Electric tea kettles are a must-have appliance for anyone looking to boil water quickly, whether it’s for tea or faster pasta. Compared to stovetop kettles, they’re often quicker, quieter, and offer automatic shut-off features so you can walk away without risk while getting ready in the morning. The most convenient thing about electric kettles is that with a keep-warm feature, they keep water hot for much longer than a standard kettle.

Whether you want all the bells and whistles (or should we say, ready beeps and keep warm signals), or simply want to boil water in style, we, in the Good Housekeeping Kitchen Appliance Lab, rounded up the best electric tea kettles on the market. Our picks are tested and/or used in our own kitchens, as well as ones with especially unique features that set them apart from others. Some things we considered were: Is it a basic electric kettle that simply boils, or can you program the temperatures for different types of teas and coffee? How big is it? (Some kettles boil up to 2 cups while one of our picks can heat up to 17.) What kind of spout does it have? Is it easy to pour? Is it easy to use? Can you steep tea directly in the kettle?

We know everyone’s looking for something different, so here are our picks for the 10 best electric tea kettles you can buy in 2019. We covered the gamut, from small to large, one-touch to ultra customizable, and traditional pour spout to gooseneck.:

BEST OVERALL TEA KETTLE

CPK-17 PerfecTemp Electric Kettle

CUISINART
$94.99
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Serious tea-drinkers know that different types of teas steep at different temperatures. If you don’t already know this, you’ll be surprised how much more flavorful a delicate tea tastes when steeped at a lower temperature versus boiling. The folks at Cuisinart know this – their CPK-17 allows you to pick from six pre-programmed temperature settings that are labeled with the recommended tea and coffee options.

The settings are easy to press and operate with one hand, while the kettle itself is easy to pour with a thick, ergonomic handle. It’s also easy to remove from the base for pouring, as well as replacing for the keep warm setting (up to 30 minutes) and storage. We also like the easy to read viewing window that allows you to see how much water is in the kettle without opening the lid; not to mention, the three-year warranty!

Capacity: 1.7 liters (about 7 cups)
Adjustable temperature: Yes, 6 pre-programmed settings
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: Yes, 30 minutes

BEST VALUE ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

QuicKettle

CUISINART
$44.99
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This 17-ounce electric tea kettle is ideal for those who need a quick, budget-friendly, water-boiling fix. It’s also good for people in search of a lightweight option that’s easy to hold and pour. The lid opens and closes easy for easy filling, and the kettle turns on with the touch of a button. It’s made from BPA-free plastic, has an auto shut-off, and comes with a three-year warranty. We like keeping this one on our desk for the freshest tasting tea.

Capacity: ½ liter (about 2 cups)
Adjustable temperature: No
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: No

BEST COMPACT ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

Electric Kettle

KITCHENAID
$79.00
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For a compact kettle, the 1 ¼-liter kettle from KitchenAid is adorable and well-reviewed. It has the look and feel of a stovetop kettle, from the stainless steel body to the aluminum handle. It comes in six colors and has a wrap-around cord base, to keep your countertop free of excess cords. It’s easy to operate with a one-touch activation button. It’s also easy to fill thanks to the lid that removes completely.

Capacity: 1 ¼ liter (about 5 cups)
Adjustable temperature: No
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: No

BEST ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE ON AMAZON

Electric Kettle

MIROCO
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Amazon reviewers love kettle. It comes in a hip shade of orange, or, for the more reserved, black and white, too. The outside is made of 100% BPA free plastic, which stays cool to touch and the inside, spout, and lid are lined with food-safe stainless steel. This is a one-touch button no-frills kettle, which boils water in six minutes and automatically shut off when boiling is done. Easy peasy.

Capacity: 1 ½ liters (about 8 cups)
Adjustable temperature: No
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: No

BEST ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE FOR TEA

One-Touch Tea Maker

BREVILLE
$299.95
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Breville’s One-Touch Tea Maker is one of the most unique brewers on the market, perfect for tea aficionados. It comes with a brew basket that you fill with loose tea leaves and automatically lowers into the water when it has reached the perfect temperature. The brew basket is made of a fine mesh with a snap-tight lid to prevent seepage.

Choose from five different temperatures based on tea, plus a custom setting, and three different steep times based on desired strength. In our tests, the buttons were smooth, easy to control and, like most Breville products, very intuitive to use. The electric kettle may be programmed from the night before so you can wake up to the perfect brew.

Capacity: 1 ½ liters (about 6 cups)
Adjustable temperature: Yes, five pre-programmed settings, plus custom (120-212°F in 5º increments)
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: Yes, 60 minutes

BEST ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE FOR COFFEE

Electric Pour-Over Kettle

OXO
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If you’re more of a coffee than tea drinker, this electric kettle is the one for you. The thin pouring spout allows for precise pouring with a slow and steady flow, two important attributes when it comes to making pour over coffee. (Many techniques require first saturating the grounds with a small amount of water so they can bloom, then adding the remaining water to brew. This process must be done slowly, and often in a circular motion, to avoid overflowing.)

In addition to its design, this kettle also controls the temperatures in 1-degree increments from 140-212°F. The large range makes it ideal for both delicate teas and hot coffees. The built-in timer also stood out during our test, which helped keep an eye on your pour-over process. Additional features include a keep warm cycle, which automatically shuts off after 30 minutes for safety.

Capacity: 1 liter (about 4 cups)
Adjustable temperature: Yes, 140-212°F in 1º increments
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: Yes, 30 minutes

BEST ELECTRIC KETTLE WITH TEMPERATURE GAUGE

Electric Kettle

RUSSELL HOBBS
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This retro electric kettle from Russell Hobbs will make a style statement on your countertop. It has a thermometer on the outside so you can check on the progress of your boiling water, or set the optimal temperature for your tea’s steeping. It also is very easy to use, with a one-touch activation button, and easy to fill with a lid that completely detaches.

Capacity: 1.7 liters (about 7 cups)
Adjustable temperature: No, but features a temperature gauge
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: No

QUIETEST ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

’50s Retro Style Aesthetic Electric Kettle

SMEG
$159.95
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It doesn’t come with fancy features, but SMEG’s 50’s Retro Style Kettle has real countertop appeal. It comes in six colors, holds up to 1.7 liters and includes a removable limescale filter. We found it quiet and quick to boil and appreciate that the cord can be wrapped underneath the base, keeping your countertop free of clutter.

The base also has four little feet, which we appreciate because we often keep our kettle near the sink where it faces the inevitable splash. Another unique feature is on the viewing pane–it offers measurement markings in liters, but also in cups, so you have a better idea of how full it is.

Capacity: 1.7 liters (about 7 cups)
Adjustable temperature: No
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: No

BEST LARGE CAPACITY ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

Hybrid Water Boiler And Warmer

ZOJIRUSHI
$260.00

$180.99 (30% off)
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While this appliance doesn’t look like a kettle, it heats an impressive 4 liters of water, making it great for parties or large groups. Choose from four temperatures settings and a quick re-boil option if the water has cooled too much. The boiler/warmer has a vacuum-sealed chamber, which maintains the temperature, even when it’s not plugged in.

Use the handle to transport it and use it on the go, or unplug it and leave it on the counter for an energy efficient keep warm setting. The outside stays cool to the touch and the large viewing window always lets you know how much is left.

Capacity: 1.7 liters (about 7 cups)
Adjustable temperature: Yes, four pre-programmed settings
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: Yes, 30 minutes; plus, the chamber is vacuum-sealed so it naturally stays warm for additional time

BEST ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE FOR TRAVEL

Foldable Electric Kettle

LOUTYTO
$45.89
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The Loutytyou kettle is made of ultra thin food-grade silicone and BPA-free materials. It conveniently collapses into a handy storage pouch, perfect for traveling. We love that it has dual voltage, making it compatible for worldwide travelers too. Note: The voltage for U.S. customers will have to be adjusted to 110V on the base before using.

Capacity: ½ liter (about 2 cups)
Adjustable temperature: No
Auto shut-off: Yes
Keep warm: No

How to clean your electric kettle

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Before you shop, one thing to keep in mind with electric kettles is that their bases are prone to mineral buildup. We suggest cleaning your kettle once every one to two months to ensure the freshest taste. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions, or try this tip: Combine 1 part white distilled vinegar and 3 parts fresh water in the kettle. (Don’t fill more than 1/3 full.) Bring it to a boil, let sit for 20 minutes, and then rinse several times with fresh water.

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