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10 Best Electric Tea Kettles of 2022

From gooseneck kettles for pour-over to picks with temperature control for tea.

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We updated this guide in May 2022 to ensure all products tested and vetted by the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances & Culinary Innovation Lab were in stock and available, and we updated prices.

Electric tea kettles are a must-have appliance for anyone looking to boil water quickly, whether it's for tea or faster pasta. Compared to stovetop kettles, they're often quicker, quieter and offer automatic shut-off features so you can walk away without risk while getting ready in the morning. The most convenient thing about electric kettles is that with a keep-warm feature, they keep water hot for much longer than a standard kettle.

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances & Culinary Innovation Lab we found the best electric tea kettles on the market. When testing, we measure how long it took for kettles to come to a boil, settings for different types of teas and coffee, how well they maintained temperature, size and more. We know everyone's looking for something different, so our picks are tested and used in our own kitchens, as well as ones well-reviewed with especially unique features that set them apart from others. You’ll find picks that run the gamut of average size, small and large, as well as basic ones that just boiled and ones that could be controlled in more detail.

Our top picks

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Best Overall Electric Kettle
CPK-17 PerfecTemp Electric Kettle

  • Viewing window
  • 6 pre-programmed temperature settings
  • Auto shut-off and 30-minute keep-warm settings

Serious tea-drinkers know that different types of teas steep at different temperatures and the folks at Cuisinart know this – their CPK-17 allows you to pick from six pre-programmed temperature settings that are labeled with the recommended tea and coffee options. Its settings are easy to press and operate with one hand, while the kettle itself is easy to pour with a thick, ergonomic handle. It's also simple to remove from the base for pouring, as well as replace for the keep warm setting (up to 30 minutes) and storage. In our Lab tests, we enjoyed the easy-to-read viewing window that allows you to see how much water is in the kettle without opening the lid; not to mention, the three-year warranty!

More details:
Capacity: 1.7-liter capacity
Dimensions: 8.8 x 6.1 x 9.7 inches
Weight: 1 lb
Material: stainless steel

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Best Value Electric Kettle
Electric Kettle with SpeedBoil Tech
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  • Lights up when heating
  • Budget-friendly

  • Heating plate may require more cleaning more frequent since it's visible

We've yet to test this budget-friendly pick but think it's solid all the way around: It illuminates to let you know it’s heating and the glass allows you to see inside to see when your water is boiling. The plastic handle is wide and easy to grasp and stays cool and the large spout allows for a fast, easy pour.

More details:
Capacity: 1.8-liter capacity
Dimensions: 9.84 x 7.87 x 1.57 inches
Weight: 3 lb
Material: glass

Most Popular Electric Kettle on Amazon
Electric Kettle

  • Automatically shuts off once boiling
  • Keeps cool on the outside

  • Lacks adjustable temperature
  • No keep-warm setting

Amazon reviewers love this kettle. The outside is made of 100% BPA-free plastic, which we found stays cool to the touch during our Lab tests and the inside, spout and lid are lined with food-safe stainless steel. This is a one-touch button no-frills kettle, which boils water in six minutes and automatically shuts off when boiling is done. Easy peasy.

More details:
Capacity: 1.5-liter capacity
Dimensions: 8.70 x 6.90 x 9.70 Inches
Weight: 2.9 lb
Material: stainless steel and plastic

Best Gooseneck Electric Kettle
Electric Pour-Over Kettle

  • Built-in timer
  • Adjustable temperature 140-212°F
  • Auto shut-off and 30-minute keep warm settings

If you're more of a coffee than a tea drinker, this electric kettle is the one for you. The thin gooseneck pouring spout allows for precise pouring with a slow and steady flow, two important attributes when it comes to making pour-over coffee. In addition to its design, this kettle also controls the temperatures in 1-degree increments from 140-212°F. The large range makes it ideal for both delicate teas and hot coffees. Its built-in timer also stood out during our Lab test, which helps keep an eye on your pour-over process. Additional features include a keep warm cycle, which automatically shuts off after 30 minutes for safety.

More details:
Capacity:1-liter capacity
Dimensions: 10.4 x 7.8 x 13.4 inches
Weight: 5 lb
Material: glass, silicone and stainless steel

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Fastest Electric Kettle

  • Auto shut-off
  • Easy refilling

  • No adjustable temperature or keep-warm setting

This 17-ounce electric tea kettle is ideal for those who need a quick, budget-friendly, water-boiling fix. It's also good for people in search of a lightweight option that's easy to hold and pour. In our Lab road tests, the lid opened and closed nicely for easy filling and the kettle turned on with the touch of a button. It's made from BPA-free plastic, has an auto shut-off and comes with a three-year warranty. We like keeping this one on our desk for the freshest tasting tea.

More details:
Capacity: 0.5-liter capacity
Dimensions: 7.24 x 7.09 x 6.77 inches
Weight: 2.1 lb
Material: plastic

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Best Compact Electric Kettle
Electric Kettle

  • Auto shut-off
  • Looks as sleek as an on-stove kettle

  • No keep-warm setting
  • Lacks adjustable temperature settings

For a compact kettle, the 1 ¼-liter kettle from KitchenAid is adorable and well-reviewed. It has the look and the feel of a stovetop kettle, from the stainless steel body to the aluminum handle. It comes in six colors and has a wrap-around cord base, to keep your countertop free of excess cords. The one-touch activation button made it easy to operate during our Lab tests, and the lid removed completely for an easier fill.

More details:
Capacity: 1.25-liter capacity
Dimensions: 7 x 8.9 x 10.3 inches
Weight: 2.5 lb
Material: stainless steel

Quietest Electric Kettle
'50s Retro Style Aesthetic Electric Kettle

  • Auto shut-off
  • Quiet boiling

  • No adjustable temperature settings
  • Lacks a keep-warm setting

It doesn't come with fancy features, but SMEG's 50's Retro Style Kettle has real countertop appeal. It comes in six colors, holds up to 1.7 liters and includes a removable limescale filter. We found it quiet and quick to boil in our tests and appreciate that the cord can be wrapped underneath the base, keeping your countertop free of clutter.

The base also has four little feet, which we appreciate because we often keep our kettle near the sink where it faces the inevitable splash. Another unique feature is on the viewing pane–it offers measurement markings in liters, but also in cups, so you have a better idea of how full it is.

More details:

• Capacity: 1.7-liter capacity
• Dimensions: 6.73 x 8.9 x 9.76 inches
• Weight: 3.63 lb
• Material: stainless steel

Best Electric Kettle with Temperature Control
One-Touch Tea Maker

  • 5 pre-programmed temperature settings, plus custom temps 120-212°F
  • Auto shut-off and 60-minute keep-warm settings

Breville's One-Touch Tea Maker is one of the most unique brewers on the market, perfect for tea aficionados. It comes with a brew basket that you fill with loose tea leaves and automatically lowers into the water when it has reached the perfect temperature. The brew basket is made of a fine mesh with a snap-tight lid to prevent seepage.

Choose from five different temperatures for tea, plus a custom setting and three different steep times based on desired strength. In our Lab tests, the buttons were smooth, easy to control and, like most Breville products, very intuitive to use. The electric kettle may be programmed from the night before so you can wake up to the perfect brew.

More details:
Capacity: 1.5-liter capacity
Dimensions: 10.3 x 5.9 x 11 inches
Weight: 6.54 lb
Material: stainless steel and glass

Best Portable Electric Kettle
Foldable Electric Kettle

  • Auto shut-off
  • Collapses down for easy storage and transit

  • No adjustable temperature or keep-warm setting

The Loutytyou kettle is made of ultra-thin food-grade silicone and BPA-free materials. It conveniently collapses into a handy storage pouch, perfect for traveling. Although we haven't tested this option in our Lab, we love that it has dual voltage, making it compatible with worldwide travelers too. Note: The voltage for U.S. customers will have to be adjusted to 110V on the base before use.

More details:
Capacity: 0.5-liter capacity
Dimensions: 6.69 x 5.47 x 5.2 inches
Weight: 1.9 lb
Material: silicone

Best Large Electric Kettle
Hybrid Water Boiler And Warmer

  • 4 pre-programmed temperature settings
  • Auto shut-off and 30-minute keep-warm setting

While this appliance doesn't look like a kettle, it heats an impressive 4 liters of water, making it great for parties or large groups. Choose from four temperatures settings and a quick re-boil option if the water has cooled too much. The boiler/warmer has a vacuum-sealed chamber, which we found in our tests that it maintains the temperature, even when it's not plugged in.

Use the handle to transport it and use it on the go, or unplug it and leave it on the counter for an energy-efficient keep warm setting. The outside stays cool to the touch and the large viewing window always lets you know how much is left.

More details:
Capacity: 1.7-liter capacity
Dimensions: 11.13 x 8.75 x 13.88 inches
Weight: 7 lb
Material: stainless steel

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How we test electric tea kettles

In the Good Housekeeping Institute Kitchen Appliances & Culinary Innovation Lab we rounded up the best electric tea kettles on the market – out of the 10 kettles we've tested over the years, six of them made this list. When testing, some things we measured were how long it took for kettles to come to a boil for five different teas, which ranked high if they boiled within 1.5 minutes or less, and also how well they maintained temperature in the keep warm phase. We also considered about 11 other data points like programmable temperatures and settings for different types of teas and coffee, size (some kettles boil up to two cups while one of our picks can heat up to 17), spout type and ease of pouring, plus overall ease of use. We also considered whether or not you can steep tea directly in the kettle.

What to look for when buying an electric kettle
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No matter if you’re a coffee aficionado or a novice tea drinker, an electric kettle comes in a range of designs that suit your brewing needs ranging from easy touch-start buttons to advanced types that lower a tea basket into the water for you. We’ve provided a rundown of the key details to look for when shopping for electric kettles:

✔️ Materials: First things first, you'll have to decide between the three standard types of electric kettles – plastic, glass and stainless steel.

  • Plastic electric kettles are typically tagged at cheaper price points and often offer a simple one-touch operation.
  • Glass options fall on the more expensive end of the spectrum, but many people prefer being able to see how much water is in the kettle and when it boils.
  • Stainless steel kettles are typically designed to last and are known to heat well while hiding any stains or imperfections that naturally form on the bottom of the inner heating plate – these stains are normal and form due to a buildup of minerals that occur in water.

✔️ Features: Automatic shut-off is essential in a good electric kettle while a keep warm setting is desirable. Some electric kettles even offer programs with timers and temps for specific teas and drinks. Tea drinkers may opt for kettles with filters that allow you to brew tea directly in the kettle or even ones that are equipped with baskets and automatically steep the tea for you. As for coffee lovers, gooseneck styles offer a long spout convenient for a pour-over.

✔️ Size: The average electric kettle is about 1.7 liters and larger ones can span up to four liters, which comes in handy when serving larger parties. If you take your tea on the go or like to sip at your desk, you may opt for a no-frills kettle that pours out just enough at two cups.

    Why trust Good Housekeeping?

    Anna Helm Baxter handled our most recent round of electric tea kettle testing. She was previously the Deputy Food Editor for Woman’s Day, Good Housekeeping and Country Living. She now freelances as a recipe developer and food stylist and is the author of multiple cookbooks, including Salad in a Jar, Soups Made Simple, 10 Minute Desserts and One Skillet.

    The Kitchen Appliances and Culinary Innovation Lab is led by Nicole Papantoniou, who has led or overseen GH's testing of indoor, outdoor and portable grills for the past four years. Nicole previously worked in product development for small kitchen appliances and tools. She has a grand diplome in classic culinary arts from the former French Culinary Institute and a certificate in culinary nutrition from the former Natural Gourmet Institute, now both known as the Institute of Culinary Education.

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