An electric kettle is a great kitchen addition, so it’s worth spending a bit of time to make sure you get the right one. Here are seven great options to consider that should meet anyone’s needs, whether you just want a straightforward and affordable kettle or a more precise machine for a perfect cup of pour-over coffee.
OXO is another kitchen and houseware company that’s hard to go wrong with, and its Adjustable Temperature Pour-Over Kettle is a great option for anyone looking for the precision pouring that a gooseneck kettle affords.
It will also let you dial in any temperature in one degree increments from 140 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit, and keep the water warm for 30 minutes before shutting off automatically.
Cuisinart’s kitchen appliances are generally among the safest bets if you’re looking for something solid and not unreasonably priced, and that’s definitely true of the company’s CPK-17 PerfecTemp electric kettle. It’s the top overall pick of both and , and is also among the better-reviewed options among Amazon customers (with a four-out-of-five star rating after more than 4,000 reviews).
It’s stainless steel and has six preset heat settings along with a keep warm function that’ll maintain a temperature for 30 minutes, and is also backed up by a solid three-year warranty.
Bonavita makes a more expensive, programmable gooseneck electric kettle, but this simple version is considerably more affordable and likely all that many people will need for a good cup of pour-over coffee.
It’s stainless steel (with some BPA-free plastic), and has 1,000 watts of power to bring the water to a quick boil. A decent two-year warranty also offers some added protection for your purchase.
A glass kettle may not offer quite the same level of durability as a stainless steel one, but most will easily hold up to everyday use, and they have some advantages of their own. Breville’s Crystal Clear electric kettle is one of the more well-reviewed options on Amazon, and should both look great on any countertop and be easy to keep clean.
If you’re looking for a bit more in the way of features, you can also step up to Breville’s IQ Kettle Pure (), which boasts a similar design with some added temperature presets.
Despite its name, this kettle from Secura isn’t stainless steel on the outside, just the inside, but its double-walled construction does mean that it’s cool to touch unlike many other standard stainless steel kettles.
At 1.7 litres, it’s also plenty big with a large opening that makes it easy to clean, and it’s fairly affordable at $30 to $40 depending on your choice of color (from understated black or white to brighter red and orange).
Electric kettles under $20 can be a bit hit-and-miss, but this Hamilton Beach model snagged a Very Good rating from , and generally gets high marks from Amazon customers as well.
It’s a decent size at 1.7 litres and, while it doesn’t pack much in the way of extra features, it’ll boil water quickly and looks better than many of the all-plastic kettles you’ll find for the same price.
There’s no shortage of retro-styled options when it comes to electric kettles, but some can have you paying more for looks than performance or reliability. This one from KitchenAid doesn’t demand too much of a premium, however, and is generally well-reviewed among Amazon customers.
It’s also nice and compact with a stainless steel body and aluminum handle, and is available in your choice of six different colors. You’ll have to look elsewhere if you need more features than an on/off switch, though.