An electric kettle is designed to be easy to use. You can heat water quickly and use less energy than you would heating a kettle on the stove. However, figuring out the best tea kettle can take time and effort. If you are looking for a great tea kettle here are five options in different prices. Each one has it's own list of pros and cons that should be considered.
Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Stainless Steel Electric Kettle
The Hamilton Beach 10 Cup Stainless Steel Electric Kettle has a more traditional kettle look. At the same time it produces hot water faster than a microwave and is safer to use then a stove top. It has a concealed heating element and an automatic shutoff. It also has boil dry protection that will turn the kettle off to make sure that the tea kettle doesn't boil dry. A drip free spout and a cord free serving feature makes it possible to serve quickly and easily.
This is a mostly stainless steel electric kettle that produces 206 degree water. The inside is all metal and not plastic. It has to make at least a half of liter of water and it rests on a heating base to make the water heat up. Overall, this is a highly rated kettle that makes for a great purchase that doesn't cost much. It us currently priced at about $35 which is a lot less than the $100 options.
Aroma AWK-115S Hot H20 X-Press 1.5 Liter Cordless Water Kettle
The Aroma AWK-115S Hot H20 X-Press 1 ½ Liter Cordless Water Kettle is another inexpensive option. It runs around $30 to 35. For that price you get a nice looking electric kettle with a large handle. It holds up to 1.5 liters and can heat it up at about 1 minute per cup. It too has a heating base allowing you to serve the hot water without being attached to the cord. This kettle also shuts off after boiling, has a water level indicator, and even a comfortable stay cool handle. The non-drip spout is easy to use.
The reviews are really good for this product, especially in relation to the price of the product. It has some minor inconveniences such as the water indicator being behind the handle making it very difficult to read while you are holding the kettle and the water indicator being in metric only. Other than that though, this kettle gets the job done and gets it done fast.
Melitta 1.7 Liter Cordless Kettle
The Melitta 1.7 Liter Cordless Kettle is great for tea as well as other hot beverages and even instant soups. Like many others it offers cord free serving, automatic shutoff with boil-dry protection, and drip free pouring. It also has a lid with an easy open thumb activation feature. To top it all off if offers adjustable temperature so you can heat the kettle up to a variety of temperatures. This is great for steeping different teas and even for adjusting the temperature to your own preferences.
The adjustable temperature is what really sets this kettle apart in the price range. Right now it costs about $50. The temperature controls are easy to use by sliding the lever up or down. They start at the perfect temp for green tea and go all the way up to boiling water. By using a lower temp setting for sensitive teas you will get more flavor and less bitterness.
Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle
The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7 Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle uses 1500 watts of electricity while heating up to 1 2/3 liter of water. It has a concealed heating element and lots of great features to make your hot water experience even better. These include 6 preset heat settings so that you can heat the water to the perfect setting. It also has a 2 minute memory function, a 360 degree swivel power base to make it easier to serve. It also can keep your water warm for 30 minutes so that you don't have to rush after it is finished. The blue backlit water window makes it easy to see how much water is in there and a removable and washable scale filter will give you even better results. The boild dry protection and auto safety shutoff keep you safe.
While this electric kettle is definitely more expensive in the $80 range it also has a lot more features that make it worth the investment. You are more likely to be happy with the different temperature settings that are easy to use, the 30 minute keep warm feature, and easy serving. Unlike many electric kettles this one also beeps when it's done so that you know it is ready. It is mostly stainless steel which is good for you, but it can be a pain to clean.
Proctor Silex K2070Y 1 Liter Electric Kettle
If you want a high rated, inexpensive electric kettle then the Proctor Silex K2070Y 1 Liter Electric Kettle is the best choice. This is a 1000 watt electric kettle that boils up to 1 liter of water quickly and easily. It has a detachable cord and a non spill spout so you can serve easily. The immersed heating element is safe and comes with an automatic shut off and boil dry protection. It has two water level indicators and an easy open lid that has a lock for safety.
While it doesn't come with a lot of bells and whistles it comes at a great price under $20. While you might want a lot of fancy thrills it is really hard to be unhappy with it doing just what it is supposed to do. It will heat your water very quickly and is easy to use.
In the end we decided that the extra money was well worth the advantages on the Cuisinart electric tea kettle. It is all stainless steel inside so it doesn't have you boiling your water in plastic and then drinking whatever chemicals that leaches out. It is really fast and really easy to use. We are very happy with our purchase, but it was more expensive.
When choosing which of these electric kettles will work you should consider how much it costs as well as the features that it has. Any of these five kettles is likely to meet your needs, but you should consider which one you will like the most and which one you will enjoy for the long run.