Best Electric Kettles Handpicked by a Tea Sommelier

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An electric kettle is an absolute must for all serious tea drinkers. Here are the best electric kettles for brewing tea.

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Electric Kettles for Tea Drinkers

Ask any serious tea drinker and they’ll tell you how much they love their electric kettle. (I’m one of them!)

The kettle gets filled with water and in a couple of minutes, you’ve got hot water for tea. It’s super convenient and quick.

Tea Sommelier’s Tip: The electric kettle should only be used for heating up water — never make tea in the kettle.

What to Look for When Buying an Electric Kettle FOR TEA

  • Variable temperature
    Variable temperature setting which means you can heat the water to an exact temperature. This is great for tea drinkers who need different water temperatures for different types of tea.
  • Gooseneck spout
    For the best control when pouring water, I prefer a gooseneck spout but I’ve included non-gooseneck kettles to show a wide range of prices.
  • Stainless steel
    To avoid a plastic smell or taste, stick to stainless steel or glass kettles.

My Pick for Best Electric Kettle:

Bonavita Electric Kettle

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This Bonavita electric kettle is the absolute best for tea and my favorite for the price and quality. It’s the one I own and use almost on a daily basis. 

Because I drink all different types of loose tea, I like that you can set and hold different water temperatures. (For example, a black tea should be brewed at a higher temperature than a green tea in general.) Plus, I like that the gooseneck spout allows for precision pour control.
Fellow Stagg EKG

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The Stagg electric kettle and the Bonavita (my top pick) are the most popular gooseneck kettles in the world of tea. With a sleek, stylish look and simple controls, it’ll boil water to whatever temperature you set it to and it’ll hold that temperature for an hour.
Cosori Electric Kettle

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This Cosori kettle has all the great features that I look for in an electric kettle including a gooseneck spout, 5 temperature presets, and temperature hold. I like that it beeps once the water has reached the preset temperature.
Zojirushi Water Boiler & Warmer

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Ok, ok, this is not an electric kettle but I had to add this Zojirushi Water Boiler & Warmer to the list since it’s so handy to have, especially if you drink a lot of tea. You leave this on your countertop and it’ll boil water and keep it warm so you can have hot water set to your preferred temperature available all day.
AmazonBasics Electric Kettle

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It you’re looking for a basic kettle with temperature control and don’t need a gooseneck spout, this is the kettle for you. AmazonBasics is’s branded products.

Questions You May Have

Can you steep tea in an electric kettle?

Nope, only water ever goes into an electric kettle. For steeping tea, use a teapot. Boil water in the electric kettle then pour the hot water into the teapot with the tea.

Do I really need an electric kettle with a temperature setting? 

I find the ones with the temperature setting are key when it comes to making green tea, which is can get super bitter if the water temperature isn’t correct.

What’s the difference between a $50 one and a $120 one?

When it comes to price, the more expensive ones tend to be selling on their look or design. Also, the price can vary if they’re bigger in size.

RELATED: How to Make Tea Properly

How to Clean Electric Kettles

To keep your electric kettle free of any mineral deposits, clean it every few months with just water and white vinegar. 

  1. Fill the kettle halfway with equal parts water and white vinegar.
  2. Turn on the kettle and let the solution come to a boil.
  3. Turn off the kettle and let it sit for about 15 minutes.
  4. Pour out the solution and rinse.
  5. Fill the kettle with water, turn it on, and let it come to a boil.
  6. Pour out the water and dry with a paper towel. 

If there is a lingering vinegar smell, refill the kettle with water, bring it to a boil and pour out. Repeat until the vinegar smell is gone.

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  1. i have a kitchen aid kettle that i bought three years ago. it’s held up very well. well worth the price tag, and that beautiful red can’t be beat.

  2. I just buy an OXO BREW. It heats fast, and has the least amount of plastic/silicone. I really like everything else about it. Thanks for your review.

  3. I knew you’d have a great suggestion of the best kettles! We’ve been using ours nonstop with this stay at home stage of life right now and need a new one. I worry that the ones with spouts will take up a lot of room on the countertop but they do look so pretty! Thanks for pointing me in the right direction.

  4. Thanks for the great round-up of kettles! I actually have the Krups one, and while I like how sleek it looks and how quickly it boils, it's a bit hard to clean because the lid flips in the middle to open and it's not detachable. Will put the Bonavita one on my wish list. 🙂