No one likes waiting for water to boil, but these 13 electric kettles make the process faster—and more visually pleasing—than we thought possible. Both speedier and safer than heating water in the microwave or on the stovetop, an electric kettle that's attractive enough to leave out on the counter may just become your most reached-for kitchen appliance. Our top pick this year was the KitchenAid Electric Kettle, which won on design and price, but this is really a very personal choice, so take a look and choose your own.
Every week we bring new products into our "test lab" and have the whole office vote on their favorites, based on quality, appearance, and price. The winners become the Top Picks of our Annual Guides, which showcase the best products of the year.
Maxwell Ryan, our Founder & CEO, chooses his own Top Pick as well, and demonstrates his favorites in our Annual Guide videos and weekly Instagram story series. Come back every Thursday for a new Annual Guide and Maxwell's Top Pick Instagram story!
Our Top Pick
Casting aside dim utility for color, this colorful KitchenAid design won top honors in our office and I concur. Color is IN and compact wins. Beyond our office this kettle has great reviews, comes in six equally pretty colors and is small enough to not detract from your space. In fact, it could be mistaken for decor if it wasn't so functional. Of particular note, we love the the small cute spout, sleek handle, and the quick boiling time.
Our top budget pick, this kettle from Hamilton Beach is used at home by several people in the office. It looks very much like a traditional stovetop kettle, but is much safer, with auto shut-off and a drip-free spout. If you're looking for something no-nonsense that will get the job done, this is the kettle for you.
This kettle looks great, holds a lot of water, AND has a low price point. Designed with a non-stick coating and heat-insulated interior, the Elechomes kettle is cool to the touch and even has a keep warm function that, well, keeps the water warm until your second cup of tea.
Another heavy-duty kettle, the Secura is made entirely of stainless steel so you don't have to worry about plastic coming into contact with hot water (an issue with other electric kettles). The double-wall construction boils water faster and keeps it hot longer — plus, that means it stays cool to the touch.
This kettle comes with a tea infuser, so you can save time and brew your tea as the water boils. It also boils water exceptionally fast and senses when there's no water left, automatically turning off for safety.
For a different look, check out this gooseneck kettle from Doctor Hetzner. Aside from having an unusual design, this kettle also preset temperature controls, so you can boil your water at the exact temperature you desire. There's even a keep warm button that will maintain the temperature for another hour after boiling.
An update to the Cuisinart best-selling PerfecTemp kettle, this model has six preset temperatures plus a 30-minute keep warm function. Another fun feature is the blue backlit water window, so you can see exactly how much water you're boiling.
For a minimalistic look, try the aptly named Crystal Clear Kettle from Breville. The soft opening lid slowly releases steam and prevents splashing, and the clear design means you can easily pour just the right amount of water in to boil.
One of our top picks, this kettle from MUJI is simple yet powerful. It boils a cup of water in 80 seconds, with automatic shut-off once it's done. If design is your top priority, you can't go wrong with this option.
This kettle is super convenient, with a backlit screen and one-dial interface that allows you to choose the exact temperature you'd like your water to be boiled at. It also has measurement markings on its side so you know exactly how much water is boiling, and a slow-open lid to control steam release.
The ideal retro-inspired kettle, the Smeg comes in a variety of colors and finishes and is made with stainless steel. It comes with a removable limescale filter, built-in cord wrap, and, not to mention, looks great sitting on your kitchen counter.
Another aesthetically-pleasing option, this kettle from Stelton's Emma line is undeniably attractive. Created by Danish design studio HolmbäckNordentoft, this kettle is perfect for the minimalistic Nordic style-lover. Aside from its great design, this kettle comes with a dry boil safety switch and removable limescale filter.
The tech-friendly king of the electric kettle world, this option from Breville is fully programmable for all teas, water temps and steep times. It comes with a tea basket so you can not only steep your tea as it boils - but at the perfect temperature and steep time for your exact tea variety. If you love waking up to or wish to be welcomed home by freshly brewed tea, the auto start function on this machine allows it to start brewing at a preselected time. Sleeping in or coming home late? Don't worry - it'll keep your tea warm for up to an hour.
Why You Should Choose an Electric Kettle
- Faster boiling time. As in, about half the time of a stovetop kettle. For that reason alone choosing an electric kettle is a no-brainer.
- No loud whistle. True, some people like the loud whistle of a stovetop kettle. If you don't though, the auto-shutoff feature and quiet boiling of most electric kettles is worth the change.
- Better safety features. Most electric kettles automatically shut off when the water has boiled, and include other features like cool touch surfaces, drip-free spouts, and slow-opening lids.
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