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 tea, pour-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.