While not that many people use electric kettles, their utility in the kitchen cannot be denied. Even for those rare moments when warm or hot water is needed, the kettle will prove to be much faster than when simply boiling over a stove. Most people use them for tea, but they do serve other purposes as well.
The way electric kettles work makes them extremely similar and easy to use. It is basically a simple thermal resistant much with a heating element that gets hot extremely fast. Water can reach the boiling point in less than a minute, depending on the quality and power of the heating element. Some models allow the user to select the temperature of the water by using an internal thermometer and an auto shut-off system. Others are more rudimentary and come with only an on and off button. The user will have to turn it off when the water seems warm or hot enough.
Best Electric Kettle Reviews
For our list, we were able to select 10 different models that come with different features and with different price points that reflect their build quality. However, even the most affordable models are decent enough and worth spending money on. With no further ado, here are the top 10 best electric kettle reviews.
Aroma AWK-103 Electric Water Kettle
The Aroma AWK-103 is a very simple and basic electric water kettle that comes with just a one-touch operation mode and decent plastic construction. It is made entirely out of plastic with a see-through window that allows seeing the water level and a large button placed at the bottom of the handle.
Its capacity is limited to 1 liter of water. The side of the kettle comes with markers that show how much it must stay on depending on the water quantity. It also has a design that allows the user to remove it from the base for cordless pouring.
Ariete Lipton 2872 Modern Cordless Electric Glass Tea Kettle
Ariete Lipton 2872 is a great electric kettle, and even if it is advertised as being built for tea, it can be used just as well for heating water. It has a simple and stylish design with stainless steel elements and a large button with a blue LED light.
The model does not come with any kind of temperature control, but it compensates with its modern design. It was built to be easy to handle as it allows the user to lift it off the base and serve without having to worry about the power cord.
Bonavita 1-Liter Variable Temperature Digital Electric Gooseneck Kettle
The Bonavita 1-liter variable temperature electric kettle might seem expensive for some, but it does come with a lot of features. It has a small control panel that allows the user to set the temperature depending on the quantity of water used.
In terms of capacity, the model can heat up one liter of water in a matter of minutes. Its build quality is decent, as it is mostly made out of stainless steel. The design of the kettle resembles a classic teapot.
Hamilton Beach Electric Kettle K6080A
Hamilton Beach K6080A is a great budget option. This inexpensive electric kettle works as a basic heater with a large 1.8-liter capacity recipient and an all-plastic body. The model has an all-black finish with a see-through side that makes it easy to check the level of the water.
The model features a drip-free lid that prevents hot water from spilling and an auto shut-off system. It does not feature temperature control, but it is well-made and easy to use.
T-fal BF6138 Electric Kettle
T-fal is a trusted brand that has been around for quite some time. Even if they do not offer that many electric kettle models, the ones that they do have do not disappoint. The BF6138 is one of their most popular models due to how simple their design is and how easy they are to use.
According to the manufacturers, the model is extremely reliable, with a rated power of 1750 watts. Its heating element can get water boiling in just a couple of minutes.
Hamilton Beach 40880 Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
Even if the Hamilton Beach 40880 does not come with any fancy features, the kettle is a worthy pick for the ones that have a limited budget and need something reliable. It is made almost entirely out of stainless steel with a few plastic elements for the base and handles.
The model comes with an automatic shut-off system that prevents the water from boiling too much and a spill-free lid. Like any other model, the water recipient can be used to serve without the base.
Brentwood KT-1770 Electric Kettle
The Brentwood electric kettle is advertised as a model that was designed for tea. However, it can be used as a simple water heater. Its design is fairly stylish, and surprisingly, it is quite inexpensive. The body is mostly made out of brushed stainless steel with a few plastic elements for the handles and the base.
A useful feature of the kettle is the cordless serving that allows the user to detach it from the base. It has a rated power of 1000 watts which is more than enough to heat 1.2 liters of water.
Ovente KG83B Glass Electric Kettle
Ovente KG838 electric kettle is one of the most popular models on our list and also one of the most affordable ones. It does not have any advanced features, but it can get the job done well. The model has a large 1.5-liter capacity and a powerful heating element that can get the water boiling extremely fast.
The model comes with a concealed heating element and an auto shut-off system. It includes a long 30 feet cord that makes it easy to serve and move around while still heating up the water.
Hamilton Beach 40865 Glass Electric Kettle
Hamilton Beach 40865 is a great model with a premium finish and high-quality materials. Its high-durability heating element is concealed inside the recipient and can heat up to 1.7 liters of water in just a few minutes.
The model comes with a large glass recipient and a stainless steel base. Its handle has been designed to stay cool while the button has been placed conveniently so it can be reached with the same hand that is holding it.
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
Cuisinart CPK-17 is not only one of the most advanced models on our list but also one of the most popular ones. The model comes with a simple control panel on the handle with large buttons that make it easy to set the temperature or have the kettle keep the water warm for a determined period of time.
The model has a solid stainless steel construction with a sealing lid and a handle that always stays cool. Its water recipient has a see-through side that makes it easy to spot how much water is in it.
Electric kettles are something that is always great to have around because you never know when you might need one. The models in our list are fairly varied in terms of pricing and features. Some can even be set to keep the water warm for a given period of time, but as expected, such models are more expensive.
We attempted to round up a wide selection of electric kettles in order to help anyone find a suitable model. The ones that need a budget solution will find plenty of basic models, while the ones that have a bigger budget will want to have a look at the more advanced ones.
Jen Lin-Liu is the founder of Black Sesame Kitchen. A Chinese-American writer and a nationally certified Chinese chef in Beijing. Jen is the author of two memoirs, Serve the People: A Stir-Fried Journey Through China and On the Noodle Road: From Beijing to Rome with Love and Pasta.