Editor's note, October 16, 2020: The Cuisinart CPK-17 kettle was removed from this list based on customer feedback and Amazon reviews that the auto shut-off feature is defective and poses a potential fire hazard. We asked Cuisinart for a comment.

Electric kettles are underrated kitchen appliances. I use mine regularly to make French press coffee and to add boiling water to a simmering soup pot. You can easily choose a simple kettle with minimal features. However, it's worth taking a look at models that have special options like holding the temperature buttons and special tea baskets. All of the options you can find are aimed at boiling water quickly, but which one is the best kettle?

Below, I've detailed the results after testing eight electric kettles, priced between the AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A for $ 22 and the Breville BTM800XL for $ 280. Let's see which stood out the most.

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The Miroco MI-EK003 isn't exactly cheap, but it is the best kettle we've tested under $ 50. It has a large 51 ounce capacity, a simple on / off lever, and it boiled water quickly. I also like the look of the glossy black finish and stainless steel interior.

A button on the top of the handle makes it easy to open the lid safely so you don't get hit by steam. This model switches itself off when it starts to boil.

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The Breville BTM800XL, with a capacity of 51 ounces, a capacity of $ 280 and a stainless steel bottom, is technically a kettle – but it's also a teapot and by far the best-equipped electric tea kettle we tested.

It has hot water and tea buttons with options for setting the perfect temperature for brewing green, black, white, herbal, oolong, or custom and delicate teas. You can also choose whether the tea should be strong, medium, mild or individual. A digital display shows what the brewer is doing and has a keep warm button that will keep your water hot for up to 60 minutes.

In addition, the BTM800XL comes with a basket for your loose leaf tea, which automatically lowers when you select your options, and a teaspoon measuring spoon. As a tea lover, I really liked these options, but it's a luxury device that is only worthwhile if you drink loose-leaf tea regularly.

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The $ 100 Oxo 8717100 is generally a great kettle, but its gooseneck spout is great for pouring over or other manual coffee-making that requires even, controlled pouring.

I also like that the Oxo 8717100 electric gooseneck kettle has a temperature hold feature that lets you choose to keep your water at 200 degrees Fahrenheit. When the temperature starts to drop, the 8717100 will turn on again and heat your water.

It has a smaller capacity of 34 ounces, perfect for just over four cups of water. This gooseneck kettle switches off automatically after 30 minutes.

Boiler talk

Here is a list of the eight models I tested to find the best kettle:

  • AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A
  • Bodum Melior
  • Breville BTM800XL
  • Cuisinart CPK-17
  • KitchenAid KEK1222SX
  • Miroco MI-EK003
  • Ovente KG83B
  • Oxo 8717100

And here is a more detailed overview of the most important technical data of the individual models for comparison:

Technical data of the kettle

AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A

Bodum Melior

Breville BTM800XL

Cuisinart CPK-17

KitchenAid KEK1222SX

Miroco MI-EK003

Ovente KG83B

Oxo 8717100

price

$ 22

$ 35

$ 280

$ 100

$ 80

$ 38

$ 25

$ 100

Color surface

Stainless steel

black

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

Stainless steel

black

black

Stainless steel

Capacity (in ounces)

34

27

51

58

42

51

51

34

Dimensions (HxWxD, in inches)

8×7.9×5.5

8.3 x 11.8 x 6.3

9.8 x 7.8 x 8.5

9.8 x 8.8 x 6.1

10.4 x 8.9 x 7

9.4 x 8 x 5.9

9.3 x 8 x 6

8.1 x 11.4 x 9

Weight in pounds)

1.8

1.9

5.1

2.9

2.6

2.2

2.3

2.5

The AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A kettle is the cheapest, and shares a smaller footprint and water capacity with the $ 100 temperature-adjustable Oxo 8717100, although the $ 35 Bodum Melior kettle has the smallest total capacity in the group at just 27 ounces .

The $ 80 KitchenAid KEK1222SX most closely resembles a classic cooking kettle, but its on / off functionality seems limited due to its high price. It is also difficult to remove the lid without being hit by steam. So I would recommend waiting for the water to cool completely before attempting to open the top lid of the KitchenAid kettle.

The $ 100 Cuisinart kettle has the largest capacity at 58 ounces, or 7.25 cups, and almost as many options as the very expensive $ 280 Breville BTM800XL. Both kettles have individual heating options for the perfect cup of tea, whether green, black, herbal – or another type. The Breville is the only one of the eight models with a special basket for brewing loose-leaf tea in the kettle. This makes it the group's most specialized kettle.

The $ 38 Miroco MI-EK003 kettle may not be the cheapest model we tested, but it is my favorite kettle at a reasonable price. It has a large capacity, pretty quick cook time (more on that below), and a simple on / off switch. The Ovente KG83B kettle is reasonably priced and easy to use, but it didn't excel in my tests.

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Sensors attached to this RisePro thermocouple thermometer helped me keep track of the water temperature.

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How we test: kettle

To test our eight electric kettles, I used a RisePro thermocouple thermometer. The thermocouple measured two things: how quickly each kettle boiled three cups of water – and how well each model with a "hold temperature" feature held the water temperature for 10 minutes.

For the boil test, I watched the thermocouple reading until the sensor that tracked the temperature in each kettle reached 209 degrees Fahrenheit. While 212 degrees is the boiling point of water, in Louisville, KY, where the smart home team is based, the boiling point is 209 degrees.

For the holding temperature test, I used the thermocouple thermometer to measure the minimum, maximum, and average temperatures held during the 10 minute period. The table below shows the average time each kettle took to reach 209 degrees, as well as the minimum, maximum and average temperatures of each kettle with a hold temperature function that is held over 10 minutes.

Note that the thermocouple readings are not accurate and that there will be slight variations due to placement during testing. Even so, I did my best to place the thermocouples halfway up the water in the center of each kettle. I also ran each test twice to confirm that my readings were as consistent as possible.

Test results

AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A

Bodum Melior

Breville BTM800XL

Cuisinart CPK-17

KitchenAid KEK1222SX

Miroco MI-EK003

Ovente KG83B

Oxo 8717100

Average time to cook (three cups)

3 min 27 seconds

4 min 50 seconds

3 minutes 22 seconds

3 min 53 seconds

3 min 21 seconds

3 minutes 32 seconds

4 min 45 seconds

3 min 24 seconds

Min, max and average holding temperature (over 10 minutes in degrees Fahrenheit)

N / A

N / A

175.3; 206.8; 197.2

187.7; 210.4; 197.8

N / A

N / A

N / A

195.4; 205.9; 200.8

The KitchenAid KEK1222SX boiled water the fastest with 3 minutes and 21 seconds to reach boiling temperature, but the AmazonBasics MK-M110A1A, Breville BTM800XL, and Oxo 8717100 were almost as fast at boiling water. The Bodum Melior and Ovente KG83B were by far the slowest, with almost 5 minutes to boil three cups of water. The Cuisinart CPK-17 and Miroco MI-EK003 landed somewhere in the middle to boil water after 3 minutes and 53 seconds and 3 minutes and 32 seconds, respectively.

The Breville BTM800XL, Cuisinart CPK-17, and Oxo 8717100 each have keep-warm or temperature functions, so I ran additional tests on these models. The Oxo kettle was the only model of the three that let you choose a set temperature for recording. The other two just had the keep warm option which prevents the water from cooling down as quickly as usual, but you can't adjust the kettle's temperature setting. Because of this, the Oxo 8717100 is the absolute best model if you want to keep your water at, or at least close to, a certain temperature. I set the Oxo to 209 degrees (our boiling temperature for these tests) and it managed to stay within about 10 degrees. As soon as the temperature began to drop, the kettle turned on again and heated the water to around 205 degrees.

In contrast, the Breville and Cuisinart models had steeper overall temperature drops. The Breville BTM800XL was between 175 and 207 degrees and the Cuisinart CPK-17 between 188 and 210 degrees.

Regardless of the model you buy, the first thing to consider is how you plan to use your kettle. Are you a coffee friend? Perhaps the Oxo model is your best bet. Just need something simple with a large capacity? Look at the Miroco MI-EK003. Do you like large pots of loose leaf tea? The Breville is your best choice.

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