• Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

  • Hamilton Beach 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

  • OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Electric Pour-Over Kettle

  • How We Tested

  • How Long Do Electric Kettles Take to Boil Water?

  • Why You Should Use a Gooseneck Kettle for Pour-Over Coffee

  • Other Electric Kettles We Tested

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Our Favorite Electric Kettles of 2020

  1. Best Overall

    Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17

    Pros

    • Pre-set temperatures for brewing tea

    • Intuitive

    • Fast boiling

    Cons

    • A little heavy

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  2. Best Value

    Hamilton Beach 40880

    Pros

    • Inexpensive

    • Fast boiling

    • Compact design

    Cons

    • No temperature controls

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Cuisinart
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The Cuisinart's pre-set temperatures for different types of tea are a nice bonus to overall stellar performance and attractive design.

Best Overall
Cuisinart PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

This kettle may not look like anything special, but it does its job exceptionally well, and at a very fair price for what it offers: Six preset heat settings between 160°F and 212°F for steeping different types of tea; and easily discernible, intuitive buttons. Simply select your desired temperature and press start, and in a snappy 5 minutes, a series of beeps will let you know that your water is boiling.

The machine automatically flips to a handy keep warm mode that resumes its cycle regardless of how many times you remove the kettle from the base, and it won’t boil if you turn it on without filling it up first. This kettle is easy to use and speedily effective, earning it our top spot—plus, it comes with a three-year warranty.

Pros

  • Pre-set temperatures for brewing tea

  • Intuitive

  • Fast boiling

Cons

  • A little heavy

Hamilton Beach
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Quick to boil and easy on the wallet, the Hamilton Beach was an easy pick for Best Value.

Best Value
Hamilton Beach 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

It's likely that you have at least one Hamilton Beach appliance in your house, and if Amazon reviews are anything to go by, this kettle is wildly popular—and it's easy to see why. It’s reasonably priced and was one of our fastest boilers, heating one liter of water in just over 4-and-a-half minutes.

It performs like a simplified version of our top pick; where the winning Cuisinart kettle has multiple temperature settings, this Hamilton Beach has just an on/off switch, and the kettle switches off instead of beeping when the water is done.

If you’re low on counter space, this kettle is among the most compact and unobtrusive on our list. It's the second-cheapest pick but performs like a much more expensive kettle, so it earns our value pick.

Pros

  • Inexpensive

  • Fast boiling

  • Compact design

Cons

  • No temperature controls

oxo
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The OXO boiled water quickest in our tests, and provided an even, controlled flow of water for pour-over coffee.

Best Gooseneck
OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Electric Pour-Over Kettle

This OXO is the perfect combination of style and substance. It had the fastest boil time of any kettle we tested—clocking in at 4 minutes, 12 seconds—and its stainless steel exterior and small footprint make it quite sleek and attractive. We also appreciated that the lid had a silicone grip so as not to burn your hand if you need to remove it.

When it came to making pour-over coffee, we were able to control the speed smoothly. You can slow the speed to almost a drip, or speed up without fear of spillage. Its medium weight and straight handle makes it a tad heavy if you’re pouring for a long period of time, but the handle does offer a bit of a cushion to help.

The built-in timer also helps when pouring, and the 30-minute keep-warm feature makes sure that your water is still hot when you go back for seconds.

Pros

  • Very fast boiling

  • Controlled pouring

  • Precise temperature control

Cons

  • A bit heavy

How We Tested

The Testers

I’m Meghan Kavanaugh, the managing editor of core content here at Reviewed, and an avid tea drinker. I’ve tested the best tea infusers and reviewed a tea subscription box—anything to help non-coffee drinkers like myself.

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After I grew frustrated with how long it took my standard kettle to boil water on the stovetop, I made it my personal mission to find an electric kettle that both performed well and looked nice enough to leave out on the counter.

Previously, electric kettles were tested by former Reviewed editor Jessica Teich. I built upon her original notes and scoring with seven new models, and retested two of our previous winners to confirm that they were still our top choices.

The Tests

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We tested over a dozen electric kettles to find the best you can buy.

While watching water boil isn't one of the most exciting things we've done, we wanted to be able to give our readers solid recommendations for the best electric kettles by answering the following questions:

Pre-boil—How easy was it to assemble and fill the electric kettle? How helpful was the manual? How easy was it to use the controls?

Boil—How easy was it to pour out the boiling water? Did the boiling water stay in the kettle, or did it spill out at any point in the boiling process? Was there a boil notification light or sound?

Post-boil—How easy was it to clean and store the electric kettle? Does the kettle look nice, like it's worthy of gracing your kitchen counter on a day-to-day basis? Overall, how easy was it to use the electric kettle?

Using tap water that consistently measured a chilly 55°F, we also measured how long it took for each kettle to reach 212°F to boil 1 liter, or about 4.2 cups, of water. The whole point of these electric kettles is that they're supposed to be faster and more convenient than traditional stovetop kettles, so the kettles that boiled the fastest and were the easiest to use topped our list. If you start with warmer tap water, or set your temperature to lower than 212°F, your boiling time will vary.

We put gooseneck kettles through an additional pour-over coffee test with the help of our in-house coffee pro Valerie Li Stack, who has also reviewed espresso machines and coffee makers. We paid particular attention to how much control the user had over the pouring speed and water distribution, and we paid attention to how the heavy kettles felt after holding them above the dropper for minutes on end since making pour-over coffee can take some time.

How Long Do Electric Kettles Take to Boil Water?

While this depends on the temperature and amount of water you put into the kettle to start, many electric kettles can reach a boiling point in about 5 minutes—some may take longer and some may take less.

In our tests, we started with 1 liter of cold tap water measuring 55°F. The OXO Brew Adjustable Temperature Electric Pour-Over Kettle, our best gooseneck, clocked in with the fastest time of 4 minutes, 12 seconds. The Fellow Corvo was the slowest at 7 minutes, 42 seconds.

Why You Should Use a Gooseneck Kettle for Pour-Over Coffee

When making pour-over coffee, you need to have control over the rate at which the water pours onto the grounds to guarantee consistency. Pouring slowly helps water and gravity work together to extract the best, balanced flavor from your beans.

A typical kettle spout will unleash a flood of water that’s too difficult to control, where a gooseneck allows the user to pour precisely the amount and speed they desire. It takes a few extra minutes to do, but it can make for a better cup of coffee.


Other Electric Kettles We Tested

Breville 1.8-Liter Electric Kettle

This is one of the most expensive kettles of the lot, but it’s easy to see why—it pulled ahead of the pack in every one of our tests. Technically, it edged out the top-rated Cuisinart by one-one thousandth of a point, but that wasn’t enough to make up for the price difference between them. It has the most ergonomic raise-lid button, and instead of springing open, the lid has a slow, controlled raise.

The kettle is intuitive to use, with five clearly marked brew and programmable temperature settings, plus a 20-minute keep-warm feature. It was also one of the fastest boilers (taking just over 5 minutes to reach a boil) and we like the way it beeps to alert you that your water is ready, rather than quietly shutting off like most of the kettles we tested.

If you're serious about tea, this is a great pick. However, the Cuisinart earned our top spot because it’s substantially cheaper while still having all the same bells and whistles.

Pros

  • Easy to use

  • Fast boiling time

  • Programmable temperature settings

Cons

  • Expensive

OXO 1.75 Liter Glass Electric Kettle

If you want a glass kettle that offers quick results, this may be your best pick. This OXO kettle placed high in our boil test, bringing a liter of water to a rapid boil in just a hair over 5 minutes.

There is just one temperature setting (on/boil), though if you want more control, there is an adjustable temperature model available. This kettle is over 1 ft. tall, making it one of the tallest we tested, so be sure you have enough cabinet space to stow this one.

Pros

  • Fast boiling

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Tall

  • No temperature control

Cosori 1.7 Liter Glass Electric Kettle

The Cosori glass electric kettle was one of our favorites to test. Not only does it work well, clocking in at about 5-and-a-half minutes to boil, it looks beautiful while doing it. A blue light illuminates the base of the kettle as it starts to bubble and boil. Sitting on my desk, it almost felt like a mini light show.

The rest is pretty basic. There is no temperature dial on this model, it’s either on or off, but the glass allows you to make a judgement call if you want to turn it off sooner. I tended to turn it off once I started seeing bigger bubbles so that I could pour and sip almost immediately, without having to wait for it to cool off. Or, if you do want to wait for a boil, just wait for the kettle to turn off on its own.

Pros

  • Attractive

  • Fast boiling

Cons

  • No temperature controls

Fellow Stagg EKG Electric Kettle

If you wanted to buy an electric kettle on aesthetics alone, you can’t go wrong with the Fellow Stagg. Full disclosure: I bought one in white last year. The matte, gooseneck design looks beautiful on my kitchen counter—and it actually works very well. Considering I first noticed it on a Kardashian Instagram post, I was pleasantly surprised.

I’ve used mine twice daily for about six months now and it looks and works the same as the day I opened the box. In our official testing, however, it did lose a few points for boiling speed, taking 7-and-a-half minutes to bring 55°F water to 212°F, the longest boil time of any kettle we tested. It also doesn’t sound any beep or alarm when your desired temperature is achieved, but it holds it at that temperature for a full hour should you forget.

Its weighted, ergonomic handle makes for easy pouring (wrap your thumb around the notch), which is especially helpful with a gooseneck kettle, since the water pours out slower by design. The knob is easy to control as you set your desired temperature in either Fahrenheit or Celsius, and it doubles as a timer.

Inexplicably, the tiny LCD screen can also be used to play Wormy, a game similar to Snake on an old cell phone. Does this make it work better? No, but it’s fun.

Pros

  • Attractive

  • Ergonomic design

  • Precise control for pour-over coffee

Cons

  • Slow boiling time

Capresso H20Plus 1.5 Quart Electric Kettle

This curvy, teapot-reminiscent kettle is one of the most attractive and space-efficient of the lot, but does it stack up in usability? It boils water extremely quickly, but there is only one setting and the light that indicates that the kettle is preheating/on is difficult to see.

There is no boil notification beyond the kettle switching off and it lacks an easy-press button to pop the lid, meaning it takes more effort to remove. Unfortunately, the steam from pouring hot water makes the lid hot and slippery, which can make removing it precarious.

Pros

  • Fast boiling

  • Attractive

Cons

  • No temperature control

  • Light is difficult to see

  • Hard to remove lid

Miroco 1.5 Liter Stainless Steel Tea Kettle

The Miroco is a standard electric kettle with a BPA-free plastic exterior and stainless steel interior. It’s slender and sleek with a base that’s just as large as the kettle itself, so it doesn’t add any bulk to the overall footprint. It has a simple on/off switch—automatically shutting off when water boils—and another button to make lifting the lid easier.

The Miroco impressed us with one of the fastest boiling times, just 5 minutes, but the spout was a bit less precise than other kettles we tested. Pour too fast and it’s more like the water falls out of the spout, so it can be more difficult to pour into smaller vessels, but it’s something that can be avoided by simply easing up when pouring.

Pros

  • Fast boiling

  • Sleek, slender footprint

Cons

  • Spout design makes for less precise pouring

Fellow Corvo EKG Electric Kettle

Aside from the fact that one has a gooseneck for pour-over coffee, the Fellow Stagg and Corvo are pretty identical. The Corvo is just as simple to use as the Stagg, and it features the same easy-pour ergonomic handle and LCD screen for temperature control and the Wormy game.

Unfortunately, the Fellow Corvo clocked in with our slowest boiling time, taking a whopping 7 minutes, 42 seconds to reach 212°F. That’s still faster than it would take a kettle to boil on most stovetops, but the competition was tight here. If you’re looking for a beautiful kettle for your countertop, rest assured this is still a solid option.

Pros

  • Ergonomic design

  • Attractive

  • Compact size

Cons

  • Slow boiling time

AmazonBasics 1.7 Liter Stainless Steel Portable Electric Hot Water Kettle

This kettle is cheap—and you can tell. You need to futz with the cord a bit to help feed it out through the side, and the base is borderline flimsy. It’s so lightweight that it doesn’t sit quite flat on its own, which means it is bound to pop up and out of place every time you lift the kettle to pour. It’s nothing too off-putting, but it’s bound to get annoying if you’re using the kettle every day.

But as far as boiling water, the kettle performs well. It has a window on the side to see water level and a simple on/off switch with an auto-shut off feature. It also was among some of the fastest to do so, only taking 5 minutes, 23 seconds.

Pros

  • Fast boiling

Cons

  • Feels cheap

  • Base is flimsy

  • No temperature control

Ovente 1.5 Liter Glass Electric Kettle

This model is an Amazon best-seller, has curbside appeal for its fun color options. Unfortunately, it's also slow to boil, and simply shuts off when the water reaches a boil. Additionally, there is a screen at the opening that sticks out at an awkward angle, making the kettle tough to fill in the sink. While we don't hate this model, it's nothing special.

Pros

  • Attractive

Cons

  • Slow boiling time

  • Difficult to fill in a sink

Secura 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

This is a great kettle, but to be frank, it's also the ugliest one we tested, thanks to its cheap-looking plastic construction. The kettle is huge despite only holding 1.7 liters of water. There is only a max-fill line but no tick marks to help you measure volume, so we had to use another vessel to measure water.

However, it’s among the fastest to boil water (just under 5 minutes) and stays cool to the touch throughout the process. If you prioritize speed or if you want to make sure your kids won’t burn their hands on the kettle, this is a good pick—just be sure you have abundant cabinet space to stow it in since you definitely won’t want to display this one.

Pros

  • Fast boiling

  • Stays cool to the touch

Cons

  • Not attractive enough to leave out

Chefman 1.7 Liter Electric Kettle

This kettle's clear glass makes it great for those who want to see exactly what’s going on, and the ring of blue light on its base makes watching water boil oddly entertaining. While it does come with a tea infuser, the downside is that there is just one setting (on/boil), and the kettle simply switches off without warning when it reaches a boil.

That means this may not be the best pick for tea-lovers who need specific temperatures for various leaves. Additionally, the Chefman was one of the slowest to boil, taking more than 7 minutes, and we didn’t like its bulky appearance. This bare-bones kettle is low on our list.

Pros

  • Comes with a tea infuser

Cons

  • No temperature control

  • Bulky

  • Slow boiling

Bonavita Variable Temperature Digital Electric Kettle

This is one of the most attractive kettles we tested, but upon picking it up, we were surprised at how light it was. The stainless lid feels chintzy and scrapes in a nails-on-a-chalkboard way when placed and removed. The kettle only holds 1 liter of water and only has one measurement marking for max fill.

Sure, it offers the ability to set an exact temperature and you can watch the temperature climb in real time, but despite it being the smallest kettle we tested, it took ages to boil. It also lacked a clear notification when it did so; it finally, confusingly turned off after 6-and-a-half minutes. And while you may think the narrow gooseneck spout would make it easier to pour, the design actually makes the stream harder to control: This was the only time we missed our teacup in testing.

In this case, beauty does not outweigh functionality. Skip this kettle—you won’t regret it.

Pros

  • Temperature control

Cons

  • Feels cheap

  • Slow boiling

Brewista Smart Pour Variable Temperature Kettle

The Brewista perplexed me. Not only did I have to consult the manual to figure out how to get it to work, but it still gave me trouble after doing so—the buttons and lights confused me to the point where I kept accidentally turning off the heating element. If I couldn’t figure it out on an afternoon of testing, there would be little hope for me on a Monday morning before work.

First, the metal feels cheaply made and makes a scraping sound when removing the lid, yet as a whole the unit is so heavy that it’s difficult to control the speed of water when making pour-over coffee. Also, aesthetically, the logo placement is not ideal. Most kettles take up permanent residence on a countertop, so having a large Brewista logo front and center (for right-handed users), is less than ideal.

Pros

  • Compact size

Cons

  • Tricky to operate and control

  • Feels cheap

  • Slow boiling

Meet the testers

Jessica Teich

Jessica Teich

Former Editor

@jessicarteich

Jessica covered lifestyle and beyond at Reviewed. Her work has appeared in publications including The New York Times and The Boston Globe.

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Meghan Kavanaugh

Meghan Kavanaugh

Managing Editor, Core Content

Meghan Kavanaugh is Reviewed's managing editor of core content. A career journalist and editor, she cut her teeth in community journalism before moving to lifestyle publications—the cheese-centric Culture magazine included. In her spare time, you can find her learning to knit and write calligraphy, to varying degrees of success.

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