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LeCreuset
Enameled Steel, 1-2/3-Quart
OXO Good Grips
Brushed Stainless
Fino
Pour Over, 4 1/4-Cup
Revere
2 1/3-Quart, Whistling
Mr. Coffee
Flintshire Stainless Steel, 1.75-Quart
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Good

Can be used on any type of stove top. Loud whistle and heat-proof handle.

Pretty stainless steel finish. Sealed spout eliminates most drips.

Attractive "satin" finish. Angled handle stays cool. Safe for the dishwasher.

Copper bottom facilitates rapid heat conduction.

Attractive finish and large capacity. Safe for dishwasher and all cook tops.

Bad

More expensive than many of its competitors.

Not safe for the dishwasher. Not suited for magnetic ranges.

No whistle.

In spite of phenolic composition, handle gets dangerously hot.

Occasional complaints about leakage (from the bottom) and interior rust.

Bottom Line

Made of durable enamel over steel, this kettle features all the required perks. It's the ultimate kettle for those who want quality.

Designed for comfort and safety, this quick-heating kettle is attractive and easy to use.

With a very small capacity and a low price, this pretty pour-over coffee/tea pot is designed for light use.

With the largest liquid capacity on our shortlist, this affordable tea kettle has a few known flaws.

This contender is an inexpensive purchase, but it may be less durable than some competitors.

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Best Tea Kettles

Drinking hot tea has been a cultural norm for over 1,000 years. We compare five of the best tea kettles on the market so you can make an informed purchasing decision.

Products we Considered

LeCreuset
Enameled Steel, 1-2/3-Quart
OXO Good Grips
Brushed Stainless
Fino
Pour Over, 4 1/4-Cup
Revere
2 1/3-Quart, Whistling
Mr. Coffee
Flintshire Stainless Steel, 1.75-Quart

Considerations

Construction/Design

All tea kettles have the same function: boiling water. However, some kettles do the job better than others, due at least in part to their construction and/or design. Some kettles are stainless steel; others are enamel over steel. In this section, we discuss the construction and design of each contender on our shortlist.

Capacity

Tea kettles come in a variety of sizes, so thinking about how much water a kettle holds is important. The size you choose will likely depend on how many tea drinkers reside in your home and much tea you normally make at one time.

Features

Although all tea kettles perform the same task, some do it better than others. Some whistle and some don't, for instance. Notably, some kettles can only be used on certain kinds of stove tops. In this section, we discuss each contender's most important features.

Price

Some kettles possess a lot of useful features; others are problematic and/or have undesirable qualities. Consumers want the best for their money, so in this part of our ratings, we discuss the value each contender offers.

Considerations

Construction/Design

Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle, 1-2/3-Quart

The Le Creuset tea kettle is enamel over steel, making it quite a sturdy piece of kitchenware. It heats water quickly and is durable. It can be used on any kind of stove top, which is important to note since some kettles are not suitable for use on induction ranges. It is not dishwasher safe, however, and it should be washed by hand. The kettle is wider than it is tall, which allows it to hold a large amount of water while maintaining a low profile.

OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed Stainless

The OXO tea kettle is brushed stainless steel, which means it has a "matte" finish rather than a shiny, polished exterior. This kettle is seamless; no water deposits collect in its nooks or crannies. Potential buyers should note that it cannot be used on a magnetic induction range, nor can it be washed in the dishwasher. Water heats quickly in this kettle, and thanks to its sealed spout, extraneous drips are rarely a problem.

Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle, 4 1/4-Cup

The Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle is made from 18/8 stainless steel. In the interest of user safety, its angled handle has been engineered to stay cool for incident-free pouring. Users tell us the kettle heats water quickly and can be used on any range top, including induction ranges. It is also dishwasher safe. The pot has a reputation for being sturdy, and owners particularly love its satiny exterior finish.

Revere 2-1/3-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle

The Revere kettle has a stainless steel body and a copper bottom for fast heat conduction. It is not recommended for ceramic cook tops, and it's not dishwasher safe, either. To keep hard water deposits from forming in the seam, the manufacturer recommends using a vinegar rinse.

Mr. Coffee 91407.02 Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, 1.75-Q

The Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle from Mr. Coffee is made of brushed stainless steel and exudes a beautiful "matte" finish. It is suitable for use on any cook top and is also dishwasher safe. Some users report that the bottom, which is separately welded, is prone to leaks. Others have cautioned that the interior may rust.

Owners love the Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle's satiny exterior finish.
Considerations

Capacity

The Le Creuset kettle holds 1-2/3 quarts (nearly a half-gallon) of water. A half-gallon yields almost eight cups of liquid, so this should be sufficient for the tea-brewing needs of most households. Its capacity can fill a teapot or a bain marie (a type of cooking pan that gently heats water for delicate recipes) with one fill.

The OXO kettle holds about two quarts of water, which is actually more than our Best of the Best contender, the Le Creuset Zen Tea Kettle. As with other kettles, users should be careful about filling the OXO Good Grips to capacity because the water may boil over. Two quarts (eight liquid cups) is generally enough water for all but the largest of families. Many owners say they appreciate this kettle's larger capacity.

Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle, 4 1/4-Cup

With a capacity of just 4-1/4 cups, the Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle is one of the littlest contenders on our shortlist. It's designed for consumers with "light" tea-drinking needs who want something small. Potential buyers should note that filling the pot with over three cups will frequently result in the water boiling over and out of the pot. That being said, this is an excellent appliance for those who want to make no more than two or three cups of coffee or tea at a time.

Revere 2-1/3-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle

With a capacity of 2-1/3 quarts, the Revere Whistling Tea Kettle has ample capacity for boiling water for tea, cocoa, hot cereal, or even filling a bain marie. Notably, this capacity is larger than all others on our shortlist. Able to boil more than eight cups of water at a time, it's an ideal size for larger families.

Mr. Coffee's Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle's capacity of 1.75 quarts does not make for a large tea kettle, but it is enough for several cups of tea on one fill. It is probably best suited for households in which there are only one or two tea drinkers. It does hold enough water to fill a standard-sized teapot for steeping.

The Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle is designed for consumers with "light" tea-drinking needs who want something small.
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Features

Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle, 1-2/3-Quart

The Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle features a loud whistle, a heatproof handle that arches above the kettle for easy pouring, and a stay-cool knob on the lid. The handle locks into place for safety while pouring, and it is attached to the kettle with stainless steel brackets. Although covered with enamel, this kettle's steel frame conducts heat efficiently and boils water quickly. It's available in several colors, including Palm, Silver, Caribbean, and Cherry. In fact, a Zen Tea kettle can be found to match just about any kitchen decor.

OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed Stainless

As with most OXO products, the Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle's handle is designed to be functional and keep the user safe. This kettle features a comfortable silicone-based handle and a cool-touch spout cover. The knob on the lid is also heatproof for easy use. The kettle boils water quickly, and its whistle is loud enough for most people to hear without problem. The brushed stainless exterior is attractive without showing too many fingerprints, and users tell us the large lid facilitates easy cleaning. For consumers interested in conserving kitchen space, the OXO kettle's fold-down handle makes it convenient for cabinet storage.

Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle, 4 1/4-Cup

As a pour over kettle, the Fino Coffee and Tea Kettle features a long, narrow spout that makes it equally useful for pouring water over both coffee grounds and tea bags. The heatproof handle is angled for safe pouring, and the knob on the lid is large enough to remove without burning the fingertips. The Fino does not have a whistle, but buyers tell us that when the water is boiling, steam starts escaping the lid's vent holes, and the lid itself may rattle.

Revere 2-1/3-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle

The manufacturer has said that the Revere Whistling Tea Kettle's phenolic handle stays cool to the touch. Indeed, phenolic materials are supposed to be resistant to heat, but users tell us the Revere's handle can get very, very hot! As such, new owners should proceed with caution; using a protective pot holder is probably a good idea. As its name would suggest, the kettle whistles when the water is boiling. (Thanks to the copper bottom, it heats quickly.) Unfortunately, some users complain that the water boils out of the spout when it opens to make the whistling sound.

Mr. Coffee 91407.02 Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, 1.75-Q

The Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle does whistle, but some users complain that the whistle is not loud enough. (These detractors are in the minority; most users agree that it's quite audible.) The brushed stainless steel finish is attractive and easy to keep clean. The handle and spout cover are made of Bakelite (a type of synthetic plastic) and are cool to the touch. As such, it's easy and safe to pour hot liquid from the Mr. Coffee kettle. With the push of a button on the handle, the spout locks open; it will not shut until the user presses the button again.

The Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle features a loud whistle, a heatproof handle that arches above the kettle for easy pouring, and a stay-cool knob on the lid.
Considerations

Price

Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle, 1-2/3-Quart

Le Creuset is a highly respected name in kitchenware. Consequently, the Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle wears a higher price tag than some of its competitors. However, it also boasts a higher quality than its competitors. At $74, the Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle sits on the upper end of the pricing spectrum, but it is a long-lasting product with a reputation that consumers trust.

OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle, Brushed Stainless

At a cost of $31, the OXO Good Grips Classic Tea Kettle is priced in the market's "mid-range." Attractive and ergonomically styled, users report that it heats water quickly and is quite durable. OXO is a respected name in kitchenware, and this product comes with a reliable guarantee. Should the need arise, the manufacturer is reputed to provide great customer service.

Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle, 4 1/4-Cup

The Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle, at a cost of $25, combines a good number of features in a durable, handsome little pot. It can be used on any type of range top and is safe for the dishwasher. This is a "pour over" kettle for light tea/coffee drinkers. Owners have warned that the water boils over if it's filled with more than three cups. Overall, consumers are satisfied with the price and performance of this inexpensive kettle.

Revere 2-1/3-Quart Whistling Tea Kettle

At $19, the Revere kettle is one of the cheapest tea kettles on our shortlist. The price is certainly appealing, but this kettle has a few problems the manufacturer has yet to address, including handles that get very hot, water leakage around the seams, and boiling through the spout. Other kettles in this price range don't seem to have these issues, so buyers will want to choose carefully.

Mr. Coffee 91407.02 Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle, 1.75-Q

The Mr. Coffee Flintshire Stainless Steel Whistling Tea Kettle is an inexpensive buy at just $11. Potential owners should remember that it may leak and or show signs of interior rust after a few months of use. (This does not always occur, but our research uncovered enough such incidents that it's worthy to mention.) Keeping the interior completely dry between uses could help prevent some of the pot's known durability problems.

The Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle is a long-lasting product with a reputation that consumers trust.

Best of the Best

The Le Creuset Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle makes our Best of the Best list for many reasons, not the least of which is its durable design. The enamel-over-steel construction means this tea kettle is nearly indestructible. The handle and knob will probably fall off before the kettle itself wears out!

Owners love the Le Creuset Zen Kettle because it can be used on any kind of range top and delivers fast, even heating. The whistle is loud enough for most people to hear, and even though some users have said that it drips while pouring, it still gets rave reviews. Buyers should remember the Le Creuset kettle cannot be washed in the dishwasher, but it's still easily cleaned. Considering its high performance in every other category, most people do not consider the fact that it can't go in the dishwasher to be much of a drawback.

If you're looking for a quality tea kettle with a sleek profile, a timeless design, and a choice of many different colors (including Sage, Silver, Carribbean, and Cherry), we highly recommend Le Creuset's Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle – the winner of our Best of the Best title!
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The Le Creuset's Enameled Steel Zen Tea Kettle receives rave reviews for its durable design and gorgeous profile.

Best Bang for your Buck

The Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle is a kitchen multi-tasker. It can be used as a pour over kettle for coffee or to boil water for tea. It heats water quickly, and the nicely angled, heatproof handle makes for safe pouring.

The Fino's 18/8 stainless steel construction is durable and attractive, and the pot is dishwasher safe. Conveniently, this pretty little pot can be used on any type of cook top, including induction ranges. The narrow spout is fashioned for precise pouring; coffee drinkers tell us it's especially helpful for making pour over coffee. Notably, this small-capacity kettle holds only about three cups of water before it runs the risk of boiling over.

For its durable construction, fast heating, and easy pouring, the $25 Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle is our choice for the Best Bang for Your Buck.
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The Fino Pour Over Coffee and Tea Kettle is a pretty little pot that can be used on any type of cook top.
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