Best Tea Kettles

The 10 Best Tea Kettles in 2019

Whether you heat your water on the stovetop or by just pressing a button, there is never a wrong way of heating water to make a great cup of tea. The traditional stovetop kettle appeals to many of us, with its classic style and whistle, or for those of us who do not like waiting too long for water to boil, the electric kettle gives us greater efficiency.

In this article we look in greater detail at the differences between these two types of kettle as well as reviewing a selection of bestselling stovetop and electric tea kettles. We hope that by the end of the article we will have helped you to choose the best tea kettle for your home.

​Best Pick

Circulon 1.5 Quart Sunrise Tea Kettle

The Circulon 1.5 quart Sunrise tea kettle (bell pepper red) is our best pick for its traditional whistle and suitability for all stove tops.

​Budget Pick

Café Brew Collection WK112 Glass Kettle

The Café Brew Collection WK112 glass kettle assembled in the US is our BPA-free and dishwasher safe budget pick.


1. ​Circulon 1.5 Quart Sunrise Tea Kettle  

Highlighted Features

  • This bell pepper red 1.5 quart tea kettle is suitable for all stove tops, including induction
  • Whistles when water is ready and has a squeeze and pour spout
  • Made from carbon steel (with a stainless steel lid), it is enamel coated for easy cleaning
  • Comes with a lifetime limited warranty

The Circulon 1.5 quart Sunrise tea kettle (bell pepper red) is a stovetop kettle that can heat up to six cups of water. Its squeeze and pour spout is part of the handle for ease of use, although the spout may ‘sputter’ if you pour too quickly or do not hold the kettle at quite the right angle.

It is suitable for all stove tops, including induction and made from carbon steel, its lid is stainless steel. The steel is coated with attractive red enamel for easy cleaning and it also has a lead-free enamel interior. This is a whistling kettle that comes with a lifetime limited warranty.

​Pros

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    Contemporary red whistling 1.5 quart tea kettle
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    Squeeze and pour spout
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    Suitable for all stovetops
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    Enamel coated steel
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    Lifetime limited warranty

​Cons

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    The handle may get hot, especially if you are using on a high burner setting
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    Can be prone to inner rusting if not allowed to dry out between uses
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    Spout can ‘sputter’ if pouring out too quickly

2. Café Brew Collection WK112 Glass Kettle 

Highlighted Features

  • 12 cup glass stovetop tea kettle that whistles when boiling
  • Has a drip-free spout and heat resistant handle
  • Assembled in the US from German heat resistant glass and global parts
  • The plastic components are BPA-free, and the kettle can be cleaned in the dishwasher

The stovetop Café Brew Collection WK112 glass kettle is assembled in the US from Schott DURAN borosilicate heat resistant glass from Germany. It has a 12 cup capacity, a heat tolerant handle and a drip-free spout. This kettle is only suitable for using on a low burner to minimize the risk of damage to the handle.

It is a traditional whistling kettle that also comes with a metal heat diffusing trivet that you must use if you have electric range coils. It is free from BPA and dishwasher safe.

​Pros

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    US assembled glass tea kettle
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    12 cup capacity
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    Whistles when boiling
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    Heat safe handle
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    Drip-free spout

​Cons

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    It needs to heat on a low burner to prevent any damage to the plastic top
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    As a glass kettle it is much easier to crack or break than a typical steel model
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    It has a quieter whistle
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    May need to use supplied trivet depending on what type of stove you have

3. Zeppoli Electric Kettle

Highlighted Features

  • Cordless 1500 watts glass and stainless steel tea kettle
  • The spout is easy pour and it contains a filter to capture water impurities when pouring
  • Food-grade silicone handle which is anti-slip and resistant to heat

The Zeppoli electric kettle is glass with stainless steel accents. It is a 1500 watts cordless kettle that allows 360° rotation on its base. The handle is heat-resistant and anti-slip and contains food grade silicone. There is no BPA in this kettle. The lid is easy opening and wider for easier filling, although some users may experience looseness with the lid fitting at times.

The spout has a filter to strain out any impurities when pouring and its LED light shows when heating. Once boiling, it will automatically shut off after 30 seconds. It takes between 5 and 6 minutes for 1.7l to boil.

​Pros

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    1500 watts electric kettle
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    Cordless kettle with 360° rotation on its base
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    Glass and stainless steel
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    BPA-free
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    Auto shut-off when boiling

​Cons

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    ​You need to make sure lid is tightly closed after filling to minimize risk of it opening when pouring
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    ​Depending on where you live, scaling or water deposits may cloud the glass

4. OXO Classic Tea Kettle 

Highlighted Features

  • A traditional style 18/8 stainless steel stovetop kettle that whistles
  • Its handle is heat resistant and you can rotate it away for easy filling
  • The spout cap has a silicone touch spot to prevent burns when opening

The OXO Classic tea kettle is a traditional shaped kettle made from high grade 18/8 stainless steel, although it can still be susceptible to some rusting. Its heat resistant handle rotates out of the way when filling through its large opening. The spout cap has a silicone touch spot for when you need to open it for easy pouring. This is a 1.7 quart whistling kettle.

​Pros

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    Stovetop whistling kettle
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    1.7 quart
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    High grade 18/8 stainless steel
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    Rotating handle for easy filling
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    ​Silicone touch spot on spout cap

​Cons

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    Not suitable for dishwasher cleaning
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    Although stainless steel is rust resistant, this may be prone to rusting if not dried out between uses
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    Some users may find the whistle too quiet

5. Fino Pour Over Coffee Kettle 

Highlighted Features

  • Has a narrow gooseneck shape spout to slow down pouring and maximize tea and coffee flavor
  • High temperature thermoplastic handle
  • You can use on gas, electric and induction stovetops
  • Suitable for cleaning in the dishwasher

The Fino pour over coffee kettle has a 1l (6 cup capacity). Made from 18/8 stainless steel in Japan, it has a narrow gooseneck spout that slows down pouring to help maximize flavor from tea and coffee. The handle is thermoplastic and high temperature and this kettle is suitable for electric, induction and gas stovetops, although it does not have a whistle function. It is also dishwasher safe.

Like any stainless steel kettle, it can be prone to rusting over its lifetime, you can help reduce some of the risk by draining and drying off between uses.

​Pros

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    1l stovetop kettle
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    Japanese made 18/8 stainless steel
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    Narrow gooseneck shape spout
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    Suitable for induction stovetop
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    Dishwasher safe

​Cons

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    Although a stovetop kettle, it does not whistle
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    If filled or on a high burner, water will escape from the spout when it starts to boil
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    Like any stainless steel kettle, it can be prone to rusting

6. Revere Whistling Tea Kettle 

Highlighted Features

  • Traditional style whistling stovetop kettle
  • A 2⅓ quart mirrored finish stainless steel kettle with a signature copper bottom for faster heating
  • Has an easy grip handle which stays cool to the touch
  • Comes with a one year limited warranty

The 2⅓ quart Revere whistling tea kettle is high quality stainless steel with a mirror finish. It has a signature copper bottom for faster heating. It has an easy-grip black phenolic handle which stays cool to touch. The manufacturer advises to only use on a low or medium burner and it needs emptying after each use. This kettle comes with a one year limited warranty. Some users may find that the spout cover is loose and that this may be more prone to heat damage than comparable products.

​Pros

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    2⅓ quart whistling kettle
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    Mirrored finish stainless steel
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    Copper bottom
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    Stay cool and easy grip handle

​Cons

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    This kettle may not whistle as loud as you might expect
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    Plastic spout cover may come loose and is at risk of heat damage when in use
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    If you have larger hands you may need to use a potholder when using because of the handle design

7. Chef’s Secret Tea Kettle

Highlighted Features

  • A large 2¾ quart traditional whistling kettle
  • Stainless steel construction with a copper center capsule bottom for improved heating
  • Handle has a heat resistant grip and is riveted for extra security
  • Comes with a limited lifetime warranty

The 2¾ quart Chef’s Secret tea kettle is made from four-layered T-304 stainless steel with a copper center capsule bottom for faster heating. It has a secure riveted handle with a heat-resistant grip and the spout cap is away from the grip to minimize burn risk, although for extra safety you may want to use a potholder, particularly if you have larger hands. This is a traditional whistling kettle.

Although suitable for induction cooktops, some users may find this kettle incompatible with specific cooktops, so if you do have an induction stove, you may want to check with the manufacturer before buying.

​Pros

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    2¾ quart whistling kettle
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    Stainless steel with copper capsule bottom
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    Heat resistant riveted handle
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    Limited lifetime warranty

​Cons

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    Although suitable for induction stoves, it may not be compatible with particular stove models
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    If you have larger hands you may have more risk of burns when using due to the handle size

8. Cuisinart CTK-SS17 Tea Kettle 

Highlighted Features

  • Stainless steel 2 quart stovetop kettle
  • A traditional styled tea kettle with a whistle
  • Comes with a lifetime limited warranty from the manufacturer

The Cuisinart CTK-SS17 tea kettle is a 2 quart traditional stovetop whistling kettle made from stainless steel. Like any stainless steel kettles, it may be prone to rusting so you should dry out between uses to try to reduce the risk of rusting. It comes with a limited lifetime warranty.

​Pros

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    2 quart whistling stovetop kettle
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    Traditional style
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    Stainless steel
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    Limited lifetime warranty

​Cons

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    May show signs of rusting during its lifetime
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    May need to use a potholder when taking off the stovetop and pouring, especially if you have a gas stove
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    This kettle has a very loud whistle

9. KitchenAid KEK1222ER Electric Kettle 

  • Empire red 1500 watts kettle with stainless steel body and aluminum handle
  • The interior of the kettle is BPA-free
  • Comes with a one-year replacement warranty

The empire red KitchenAid KEK1222ER electric kettle has 1.25l capacity. It is a 1500 watts cordless kettle with auto shut-off that can rotate 360° on its base. It has a stainless steel body with an aluminum handle. Its interior is BPA-free, although it does have some plastic components under its water levels. It comes with a one year hassle-free replacement warranty.

​Pros

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    1500 watts cordless electric kettle
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    Stainless steel body
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    Limescale filter
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    Free from BPA
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    One year warranty

​Cons

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    Like any stainless steel kettle, it needs drying out after use to minimize the risk of rusting
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    Although this has a BPA-free interior, there are plastic components under the water level

​10. Circulon Circles Tea Kettle, Capri Turquoise 

  • Capri turquoise 2 quart stovetop tea kettle
  • It is enamel coated solid steel for easier cleaning
  • Has a one-touch spout that whistles and is designed for easy use
  • Comes with a lifetime limited warranty

The Circulon Circles tea kettle (Capri turquoise) is a 2 quart stovetop tea kettle with a one-touch spout for easy use. Made from solid steel, this whistling kettle has an easy clean enamel exterior. As it also has an enamel interior it may be more prone to chipping.

This kettle comes with a lifetime limited warranty and you may want to use it on a low burner to minimize the chance of too much heat getting to the spout cap or durable handle.

​Pros

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    Turquoise stovetop kettle
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    One-touch whistling spout
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    2 quart capacity
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    Solid steel coated with enamel
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    Has a lifetime limited warranty

​Cons

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    The handle and spout cap are more prone to damage on higher burners
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    Enamel coating has more chance of cracking or chipping than stainless steel models

Things to Consider Before Buying a Tea Kettle

An important thing to think about when buying your new kettle is how many people you will need to brew for. If there is just you and a partner, you may prefer a smaller model, while a larger family tends to need a kettle with more capacity. When reviewing the capacity of kettles, also look at how quickly it will take to heat the water - there is nothing worse than sitting around waiting for the kettle to boil!

When you pick up a kettle it should feel balanced in your hand, the lid needs to be easy to remove for filling and the design of the spout should allow easy pouring. The handle should be heat resistant or heatproof, which means that you can use the kettle without a potholder.

Having a whistle on the stovetop kettle or the auto-shut off on the electric kettle are the key safety features that stop kettles from boiling dry and being damaged or in extreme cases, causing a fire. If you live in the mountains, you also need to keep an eye on an electric kettle as its lower boiling point may not always trigger its auto shut-off.

About the Kettle

Around five thousand years ago, the Mesopotamians were using bronze kettles with decorated spouts. Other early kettles were made from early iron or copper and used for cooking. These eventually evolved into tea kettles, many of which were distinctive to the countries or parts of the world where they evolved.

The first electric kettle appeared in the UK in the 1890s. It was a copper and brass kettle with an electric heating coil outside of it. In 1922, some other UK engineers devised a heating coil inside a metal tube that could sit in the water. Because these ‘Swan’ kettles used so much power, it was not unheard of for the kettle to melt or even set the counter on fire. A brass rod was later added to the kettle’s plug – if the kettle got too hot, the rod would expand to push the plug out and break the electrical circuit.

In 1955, the UK company Russell Hobbs introduced the K1 kettle which had a thermostat to turn off the power when the kettle began to boil. This simple shut-off thermostat is still the main safety feature of today’s electric kettles!

Benefits of the Electric Kettle

Electric kettles are usually faster than stovetops, taking around four minutes or so to boil and are easy to use. They also use less energy than a stovetop kettle.

As well as the auto shut-off, other useful features include the water gauge, so you know how water much is in the kettle at any time and the cordless base or detachable cord. Some cordless bases can store excess cord, keeping it out of the way. Some kettles have a keep warm function, ideal if you need to break off when using, or you need early refills.

Depending on what kind of tea you prefer, there are also the newer generation of electric kettles which allow minor temperature adjustments. Although most black tea best suits a rolling boil at around 212°F, a lower temperature such as between 160°F and 185°F will suit more delicate teas such as green and white teas.

All About the Stovetop Kettle

Although the stovetop kettle is slower than the electric kettle it does offer traditional styling to your kitchen and if your power outlets are already overloaded in the kitchen, then the stovetop kettle may be the solution. Stovetop kettles are available in a variety of materials such as cast iron, copper and stainless steel.

  • Cast iron kettles are durable but can be quite costly. They take a long time to heat, but heat evenly and keep hotter for longer, making them ideal for refills. You cannot leave water sitting in a cast iron kettle as it will rust; it needs draining and drying in between uses. Some cast iron kettles may have an enamel lining. Although these can help reduce the risk of rusting, enamel is prone to chipping, so they need handling with care. Some tea enthusiasts also say that iron from cast-iron kettles will leach into the water, not only supplying extra iron intake but also improving the flavor of tea.
  • Copper stovetop kettles boil quickly and although they look very traditional, they will scratch and dent quickly as copper is a soft metal. Copper also needs regular polishing to keep its glow. Some people say there is a slight copper tang in tea made from copper-boiled water, but like any taste matters – it all boils down – or up - to personal preferences.
  • Stainless steel kettles are common in many kitchens. Stainless steel is generally good value, keeps its shiny finish, is harder wearing and does not alter the taste of the water. Stainless steel kettles are prone to rusting though, so should be dried out in between uses. Because stainless steel also gets extremely hot, if your new tea kettle does not have a heat resistant handle you will need to use a potholder to pick it up.
  • Carbon steel is harder than stainless steel but rusts easier, so a carbon steel kettle is usually enamel coated to keep the steel out of direct contact with water.
  • Enamel kettles are usually enamel coated steel or even cast iron and they are easy to keep clean. Although the enamel coating will help reduce corrosion or rust, enamel is quite fragile which means the enamel kettle is more prone to chips and cracks.

The Whistle

Love it or hate it – the whistle is a key safety feature for a stovetop kettle. Unless you stay in the kitchen when boiling the kettle, having a whistle ensures the kettle will not boil dry. Boiling a kettle dry will damage its finish and can also damage its core construction.

The spout cap on a whistling kettle has two holes. Steam passes through the first hole and the pressure that builds up from this pushes a narrower jet of steam through the second hole or whistle. Because pressure between these two holes is unstable, it causes the whistle to ‘waver’ before it starts its full whistling.

Removing Hard Water Build Up from an Electric Kettle

Scaling occurs when mineral deposits such as calcium and magnesium found in hard water build up in a kettle or other appliance. Also known as limescale, this can affect how well the kettle works, as well as deposit mineral fragments into the water. Because the minerals stay in the kettle after boiling, they begin to build up and harden– you can see this build up as a milky colored layer on the inside of the kettle.

You can buy ready mixed solutions to clean hard water build up, or you can make a mildly acidic solution at home. You just need to add a 50:50 mix of water and vinegar to the kettle and boil. Leave the solution in the kettle for around 15 minutes, pour away and add fresh water. Rinse a couple of times, then re-boil and pour away. The kettle should be free from any traces of vinegar and minerals.

You can also clean a stovetop kettle with vinegar solution – just leave to stand for around an hour before pouring the solution away.

A similar mix of two cups of water and an ounce of lemon or lime, or even some fresh lemon slices in half a kettle of water will also work the same way.

A little baking soda on a soft cloth rubbed around the inside of a kettle will remove any remaining mineral residue and if the kettle filter is built up with scale, then you can leave to soak in pure vinegar for a few minutes then rinse well.

Conclusion

The stovetop kettle may be more your cup of tea than an electric model, not least because of the traditional statement it makes in any type of kitchen. You may prefer the enamel coated steel kettle with a whistle for its bright colors and easy cleaning, or a stainless steel model with a gooseneck for slower pouring and better brewing.

However, if your tastes do run more to the electric tea kettle, then we have also reviewed some of the favorites currently available. We do hope that you have found these reviews useful and that they have helped you in your search for the best tea kettle to make the best cup of tea.
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