Top 10 Tea Kettles of All Types and Styles

For all the tea-drinking enthusiasts out there, we reviewed ten excellent kettles, from electric to stovetop ones.
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Asides from using them to make tea, tea kettles can be used to boil water, make coffee, tea,  and baby foods in a jiffy. A kettle makes everyday family life a little easier.

It is one of the most important appliances in the kitchen for many. This is why numerous versions have been developed over the years despite the fact that they always function the same way. Unfortunately, more and more poor-quality tea kettles with bisphenol-A materials are emerging on the market. Found in aluminum and cast iron tea kettles, this chemical is one of the main causes of heart diseases, fertility problems, and male impotence. Of course, you want to steer clear of products such as this. This is why we are bringing you a review of the best tea kettles without BPA on the market. To choose these kettles, we considered criteria such as the type, the material used, size, weight, and other advanced features such as the whistle feature.

Top 10 Tea Kettles Review 2021

Features
  • Type: stovetop
  • Capacity: 1 qt.
  • Material: stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 7 x 8 x 5.6 in

More features: built-in thermometer; ergonomic handle design; various stoves compatible; boiling whistle

Our overall best BPA-free teak kettle, the Chefbar tea kettle is a premium model with a gooseneck spout, a stylish plastic handle that is ergonomically designed to fit into the shape of your hand. The kettle is a one-quart stovetop with extra features that make it one of the best small tea kettles on the market. The product is available in three types – the mirror silver, the brushed silver model, and the brushed silver option with a thermometer built on the lid.

The one-liter or one-quart stovetop teapot is sufficient for serving up to four 4-oz teacups. The stainless steel material is a premium 304 grade that is rust-resistant, durable, and yet lightweight. This easily makes it one of the best stainless-steel tea kettles around. The ergonomic handle is made of Bakelite plastic which is known for its heat resistance.

What stands out?

  • We like the built-in thermometer and the ergonomic handle. We also like the compatibility of the kettle with all stovetops. You can use it on induction hobs, electric, gas, or glass stovetops. This makes it one of the best stovetop tea kettles.

What cons did we manage to find?

  • The capacity of the kettle could be bigger. Also, users would love a whistle function which is missing.
Features
  • Type: electric
  • Capacity: 1 qt.
  • Material: stainless steel; BPA-free plastic
  • Dimensions: 10.9 x 9.6 x 9.2 in

More features: quick heating element; built-in brew stopwatch; variable temperature control; 6-minute hold option; several colors available; 1-year warranty

Our Premium Pick, the Fellow Stag EKG is a pour-over tea kettle made of food-grade BPA-free plastics and stainless steel. The kettle has a gooseneck nozzle which lets you control how you pour the water from it. Being an electric kettle, it has a heating base for quick heating. The kettle comes in four colors – matte black, matte white, polished chrome, and the warm pink option with a Marple wood handle. The latter of these has a different price and is a bit expensive. The marple wood material and the design of the kettle hand which positions it further away from the body ensures your hand will not come in contact with the hot stainless steel body.

There’s a built-in stopwatch for timing the extraction. Besides, you can choose the temperature you want and you can see the reading either in Celcius or Fahrenheit.

Why are we impressed?

  • We like the design of the kettle and the several color options. It is designed with safety in mind.

What negatives must you be aware of?

  • The overall durability of the heating base could have better engineering. The kettle stopped working after a while, according to a few users.
Features
  • Type: stovetop
  • Capacity: 2 qt.
  • Material: stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 8.23 x 7. 48 x 8. 86 in

More features: ergonomic handle; boiling whistle

Call it a teakettle, you’d be right; call it a teapot, you wouldn’t be wrong. Cuisinart is a renowned brand when it comes to the making of home appliances and kitchenware. The Aura Silver Tea Kettle has many talking points when it comes to its design, functionality, and price point.

This stovetop kettle is a medium size model with a two-quart capacity. Featuring stainless steel in the parts where water is boiled and plastic where your hands usually frequent, the stovetop is intuitively designed. The plastic part on the handle is ergonomically designed so your hands can hold them firmly. The lid can also be removed and placed back with the use of a finger, thanks to the O design.

The kettle has a whistle function and will notify you with a morning bird sound when the water gets to the boiling point.

Why are we impressed?

  • We like the stainless steel construction of the kettle. This lets the water heat up very quickly.

What negatives must you be aware of?

  • Ths teapot is expensive and could be cheaper, considering that the wall is not layered.
Features
  • Type: electric
  • Capacity: 1.3 qt.
  • Material: stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 4.5 x 8.7 in

More features: auto shut-off; boil-dry protection; cord wrap; on/off light

This is a 1.2-liter capacity electric kettle. It has a heated element at the base which can be detached, making the kettle portable for solo use. There’s something about gooseneck kettles. Asides from their aesthetic look on the kitchen countertop or the dinner table, they give the user the ability to control the flow rate, for more accurate pouring. They also make tea and coffee making, as well as coffee brewing an easy job. This makes it one of the best kettles for coffee and tea.

The kettle itself is made of high-quality stainless steel. Meanwhile, the base which houses the heating element of the electric kettle is made of plastic for safety reason. The handle and knob are also made plastic for heat resistance and safe handling.

What are our favorite features?

  • We like the fact that the kettle has a design that lets you use it for cord-free servings. The automatic shutoff feature is also functional. Overall, it's one of the best electric tea kettles on the market.

What could be better?

  • It could be more lightweight. For its capacity, many find it too heavy. The single-wall design and the stainless steel material also make it unsafe especially around children as the body is usually very hot.
Features
  • Type: stovetop
  • Capacity: 1.5 qt.
  • Material: borosilicate glass
  • Dimensions: 7.8 x 7.7 x 6.5 in

More features: various stoves compatible; dishwasher top rack safe

On a first look at the Cafe Brew Collection Tea Kettle, you will come to the conclusion that it is just a water jug and nothing more. However, the kettle can be placed on a stovetop. It works with virtually all types of heat sources. You can use it to boil water or prepare coffee on an electric, glass, or gas cooktop.

It mainly consists of borosilicate glass which is made in Duran, Germany but assembled in the United States. It is a small size kettle that can serve up to six cups. The kettle can be used as a water jug. The lid and handle are made of plastic for safe handling.

Why is it special?

  • We liked the transparency and strength of the glass. It lets you keep the boiling water in view without having to open the lid. It's one of the best budget tea kettles without BPA.

What are the flaws?

  • The glass is more liable to breakage during maintenance. Also, cleaning the inside by hand is not easy as the opening is too small for adult hands to fit in.
Features
  • Type: stovetop
  • Capacity: 3 qt.
  • Material: aluminum, iron, stainless steel
  • Dimensions: 8.5 x 9.75 x 9 in

More features: boiling whistle; stay-cool ergonomic handle

The largest tea kettle among the 10 reviewed products, the Creative Home Savannah has a three-quart capacity. It’s not just about size. This model is a very robust kettle made of multiple metal materials.

The body, nozzle, and handle are made of cast iron, aluminum, and stainless steel. These are covered by a brushed coating which makes the kettle have anri-corrosive and anti-rust properties. The bottom is capsulated with aluminum for fast heating and even distribution of heat.

The handle is covered by black stay-cool plastic for safety and ergonomic functions. The nozzle is equipped with the whistle feature which lets you know with a shrill sound when the water reaches the boiling point. The spout of the nozzle can be opened and closed with one touch.

What are our favorite features?

  • We like the size of the kettle. Because it can serve up to 12 cups, it is the most suitable for a whole family or a guest of 6 to 12.

What could be better?

  • The plastic on the handle could be of better quality. A few users complained that it melted after a few periods of use.
7.

Poliviar Tea KettleBest Finish

Features
  • Type: stovetop
  • Capacity: 2.7 qt.
  • Material: stainless handle
  • Dimensions: 9.3 x 9 x 8 in

More features: several color options; boiling whistle; heat-resistant handle; 1-year warranty; various stoves compatible

The Poliviar model is a stovetop teapot with a large-sized capacity and an elegant design. The teapot has a 2.7-quart capacity and is finished elegantly with natural stones. It is made of 18/8 stainless steel which is electroplated. The handle is wood-patterned, giving it a heat resistant quality. The electroplated finish is professional food-grade. It gives it improved longevity, anri-corrosive and anti-rust properties. This also makes the kettle suitable for all types of heat sources, be it gas cooktop, induction hob, electric, halogen, etc.

As expected, all surfaces which will be in contact with the boiling water are certified as food-grade.  It’s a bit expensive but we didn’t expect it to be cheap.

What do we love it for?

  • The teapot also has the loud and audible whistle feature which alerts you when the water reaches the boiling pot. So, you will be able to focus on other home duties or other activities.

What were we disappointed with?

  • It's a bit expensive.
8.

Miroco Electric KettleBest Double-Walled Kettle

Features
  • Type: electric
  • Capacity: 1.8 qt.
  • Material: stainless steel, BPA-free plastic
  • Dimensions: 10 x 8 x 6 in

More features: on/off beep sound; keep warm function; 7-minute boiling time; precise temperature control; double-wall vacuum-insulated design

The Miroco electric kettle works with a concealed heating element and an output of 1,500 watts. The capacity is 1.7 liters. This kettle is made of a combination of stainless steel and plastic and is equipped with a multi-level safety system. The interior is made of stainless steel while the exterior is made of plastic for the best heat insulation effect. This includes boil-dry protection to avoid short circuits and an automatic switch-off function.

The Miroco electric kettle has an anti-scale filter that filters out limescale particles with a diameter of 200 micrometers or more from the water. The base station is equipped with anti-slip feet so that the kettle is secure on the table.

The handle, the lid, body, and the bottom of the kettle are black and made of 100% of BPA-free plastics. The device has a one-hour keep warm function and a boiling time of six to eight minutes.

Why is it special?

  • We like the double wall and double material build of the kettle. It insulates heat inside and keeps the water hot for as much as one hour.

What are the flaws?

  • The instruction manual is misleading. For example, users don't understand the instructions on how to set the water temperature.
Features
  • Type: electric
  • Capacity: 1.9 qt.
  • Material: borosilicate glass; stainless steel; BPA-free plastic
  • Dimensions: 9.7 x 8.7 x 7.5 in

More features: boil-dry safety feature; LED light; heat-resistant anti-slip grip handle

Do you dislike everything that happens on the cooktop but still want to get the benefits of what comes out of it? Then the Mueller Premium 1500W kettle is one of the appliances you should add to your kitchenware. This is an electric kettle that lets you boil water anywhere there is an electric socket. Boiling water on it is simple. You just need to fill the water jug and keep it in contact with the heated base and then turn the kettle on.

Thanks to the 1500-watt heating element, the kettle can boil your water rapidly. The jug area is made of transparent borosilicate glass so you can keep the boiling water in view. The jug is also integrated with LED light for better visibility. The kettle has a capacity of 1.8 liters and you can use it as a traditional water jug. Thankfully, it is lightweight for this purpose.

Why are we impressed?

  • Due to its glass and plastic materials, it's not the type of kettle to burn your hands while pouring water. It is heat-resistant.

What negatives must you be aware of?

  • You can only boil 0.5 liters of water or more. Also, you can't set the boiling temperature you want.
10.

Circulon Morning Bird Whistling KettleBest Color Options

Features
  • Type: stovetop
  • Capacity: 2 qt.
  • Material: stainless steel, enamel
  • Dimensions: 9 x 9 x 10 in

More features: boiling whistle; squeeze-and-pour action rubberized handle; several colors available

This product from Circulon is a two-quart morning bird whistling teakettle. Available in kiwi green, black, Capri turquoise, chocolate, Mandarin orange, mustard yellow, red, and rhubarb red, the teakettle has a wide range of punchy colors.

It has a spacious capacity that can make a serving of as much as eight cups. So, it’s perfect for entertaining guests. The kettle has a textured ergonomic handle that is very easy and safe to handle. It features the Squeeze and Pour function. The kettle and its lid are made of stainless steel with an enameled exterior. This design makes it resistant to stain. And the best of all, when your water is boiling, you will be informed by its high-pitched shrilly noise.

What are our favorite features?

  • What we like best about the teakettle is its lifetime warranty.

What could be better?

  • The enamel finish of the kettle is beautiful but many users report that it chips off after a while.

Things to Consider

This section includes everything you need to know before purchasing a food-grade tea kettle. Continue reading to find out.

Things to consider before buying a tea kettle

Here in this subsection are features to consider before buying a tea kettle that is safe for human health. They include features and functions such as type, capacity, safety features, dimensions, and more.

Type of kettle

Top 10 Tea Kettles of All Types and Styles

Generally, there are two types of teakettles, the electric kettle, and the stovetop teakettle/teapot:

  • Electric tea kettle: The electric kettles, unlike the stovetop types, are usually made of plastics, glass, and sometimes stainless steel. They have a heating base from which the jug, which has a heating connection, can be heated. The advantages of the electric kettle are that they are detachable from the base or can be used cord-free for serving purposes. However, most of them don’t have whistle functions.
  • Stovetop tea kettle: Also called teapot because of their shape, this type usually has a whistle function that alerts you when the water is boiling. The stovetop teakettle is usually usable in all types of stovetops, from gas, electric, glass, to induction hobs. Some, like the Medelco Cafe Brew Collection Tea Kettle or the Poliviar Tea Kettle, can be used for serving purposes as they can add a touch of beauty to your dining room or sitting room decor.

Capacity

Before buying your teakettle, you have to ask yourself how many members you have in your family or how many guests do you usually have at a time.

Most kettles have a filling volume between 0.5 and 3 quarts. Devices with a volume of 1.7 liters are the most common. How high the filling volume should be depends on the usage behavior of the consumer. If you want to prepare larger quantities of coffee or tea or want to use the kettle to prepare potatoes, pasta, or rice, you should choose a model with a high capacity. A kettle with a capacity of 0.5 liters is sufficient for mobile use or the preparation of individual hot drinks. Also, for a 6-member or more family, a 3-liter teakettle will be needed. This can serve up to 12 cups at a time. A good example is the Creative Home Savanah Whistling Tea Kettle. For single-use, choose a small model such as the one-liter Chefbar Premium Gooseneck Tea Kettle or the Fellow Stagg EKG. Electric devices with a filling volume of 1.7 liters and an average power of 2,000 watts can bring one liter to a boil in around 3 to 4 minutes.

Material

As seen in the reviews, the commonly used material for food-grade teakettles are stainless steel, enamel, copper, cast iron, aluminum, borosilicate glass, BPA-free plastics, and silicone. Below is a table showing the advantages and disadvantages of each.

Material Pros Cons
Copper Elegant look Pricey
Top heat conduction Components can come off
Top heat distribution Pure copper NOT inductive
For whom? Aesthetes
Cast iron Good heat conduction Pricey
Extremely high quality Weight
Extremely durable Components can come off
For ALL stove types
For whom? Tea fans
Enamel Good heat conduction Heating takes a little longer
Robust The enamel layer can come off
Easy to clean Price with full enamel is relatively high
For ALL stove types
For whom? Campers with sense of style
Aluminum Light Does not hold the temperature long
Very good conductivity Can bump easily
Robust
Cheap NOT suitable for induction
For whom? Minimalists
Glass Tasteless Not 100% break-resistant
Easy to clean NOT suitable for induction
Puristic look
For whom? Minimalists hand
Stainless steel Tasteless It all depends on the model!
Easy to clean NOT suitable for induction
Good thermal conductivity
Large selection
For ALL stove types
Good holding power
For whom? Everyone serious about hand brewing

Dimensions

You have to consider the dimensions of the teakettle if you have little space. If you need the teakettle for camping, choose an electric model with modest dimensions such as the Medelco Cafe Brew Collection. Meanwhile, if you want a small teakettle that also looks classy and contemporary, pick the Chefbar Premium Gooseneck Tea Kettle.

Top 10 Tea Kettles of All Types and Styles

Safety

For electric tea kettles that use a heat source, features to ensure are present include the auto-shutoff and the dry boil protection. The auto shut-off is usually activated when the water reaches the preset or default boiling point. Also, the dry boil protection automatically switches off the heating element when there’s no water or the water in the kettle is finished.

For stovetop teakettles, what to watch out for is the handle and the lid. They must be made of stay-cool plastic or silicone materials.

Functionality

When choosing the kettle, attention should be paid to the wattage. Because the performance of the kettle determines how long it takes to heat the water. While powerful kettles need about three minutes for one liter of water, a kettle with low power takes up to 10 minutes. With devices from around 2,000 watts, larger amounts of water can be heated quickly. Additional functions such as a preset timer and keep warm are useful in electric kettles. For stovetops, spout levers, strainers, and infusers will set the teakettle apart from the run-of-the-mill types on the market.

Durability

In the user review sections of products on Amazon, a few users complain about certain models ending up nonfunctional after a few months of use. The major complaints are leaky kettles, rusting material, chipping layer, among others.

To get a durable model, choose one with an exterior part made of brushed stainless steel. This ensures there are no rust or corrosion issues, in as much as the maintenance is properly taken care of.

Additional features

Some kettles also have additional functions such as different temperature levels or even a timer. Limescale filters can also be included in some models.

How can I clean a tea kettle?

If you want convenience in cleaning, choose a kettle that you can put in the dishwasher. This is by no means possible with all articles, however. But some, like the Medelco Cafe Brew Tea Kettle, can be washed in the top rack of the dishwasher. You can use pipe brushes or milk hose brushes for penetrating narrow spouts. You should remove limescale deposits regularly with a decalcifier (liquid/powder) and vinegar essence. Vinegar essence is cheap and a tried and tested means of descaling. Simply add a few splashes to the pot, fill up with water, bring to the boil, and rinse thoroughly! To completely get rid of the vinegar taste, then heat it once with clean water. The acid dissolves lime, so with continuous care, hardly any effort is necessary. If there is any residue left, use a sponge to loosen it. But be careful: acidic cleaners can damage some materials. For example, copper is sensitive. The result is poisonous copper acetate, also known as verdigris.

FAQ

You can make a tea on your tea kettle within one to five minutes, depending on the type of tea kettle and the watt rating.

It all depends on the heating source that is available in your home or is accessible to you. If you will be camping or tailgating, choose an electric tea kettle. However, for home use, it doesn’t matter which type you choose.

Our Verdict

Our overall best and the Editor’s Choice is the Chefbar Premium Gooseneck Tea Kettle. Stylish and elegant, it has a gooseneck spout and a stylish plastic handle that is ergonomically designed to fit into the shape of your hand.

Choose our Premium model, the Fellow Stagg EKG if you like the beauty and controlled pouring of a gooseneck spout electric kettle.  It is made of food-grade BPA-free plastics and stainless steel.

For the best value for money, choose the Cuisinart Aura Tea Kettle. It is one of the best tea kettle models to buy online because of its high price to performance ratio. Featuring stainless steel in the parts where water is boiled and plastic where your hands usually frequent, the stovetop is well designed.

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