What every best Tea Kettles has:
- Heats water quickly.
- Allows you to fine-tune the temperature settings.
- Signals when the water is hot.
The Cuisinart PerfecTemp CPK-17 electric kettle features six preset temperature settings for steeping different teas, plus a 30-minute "hold temperature" setting. It's fast and accurate in hands-on trials in a professional test kitchen, and owners love its handsome stainless steel construction, easy-open lid, and limited, BPA-free plastic components. Even the beep that lets you know the water is ready is pleasant, most agree, and the CPK-17 has a better durability record than the competition.Buy for $79.99
It's more basic that the Cuisinart, offering just a "boil" setting, but the Hamilton Beach 40880 is also a fraction of the price. For $30 or less, you get an electric kettle that heats up to seven cups of water quickly and then automatically shuts itself off once the water starts to boil. There's no alert to let you know it's done, though. The stainless steel construction is a nice perk, and durability is reported as very good.Buy for $23.59
The OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle stands out as an enduring favorite over several years of testing, thanks to a quick-heating wide-bottom design, a "just right" whistle that's assertive without waking up the entire household, and an easy-pouring spout. Users love the stay-cool silicone touch points on this kettle's spout lid and hinged handle, which stays upright when the kettle is on the stove, then flips to the side for easy cleaning, filling and storage.Buy for $39.95
The Breville Tea Maker BTM800XL is a fully automated tea brewing machine; just program it and load it with tea leaves the night before and it does everything for you in the morning. That includes heating the water and raising and lowering the strainer basket to steep the tea leaves. The five preset temperatures and a customizable temperature setting make it easy to get the perfect cup every time. It also functions as a conventional electric kettle.Buy for $227.95
Although the Cuisinart TEA-100 doesn't offer fully automated brewing, users still love this affordable tea-maker for its great looks, sturdy construction, and how it prompts you through the process of brewing perfect tea. Just select your water temperature and steep time, and it beeps to let you know when it's time to raise or lower the steeping basket. As a tea steeper, it has a 1-liter capacity; 1.2 liters as a water kettle.Buy for $128.99