Why You Should Be Using An Electric Kettle—Plus The 5 Best Ones To Buy

Turns out, they’re safer and more energy efficient than boiling water the old fashioned way.

September 5, 2017
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In Britain and Australia, electric tea kettles are the norm. But these plug-in, kitchen countertop appliances have been a little slow to catch on in the U.S. And although numbers show that their popularity is on the rise, most Americans still opt for the traditional stovetop kettle when it comes to boiling water for a cup of teapour-over coffee, or even the occasional instant oatmeal and ramen. But should we?

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Nope—turns out that all signs point to electric kettles being superior. For one, experiments show that electric kettles bring water to a boil faster than traditional kettles (just a couple minutes) and are more energy efficient than boiling water in either a traditional kettle or a microwave. 

Another selling point: Electric kettles are designed to shut off when water reaches a boil or the desired temperature. Growing up, my mom nearly burned down the house on multiple occasions when she fell asleep while boiling water for tea, so needless to say, this is a useful feature!

But what about the looks, you ask? It’s true that some electric kettles—particularly the cheap plastic ones—are a bit on the ugly side. But the growing popularity of these appliances has resulted in some pretty sleek stainless steel, glass, and ceramic designs that match just about any kitchen. 

Here, we rounded up 5 of our favorite electric kettles that are both highly rated and stylish. All have auto shut off and a detachable base so you don’t have to wrestle with a cord as you pour, but beyond that, they all offer something a little different.

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Bella Electric Ceramic Tea Kettle

It’s not all stainless steal and plastic—this beauty has a ceramic exterior and comes in 6 different patterns (although we’re partial to Blue Aztec, shown above). And while there are no extra bells and whistles, you still get everything you need—boiled water in minutes with just a flip of a switch. Bonus: The gooseneck spout makes for ultra easy pouring. (Capacity: 1.2 liters)

Buy it: Bella Electric Ceramic Tea Kettle ($42; amazon.com)

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Breville Variable Temperature Electric Kettle

This brushed stainless steel kettle would look good in almost any kitchen—and it’s insanely functional too. In addition to simply boiling water, it offers 5 preset temperature settings for optimized brewing of French press coffee and various types of tea, and a “hold temp” button that keeps water at a selected temperature for 20 minutes. It’s ergonomic handle makes for incredibly easy pouring. (Capacity: 1.8 liters)

Buy it: Breville BKE820XL Variable Temperature Kettle ($130; amazon.com)

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KitchenAid Electric Kettle

If you want to add a pop of color to your kitchen, this one’s for you. In addition to Pistachio, this kettle comes in brushed stainless steel and 5 more vibrant hues. Like the Bella, it’s the perfect option for the design minded, with no unnecessary frills. (Capacity: 1.25 liters)

Buy it: KitchenAid KEK1222PT Electric Kettle ($80; amazon.com)

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Krups Savoy Electric Kettle

While this stainless steel kettle performs essentially the exact same functions as the Breville, it doesn’t quite match up in terms of design and ergonomics—but we don’t mind, given the incredibly reasonable price. (Capacity: 1.7 liters) 

Buy it: Krups Savoy BW314 Electric Kettle ($55; amazon.com)

Related: I Replaced All Of My Cookware With The Instant Pot For One Week, Here's What Happened

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OXO On Cordless Glass Electric Kettle

This sleek and stylish kettle is made of durable glass and stainless steel—so you can see all the fun action as it happens. (Who said a watched pot never boils?) Its larger size makes it a smart option if you regularly entertain—or just really, really like tea or coffee. (Capacity: 1.75 liters)

Buy it: OXO On Cordless Electric Kettle ($80; amazon.com)

 

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