Things We Love: Three of the Best Electric Tea Kettles
In the spirit of celebrating love for the month of February, we thought that we would introduce three of the best electric tea kettles that we absolutely love and recommend. We are always trying to streamline our habitual tea making process without compromising the flavors and benefits, so over the course of some time now we have been using three different kettles, one electric kettle we’ll call Bella, a second variable temperature electric kettle we’ll call Bonavita, and the third and final Willsence Gooseneck Temperature Control Kettle.
All three electric kettles are pleasing to the eye in different ways. Bella is more traditional, Bonavita is more modern, and Willsense a piece of art. They all range in price, but all are under $100. They are priced at $40 for Bella, $65 for Bonavita, and $80 for the Willsence. The Bella and Bonavita are both around 1 L, which is great when you and your partner both need hot water at the same time. All three kettles have some serious perks including boiling water nearly twice as fast as conventional kettles. They all have auto shut-offs and don’t emit a lot of heat. The obvious main difference of the Bonavita and Willsence is that they have temperature controls so you will not need an extra thermometer gauge to set or check the temperature. So without further ado, let’s check out the best variable temperature electric tea kettles.
Best Electric Tea Kettle #1: Bella Electric Tea Kettle 1.2 L
Bella is a full body ceramic kettle that delivers great tasting water free of metallic tastes. She is a great kitchen- to- table entertaining piece. The design is timeless and she comes in a variety of patterns. Mine is the white and cobalt blue pattern that has an Aztec design and compliments my kitchen nicely.
The best electric tea kettles usually have a long neck spout for controlled speed pours—much like this one. The simple on/off switch goes from cool to boiling in just a few minutes. I personally like how easy it is to flick the switch and walk away and brush my teeth in the morning and then, when I return, I continue my routine. The pour base is fully detachable for an easy-to-use design and it has an auto shut- off for safety. The cord is plenty long to reach your outlet even if it’s not nearby. It is very easy to clean. I have large hands and I can get my whole hand inside while holding a sponge.
The downside to the Bella is that, because it is ceramic, it is possible to chip the lid. (I’m saying this based on experience) or possibly hit the neck on your sink when cleaning and break it clean off. (Also happened to me!). But I love this kettle so much that I went out and bought the exact same one again. She is so pretty and I get many compliments on her just sitting on my counter. Several friends have run out and bought the exact same one—truly one of the best electric tea kettles on the market in my opinion!
Best Electric Tea Kettle #2: Bonavita Digital Variable Temperature Kettle 1L
As far as design goes the Bonavita kettle is a beauty with its slender gooseneck design that helps aid in controlled pour with a fine even stream. The Bonavita’s digital control panel is intuitive to use and you can easily set temperatures from 140 F to 212 F. This really comes in handy when you like different types of tea because different teas taste better with different temperatures. All our teas have the suggested temperature printed right on the package so that you don’t have to try to remember.
The Bonavita is one of the best electric tea kettles because it has a hold setting that maintains the water temperature for one hour. I have used this feature many times while entertaining because I wasn’t sure when people might be ready for tea/coffee. The cord on the base is kind of short which may be annoying if your outlets are few and far between. One downside is that it takes 7 minutes until it reaches 212F. This is one of the longer waiting times that I have heard about as far as electric tea kettles go, but the readings are spot on when tested with a temperature gauge. Also, worth mentioning is that the kettle is stable and quiet as it boils.
As far as cleaning goes, like I said I have large hands and I cannot get my hand inside the kettle but no big deal because I just bought a little scrub brush. The upside is that the material is brushed stainless steel so it won’t chip and break like the Bella. So, I’ve only purchased one of these and it has held up well. Even when it was dropped by accident.
Best Electric Tea Kettle #3: Willsence Gooseneck Temperature Control Kettle
This kettle is everything my creative persona begs for in life. A beautiful matte white finish with hints of gold trim, a modern curve of the vessel that flows right into the gooseneck and a handle that makes me happy just holding on to it. I was hesitant about buying it, as it’s $80 and a bit more expensive than the other two, plus it didn’t have any product reviews at the time I purchased it (there are now hundreds of 5-star reviews, including mine). But, I took the risk, knowing it had a great return policy and I really wanted to have a beautiful kettle to have out on the counter in our newly renovated kitchen with a coffee/tea bar.
There were a lot of great discoveries upon first use of this electric kettle. Most significantly, I noticed that the water brewed much more quietly than my other kettles, which is great when I’m up before the family and need to be ninja-quiet when making my morning tea. Also, the speed to boiling was faster than the others, but that could be that it is heating less water overall.
The most important downside to this kettle is the water capacity at 0.8L, which is only enough to get one large brew or two small cups worth. This has now led to some side-eye scowling when either me or my husband swoops in and steals the hot water leaving just shy of a full cup for the other person. Finally, the opening at the top isn’t big, so only small hands can fit inside to scrub out the bottom in the case mineral buildup happens over time. We use filtered water to keep this to a minimum, however.
You may be thinking that the best electric tea kettles are luxury items, but I am here to tell you that once you have one you will wonder how you have lived without one in your life before.
We’re hoping to make your life simpler by giving you three of the best electric tea kettles to choose from. Based on what your specific preferences are, either would be a wise purchase. In summary, the Bella is traditional, pretty for entertaining, easy to clean, has a fast boil and simple to use. The Bonavita is modern, has a sleek pour spout, and has accurate temperature control functions. The Willsense is beautiful in many ways, is more compact and can sit on a kitchen shelf, brews fast and quietly and has a very controlled pour spout. We love all three!
One more thing. You’ll want to read this before you brew your next cup of tea, especially herbals. Find out how tea cups are like ovens.