Editors’ remember, Oct. 16, 2020: The Cuisinart CPK-17 electric kettle has been away from this itemizing due to purchaser recommendations and Amazon opinions stating that the auto shut-off attribute is flawed and poses a doable fire hazard. Cuisinart did not reply to a request for comment.


Electric water kettles are one of many underrated kitchen dwelling gear. I exploit mine typically to brew French press espresso and to add boiling water to a simmering stockpot. There are all types of decisions, from most likely essentially the most basic fashions to kettles with specialty choices resembling keep temperature buttons and devoted tea-steeping baskets. Most have a hid heating facet, stopping burns and making them great protected to use. They moreover typically provide boil-dry security, so if you by probability flip one on with none water in it, it may robotically shut off. And even if you’re not a espresso drinker or a tea drinker, there are so many makes use of for an gear that will boil water quickly.

Below, I’ve detailed my outcomes after testing eight electric kettles that modify in worth from the $25 AmazonFundamentals MK-M110A1A to the $280 Breville BTM800XL. Let’s see which ones stood out most likely essentially the most. 

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The Miroco MI-EK003 just isn’t exactly low value, nonetheless it is the best electric kettle we examined beneath $50. It has an enormous 51-ounce functionality, a straightforward on/off lever and it boiled water quickly. I moreover identical to the look of its shiny black finish and stainless-steel inside. 

A button on the very best of the cope with makes it simple to open the lid safely so you’ll not get hit with any steam. This model shuts off when it begins to boil. 

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The $280 51-ounce functionality Breville BTM800XL with its stainless-steel base is technically a kettle — nonetheless it is moreover a tea brewer and is by far most likely essentially the most decked-out electric tea kettle we examined. 

It choices scorching water and tea buttons, with decisions to specify the best temperature to brew inexperienced, black, white, pure, oolong or custom-made and delicate teas. You might select if you want the tea to be strong, medium, light or custom-made. A digital present gives you a readout of what the brewer is doing and it has a protect warmth button that helps your water maintain scorching for up to 60 minutes.

In addition to that, the BTM800XL comes with a basket in your free leaf tea that robotically lowers if you select your decisions, in addition to a teaspoon measuring spoon. As a tea lover, I truly most popular these decisions, nonetheless it is a luxurious gear that’s solely value it if you’re a day by day drinker of loose-leaf tea.  

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The $100 Oxo 8717100 is an efficient kettle in widespread, nonetheless its gooseneck spout is very fascinating for pour-over, or completely different information espresso making that requires a gradual, managed pour. 

I moreover like that the Oxo 8717100 electric gooseneck kettle has a temperature keep function, making it doable to specify that you just really need your water to keep at 200 ranges Fahrenheit. When the temperature begins to drop, the 8717100 turns itself once more on, reheating your water. 

It has a smaller 34-ounce functionality, glorious for merely over 4 cups of water. This gooseneck kettle shuts off robotically after half-hour.

Kettle converse

Here’s a list of the eight fashions I examined to uncover the best electric kettle:

  • AmazonFundamentals MK-M110A1A
  • Bodum Melior
  • Breville BTM800XL
  • Cuisinart CPK-17
  • KitchenAid KEK1222SX
  • Miroco MI-EK003
  • Ovente KG83B
  • Oxo 8717100

And here’s a additional detailed overview of each model’s key specs for comparability:

Electric kettle specs

AmazonFundamentals MK-M110A1A Bodum Melior Breville BTM800XL Cuisinart CPK-17 KitchenAid KEK1222SX Miroco MI-EK003 Ovente KG83B Oxo 8717100
Price $25 $35 $280 $100 $80 $38 $25 $100
Color finish Stainless metallic Black Stainless metallic Stainless metallic Stainless metallic Black Black Stainless metallic
Capacity (in ounces) 34 27 51 58 42 51 51 34
Dimensions (HxWxD, in inches) 8×7.9×5.5 8.3×11.8×6.3 9.8×7.8×8.5 9.8×8.8×6.1 10.4×8.9×7 9.4x8x5.9 9.3x8x6 8.1×11.4×9
Weight (in kilos) 1.8 1.9 5.1 2.9 2.6 2.2 2.3 2.5

The AmazonFundamentals MK-M110A1A kettle might be essentially the most fairly priced and shares a smaller footprint and water functionality with the $100 temperature-customizable Oxo 8717100, although the $35 Bodum Melior electric kettle has the smallest whole functionality of the group at merely 27 ounces. 

The $80 KitchenAid KEK1222SX appears to be most likely essentially the most like a standard stovetop kettle, nonetheless its on/off-only efficiency seems restricted for its extreme worth. It’s moreover troublesome to take away its lid with out getting hit with steam, so I’d counsel prepared for the water to calm down totally sooner than making an attempt to open the KitchenAid kettle’s prime lid. 

The $100 Cuisinart kettle has an important functionality at 58 ounces, or 7.25 cups and virtually as many decisions as a result of the very pricey $280 Breville BTM800XL tea maker. Both of these kettles have custom-made heat decisions for the best cup of tea, whether or not or not it’s inexperienced, black, pure — or one different choice. The Breville is the one of many eight fashions with a faithful basket for brewing free leaf tea in the kettle, making it most likely essentially the most specialised kettle of the bunch.

While the $38 Miroco MI-EK003 electric kettle just isn’t the least expensive model we examined, it’s my favorite pretty priced kettle. It has an enormous functionality, a fairly fast boil time (additional on that underneath) and a straightforward on/off toggle. The Ovente KG83B electric kettle has a terrific worth and it’s straightforward to use, nonetheless it didn’t notably stand out all through my testing. 

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Sensors related to this RisePro thermocouple thermometer helped me observe water temperature.


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How we check out: Electric kettles

To check out our batch of eight electric kettles, I used a RisePro thermocouple thermometer. The thermocouple measured two points: how quickly each kettle boiled three cups of water — and the best way properly each model with a “hold temperature” function held the water temperature over a 10-minute interval. 

For the boil check out, I watched the thermocouple present until the sensor monitoring the temperature inside each kettle reached 209 ranges Fahrenheit. While 212 ranges is the boiling stage of water, elevation and barometric pressure put the boiling stage in Louisville, KY — the place the great residence workforce depends — at 209 ranges.

For the keep temperature check out, I used the thermocouple thermometer to measure the minimal, most and customary temperatures held in the course of the 10-minute interval. The desk underneath exhibits every the widespread time it took each kettle to attain 209 ranges and the minimal, most and customary temperatures each kettle with a keep temperature function held over and 10 minutes. 

Keep in ideas that the thermocouple readings aren’t precise and that there could be slight variation based on placement all through testing. That talked about, I did my best to place the thermocouples midway down in the water, in the center of each kettle. I moreover ran each check out two cases to affirm my readings have been as fixed as doable. 

Test outcomes

AmazonFundamentals MK-M110A1A Bodum Melior Breville BTM800XL Cuisinart CPK-17 KitchenAid KEK1222SX Miroco MI-EK003 Ovente KG83B Oxo 8717100
Average time to boil (three cups) 3 min 27 seconds 4 min 50 seconds 3 minutes 22 seconds 3 min 53 seconds 3 min 21 seconds 3 minutes 32 seconds 4 min 45 seconds 3 min 24 seconds
Min, max and customary keep temperature (over 10 minutes, in ranges Fahrenheit) N/A N/A 175.3; 206.8; 197.2 187.7; 210.4; 197.8 N/A N/A N/A 195.4; 205.9; 200.8

The KitchenAid KEK1222SX boiled water the quickest, at 3 minutes and 21 seconds to attain boiling temperature, nonetheless the AmazonFundamentals MK-M110A1A, the Breville BTM800XL and the Oxo 8717100 have been virtually as fast at boiling water. The Bodum Melior and the Ovente KG83B have been the slowest by far, at virtually 5 minutes to boil three cups of water. The Cuisinart CPK-17 and the Miroco MI-EK003 landed someplace in the middle for boiling water, at 3 minutes and 53 seconds and three minutes and 32 seconds, respectively.

The Breville BTM800XL, Cuisinart CPK-17 and the Oxo 8717100 each supplied protect warmth or keep temperature capabilities, so I did further testing with these fashions. The Oxo kettle was the one model of the three that allowed you to select a set temperature for it to keep. The completely different two merely had “keep warm” decisions that forestall the water from cooling down as quickly as it could in every other case, nonetheless don’t permit you to customise the temperature setting the kettle maintains. Because of this, the Oxo 8717100 is totally the best of the pack if you want to keep your water at — or at least shut to — a specific temperature. I set the Oxo at 209 ranges (our boiling temperature for these assessments) and it managed to maintain inside about 10 ranges. As shortly as a result of the temperature began to drop, the kettle would flip once more on and heat the water up to spherical 205 ranges.

The Breville and Cuisinart fashions, in distinction, had steeper temperature drops whole. The Breville BTM800XL ranged from roughly 175 to 207 ranges and the Cuisinart CPK-17 ranged from about 188 to 210. 

Regardless of the exact model you buy, start by fascinated by how you intend to use your kettle — are you a pour over espresso fiend? Maybe the Oxo model is the best resolve. Just need one factor straightforward with an enormous functionality? Consider the Miroco MI-EK003. Do you need to make large pots of free leaf tea? The Breville is your best guess. 

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