10 Best Tea Kettles | February 2017

10 Best Tea Kettles
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We spent 37 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top options for this wiki. From the simple and functional to the sleek and stylish, our selection of tea kettles offers something for everyone. With a wide range of both stovetop and electric models, whether you want a fast cup before heading out or like to take your time and relax over a nice brew steeped at the perfect temperature, we've got you covered. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best tea kettle on Amazon.
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The three-quart Primula Catalina has been designed to keep a low-profile and has a seamless rolled bottom that holds it stable on almost any range. It features an easy-to-remove lid, however, it does take its time in coming to a boil.
  • handy trigger spout
  • has a stay-cool handle
  • exterior scratches easily
Brand Primula
Model PTK-6130
Weight 2 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Circulon Circles can easily heat up to 8 cups of water in style with minimal effort. It features a wide, round handle and one-touch spout lever for easy pouring and carrying. Unfortunately, the interior may begin to rust over time.
  • bright enamel exterior
  • playful yet classic design
  • whistling cap tends to come loose
Brand Circulon
Model 56591
Weight 3 pounds
Rating 3.7 / 5.0
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The All-Clad E86199 features a wide, flat bottom for improved stability and faster heating. Designed to sit comfortably on any gas or electric stove, it's also compatible with induction ranges and is safe to put in the dishwasher.
  • tightly fitting lid
  • spout has a visible fill line
  • whistling sound is hard to hear
Brand All-Clad
Model 2100075608
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 3.9 / 5.0
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For high quantity needs, the Zojirushi CD-WBC40-TS Micom has a four-liter tank, multiple temperature settings, and an auto shutoff feature for peace of mind. A hybrid electric boiler and dispenser, it maintains its heat for hours so you can keep the party going.
  • removable magnetic power cord
  • clear water level gauge
  • too large for casual use
Brand Zojirushi
Model CD-WBC40-TS
Weight 7.3 pounds
Rating 3.5 / 5.0
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They say a watched pot never boils, but if you want a full view of the action, the Medelco Stovetop is for you. Aside from looking great, its borosilicate glass is durable enough to last for years on any range, and includes a metal adapter for use on electric coils.
  • whistles loudly when water is ready
  • costs under ten dollars
  • handle may get too hot to hold
Brand Medelco
Model 1-WK112-BL-4
Weight 1.7 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The Hario V60 Buono is a professional-grade model that will complement almost any kitchen when perched atop the stove. Its long spout allows for a smooth, controlled stream of liquid, which is also great for making pour-over coffee.
  • ergonomically designed handle
  • relatively durable
  • difficult to clean
Brand Hario
Model VKB-120HSV
Weight 1.3 pounds
Rating 4.2 / 5.0
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With its flexible silicone and food-grade stainless steel construction, the Better Houseware Collapsible is a five-cup model perfect for family camping trips or the workplace. Its space-saving telescopic design allows it to quickly fold down into its base for storage.
  • heat-resistant up to 480 degrees
  • works with induction cooktops
  • handle has a built-in lock mechanism
Brand Better Houseware
Model #3805/G
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 4.4 / 5.0
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The easy to use electric Cuisinart PerfecTemp is equipped with 1,500 watts of power for bringing 1.7 liters of water to a boil in a matter of minutes. Its handle features one-touch controls with six different temperature settings.
  • backlit water level window
  • maintains temperature for 30 minutes
  • beep indicates when done heating
Brand Cuisinart
Model CPK-17
Weight 4 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0
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Built from polished stainless steel, the KitchenAid KTEN20SBWH offers a thumb-press levered spout with a silicone grip and a high-quality porcelain exterior that is smooth to the touch. With its two-quart capacity, this one can pour more than a few cups of brew.
  • available in 10 colors
  • includes limited lifetime warranty
  • nonstick coating tends to peel
Brand KitchenAid
Model KTEN20SBWH
Weight 3.3 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0
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A perfect gift or complement to your own collection, Le Creuset Enamel on Steel Set comes in nine beautiful colors and includes two matching stoneware mugs. Its wide base allows for maximum contact with any heating element to ensure a rapid boil.
  • modern efficiency in a classic look
  • strong whistle tone
  • extremely durable
Brand Le Creuset
Model Q12-KM3-17
Weight 5.8 pounds
Rating 4.9 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Comforting Rituals

After water, tea is the most widely consumed beverage in the world, and for good reason. Very little in the world can compare to the soothing qualities of a good cup of tea. Conversely, the caffeine levels in certain teas allow us to function at a higher level than coffee can, as long as you aren't comparing it to some latte with five shots of espresso and a cup of sugar in it.

The energizing effects of tea are easy to trace. Xanthines like caffeine and theophylline in tea act as a stimulant to the central nervous system, increasing heart rate and focus. The active ingredients which reduce stress and provide the soothing characteristics of tea are a little harder to identify.

Tea is an extraordinarily complex drink, full of flavonoids, catechins, amino acids, and polyphenols, all of which could have a marked affect on brain activity and corresponding levels of cortisol, the stress hormone. That is all, of course, ignoring the ritual of tea making, which has its own kind of soothing property as well.

Regardless of where you look throughout the history of man, in even the most remote and isolated pockets of antiquated humanity, there is ritual. Repeated actions performed with or without the conscious attempt at achieving spiritual or physical levity exist in each of our lives, and the brewing of tea is among them. These actions provide an undeniable sense of comfort from their repetitiveness, from their reliability.

Any of the tea kettles on our list could easily become a part of your tea ritual, whether you end up with an electric kettle or a stove top model. The electric kettles on our list all heat water by the same means, which is through an electric coil that converts voltage into heat as the energy from the outlet excites the metal of the coil. That heat transfers through an insulated metal plate at the bottom of the kettle and heats the water within.

The stove top models on our list are a little more traditional, as they use the heat from your stove's flame to transfer energy into the water they hold, heating it up the more it gets excited, eventually bringing it to a boil.

In Hot Water

Proper tea making is a pretty delicate process, especially according to the purists out there. Different teas and tea blends require different steeping times in different temperatures of water. Even in England, a country known and often lampooned for its tea consumption, the average citizen reportedly makes a pretty bad cup of tea.

Whatever your level of adherence to the stipulations set forth by tea aficionados, having the right kettle in your life will at least get your water hot in a way that pleases you, and making that first step toward tea preparation a positive psychological one will have a remarkable effect on the rest of the process and, undoubtedly, on the flavor of the tea.

The main thing you need to ask yourself is whether you want to go with a traditional stove top tea kettle or an electric model. Most people agree that electric models boil water a little bit faster than you can on the stove, so if efficiency is your priority, electric is the way to go. The electric kettles on our list also offer you specific temperature cut-offs, so that you can get your water up to a preferred temperature for a certain type of tea that might burn if you hit it with boiling water.

The advantages of the stove top kettles are mostly aesthetic, as they can more easily be stored without having to deal with any cords, or they can attractively live on your range while you're not using them. If you have limited counter space, or if you prefer the look of a more traditional tea kettle, these are your best bet.

Tea Time: A History Of The Brew

The history of the tea kettle is tied inexorably to the history of tea. The only problem with the history of tea is that its exact origins are something of a mystery. There are myths and traditions that purport one founder or another, sometimes mystical or violent, and other times simple and reasonable.

In one example, the Buddha sat in meditation for the length of seven years when he suddenly fell asleep. Upon waking, he was so upset with his human weakness, with his inability to stay awake, that he cut off his eyelids and cast them to the earth. There, the eyelids took root and grew into the first tea tree. Considering the fact that tea was cultivated from an early age as a means of increasing its drinker's energy, it's interesting that its origin myth should have to do with staying awake.

In another tale, this one from ancient China, an emperor sat in his garden, contemplating the foliage and waiting for his water to boil. At the time, due to an outbreak of a certain water-born illness, the whole region boiled their water before consuming it. As he sat, a few dried leaves that had fallen from a nearby tree got swept up in a breeze and landed in his water, immediately discoloring it and producing a favorable aroma. The emperor drank the mixture, and tea as we know it was founded.

Whatever the actual origins of the drink, its propagation from China and India out through the tentacle reach of the British Empire made tea a worldwide phenomenon by the 19th century, and its popularity has grown like a sprout from an eyelid ever since.



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