Finding a good kettle may sound simple, but there are a lot of factors you should weigh before selecting one.
There was a time when I simply bought a relatively cheap make of a kettle and try to work with that product. Over the years, though, I’ve come to realize that there are certain specific needs that I want my tea kettle to have.
Of course, a major factor is the durability of the product. I tend to use the kettle quite frequently, so it needs to be able to handle such a large quantity of usage.
Also, because of how much I use it, the kettle can pick up some dents and scrapes along the way. Also, this means having a strong handle particularly in regards to C-shaped joints where the handle meets the body.
In addition to durability, you want a kettle that can stave off rust for as long as possible. Given its usage around the oven, rust can become a factor at some point. You would prefer a solid body that can allow you to remove rust from it such as stainless steel.
The other major issues I found deal with how quickly the water heats up within a kettle and how the kettle body or handle can remain cool in order to prevent me from getting burned when I lift it.
You want a handle that remains cool to the touch even after the whistling noise gets blown.
Finally, other people would like a large and wide lid to allow for easy washing as well as a good pour spout to allow for an easy and steady stream of water pouring out.
You want a good pour, but it needs to be even and balanced so as to avoid splashing water around when you actually do pour from the kettle to the cup.
The following is a list of the top 10 best tea kettles in 2017 that have been reviewed, from number 10 to 1.
Table of Contents
- 10. Gibson Whistling Tea Kettle
- 9. Revere Whistling Tea Kettle
- 8. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
- 7. Circulon Teakettle
- 6. OXO Good Grips Tea Kettle
- 5. Fino Pour Over Tea Kettle
- 4. Chef’s Secret Surgical Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
- 3. Mr. Coffee Whistling Tea Kettle
- 2. Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
- 1. Medelco Stovetop Whistling Kettle
- Which Tea Kettle Should You Buy?
10. Gibson Whistling Tea Kettle
This white-colored kettle has a smooth, curvy shape to its body and a nice, black handle which allows you to touch and carry without any burn concerns.
It’s frame is made of stainless steel which cuts down on the potential for dents and stains. It also can hold up to 2 1/2 quarts of liquid when used.
- Can hold large amounts of water
- Made of stainless steel
- Has a good handle to prevent burns
- It is recommended that it be hand washed
- Odd spout could lead to uneven pouring
9. Revere Whistling Tea Kettle
This white kettle comes with a high quality of stainless steel and finish. Its phenolic handles remain cool even after long periods of heating. It also has a copper bottom which allows the water to boil within it much faster.
The Revere model also comes in three different sizes of six ounces, 2 1/3 quarts, and 3 quarts. It also has a one-year warranty against defects.
- Stainless steel frame makes it durable
- Handle remains cool
- Copper bottom allows for fast heating
- This isn’t aesthetically pleasing
- Rigid spout could lead to splashing issues when pouring
8. Cuisinart Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
This Cuisinart product is made of stainless steel and has an oval, gray shape with a circular handle attached at the top. In terms of its design, it is simple tea kettle build but it features many of the qualities you may want in a kettle.
It heats up fast, has a clean whistle, and even comes with a limited lifetime warranty. The stainless steel also cuts down on dents and scrapes.
- Has a quick whistle to signal when it is boiled
- Features a stainless steel frame
- Tends to heat up and boil water quickly
- The preference is to hand wash it with mild soap
- Doesn’t have a unique, pleasing shape
7. Circulon Teakettle
This red-colored kettle almost has a squat build, but also is made of stainless steel with an enforced handle to prevent potential burning when you pick it up after it boils to a whistle.
The steel makes it sturdy though this product does come with a lifetime limited warranty. The pour spout is incorporated into the handle to allow for an easy release. The red enamel can resist stains.
- Easy to clean and is fairly stain-resistant
- Handle prevents potential burning issues
- Durable steel makes it long-lasting
- Somewhat squat size means it can do only six ounces of water
- Has a chrome ring in its spout which may cause some water to dribble out
6. OXO Good Grips Tea Kettle
This gray stainless steel kettle has a somewhat of a unique shape that almost looks like a shapely hips. It features a large lid and a loud whistle when water comes to a boil.
The handle itself is resistant to heat and the silicone touch points on the spout prevents water from cascading too much. The handle does rotate out of the way in the event of pouring as well as for storage purposes.
- The large lid makes it easy to clean
- The loud whistle makes it easy to hear when it is ready
- The stainless steel prevents rust from occurring
- The spout doesn’t work that effectively
- Is not induction compatible
5. Fino Pour Over Tea Kettle
When it comes to shape, this kettle definitely distinguishes itself from the rest of the pack with its narrow, gooseneck of a pour spout.
It also has a handle that is attached the way a coffee pot would be instead of the standard kettle design. The angled handle does help keep heat away from your fingers when you grasp it.
It has high grade stainless steel and can be used on any oven surface. It is also surprisingly dishwasher safe despite the long snout. It does have a 4 1/4 cup or 1 liter water capacity and works well with coffee.
- Unique spout design allows for controlled pouring
- The straight lid opens up easily for good cleaning
- Handle protects from too much heat
- Shape is odd for traditionalists
- Small and doesn’t hold much water
4. Chef’s Secret Surgical Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
This large silver kettle shows off a shiny and elegant finish. It also has a latch for a release when it comes to the connection between the handle and the pouring spout.
It has T304 stainless steel and an innovative copper bottom design which allows for fast heating. There is also a limited lifetime warranty on this kettle.
- Heat-resistant hand grip prevents from hands getting burned when picked up
- Large body can support up to 2.75 quarters at a time
- Copper center capsule allows for water to boil quickly
- May look too stylish for some conservative consumers
- Doesn’t appear to be durable
3. Mr. Coffee Whistling Tea Kettle
This grey tea kettle is made of stainless steel and can hold up to 1.75 quarts of water at a time. It is a whistling kettle that blows a whistle whenever the water reaches an appropriate boiling level.
The flip-up spot allows for easy and relatively safe pouring, but it is recommended that you hand wash it instead of using a dish washer.
- Lightweight to hold and the handle is resistant to burning
- It easy to use and pour thanks to the flip-up lid
- Can work on any stove
- Somewhat small in the amount of water it can hold
- Can be chipped a bit easier than other kettles
2. Farberware Classic Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
This is a shiny silver kettle with a stainless steel body that is durable and compact. It holds 1 3/10 quarts of water. The interior of the kettle is nonreactive, so leftover tastes and smell won’t go into the water being boiled.
The lid itself is fairly tight that allows for good heat within the interior, but the handle has a flip-out snout and a comfortable arch that protects you from the heat when you pick the kettle up.
- Shiny look and a stainless steel durability
- Doesn’t let odor affect the water
- Protects handle against heat, but also retains it for quick boiling
- Doesn’t hold a lot of water
- Whistle isn’t that loud
1. Medelco Stovetop Whistling Kettle
This is a different-looking kettle as it is almost like a coffee cup with a handle. It is clear, but with a removable lid. The handle is heat-resistant and the snout is supposedly drip-free.
While the glass is the body, it is durable and resistant to thermal shocks. It is also somewhat large as it can hold up to 12 cups of water.
- Can be used on gas or electric stoves
- Can hold a decent amount of water
- Relatively easy to pour without making a mess
- Difficult to wash the interior
- The cap isn’t that resistant to heat
Which Tea Kettle Should You Buy?
When it comes to picking one out of this list, all of them have some sort of stainless steel body designed to prevent dents, rust, and even mildew. However, some have some unique designs that stand out or are just well built. They all tend to have some sort of heat-resistant handle and come in a variety of shapes.
If you aren’t concerned about water quantity and are open to something different, the Fino Pour tea kettle stands out for both its unique design and efficient pouring ability. Then again, it doesn’t hold a lot of water.
For those who want more in terms of water quantity, the Gibson or Revere Whistling tea kettles do a good job of being large and efficient. They generally hold up well and can boil large amounts if you are patient enough with the pouring process.