Since their humble beginnings in the late 19th century, electric tea kettles have become popular mainstream small appliances. Whether you need to boil tea quickly or you need specific temperatures for specialty teas, an electric kettle can be a convenient addition to your kitchen. When you are ready to purchase an electric tea kettle, consider a few points before buying one.

What are the advantages of electric tea pots?
  • Tea kettles on the market today are powered by up to 3000 watts.
  • Electric tea kettles can heat faster than stove top models and your microwave.
  • You can select the brewing temperature.
How hot does it get?
  • Electric pots can heat liquids from 160 to 212 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Some models allow you to choose from preset temperatures for brewing Oolong, green, black, white, and herbal teas.
  • Programmable models allow you to input desired temperatures depending on the tea being brewed.
Can other things be heated in the pot?
  • You can brew your tea directly in the tea pot if the model includes a basket.
  • Electric tea pots also make quick work of hot chocolate, instant coffee, noodles, oatmeal, and soup. Always check the manufacturer's manual prior to use.
  • Some models have a drip feature to be used with ground coffee.
What safety features are included?
  • Kettle handles are usually non-slip and large enough for safe control during use.
  • Locking lids are featured on many models to help prevent accidental spills.
  • Auto-shutoff is often featured because it keeps the water from boiling off and causing damage to the kettle.
  • Many kettle exteriors stay cool and can even be placed directly on surfaces without danger of damage or fire hazard.
How much do they hold?
  • Most kettles designed for home use hold from 1.5 to 1.7 liters.
  • Travel sizes hold as little as 20 ounces.
  • Commercial kettles can hold up to 10 liters.
What features do electric kettles have?

Sleek cordless kettles can be made of BPA-free plastic, stainless steel and glass. Many models come with a limescale filter. Tea baskets for loose teas are available. Indicator lights signal when the desired temperature has been reached. The compact size of most tea kettles means they take up little space in your kitchen. Cordless kettles sit on a base that plugs into the outlet and contains the heating element. They often rotate 360 degrees on the base for left- or right-handed use.

Adjustable cords on many kettle bases mean even less counter space is used. Most plastic and stainless steel kettles have a semi-transparent window that allows for easy measuring. Concealed heating elements on newer models make cleanup easier than with prior exposed elements. More sophisticated models lower the tea basket into the water only after it has reached the desired temperature.