Perhaps you think stovetop kettles are more authentic, or maybe you're on Team Microwave Tea. Whatever the reason, if you haven't already discovered the magic of electric kettles, consider this your chance to be introduced. Aside from being the standard over in Europe, electric kettles are faster, safer and quieter than their stovetop counterparts. We rounded up our favorites below—grab a blanket, get cozy and get ready to meet your new winter best friend.
While I love the KitchenAid and Fellow kettles for their style and quality, they're definitely not the most budget-friendly. With that in mind, this year I have to say that my favorite is this little kettle from Bodum, which has both quality and a low price. Simple, unimposing and easy on the eyes, the Bodum Bistro checks all the boxes for me.
For a basic, no fuss kettle that's about as inexpensive as it gets, check out Amazon's own model. This kettle sits on a power base for cordless serving, has automatic shut-off with boil-dry protection, and features a nice water window for precise filling. It's on the small end (with one liter capacity), but is an efficient and budget-friendly choice for any size kitchen.
A sleek and durable kettle, the 1.7 L Secura is made entirely of stainless steel so you don't have to worry about plastic coming into contact with hot water (which could be an issue for some). The double-wall construction boils water faster and keeps it hot longer—plus, that means it stays cool to the touch.
For a different look, check out this gooseneck kettle from Dr. Hetzner. Aside from having an unusual design, this kettle also has preset temperature controls, so you can boil your water at the exact temperature you desire. There's even an exciting keep warm button that will maintain the temperature for another hour after boiling.
This cute little kettle is the one I've used for the past year, and I have zero complaints about it. It boils water quickly, has automatic shut-off and is small enough to fit comfortably on my tiny kitchen counter space. Perhaps most importantly, who isn't a sucker for those lovely KitchenAid colors? There's just something about it that makes me smile while I prepare my (at least daily) cup of tea.
An update to Cuisinart's best-selling PerfecTemp kettle, this model has six preset temperatures plus a 30-minute keep warm function. The preset buttons might make this kettle look a bit intimidating and unnecessarily flashy, but having a range of temperature options is such a good thing—I can't be the only one who sometimes doesn't want to a) wait for the water to fully boil or b) have a boiling cup of tea every single time.
Russell Hobbs appliances are well-known for their signature retro look, and this sweet kettle is no exception. The water temperature gauge allows you to know the exact temperature inside the kettle at every stage of the boiling process (perfect if you don't love piping hot tea!) and the water level gauge takes the guesswork out of using the right amount of water.
For a minimalistic look, try the aptly named Crystal Clear Kettle from Breville. Made out of glass instead of plastic, it adds a touch of sophistication to your tea drinking habits (as if they weren't already fancy enough). The soft opening lid slowly releases steam and prevents splashing, and the clear design means you can easily pour just the right amount of water in to boil.
This kettle is super convenient, with a backlit screen and one-dial interface that allows you to choose the exact temperature you'd like your water to be boiled at. It also has measurement markings on its side so you know exactly how much water is boiling, and a slow-open lid to control steam release. It's expensive and a tad bulkier than other options, but the quality is high and offers a great choice for serious tea drinkers.
A truly gorgeous kettle that also happens to be a 2018 Red Dot Design Award winner, this gooseneck kettle offers variable temperature control, temperature holding and a discreet black LCD screen that lets you track boiling progress. Want to take it even further? The EKG+ model has Bluetooth connectivity and costs $50 more.
The ideal retro-inspired kettle, the 1.7 L Smeg comes in a variety of colors and finishes with a chrome base and handle. It comes with a removable limescale filter, built-in cord wrap, and, of course, looks great sitting on your kitchen counter. People either love it or hate it, but you can't deny that it makes a statement.
Another aesthetically-pleasing option, this kettle from Stelton's Emma line is clean, simple and undeniably European. Created by Danish design studio Holmbäck Nordentoft, this kettle is perfect for the minimalistic Nordic style-lover. Aside from its great design, this kettle comes with a dry boil safety switch and removable limescale filter, and costs £139, which translates to roughly $158.
- They're faster. Compared to traditional stovetop kettles, the electric models boil water much quicker. In an age of instant gratification, this fact is important.
- They won't shriek loudly. My personal biggest qualm with stovetop kettles is the unearthly whistling they do when they're ready. Making a cup of tea is supposed to be relaxing, not full of screaming. Electric kettles are much more civilized—most just quietly turn off on their own.
- They're precise. Many electric kettles offer gauges to determine water level and temperature, letting the perfectionists among us go wild and create the perfect boiling environment for whatever it is we need hot water for.
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Updated from a post originally published in October 2016.