The 7 Best Electric Kettles You Can Buy, According to Our Tests
Electric kettles make quick work of boiling water. Instead of heating water on the stove — or worse, in the microwave — a great electric kettle makes it possible to boil right on the countertop. Sure, it's one more thing to take up space, but a kettle is quick, easy to use, and they're often aesthetically pleasing.
If you don't already have one, an electric kettle will soon become a staple in your kitchen thanks to its fuss-free operation and the absence of guesswork as to whether water is hot enough. To find out which kettles are worth your time and money, our lab test experts put several of the best-rated electric kettles through their paces. The Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle came out on top, but all seven of our top picks are more than welcome to get things bubbling.
- Best Overall: Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle
- Best Stainless Steel: Zwilling Enfinigy Cool Touch Pro Electric Kettle
- Best Temperature Control: Breville the Smart Kettle Luxe
- Best Budget: Mueller Ultra Kettle
- Best Basic: Cosori Double Wall Electric Kettle
- Best Retro: Smeg Electric Kettle Retro-Style
- Best Large: OXO Brew Glass Electric Kettle
The Cosori Electric Gooseneck Kettle is our pick for the best overall electric kettle, thanks to its quality, versatility, and elegant appearance. We also appreciate the just-right price point! For a more basic kettle — one without varying temperature controls — the Mueller Ultra Kettle gets the job done while still looking smart.
How to Pick the Right Electric Kettle
Beyond the appearance of an electric kettle, it's worth considering how you're going to use the appliance. If you're only boiling water once or twice a week to pour over a teabag and head back to your desk, you'll be fine with a no-frills kettle. However, if you're a tea enthusiast who prefers to brew specific teas at their optimal temperature, a kettle with variable temperature settings will likely be appreciated. A keep-warm function is nice for convenient refills without waiting for water to reheat, but at the end of the day, most kettles reach a boil within minutes, so the need for this feature mostly comes down to personal preference.
Kettle capacity is also largely a matter of preference. If you have a large family or frequent guests, a bigger capacity may prove convenient. For small spaces, capacity may be less of a need than a kettle that takes up minimal space.
Ease of use
Most electric kettles are very easy to use, whether they have a simple on-off button or a selection of temperature settings. Choose your ideal kettle based on features rather than a learning curve. Likewise with cleaning: Kettles will all open from the top and generally require the same level of (minimal!) care.
About Our Tests
To find the best electric kettles on the market, our testers took notes on the following:
- Time to boil: How many minutes did it take each kettle to boil when filled to capacity?
- Water temperature: For kettles with temperature settings, were they accurate? In the case of each kettle, what was the temperature in the pot after 10 minutes? After 30 minutes?
- Ease of pour: Did the kettle pour nicely or splash water? How was the weight balance?
- Water taste: Was there any weird aftertaste?
Giving each kettle its best chance to shine, our testers used every kettle under the same conditions with the same water source.
The Leftovers: Other Electric Kettles We Tested
What is the difference between electric and stovetop kettles?
Electric and stovetop kettles are differentiated by just that: stovetop kettles require a stove, whereas electric kettles need only a power outlet. The kettle itself sits on an electric base that plugs into the wall for heating. Once the water has boiled, the kettle can be lifted off the base for pouring or transport to the table.
How do you use electric kettles?
Most electric kettles operate with a simple button. With the base plugged in, the kettle is then filled and set atop the base, and a button is either pressed or flipped to begin the heating process. Kettles with more than one temperature setting may have different buttons, but electric kettles are very easy to operate and have almost no learning curve.
What can you use electric kettles for other than tea?
Anything that calls for boiling water is an opportunity to use your electric kettle! Make instant, pour-over or French press coffee, add hot water to hot chocolate, stir in bouillon powder or cubes for a quick broth, or heat water to pour into a hot bath — the possibilities are endless.
How do you clean electric kettles?
Electric kettles are easy to keep clean since they're only used for boiling water, but if you live somewhere with hard water, you may notice a buildup of limescale. Lemon juice is effective in the removal of limescale — just squeeze some into the kettle, fill it about halfway with water, let it boil, pour, and rinse.
What is a gooseneck kettle?
Gooseneck kettles get their name from the appearance of the pouring spout — it looks like the neck of a goose. These kettles are favored for their precise pouring. They're not a must, but if you're a pour-over coffee drinker or a tea aficionado, you'll likely appreciate the added control.
Why Take Our Word for It?
Allrecipes is a community-driven brand committed to providing helpful resources and trusted information to home cooks. Contributor Summer Rylander covered the best electric kettles based on tests performed by Allrecipes editors and product review experts. In addition to her work researching kitchen products for The Cookware Review and reviewing tools for The Kitchn, Summer relies on an electric kettle for her nightly cup of peppermint tea.