When shopping for stovetop tea kettles, it's helpful to understand the variety of materials they're made of, since each offers drawbacks and benefits. Most important, keep in mind that stovetop kettles take more than twice as long to boil water as electric kettles do, but boil times don't vary as greatly among stovetop models. They also don't have automatic shut-off features and may boil over and break if left unattended, creating a safety hazard.
Our Best Reviewed stovetop kettle, the classic and elegant Revere 2-1/3-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle (Est. $25) , gets great reviews from experts and owners. It features a copper bottom for superior heat conduction and a phenolic stay-cool handle for safety. Some users say the kettle's quality has declined since Revere moved its manufacturing services to China, but the kettle does come with a warranty.
Also well liked is the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettle PTK-330W ($70) . It earns an average 4 stars out of 5 in owner reviews at Amazon.com and is named the top stovetop tea kettle at Bestcovery.com, which praises its removable whistle feature and iron core. The PTK-330W has a color-coded temperature gauge that alerts users to the appropriate temperature for different types of beverages. Its iron core heats quickly and retains temperatures, and it features a porcelain interior and exterior coating in one of four colors or stainless steel.
The Cuisinart also boasts a silicone-coated handle for comfort that stays cool to the touch. It has a higher capacity than the Revere -- 3 quarts versus 2-1/3 -- and comes with a limited lifetime warranty. A few users report problems with rust in the porcelain-coated versions of this kettle, but this doesn't seem to occur with the stainless steel model. While owners love the temperature gauge, a novel feature for stovetop tea kettles, a few complain about malfunctioning gauges.
Both stovetop models are largely stainless steel, but the Cuisinart PTK-330W is about 2 pounds heavier than the Revere. Although the former comes with flashier features like the color-coded temperature gauge, we name the Revere 2-1/3-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle our Best Reviewed pick because of its lower price point, simplicity and all-around reliability. But if you're in the market for a stovetop product that's a step above the basic, tried-and-true kettle, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Porcelain Enameled Teakettle PTK-330W is a great choice.