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PerfecTemp
Ovente
KG83B 1.5L Glass Electric Kettle
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1.7L Stainless Steel Electric
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Balanced Living 4-Cup
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Ikon Cordless 1.7-Liter
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Good

Offers unmatched performance and a large, smart menu of convenient features. Durable, easy to use, and trustworthy.

BPA free. Tough Pyrex construction. Has a handy LED indicator light.

Water heats quickly. It's non-drip sprout is true to its name - unlike most other models.

Plastic is BPA free. Easy to manipulate. Brings water to boil in 90 seconds. Very affordable.

Durable stainless steel and a comfortable handle.

Bad

On the more expensive side, but well worth the investment.

Lid has been known to warp.

Handle is in close proximity to steam.

Selector is prone to occasional failure.

A basic model with few extras.

Bottom Line

A deluxe kettle from a well-respected company. The very best money can buy.

A low-cost electric kettle with several known flaws.

A popular, inexpensive kettle with a retro design. Not many extra features and a few known flaws.

A robust, durable kettle that is very popular with budget-conscious consumers. The best deal for the lowest price.

The best value. A heavy, long-lasting kettle with a standard power supply and water capacity.

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Best Electric Kettles

You can buy a cheap electric kettle for around twenty dollars, and it will boil water -- at least for a while. There will always be questions about how long it will last, and many people have concerns about the safety of some of the plastics and other components used.

Our shortlist steers clear of poor-quality appliances, but that doesn't mean we've only listed expensive models. In fact, there are some great budget kettles here as well as some high-end ones. Our five finalists are:

Products we Considered

Cuisinart
PerfecTemp
Ovente
KG83B 1.5L Glass Electric Kettle
Hamilton Beach
1.7L Stainless Steel Electric
T-fal
Balanced Living 4-Cup
Breville
Ikon Cordless 1.7-Liter

Considerations

Design & Construction

Visual appeal is very subjective, but poor design impacts how easy a kettle is to use. Construction is important in terms of both durability and the potential health hazards associated with some materials.

Features

Today's electric kettles offer all kinds of convenient, practical extras. We look at what each model offers and analyze what's necessary and what's not.

Practicality

There are obvious advantages to cordless electric kettles, and it's nice to have a spout that doesn't drip all over the place. In this section of the review, we assess the practicality of each model and look at owner feedback to discover how each kettle performs in everyday use.

Price

Our ratings don't include the cheapest electric kettles, but we do feature several budget models -- as well as a few high-end offerings. In this part of our ratings, we examine each product as a whole and judge exactly what you get for your money.

Considerations

Design & Construction

Ovente KG83B 1.5L Glass Electric Kettle

Whether you like the look of the Ovente kettle is a matter of personal taste, but glass is popular with most people, and the overall appearance should suit a variety of kitchen decors. (Owners choose from eight different colors.) The Ovente includes quite a lot of plastic, which could be a cause for concern, but Ovente reassures us that it's all BPA free. The glass is high borosilicate, a material specifically designed to resist the expansion and contraction caused by heat. (It's also known as Pyrex.) That doesn't make it unbreakable, but it's considerably tougher than ordinary glass.

Hamilton Beach 1.7L Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

We like the retro-look of the Hamilton Beach electric kettle. However, the illuminated on/off switch seems a little out of place, and the overall design is perhaps not going to suit some contemporary kitchens. (There is a candy apple red alternative to the polished steel choice.) Construction is stainless steel with some plastic accents. Although the lid appears to be plastic, it's actually steel underneath. There is a clear plastic water level indicator in the back of the kettle that comes into contact with boiling water, and we've been unable to ascertain if this is BPA free or not. Other than that, there's nothing structurally wrong with the Hamilton Beach kettle. However, given the style, you might expect a more solid feel.

T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 1-Liter 1750-Watt Electric Mini Kettle

Personal taste could certainly be a factor with the T-fal Electric Mini Kettle, which we think is likely to polarize opinion into "Love it!" and "Hate it!" camps. Having said that, it is a usefully compact item, and the lime green accents certainly make it clear which bits do what. There's a lot of plastic used in its manufacture, but T-fal has confirmed that it's all BPA free. The T-fal Mini Kettle is more robust than some, and it certainly is capable of taking the knocks it would inevitably get in a busy family kitchen.

Breville SK500XL Ikon Cordless 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Electric Kettle

We're confident that the gently curving shape of the stainless steel Breville Ikon electric kettle will win it plenty of fans. The Ikon's combination of a metal cylinder and a black, soft-grip handle strikes a good balance between classic and modern style that will sit comfortably in just about any kitchen. Being stainless, it should prove to be durable, and while the hinge inside the lid and water level indicator are both plastic, Breville informs us that it's made of safe, BPA-free polypropylene.

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless

The sleek Cuisinart PerfecTemp kettle's design looks quite futuristic, but it's available right now! With a pop-up lid recessed neatly in the top, the stainless steel is fabricated particularly well. The handle, with its black plastic accents and ideally placed control buttons, blends nicely with the entire decor. The only plastic item that comes into contact with hot water is the indicator level, and Cuisinart tells us it's BPA free -- just as you would expect from such a well-respected brand.

The robust, durable T-fal Mini Kettle is certainly capable of taking the knocks it would inevitably get in a busy family kitchen.
Considerations

Features

Ovente KG83B 1.5L Glass Electric Kettle

The Ovente electric kettle has a capacity of 1.5 liters (roughly 50 ounces) and 1,100 watts of power. Wattage has a big impact on how quickly your kettle will heat water, and while Ovente claims that this model will quickly bring water to a boil (in about five or six minutes), it's not the most powerful kettle we've reviewed. One owner timed it at nearly eight minutes, but any kind of testing is subject to difficulties because the original "cold" temperature can vary greatly. The cordless Ovente includes features that come standard on all of the kettles in our ratings: automatic shut-off, boil-dry protection, stay-cool handles. A nice feature that stands out is the Ovente's LED, which gives a pleasant blue light to the water to let you know when it's boiling. It also features a removable, washable spout filter and a button-operated, flip-up lid.

Like all of the other products on our shortlist, the Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle is cordless with automatic shut-off, boil-dry protection, and stay-cool handles. Capacity is 1.7 liters (about 57 ounces). At 1,500 watts, it should heat up water rather quickly. The manufacturer says the heating process is assisted by a "rapid-boil system" -- although there's no explanation as to what this is supposed to do, and they don't quote any actual figures. The Hamilton Beach's lid is of the "lift-off" type, but there are really no other features of note on this low-cost model.

The T-fal Electric Mini Kettle's one-liter capacity (approximately 34 ounces) might seem a bit small at first, but that will depend on how often you actually fill a kettle all the way up. If you tend to only make a few cups of tea or coffee at a time, the capacity is just fine. Powered by 1,750 watts, the T-fal is purported to boil a cup of water in just 90 seconds. A removable scale filter comes with this product, but the stand-out feature is the three-position heat control which many tea drinkers prefer. Owners report that while this is definitely useful, no precise scale is included. (Some high-end models do include a scale.) There's also no alert when the desired temperature has been reached; the T-fal simply turns itself off. Other standard features include automatic shut-off, boil-dry protection, and stay-cool handles.

The cordless Breville, like the other contenders on our shortlist, features automatic shut-off, boil-dry protection, and stay-cool handles. Its also boasts 1,500 watts to heat 1.7 liters of water (57 ounces). This is a popular power/capacity combination that several other manufacturers also use. While undoubtedly an attractive and well-made appliance, the Breville Ikon is not overloaded with extras. There's a removable scale filter, a bell to tell you when the water's boiling, and a hinged lid that's cushioned so it feels nice and solid when closing -- but that's it.

Like the Hamilton Beach and Breville, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp electric kettle sports 1,500 watts of power and a 1.7-liter capacity. The PerfecTemp also includes the automatic shut-off, boil-dry protection, stay-cool handles, and cordless functionality that the other contenders offer. Overall, however, the Cuisinart PerfecTemp appears to have more in common with a laptop computer than a kettle! (Actually, we don't want to give the impression that it's complicated, because it's not.) Most features are accessed with the press or a button -- and there are quite a few of them! Running down the handle, there's a button to raise the lid, six temperature settings (from 160 degrees Fahrenheit to boiling; each is marked not just with the temperature but also with the type of tea or coffee you might be using it for), a keep-warm button (the Cuisinart will keep the water at your chosen temperature for up to half an hour), and a two-minute memory feature. (If you lift the kettle off the base but replace it within two minutes, it will remember the last setting you used). If you leave the kettle for five minutes, it will go to "sleep" and turn off the heat and blue back light until you "wake" it again by lifting it or pressing any button.

Most of the Cuisinart's features are accessed with the press of a button -- and there certainly are a lot of them!
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Susan Sano Tuveson has been cooking for people for five decades. Educated in music, law, and languages, she left her legal practice to establish Cacao Chocolates in Kittery, Maine. A three-time Best of Seacoast New England winner, the shop was popular for its high-quality artisanal truffles flavored with unusual local ingredients.

Considerations

Practicality

Ovente KG83B 1.5L Glass Electric Kettle

It's fair to say that the Ovente kettle is a basic model that does what you would expect of it and nothing more. There's no real weight to it, and the hinged lid gets far enough out of the way for filling to be easy, which is good. Owners give plenty of positive feedback, and most people are happy with how quickly it boils. However, a few complaints come up quite often. The first concerns the quality of the plastic lid, which has warped over time for some owners. The second concerns the fact that the inside isn't completely glass; the bottom is stainless steel. This was disappointing for many who expected glass throughout. People who live in areas with high mineral levels said it made the kettle unusable after a while because it either left the water cloudy or produced an unpleasant deposit.

Hamilton Beach 1.7L Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

The Hamilton Beach electric kettle is no heavyweight, but a number of owners did find the lift-off lid a little frustrating. The handle puts your hand quite close to escaping steam; this is one reason why rear-handled kettles developed. Also, while people are very complimentary of the non-drip spout, a few complain that it has a tendency to spit water when boiling. To be fair, the Hamilton Beach has received far more positive feedback than negative, and users are particularly keen to point out how quickly it boils.

T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 1-Liter 1750-Watt Electric Mini Kettle

At just one pound, the T-fal Mini kettle is a real lightweight. The lid, with its nice big button, is easy to open. The chunky temperature selector is also easy to manipulate -- an advantage to people with reduced strength or poor dexterity. The T-fal has the most power of all the appliances in our ratings, and it's no surprise that it reaches consumers' chosen heat quickly. Many owners are quite satisfied with this kettle, but there are a few recurring complaints. The most common complaint has to do with the selector, which is prone to occasional failure.

Breville SK500XL Ikon Cordless 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Electric Kettle

The Breville Ikon Electric Kettle attracts plenty of positive feedback from owners. Comments about how easy it is to fill and how quickly it boils water are the norm. Many like the fact that the base is quite heavy and stable; they also like the feel of the handle. Having said that, a couple of people find the kettle to be too heavy. The Breville Ikon is certainly durable; many have owned theirs for years without fail. A few had issues with the contacts between base and kettle wearing out -- meaning that the kettle would work sometimes and not others -- but the majority of complaints were isolated incidents that inevitably occur with any popular product. A one-year warranty covers many of these types of incidents.

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless

Owners -- particularly tea lovers -- are full of praise for the Cuisinart PerfecTemp kettle. It seems just about everything performs to a high standard. The PerfecTemp has good ergonomics; all the important functions are easy to reach. The lid has a wide opening and the spout neither drips nor spits. Construction quality get a thumbs up, too; many have owned their Cuisinart kettle for years, and few report any faults. Of course, no mass-produced item is ever perfect. A couple of people had lids that jammed. Others experienced control panel light failures. In general, however, this is a highly popular appliance with outstanding ratings.

Owners - particularly tea lovers - are full of praise for the Cuisinart PerfecTemp Kettle. Every aspect of this kettle performs to a high standard.
Considerations

Price

Ovente KG83B 1.5L Glass Electric Kettle

A list price of $19 is not a lot to pay for a decent kettle like the Ovente. It's got a good capacity, though it doesn't heat as quickly as some. Many find the glass section to be an attractive and health-aware option, but some were disappointed that only the sides are made of glass. (The base is stainless steel.) The glass is tough and resists heat stress. Understandably, most people's concern with a budget-priced kettle is how long it will last. Some owners have had issues with warped lids and a "plasticky" taste to the water, but the majority think it looks great and works fine.

Hamilton Beach 1.7L Stainless Steel Electric Kettle

The Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel Electric Kettle is listed at just $27 -- an amazing price for a decent appliance. It shares features with kettles that are two or three times the cost, it's light, it looks good, and it's particularly complimented for its fast boil and non-drip spout. You might think the latter is no big deal, but plenty of kettles do have an annoying drip. It's true that the Hamilton Beach is not of the most robust construction; the lid can be a bit frustrating, and the spout spits sometimes when near full. But according to owner feedback, there are at least ten happy customers for every one who complains about the Hamilton Beach.

T-fal BF6138 Balanced Living 1-Liter 1750-Watt Electric Mini Kettle

At just $33, consumers pay quite a "mini" price for the T-fal Mini Electric Kettle. Given its capabilities, that's quite a surprise. The T-fal's smaller capacity is actually quite practical for most people. It's fair to say that the appearance is not to everyone's taste, but it's lightweight and easy to use. The T-fal's rapid boiling speed is not a surprise when you consider the power of this appliance. Its best selling point is its variable temperature -- a feature that keen tea drinkers wouldn't want to do without. Some people have reported faults with durabiltiy, but the majority of owners wouldn't part with their T-fal -- they love it.

Breville SK500XL Ikon Cordless 1.7-Liter Stainless-Steel Electric Kettle

If sleek style is one of your criteria, the $78 Breville Ikon kettle is certainly worth considering. Its sharp design is backed by a well-earned reputation for quality. Owners love the way it feels and report that it's an efficient, durable appliance that boils quickly and is fuss-free. Considering the price, you might expect a few more extras. Intermittent electrical problems have been reported, and some complain of poor-tasting water. The former should, in most cases, be resolved under warranty, but the latter is bit of a mystery. However, if it were a manufacturing fault, we would expect it to be a more common complaint than it actually is.

Cuisinart CPK-17 PerfecTemp 1.7-Liter Stainless Steel Cordless

The Cuisinart PerfecTemp electric kettle has a list price of $69. That's quite a lot of money for a kettle, but you get an awful lot of kettle for your money! The PerfecTemp doesn't just boil water; it offers half a dozen accurate pre-sets that are sure to be a tea drinker's delight. It will keep your water warm so you don't have to keep coming back to it if you're busy. It looks good, it's easy to use, it boasts excellent ergonomics, and it comes from a manufacturer that consumers trust. The majority of owners use words like "flawless," "indispensable," and "fantastic" to describe this kettle.

The T-fal's biggest selling point is the fact that it offers variable temperature settings -- a feature especially important to tea lovers.

Best of the Best

Our five top appliances are all fantastic products. Clearly, however, the best electric kettle of them all is the Cuisinart PerfecTemp.

You can tell just by looking at the Cuisinart's excellent design that a lot of thought has gone into the making of this kettle. Everything about it says quality, from the smart stainless steel exterior to the nice big lid to the comfortable handle with its many buttons. What few plastics there are (like the blue-lit water level window) are BPA free.

For the money, the PerfecTemp's feature set is unbeatable. Thanks to 1,500 watts of power, the kettle heats quickly. Six different settings for temperature are a tea drinker's idea of heaven. Coffee fans haven't been excluded, either: when your beverage reaches its ideal temperature, the PerfecTemp will keep it warm for up to half an hour. There's even a two-minute memory and an energy-saving sleep mode that comes into effect if you leave the kettle for five minutes. When you "wake" the kettle it again, it restores your last setting.

No ratings would be complete without a look at the negative comments, and any high-volume product inevitably attracts a few criticisms. A few owners have experienced lid jams, leaks, and electrical issues. Fortunately, however, complaints make up only a small fraction of the feedback this kettle receives. The majority of owners are delighted with all aspects of the Cuisinart PerfecTemp electric kettle, and in spite of the relatively high price, most feel that it's a terrific value.
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Everything about the Cuisinart PerfecTemp says quality, from the smart stainless steel exterior to the nice big lid to the comfortable handle with its many buttons.

Best Bang for your Buck

If you're looking for a budget-priced kettle, the Hamilton Beach is tough to beat, as is the Ovente. However, the Best Bang for Your Buck electric kettle is the T-Fal Mini.

This product is "mini" by name but not by nature. The one-liter capacity is enough for most people, and the 1,750 watts of power ensure that your beverage gets hot fast. The design might not be to everyone's taste, but it clearly appeals to its many happy owners. In addition, the light weight and bright, easy-to-use controls could be of great value to those with certain physical restrictions.

Getting an efficient, robust electric kettle for $33 is a good deal. That the T-Fal Mini also offers variable temperature settings is extraordinary. In fact, it is this temperature range that sets the T-fal apart from similarly priced machines. It may not have the temperature accuracy of the Cuisinart, but in this price range, this feature is far more than what you would normally expect.

Not surprisingly, the T-Fal Electric Mini Kettle is a hugely popular model. Negative comments account for only a small percentage of owner reviews. There have been electrical faults, a few leaks, and one or two breakages, but most of these occur early in the life of the kettle and should therefore be corrected under the one-year warranty. On the other hand, positive comments are many. "Sturdy!" and "Does exactly what I want!" are common compliments. And, as many have said, it's a "great kettle for the money!"
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The budget-priced T-Fal Electric Mini Kettle's one-liter capacity is enough for most people, and the 1,750 watts of power ensure that your beverage gets hot fast.
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