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Making tea can be a delightful and relaxing experience. It seems to give a feeling of refinement and elegance to enjoying a hot beverage. There are a lot of products on the market that make enjoying tea easier, and faster. However, sometimes, it’s nice to just stick to the basic and traditional way of doing things.
One of the easiest ways to keep your tea making process simple, and more authentic is to boil water in a tea kettle. Tea kettles have been around for a long time, and they make heating water, and pouring it over tea, or into a teapot easier. Tea kettles are also one of those standard kitchen items that every home should have. They are handy for a variety of tasks, and frankly they look neat sitting on your stove.
But how do you know which tea kettle is best? There are lots and lots of options out there, and picking one can be a chore. Sure, you could just pick the cheapest, but you might not get the quality of product that will last. Or you could pick one based on looks, but it might not be as functional as you would like.
So, to make your life easier, we’ve done a ton of research on tea kettles. We’ve boiled water, cleaned kettles, and read many, many customer reviews, and from all of that we’ve come up with this list of nine of the best tea kettles on the market. They range from simple to fancy, affordable to expensive. However, if we’ve missed the mark for your personal needs, we’ve also put together a handy buying guide to help you find the right tea kettle for your needs.
Our favorite tea kettle is the Le Creuset Whistling Stovetop Kettle. It is easy to use, has a nice big opening which makes filling and cleaning easy, and the spout pours smoothly. It also has a nice design, so it looks good on your stove.
This kettle is everything that LeCreuset is known for. High quality steel construction, porcelain enamel coating, and a product that if cared for properly, will last a long time.
Here are the best tea kettles you can buy:
- Best Overall - Le Creuset Whistling Stovetop Kettle
- Runner Up - Willow & Everett Stovetop Whistling Tea Kettle
- Best Small - KitchenAid Stovetop Tea Kettle
- Best Large - Creative Home Alexa Whistling Stovetop Kettle
- Best Basic - Cuisinart CTK-SS17 Tea Kettle
- Best Glass - CAFÉ BREW COLLECTION Whistling Tea Kettle
- Best Color - Circulon Morning Bird Teakettle
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9 Best Tea Kettles Reviews in 2020
1. Best Overall - Le Creuset Whistling Stovetop Kettle
When it comes to tea kettles, we think it’s important to have a quality product that looks great. Chances are good that you’re going to want to leave your tea kettle on the stove, so looks do matter. That’s why our top pick for the best tea kettle is the LeCreuset 1.25 quart tea kettle.
The LeCreuset kettle has enough capacity for a few good cups of tea. The steel construction means that it will heat fairly quickly, and that it is safe for any cook-top. We like the tall handle that will tilt down, to allow for easier filling and cleaning.
The top opening is larger than many we saw, which also aids in filling and cleaning. We also really like that the tea kettle has a loud whistle, which notifies you when your water is boiling. It also allows you to avoid boiling the pot dry, which can damage your kettle.
This kettle is a bit on the pricey side, but with such a quality product, it is well worth the added cost.
Yes, it’s a bit more expensive, but LeCreuset is known for great cookware. This tea kettle is no exception. It is a high quality product, and with a range of fun colors, this kettle is an easy pick for the best tea kettle on the market.
Simple to fill and pour
Very loud whistle
Multiple colors to choose from
5 year warranty
Cleaning is challenging
2. Runner up - Willow & Everett Stovetop Whistling Tea Kettle
Our runner up tea kettle is the Willow and Everett whistling tea kettle. This tea kettle is a bit more simple than the LeCreuset in terms of color, but the shiny stainless steel offers a more traditional look than the LeCreuset.
The Willow and Everett tea kettle is made from five layers of metal, so heating is even, and faster than with other kettles. We like the thick heat resistant handle that keeps you from burning your hand, and in general also allows you to pour the kettle without using a pot holder. The lever to open the spout is on the handle, which is nice because you can control the pour with one hand.
This kettle has a nice big opening for easy filling. The 2.75 quarts is a larger capacity, so this kettle is nice for entertaining. We weren’t keen on the way the handle is situated compared to the fill opening. There’s not much space to maneuver, so filling and cleaning is a bit more challenging with this kettle.
This kettle has a nice loud whistle, so you’ll know when your water is ready, and avoid boil dry. Another great feature of this kettle is that it comes with a tea infuser. It’s a great way to get started enjoying loose leaf tea.
Tea Maker Infuser Included
Very durable materials
Heats up very fast
Comfortable easy to pour handle
On the heavier side
3. Best Small - KitchenAid Stovetop Tea Kettle
Our pick for the best small tea kettle, comes from another well known maker of kitchen ware. The KitchenAide 2 quart tea kettle is a great addition to small kitchens or is perfect in your camping gear or RV.
This tiny kettle is aluminum coated with porcelain enamel. The light weight construction makes it easy for most people to manage. The enamel coating comes in two colors, red and white, so this kettle looks great sitting on your stove. The KitchenAide tea kettle is safe to use on gas, electric and glass top ranges.
We do like the wide opening of this kettle. It allows for easy cleaning and easy filling. The heat resistant handle makes pouring this kettle safe without a pot holder. And we do like the loud whistle of this kettle. Our one complaint about the KitchenAide tea kettle is that the thumb press for opening the spout isn’t heat resistant, so you need to be careful when using the kettle. A pot holder is recommended.
The colorful porcelain exterior
Nice loud whistle
Easy to use thumb-press spout
Simple to fill and clean
Is smaller than it looks
4. Best Large - Creative Home Alexa Whistling Stovetop Kettle
The Creative Homes Alexa whistling tea kettle is our pick for the best large tea kettle. This 3 quart kettle holds plenty of water for entertaining, but is also light enough for easy maneuvering.
The Creative Homes kettle is constructed of a stainless steel body, with an aluminum base. The aluminum base allows for fast heating, so you won’t have to wait a long time for cold water to boil.
We really like the heat resistant handle of this tea kettle and we really like that the lever for opening the spout is also on the handle. This makes pouring the kettle safe and easy. The wide opening is easy to fill, but the handle sits pretty close to the top of the kettle, so cleaning this one was a bit challenging.
We found the colors that this kettle comes in, entertaining. Though, we do wish that Creative Homes offered this kettle in a basic finish like silver or black.
Stylish and practical design
Crafted of high-quality stainless steel
Retains heat well
Only comes in colors
Spout is a bit short
5. Best Basic - Cuisinart CTK-SS17 Tea Kettle
Nothing but the basics with this tea kettle. If you are looking for a tea kettle that is easy to use, comes in a basic color and just does a good job of making hot water, then your pick is our favorite basic tea kettle.
This 2 quart tea kettle from Cuisinart is a great place to start if you need a tea kettle, but don’t want to decide from a variety of sizes, shapes or colors. The Cuisinart tea kettle comes in brushed stainless steel, so it coordinates well with any kitchen, and is also quick to boil water. The kettle features a heat resistant handle, with the spout lever in the handle. This makes pouring this kettle safe and easy.
We did note that in many of the customer reviews that we read, this kettle seems to rust over time. We did not notice that during our use of the kettle, but it is something to be aware of.
Perfect first kettle
Nice loud whistle
Large comfortable handle
Simple to operate
Some rust complaints
6. Best Glass - CAFÉ BREW COLLECTION Whistling Tea Kettle
A bit on the smaller side, but still a great product for heating water, is the Café Brew Collection glass tea kettle. This 1.5 quart tea kettle makes enough water for your morning tea, or for entertaining a small group of friends.
Made from durable borosilicate glass, from Germany, this kettle is designed to hold up to the heat from your stove. Though it seems delicate, this kettle actually is sturdier than you think. It features a removable whistling top that lets you know when your water is ready.
This kettle is lighter weight than some of the metal kettles on our list, so it is easy to handle, and the heat resistant handle allows you to carry this kettle without a pot holder.
High quality glass
Simple to use
Dishwasher top rack safe
You have to take lid off to pour
7. Best Color - Circulon Morning Bird Teakettle
If you’re looking for a tea kettle that is a bit more fun, and comes in a variety of colors that you perfectly match to your kitchen, then you’ll want to consider our pick for the best color tea kettle. The Circulon Morning Bird tea kettle is a great option if you want to spice up your kitchen and have something a bit more funky sitting on your stove top.
The Circulon tea kettle is constructed of hand welded stainless steel. It heats up quickly, and retains its heat well. It comes in eight fun colors, so you’re sure to find one that is right for your kitchen.
This kettle does whistle when your water is boiling, and has a really nice, comfortable handle. The spout lever is incorporated into the handle of this tea kettle, making it easy and safe to pour.
Stain resistant and easy to clean
Squeeze-and-pour spout lever
Multiple colors to choose from
Lifetime limited warranty
Spout is a bit short
8. Best Gooseneck Kettle - Coffee Gator Pour Over
If you’re looking for a tea kettle that looks a little different, but still works great, then you’ll really like our pick for the best gooseneck kettle.
The Coffee Gator Pour Over kettle is designed for smooth pouring, and easy control of your hot water. This stainless steel kettle, with aluminum bottom quickly boils water, so you’re drinking your favorite hot beverage in no time. We like the design of this kettle, it has a bit more interest than your average tea kettle. It also has an easy to hold handle, which makes pouring this kettle simple.
One of the unique features of this kettle that we liked is the built in thermometer. If you want to heat your water for particular types of tea, and really want to step up your tea drinking experience, you can do it with this kettle. This kettle doesn’t have a whistle, so you will have to keep an eye on it, so it doesn’t boil dry.
Precision pour spout
The built-in temperature gauge
Great for Coffee and Tea!
100% satisfaction guarantee
9. Best Durability - Chantal Whistling Stovetop Tea Kettle
Our pick for the most durable tea kettle is the simple, yet robust kettle from Chantal. This 2-quart tea kettle gives you plenty of capacity for making enough hot beverages when entertaining or just enough for your morning cup of tea.
This kettle is made from porcelain coated stainless steel. It is durable and heats up water quickly. We like the easy to hold handle, which makes pouring simple. It is also heat resistant, so you don’t have to worry about touching a hot surface. This kettle does not have the spout lever on the handle, and the thumb lever is not heat resistant, so be mindful when opening, not to burn your finger. A pot holder is recommended for opening the spout.
This kettle does come in a few different colors, so not only is it durable, but you can find the perfect option for fitting in with your kitchen décor.
Suitable for all stovetops
Premium heavy-duty materials
Large lid opening for easy filling
Comfortable heat proof handle
Low volume whistle
After plenty of testing and reviewing our top pick for the best all-around tea kettle on the market is the Le Creuset Whistling Stovetop Kettle. It’s reasonably priced, and looks great in the kitchen. And it gives you just enough capacity for enough tea for friends, but also works great for a smaller amount of water too.
We hope that our picks for the best tea kettles have given you some great options for your kitchen. And if you’re shopping for a kettle, hopefully our buying guide will lead you to the perfect option for your kitchen.
How to Choose the Best Tea Kettles
Picking a tea kettle doesn’t have to be difficult. We’ve come up with this handy buying guide to help you make the best pick for your needs. The factors we’ve listed here are those that we considered in our list of the nine best tea kettles on the market.
The capacity that you require will really depend on how much tea you want to make, and honestly, how much space you have. If your goal is to make enough water for just a single cup of tea, then you may want to settle on a kettle that is slightly smaller. If you like to make a full pot of tea, or if you want to make other beverages like iced tea, or pour over coffee, you may want a kettle that has more capacity. Also, if you’re planning on entertaining, and need to make enough tea for a few people, again, select a kettle that is a bit larger.
Most kettles hold less than 2 liters of water, so none are huge, but make sure also consider the size of the kettle, and how easily you can handle it when it is hot.
You’ll find that tea kettles come in a few different materials. Each of these materials will do just fine with boiling water, and really that is what your only goal is, with a tea kettle. Common materials used for kettles include: glass, stainless steel, coated cast iron and aluminum. None of these is better than the other. Stainless steel and cast iron can be heavy. Glass is more delicate, and aluminum can dent easily. These are all factors that you’ll need to consider when you’re shopping for the best kettle for your kitchen.
The most important consideration when it comes to the material, is what works on your cook-top. Depending on whether your stove is gas, electric or induction, not all kettles will be appropriate. Make sure that the kettle you pick is safe on your stove.
Also, make sure that your kettle has a heat resistant handle and lever for opening the spout. This will protect you from burning your hands. If your kettle doesn’t have a heat resistant handle, you’ll need to use a pot holder when transferring the water to your mug or tea pot.
Construction and Design
Tea kettles come in a range of looks and construction options. We like kettles that have a single piece for the kettle. This reduces the potential for water scale to build up in seams. You’ll find this with many stainless steel, cast iron and glass kettles.
The size of the top opening is also an important construction factor to consider. If the hole is small, filling will be challenging, and cleaning will be an even bigger challenge.
And then look for a kettle with a high arching handle, or a handle set on the side. This will make filling and cleaning your kettle easier.
Besides those factors, there are a wide variety of kettle designs. They can be traditionally styled or more modern. Some have funky spouts or ergonomic handles. Pick the one that fits well in your kitchen and with your personal style.
Our last factor to consider is price. Believe it or not, kettles come in a wide range of prices. You can get a really good, but basic kettle for around $20. On the other end of the scale, there are some kettles that cost $100 or more. They may not be any better at boiling water, but they may come with a reliable name, match a set of cookware or be electric. You don’t need to spend a ton of money to boil water, but depending on your needs and kitchen décor, a higher priced kettle may be a great option for you.