Best Electric Kettles

Review & Comparison, Last Update September 11, 2019
Today you can hardly find a kitchen without an electric kettle. An electric kettle boils water easily and unbelievably quickly. But a variety of available models still puzzles you? Our review of the best electric kettles will help you make up your mind. Keep reading and choose the kettle that suits you most. ...Read more ...Read less
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OUR VERDICT
DESIGN
CAPACITY
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HEATING ELEMENT
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TEMPERATURE MODES
USABILITY
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PROS

The Cuisinart CPK-17AMZ electric kettle boasts a one-of-a-kind memory feature, allowing you to take it off the base for 2 minutes without sending the temperature down.

CONS

White measurement marks can be a tad difficult to read.

OUR VERDICT

This smart and programmable cordless kettle offers many functions and conveniences any true tea lover will appreciate. It is made from high-quality materials and comes with the longest warranty as compared to the other models on this list.

detailed parameters
DESIGN
Stainless steel electric kettle with a plastic handle
CAPACITY

1.7 L

POWER CONSUMPTION

1500 Watts

HEATING ELEMENT
Disc
CONTROLS
Digital controls, LED-backlit buttons
TEMPERATURE MODES
Boiling, Temperature maintenance, Preset temperature settings
USABILITY
Auto shut-off, Boil dry protection, Water window, Removable cleanable filter, Lid release button, Sleep mode
Warranty

3-year limited

PROS

Construction with double-wall heat-insulation enables quicker water boiling. In addition, it keeps the water hot for longer than usual.

CONS

The power cord is a little short.

OUR VERDICT

The Secura SWK-1701DB is a highly durable and safe electric kettle with a stainless steel interior that will become your reliable kitchen assistant for many years to come. Not only will it help you save time boiling water literally in a few minutes, but also it will help reduce electricity bills.

detailed parameters
DESIGN
Stainless steel interior, BPA-free plastic exterior
CAPACITY

1.7 L

POWER CONSUMPTION

1500 Watts

HEATING ELEMENT
Disc
CONTROLS
Mechanical controls, Illuminated power switch
TEMPERATURE MODES
Boiling
USABILITY
Cool touch exterior, Auto shut-off, Stainless steel filter
Warranty

2 years

PROS

Two water level windows are a handy feature making this model convenient both for left-handers and for right-handers. 

CONS

The lid doesn't flip fully open. 

OUR VERDICT

The Hamilton Beach electric kettle stands out for high-quality build and exceptional user convenience. It will easily withstand extensive daily use and make a great option both for home use and for the office. Meanwhile, its sleek modern design will fit any interior style.

detailed parameters
DESIGN

Stainless steel body with a plastic handle and lid 

CAPACITY

1.7 L

POWER CONSUMPTION

1500 Watts

HEATING ELEMENT

Disc

CONTROLS

Mechanical controls, Power indicator light

TEMPERATURE MODES

Boiling 

USABILITY

Auto shut-off with boil-dry protection, 360-degree rotating base, Drip-free spout, Stay-cool handle, Two water level windows, Removable mesh filter

Warranty

1 year

PROS

The entire body of the kettle is made of ceramics which allows saving natural water taste without any smacks and odors. Besides, ceramics is absolutely safe and will not exude any harmful elements when heated. 

CONS

Light design is prone to stains. 

OUR VERDICT

For anyone who appreciate little vintage things, this porcelain teapot will be a good option. It will beautifully go with any kitchen interior all while delivering the performance of a modern electric kettle.

detailed parameters
DESIGN

Ceramic body, handle, and a removable lid

CAPACITY

1.2 L

POWER CONSUMPTION

1200 Watts

HEATING ELEMENT

Disc

CONTROLS

Mechanical controls, Illuminated power switch

TEMPERATURE MODES

Boiling 

USABILITY

Auto shut-off and boil dry protection, 360-degree rotating power base, Cord storage, Narrow S-shaped spout

Warranty

2-year limited

PROS

Soft blue illumination makes this electric kettle look rather stylish when it's boiling water.

CONS
Controls aren't backlit.
OUR VERDICT

An elegant and powerful model with fairly simple controls. It perfectly copes with its major task of boiling a full pot of water within minutes. And its eye-catching design will add to the decor of any kitchen, both in the house and in the office environment.

detailed parameters
DESIGN
Glass body, Stainless steel base, Plastic lid and handle
CAPACITY

1.7 L

POWER CONSUMPTION

1500 Watts

HEATING ELEMENT
Disc
CONTROLS
Mechanical controls
TEMPERATURE MODES
Boiling
USABILITY
Auto shut-off, Boil-dry protection, Water window, Blue illumination while boiling, Cord-free feature, Stay-cool handle
Warranty

1 year

Cuisinart CPK-17AMZ

Water Boiling Wizard

Once you try an electric kettle in action, you’ll hardly ever return to a stovetop model. And rightly so since its convenience and high heating performance are hard to beat. More than that, the latest electric kettle models come packed with a whole variety of technological features that make them indispensable kitchen appliances. The Cuisinart is just that kind of a modern electric kettle.

The stainless steel body makes this appliance solid and durable. Meanwhile, thanks to a plastic stay-cool handle, you can conveniently grip the kettle without getting any burns. This model boasts an amazing power of 1500 watts for fast water heating and boiling. The maximum capacity is 1.7 liters, which is more than enough to make hot drinks for your whole family or a group of friends.

The Cuisinart CPK-17 comes fitted with a concealed disc heating element that doesn’t contact the water and minimizes scaling. However, a removable filter is still there for convenient cleaning from scaling if the water in your region is somewhat hard.

Along with basic options and functions such as automatic shut-off, boil-dry protection, water level indicator, and a lid release button for easy filling and cleaning the unit, the Cuisinart kettle has a couple of perks that definitely make it shine. Thus, to give a kettle an elegant look and for better visibility under low-light conditions, the water level indicator has a soft blue LED lighting. Furthermore, this kettle has a unique memory feature allowing you to take the kettle off the base for 2 minutes and yet, keep all your temperature settings saved. Additionally, the Keep Warm function will maintain the preset temperature for 30 minutes. Finally, if the kettle is not in use for 5 minutes, it automatically switches to the Sleep Mode. The indicator lights and the heating element will be off, keeping all the settings stored in memory.

Review of Cuisinart CPK-17AMZ Cordless Electric Kettle

Tea Fans' Best Friend

Any true tea lover knows that to get the most of taste, flavor, and aroma of this noble drink, each type of tea needs to be brewed at a specific temperature. To cater to the needs of real tea connoisseurs, the Cuisinart CPK-17 electric kettle has 6 preset temperature modes including Delicate (160°F), Green (175°F), White (185°F), Oolong (190°F), Herbal (200°F), Black (Boil – 212°F), and even French Press (200°F). The latter is an ideal mode for getting the right water temperature for making French press coffee drinks. The backlit LED controls allow you to pick the right temperature even in a dim room. And when it's necessary, you can use the above-mentioned Keep Warm mode to maintain the selected temperature for 30 minutes, which is especially convenient in the morning rush when every minute counts.

To wrap things up, the Cuisinart electric kettle is one of the latest models that boast advanced functionality and reliable design and will find their place in any modern kitchen.

Cuisinart CPK-17AMZ Cordless Electric Kettle in the use

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What customers say about this product

Size & Weight

This is perfect in many ways; easy to use, heats up fast, temperature is perfect, great safety features, very attractive appliance, takes up little space, perfect size.

Features

The controls are a little excessive with small print on most of the temperature setting buttons. The manufacturer printed both the type of tea and the temperature each button will heat to.

Key Specs

Great capacity. It's also one of the better designs out there in that it doesn't have THAT much plastic that touches the water; it's mostly steel.

Power

Nicely oversized cord suggests the designers wanted it to draw power and boil water quickly. It does! It's quick!
 

Secura SWK-1701DB

Fast Like No Other

Choosing an electric kettle, some users seek some add-ons while others prefer simple functionality and high performance. Yet, in the end, we commonly use the kettle for boiling water and the quicker it will bring the water to boil, the better. This is where the model from Secura really excels.

Fitted with a disc heating element ensuring larger heating surface and distinguished by a pretty high power of 1500 watts, the Secura will boil a full pot of water in a matter of minutes. And that is 1.7 liters. It is an excellent high-capacity model for a big family. You will get just enough hot water to brew several cups of tea for breakfast or an evening chat with friends or make instant noodles for a quick bite in the office. And though it has no temperature controller to select the optimal temperature for some kinds of hot drinks, it will outperform even many more powerful models. And let’s be honest, normally, we only need to bring the water to boil on a daily basis. More than that, dual-wall design perfectly insulates the heat and will let you keep the water hot for much longer as compared to other models.

When it comes to the appliance design, the Secura is a stylish and elegant kettle with a metallic body and BPA-free plastic exterior. Its laconic classic shape will perfectly match the interior style of any domestic kitchen and become an advantageous office option as well. Created only for boiling water, the model has no excess controls and offers a fairly simple touch-of-a-button operation. To turn on the kettle, you only need to push a single illuminated mechanical switch.

Review of Secura SWK-1701DB Stainless Steel Electric Water Kettle

... and User-friendly

We can assure you that this smart electric kettle was created with the user's safety in mind and no plastic element or component comes in contact with boiling water, keeping it fresh and clear. Just mind occasional scratches on a stainless steel interior coating to prevent the risk of iron oxides getting to the water. Yet, it will take pains to scratch that durable coating! This solid design will serve you for years. And a cool touch plastic body contributes to the ultimate safety of the Secura electric kettle. To finalize the list of handy extras, an auto switch-off function will turn off the kettle when the water reaches the boiling point, and the steel filter will prevent scale from coming into your cup.

All things considered, the Secura electric kettle is a great and reliable choice both for home and for office and will best suit those who rather need simple heating efficiency than some technological frills.

Secura SWK-1701DB Stainless Steel Electric Water Kettle in the use

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Stainless Steel Double Wall Electric 1.8 Qt, Water Kettle Secura SWK-1701DB

What customers say about this product

Features

The water stays hot to warm for quite awhile after it shuts off. Cord wraps around base if you wish. Base is heavy enough to lay flat without the pot on it.

Size & Weight

While the kettle is large, it is well-balanced and easy to pour. It performs well pouring slowly into infuser mugs, tea pots, and coffee drip cones.

Power

It has 1500 watts of power, a 2 prong, 35 inch power cord, which is nice that someone finally made a power cord long enough to reach decently on my counter, but its not too long, either.

Key Specs

It has a large capacity and heats very fast. There is not a lot of noise while it is heating either, at least not as much as heating my water kettle on the stove top or using my previous electric pot.
 

Hamilton Beach 40880

With Focus on Quality

Hamilton Beach is a popular and reputed brand in the industry of kitchen appliances. Electric kettles from Hamilton Beach are considered one of the best in all price segments since the product quality and functionality have always been the manufacturer's top priorities. The Hamilton Beach 40880 is not an exception.

What makes a really good electric kettle? It’s a reliable design and quick heating performance. The Hamilton Beach 40880 has it all. The kettle body is made of first-class stainless steel so it can endure extensive use, high temperatures, and perfectly resist physical impact. Besides, a steel body ensures leak-proof construction, thus, eliminating the biggest issue about electric kettles, many of which are prone to leaks over time. Steel from the outside, the model features a disc heating element made of stainless steel too. All of this ensures the durability of the kettle and its more hygienic use with no harmful compounds infiltrating your drinks.

A rapid-boil heating system with 1500 watts of power will bring water to the boiling point really fast, times faster than a microwave or a conventional stovetop, and faster than many other models from the same price range. Meanwhile, the 1.7L capacity that is equivalent to 7 full cups will make it a valuable purchase for a large household or small office.

Review of Hamilton Beach 40880 Electric Kettle

... Safety and Convenience

Like any average electric kettle, the Hamilton Beach 40880 has all convenience and safety features you expect from this type of appliance. Using it is very simple. You just need to lift the switch up to boil the water and the kettle will turn off automatically after the heating cycle is over. To make it convenient to pour the drink, the kettle has a cool-to-touch handle and a fully detachable rotating base for hassle-free serving.

Two transparent water level windows with measurement marks are a handy feature that makes this model convenient both for left-handers and for right-handers. Meanwhile, a drip-free spout allows for easy pouring and a mesh filter keeps the water clean. A standard boil-dry safety feature is also there to avert overheat and prolong the unit service life. And the cord storage will keep the cord neatly rolled underneath the base, allowing you to save some counter space.

Besides, the Hamilton Beach 40880 is really affordable, which makes it a good deal for almost anyone. So if you're looking for a high-quality electric kettle with an affordable price tag, this one can be the best option.

Hamilton Beach 40880 Electric Kettle in the use

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BELLA 13622

Tribute to Tradition

Today, an electric kettle is an appliance you can come across in any kitchen, be it a big household or a small apartment. Being the product of modern technology, most models feature sleek designs in steel and plastic and have a contemporary or even futuristic look. They are meant to quickly heat up water for you to sip your cup of tea and go on your daily errands minutes later. However, if we look back to the tea drinking habits of the past centuries, we would see porcelain tea sets with lovely teapots steaming with freshly brewed tea. If you miss that coziness and special vibes of traditional tea ceremonies, an electric kettle from Bella will catch your fancy.

As the name suggests, you’ll get a really beautiful thing that rather reminds a fine porcelain teapot traditionally used for brewing tea. It is distinguished by a nice classic design with a long gooseneck spout, large delicately shaped handle, and a cute removable lid on the top. The model comes in several design patterns ranging from floral images to oriental, Victorian, and marble patterns, all perfectly matching any classic, province or rustic interior and adding a kind of classy chic to any modern or fusion style.

As aesthetically looking as it is, the kettle body is all made of ceramics that allows saving natural water taste without any strange smacks or flavors. Ceramic glaze fully meets the strictest US standards and contains no lead, thus, exuding no harmful compounds to the water. Other than that, ceramics can keep boiled water hot for longer, allowing you to turn the kettle on less often and save on energy bills.

Review of BELLA 13622 Electric Ceramic Tea Kettle

... and Modern Functionality

Behind a discrete design of a classic ceramic kettle, you’ll find convenience and functionality of a modern electric appliance. The unit features a fully detachable power base that rotates 360 degrees to conveniently lift the kettle up and put it back from any side. Inside the kettle, there is a solid heating element concealed underneath the stainless steel disc to ensure quick and even heating. A small control switch under the handle is backlit during the kettle operation and will shut off automatically once the water reaches the boiling point. The capacity of 1.2L is not the highest out there, yet, it is enough for having breakfast or midday tea with the family.

The safety features are also not overlooked. The boil-dry protection option is there to prevent overheating while a long gooseneck spout will ensure control pours without the risk of burns.

To conclude, the Bella ceramic electric kettle combines the style and sophistication of a traditional porcelain teapot with all the benefits of a modern appliance. It will make an elegant addition to any interior style and will be highly appreciated by all lovers of vintage items.

BELLA 13622 Electric Ceramic Tea Kettle in the use

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Hamilton Beach 40865

An Affordable Kitchen Workhorse

Not eager to pay more for a premium feature-packed electric kettle and just need a simple model to boil water for tea and other minor kitchen tasks several times a day? If so, turn your eyes to the Hamilton Beach 40865. Without hitting your budget, it will bring simple functionality and reliable performance you need in your home kitchen.

You won't find any bells and whistles in this model. It's a humble electric kettle designed to boil water. Yet, it gets the job done well and quickly. With 1500 watts of power, the kettle is able to bring the water to the boiling point in a matter of a couple of minutes. And its large 1.7-liter pot is enough for the whole family use. Turning the kettle on is done by clicking a single mechanical switch on the handle and when the water's boiled, it automatically turns itself off, so, you don't need to control it all the time.

Speaking of usability, Hamilton Beach took care of making sure that their users would be completely satisfied when using this prime-quality kettle, which features a winning combination of simple design and convenient extras. In fact, though humble and frills-free, the 40865 has everything needed. The auto shut-off function and boil dry protection provide safety and peace of mind. A concealed heating element eliminates the scale and minerals buildup. And a removable easy-to-clean filter provides fresh and scale-free water in your cup. Just remember to wash it in warm water regularly. Moreover, the kettle has a cool-touch handle and a handy spout to prevent spillage. And for your ultimate convenience, a 360-degrees base provides ease of use in any direction.

Review of Hamilton Beach 40865 Glass Electric Kettle

Boil Water in Style

If you're one of those people who put stock into the appearance of your kitchenware and want all of your utensils to blend with the decor of your interior beautifully, the Hamilton Beach 40865 will surely catch your eye. A glass body of this spectacular kettle is not only eco-friendly but also looks very attractive and will perfectly match any kitchen, whether it is designed in a modern, high-tech, classic, fusion, or even retro style. The blue LED lights lining the kettle bottom are a beautiful addition to the unit, nicely illuminating it when in use. Perhaps the only not-so-nice thing about the glass body is that it needs more frequent cleaning - the scale on the walls is more noticeable here than it'd be on other material. However, the charming illumination inside the kettle fully makes up for this minor flaw.

Summing up, this glass kettle from Hamilton Beach is a capacious and powerful model ideal for big families and office use. Sleek and elegant, it will blend with any interior design wonderfully.

Hamilton Beach 40865 Glass Electric Kettle in the use

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Hamilton Beach 40865 Electric Kettle

What customers say about this product

Key Specs

The large capacity is nice. But it doesn't have a chime that rings when the water is hot. Also, it takes a while for the unit to detect that the water has boiled and shut itself off.

Features

The blue LEDs are beautiful. I wish there was a setting to keep them on for a short time after the water has boiled. Maybe a selectable temperature setting so you know once the water's cooled down to a certain point, that it needs heating again.

Size & Weight

The brand of this kettle is “Hamilton Beach” with good quality. It has the soft blue LED light illuminations when it’s heating water. Glass sides and the compact stainless steel base are the most two special places of this kettle.

Power

Pretty lights are a fun aspect of the see-through design. Note also that the kettle itself lifts easily off its base and can be carried to sink or table for filling and for pouring. Power cord is not attached to kettle, but rather to a separate small base unit that creates the heating effect.
 

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Comparison of Electric Kettles

What Is an Electric Kettle?

There are many kitchen appliances that can help in boiling a pot of water for making food or your favorite drinks. An electric kettle is perhaps the most popular one among them. The advantage of using an electric kettle rather than a stove or any other kitchen gear is that it boils water in a less amount of time and that it can be cordless, meaning it can be carried around your home or used on the go when you go camping or traveling. What's good about electric kettles is that they are presented in a variety of capacities: you can find really portable models offering about one liter of water capacity and you can find proper family-sized kettles with capacity of 1.7-2 L and more. Thanks to this, everyone should be able to choose the kettle that will suit their needs best. In our review, we offer you to take a look at five most popular models of electric kettles available on the market and to compare them by such specs as capacity, design, additional functions and usability features. This will help you make the right choice.

If you are looking for an appliance to boil a lot of water and maintain its temperature at the preset level, check out this water boilers review.

What Features to Compare

Design and Capacity

There are lots of electric kettles on the market, and they differ by the type of material they are made of; each of them has its pros and cons.

Stainless steel kettles are the most durable and less exposed to damages and deformations but at the same time, their housing becomes very hot quickly. Glass models catch your eye due to their design. Such kettles are user-friendly as the glass has no effect on water. Plastic allows making kettles of any shape and design. Meanwhile, it does not heat up too much. As for ceramics, in the production of kettles, this material is pretty new. It is safe in use and very good-looking but on the other hand, it is also rather fragile and heavy, so be aware of this.

If you're choosing an electric kettle for a big family, consider models with capacity over 1.5 liters to get a bigger amount of hot water.

The power of a kettle is also essential because it determines how fast the appliance can heat up the water to the desired temperature. Commonly, big electric kettles for families have the power of 1500 Watts for quick water boiling (just several minutes). Smaller models are usually less powerful, but they are highly efficient, too.

Also, mind the type of heating element used. There exist coil and disc heating elements, both having their pros and cons. Coil heating elements are less noisy but more exposed to limescale. As a result, it's harder to clean them. While disc heating elements are durable and more convenient to clean, they produce more noise during operation. What else you may want to know about coil electric kettles is that they have only one fixed position at the base whereas kettles using heating elements come with a 360-degree swivel cordless connector allowing you to place it in any position.

Temperature Modes and Controls

Modern electric kettles are much more functional than conventional stovetop kettles. They can both boil water and hold the desired temperature for some time. Some models even have a variable temperature control, allowing you either to select one of the available preset temperatures or set the one you need; as you know, different hot beverages require different temperatures. Such a feature provides the necessary water temperature for brewing a variety of teas. It will surely please tea lovers. Today, electric kettles have different types of controls for setting the exact temperature and using some additional features of kettles. For users' convenience, some kettles come with backlit controls or LED lights. And the most sophisticated models even have small screens where all the information is displayed.

Usability and Extras

An automatic shut-off feature protects an electric kettle from overheating after boiling or heating up to a certain temperature. As a result, it will protect the kettle from serious damage (that might even result in a failure of the appliance). A water level indicator allows you to see when you need to add water. And an automatic kettle lid release ensures easy filling and cleaning. Furthermore, the shape and size of a spout influence pouring accuracy and prevent splashes. Basically, modern electric kettles are equipped with cleanable filters to avoid limescale formation (which happens during the boiling process). And finally, some electric kettles come with a count-up timer that helps you control the time of water heating.

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