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The Best Electric Kettle for 2020

The easiest way to get the water just right for your coffee or tea

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An Electric Kettle is a small appliance that we take for granted, at least I did — until I started using one. I don’t think I can boil water any different way after using an Electric Kettle, and I am sure you will feel the same if you had one. With so many different models, functionality, and styles out there, it is difficult to pick the right one for you. Whether you are a coffee connoisseur or a tea enthusiast, there’s a kettle out there for you. 
Check out our picks from extensive testing and research; we probably have the right one for you. Leave us a comment below to let us know if we helped you with your decision.

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Most Reviews on Amazon

amazon.com
4.6/5
AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Electric Kettle – 1.7-Liter Featuring a clean, modern design, the AmazonBasics Stainless Steel Kettle complements function and form, perfect for everyday use or entertaining with guests. This 1.7 liter, 1500 watt cordless kettle allows you to boil water in a fraction of the time, making it quick and easy to prepare hot beverages such as herbal tea, French press coffee, cocoa, and more. Enjoy convenience at its best with this reliable electric kettle.

$24.99

"I love this kettle! I've had several different types of water heating appliances because I love tea. I have tried microwaving, traditional coffee pots, cheap plastic kettles, and single serve pots. I have 3 different locations for use: home, school/office, and camper. This kettle had become a favorite at all locations for its quick heat, ear of use, and temperature abilities. In about 35 seconds, I have a liter of water at the perfect tea making temp for black teas. For herbals, I stop it a bit earlier for cooler brewing. My only improvements would be to get the larger one for family at home and I miss the programmable start time. That second but is really laziness as the time it takes to get the mugs and tea ready is about how long it takes to heat width this unit. I will buy again. The pot comes off the heating element for easy cleaning and safety. I really love this thing at under $20 bucks."

Best Ceramic Kettle

amazon.com
4.3/5

From countertop to tabletop, table to the living room, this timeless kettle is a stylish favorite. The BELLA Electric 1.5L Ceramic Marble Kettle is essential for those seeking the title of “Hostess with the Mostess”. The 360 degree, cordless, and one-touch operation makes for easy filling, boiling, and serving. The 1350 watts of power will bring 6 cups of water to a boil in minutes. Benefit from the fast heat-up time so you do not have to wait long to enjoy your cozy favorites such as tea, hot chocolate, ramen or quick oatmeal in the morning. Always know when the kettle is on or off, thanks to the soft blue indicator light. Enjoy peace of mind with carefree auto shut off and boil-dry protection for added safety.

$49.99

"Aesthetically this electric kettle is quite nice. I've been using it for about one month now, on average 4-6 times a day. I use for making instant coffee , teas, coffee press, chicory, and heating water for cooking. My previous electric kettle was stainless steel model that lasted about 3 years before the heating element died. Positive features as follows. I like that there is no plastic, other than a silicone lid seal. Heating element is stainless and the rest is ceramic. It heats quickly as most of these kettles do. The switch lights blue during heating and will make a soft click when water has reached a boil and it shuts off. If you remove the kettle during heating phase and then return it to the base it will continue to heat the water. ( my previous units all shut off when removed from the base). This is not a negative necessarily but good to know especially if you're not used to this detail. Some features I'm not so happy with are are follows: not too easy to fill through the spout so I have to remove lid each time. Blue color doesn't appear to be a ceramic glaze but rather some kind of paint that I suspect may fade/ peel over time. There is also a min. / max indicators 'painted' on the inside. After pouring there will inevitably be some water dripping along the spout. Despite these minor disappointments I still recommmend this kettle. Although I can't comment yet on longevity, I do suspect this will last a long time. The build quality is superior. Update: Having used this kettle for 5 months straight, I have had no issues. It continues to work flawlessly. The design (blue color) has not faded or chipped off. It can be a little tricky to clean especially at spout and small drain holes. Luckily having a water softener makes this an infrequent need. A little baking soda and vinegar will do the trick. I've increased my rating to a 5 since I really am quite fond of this kettle."

Glass Kettle Honorable Mention

amazon.com
4.7/5
The Purest Taste: Made with the finest quality borosilicate glass which resists scratching and scuffing, no plastics touch the boiling water inside including the lid, unlike other kettles use plastic for the inner lid(the filter is made of stainless steel and 100% BPA-free plastic).

$39.99

"We purchased this Cosori, 1.7L, Cordless, Glass Hot Water Heater seven weeks ago and can offer the following review after using this Cosori unit at least twice a day for these past seven weeks. We have found this Cosori unit to be very easy to use. We fill the carafe with the desired liquid volume, place the glass carafe onto the heating unit, and activate the Start switch to begin the short heating process. Most of our liquid heating requests are for the maximum volume -- 1.7L. The heating time from the Start request to full boil is less than five minutes. I have measured the water temperature at full boil with an infrared heat measuring instrument. The recorded temperature has been 212 degrees Fahrenheit - consistently. The blue LED light does illuminate when electrical power is being employed to function the unit. The blue LED light shuts off when the heating function ceases. Cleaning procedures are clearly described in the enclosed owner's manual/instructions. We use a clean cloth to wipe down the exterior of the unit as well as the interior of the carafe. I have found the carafe's opening quite large enough to easily perform any wipe-down of the carafe's interior walls or stainless steel bottom. To that end, it's a considerate design element that the lid-affixed liquid strainer has some flexibility so that any inadvertent bump to the strainer while cleaning the carafe's interior, will help prevent any permanent damage to the strainer or lid. Pouring boiling liquid from the carafe into a cup or other receptacle has been easy and safe. Neither one of us have found the weight of a full carafe to be an issue. The electrical heating plate, on which the glass carafe rests, does accept a few wraps (on the underside of the electrical plate) of the electrical cord should cord length be a concern. It has not been so for us. Yes. We have caused the glass carafe to lightly "clunk" against the sink faucet, sink, counter top. No scratching or fractures have occurred to the glass. De-scaling cleaning process/instructions - we have amended only the following: Two cups of distilled vinegar to one cup of water. Based on our seven weeks of use and communication with Cosori representatives, we would recommend this Amazon seller for honesty and integrity and this unit for dependable function."

Best Overall Electric Kettle

amazon.com
4.4/5
Equipped with 1500 watts of power for fast heating, this electric kettle brings up to 1-2/3 liters of water to a rolling boil in a matter of minutes. Better than that, it offers six different preset heat settings, which allows for steeping tea at just the right temperature depending on the variety. Using the simple one-touch controls on the kettle’s handle, select 160 degrees F for delicate teas, 175 degrees F for green tea, 185 degrees F for white tea, 190 degrees F for oolong tea, 200 degrees F for French press coffee, and “Boil” for black tea or to make instant cocoa, oatmeal, noodles, and more.

$99.99 $69.99

"Several reputable consumer tests rank the Cuisinart CPK-17 adjustable temperature tea kettle at the very top. That caught my eye. But so did its high price--almost double the also nicely designed Miroco MI-EK001. Both have the same 1.7 liter (57 ounce) capacity, with very similar features. I bought the Cuisinart first but was intrigued by the Miroco at roughly half the price so I bought it, too. I had earlier compared the Hamilton Beach 41020 to the Cuisinart but found its workmanship not nearly as good, and its lack of temperature accuracy disappointing. In my opinion, the highest quality appliances should be fairly priced, but reliable and also of long term value. Spoiler alert! Can the Miroco compete at half the price? REMARKABLY WELL although its features are not identical. The Cuisinart does offer offer small convenience advantages depending on your household’s priorities. Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Miroco MI-EK001/ Design: As you can see in the photos, both designs are similar, but not identical. The Cuisinart weighs a couple of ounces more than the Miroco, noticeable when filling when empty but not when pouring with water inside. The Miroco has a slightly wider pop up lid with two separate buttons for opening and closing. That may make the Moroco easier to fill for those with less pouring dexterity, yet both models have ample filling room. For better balance with the Cuisinart I have to “choke up” (a baseball term) on it’s handle with my fingers over the temp controls but this has never been a problem. Before trying the Miroco, I thought its squared-off shape handle might be uncomfortable. However, since I have medium sized hands, I prefer it to the Cuisinart’s slightly more bulbous handle. All things considered, the ergonomics of the handle on the Miroco is a small advantage. Cuisinart CPK-17 tea kettle vs. Miroco MI-EK001 / Workmanship: This was a very pleasant surprise. When I compared the Hamilton Beach near clone of the Cuisinart, one big difference was cheaper workmanship for the HB. No so with the Moroco. Beautiful, smoothly machined and solid. Both brands are quality appliances and impressively built. Both have similar fill windows that turn a pleasant blue while on. The Cuisinart only shows liters while the Microco shows cups as well as liters. I find the Miroco slightly easier to read. While the lid designs are different, I prefer Cuisinart’s open button which can be accomplished one handed. For the Miroco, using only one hand, you can’t open the lid at the same time as holding the handle. Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Miroco MI-EK001 / Temp choices and features: The two kettles have virtually the same features. As you can see in the photo, the design approaches are different. Both have a great feature that will allow you to hold the brewing temp for another 30 minutes. So, what is different between the two brands? For the Cuisinart, the keep warm feature is on by default—it can also easily be turned off—either before or after brewing. For the Miroco, the default is off and the keep warm button must be pressed manually. Due to busy mornings in our house, I prefer the Cuisinart design with the default to be on automatically. As an example, I typically wake up first, have a cup of green tea brewed at the proper 175 degrees and then wait for my wife to join me. Everything is ready to go with no additional button pushes needed. Later, we’ll pour water for oatmeal for our daughter. All can be poured at the same temp held by the kettle. However, if you typically would not need a second cup, perhaps you might prefer the Miroco approach. Turning on its keep warm feature is easy, especially before brewing. Since we pour multiple cups, one other Cuisinart advantage we really like is a memory feature. If you take the kettle off the base, then return it to the base within a couple of minutes, the Cuisinart keeps the temperature and hold setting. As soon as the Miroco is removed to pour, when returned to the base, the tea kettle is fully shut off. This may be a disadvantage for some. However, to get back to the settings to hold the kettle for 30 minutes longer requires a few quick button presses, easy to do in only takes a couple of seconds. You just need to get in the habit of remembering. Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Miroco MI-EK001 / All important performance tests: As both are 1500 watts, each has terrific, fast speed far surpassing stovetop kettles or microwave heating. For a full 1.7 liter pot (57 ounces), the Cuisinart shut off at the 212 degree boiling point in 7:06. The Miroco took 7:35. In everyday real world usage, this is not a meaningful difference yet the Cuisinart is slightly faster. For 24 ounces, the Cuisinart finished in just 3:31 and for 16 ounces, it was done in only 2:32. The Miroco was not far behind. Plenty quick all around. At the green tea setting of 175 degrees, the Cuisinart took just 2:22 for 24 ounces, and a terrific 1:40 for 16 ounces. The Miroco finished 24 ounces in 2:40, and for 16 ounces, just 1:52. Both of these pots are very well insulated. Even an hour or two after turning off, the water inside is still plenty hot. If initially set to boil, a full hour after turning off the Moroco is still at 178, while the Cuisinart is slightly cooler at 167. Each can be brought back to a full boil in just a minute or two, depending on how much water is inside. Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Miroco MI-EK001 / Temperature consistency: When brewing to 212 degrees, both brands hit the boiling point and are ready to pour. Yet, it is likely that in buying a versatile temp variable kettle like these, you may also care about consistency at different temperatures, and in using the keep warm setting. For example, Chinese green teas are best brewed between 170 and 180, while delicate Japanese Senchas benefit from 10 degrees cooler yet. When using each kettle’s 175 degree setting for green tea, as soon as the brewer beeped and stopped, I used a Thermapen instant read thermometer and learned the Cuisinart measured 176 degrees. Excelllent performance indeed! For the same test at the 175 degree setting, the Miroco was 182 degrees but quickly dropped down into the mid to upper 170s. Whatever your preferred brewing temp, keep in mind that as soon as the water hits your cup, it will cool slightly more. Thus, the Miroco’s performance was also quite good—far more consistent than the less than satisfying Hamilton Beach clone of the Cuisinart I reviewed earlier. What about temp consistency using keep warm feature? Once desired temp is reached, each kettle will sit idle until the internal water temp drops 6-8 degrees. Then a sensor kicks in, very briefly turns on the kettle for mere seconds, bringing the temp back in range. Both brands did well using the keep warm setting. Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Miroco MI-EK001 / Warranty and the long term: Although Cuisinart has a laudable three-year warranty, several reviewers here complain that obtaining warranty service can be cumbersome and that the units sometimes go out before the warranty has expired. The buyer must pay for warranty shipping both ways. I paid $4 extra for the Assurant extended warranty. However, most warranties of this type only kick in after manufacturer warranty expires. Keeping fingers crossed! We own four Cuisinart small kitchen appliances and have never needed warranty service, happily. My original Cuisinart food processor works great after 30 years. Concerning the CPK-17 kettle, several reviews state the number markings can rub off in time. This is not a concern with Miroco’s design—the markings lie beneath an acetate covering. Miroco’s warranty is 18 months warranty plus an 18-month extension with registration. Cuisinart CPK-17 vs. Miroco MI-EK001 / Conclusion: These are both five star machines. We are keeping the Cuisinart at our main home and the Miroco at our vacation home. The differences between Cuisinart and Miroco are mainly differentiated by three things: 1) The keep warm feature is the automatic default for the Cuisinart but can easily turned on with the Miroco. 2) The Cuisinart has a handy two-minute memory feature that remembers the keep warm temp setting if the kettle is removed, then returned to the base. 3) If those features are considered crucial to some, the Cuisinart runs nearly double the cost, yet is well known brand name with a long term track record."

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