Making tea, noodles, or just need a pot of boiling water? You can keep your stovetops clear and your hot water at the ready with an electric kettle, but finding the model with the features you want can require a bit of advance research.

In this article, we cover eight great options that span the market’s currently available electric kettles and that include some of the most popular features you can find to make boiling water easier than ever. We’ll also be going over some frequently asked questions to help you pick out the best kettle and make sure boiling water is just the flick of a switch away.

  • Blue backlit window makes it easy to check water boiling and levels at a glance
  • 6 preset heat settings make it easy to nail the right temperature every time
  • Keep warm feature allows you to keep your eyes off the kettle and onto other things
  • Includes a 3-year warranty

  • Water window makes it easy to see water boiling and levels
  • Removable filter makes for easy cleaning
  • Auto-shutoff feature keeps kitchens safe even when you forget
  • Comes with a 1-year limited warranty

  • Glass design and LED lights make it easy to know when water is boiling
  • Larger capacity
  • Durable borosilicate glass resists scratching and scuffs
  • Includes a 2-year warranty

  • Polished, retro design fits into most kitchens
  • Simple LED “on/off” switch makes it easy to know when water is boiling
  • Included filter protects against limescale and other types of buildup
  • Comes with a Limited Lifetime warranty

  • 360-degree LED lights make it easy to check on the kettle at a glance
  • Auto-shutoff feature ensures that the kettle stops once the boiling starts
  • Wide, easy-pour mouth and high capacity means no second batch needed
  • Includes a 2-year warranty

  • Adjustable temperature functionality means you can heat your water to the perfect temperature
  • 60-minute hold feature keeps water exactly where you need it
  • Gooseneck spout makes pouring easy and mess-free
  • Comes with a 1-year warranty

  • Auto shutoff feature keeps kitchens and kettle safe
  • Easy-pour spout reduces the risk of spills and burned hands
  • High capacity allows for multiple cups to be boiled at once
  • Includes a 1-year warranty

  • Stainless steel build means that no plastic parts ever contact boiling water
  • Exterior remains cool to the touch—even when water is at its hottest
  • Automatic shutoff feature prevents boil dry hazards and reduces risk
  • Comes with a 2-year warranty


Our first kettle pick is one of the best overall for versatility and design and offers some seriously helpful indicators for quick temperature reading. The Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17 isn’t the most affordable electric kettle on the market, but it more than justifies its asking price with a host of features designed to help you heat water precisely. You can choose from six separate water temperatures and can keep the water at the selected temperature for up to a half hour.

This kettle also comes with a fairly high capacity and LED indicators to show you the water level and selected temperature at a glance. With a solid, modern stainless steel build, this electric kettle can easily blend into any kitchen decor. The simple yet sophisticated approach of the Cuisinart PerfecTemp offers the ease of use and control for which electric kettles are known.

Pros

  • Multiple temperature options
  • LED indicators
  • High capacity
  • Great design
  • Ease of use

Cons

  • Expensive
  • Lacks intuitive controls


On the opposite end of price but close on features is AmazonBasic’s entry into the electric kettle market. The AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A is a formidable electric kettle for those working on a budget or those who need something small and compact for their apartment. While you won’t be working with LED lights or fancy features like a keep warm function, what you do get is a quick and easy way to get about a liter of water heated up and ready for use.

We really appreciate this kettle’s quick operation and the ease of use, but the smaller capacity means that you may be making more than one kettle for when you have multiple guests over. Likewise, the lower cost means that you may want to be more vigilant to ensure that the kettle isn’t running the risk of running out of water as it boils. Still, for budget-seekers and those who need to save space, this may be a great option.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Lightweight
  • One-touch operation
  • Sleek design
  • Water window

Cons

  • Low capacity
  • No LED indicators

Anyone who’s looking for something more than the standard stainless steel kettle design may appreciate Mueller’s offering to the kettle world. The Mueller Ultra Speedboil Water Heater offers a high capacity and incorporates LED indicator lights that are clearly visible through the glass kettle design. There’s also a focus on ease of use for the end user, which can be seen from the heat-resistant handle to the secured lid with reduces accidental spills.

We greatly appreciate the high level of quality and capacity at a comparatively low price but do wish that there was more than one water temperature choice from which to pick. Nevertheless, this is perfect for those who only need to brew a lot of hot beverages at once. All you’ll need to do is boil until the automatic shutoff kicks in, pour, and enjoy.

Pros

  • Sleek glass design
  • Somewhat affordable
  • High capacity
  • Auto-shutoff feature
  • LED indicators

Cons

  • No keep warm functionality
  • No variable temperature control

Want an electric kettle but want to keep some of the classic design? The KitchenAid KEK1222SX uses a retro design and comes in several colors that can blend nicely with just about any kitchen, and like the AmazonBasics model, is excellent with one-touch operation. Capacity remains a bit low at 1.25 liters, but this model focuses on quick heating time and ridiculously easy operation to get your water from cool to boiling as fast as possible. All you have to do is flip the switch.

While variable temperature control remains a staple in many other modern electric kettles, it’s clear that KitchenAid wants to keep things simple and easy to use. While we think the price is a bit steep for this piece of nostalgia, the ease of operation takes everything about standard kettles and makes them just a little bit better.

Pros

  • Clean, classic design
  • One-touch operation
  • Durable
  • Limescale filter included
  • All-steel design

Cons

  • Some quality control issues
  • No variable temperature control
  • A bit expensive

Providing a clear counterpoint to the earlier KitchenAid model, this COSORI appliance focuses on looking more like a kettle from the future than that of the past. Using a nearly all-glass design, this COSORI device easily telegraphs just how hot your water is. At the same time, bright blue LED lights will shine when the unit is on and when your water is ready to use.

We greatly appreciate the auto shut-off feature and focus on quick boiling that implies you can go from cold to boiling water in just a few minutes. In addition, the easy pour mouth on this electric kettle makes it easy to quickly pour out several cups of tea or brew without worrying about spills. This electric kettle is relatively affordable, sleek, and easy to use. While we would have appreciated better control over temperature and other features, we can still easily recommend this product for most modern homes.

Pros

  • Sleek design
  • LED lights
  • Simple operation
  • High capacity
  • Wide spout

Cons

  • No variable temperature control
  • No keep warm functionality

Many of the electric kettles on our list are designed with simple, wide spouts to make pouring easy, but for those who prefer older, traditional kettles designed with thin spouts, you may prefer this product from Bonavita. The Bonavita Gooseneck Kettle is the only option on our list with both a gooseneck design and highly adjustable incremental temperatures that allows you to heat water anywhere from 140-212 degrees.

We also appreciate the easy-to-read real-time temperature display alongside the hold functionality to keep your water night and hot even when you need to step out. The one-liter capacity is certainly lower than we’d like but for smaller families and couples, this option offers the greatest overall control over pouring and temperature for a respectable price.

Pros

  • Precise temperature control
  • Precise gooseneck spout
  • Sleek metal design
  • Hold functionality
  • Durable

Cons

  • Small capacity
  • Somewhat fragile spout

This simple, affordable electric kettle isn’t much to look at upon first glance, but the larger capacity, clear boiling indication, and durable body make this a great option for those who need to serve a large amount of tea or brews at a good price.

The Hamilton Beach 40880 is able to hold nearly two liters of water and boil much faster than a microwave can. The design is also easy to use, with a 360-degree base and auto shutoff protection offered right out of the box. A simple mesh filter is offered, although we would have liked to see something more focused on limescale. Better control over temperature would also be beneficial. Despite these issues, we still have to hand it to Hamilton Beach and their continued dominance in the home appliance market for their affordable and formidable products.

Pros

  • Easy-to-use base
  • Large spout
  • Durable steel build
  • Large capacity
  • Affordable

Cons

  • No variable temperature control
  • No keep warm functionality

Our final electric kettle pick is another all-steel option with a large capacity, solid warranty, and nearly monolithic design. The Secura SWK-1701DB ensures no plastic touches your water at any stage of the boiling process, so there’s no worry of micro-plastics entering your favorite drinks. You’ll also be able to fit up to nearly two liters of water in this product for easy boiling and for serving large groups. Luckily, with the cool-touch interior, no matter how hot the water gets inside the unit, you’ll be safe from scalds and burns.

We really appreciate the stainless steel filter and focus on reducing limescale and other problems, although, like with many of the other products on our list, we would have preferred the ability to adjust the temperature either incrementally or at least within a certain range. Still, this unit offers a lot in a relatively small package and offers a sleek design that can easily blend into the background of just about any home. We recommend the Secura Electric Kettle for most high capacity needs.

Pros

  • Affordable
  • Sleek design
  • No plastics in contact with water
  • Cool-touch feature
  • Easy operation

Cons

  • No variable temperature control
  • No keep warm functionality

Comparison Chart

FEATURESCuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17AmazonBasics MK-M110A1AMueller Ultra Speedboil Water HeaterKitchenAid KEK1222SXCOSORI Glass Kettle C0171-GKBonavita Gooseneck Kettle BV382510VHamilton Beach 40880Secura SWK-1701DB
MaterialStainless SteelStainless SteelGlassStainless SteelGlassStainless SteelStainless SteelStainless Steel
Capacity1.7 L1 L1.8 L1.25 L1.7 L1 L1.7 L1.7 L
LED IndicatorsXXXX
Weight1 lb1.88 lbs2.2 lbs2.5 lbs2.6 lbs2.76 lbs2.2 lbs3.25 lbs
Dimensions8.2 X 9.8 X 128 X 5.5 X 7.95.9 X 7.9 X 107 X 8.9 X 10.37.3 X 9 X 11.710.8 X 7.5 X 7.39.2 X 6.2 X 8.811 X 8.6 X 7.7

Buyer’s Guide:

Electric Kettle

When it comes to electric kettles, the look and feel of the kettle itself is going to be one of the biggest selling points. Many modern homeowners would prefer to own a kettle from metal or glass due to the aesthetic appeal, but did you know that the material you’ve picked out is going to have long-term implications not only on performance but on water quality?

There are three primary types of material used by electric kettles – plastics, glass, or stainless steel and other types of metal – two of which are featured on the products we’ve chosen here. When it comes to plastic kettles, affordability is going to be the primary focus. These options are often the cheapest and offer durability that’s certainly higher than glass or steel, as you won’t need to worry about shattered glass or broken bits if a fall were to happen. Plastic is known, however, for containing microplastics like BPA that can leak into the water supply. The research into the dangers of these microplastics remain ongoing, but due to the overall risk factor, we’ve opted not to feature plastic kettles on our list.

Next up are glass kettles, which remain best-in-class in design and overall aesthetic appeal. Glass electric kettles blend into modern homes and kitchens most easily and don’t come with the same issues that plastic kettles do. Glass kettles are the most fragile overall, though, and one accident could quite literally shatter your investment. Glass kettles are also typically the most expensive of the group and tend to be the heaviest. Style does come ahead of functionality here, but it is worth noting that few products will be as sanitary as a glass kettle.

Finally, stainless steel options seem to offer the best of both worlds. Stainless steel kettles are more affordable than glass options and more durable as well. Stainless steel kettles also do not release microplastics, and most come with limescale filters to prevent buildup due to the contact of the water to metal. Some stainless steel kettles struggle to keep their handles cool, which can make handling difficult. Regardless, for a middle of the road option, we greatly prefer a stainless steel option.

Other features, such as LED lights and indicators, are going to be more common with some materials than others. For a complete overview of what you can expect from each material, we recommend consulting the following table as you make your decision:

MaterialProsCons
Plastic
  • Most affordable
  • Most durable
  • Easy to handle
  • Easy to wash
  • BPA risk
  • Releases microplastics
  • Can flavor or odor water
Glass
  • Most stylish
  • Most sanitary
  • Easy to check water levels
  • LED lights often featured
  • Expensive
  • Fragile
  • Heavy
Stainless Steel
  • Quite durable
  • Reasonably priced
  • Often include scale filters
  • Great design
  • Can be difficult to handle
  • Can be a potential burn hazard

Since electric kettles utilize a nearly entirely closed design and don’t rely on steam to let you know when water is completed, light and sound indicators are some of the most important features to look out for.

Others operate as a simple “on/off” indicator and glow either when the kettle is turned on, or water has reached a boiling point. Likewise, sound indicators, such as beeps or chimes, can be found on the PerfecTemp and other similar electric kettles and inform when the kettle has hit a specific temperature to remove the guesswork out of making temperature-specific drinks.

Speaking of temperature specificity, aiming to have a kettle with accurate temperature control can be very beneficial if you plan to make more than simple teas. Many herbal drinks or brews require water at specific temperatures that are better for steeping. At the same time, you may only need hot water for specific uses—not boiling water. Products like the Cuisinart PerfecTemp or the Bonavita Gooseneck kettle provide ways for you to have total control over the temperature of your water.

At the same time, temperature control isn’t always going to be something you need to have. If you’re simply trying to brew tea, temperature control can be too complex or too superfluous to justify it’s asking price. In these cases, we usually recommend opting for a more affordable or one-touch option, such as the AmazonBasics or Secura kettles.

How light your electric kettle is and how much water it’s going to be able to hold overall are also very important aspects of your electric kettle to consider. When it comes to weight, you’ll need to consider that water is already heavy enough—a little over two pounds per liter, to be precise (or a kilogram if you’re using the metric system). The excess weight of a kettle (even disregarding the heating base) can make for a seriously unwieldy product that can cause spills and problems in and of itself.

At the same time, you need to make sure that you’ve got the size you need for any occasion. We recommend staying well over one and a half liters when opting for a kettle that’s going to be used by multiple family members or most often when guests are over. This makes it a bit of a balancing act to find a kettle that holds the water you need without taking up too much counter-space or being too difficult to lift.

Generally speaking, the kettle with the highest overall capacity relative to its weight may be the best solution for you. And while opting for a plastic kettle may seem better initially for weight, the risk of plastics leaking into the main water supply can be enough to dissuade most (including us) from recommending them.

  • Why shouldn’t I let plastic touch my water?
  • Most people go back and forth or whether or not plastic should be in contact with water, but the general consensus is that plastic—no matter how durable or well-designed—does tend to release chemicals into the containers that it holds.

    When boiling water in plastic containers, certain micro-plastics will be released. The extent of damage to the body is not quite clear; while some argue that hormones are affected, others discuss how there’s little to no damage done at all. In either case, it’s better to be safe than sorry, and boiling in stainless steel and similar containers don’t come with the risk factors associated with plastic construction, which is why our picks are made up primarily or entirely of non-plastic materials.

  • What size kettle do I need for one person? For two people?
  • Generally speaking, one liter of water should be enough for about one person, or two if you’re only working with a cup of tea or a small bowl of soup. Otherwise, for larger families or big meals, getting a kettle with a capacity closer to two liters would be preferable. While one liter is essentially the bare minimum, sticking at or above one and a half liters for larger families is going to be better to ensure that you don’t need to run your electric kettle any longer than necessary.
  • Will my electric kettle hiss or beep to inform me that the water is boiling?
  • In most cases, electric kettles are designed to be as unobtrusive as possible. That means that instead of loud sounds, beeps, or hisses, you’ll often be looking at flashing LED lights that often shine when the kettle is turned on and when the water reaches its desired temperature.

    Some electric kettles, however, like the Cuisinart PerfecTemp, will beep as well as shine LED lights. If an audible cue is important for you, we recommend paying close attention to which kettles we’ve noted come with alarms and sounds. Otherwise, indicator or no indicator, each of the kettle picks on our list will get your water from cool to boiling in just a few short minutes.

  • Can I place tea, soup, or other liquids into my electric kettle for heating?
  • While each kettle is made differently, and while you may not immediately cause damage to your kettle by placing other liquids within it, it is not recommended that you place anything other than water into your electric kettle. Doing so means running the risk of voiding your warranty and possibly causing long-term damage to your electric kettle.

Final Thoughts

As we’ve mentioned a few times in our Buyer’s Guide, an electric kettle that allows for greater control over temperature, utilizes premium materials, and holds a large amount of water is often your best bet. The electric kettle that best leverages these features and comes with as much out of the box is the Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17. This kettle is simply the best overall pick in its category and will have no issue tackling just about any water needs.

We know that the Cuisinart kettle comes with features many don’t need; some simply want a kettle that boils water, and quickly. For these folks, we think the AmazonBasics kettle offers the best features for the lowest price. It’s perfect for quick water boiling and simple operation. If you’re more interested in quality glass kettles, then we think either the Mueller Ultra Speedboil or COSORI Glass kettle remain excellent options.

Regardless, we hope that you can choose your electric kettle with confidence. No matter which product you pick, we think you’ll be satisfied knowing that fresh boiling water is just a button press away.

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