Tea is one of the most popular hot drinks in the world and it becomes even more popular in Winter. It’s cold outside so there is nothing like a nice hot drink to warm you up. The kettle is an important piece of your kitchen, not only does it need to be functional but it needs to look good as well.
We are going to look at some of the best kettles available for use on your cooktop. Now obviously the price point will be important but before we look at the price we need to make sure we buy the right kind of kettle. Not all kettles are made equal these days and some are designed specifically for use on certain cooktops whether it be gas or electric.
Compatibility. What kind of cooktop do you have and is the kettle compatible with it. Also if you are planiing on making a particular type of tea you may want to get the right kettle for the job!
Capacity. There’s no point getting a huge kettle if there’s only one tea drinker in the house. The smaller the kettle the faster it will boil, saving you money on the electric or gas bill. On the other hand if you are regularly making a few cups at a time you might want to look at larger capacity kettles.
Material. Induction hob experts will advise you to go for an iron kettle as the metal stays hotter for longer. However stainless steel is a popular choice for its looks and its long life.
Design. Thinking about what is going to look good sat on your kitchen worktop both when in use and when not in use. We will be looking at some of the most stylish kettles on the market.
Maintenance. We all hate cleaning, so we want something easy to clean and to maintain. It needs to last for years to be a worthwhile investment.
Ok let’s look at the top kettles that are available!
- 1. Chef’s Secret KTTKC Surgical Stainless Steel Tea Kettle with Copper Capsule Bottom, Mirror Finish
- 2. Hario VKB-120HSVV60 Buono Pouring Kettle
- 3. Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle
- 4. Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Brooklyn Teakettle
- 5. All-Clad E86199 Stainless Steel Specialty Cookware Tea Kettle, 2-Quart, Silver
- 6. OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed Stainless
- 7. Twin Specials 2.5 Litre Whistling Kettle
- 8. Vanika Stainless Steel Tea Kettle; Whistling Teapot Design; Large 3.0L (3.2 Quart)
- 9. Surgical Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle with Tea Infuser Strainer
- 10. Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel Zen 1-2/3-Quart Teakettle, Palm
1. Chef’s Secret KTTKC Surgical Stainless Steel Tea Kettle with Copper Capsule Bottom, Mirror Finish
This extremely stylish kettle has a classic and timeless design with a modern twist. It has a ‘Copper Center Capsule Bottom’ that heats evenly and quickly, and retains heat for longer. Copper is extremely good at conducting heat meaning this kettle heats up fast meaning utility cheaper bills.
It also has a heat resistant handle which is essential, the rest of the kettle gets extremely hot but the handle stays completely cool allowing you to pour from the second the kettle whistles. It also has a heat resistance knob on the lid so you can easily open it to stir or add additional tea.
This kettle will work well on induction and gas range cooktops so there are no compatibility issues here. It has a pleasant whistle that lets you know when the water is boiling and ready to use.
It comes in a 2.75 Quarts capacity which is enough for 2 cups of tea but it also available in a larger 3.17qt (3L) capacity.
|Product Dimensions||3.7 x 3.7 x 3.7 inches|
|Item Weight||3.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.2 pounds|
2. Hario VKB-120HSVV60 Buono Pouring Kettle
This uniquely designed kettle is a real eye catching piece and is something your friends and family will unlikely have seen before. A lovely design and a unique pouring spout make this a very popular choice for people looking at something a bit more stylish. It’s also a larger capacity at 1.2L meaning it can comfortably make 4 cups of tea or coffee.
As it is made from stainless steel it is hard wearing, long lasting, scratch resistant and very easy to clean. Again this kettle comes with a heat resistant handle and knob for the lid. The handle is also very ergonomically designed meaning it’s easy to handle even when full of water and potentially heavy. Many kettles fail to think of this and are awkward to handle when full of water, no such problems here.
|Product Dimensions||21 x 18 x 13 inches|
|Item Weight||15 ounces|
|Shipping Weight||1.3 pounds|
3. Circulon 2-Quart Circles Teakettle
This kettle happens to be one of my favorites purely for its stunning looks. It comes in 2 beautiful colors: Capri Turquoise and Kiwi Green.
The body is perfectly rounded and the enamel exterior means it is very easy to keep clean. It has a generous 2-quart capacity meaning it will heat up at least 8 cups of water.
Heat resistant handle and knob on a well fitting lid. Whistles when the water is ready.
The colors are bold and brash so this kettle won’t suit everyone but you can’t deny it is a beautiful piece. Will work happily on any cooktop type and is sure to look great sat in your kitchen.
|Product Dimensions||8.3 x 8.5 x 10.9 inches|
|Item Weight||3.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.2 pounds|
4. Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Brooklyn Teakettle
Similar to the Circulon Kettle above but with more subdued stainless steel finish this tea kettle will look great any kitchen regardless of style and design. It boasts a nonreactive interior so water will not absorb unwanted tastes or odors which can happen with some metal kettles especially as they get older.
It has a 1.3 quart capacity and offers fast boiling with its stainless steel base and body. Will work on gas or electric cooktops.
It has a heat resistant handle and knob. The lid is well fitted so there is no leakage when pouring.
Not much else to say about this one as it’s fairly basic in looks. A nice satisfying whistle on this one too.
|Product Dimensions||6.7 x 6.6 x 7.7 inches|
|Item Weight||1.1 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||1.1 pounds|
5. All-Clad E86199 Stainless Steel Specialty Cookware Tea Kettle, 2-Quart, Silver
This great looking stainless steel kettle offers a classic design and great efficiency. Everything on it is made from stainless steel so there are no plastics parts which could potentially melt, however this means the handle and lid handle get very hot and you will need to use a towel or oven mitt when pouring this or lifting the lid.
Again this kettle has a nonreactive material so there will be no transference of tastes from the metal to the water.
This kettle is also oven and broiler safe to 500°F, refrigerator and freezer safe and also dishwasher safe. Although it is very easy to clean so while we wouldn’t recommend putting it in the dishwasher, it is an option with this one.
This kettle is compatible with all cooktops, including induction cooktops. It has a visible fill line and a great whistle to warn you when it is ready.
I must admit this is a favorite of mine, the only thing I don’t like is the non heat resistant handle, if you are used to having that you will en up burning your hand.
|Product Dimensions||10.1 x 8.2 x 8.9 inches|
|Item Weight||3 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||4 pounds|
6. OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed Stainless
This is a popular choice with a traditional design and a high-grade stainless steel construction guards which guards against rust. The designers have really thought hard about this kettle when they have made it. It has a large wide lid for easy filling and cleaning plus the handle rotates out of the way too.
It has silicone touch points on spout and handle which resist heat meaning it is safe to use when hot and no towel is required.
One major down side of this kettle is that it is not compatible with induction cook tops, we decided to include it on our list though because of its unique design features which will appeal to many.
It has a very loud whistle which can be easily heard in adjacent rooms over the sound of the TV or radio. Once it has whistled you can flick back the end of the spout to get a non drip spout.
|Product Dimensions||8 x 9.8 x 9.8 inches|
|Item Weight||2.2 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.6 pounds|
7. Twin Specials 2.5 Litre Whistling Kettle
This large kettle offers a nice design with particular attention going to the handle. With a 2.5 liter capacity it’s great for family kettle. It is suitable for all cook top types but shockingly there is no whistle. A whistle is really essential for saving energy an also reminding you that your water is ready. You could easily forget and leave it to over boil without this.
Although this is a beautiful kettle with a great design, its lack of whistle, no heat resistant handle and high price point it is hard to recommend this one over some of the others we have listed but we have included it for its sheer beauty.
|Product Dimensions||9.6 x 9.4 x 8.7 inches|
|Item Weight||3.5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.5 pounds|
8. Vanika Stainless Steel Tea Kettle; Whistling Teapot Design; Large 3.0L (3.2 Quart)
This is another favorite of mind. I really like the way it looks and I love the handle which has a lever for opening the spout. A mirror stainless steel finish means it will look great on any kitchen work top. It boasts a “Safety-Silicone” handle, lid knob and thumb lever which prevents accidental burns.
A very large 3 liter capacity means you will be able to make tea and coffee for a large number of people. A great whistle to earn you when it’s done and it is compatible with all cook top types and sizes.
The manufacturers are so confident you will love this kettle they are offering a 100% money back guarantee. You can return the kettle no questions asked within the first year. You can already tell with this kind of guarantee that this kettle is extremely high quality and very well put together. Stunning and functional this is one of the best.
|Product Dimensions||9.6 x 9.6 x 9.1 inches|
|Item Weight||2.5 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||2.5 pounds|
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9. Surgical Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle with Tea Infuser Strainer
This is perfect for loose leaf tea lovers as it comes with a premium tea infuser which you can put into your cup or directly into the kettle to brew your favorite teas.
What is particularly unique about this kettle is its base. It has been constructed with 5 layers of metals with stainless steel, iron and aluminium layered together to offer the optimum heat conduction meaning it is one of the quickest boiling kettles in our list. However this also means it is one of the heaviest kettles at 3.7 pounds.
Designed with safety in mind this sturdy kettle has a heat proof handle and lid knob. The manufacturer has also given thought to the health conscious buyer with its 100% teflon and BPA-free body meaning there are no transference of metals or chemicals into your water.
This kettle also has the spout lifting lever, a great whistle and will work with any coot top. At the time of writing it has $42.00 off the retail price meaning you get all this for only $47.00. Great price for a premium kettle.
|Product Dimensions||9.4 x 9.2 x 9.2 inches|
|Item Weight||3.7 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.7 pounds|
|Manufacturer||Willow & Everett|
10. Le Creuset Enamel-on-Steel Zen 1-2/3-Quart Teakettle, Palm
Le Creuset are one of those brands known for their quality kitchen ware. You can immediately tell it’s a quality piece when you pick this one up. It’s sturdy and very well made, it screams quality. While the color
won’t be for everyone I have included it on the list for its pure quality and striking design.
It has a high quality heat resistant handle as well as a heat resistant knob and spout lever. It is safe for use on any heat source including induction.
The lid is very well fitting and doesn’t leak or drip when pouring. It is a 1-2/3-quart capacity with a nice whistle. It measures approximately 9-1/2 by 9-1/2 by 6 Inch and weighs 2.6 pounds.
This kettle is hand wash only.
|Product Dimensions||10.5 x 9 x 6 inches|
|Item Weight||2.6 pounds|
|Shipping Weight||3.6 pounds|
In conclusion we feel any of the above 10 kettles would be great for most people but some obviously have better features than others. We would look for one with heat resistant handle, a whistle, a wide well fitting lid and a handy lever for the spout. Other than that go for the one you love at first sight, the colored kettles are strikingly beautiful to look at and will look amazing sat on your work top.
Here is a quick recap run down of all 10 kettles on our list and their current prices.