Stove-Top Kettles: Chef’s Secret 2.75 Quart Stainless Steel Tea Kettle
Some people prefer the traditional feel of a stove-top kettle that whistles nostalgically when water is ready. As a bonus, all these kettles work their brewing magic on both electric and gas stove tops.
Made of stainless steel with a copper bottom for heat conduction, this larger-size kettle is wide enough to cover a burner – a great feature on a gas stove. It also has a pleasant-sounding whistle to let you know your water is ready. Do open and close the spout carefully as it can splatter hot water.
Stove-Top Kettle: Fino Narrow Spout Tea Kettle
This smaller, Japanese-style kettle with an elegant long spout is great for quickly heating up water for one or two servings. While it doesn’t whistle like other stove-top models, steam will flow through vents in the lid when the water boils. It’s also safe for use on induction cooktops.
$25 per 32 oz or $30 per 40 oz, amazon.com
Stove-Top Kettle: Le Creuset Zen Kettle
Available in nine colors, this porcelain enamel–glazed kettle works on all types of stove tops, including induction. We love that the spout cover can flip open and stay in place for pouring – just make sure to turn the cover down over the spout before boiling so it whistles when water is ready.
Electric Kettle: Breville Variable Temperature Kettle
Electric models offer features such as variable water temperature settings for different types of tea, automatic shutoff and boil-dry protection to ensure the bottom doesn’t get scorched.
This stainless steel kettle has five temperature settings for various teas as well as a French press setting – and we love that the the type of tea is marked on the base. It beeps when ready and has a “keep warm” option that cycles the kettle on and off for 20 minutes.
Electric Kettles: Chefman Precision Electric Kettle
This glass kettle with removable tea infuser can be adjusted to any temperature between 110°F and 212°F (in 5-degree increments), plus it keeps water at the set temperature for an hour. It'll beep to let you know when your water is ready and after an hour when it shuts off.
$60, at Target stores nationwide and target.com
Electric Kettles: Hamilton Beach Stainless Steel 1.7 Liter Kettle
If you’re looking for an electric kettle without all the trappings (and the price) of a fancier model, this is a great option. It has a water-level window, boil-dry protection and a swivel base.