled with Smeg appliances will love this kettle. It’s also recommended by reviewers on Apartment Therapy, The Independent, Hughes, and The Good Housekeeping Institute, though they all point out you’re paying a premium for the slick design.
A trusted British friend of mine heartily recommends this kettle, and given how much tea he drinks on a daily basis, his recommendation carries a lot of weight. Positive user reviews on Amazon mostly harp on about the gorgeous design of stainless steel tea kettles, but many also mention that it’s very easy to use and works well. Negative reviews mention poor quality control and some worried that they received a counterfeit kettle, so buyer beware. Smeg offers a one-year warranty, and you can also buy 4-year protection for your kettle on Amazon.
And for our last pick we have the best cheap electric kettle which goes to the Original Secura Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric Water Kettle. Sometimes you just want a no-frills appliance that works and comes at an affordable price point. The Original Secura Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric Water Kettle fits the bill as an affordable stainless steel electric kettle that boils water quickly and costs less than $40.
It may not have fancy features like variable temperature settings or a water gauge, but it does offer a full stainless steel unibody design, fast water heat up with its 1500 watts of heating power, and it’s easy to clean. The kettle turns off automatically so you don’t boil a dry pot and damage the heating element. Secura’s kettle is about the same price as cheap plastic ones, but it is completely BPA free and no plastic touches your water. The stainless steel inside wall is easy to clean after each use, so you can avoid mineral buildup over time.
It has a double-wall construction, so the outer layer of plastic stays cool to the touch even as the water boils inside. Reviewers on Heavy, Best Kitchen Kit, and Best Electric Kettle recommend the Secura kettle, and it is one of the top-rated kettles on Amazon. Users love that it’s all stainless steel and doesn’t have any plastic on the inside. Many reviewers say that they’ve tried lots of kettles and Secura is the best one they’ve used. One person even called it “the best electric kettle ever.” A handful of reviews complain of rusting, but others point out that it’s easily avoided by rinsing it before use and wiping the inside dry every now and then.
However, we were impressed by the sheer number of positive reviews for this kettle. Amazon buyers are very pleased with it and so long as you don’t need variable temperatures for tea or want to see the water level inside, the Secura kettle seems like a real winner especially at this price point. So that sums up our top electric kettles of 2019. We hope you enjoyed.