You may want to think of these as modern tea kettles, but in these modern times, these kettles are capable of doing so much more although you'll always have hot water ready when you need it. While they work great for making tea, the water gets hot enough in some of these picks to be used for a variety of tasks such as sterilization, unblocking clogged drains, or even pouring over ant mounds to rid your property of ants in a very eco-friendly way. So, you might think tea kettle here, but there are so many more uses.
If you particular about the exact temperature of the water, look for those with temperature control features. You'll also have your choice of different materials in construction such as glass, stainless steel, plastic, and hybrids that use a combination of these materials. You can choose the type that best fits your personal taste in kitchen décor.
All of the electric kettles we’ve chosen for this list will have at least 1000 watts of power which ensures faster boiling times than doing this manually on the stove. The power comes from a detachable base so that every kettle is cordless when you pour it. All of the plastic used in the construction of these kettles will be certified BPH free, so although you may have to spend a bit more for the units on this list, your health should be worth it.
These picks have also been constructed with anti-slip handles and an auto-shut-off feature, so when the water is done you won't have to worry about boil overs. These kettles won’t burn the water which may sound funny, but lesser kettles can impart a burnt taste, greatly detracting from the hot beverage you are trying to enjoy. Lastly, each kettle will come with a one year manufacturer’s warranty unless otherwise stated in the description.
The Hamilton Beach 1.7L Stainless Steel Electric Kettle boil a full pot of water in less than five minutes. It features a full 1500 watt corded power base, so that you can remove the kettle and not worry about the cord. It comes with a water fill window and an auto shut off feature when the water gets low. Read Full Review
For a retro design in a beautifully modern and functional style, the Hamilton Beach 1.7L Stainless Steel Electric Kettle gets top nod here. Although this is a basic electric kettle, the Hamilton Beach unit does have an easy to read water fill window on the back, and it will auto stop before it boils dry. It's 1500 wattage rating will heat an entire pot of water to boiling in less than five minutes, and if you only fill it to one-quarter, it will boil in just a couple of minutes. This fast and efficient electric kettle looks as good as it works, and if you like a bit of retro in your kitchen, you can't do any better than this.
The Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle has six pre-programmed temperature settings for that perfect temp beverage every time. The 1.7 liter kettle will boil water in less than six minutes with a 1500 watt powered base. It has an auto-boil dry shut-off, and comes with a three year warranty which is the best here. Read Full Review
If the perfect temperature is what you are after for coffee, tea or hot chocolate, then the Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless Electric Kettle will get it done. This kettle has six pre-programmed temperature settings for virtually any hot beverage that you drink. The 1500 watt powered base heats the 1.7 liter water filled kettle to boiling in about six minutes, less if you chose a lower temperature. It will maintain your desired temp for up to 30 minutes, it features a back-lit water fill window and boil dry auto shut off. This is one of the most expensive units on this list, but it gives you maximum versatility with temperature set options and it comes protected by a three year limited manufacturer’s warranty.
The Ovente KG83B Glass Electric Kettle, 1.5-L has 1100 watts of power and will boil a kettle full of water in about six minutes. It features an illuminated kettle, boil dry auto shut-off, and once removed from the base, it’s cordless for easy pouring. Read Full Review
If you like glass kettles, none are better than the Ovente KG83B Glass Electric Kettle, 1.5-L which is illuminated in a blue light as it boils for a bit of visual stimulation you won’t see on other kettles. The 1100 watt base brings the kettle to a boil in about six minutes, and it comes with a boil dry auto shut-off to prevent scorching the kettle. This is the least expensive electric kettle on the list, and granted it’s a no frills unit. However, for a basic kettle that adds a new visual dimension to boiling water, the Ovente Glass Electric Kettle stands alone.
The KitchenAid KEK1722WH 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle with LED Display has six different automatic temperature settings, ranging from 122 degrees up to boiling at 212 degrees. The LED read out allows you to monitor the temperature, and the 1440 watts of power will boil the 1.7 liters of water in about six minutes. Read Full Review
For the most versatile and feature packed kettle here, you'll want the KitchenAid KEK1722WH 1.7-Liter Electric Kettle with LED Display. With six separate temperature settings between 122 degrees and 212 degrees, you will get the absolutely perfect water temperature every time. The LED readout lets you see the temp setting, and batteries will keep it lit even when you take it off the powered base. The water fill window is blue light backlit, and with 1440 watts of power it brings the water up to the minimum temperature in about one minute, with six minutes to a full boil. This is the most expensive kettle here, but if you want bragging rights (or just the benefit of variable temperature selection) then this pick deserves your consideration.
The Ariete Kettle Lipton has 2000 watts of power that will boil a full 1.7 liters of water in about four minutes. This kettle also features a water window and a built-in strainer in the spout. Read Full Review
If you are looking for the fastest heating kettle, and don't mind the Lipton logo, than take a look at this classically designed pick. Speed is what this kettle is all about, with the 2000 watt power base capable of heating a full 1.7 liters of water in a little over four minutes. The classic style might not be right for some, but it comes with a water window and a built-in strainer that will keep tea leaves or coffee grounds from getting into your cup. Although there aren't a lot of bells or whistles, the Ariete Kettle Lipton provides you with hot water in no time at all.