Best Electric Kettles for Tea

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

Best electric kettles

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Electric Kettles for Tea

Ask any serious tea drinker and they’ll tell you they can’t live without their electric kettle.

Fill the kettle with water, plug it in, and in a couple of minutes, you’ve got hot water you can refill your tea cup with over and over again. 

It’s super convenient and super quick to boil water. 

The ones I prefer have a 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. 

What to Look for When Buying an Electric Kettle

  • Variable temperature
    Ability to set the water temperature.
  • 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.

Do you Steep Tea in an Electric Kettle?

No, 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.

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. 

Here’s what you do. 

  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.

Best Electric Kettles for Tea

Below are my picks for the best electric kettles for tea.

Bonavita electric kettle

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Bonavita Variable Temperature Gooseneck Electric Kettle

The Bonavita electric kettle is my favorite. 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 which I definitely need when using it for brewing tea in gaiwans and small Japanese teapots.

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Water boiler

Zojirushi Water Boiler & Warmer

Ok, this is not an electric kettle, you got me. I had to add this Zojirushi Water Boiler & Warmer to the list since it’s been on my wish list forever. It was between my Vitamix blender and this water boiler from Japanese brand Zojirushi and the Vitamix won out.

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.

It’s perfect for tea since you can set the temperature to whatever you’re drinking.

Make sure to get the Citric Acid Cleaner to give it a thorough clean and remove lime scale buildup.

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Stagg Electric Kettle

The Stagg electric kettle and the Bonavita 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.

Best Electric kettle

Mueller Electric Kettle

I prefer gooseneck spouts and variable temperatures when it comes to my kettles but not everyone wants to spend $60+ for one. This Mueller electric kettle is great for those on a budget since it’s only $25 and does what it needs to effortlessly, which is to boil water for tea.

I like that it’s made of glass so you can see how much water is in the pot and it automatically shuts off as soon as the water boils.

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OXO kettle

OXO Adjustable Temperature Kettle

What I really like about this Oxo Adjustable Temperature Kettle is that the opening is so much wider than other electric kettles so it’s much easier to clean since I can fit my hand inside.

It has all the great features that I look for in an electric kettle, which includes having a gooseneck spout, a temperature setting, and temperature hold.

Turn the knob to your preferred temperature and it’ll heat the water in a couple of minutes.

Electric kettle

Balmuda The Pot

Balmuda The Pot is from a Japanese company that designs minimalist kitchen appliances.

It’s stylish, modern, and compact; it’s just big enough to make three cups of tea.

There isn’t a temperature setting so it just goes straight to boil but if you’re strictly a black tea (Earl Grey, English Breakfast) drinker, this should be perfect for your needs since black tea should be steeped in boiling water.

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2 Comments

  • Laura
    6 years ago

    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. 🙂

  • Jee (Oh, How Civilized)
    6 years ago

    Ahhh, good to know, Laura. Thanks for the info!

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