While there’s certainly a nostalgic charm in the traditional act of “putting the kettle on,” waiting for the water to reach its boiling point, and listening for that high-pitched whistle, the stove-top approach to boiling water may not be the most efficient method for brewing tea in today’s world. The electric kettle, on the other hand, offers a multitude of advantages over its stovetop counterpart. These include significantly faster boiling times, precise control over water temperature, and, in some cases, preset modes tailored for brewing specific tea varieties. So, if you’re in pursuit of the ultimate tea-brewing experience in 2022, it’s well worth considering an investment in a high-quality electric tea kettle.

What to Look for in an Electric Tea Kettle

When shopping for the perfect electric tea kettle, there are several essential features to keep in mind. One of the most significant advantages is temperature control, a feature not present in every electric kettle but prevalent in premium models. For tea enthusiasts who take their brews seriously, the ability to set and maintain precise water temperatures is a game-changing capability. This level of control is vital as different teas demand specific brewing temperatures for optimal flavor extraction. Additionally, safety is paramount when dealing with near-boiling water, and the best electric tea kettles are designed with spouts that minimize spillage and ensure a precise pour, safeguarding against accidents. Lastly, aesthetics matter, especially for daily tea drinkers. A kettle that complements your countertop decor and doubles as an attractive kitchen accessory will likely enhance your daily tea ritual and, quite literally, be a feast for the eyes.

The Best Electric Tea Kettles of 2022

Breville IQ Kettle

BEST OVERALL ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

Breville IQ Kettle

  • Solid-feeling build
  • Quiet and fast
  • Temperature control for multiple types of tea
  • Expensive for a relatively simple appliance
  • More functions than some people need

You may have encountered appliances that tend to be overly “smart,” often complicating rather than simplifying tasks. However, the Breville IQ Kettle proves to be surprisingly user-friendly despite its virtual control panel. It functions much like any standard kettle, requiring just two button presses: one to select the desired temperature and the other to initiate the boiling process. With this kettle, you can effortlessly obtain boiling water in no time, but the real convenience lies in the ability to exercise precise control over water temperature without the need for a separate thermometer.

The Breville IQ Kettle exudes a premium quality feel in every aspect. Upon unboxing, the tactile response of the buttons and lid is reassuringly robust. Pressing the start button results in a rapid and quiet water delivery, eliminating the noisy agitation and steam clouds often associated with basic kettles. Breville takes pride in its “Soft Top” lid, designed to minimize splashing and steam, and the pouring experience is exceptionally smooth. Additionally, a keep warm button ensures that your chosen temperature is maintained for up to 20 minutes, adding a practical touch to this elegantly designed appliance.

 

OXO Adjustable Temperature Kettle

BEST LARGE-VOLUME ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

OXO Adjustable Temperature Kettle

  • Attractive looks
  • Very easy to use
  • Keeps water hot for a long time
  • It takes up a lot of space
  • The mechanism on the lid seems like it may wear out over time

 

The first thing I noticed about this kettle is that it is HUGE — 1.75L capacity, to be exact. The second thing I noticed is that it is gorgeous. Even the heating base seems well-designed with just a single button and an integrated dial for controls alongside a bright LED display that shows the temperature — no timer or anything, but it doesn’t really need it. It has to be hand-washed, but that’s not out of the ordinary.

oxo adjustable temperature kettle

 

It’s also pretty speedy — it probably takes about 5 minutes (maybe less) to boil the maximum capacity of water up to 212 degrees F. It has a large range of temperatures from 104-212 degrees F, and any temp in that range can be selected via the dial. The base also has a handy hideaway cable, which makes it easier to store and keeps it looking nice when you have it out. The price is rather high, but after getting my hands on this thing, I understand why. Definitely top-quality stuff here. It also doesn’t give off a ton of heat or steam, which is very nice. — Sean Tirman, Commerce Writer

KitchenAid KEK1222PT Electric Kettle

BEST RETRO ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

KitchenAid KEK1222PT Electric Kettle

  • Compact size
  • Beautiful design and available colors
  • Heats up fast
  • No reminder or indicator
  • Short power cord
  • Lacks temperature control

I absolutely love the look of this kettle. The plastic base is nothing special but the colored enamel stainless steel kettle is beautiful. I have it in the color Pistachio and it almost reminds me of the look of a Smeg but for a lot less. The KitchenAid kettle heats insanely fast. The company says it takes 2-3 minutes, but I found that I could hear it boiling around a minute and 30 seconds. It’s also really simple to fill and operate. You just have to flip the lever at the base of the kettle and it starts.

kitchenaid kek1222pt electric kettle

 

Fellow Stagg EKG Pro Electric Kettle

BEST GOOSENECK ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

Fellow Stagg EKG Pro Electric Kettle

  • Iconic and striking design
  • Ultra-precise pouring
  • Customizable features
  • Crazy expensive

Iconic and striking in its design, the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle offers ultra-precise pouring, allowing you to control the flow with precision. Its customizable features provide complete control over the brewing process, enabling you to fine-tune your tea or coffee experience. However, it’s important to note that the WiFi updates can be somewhat problematic, and the tea-related features might feel like an afterthought, while the price tag leans towards the expensive side.

If you’re already acquainted with the Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle, a favored choice among design enthusiasts and influencers since its 2017 debut, you’ll be intrigued by the new and enhanced “Pro” version introduced in 2022. This iteration boasts subtle design refinements, expanded customization options, and the convenience of over-the-air WiFi updates. But the crucial question remains: how well does it perform in the art of brewing tea?

In truth, it performs quite admirably. The Stagg EKG Pro, like its predecessor, excels in numerous aspects. Its gooseneck spout ensures that water is poured precisely, with minimal risk of spills. You have the liberty to set your desired temperature within the 104-212 degrees Fahrenheit range, and for those uncertain about the ideal temperature for their brew, the Guide Mode offers a selection of preset temperatures. While some presets cater to coffee aficionados, two specifically cater to tea enthusiasts: White/Green Tea and Black/Herbal Tea. Furthermore, once you’ve established your preferred temperature, the kettle maintains it for up to an hour. Notably, the Stagg EKG Pro retains its visually appealing, sleek presence on any countertop.

 

fellow stagg ekg pro electric kettle

Fellow’s Stagg EKG Pro, an advanced version of their iconic electric kettle, is undeniably the finest gooseneck kettle in the market, though it predominantly caters to coffee enthusiasts.

While the Fellow Stagg EKG Pro is an exceptional appliance, its primary focus on coffee makes it fall just short of claiming the top spot as the ultimate electric tea kettle. The distinctive gooseneck spout, while suitable for tea, is tailor-made for the precise, circular pours characteristic of pour-over coffee. Additionally, a majority of its features are coffee-centric, aligning with Fellow’s primary flagship product, a coffee grinder. It’s important to highlight that the Fellow Pro offers WiFi connectivity, a much-touted feature, yet, regrettably, accessing updates via the required app posed significant challenges. This issue appears to be widespread, as evidenced by the reviews in the App Store, suggesting the need for Fellow to resolve these connectivity glitches promptly.

 

Zwilling Enfinigy Glass Kettle

BEST SELF-BREWING ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

Zwilling Enfinigy Glass Kettle

  • Made specifically for tea drinkers
  • Ultra-fast heating and pre-boil function
  • Lots of options for control with the touchpad
  • Not very attractive
  • Glass chamber seems to always be filled with visible condensation

Zwilling Enfinigy Glass Kettle warms fast, providing enough hot water to fill 12 mugs fast, courtesy of its 1500-watt electric charge. The removable tea insert helps brew a pot as the water heats, too, with a built-in timer that can alert you once your chosen steeping period (1-10 minutes) ends. It’s also easy to pick up, albeit a little heavy if the kettle is completely full and actively brewing tea.

This kettle is powerful and precise, and it can hold a temperature for quite a while (30 minutes). There’s also a speedy pre-boil function, which lets you heat your water almost instantly and let it cool to your desired temp. You are given plenty of control over the device using the touchpad on the front. It takes a little to get used to — sometimes it doesn’t respond immediately — but there you can set timers, choose your temperature (6 presets or your custom input) and activate the pre-boil.

The built-in tea chamber and customizable timers help you brew the perfect cup with precision. But the glass chamber, which lets you see your tea evolve as it steeps, captures a lot of condensation as it cools, and even when at room temperature. Then, because it’s clear, it gets a little unsightly. Sure, it’s a reminder to not let water sit in there unused, but it’s not the best-looking countertop kettle.

Hay Sowden Kettle

BEST-LOOKING ELECTRIC TEA KETTLE

Hay Sowden Kettle

  • Looks great with clean lines and nice colors
  • No-nonsense function
  • Double-walled design keeps exterior cool to the touch
  • Louder than other models
  • Plastic latch mechanism

The Sowden Kettle is for those who appreciate simplicity. It does one thing — boils water — and it does it while looking good. Designed by George Sowden, the kettle has clean curves and lines, along with tasteful colors. It’s a functional design that you don’t want to ferret away in a cupboard after using. It can heat up to 1.5 liters of water relatively quickly (about 3 minutes for a pint and 5 minutes for a quart) by simply pushing a lever beneath the handle.

hay sowden kettle
The Sowden Kettle is the least complex electric kettle we tested, but it still works just fine for what is ultimately a designer kitchen appliance.

As the kettle comes to a boil, it is louder than some other models, but its greatest feature is a double-walled design that keeps the outer walls cool to the touch (and hot water hotter, longer). The kettle shuts off automatically once the water is boiling, and features a spout that’s easy to deliver slow-to-medium pours — if you’re looking to dump out water quickly (perhaps to refill), then the spout isn’t the fastest option.

Perhaps my only worry with the simple design is that the lid’s latching mechanism has plastic latches that fit into the body’s metal interior walls. In the short term, this isn’t an issue, but not knowing how the plastic will react after years of use, I wonder about whether these small parts will remain intact in a decade.